September 19, 2019

Family sues Fla. county EMS, coach for death of HS football player

Posted on September 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The lawsuit claims EMS providers bypassed closer hospitals, instead transporting Zachary Polsenberg to a hospital 20 miles away after he collapsed during practice

Remembering paramedic educator, fitness advocate, Bryan Fass

Posted on September 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS1 contributors acknowledge Bryan’s legacy and encourage all in EMS to continue his mission to improve wellness

Ill. widow sues ambulance service for wrongful death, claims negligence

Posted on September 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Nancy Gabriel’s husband, James, was strapped to a gurney when it rolled off the sidewalk and overturned, causing multiple injuries

San Diego approves mental health program for first responders

Posted on September 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The program, named after CAL FIRE Capt. Ryan Mitchell, will connect first responders with a mental health specialist via a website, phone or app

Philadelphia fire department reporting practices impacts response times

Posted on September 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel's efforts to align how fire and EMS responses are measured includes "pot of meat" fires, dispatch time

Texas FF union: Beto’s debate comment on shooting response unfair to first responders

Posted on September 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

O'Rourke's campaign said the candidate shared the story not to criticize the first responders, but to criticize the weapons used in the killing

‘Jersey Shore’ reality star sues city and former EMS supervisor

Posted on September 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Reality star Angelina Pivarnick, turned EMT for the state of New York, filed a lawsuit against city and her former EMS supervisor for alleged sexual harassment

Dallas FF-paramedic starts coffee company

Posted on September 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire Grounds Coffee donates a bag of coffee to first responders for every five bags sold, just one of several ways the company gives back to the community

Honor Flag in Utah to honor fallen first responders

Posted on September 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

State troopers escorted the U.S. Honor Flag to eight locations around the state in memory of fallen firefighters, police officers and EMS personnel

Charges filed in fatal shooting of off-duty Minn. firefighter-paramedic

Posted on September 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Thomas R. Harrigan was found at his home with a gunshot wound to the chest and later died at the hospital

20 Okla. EMS agencies awarded $2.1M in grants

Posted on September 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The funds will be distributed among 20 EMS agencies who submitted proposals to stabilize or improve their services

20 Okla. EMS agencies awarded $2.1M in grants

Posted on September 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The funds will be distributed among 20 EMS agencies who submitted proposals to stabilize or improve their services

Ga. paramedic indicted for allegedly stealing morphine

Posted on September 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedic-EMT Michael Shane Hambrick stole the morphine, replaced it with liquid and reattached the tube using superglue

Ga. paramedic indicted for allegedly stealing morphine

Posted on September 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedic-EMT Michael Shane Hambrick stole the morphine, replaced it with liquid and reattached the tube using superglue

Purdue Pharma begins Chapter 11 bankruptcy journey

Posted on September 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Purdue officials say this is the first step in a plan to provide up to $12 billion to help reimburse governments and clean up the damage done by opioids

Maine fire captain identified in fatal propane explosion

Posted on September 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The blast killed Fire Capt. Michael Bell and injured his brother, Fire Chief Terry Bell, five other firefighters, a LEAP worker and an ambulance professional

W. Va. woman charged with assaulting EMT

Posted on September 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Briana Turner allegedly became furious and tried to hit an EMT before jumping out of the ambulance to get away from first responders

ET3 Model application period extended

Posted on September 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The ET3 Model team announced the decision to extend the Request for Applications (RFA) period until Oct. 5

$2.3M FEMA grants awarded to Ga. agencies for generators

Posted on September 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fifty-nine generators will serve as backup power for counties along the Georgia coastline to ensure that critical facilities stay running during a natural disaster

DOT announces air ambulance, patient billing advisory committee

Posted on September 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Thirteen members have been appointed to the AAPB Advisory Committee to advise the USDOT Secretary Chao about issues relating to air ambulance services

Phoenix dispatchers to get a “quiet room”

Posted on September 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Phoenix Police Department announced that they would dedicate a new "quiet room" for dispatchers to help them deal with the stress of the job

Propane explosion in Maine kills firefighter, injures 6 others

Posted on September 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The building, which serves people with cognitive and intellectual disabilities, was only a couple of weeks old when a smell of gas was reported

Pa. town implements multi-tier EMS approach, recruits college students

Posted on September 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department upgraded its quick response unit, primarily run by college students, to increase staffing levels

Attorneys seek to disqualify federal judge presiding over opioids trial

Posted on September 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Attorneys representing eight drug companies say he’s shown clear bias in his efforts to obtain a multi-billion dollar global settlement

NC agencies go high-tech against opioid crisis

Posted on September 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Using ODMAP, law enforcement and public health can input, monitor and track overdose data using times, dates and locations

Decks collapse during NJ firefighter event; at least 22 injured

Posted on September 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

During the New Jersey Firemen's Convention multiple levels of decking attached to a building collapsed trapping people and injuring several others

Conn. fire department awarded over $200K in FEMA grants

Posted on September 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The fire department will use the funds to replace power stretchers and stretcher hoists in its ambulance fleet

Report: NC county needs more EMS bases

Posted on September 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

North Carolina commissioners will review a report that recommends building more medical service bases across the county and outlines steps to reduce response times

At least 7 injured in hot air balloon crash near Las Vegas

Posted on September 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A preliminary review found the Kubicek balloon made a hard landing, and the pilot and four passengers were thrown from the gondola

Photo of the Week: Mobile stroke unit presented to crew

Posted on September 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Study: 8% of Va. first responders have suicidal thoughts

Posted on September 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Of the 5,000 first responders surveyed, nearly 60% talked about depression, trauma, alcohol use and suicidal thoughts

New tech in ambulances gives real-time monitoring capabilities to Ark. first responders

Posted on September 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Bella Vista Fire and EMS Department among first in the nation to launch cerebral oximetry machines in two of its ambulances

Ore. voters to decide on $28M upgrade to radio system for 911 dispatch center

Posted on September 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The current analog-based system would be upgraded to an all-digital radio system

Free EMS services arranged for NY high school football season

Posted on September 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Five local ambulance companies will provide emergency services free of charge throughout the high school football season

Ore. city paramedics and EMTs complete mandated self-defense classes

Posted on September 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The recently mandated training comes after the company says there has been an apparent increase in attacks on paramedics and EMTs while on duty in Portland

5 EMS captains sue Cleveland for racial discrimination

Posted on September 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After the plaintiffs filed grievances, Commissioner Nicole Carlton and the city admitted race and gender were factors when switching shifts for captains

Multi-state lawsuit settlement talks with OxyContin maker a challenge

Posted on September 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Sackler family members urged governments to sign on to the settlement terms, saying it will fund solutions to the crisis rather than continue "endless litigation"

Multi-state lawsuit settlement talks with OxyContin maker a challenge

Posted on September 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Sackler family members urged governments to sign on to the settlement terms, saying it will fund solutions to the crisis rather than continue "endless litigation"

NTSB: Entire crew was asleep when fatal boat fire started

Posted on September 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Boats like the Conception are required to have a crewmember keep watch at night

NTSB: Entire crew was asleep when fatal boat fire started

Posted on September 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Boats like the Conception are required to have a crewmember keep watch at night

NTSB: Entire crew was asleep when fatal boat fire started

Posted on September 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Boats like the Conception are required to have a crewmember keep watch at night

Austin boosts funds for mental health emergencies

Posted on September 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The City of Austin will hire seven new paramedics and three clinicians to be better prepared to answer mental health calls

23 states, territories awarded $50M to expand access to healthcare

Posted on September 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

HHS’ investment will allow organizations to create a service delivery site to strengthen services in areas where there is limited access to affordable healthcare

102 patients from health center evacuated after tornadoes hit SD city

Posted on September 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An EF-2 tornado hit a behavioral health center at a Sioux Falls hospital, prompting the evacuations of 102 patients, including 39 adolescents

Preliminary NTSB report expected in fatal Calif. boat fire

Posted on September 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The report would likely not address the fire's cause, but the agency may issue urgent safety recommendations

Facebook calls Miss. dispatchers with victim’s coordinates in emergency

Posted on September 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Authorities were searching in vain for Jada Strong before her live stream alerted Facebook to her medical emergency

Fire and EMS agencies honor 9/11 with social media tributes

Posted on September 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Agencies around the country are honoring the 18th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks with remembrance posts

Fla. program promotes suicide awareness for first responders

Posted on September 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay teamed up with ChappellRoberts to start a program geared towards first responders' mental health called "First to Respond, Last to Ask for Help"

Fla. program promotes suicide awareness for first responders

Posted on September 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay teamed up with ChappellRoberts to start a program geared towards first responders' mental health called "First to Respond, Last to Ask for Help"

Mass. healthcare students are volunteering as EMTs

Posted on September 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Swansea Ambulance Corps interns are working as EMTs to advance their careers in the medical field

1 dead, 8 children injured in Miss. school bus crash

Posted on September 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Authorities believe the bus driver suffered a medical emergency before the bus crashed and ended up on its side in a ditch

Miami rescue squads return from 5-day deployment in Bahamas after Dorian

Posted on September 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The team delivered relief supplies and evacuation options to residents on the outskirts of a ravaged Grand Bahama

Pa. dispatcher’s story featured in new 9/11 book

Posted on September 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

John Shaw's 78-second call with United Airlines Flight 93 passenger, Edward Felt, is part of a new book titled “The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11”

Deaths of 9/11 first responders from Ground Zero-related illnesses are on the rise

Posted on September 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Doctors who study pulmonary fibrosis are just beginning to focus on 9/11 victims as the long-term effects of exposure are emerging

9/11 remembered: A son in harm’s way

Posted on September 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The most profound loss on that fateful day in 2001 was the loss of family

Study: 9/11 first responders with PTSD at higher risk for early-onset dementia

Posted on September 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A significant portion of first responders had new onset cognitive impairment years after their first initial cognitive test

Nonprofit uses Times Square billboard for 9/11 charity fundraising

Posted on September 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

For people who donate $25 or more, Charity Share Times Square will place a photo of the donor with a sign reading "I Haven't Forgotten" on the iconic Times Square billboard

GMR pledges $1M in relief aid to the Bahamas

Posted on September 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The company has established a communications and coordination center for air medical operations in Nassau and has sent donated ambulances and equipment to the region

Ill. train derailment prompts evacuations

Posted on September 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Video shows flames shooting from the wreckage; officials unsure what train was carrying

NC 911 dispatchers criticized for video parody of sign language interpreter

Posted on September 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Lumberton officials acknowledged their employees were in the video and called the incident a “serious error in judgment”

September 11 Remembrance Day signed into law for New York

Posted on September 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed the legislation, which is meant to ensure future generations understand the 9/11 terrorist attacks and their place in history

September 11 Remembrance Day signed into law for New York

Posted on September 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed the legislation, which is meant to ensure future generations understand the 9/11 terrorist attacks and their place in history

September 11 Remembrance Day signed into law for New York

Posted on September 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed the legislation, which is meant to ensure future generations understand the 9/11 terrorist attacks and their place in history

Va. city first responders oppose raising mandatory retirement age

Posted on September 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Virginia's police chief wants to raise the retirement age, but survey results of about 1,000 public safety employees show first responders are against the idea

Fuel mix-up renders Va. county fire, EMS vehicles inoperable

Posted on September 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The county's fueling contract company inadvertently filled up the tanks with the wrong fuel, putting diesel in the regular gasoline tanks and gasoline in diesel tanks

NC first responders return after Hurricane Dorian

Posted on September 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A swift water rescue team made up of Burke County EMS and Oak Hill Fire & Rescue returned home after being deployed to help with Hurricane Dorian relief efforts

NY teen charged in crash that flipped ambulance

Posted on September 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Two AMR first responders were transported to the hospital with various injuries and released

NM fire chief-EMT responded to fatal crash that killed his daughter

Posted on September 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire Chief Pedro Cruz responded to the vehicle crash that killed country singer Kylie Rae Harris and his 16-year-old daughter

Several injured during stampede at New Orleans concert

Posted on September 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Following a Meek Mill performance, about 15,000 people panicked and ran causing a stampede that injured several during the Lil WeezyAna Fest

Returning the Ground Zero flag: How detectives solved the mystery of the missing Stars and Stripes

Posted on September 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The American flag, raised by New York City firefighters at Ground Zero shortly after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, was discovered years later in Wash.

Honolulu paramedic injured after alleged drunk driver hits ambulance

Posted on September 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Honolulu EMS paramedic was in the back of the ambulance when he sustained serious injuries in a crash while transporting a patient to the hospital

Fuel mix-up renders Va. county fire, EMS vehicles inoperable

Posted on September 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The county's fueling contract company inadvertently filled up the tanks with the wrong fuel, putting diesel in the regular gasoline tanks and gasoline in diesel tanks

NC first responders return after Hurricane Dorian

Posted on September 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A swift water rescue team made up of Burke County EMS and Oak Hill Fire & Rescue returned home after being deployed to help with Hurricane Dorian relief efforts

Buffalo teen charged in crash that flipped ambulance

Posted on September 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Two AMR first responders were transported to the hospital with various injuries and released

NY teen charged in crash that flipped ambulance

Posted on September 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Two AMR first responders were transported to the hospital with various injuries and released

NM fire chief-EMT responded to fatal crash that killed his daughter

Posted on September 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire Chief Pedro Cruz responded to the vehicle crash that killed country singer Kylie Rae Harris and his 16-year-old daughter

NM fire chief-EMT responded to fatal crash that killed his daughter

Posted on September 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire Chief Pedro Cruz responded to the vehicle crash that killed country singer Kylie Rae Harris and his 16-year-old daughter

Several injured during stampede at New Orleans concert

Posted on September 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Following a Meek Mill performance, about 15,000 people panicked and ran causing a stampede that injured several during the Lil WeezyAna Fest

Returning the Ground Zero flag: How detectives solved the mystery of the missing Stars and Stripes

Posted on September 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The American flag, raised by New York City firefighters at Ground Zero shortly after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, was discovered years later in Wash.

