DEMSA Receives 100 Women Hanna’s First Donation

May 28,  2018

“You can’t imagine the relief I feel.  I’m just in disbelief that people will come together and do something so wonderful.”  Betty Landis, DEMSA

Betty Landis, speaking about DEMSA to the members of 100 Women Hanna in May 2018.
Betty Landis, speaking about DEMSA to the members of 100 Women Hanna in May 2018.

It is with great excitement, that the members of 100+ Women Who Care Hanna, announce that the first recipient of their

collective donation of $4,625 $4,925 $5,025 goes to Dryland Emergency Medical Services (DEMSA).  DEMSA provides emergency medical responder care within the member response area. The members of DEMSA are medically trained volunteers, willing to respond to an emergency call anytime, day or night when available.  They also provide necessary medical coverage at many local events, especially rodeos.

The following are just a few facts, shared by Betty Landis in her 5 minute presentation to the members of 100 Women Hanna.

About DEMSA

    • DEMSA was formed in 1995 and became incorporated in 1996.
      May 2018 - members enjoy the presentation from the 3 chosen non profits.
      May 2018 – members enjoy the presentation from the 3 chosen non profits.
    • Inspired by a tragic accident about an hour’s distance from the closest ambulance or medical center, which was Hanna.
    • Because so many local citizens live such a distance from a health care facility, the goal is to be able to reach the victim quicker, providing emergency care during the golden hour.
  • Started with a group of 5, peaked at 23 members and are currently at 15.  Have gone from having everyone registered with the Alberta College of Paramedics to having some RN’s, LPN’s and Medical First Responders.
  • Received 106 calls for service in 2017.   Weren’t able to attend them all, in which case, Alberta Health Services responds as expected.

About The Equipment

  • Applause for the DEMSA presentation
    Applause for the DEMSA presentation

    Started out by personally funding their own trauma bags and built their own backboards.

  • Grants allowed DEMSA to purchase a used ambulance & equipment from Hanna Ambulance.  Unfortunately, just before the ambulance transition with Alberta Health Services, the ambulance was deemed to be completely depreciated and it was turned back to Alberta Health Services.
  • Have used donations and grants to purchase AED’s for rural communities.
  • Recently applied for and received a decommissioned ambulance from Alberta Health Services.  Decommissioned = lots of maintenance and repairs. It is officially called a First Response Unit rather than an ambulance.

About Training

  • Betty Landis, speaking about DEMSA to the members of 100 Women Hanna.
    Betty Landis, speaking about DEMSA to the members of 100 Women Hanna.

    Annual registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics as well as continuing educations credits and personal liability insurance are required for each member to keep their certification.

  • Every DEMSA member is a volunteer so asking these volunteers, who may otherwise hold full time jobs, to take time off from work in order to complete the required 120 credits of training every year plus pay for their $525 annual registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics and $50 personal liability insurance all out of pocket, seems like a lot to ask.

About Generating Revenue

  • Soon began taking over the volunteer portion of events that were being covered by Hanna Ambulance.  Doing this became a way to generate some revenue.
  • BBQ’s
  • Some grants
  • Are very grateful for the support from private donors and community organizations.
  • Charge a fee for pro rodeo coverage, otherwise, for non pro events, ask for whatever the group can afford to pay.  They provide coverage at the following events:
    • The Steering Committee of 100 Women Hanna present a cheque on behalf of the members to Betty Landis, representing DEMSA.
      The Steering Committee of 100 Women Hanna present a cheque on behalf of the members to Betty Landis, representing DEMSA.
    • Hanna Safe Grad
    • 4-H Rodeo’s
    • High School Rodeo’s
    • Handhills Pro Rodeo
    • Oyen Bullarama
    • Hardgrass Bron March
    • Hanna Cruisers Car Races
    • Hanna Motocross
    • Little Britches Rodeo
    • Wade Buchwitz memorial Rodeo
    • All Girls Rodeo
    • Handhills Family Rodeo
    • Hanna Pro Rodeo

    How Will the 100+ Women Who Care Donation be Used?

    • The oil pump on the First Response Unit needs to be replaced.  It is estimated to cost approximately $10,000.
    • Depending on the cost of the oil pump replacement, DEMSA want to bring training into the community to get more members trained. This training typically costs $6,000 or more to hold locally.

    Going Forward

    • In order to keep DEMSA viable, more people will need to be trained.
    • This group operates year to year, investing any money they are able to acquire into their members for training and into equipment and supplies for lifesaving.
    • If anyone is interested in learning more or becoming involved with DEMSA, they can contact 100 Women Hanna, Betty Landis, Doray Veno or Cindy Kelbert.

    On behalf of the members of 100 Women Hanna, thank you for your ongoing commitment to emergency response in our rural areas.