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Fort Wayne, IN -  At the 2017 Emergency Response Conference , Fort Wayne's 911 and non-emergency ambulance service provider, Three Rivers Ambulance Authority ("TRAA") was selected as the State's 2017 recipient of the "ALS Provider of the Year".  This was the second consecutive year TRAA was awarded this prestegious award.  The annual recipient of this award is chosen by committee members of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns and is given to the ambulance provider that most exemplifies the highest standards in areas such as professional accreditations received, involvement in community-wide public education programs as well as other areas of community involvement.  

Additionally, several TRAA employees received awards at the annual conference.  Lynda Auker, System Status Manager for TRAA was selected as Co-Dispatcher of the Year and Randy Auker, TRAA's Director of Operations was selected as the State EMS Officer of the Year.  

Gary Booher, Executive Director or TRAA, said "We are very proud of Lynda and Randy and the work they do every day.  They truly deserve this recognition."  Additionally Booher said "To win the ALS Provider of the Year for two consecutive years is a great honor for all of us and for our City.  This demonstrates the dedication of all of our employees and we couldn't do what we do without each and every one of them.  This validates the high quality of ambulance service our community has come to expect and depend on."

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Fort Wayne, IN - At the the 2016 Emergency Response Conference on August 26, 2016, Fort Wayne's 911 and non-emergency ambulance service provider, Three Rivers Ambulance Authority ("TRAA") was selected as the States 2016 recipient of the "ALS Provider of the Year".   The annual recipient of this award is chosen by committee members of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns and is given to the ambulance provider that most exemplifies the highest standards in areas such as professional accreditations received, involvement in community-wide public education programs as well as other areas of community involvement.  TRAA was one of eight finalists for this prestegious award.  Additionally, TRAA Systerm Status Manager Rita Hughes was awarded the 2016 "Dispatcher of the Year" award, recognizing her for excellance in the performance of her duties.  "We are extremely honored to receive this award" said Gary Booher, Executive Director of TRAA, "it's the recognition of the dedication that all of our staff has to serving our community with the highest quality of care possible each and every day."  

Three Rivers Ambulance Authority Advances Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury and Cardiac Arrest


Fort Wayne, IN - Continuing to look for better ways to treat patients and increase positive patient outcomes, the Three Rivers Ambulance Authority and the Emergency Medical Services Foundation, Inc. have chosen to change a device that has been used to ventilate patients since the inception of EMS.  New studies demonstrate that over ventilation of patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and cardiac arrest is detrimental to positive patient outcomes.  The new device TRAA will begin using is called the  Smart Bag® MO Disposable Bag-Valve-Mask.  Implementation of the new bag-valve-mask (BVM) will help TRAA medics effectively ventilate patients with TBI, cardiac arrest and other ventilatory issues with the assurance that they are providing ventilations at the optimal rate and volume to help assure the best outcomes for these patients.  More information on proper ventilation of TBI patients can be found at https://youtu.be/wFQ4f3dNXAQ.  

         

Three Rivers Ambulance Authority Offers NEW



Training Program to Local Schools, Churches, Businesses and Organizations.

Fort Wayne, IN - Three Rivers Ambulance Authority has announced it is now offering Stop the Bleed training to organizations in Fort Wayne and Allen County.  Stop the Bleed training is a program conceived by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that teaches the general public how to resond to bleeding emergencies until professional responders arrive.  Bleeding emergencies can occur as a result of accidents around the home or business, industrial accidents, natural or man-made disasters and active shooter situations.  Knowing what to do in a bleeding emergency can save lives.  To learn more about TRAA's new training offering, click here.

Three Rivers Ambulance Authority selected as Indiana's ALS Provider of the Year for 2nd Consecutive Year

Three Rivers Ambulance Authority selected as Indiana's ALS Provider of the Year for 2016

Three Rivers Ambulance Authority selected as Indiana's ALS Provider of the Year for 3rd time in four years.

Fort Wayne, IN - For the third time in the last four years, Three Rivers Ambulance Authority was named the ALS Provider of the Year for the non-fire division at the 2019 Emergency Response Conference in Indianapolis.  The award is given annually to the ALS provider exemplifying committment to community and patients as well as excellence in patient care.

"This is truly an honor" said Gary Booher, TRAA Executive Director.  "Winning once is incredible, but to win three of the last four years shows the phenominal committment TRAA staff has and how blessed our community is."

TRAA continues to operate with zero tax subsidy and is committed to providing high quality pre-hospital care to residents of and visitors to Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana.

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Local financial group, Allied Payment Network, recognizes TRAA's medics for their work during COVID-19 Pandemic

Fort Wayne, IN - Allied Payment Network, a Fort Wayne-based company honoring frontline healthcare workers recently honored TRAA by providing meals to TRAA's medics.  Gary Booher, Executive Director of TRAA said, "We are truly honored for our medics to  be thought of so kindly during this stressful time for them.  It's very heart lifting for our frontline staff to know they are in the thoughts and prayers of our community."

Mike Bureau, Chief Operating Officer of TRAA's Operations Division, said "Three Rivers Ambulance Authority - Operations Division has been deeply humbled by the outpouring of support and appreciation shown by Fort Wayne Heroes. The wonderful meals they provided brought smiles to the faces of the team who serve Fort Wayne with tireless dedication."

Allied Payment Network sponsors the Fort Wayne Heros program that "provides meals for heros in Fort Wayne, to make their lives a little easier in light of their personal sacrifice as they help those in our community."

More information about the Fort Wayne Heros program can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/f/fort-wayne-heroes.

THANK YOU Fort Wayne Heros for your kindness and generosity to TRAA fontline workers.





THANK YOU Allied Payment Network and Fort Wayne Heros!

Fort Wayne, IN - The Three Rivers Ambulance Authority has announced the impending retirement of its Executive Director, effective December 31, 2021.  Gary Booher has been TRAA's Executive Director since November 1989 and during that time has overseen TRAA's operations, including it's billing and collections operation, multiple competitive procurements for its operations division, contract negotiations, as well as the construction of and move into TRAA's current facility on Hayden Street.  During his tenure, TRAA has maintained the highest quality in terms of pre-hospital care, being chosen as Indiana's ALS Provider of the Year in 2016, 2017 and 2019 as well as being accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) and accreditation as an Accredited Center of Excellance (ACE) through the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch.  TRAA has been able to maintain its commitments to quality while remaining free from local tax subsidy during his tenure.


Booher says of his retirement, “It's been a pleasure and honor working at TRAA, working with the greatest people in the country, from the office staff to all of the operations staff, medics and system controllers over the years.  It's truly the hard work of all of these people that have made my job enjoyable and easier and I will miss them all tremendously.”  When asked why retire now, Booher said, “After 32 years, the time has come to focus on a new phase in my life.  A phase that focuses on doing things that I just never seem to find time to do right now.  It's just time to slow down and learn how to unwind.”


The TRAA Board of Directors has already begun the process of looking for Booher's successor.  The Board is using the EMS consulting firm of Fitch and Associates to assist in finding their new Executive Director.  Fitch will be looking for qualified local individuals as well as nationwide and will be helping the TRAA Board narrow their search before ultimately selecting their final candidate.


Interested individuals may review the position announcement, qualifications and how to apply by clicking here.


TRAA Executive Director Retiring After 32 Years of Service

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