Honolulu paramedic injured after alleged drunk driver hits ambulance

Posted on September 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Honolulu EMS paramedic was in the back of the ambulance when he sustained serious injuries in a crash while transporting a patient to the hospital

Honolulu paramedic injured after alleged drunk driver hits ambulance

Posted on September 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Honolulu EMS paramedic was in the back of the ambulance when he sustained serious injuries in a crash while transporting a patient to the hospital

NY Stair Climb honors 9/11 first responders for 5th straight year

Posted on September 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

More than 400 first responders climbed a total of 110 flights of stairs in honor those who died in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001

2 dead, 3 injured in small plane crash at Nev. airport

Posted on September 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

A single-engine Beechcraft Sierra plane took off from the runway, had a mechanical issue and turned around in an attempt to land when it crashed

Police: Train blocks Ill. ambulance during emergency call

Posted on September 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Med-Star ambulance was responding to a call of a four-year-girl that sustained a gunshot wound to the chest when the path her house was blocked

Police: Train blocks Ill. ambulance during emergency call

Posted on September 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Med-Star ambulance was responding to a call of a four-year-girl that sustained a gunshot wound to the chest when the path her house was blocked

2 dead, 3 injured in small plane crash at Nev. airport

Posted on September 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A single-engine Beechcraft Sierra plane took off from the runway, had a mechanical issue and turned around in an attempt to land when it crashed

NY Stair Climb honors 9/11 first responders for 5th straight year

Posted on September 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

More than 400 first responders climbed a total of 110 flights of stairs in honor those who died in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001

Mich. state awarded $28M in grants to combat opioid crisis

Posted on September 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The state will use the funding to provide families with treatment and prevention resources, while also funding data collection efforts

6 women accuse Fla. paramedic of sexual assault

Posted on September 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

One of the women said in her lawsuit that she lost her unborn child hours after James Walley raped her in the back of an ambulance

6 women accuse Fla. paramedic of sexual assault

Posted on September 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

One of the women said in her lawsuit that she lost her unborn child hours after James Walley raped her in the back of an ambulance

FDNY EMTs assaulted by 2 men demanding ambulance ride

Posted on September 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The two men got into an argument with the head nurse at a hospital and ran back to the ambulance demanding the FDNY EMTs to give them a ride

FDNY EMTs assaulted by 2 men demanding ambulance ride

Posted on September 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The two men got into an argument with the head nurse at a hospital and ran back to the ambulance demanding the FDNY EMTs to give them a ride to another hospital

Mich. state awarded $28M in grants to combat opioid crisis

Posted on September 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The state will use the funding to provide families with treatment and prevention resources, while also funding data collection efforts

Hawaii medics file anonymous complaint raising safety concerns with new ambulances

Posted on September 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedics said the new vehicles have not been appropriately retrofitted and are putting the crews’ and patients’ safety in harm’s way

Photo of the Week: Ambulance Strike Teams deploy ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Posted on September 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS, docs and volunteers en route to Bahamas aboard cruise ship

Posted on September 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is transporting first responders, volunteers and supplies to the Bahamas

Ind. city 911 center funding leads to protest march by library supporters

Posted on September 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Hundreds of supporters of the library took to the streets to oppose a funding change that would take away income tax revenue from libraries and transportation agencies

How to manage staffing for a crisis or disaster more efficiently (white paper)

Posted on September 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Automated scheduling technology can help public safety agencies with employee notification and cost recovery for emergency staffing

22 FDNY members who died of 9/11-related illness to be added to memorial wall

Posted on September 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

More than 200 FDNY members have died of 9/11-related illnesses since the 2001 terror attacks and cleanup efforts at Ground Zero

Baltimore fire chief adjusts recruiting practices amidst staffing shortages

Posted on September 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Chief Niles Ford said the city will recruit firefighter-EMTs, eliminating separate recruitment tracks

Hawaii medics file anonymous complaint raising safety concerns with new ambulances

Posted on September 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedics said the new vehicles have not been appropriately retrofitted and are putting the crews’ and patients’ safety in harm’s way

Photo of the Week: Ambulance Strike Teams deploy ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Posted on September 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Three Ambulance Strike Teams deployed from Nashville to Florida ahead of Hurricane Dorian, before transitioning to North Carolina. Submitted by: Sumner County EMS Calling all EMS photographers! EMS1 wants to see pictures of you in action or training. Submit a photo — it could be selected as our Photo of the Week! Be sure to include your name, department information and some background on...

EMS, docs and volunteers en route to Bahamas aboard cruise ship

Posted on September 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is transporting first responders, volunteers and supplies to the Bahamas

Ind. city 911 center funding leads to protest march by library supporters

Posted on September 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Hundreds of supporters of the library took to the streets to oppose a funding change that would take away income tax revenue from libraries and transportation agencies

How to manage staffing for a crisis or disaster more efficiently (white paper)

Posted on September 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Automated scheduling technology can help public safety agencies with employee notification and cost recovery for emergency staffing

22 FDNY members who died of 9/11-related illness to be added to memorial wall

Posted on September 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

More than 200 FDNY members have died of 9/11-related illnesses since the 2001 terror attacks and cleanup efforts at Ground Zero

Baltimore fire chief adjusts recruiting practices amidst staffing shortages

Posted on September 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Chief Niles Ford said the city will recruit firefighter-EMTs, eliminating separate recruitment tracks

Baltimore fire chief adjusts recruiting practices amidst staffing shortages

Posted on September 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Chief Niles Ford said the city will recruit firefighter-EMTs, eliminating separate recruitment tracks

Miami bypasses feds to deploy search and rescue crews to the Bahamas

Posted on September 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The City of Miami and the Bahamian government are working out an agreement to send Miami's urban search and rescue team rather than wait for federal approval

Search dog teams deploy to assist in Hurricane Dorian relief efforts

Posted on September 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Each unit, comprised of handler and canine, is FEMA-certified and has specialized training for disaster response events

Buffalo Fire Department awarded FEMA grant for more training, equipment

Posted on September 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The $322,000 grant also will be used to send 55 firefighters and 10 officers to EMT and mass casualty incident response training

ACEP executive director announces retirement

Posted on September 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

ACEP credits Dean Wilkerson in the dramatic growth of the organization over the years, including membership, legislative and regulatory advocacy

Idaho paramedic walks state to raise awareness of infant sleep safety

Posted on September 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedic Bart Buckendorf will visit more than 30 towns to teach a class and raise awareness of the dangers of SIDS

IAFC delivers search and rescue tool to help with hurricane response

Posted on September 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Search & Rescue Data Collector Tool allows first responders to capture real-time information, enabling command leadership to see where resources are needed

Mass. EMS agency receives free Humvee emergency transport vehicle

Posted on September 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Nahant EMS acquired a Humvee emergency transport vehicle for free through a Defense Logistics Agency program to prepare for extreme weather conditions

The tools and resources you need for bariatric response, transport

Posted on September 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Use the right equipment and enlist extra personnel to help transport bariatric patients out of their homes and into the ambulance while keeping their safety top of mind

Texas now recognizes 911 dispatchers as first responders

Posted on September 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Texas lawmakers passed a bill changing the definition of a first responder to include operator or emergency services dispatcher

FFs feed emergency crews during Hurricane Dorian

Posted on September 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Florida firefighters are making an estimated 1,300 meals to feed more than 500 people a day

FFs feed emergency crews during Hurricane Dorian

Posted on September 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Florida firefighters are making an estimated 1,300 meals to feed more than 500 people a day

Off-duty Va. FF-paramedic detains suspect

Posted on September 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Doug Stevens, 25, was celebrating his birthday with fellow first responders when he helped police detain a suspect in a robbery attempt

Texas paramedic dies in vehicle crash

Posted on September 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedic Keith Hammes was killed after his vehicle rolled over and went into a ditch

Miami first responders deploy to Bahamas for Dorian relief effort

Posted on September 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire department and medical personnel will work with the U.S. Coast Guard to help with the relief effort in the Bahamas

Off-duty Minn. city FF-paramedic fatally shot at his home

Posted on September 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Thomas R. Harrigan was found at his home with a gunshot wound to the stomach and transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead

Md. county new EMS program to include peer recovery specialists

Posted on September 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The county will use one of two grants to allow for a team of four peer recovery specialists to ride with EMS personnel during drug overdose calls

Md. county new EMS program to include peer recovery specialists

Posted on September 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The county will use one of two grants to allow for a team of four peer recovery specialists to ride with EMS personnel during drug overdose calls

Calif. hotel death investigated as chemical suicide

Posted on September 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A hazmat incident at a California hotel left one person dead and nine people hospitalized when guests reported smelling a chemical odor

Texas EMS union calls for the creation of a ‘medic in distress’ dispatch code

Posted on September 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Austin-Travis County EMS union is calling for the creation of a police dispatch code that informs officers whenever a medic is in distress

How EMS can improve operational safety through SMS and risk mitigation

Posted on September 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A phased approach to adopting the four pillars of a successful safety management system leads to provider safety and a just culture

Why every EMS agency needs a stronger safety culture

Posted on September 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A strong patient safety culture has the greatest impact on reducing adverse incidents and harm to patients

A research-based approach to understanding assaults against EMS personnel

Posted on September 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS Chief Ernesto M. Rodriguez shares insights from the City of Austin EMS Department Assault Survey

Officials suspend search, 34 presumed dead after fire on Calif. scuba diving boat

Posted on September 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Only five crew members sleeping on the top deck were able to escape by jumping off and taking a small boat to safety

EMS crews establish base camp for Hurricane Dorian

Posted on September 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The city of High Springs is just one base of operations for emergency responders that are setting up camp before the storm arrives

EMS crews establish base camp for Hurricane Dorian

Posted on September 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The city of High Springs is just one base of operations for emergency responders that are setting up camp before the storm arrives

2 St. Louis first responders caught in crossfire while treating patient

Posted on September 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The paramedic on the scene said they had to take cover in the ambulance during an altercation between two men as they opened fire at each other

2 St. Louis first responders caught in crossfire while treating patient

Posted on September 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The paramedic on the scene said they had to take cover in the ambulance during an altercation between two men as they opened fire at each other

NC firefighter-EMT dies in vehicle crash

Posted on September 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Midland Fire and Rescue Firefighter-EMT Leann Gray passed away from injuries incurred from a vehicle crash with a motorcycle

My lowest moment as a paramedic

Posted on September 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

I still regret a euphoric comment to my partner after lifting a morbidly obese patient

Mo. first responders stationed in Fla. ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Posted on September 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Missouri Task Force 1 sent 52 members, including firefighters, doctors, engineers and others, to help with water rescues

Ohio EMS agency sends additional emergency crews to help during Hurricane Dorian

Posted on September 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Spirit Medical Transport has sent four more EMS personnel and two more ambulances along with additional medical supplies

At least 25 confirmed dead in Calif. boat fire

Posted on September 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The dive-boat Conception became fully engulfed in flames as 30 passengers on a recreational scuba diving trip slept below deck

4 tips to safely lift patients

Posted on September 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Lifting more than 51 pounds from the floor can lead to injuries, and EMS must increase training for proper lifting techniques

Conn. EMTs honored for response to accident

Posted on September 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMTs John Kahyaoglu and Tyler Smith demonstrated “outstanding patient care and quick actions in applying a tourniquet” to one of the injured patients

4 quick ways to improve ambulance safety

Posted on September 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Incorporating ambulance safety measures into cultural practice can keep patients and providers safe in the event of a collision

4 quick ways to improve ambulance safety

Posted on September 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Incorporating ambulance safety measures into cultural practice can keep patients and providers safe in the event of a collision

First responders poised to help victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas

Posted on September 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

CDEMA has an 18-person Rapid Needs Assessment Team stationed in Nassau, ready to be deployed to impacted areas as soon as the storm passes

Ohio EMS agency heading to Fla. to assist in Hurricane Dorian relief efforts

Posted on September 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Spirit Medical Transport has sent four EMS personnel and two ambulances, along with additional medical supplies

Some deaths, 34 missing after Calif. boat fire

Posted on September 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Thirty-four people are still unaccounted for, and five people have been rescued from a fire on a dive boat near Santa Cruz Island

Coast Guard: 4 bodies found; 29 people missing after Calif. boat fire

Posted on September 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Thirty-four people are still unaccounted for, and five people have been rescued from a fire on a dive boat near Santa Cruz Island

Odessa police chief: 21 shot, 5 killed in Texas shooting

Posted on September 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The shooting began with an interstate traffic stop where a man opened fire on police with one of two troopers inside a patrol car struck by gunfire

1 dead, 8 sick in hazmat incident at Calif. hotel

Posted on September 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Guests of the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose reported smelling a chemical odor and feeling faint, light-headed and short of breath

Death toll in West Texas shooting rampage rises to 7

Posted on August 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Odessa police spokesman Steve LeSueur said that at least one of the shooting victims remained in life-threatening condition

Ohio county first responders deployed to Fla. before Hurricane Dorian makes landfall

Posted on August 31, 2019 by in Uncategorized

The IMT team will deploy for a 16-day mission to help assist with Hurricane Dorian response efforts

La. ambulance crews heading to Fla. to assist with Dorian response

Posted on August 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Acadian Ambulance has sent 60 EMTs and 30 ambulances to assist in evacuations

Ark. police probe 911 dispatcher after caller drowns

Posted on August 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police released audio of a former 911 dispatcher scolding a frantic newspaper delivery woman for driving into floodwaters

Odessa police chief: 21 shot, 5 killed in Texas shooting

Posted on August 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke says that at least 21 people have been injured by gunfire and five killed in a shooting in West Texas

Ohio FF-paramedics finish mowing lawn for owner taken to ER

Posted on August 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Medic 2 crew returned to the scene of an earlier medical call to finish up mowing for the owner

FDNY team to be deployed to Fla. to help during Hurricane Dorian

Posted on August 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Incident Management Team (IMT) members will help responders there with logistics, planning and personnel coordination

Diagnosing post-discharge complications in bariatric surgical patients

Posted on August 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Bariatric patients may present with dehydration, malnutrition and surgical site complications in the days and weeks after a bariatric surgery procedure

NY 9/11 stone memorial vandalized

Posted on August 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Police received a criminal mischief report and found a vandalized 9/11 stone memorial covered with spray paint

Okla. man leads police on chase in stolen ambulance

Posted on August 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Oklahoma Highway Troopers used stop sticks and flattened three of the emergency vehicle's tires before it came to a stop

Pa. specialized ambulance units deployed to South Florida

Posted on August 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

First responders from Fayette EMS and Murrysville Medic One are heading to a staging area in Georgia to support rescue and evacuation efforts as Hurricane Dorian approaches

Photo of the Week: Girl meets the air-med crew who saved her life

Posted on August 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Lexi was riding her bike on Mother’s Day when she was struck by a moving vehicle. Due to the severity of her injuries, she was air-lifted by Superior Air-Med Rescue. After she recovered, Lexi wanted to meet the crew who helped save her life. Submitted by Matt Lo Cascio, Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service Calling all EMS photographers! EMS1 wants to see pictures of you in action or...

Ky. county now classifies 911 dispatchers as first responders

Posted on August 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Knox County Judge and Executive Mike Mitchell said this resolution is being adopted across the Commonwealth

Fire chief describes unprecedented preparations for “Storm Area 51” event

Posted on August 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Teams are working on multiple contingency plans in anticipation of thousands descending on rural Nevada

Second county near ‘Storm Area 51’ event OK’s emergency order

Posted on August 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials are unsure how many or where people will show up for the events

The increase of assaults on EMS providers and how its affecting the industry

Posted on August 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts are joined by Austin Travis County EMS (ATCEMS) Chief Ernie Rodriguez to discuss staggering survey results about the prevalence of violence in EMS

An EMS approach to sinus tachycardia

Posted on August 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

When faced with sinus tachycardia, differentiate between SVT, consider the diagnosis and the effects of fever on tachycardia and heart rate

New Minn. city budget would transfer funds from police to FD mental health program

Posted on August 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The fire department would use the funds to implement new response protocols to more appropriately respond to mental health emergencies

Nev. county officials concerned over potential Area 51 gathering

Posted on August 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An untold, large number of people may be coming to Lincoln County, Nev. in late September, with some perhaps unhinged enough to try and take on the military

Texas fire department purchases off-road ambulances through state grants

Posted on August 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The all-terrain response units will also be used at the 9/11 Memorial Bicycle Ride

Naloxone now available in Wash. state without prescription

Posted on August 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The order functions as statewide prescription enabling all Washington residents and organizations to go to any pharmacy to get naloxone

EMS supervisor convicted of stealing over $100K from Pa. agency

Posted on August 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Ruth “Roxy” Rookstool, 59, was arrested on theft and fraud crimes for stealing from the Morrisville Ambulance Squad

UB researchers to study EMS nutrition habits

Posted on August 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The study will recruit day- and night-shift professionals and examine the on- and off-duty eating habits of EMS providers

Fla. fire chief retires, requests probe of EMS billing company

Posted on August 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The city of Apopka has also filed a lawsuit against National EMS Billing alleging fraud, breach of contract and unjust enrichment

EMTs, ED staff shock Ohio man’s heart 34 times

Posted on August 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Dr. Gregory Stefano credited the Hiram EMS crew for playing a large role in saving the life of Frank Briggs

EMTs, ED staff shock Ohio man’s heart 34 times

Posted on August 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Dr. Gregory Stefano credited the Hiram EMS crew for playing a large role in saving the life of Frank Briggs

EMTs, ED staff shock Ohio man’s heart 34 times

Posted on August 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Dr. Gregory Stefano credited the Hiram EMS crew for playing a large role in saving the life of Frank Briggs

Seven things you should know about your resuscitation training provider

Posted on August 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Getting quality resuscitation training is essential, especially when you can help save another life

Indy 500 medical pros star in documentary “Rapid Response”

Posted on August 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The documentary dives into the fast-paced motorsports industry, telling the story of medical and safety professionals who refuse to accept the mortality rate of the industry

Ohio city fire department launches paramedicine program

Posted on August 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Akron Fire Department is launching a paramedicine program to offer free, in-home consultations to help residents and reduce non-emergency calls

Ohio firefighters create peer support program

Posted on August 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Fire Peer Support Initiative provides an upstream approach to a holistic lifestyle aimed at reducing the negative effects the job has on first responders

Report: Fire agencies in Calif. counties face crisis fueled by funding, labor shortfalls

Posted on August 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A recent government study of 15 agencies found they struggle with too few firefighters, not enough money and ambulance services that are stretched thin

NC county awarded $2.2M state grant for new emergency call center

Posted on August 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The money will help fund renovation, hardware, equipment and associated technology costs for the call center

2 EMTs, 2 others injured after car runs red light, hits Honolulu AMR ambulance

Posted on August 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Two EMTs and the patient they were transporting were injured in the crash and the driver of the other vehicle was taken to the hospital with serious injuries

2 EMTs, 2 others injured after car runs red light, hits Honolulu AMR ambulance

Posted on August 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Two EMTs and the patient they were transporting were injured in the crash and the driver of the other vehicle was taken to the hospital with serious injuries

EMS Focus Webinar Quick Take: Updating National EMS Education Standards

Posted on August 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Behind the effort to update the 2009 National EMS Education Standards and what it means for the industry

NC Girls’ volleyball team bus plunges down embankment; 14 hurt

Posted on August 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

One person was air-lifted to a hospital and the others were transported to area hospitals after a school bus fell 30 feet down an embankment

NJ to open first responder-exclusive health center

Posted on August 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The First Responders Partnership Health Center will provide same-day-appointment primary care, labs, x-rays and prescriptions

Tenn. man steals ambulance, crashes it into police cruiser

Posted on August 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police tracked the ambulance via GPS and when they found it, the driver put the ambulance in reverse and crashed into a police SUV

5 tips for airway management in the bariatric patient

Posted on August 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Pre-oxygenate, evaluate for LEMONS and position a patient of any size correctly to help secure an airway

Volunteer EMS: 10 things to know about billing for services

Posted on August 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Not billing for EMS patient transport leaves money in the pockets of insurance companies and government programs created to pay for ambulance transport

Mixing business and billing: EMS documentation impact on billing and reimbursement

Posted on August 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Ambulance services cannot afford to feed the billing department incomplete, inaccurate or misrepresented information

EMS budget planning primer for new paramedic chiefs

Posted on August 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Climbing the ranks of EMS often fails to prepare new chiefs to discuss financial issues with local elected and appointed officials

Md. county to give 7.9% pay raise to career firefighters, EMTs

Posted on August 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

County executive says the raise will help the county remain competitive with other jurisdictions

3 tips for treating a fellow firefighter experiencing a medical emergency

Posted on August 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Prepared to treat your own? Lessons learned from a problematic incident

3 tips for treating a fellow firefighter experiencing a medical emergency

Posted on August 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Prepared to treat your own? Lessons learned from a problematic incident

SC city firefighters now equipped with naloxone

Posted on August 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighters will be carrying two doses of naloxone after the department administered the drug on 223 calls in one year

Fla. task force to deploy to the Caribbean for Tropical Storm Dorian

Posted on August 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A team of firefighters, medical crews, and hazmat specialists will provide search and rescue support, medical support, communications and damage assessment

Kan. county starts pilot program to boost response times

Posted on August 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The county revised its contract with AMR to temporarily waive the requirement to have paramedics on scenes at all calls within a specific time frame

Study: EMS jobs mostly filled by white males

Posted on August 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Having a diverse EMS crew enables EMTs and paramedics to lower the language and cultural barriers, providing patients a higher level of care

Airway management advances in the prehospital setting

Posted on August 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Delayed sequence intubation and lung protective ventilation have replaced rapid sequence intubation in modern airway management

3 Fla. nursing home employees to face charges in patient deaths after Hurricane Irma

Posted on August 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedic Craig Wohlitka testified last year that he and other paramedics were haunted by the patients' deaths

Va. first responders encouraged to use ‘Heads Up’ program

Posted on August 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The goal of the Heads Up program is to decrease the unknowns while responding to an emergency call

Compassion and skill: Mindfulness in EMS

Posted on August 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Being thoughtful is the key to success in EMS training, providing compassionate care and setting priorities

NHTSA to create prehospital pain management guideline

Posted on August 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The organization is seeking applications from interested parties to develop evidence-based guidelines for the pharmacologic management of acute pain in a prehospital setting

Lifting assistance: Carrying bariatric patients over the gap in today’s healthcare

Posted on August 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Community paramedicine communication with patients, their family members and the local crews can eliminate obstacles and improve patient care for bariatric patients

Ambulance response time a factor in Miss. wrongful death suit

Posted on August 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

In 2018, Elizabeth Neal experienced congestive heart failure and an ambulance did not arrive on the scene until an hour after the call went out

Treating and transporting bariatric patients

Posted on August 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

In this episode, our co-hosts discuss the challenges that come with assisting bariatric patients, including logistics, equipment needs and provider attitudes

Managing and moving the very large EMS patient

Posted on August 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Comprehensive approach is necessary to address problem without harming patients or providers

Va. city adds two medic units to meet advanced life support goal

Posted on August 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fredericksburg’s City Council set a priority in 2014 to establish around-the-clock advanced medical service to address the burden of increased medical calls

Search for missing first responders off Fla. coast continues by volunteers

Posted on August 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Volunteers including numerous JFRD and Fairfax County first responders will continue looking for the men

Search for missing first responders off Fla. coast to continue by volunteers

Posted on August 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Volunteers including numerous JFRD and Fairfax County first responders will continue looking for the men

6 injured after lightning strikes during PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta

Posted on August 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

All of those injured were alert while being transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries

Federal lawsuit filed against Wash. city, FD over dead man’s intubation

Posted on August 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jai Ginn, wife of Bradley Ginn Sr., filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the parties violated her civil rights to due process

Struggling Ky. ambulance services could double Medicaid money under new proposal

Posted on August 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The pre-filed bill for the 2020 legislative session would allow ground ambulance services across the state to seek more in federal Medicaid reimbursements

FF-paramedic heads new Pa. school club to connect students to public service careers

Posted on August 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The organization will introduce students to careers like volunteer firefighting, police work, emergency management, EMS and 911 dispatchers

Judge upholds Cleveland EMS captain’s firing over Facebook posts

Posted on August 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. also ruled that the EMS division’s social media policy is overly broad and unconstitutional

Wis. healthcare simulation center will open in 2020

Posted on August 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Aspirus Riverview Hospital and Mid-State Technical College partnered to open a simulation center to train healthcare professionals

Pa. implements new EMS protocols for critical patients

Posted on August 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A new state protocol has been approved that requires EMS responders to stay at the scene to treat critical patients for an additional 20 minutes

Pa. implements new EMS protocols for critical patients

Posted on August 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A new state protocol has been approved that requires EMS responders to stay at the scene to treat critical patients for an additional 20 minutes

2 NY EMTs injured in ambulance crash

Posted on August 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Two EMTs were involved in an ambulance crash, but were not transporting a patient at the time

Back to the advanced

Posted on August 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

We’ve all heard about getting ‘back to the basic,’ but sometimes paramedics need to make sure they get back to the advanced, as well

Using tech tools for better response to the mental health crisis

Posted on August 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

It's crucial that first responders are better equipped to respond to increasing mental health incidents

Using tech tools for better response to the mental health crisis

Posted on August 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

It's crucial that first responders are better equipped to respond to increasing mental health incidents

Baltimore FD sees uptick in EMS calls, reduces number of FFs responding to fire alarms

Posted on August 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

BFD responded to an average 154,800 EMS calls compared to 34,900 fire calls over the last three years, prompting changes to the how the FD responds to calls

Ohio’s Tritan EMS owners to pay back $3.3M for fraudulent billing

Posted on August 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jeralyn Dougherty and Clint Green were sentenced to prison and ordered to pay more than $3.3 million in restitution to Medicare, Medicaid and the IRS

27 people injured in Calif. light rail train derailment

Posted on August 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

More than 40 firefighters and 15 ambulance crews responded to the incident

Area 51 “Alien Stock” event prompts emergency planning

Posted on August 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

County officials are worried that the number of visitors that may attend the event will be an issue for EMS providers, communications, and internet services

Area 51 “Alien Stock” event prompts emergency planning

Posted on August 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

County officials are worried that the number of visitors that may attend the event will be an issue for EMS providers, communications, and internet services

Chaplaincy service started for Wash. first responders

Posted on August 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The goal of the service is to lower suicide rates, divorce rates and job burnout that many first responders experience

Chaplaincy service started for Wash. first responders

Posted on August 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The goal of the service is to lower suicide rates, divorce rates and job burnout that many first responders experience

Search for missing first responders suspended after 7 days

Posted on August 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said they have reached a point they no longer can search with any degree of success now

Ga. first responders form new rescue task force

Posted on August 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

This week, 40 first responders from multiple agencies gathered for the first nine-week training session

Engineers build first responder-exclusive search engine for use during emergencies

Posted on August 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The tool will be able to give first responders real-time text and visuals from social media, as well as from surveillance cameras and sensors

Texas boat crash injures several adults and children

Posted on August 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

One adult and one child were transported via an air ambulance to the hospital

Kan. FD tackles medic shortage by providing course reimbursement, stipend

Posted on August 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

KCKFD will refund up to $5,000 for students taking a paramedic course, as well as provide a monthly stipend of $2,300

NC EMS supervisor charged with assault

Posted on August 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Lisa Gunn, 48, is charged with misdemeanor simple assault after a July 22 incident in which a man claims Gunn grabbed him and pulled him out of a truck

Md. court rules in favor of medics in 2011 gross negligence suit

Posted on August 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A court ruled that Paramedics Joseph Stracke and Stephanie Cisneros did not act in a grossly negligent way when they “inaccurately diagnosed and treated” Kerry Butler Jr.

Conn. firefighter injured after lightning sets house on fire

Posted on August 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighters grappled with a 120-gallon propane tank against the rear of the home that was blowing off pressure with a 40-foot fireball while battling the blaze

Tenn. city fire departments will become safe havens for residents with opioid addiction

Posted on August 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The initiative launches at the end of the month and will provide 24-hour assistance for those seeking to be connected with treatment and recovery options

Search intensifies for missing FF, master tech off Fla. coast

Posted on August 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighter Brian McCluney and Master Technician Justin Walker have been missing since heading out in a boat on Friday

Unique patient signs: A case study

Posted on August 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paying attention to common eponyms discovered during a patient assessment and their associated pathology can identify a patient’s most critical needs

Drexel University scientists complete study of assaults on first responders

Posted on August 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

First responders who have been assaulted need more counseling on what they can expect from the legal system, study says

Ga. man accused of stealing $136K from ambulance service

Posted on August 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Edward T. Stevenson allegedly cashed 132 checks from the ambulance service from January 2013 to March 2017

2 paramedics injured in multi-vehicle ambulance crash

Posted on August 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

First responders transported three people, including two paramedics, to area hospitals

EMT killed, 7 injured in Mont. demolition derby crash

Posted on August 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

One driver was unable to stop and his car went through the fence, injuring several people and killing a female EMT

Lawsuit: 911 dispatcher failed to send ambulance after yak attacked Ore. man

Posted on August 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The lawsuit claims dispatchers failed to send help, even though 13 seconds into the call, the 911 system pinged Brian Wing’s location

21 injured in Va. crash between bus and minivan

Posted on August 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Of the 21 injured, 16 people were taken to the hospital and one person was transported with serious injuries

Man charged in armed carjacking of off-duty Cleveland paramedic

Posted on August 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Darion Bond, 19, stole the paramedic’s keys, wallet and phone at gunpoint before he got into the paramedic’s SUV and sped away

Mont. demolition derby crash kills 1, injures at least 7

Posted on August 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

One driver was unable to stop and his car flew right through the fence injuring several people and killing one woman

How to become a 911 dispatcher

Posted on August 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Emergency dispatchers are crucial for obtaining information needed to determine an emergency course of action.

Tenn. firefighter-paramedic dies while off-duty

Posted on August 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Grant Langer, 23, served with the Memphis Fire Department for two years

Tenn. firefighter-paramedic dies while off-duty

Posted on August 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Grant Langer, 23, served with the Memphis Fire Department for two years

9 people injured in Pa. when lightning strikes tree causing it to fall on tent

Posted on August 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Nine people, including children, were transported to the hospital with back and head injuries, as well as cuts and bruises

9 injured in Pa. after tree falls on tent due to lightning strike

Posted on August 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Nine people, including children, were transported to the hospital with back and head injuries, as well as cuts and bruises

9 injured in Pa. after tree falls on tent due to lightning strike

Posted on August 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Nine people, including children, were transported to the hospital with back and head injuries, as well as cuts and bruises

Missing Calif. EMT found deceased

Posted on August 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A preliminary investigation suggests that he "may have fallen in the steep and rocky terrain" during his five-day solo hiking trip in the mountains

Search continues off the Fla. coast for 2 missing firefighters

Posted on August 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies searched about 24,000 square miles looking for the missing boaters

Search continues off Fla. coast for 2 missing firefighters

Posted on August 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies searched about 24,000 square miles looking for the missing boaters

Excessive 911 calls to Tenn. fire department shows gap in resources

Posted on August 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jeffery Henson, 57, lives with a genetic neurodegenerative disease and called the fire department more than 90 times in one month

Excessive 911 calls to Tenn. fire department shows gap in resources

Posted on August 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jeffery Henson, 57, lives with a genetic neurodegenerative disease and called the fire department more than 90 times in one month

Judge orders Heather Locklear to residential treatment for 2018 assault of first responders

Posted on August 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Heather Locklear faced five counts of battery on an officer, one count of battery on emergency personnel and two counts of resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer

Heather Locklear ordered to residential treatment for 2018 first responder assault

Posted on August 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Heather Locklear faced five counts of battery on an officer, one count of battery on emergency personnel and two counts of resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer

Austin paramedic leads efforts in homeless outreach program

Posted on August 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Amber Price said seeing the same people make the same mistakes made her want to find ways to help people beyond rushing to them in an ambulance

Paramedic pinned by car at NC Walmart parking lot airlifted to hospital

Posted on August 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A paramedic got out of an ambulance and a Mustang accelerated forward and pinned the paramedic against the ambulance

Ala. city council to vote on ambulance service ordinance

Posted on August 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The new ordinance features financial penalties of up to $20,000 for failure to meet response time requirements and a $2 million insurance bond requirement

EMT missing after 5-day solo hiking trip in Northern California

Posted on August 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Twelve search and rescue teams were deployed to continue the search for Daniel Komins, who has not been heard from since August 11

Minn. paramedic utlizes magic for pediatric emergency calls

Posted on August 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Ivan Mazurkiewicz performs magic tricks for his youngest patients as a way to calm them down and make their ride to the hospital less stressful

Woman accused of stabbing Boston EMT not competent for trial

Posted on August 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The EMT was stabbed seven times in the abdomen and legs and a second EMT driving the ambulance was pepper-sprayed

Minn. paramedic utilizes magic during pediatric emergency calls

Posted on August 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Ivan Mazurkiewicz performs magic tricks for his youngest patients as a way to calm them down and make their ride to the hospital less stressful

Md. medic unit involved in crash while transporting patient

Posted on August 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An Anne Arundel County medic unit was transporting a patient with serious injuries sustained in an earlier vehicle crash

Training Day: Chest seals, tourniquets and trauma dressings

Posted on August 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Challenge EMS providers’ critical thinking and appropriate skill deployment with these 3 penetrating trauma scenarios, ranging from moderate hemorrhage to exsanguination

NIOSH conducts EMS injury risk management study

Posted on August 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS at higher injury risk than all other U.S. professions

2019 winners of National EMS Awards of Excellence announced

Posted on August 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Recipients will receive their award during the opening ceremony at NAEMT’s General Membership Meeting

17 injured in Ky. crash between truck and Greyhound bus

Posted on August 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

First responders have cleared the scene where 17 people were injured in a two-vehicle collision between a commercial truck and a Greyhound bus

Misconceptions about airway management and the industry gold standard

Posted on August 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts discuss airway management and its important role in EMS, including common misconceptions and the standard all providers should strive for

17 hospitalized in NC multi-passenger van crash

Posted on August 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials say one victim was found trapped inside the van and responders used hydraulic rescue cutters and saws to remove them

How wearable tech can help monitor first responders’ health

Posted on August 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Now EMS providers can directly monitor their risk of life-threatening conditions

5 tips for managing the PEA cardiac arrest patient

Posted on August 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Since the differential diagnosis for PEA is wide and ACLS offers little guidance, try these tips to improve the chances of patient survival

U.S. Sen. McConnell helps to secure $6.6M grant for Ky. opioid rural program

Posted on August 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The money will be used to establish a Rural Center of Excellence on Substance Use Disorder to oversee and provide treatment in 47 rural counties across the state

McConnell helps secure $6.6M grant for rural Ky. opioid program

Posted on August 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The money will be used to establish a Rural Center of Excellence on Substance Use Disorder to oversee and provide treatment in 47 rural counties across the state

Veinity Fair: Evaluating jugular venous distension

Posted on August 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Ever ogle the veins of someone you're being introduced to? You're not alone

Veinity Fair: Evaluating jugular venous distension

Posted on August 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Ever ogle the veins of someone you're being introduced to? You're not alone

NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., family rescued from fiery plane crash

Posted on August 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials credited the quick response by area EMS and firefighters for helping the passengers and mitigating any potential environmental problems with fuel runoff

EMS protocols all paramedics should follow

Posted on August 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Training paramedics and EMTs on changes to EMS protocols ensures they’re performing to the best of their ability within the parameters of recognized standards

Fighting fire from an ambulance: A difficult but rewarding job

Posted on August 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighter/paramedics assigned to the ambulance face unique challenges but also gain unparalleled experience

6 officers shot in Philly; 2 LEOs trapped in active scene

Posted on August 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Other officers are being treated for non-gunshot injuries

First responders sign Texas flag in the aftermath of El Paso shooting

Posted on August 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Texas first responders are signing and passing a pair of Texas flags around the state to show support for their fellow first responders after the El Paso Shooting

First responders sign Texas flag in the aftermath of El Paso shooting

Posted on August 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Texas first responders are signing and passing a pair of Texas flags around the state to show support for their fellow first responders after the El Paso Shooting

Ga. paramedic to open wrestling academy

Posted on August 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jeff Tucker wants to share his love of wrestling and provide a family-friendly version of wrestling to his community

Ga. paramedic to open wrestling academy

Posted on August 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jeff Tucker wants to share his love of wrestling and provide a family-friendly version of wrestling to his community

Fla. man arrested in Pa. for interfering with paramedics

Posted on August 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Justin H. Ryan refused to follow police orders and recorded paramedics treating a patient with his cellphone

5 steps to address physical and cognitive issues in an aging EMS workforce

Posted on August 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

If an EMS provider’s diminished capacity prevents them from performing the job’s essential functions or puts anyone’s safety at risk, consider reasonable accommodations

Death and the intimacy of truth: A lesson for EMS leaders

Posted on August 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Even when we as healthcare providers must deliver hard truths, there can be an intimacy and a human connection that comes with honesty in the worst of circumstances

6 officers shot in Philly; gunman in custody after hourslong standoff

Posted on August 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Many officers "had to escape through windows and doors to get (away) from a barrage of bullets"

Medics use shopping cart full of ice to immerse patient suffering heat stroke

Posted on August 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

First responders arrived on scene to find an unresponsive man with a core temperature of 108.2 degrees

6 officers shot in Philly; 2 LEOs in building with gunman freed

Posted on August 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An hourslong standoff with a gunman barricaded inside a northern Philadelphia home is continuing into the night

Fla. city to address 911 deficiencies over a year after Parkland shooting

Posted on August 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

911 callers were put on hold and transferred, and the emergency radio system froze due to excessive traffic during the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Photo of the Week: AMR Georgia empowers citizens

Posted on August 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

This week's photo features Brian Noll, Shandeana Price, Jake Wall and Antoine Meadows at the NAACP Health & Safety Fair at the South DeKalb Mall, which AMR Georgia participated in. AMR’s Stop The Bleed and CPR trainings are intended to empower and equip bystanders to take simple steps that may help save a life before help arrives. [Read: Resilient communities train citizens to be...

6 Mont. EMS departments receive $300K to start pilot program

Posted on August 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Six Montana EMS departments received $50,000 each to purchase equipment and begin training for an integrated healthcare pilot program

Cleveland medic writes scathing resignation letter

Posted on August 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Megan Mull cites a "toxic and dangerous environments" as reasons for her departure

Study reveals Houston FD issues with resource allocation

Posted on August 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Rice University conducted an in-depth analysis of 911 calls, determining fire trucks were responding to 25% of calls where an ambulance was required

Study reveals Houston FD issues with resource allocation

Posted on August 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Rice University conducted an in-depth analysis of 911 calls, determining fire trucks were responding to 25% of calls where an ambulance was required

Mich. paramedic accused of swiping morphine, fentanyl for personal use

Posted on August 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Eric Stanke, 34, was arraigned for charges that include possession of a controlled substance and two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud

Feel the heat: Managing exertional heat stroke

Posted on August 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

NAEMSP and NATA recommend a cool first, transport second approach to exertional heat stroke treatment with cold water immersion therapy

Ky. judge orders 911 dispatch center study

Posted on August 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Daviess County Judge-Executive Al Mattingly requested a study be conducted on the feasibility of consolidating regional 911 dispatch centers into one center

When the guns go silent: how to manage the aftermath of a mass shooting

Posted on August 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Emergency management concerns for the hours and days following an active shooter event

FDNY first responders entangled in Epstein scandal after information leak

Posted on August 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

FDNY officials reviewed the leaked reports on the message board and are confident that the information was not posted by a first responder

Mass. ambulance service trains youth cadets in lifesaving techniques

Posted on August 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Armstrong Ambulance Service taught cadets hands-only CPR and Stop the Bleed techniques to ready them for the field

FirstNet Authority releases roadmap for future network

Posted on August 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

FirstNet officials attended individual engagements, workshops and summits with first responders to ensure the roadmap meets responders’ communication needs

Iowa paramedics assist 79-year-old quadriplegic resident in celebrating his birthday

Posted on August 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedics helped a local man see his garden grow after eight years of not being able to go outside

Ohio city upgrades ambulance equipment and implements notification system

Posted on August 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The newest ambulance cot will increase patient handling safety, and the EMS-to-hospital notification system aims to improve patient care

New Ohio requirement mandates dispatchers be certified

Posted on August 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Ohio Department of Administrative Services gave all dispatch centers a deadline to either be EMD certified or to submit a timeline for compliance

Cincinnati family sues city for wrongful death after failed 911 responses

Posted on August 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The lawsuit states that "defendants acted recklessly and with deliberate indifference in failing to protect Kyle Plush, causing him to suffer greatly before his death"

What is the right way to observe Memorial Day?

Posted on August 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

People have the right to do whatever it is that makes them happy, provided it does not infringe upon another's right to do the same

Double LODD and violent attacks on EMS

Posted on August 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Understanding the risks inherent in EMS is critical to taking action to prevent death and injury in the line of duty

Calif. wins $11.3M grant to upgrade its 911 call centers

Posted on August 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

California received the largest award in the country, totaling $11,399,076 to improve its 911 centers

Calif. awarded $11.3M grant to upgrade 911 centers

Posted on August 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

California received the largest award in the country, totaling $11,399,076 to improve its 911 centers

Mo. TCAD Paramedics purchase ballistic body armor

Posted on August 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

TCAD Paramedics purchased this equipment to provide an additional layer of protection for personnel safety and in the event of an emergency

Survey: 90% of American adults consider air ambulances a critical service

Posted on August 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

YouGov conducted a poll revealing that a majority of people consider air ambulance services are critical and should be covered by insurance companies

FAA launches probe into helicopter pilot that fell asleep at controls

Posted on August 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Boston MedFlight pilot allegedly fell asleep while transporting a patient from Martha's Vineyard to a Boston hospital

How to project integrity as an EMS leader

Posted on August 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Being true to your core values is always the better road to choose

The evolution of a regional system of care in large vessel occlusion stroke

Posted on August 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Montgomery County Hospital District EMS experience paired a novel stroke assessment endovascular pathway with specialized training

Survey: How do you train to move, assess and treat bariatric patients?

Posted on August 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Please take a couple moments to answer these multiple-choice questions, which will help us capture how your agency is staying up to date on training for EMS treatment of bariatric patients

Bruised but not broken: Intentionally facing PTSD

Posted on August 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After trauma images trigger nightmares, a paramedic decides to face his PTSD head on by resisting isolation

2 W. Va. paramedics die in ambulance crash

Posted on August 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedics Brittany Young and Ronald Dick II were killed in an ambulance crash after hitting the back of a tractor-trailer

NYPD investigating BB gunshots fired at window of FDNY ambulance

Posted on August 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The FDNY ambulance was passing an appartment complex when its crew heard loud cracks and spotted two spiderweb holes in the passenger-side window

Joint position statement released on paramedic degree requirements

Posted on August 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The NAEMSE, NAEMSA and the International Association of Flight and Critical Care Paramedics said it’s time for paramedics to obtain an associate degree

Study: Ky. county emergency communication system is obsolete

Posted on August 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The study found some of the system's equipment to send and boost radio signals is no longer being manufactured or supported by manufacturers

Tenn. paramedic dies while hiking the Great Smoky Mountains

Posted on August 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

His brother and park medics performed CPR for an hour trying to save Harold Thompson, 58, after he went into cardiac distress while hiking

Video: 4 paramedics injured in FDNY ambulance crash

Posted on August 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The two ambulances involved in the crash did not have a patient on board and all four medics were transported to the hospital for evaluation

2 Maine FD personnel honored for saving woman trying to jump off bridge

Posted on August 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Town officials and the fire chief praised the firefighter and paramedic's empathy in handling the situation

4 people injured head-on crash involving Mass. ambulance

Posted on August 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Two firefighter-paramedics, the patient they were transporting and driver of the Jeep were taken to the hospital

4 people injured in head-on crash involving Mass. ambulance

Posted on August 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Two firefighter-paramedics, the patient they were transporting and driver of the Jeep were taken to the hospital

FDNY notifies more than 10K patients of possible data breach

Posted on August 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An FDNY employee lost an unencrypted hard drive containing patient care reports made between 2011 and 2018

SC ambulance service to pay $200K in back wages

Posted on August 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Department of Labor officials ended an investigation on MedTrust and concluded that the ambulance service violated federal overtime requirements

2 Calif. first responders injured in rig crash

Posted on August 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Two EMS providers, as well as the patient inside and the driver of the other vehicle, were treated with non-life-threatening injuries and transported to the hospital

Keep talking: Don’t let EMS provider mental health become a taboo topic

Posted on August 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts discuss the recent passing of a friend and the importance of maintaining a dialogue regarding EMS provider mental health

Philadelphia ranked as busiest ambulance service in the nation

Posted on August 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Engine 25 Medic 8 in Philadelphia topped a recently released list with 10,096 runs

Fair exchange: 10 things your agency should be paying for

Posted on August 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS agencies can spread goodwill by compensating providers for the extras, from skills enhancement to personal medical equipment

NAEMSP announces CPR video challenge winner

Posted on August 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS agencies across the nation submitted educational music videos that featured a song that can help bystanders maintain the ideal rate for chest compressions

5 Pa. counties to upgrade tech in EMS units

Posted on August 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS providers will get 90 modems and data plans for units to transmit electrocardiograms from the field

Mom seeks refuge in Ky. ambulance with kids after shots fired

Posted on August 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The LFD ambulance was in the area responding to a call when a woman and her children asked the firefighters for help after her car was hit by bullets

Video: NJ ambulance crashes into a home

Posted on August 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Plainfield ambulance was involved in a crash with a minivan moments before it crashed into the home

Study: Patients receive treatment 10 minutes faster on mobile stroke units

Posted on August 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The study spanned from 2014 to 2018 and looked at data from 161 patients, who underwent intra-arterial thrombectomy after suffering a stroke

Ill. ambulance hits 86-year-old pedestrian

Posted on August 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The 86-year-old was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries

Ga. EMS agency triage app helps paramedics during mass casualty incidents

Posted on August 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedics used the app to quickly identify victims during a joint mass casualty drill and categorized patients based on injury

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Posted on August 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

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Texas boy, 8, named honorary EMT for helping dad after ATV crash

Posted on August 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The father and son duo were driving four-wheelers out in the countryside of Oklahoma over the weekend when Brody's dad drove his ATV into a ravine

Texas boy, 8, named honorary EMT for helping dad after ATV crash

Posted on August 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The father and son duo were driving four-wheelers out in the countryside of Oklahoma over the weekend when Brody's dad drove his ATV into a ravine

Texas boy, 8, named honorary EMT for helping dad after ATV crash

Posted on August 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The father and son duo were driving four-wheelers out in the countryside of Oklahoma over the weekend when Brody's dad drove his ATV into a ravine

Mass. lawmakers approve expansion of mobile health program

Posted on August 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Commonwealth Care Alliance's mobile health program has partnered with local paramedics to reduce non-emergency transportation to the hospital

How can a mechanical CPR device fit into your EMS service?

Posted on August 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Educate partners and update CPR protocols while considering how to deploy a mechanical CPR device in the field

W.Va. man pleads guilty to biting EMT’s finger

Posted on August 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Quinton Ashley Andrews admitted to gnawing on an EMT’s finger for 56 seconds

W.Va. man pleads guilty to biting paramedic’s finger

Posted on August 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Quinton Ashley Andrews faces a prison term of 3-15 years when he's sentenced for malicious assault on emergency medical services personnel

Phoenix woman steals ambulance, crashes into chain link fence

Posted on August 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police officers deployed spike strips to stop Kimberly Vasich after she stole the rig

Retired Texas FF-EMT starts nonprofit to help injured first responders

Posted on August 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Hurt and Fall Foundation is a nonprofit organization geared towards helping first responders care and maintain their property after suffering injury or death

Colo. FD swears in 2 service dogs to assist with mental health

Posted on August 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

MFR's Emergency Responder Service Dogs program aims to reduce stress to emergency responders

6 steps to prevent an oxygen tank explosion/regulator fire

Posted on August 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An EMT was injured when an oxygen tank caught fire in the ambulance during a patient transport, a rare but serious threat

6 steps to prevent an oxygen tank explosion/regulator fire

Posted on August 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An EMT was injured when an oxygen tank caught fire in the ambulance during a patient transport, a rare but serious threat

NJ EMS agency is back on track after implementing corrective action plan

Posted on August 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS Consulting Services is overseeing the Delran Emergency Squad after its license was suspended and its former chief sentenced to jail

Dallas ambulance response times lag behind national standard

Posted on August 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Dallas Fire-Rescue department added a full-time ambulance and will implement a long-planned new tiered EMS dispatch software to improve response times

Mich. ambulance crew reports drunken-driving crash

Posted on August 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Leland Fire and Rescue ambulance crew was returning from a call when they stumbled upon the crash and reported it to the police department

Survey: Two-thirds of Austin paramedics report being assaulted at work

Posted on August 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An internal survey by Austin-Travis County EMS found that 22 communications employees said they had been verbally assaulted and 132 field medics said they had been physically assaulted

Ky. ambulance service awarded $10K grant to purchase CPR machines

Posted on August 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials also applied for the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security grant to allow the agency to equip all ambulances with the machines

3 first responders injured in Boston ambulance crash

Posted on August 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Three EMS personnel and one civilian were transported to Boston-area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries

Sept. 11 victim fund to end award reductions and restore previously reduced awards

Posted on August 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

DoJ officials said the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund will take steps to notify nearly 1,700 claimants of their unreduced payments by Sept. 11 of this year

16 injured in Mass. crash after man attacks bus driver

Posted on August 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The 16 people injured in the crash were all transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries

How to respond to a denial of service at a restaurant or coffee shop

Posted on August 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS, police and fire personnel need to prepare for being asked to leave a restaurant, coffee shop or grocery store

Proactive EMS approaches to opioid response (eBook)

Posted on August 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Download this free eBook to learn what steps your agency can take to fight the opioid abuse epidemic

7 things public safety officials need to know about Safe Haven laws

Posted on August 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

These state laws are designed to prevent infanticide and offer parents a safe place to surrender their child without fear of being prosecuted

ET3 Model application portal is now live

Posted on August 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The team is also hosting a tutorial webinar about the RFA Online Portal, which will review functionality, and provide guidance and tips for EMS agencies and providers

Therapy dogs sent to comfort El Paso victims, first responders

Posted on August 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Rudy and Channel are in El Paso to deliver “unconditional love and support" to first responders and victims affected by the mass shooting

Lollapalooza concertgoer arrested for assaulting EMS personnel

Posted on August 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Benjamin Shorb, 25, was charged with aggravated battery of a government employee and criminal damage to property

The evolving threat of active shooters: How EMS needs to change its approach

Posted on August 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

As active shooters target different locations and mass gatherings, first responders need to adapt their preparation and response from the rescue task force model

Rapid Response: Do we need a tactical military medicine approach to MCI response?

Posted on August 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Preparation, practice, standardization and community involvement will enable your EMS agency to act quickly and decisively in response to MCIs

2 El Paso victims die at hospital, raising death toll to 22

Posted on August 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Speaking at the White House on Monday, President Donald Trump condemned the two attacks

Baltimore County to pay more than $1.1M to settle wrongful death lawsuit

Posted on August 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The lawsuit alleged that officers used excessive force against Boyd and that county EMS erred in injecting him with the anti-psychotic medication Haldol

Pa. ambulance involved in three-vehicle crash

Posted on August 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

One of the vehicles received damage on both sides and fire crews had to pry open the driver and passenger side doors to free the three occupants

Pa. ambulance involved in 3-vehicle crash

Posted on August 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

One of the vehicles received damage on both sides and fire crews had to pry open the driver and passenger side doors to free the three occupants

9 killed in Ohio in second US mass shooting within 24 hours

Posted on August 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

26 people were injured and transported to area hospitals, though details about their conditions have not been released

Texas governor: 20 dead in El Paso shopping-complex shooting

Posted on August 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the shooting "a heinous and senseless act of violence"

Mass. officials suspend rescue squad president’s EMT license

Posted on August 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Department of Public Health officials state that Daniel McCall misrepresented his credentials to teach an EMT class

NC man steals ambulance from hospital lot

Posted on August 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Joshua Kyle Poindexter allegedly led Gaston County Police on a chase while driving more than 15 mph above the speed limit

Mo. city resumes using its fire department for emergency ambulance calls

Posted on August 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The city hired 12 firefighters/paramedics to staff the and supplement the existing fire department workforce

Hospitals: 22 injured, 1 dead in Texas border town shooting

Posted on August 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the shooting "a heinous and senseless act of violence"

Police: Multiple people dead, 1 in custody in Texas shooting

Posted on August 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials say multiple people were killed in an attack at a shopping complex in El Paso

EMS transports down first day at Lollapalooza

Posted on August 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

In 2018, there were 160 medical transports total for the first day, this year there were 21 EMS transports, officials say

Fla. EMS billing agency mistakenly publishes hundreds of confidential health records

Posted on August 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

National EMS Billing had uploaded a 1,105-page document to the courts’ website, which allows anyone with internet access to see the information

3 killed as cliff collapses on popular California beach

Posted on August 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Several victims had to be dug out of a 30-foot-by-25-foot section of the bluff that gave way and dumped rock and sand onto the people below

Texas woman earns CPR certification after paramedics save her life

Posted on August 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Cypress Creek EMS paramedics were reunited with Betsey Raierie seven years after she went into cardiac arrest

Indiana county, EMS agency sued for negligence in man’s death

Posted on August 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paul Tarashuk was struck and killed by a vehicle after first responders released him while he was experiencing a schizophrenic episode

SC county, EMS agency sued for negligence in man’s death

Posted on August 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paul Tarashuk was struck and killed by a vehicle after first responders released him while he was experiencing a schizophrenic episode

Wis. EMS agency to build new building as part of proposed joint facility with fire department

Posted on August 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The EMS and fire department are looking at building a new joint facility to address the spatial limitations

McDonald’s employee refuses to serve paramedic, won’t serve ‘anyone with a badge’

Posted on August 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Sunstar paramedic was denied service after being told by an employee “we don’t serve officers in here”

21 people transported to Mass. hospital after multiple vehicle crash involving a school bus

Posted on August 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A level-two mass casualty event was declared to free up the resources needed to address a large number of injured people

21 people transported to Mass. hospital after multiple vehicle crash

Posted on August 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A level-two mass casualty event was declared to free up the resources needed to address a large number of injured people

What the 2019 EMS Trend Report reveals about the industry

Posted on August 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts are joined by EMS1 Editor-in-Chief Greg Friese to discuss the findings presented in this year's trend report

RFK granddaughter dies after possible overdose at Kennedy family compound

Posted on August 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedics transported Saoirse Kennedy Hill from the Kennedy compound to the hospital where she was pronounced dead

Pittsburgh ambulance involved in hit-and-run crash

Posted on August 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The ambulance was transporting a patient when a vehicle hit the ambulance from behind

EEOC files suit against Wash. AMR for pregnancy discrimination

Posted on August 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The EOCC lawsuit states that AMR refused the request of a pregnant paramedic for light duty during her third trimester

EEOC files suit against Wash. AMR for pregnancy discrimination

Posted on August 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The EOCC lawsuit states that AMR refused the request of a pregnant paramedic for light duty during her third trimester

10 things you need to know about acute pain management

Posted on August 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS providers must have a thorough understanding of pain assessment tools and options for acute pain management, especially with the recent focus on opioid abuse

NY EMT accused of making racists remarks on the job

Posted on August 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

A New York EMT made off-color remarks to a colleague, and on social media, concerning incidents she responded to

Training Day: Train citizens to use an AED

Posted on August 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Citizens are the force multipliers of public safety, and have the potential to save lives before EMS arrives

Ky. fiscal court to consider backup ambulance service agreement

Posted on July 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The situation comes after Owensboro Health announced plans to exit an ambulance agreement, leaving the region without a secondary emergency medical transport service

37 injured in Texas Exxon Mobil refinery explosion and fire

Posted on July 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

The city of Baytown issued a shelter in place that lasted for about three hours for residents living west of the plant

1 dead, 5 injured, several missing in Ky. pipeline explosion

Posted on July 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Some structures were consumed by the blaze, and five to seven people were unaccounted for when firefighters extinguished the flames hours later

(Webinar) Taking the nation’s pulse: The 2019 Fitch/EMS1 Trend Report

Posted on July 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Learn more about the trends that are shaping the field of EMS from our discussion of the 2019 EMS1 Trend Report

5 firefighters, 3 state troopers injured in a multiple vehicle crash in NJ

Posted on July 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The crash caused significant damage to an ambulance, fire truck and state police SUVs

Kan. county training tactical paramedics to meet needs

Posted on July 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

County officials hope to have 12 additional tactical paramedics by the end of September

2 EMS providers injured in ambulance crash

Posted on July 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS responded to a vehicle crash involving a food truck, and with so much litter on the road, they were forced to stop quickly causing a chain reaction

2 EMS providers injured in ambulance crash

Posted on July 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS responded to a vehicle crash involving a food truck, and with so much litter on the road, they were forced to stop quickly causing a chain reaction

New NY law allows first responders to remove animals left in vehicles

Posted on July 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The law takes effect immediately under conditions in which the animal is in danger of death or severe injury due to exposure

Md. firefighter-paramedic takes down knife-wielding man

Posted on July 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Diego De Abreu Peclat Dos Santos, who is trained in mixed martial arts, stopped a suspect from stealing an ambulance and assaulting a hospital nurse

Md. firefighter-paramedic takes down knife-wielding man

Posted on July 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Diego De Abreu Peclat Dos Santos, who is trained in mixed martial arts, stopped a suspect from stealing an ambulance and assaulting a hospital nurse

Pa. police charge former assistant fire chief, paramedic with sexual assault

Posted on July 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Parker A. Foster Jr. was serving probation for a 2016 sex assault case when he was charged with sexually assaulting a person with a mental disability

Rapid Response: Is MCI response part of your community celebration planning?

Posted on July 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Every community has a festival, fair or event that could be a target for violence, like the Gilroy Garlic Festival

Enhancing wellbeing, engagement and patient care in EMS with weak ties

Posted on July 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Approaching casual relationships intentionally in EMS has lasting implications for improving engagement and optimism in the EMS workforce

ET3 model application portal and tutorial webinar announced

Posted on July 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The ET3 model team will go over the portal's functionality, as well as give guidance and tips on how to submit an application and participate

Tenn. paramedic trains with CrossFit after suffering stroke

Posted on July 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Ericka Long, 29, suffered a stroke after contracting meningitis from a patient

Webinar: Helping first responders cut through the 5G hype

Posted on July 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Join the discussion on how 5G mobile technology will transform public safety

Wash. city firefighter-EMT charged with assault

Posted on July 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Video shows Firefighter-EMT Sean Clayton grabbing a woman’s hair when responding to call outside a hospital ER

Mass. ambulance company to provide self-defense classes for first responders

Posted on July 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The company is providing self defense classes after two Boston EMTs were attacked while responding to an emergency call

Multiple emergency vehicles involved in NJ highway wreck

Posted on July 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An ambulance, state trooper SUV and a fire truck were involved in a multiple vehicle wreck that left two troopers injured

Driver who crashed car into Mich. ambulance was intoxicated, prosecutor says

Posted on July 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The driver of the ambulance was pinned in the vehicle as a result of the crash and extricated by first responders

2 former Mo. ambulance district employees sentenced in embezzlement case

Posted on July 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The former Vernon County Ambulance district director and bookkeeper were sentenced to federal prison for embezzling more than $270,000

Mich. EMS provider pinned in vehicle after crash

Posted on July 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police are investigating an ambulance crash that left the emergency services driver pinned inside

Video: Police release dashcam video of Fort Pierce ambulance chase

Posted on July 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Dashcam video shows the Fort Pierce Police Department pursuing the stolen ambulance

NY Gov. Cuomo extends county 911 phone tax for 10 years

Posted on July 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law extending the extra 65-cent surcharge per wired line number through 2029

Trump signs Sept. 11 victims’ compensation fund extension

Posted on July 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

President Trump signed into law an extension of the Sept. 11 victim fund through 2092 in front of 60 first responders from the 2001 terrorist attacks

Trump signs Sept. 11 victims’ compensation fund extension

Posted on July 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

President Trump signed into law an extension of the Sept. 11 victim fund through 2092 in front of 60 first responders from the 2001 terrorist attacks

3 killed, 12 injured in shooting at California festival

Posted on July 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The shooting occurred during an annual garlic festival that attracts more than 100,000 people

Off-duty FDNY paramedic crashes into an unmarked police vehicle

Posted on July 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Gerard Colvert, 30, was charged with DWI, reckless driving and driving with impaired ability

Okla. city increases rates and wages for AMR ambulance services

Posted on July 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The rate increase will allow AMR to be more competitive with wages and salaries which will help recruit and retain employees

Police: Fla. paramedic downloaded dozens of images of child porn

Posted on July 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested Thomas Peltier for 45 counts of possessing child pornography

Idaho FD repurposes retired ambulance to implement a tiered response approach

Posted on July 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The ambulance, dubbed Aid 1, is staffed with two firefighters-EMTs that will respond to more routine or minor health emergencies

Idaho FD repurposes retired ambulance to implement a tiered response approach

Posted on July 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The ambulance, dubbed Aid 1, is staffed with two firefighters-EMTs that will respond to more routine or minor health emergencies

Mass. city hires EMTs to cover for lifeguards that are staging “sick-out” over supervisor firings

Posted on July 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The guards are staging their job action in a dispute over the firing of two lifeguards supervisors earlier this week

State grants enable NY EMS agency to purchase 2 ambulances

Posted on July 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

New Windsor EMS took delivery of the new ambulances, which cost a total of $400,000 including equipment, earlier this week

Police: Fla. paramedic downloaded dozens of images of child porn

Posted on July 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested Thomas Peltier for 45 counts of possessing child pornography

LSU students save professor after sudden cardiac arrest; EMS calls response ‘phenomenal’

Posted on July 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

LSU Boyd James Oxley suffered no heart or brain damage due to the cardiac arrest, which doctors attributed to the quick response

Pinnacle EMS Quick Take: Lead EMS by rocking the boat

Posted on July 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jay Fitch, PhD, explains the importance of disruption for EMS to innovate and prepare for the rapid change coming to the industry

Pinnacle EMS Quick Take: Match supply to demand to provide optimal performance

Posted on July 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

System status management has come a long way since its early days in EMS, but the basic principles remain the same nearly half a century later

Pinnacle EMS Quick Take: How to improve data security in EMS

Posted on July 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Policies, training and cyber handwashing contribute to preventing malware attacks, phishing attempts and accidental data breaches

4 first responders injured in Calif. ambulance crash

Posted on July 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

By News Staff TURLOCK, Calif. — An ambulance was hit by another vehicle while transporting a patient, injuring paramedics and firefighters in the rig. According to CBS 13 Sacramento, the ambulance was transporting a patient with major injuries at the time, along with three firefighter and two AMR paramedics. Two of the firefighters and both paramedics sustained injuries during the crash....

4 first responders injured in Calif. ambulance crash

Posted on July 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The ambulance was transporting a patient with major injuries at the time, along with three firefighter and two AMR paramedics.

Fla. paramedic allegedly stole narcotics from ambulance

Posted on July 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Matthew Hooker was arrested for stealing two doses of morphine and forging his partner’s signature as a witness

Ill. EMS to make case for tax levy to citizens

Posted on July 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The emergency service first needs to go to the villages and towns in areas that would be impacted by a levy to get consensus about the need, according to the county board chairman

How to have a successful job interview

Posted on July 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts delve into the topic of hiring, discussing all aspects of the prospects and how to make a good first impression

How to have a successful job interview

Posted on July 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts delve into the topic of hiring, discussing all aspects of the prospects and how to make a good first impression

NC county EMS adds video-guided intubation tool to ambulances

Posted on July 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The instrument allows medics to insert a tube into a patient's lungs using a special blade with a camera attached to it.

Ind. county humane society donates animal rescue kits to local FDs

Posted on July 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The 37 donated animal rescue kits included three sizes of pet oxygen masks, restraints, a blanket, instructions for wound care, pet CPR and rescue breathing

Texas man steals ambulance to buy fried chicken and cigarettes

Posted on July 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An unnamed suspect took the rig from Cypress Creek Hospital, a psychiatric facility in Houston, and drove to a gas station to make his purchase

Proposed Ala. city ambulance ordinance would impose fees for non-compliance

Posted on July 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The ordinance would charge First Response with fees for elevated response times, and situate the agency as being overseen by the city fire department

Fla. city police cars now equipped with AEDs

Posted on July 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The $9,864 purchase included the new Physio-Control AEDs, carrying cases, pads for adults and children and an eight-year warranty on each devic

Summer college baseball team to raise money for NC rescue squad

Posted on July 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Each year the Thomasville Rescue Squad must make up a $50,000 budget deficit with fundraising and donations to continue operating

Pinnacle EMS Quick Take: Does ALS really matter?

Posted on July 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Advanced life support measures exist on a spectrum, shifting the definition of ALS vs BLS

Pa. county switches to FirstNet for first responders

Posted on July 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The county will start using AT&T wireless phone services and will save $360 a month compared to the Verizon rates the county was paying

Fla. woman steals ambulance, rams into police cruiser

Posted on July 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedics were responding to a call in the area when Amber Lynn Sills took the ambulance and, when blocked by police, rammed into a cruiser

3 critical financial indicators to watch

Posted on July 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Understanding and measuring these three metrics provides leaders with a snapshot of their organization’s financial health

Getting paid for ambulance transport requires good EMS documentation

Posted on July 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Medical necessity and what it means to different payers plays a significant role in determining the payment of ambulance billing claims

EMT suffers 2 brain aneurysms while on duty

Posted on July 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Yojany Mejia was transported to JFK Medical Center after suffering two aneurysms while on duty

Police: SC man jumped out of ambulance, slammed door on EMT’s arm

Posted on July 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jacob Mims, 27, forced his way out of the ambulance en route to a medical facility and slammed the rear door on an EMT's arm

5 EMS compliance resolutions

Posted on July 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Ensure your EMS billing is in compliance at the start of the calendar year or fiscal year with five important resolutions

Ala. city restores air ambulance service

Posted on July 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Arkansas-based Survival Flight will take over air ambulance services in September after the current service, Air Methods, quit abruptly

Outsourcing ambulance billing: Pros and cons

Posted on July 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Like most issues any ambulance operation must address, there is no "one size fits all" answer as a lot of variables come into play

Top 5 ways to improve EMS billing collection rates

Posted on July 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

There are a range of things to consider to help the process at your agency

Pedestrian suffers head injury after being hit by NY county ambulance

Posted on July 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police said the ambulance was responding to an aided case and had its lights and sirens activated when it struck the victim while he was crossing an intersection

Pinnacle EMS Quick Take: EMS leaders receive a dose of healthcare humor

Posted on July 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Healthcare humorist David Glickman delivered an entertaining and inspiring collection of jokes, songs and stories to EMS leaders

FirstWatch launches ResilientFirst to improve EMS provider wellness

Posted on July 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

ResilientFirst is based on research showing the most effective way of insulating first responders from traumatic stress injuries is to increase their resilience

Senate approves bill to extend 9/11 victims fund

Posted on July 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The 97-2 vote sends the bill to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it

Calif. county purchases 2 MOSES systems with state aid

Posted on July 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Santa Clara is the first county in the state to purchase the technology, which will be available to other areas in the event of a natural disaster

Ga. EMS agency to kickstart DOSE program to reduce infant deaths

Posted on July 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS agencies in Florida started the program and were able to successfully reduce the infant mortality rate from 13 deaths a year to three

Fla. text-to-911 emergency service shows promising start in the first year

Posted on July 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Palm Beach County's 911 planning coordinator estimates that 18 public-safety call-center stations have received about 100 text messages each month

Ambulance crew returns to Md. fire station after bed bug infestation

Posted on July 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Volunteers cleaned the station, brought in an exterminator and treated the area with high temperatures to get rid of the bed bugs

NC city’s newest fire station turns to solar panels for power

Posted on July 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Durham Fire and EMS Station 17 is the first fire station in the city that can generate its own electricity from the sun

Pinnacle EMS Quick Take: Trust is the foundation for the glass house of EMS

Posted on July 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Mid-level leaders in EMS agencies face many pitfalls and scrutiny as they manage up and manage down within the organization

Wis. EMT starts GoFundMe for fellow EMTs cancer treatment costs

Posted on July 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Scott DeVault, an EMT at Medix Ambulance Services, wanted to relieve his friend and fellow EMT Bob Gillman of the financial stress after his cancer diagnosis

9/11 victim fund faces amendment hurdles

Posted on July 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Sen. Rand Paul’s amendment would offset the costs of compensation by cutting other programs, including Medicaid

NC city EMS agency upgrades system after cyberattack

Posted on July 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Pasquotank-Camden EMS is moving to a secure cloud-based system after hackers found a software vulnerability and were able to access 15 years of patient records

Medic Mindset Podcast: Thinking about headache

Posted on July 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

When does a chief complaint of a headache mean something more sinister is occurring in your prehospital medicine patient?

Pa. EMT allegedly assaulted during an emergency call

Posted on July 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police arrested Alissa Cross, 31, for allegedly punching an EMT in the chest and trying to hit and bite another EMT and police officer

9 people injured in Calif. crash caused by mountain lion

Posted on July 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The crash required firefighters and emergency medics from around the county, as well as four REACH and CAL STAR air ambulances, to help with the injured

2 SC paramedics injured in ambulance crash

Posted on July 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The collision left one person in serious condition, and two paramedics and the driver of the vehicle with minor injuries

Teen suffers head trauma after being hit by FDNY ambulance

Posted on July 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A teenager, 19, was crossing the street when an FDNY ambulance struck her

EMT injured after oxygen tank explodes during patient transport

Posted on July 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The oxygen tank explosion left one EMT with minor injuries

Former Colo. FF-paramedic sentenced to year in jail for trading child porn online

Posted on July 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Robert Stambaugh, 60, pleaded guilty in March to three child pornography counts

Fla. county scales back EMS overhaul

Posted on July 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

With its revenue stream trending downward, county leaders were forced to scale back on an EMS improvement plan the council already approved

Police: Off-duty Cleveland paramedic carjacked at gunpoint

Posted on July 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police reports show the Cleveland paramedic was carjacked at gunpoint outside of the EMS Hall Union

11 firefighters, resident hospitalized after Level 3 Hazmat in Boston building

Posted on July 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Boston EMS said the 11 firefighters and one resident were taken to area hospitals as a precaution

11 Boston FFs hospitalized after Level 3 Hazmat response

Posted on July 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Boston EMS said the 11 firefighters and one resident were taken to area hospitals as a precaution

Drone interrupts first responders during crash scene where medical helicopter was called

Posted on July 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

During the Flight for Life transport, with one helicopter on the ground and another approaching, first responders noticed a drone flying above them

Wis. EMS agency dips into reserves fund to cover $1.2M in outstanding medical costs

Posted on July 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said bill payments have slowed for services rendered, which leaves the ambulance service unable to keep up with its expenses

Wash. EMS agency seeks 10-year levy renewal

Posted on July 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

In addition to an excess levy approved in 2017 and transport fees, the renewal levy would represent about a third of the department’s funding

DEA agent critically injured in crash with Ga. ambulance

Posted on July 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The agent, who has not been identified, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition

2019 EMS Trend Report: The forces shaping the future of EMS

Posted on July 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS1 and Fitch & Associates take an in-depth look at EMS trends in the U.S. and set a foundation for assessing how the EMS profession is changing

NJ first responders to create overdose map to reduce response time

Posted on July 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Using data, AMR can position ambulances accordingly and reduce the response time from the moment they get the call to administering Narcan to the patient

NJ EMT suspended after fatal off-duty crash that killed his daughter

Posted on July 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

State health agency officials said his suspension would stay until he resolves all criminal charges

How to cultivate a culture of accountability

Posted on July 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts discuss how EMS agencies who harness the power of accountability are more successful and disciplined in their work

Ala. 911 board approves $4.35 per call response fee

Posted on July 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The board voted 4-0 to authorize Chairwoman Virginia Alexander to send out contract notices detailing the increase from $3.98 to $4.35 per call

FDNY calls on volunteer ambulance services to help with heat-related 911 calls

Posted on July 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

The city fire department will lean on community volunteer ambulance services to handle overflow 911 medical emergencies

Mich. proposed legislation would allow first responders to administer EpiPens

Posted on July 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Senate Bill 418, would allow departments to obtain prescriptions for, purchase and distribute EpiPens to firefighters, police with training on how to administer the drug

Senators: Bill on 9/11 victims fund to be voted on next week

Posted on July 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer reached an agreement with Sens. Mike Lee and Rand Paul to bring up the bill with two amendments

Training Day: Practice proper bag-valve mask ventilation techniques

Posted on July 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Train for different BLS and ALS techniques so you can deliver an adequate breath to every patient, every time

33 dead, dozens injured in possible arson at Japanese anime studio

Posted on July 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A 41-year-old man has been taken into custody and told police he had scattered "fluid-like petrol" at the site

Delta to begin carrying naloxone on flights

Posted on July 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The airline will begin carrying naloxone in medical kits after a passenger was found in the bathroom unresponsive

Guiding choices and opening doors: Mentoring revisited

Posted on July 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Mentorship comes full circle for EMS leader Mike Taigman, in collaborations in quality improvement and advancing EMS

Toddler honored for FaceTiming dad during mom’s medical emergency

Posted on July 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Nathan Hylek received a FaceTime call from his 20-month old daughter and when he realized his wife was having a medical emergency, he dialed 911

Ga. city signs off on ambulance agreement

Posted on July 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The agreement pays Gold Cross a $400,000 subsidy for the remainder of the year, a $600,000 subsidy in 2020 and $650,000 in 2021 and 2022

Fourth suit filed against the City of Bellingham, Wash. for medical training on deceased patient

Posted on July 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The incident resulted in a scathing investigation, which revealed the fire department had been practicing medical techniques on dead bodies for at least 25 years

Ohio workers’ comp bill stripped of first responder PTSD coverage

Posted on July 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A bid to save PTSD coverage for first responders fell one vote short in the conference committee

GOP Sen. Rand Paul slows bill to boost 9/11 victims fund

Posted on July 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Sen. Rand Paul questioned the bill's 70-year time frame and said any new spending should be offset by corresponding cuts

House passes bill to reclassify 911 dispatchers as Protective Service Occupations

Posted on July 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The 911 SAVES Act would reclassify dispatchers from ‘Office and Administrative Support Occupations’ to ‘Protective Service Occupations’

Okla. firefighters comfort boy, 5, during mom’s medical emergency

Posted on July 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

While London’s mom was being treated by paramedics, the firefighters took London’s attention and gave him a tour of the fire truck and let him play with the water hose

2 paramedics injured in ambulance rollover crash

Posted on July 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police are investigating an ambulance crash that left four people injured, including two paramedics

Off-duty Tenn. EMT dies in rollover crash

Posted on July 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Kelsey Yates, 23, lost control of her vehicle and hit a drainage culvert, flipping her car and landing upside down

Spotlight: MP Cloud Technologies, the industry’s only fully-hosted, cloud-based software for end-to-end patient-cycle management

Posted on July 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Company Name: MP Cloud Technologies Headquarters: Austin, TX Signature Products: EMS Management Software Website: https://www.mptechnologies.com/ 1. What was the inspiration behind starting your company? Being EMS providers and billers ourselves, we built our software from the ground up with today’s technological advancements in cloud-based systems and intelligent learning. We knew that...

Minn. man arrested for allegedly punching medic

Posted on July 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Andreu Emilio Gradeja-Iguardia was being transported in an ambulance when he became uncooperative and started to allegedly punch the medic

ND 911 center will be built to withstand E4F tornado winds

Posted on July 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials approved the new building due to the need for a 911 communications center that can withstand man-made and natural disasters

ND 911 center will be built to withstand E4F tornado winds

Posted on July 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials approved the new building due to the need for a 911 communications center that can withstand man-made and natural disasters

ND 911 center will be built to withstand EF4 tornado winds

Posted on July 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials approved the new building due to the need for a 911 communications center that can withstand man-made and natural disasters

Ind. FDs are encouraging the public to download the PulsePoint app

Posted on July 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

St. Joseph County is the second area in the state to use the app, made possible through a partnership between Ind. cities, townships and the 911 dispatch center

Ind. FDs are encouraging the public to download the PulsePoint app

Posted on July 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

St. Joseph County is the second area in the state to use the app, made possible through a partnership between Ind. cities, townships and the 911 dispatch center

How progressive EMS agencies are using advanced cellular networks to connect

Posted on July 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Leveraging Gigabit-Class LTE, smart ambulances, telemedicine, automatic vehicle location and telematics are within reach

How ambulance membership programs help patients defray ambulance cost

Posted on July 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Exploring the legal, marketing and administrative considerations for EMS agencies considering an ambulance membership program to streamline billing

CAAS releases GVS V.20 for EMS regulators and providers

Posted on July 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The newest version provides vehicle certification labeling systems and templates for compliance, as well as weight and payload information that can be used by FSAM

6 common competencies of highly effective EMS leaders

Posted on July 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

From technical and decision-making proficiency to humility and ambition, these characteristics help leaders propel EMS agencies to a future of success

9/11 Memorial ‘Run for Richie’ honoring first responders hits its fourth year

Posted on July 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials named the event after Richard Allen Pearlman, the youngest first responder who died during the attacks

Woman calls for Delta to stock naloxone after passenger allegedly overdoses

Posted on July 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Delta passenger took to social media to ask the airline to start carrying the overdose drug to prevent this situation from happening again

Dispatcher finds a little peace during program aimed at helping first responders

Posted on July 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Bridge was founded in 2018 by first responders in response to the fatal shooting of Westerville police officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering

Wis. paramedic charged with sexually assaulting patient in ambulance

Posted on July 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Timothy Ovadal, 36, is accused of fondling a patient and exposing himself in the back of an ambulance during a transport

Md. Commissioner concerned over cost of 911 system

Posted on July 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Commissioners were asked to approve $92,500 for Next-Gen call routing software and $1.3 million for an upgrade/refresh to the VESTA system

1 dead, 15 hurt in Calif. home gas explosion

Posted on July 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

CalGas representatives said one gas worker was killed, a second was taken to the hospital and one person living in the home may be unaccounted for

50 years in the making: ‘911, what’s your emergency?’

Posted on July 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

In the 50 years since its inception, 911 emergency response has evolved into an advanced framework helping others

Funding EMS training, equipment through state funds grants

Posted on July 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

State funding is a great choice for EMS agencies that do not meet eligibility requirements or have applied for and not been awarded funds from major grant programs

Why the best EMS leaders are actually teams

Posted on July 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

When taking a closer look at big accomplishments, we don’t find lone leaders — we find great groups and teams

Ala. city adds fire station, 6 EMS stations due to blocked train crossings

Posted on July 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Blocked train crossings causing 10-minute wait times forced Sheffield city officials to approve a new fire station and several EMS stations on the other side of the tracks

Mich. EMTs settle for $150K in overtime lawsuit

Posted on July 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Under the settlement agreement, $100,000 will compensate 51 employees for overtime work rendered to the county, and $50,000 is allocated for lawyer fees

Ivy League EMS: Harvard’s student-led organization gives pre-med students a taste of EMS

Posted on July 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

CrimsonEMS, which currently has 80-plus members, offers students the opportunity to become certified EMTs

Okla. first responders do pushups to raise awareness of veterans’ suicide rate

Posted on July 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Members of the Tulsa police, fire department and EMS are joining the cause to raise veteran suicide awareness

Atlanta ambulance crash causes vehicle to roll over

Posted on July 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The ambulance had its emergency lights and sirens running when it was struck by another car while crossing an intersection

How to make scene safety a core part of every EMS response

Posted on July 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Review your safety practices and EMT training in the wake of the stabbing attack on a Boston EMT in the back of an ambulance

Mr. Rogers inspired 5th career for Pittsburgh medic

Posted on July 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Marvin Balk said Mr. Rogers inspired him to help others and, after 27 years of running his own company, he decided to become a Pittsburgh paramedic

New emergency service district proposed in Texas county

Posted on July 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Texas officials plan to create Emergency Services District No. 3, which will cover rural communities, to keep pace with rising costs for emergency services

Teen creates #PositivePatrol to send thank you cards to first responders

Posted on July 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After being a victim of bullying, Emily began making thank you cards to law-enforcement agencies, corrections, EMS, firefighters and the military

Boston EMS set up crowdfunding campaign for EMTs attacked in ambulance

Posted on July 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Boston EMS Relief Association aims to raise $100,000 for the two EMTs who were attacked

NYC power restored; first responders help with traffic, fires and people trapped in elevators

Posted on July 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The CEO of Con Edison said the blackout resulted from a 'significant disturbance on the west side of Manhattan at one of our electric transmission stations'

Boston EMTs pack court in support of stabbed colleague

Posted on July 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Dozens of EMTs showed their support and stood in the hallway of the courthouse waiting for hours and speaking with each other before the arraignment

Texas EMT academy receives $300K in grants

Posted on July 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

The funds will help the academy get equipment and training supplies for a successful medical training program

EMS supervisor attacked during medical aid call in South Boston

Posted on July 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Donna Taylor, 37, was arrested Thursday afternoon on charges that she struck the first responder multiple times and resisted arrest

EMT uses his life savings skills for the first time on a chipmunk

Posted on July 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Collin Rasmusson saw a chipmunk trying to stay afloat while he was cleaning his pool and administered CPR

EMT uses his life savings skills for the first time on a chipmunk

Posted on July 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Collin Rasmusson saw a chipmunk trying to stay afloat while he was cleaning his pool and administered CPR

House approves 9/11 victims fund bill, heads to Senate

Posted on July 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The legislation, which fully funds and permanently reauthorizes the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, was approved by a 402-12 vote

Conn. town approves annual stipend for volunteer firefighters, ambulance corps

Posted on July 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The action comes as fire departments and ambulance corps are finding it harder to recruit new members

Report on 9/11 VCF bill estimates it will cost more than $10B

Posted on July 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The federal government will have to spend more than an estimated $10 billion by 2029 in its efforts to compensate first responders and survivors

Report on 9/11 VCF bill estimates it will cost more than $10B

Posted on July 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The federal government will have to spend more than an estimated $10 billion by 2029 in its efforts to compensate first responders and survivors

Paramedic recalls fatal Minn. medical helicopter crash

Posted on July 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board Thursday drew no conclusions on what caused the North Memorial Health helicopter to crash

3 essentials to cure hangry medic syndrome

Posted on July 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Feel better and eat better on every shift by always having snacks, meals and hydration with you

Workers cut cable wires forcing FDNY 911 operators out of call center

Posted on July 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

FDNY emergency call operators have temporarily relocated to MetroTech Center 'out of an abundance of caution' after Verizon wire cables were cut near the building

PACE 2019 preview: Canine-facilitated mental health initiative

Posted on July 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Delray, a 5-year-old Labrador Retriever, is the star of PAWS, a canine-facilitated peer support program for EMS providers in Alberta, Canada

Off-duty NY EMT saves man after a rollover crash

Posted on July 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An off-duty EMT who lives in the area heard the crash and helped the driver get out of the car

W. Va. county reports 144 overdoses and four deaths in the last six months

Posted on July 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Organizations are combating overdoses with outpatient treatment, medication-assisted treatment, and inpatient residential treatment

Mass. state legislators look to increase penalties for those who assault EMTs

Posted on July 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

The bill would change an assault charge from a misdemeanor to a felony

NY medic charged with allegedly stealing drugs from public dropbox

Posted on July 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jon Cinelli came under investigation after officials observed him allegedly violating regulations that required two paramedics to empty the drug drop-off box

Prosecutors: Wis. man ‘highly intoxicated’ when he stole ambulance

Posted on July 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police officers found the ambulance was missing from the bay and a rescue worker found a T-shirt and iPhone near where the vehicle had been parked

Boston EMT recovering after being stabbed multiple times by patient

Posted on July 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Julie Tejeda, 31, attacked two Boston EMTs while being transported in an ambulance

Pa. ambulance providers to pay $460K for making false statements

Posted on July 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Unicare Ambulance LLC and PA Paramedics LLC made false statements from September 2015 through August 2016 to avoid over payment debts to the Medicare program

Off-duty NY EMTs honored for saving stabbing victim

Posted on July 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Off-duty EMTs Sweeny and Bundschuh improvised to save a person that was actively bleeding from the neck

Conn. EMS personnel organize for PTSD benefits

Posted on July 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Lawmakers reached a deal in May with firefighters and police officers to provide PTSD benefits up to one year, but the deal excludes EMTs

What does FirstNet ready mean for you?

Posted on July 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Obtain these three rights to implement FirstNet into your emergency response communications system

Ohio county signs agreement to complete 911 requirement

Posted on July 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Counties are required to have two dispatchers on duty at all times or have an agreement in place to answer possible rollover calls

EMTs to fill Texas private EMS firm’s employment gap delayed for another month

Posted on July 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Denison Fire Rescue officials announced they will be working with hiring firm, LifeNet Inc., to fill employment gaps in the department

Opioid overdose: Fact vs. fiction

Posted on July 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A case study in opioid overdose complications, management strategies and provider safety

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund renewal bill to go before the House on Friday

Posted on July 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has pledged he will act on the bill before Congress

Progressive cardiac protocol improves neurologically-intact discharge rates

Posted on July 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jackson County EMS’s cardiac arrest and STEMI protocols demonstrate how leadership and front-line crews can come together to save lives

Controlling our destiny: how paramedics can ensure the future of EMS

Posted on July 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Certification standards, research and degree requirements are necessary to support a career pathway for paramedics

NASEMSO releases pediatric transport resource

Posted on July 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

NASEMSO developed the product resource to help EMS reference and compare products that ambulance industry manufacturers develop

American Heart Association approves $14 million in research grants to four universities

Posted on July 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The grants will help form a national collaboration of scientists to focus on improving patient outcomes in heart disease and stroke cases

The grant that saved his life

Posted on July 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Volunteer fire department president signed grant application for chest compression device that later saved his life

Pa. firefighter-EMT dies from complications from medical issues

Posted on July 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Nick Aldinger, 36, passed away after battling complications from current medical issues

Getting back to life: Retreats focus on stress relief and recovery

Posted on July 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

First Responder Support Network offer educational treatment programs aimed at recovery from the stress of critical incidents

Calif. EMT dies in motorcycle crash

Posted on July 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Thomas Butler, an EMT at Riggs Ambulance Service in Merced County, had recently completed paramedic school

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund bill adds advocates’ names to the bill

Posted on July 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The names of late Det. Lou Alvarez and Firefighter Ray Pfeifer are being added to the new bill to restore the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund bill adds advocates’ names

Posted on July 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The names of late Det. Lou Alvarez and Firefighter Ray Pfeifer are being added to the new bill to restore the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

NJ enacts legislation aimed at helping 9/11 first responders

Posted on July 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

One measure permits volunteer first responders to qualify for disability pensions when they retire

Police investigate missing drugs from Ohio fire, EMS agency

Posted on July 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Authorities have not named a suspect at this time and officials said it is not clear how anyone gained access to the narcotics

Reaching out is a sign of strength and resilience, not weakness

Posted on July 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

I know that tunnel seems long, dark and with no exit. Trust me, my friends, there is an exit and there is light at the end

Man who stole Calif. ambulance said devil ‘made’ him do it

Posted on July 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Gilberto Martinez, 26, was arrested for stealing an ambulance that was at the scene of a medical emergency

Ohio FD trades old stretchers for Tri-C Fire Academy tuition credits

Posted on July 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Since 2010, the city and Tri-C have swapped an old ambulance, SCBA packs and old fire hose for tuition credits

NM pilot program provides overdose patients access to naloxone

Posted on July 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Santa Fe County’s new harm-reduction unit aims to provide access to treatment, education and the necessary drugs before they become a statistic

APCO Seminar: Dispatchers on their Las Vegas shooting experiences

Posted on July 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

APCO’s Voices Behind the Incident seminar brought together dispatchers that responded to the 2017 Las Vegas Shooting to talk about their experiences and share insights

Missing FDNY paramedic found safe

Posted on July 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jesan Avila-Hyde, 39, had not been seen since Friday afternoon and returned to his home Sunday night safe

Wash. city relies on new regional dispatch center after dispatchers are laid off, quit

Posted on July 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The city has lost so many fire dispatchers that it can no longer fully provide fire dispatch services to itself or its neighbors

Wash. city relies on new regional center after dispatchers are laid off, quit

Posted on July 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The city has lost so many fire dispatchers that it can no longer fully provide fire dispatch services to itself or its neighbors

Medical flight service establishes base in Wash. city

Posted on July 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After a 12-year absence, Airlift Northwest established a permanent base in Wenatchee Valley

Emergency crews on standby after Southern California earthquake

Posted on July 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

There have been thousands of aftershocks after the recent 7.1 and 6.4 magnitude earthquakes

Emergency crews on standby after Calif. earthquakes

Posted on July 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

There have been thousands of aftershocks after the recent 7.1 and 6.4 magnitude earthquakes

21 hurt in shopping plaza blast: Gas lines found ruptured

Posted on July 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The explosion hurled large pieces of concrete up to 50 yards away and sent pieces of metal scattering as far as 100 yards across the street

Wash. female FF-EMT atop ranks in fitness contest

Posted on July 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

April Manyon, a former competitive bodybuilder, plans to donate a portion of the prize money to organizations aiming to help first responders

Man’s surprising answer to why he allegedly stolen NY ambulance

Posted on July 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

“I took the ambulance, and I don’t remember why I did it,” a criminal complaint quotes Jaime Rivera-Juarez as telling cops when he was arrested

Man’s surprising answer to why he allegedly stole NY ambulance

Posted on July 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

“I took the ambulance, and I don’t remember why I did it,” a criminal complaint quotes Jaime Rivera-Juarez as telling cops when he was arrested

Md. fire company gives away record $31K in scholarships

Posted on July 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Students receiving the scholarships must be enrolled in an emergency program such as EMS, fire, medical or in the health or emergency field

Firefighters respond to Fla. shopping plaza explosion

Posted on July 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

First responders are investigating the explosion and report multiple injuries

Southern California reels from magnitude 7.1 quake

Posted on July 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

There are significant reports of structure fires, mostly as a result of gas leaks or gas line breaks throughout the city

Minn. EMT honored for 43 years of service during parade

Posted on July 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Al Kochenderfer, 73, is Vietnam vet, retired Army National Guard lieutenant colonel and has spent more than four decades as an EMT

Wis. EMT honored for 43 years of service during parade

Posted on July 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Al Kochenderfer, 73, is Vietnam vet, retired Army National Guard lieutenant colonel and has spent more than four decades as an EMT

NY dad saves his own daughter with CPR training he’d used for the 1st time

Posted on July 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Rasheen Hill is a mental health therapy coordinator who is required to take annual CPR classes for his job

Texas entertainment district is putting medics on bikes to enhance safety

Posted on July 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

MedStar bike medics are providing treatment to the injured resulting is a dramatic reduction in ambulance and fire calls

Ind. EMS agency sued over fall injury

Posted on July 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The suit claims an EMT did not lift a man properly and dropped him, causing a broken shoulder that never healed properly

How EMS providers can earn a college degree

Posted on July 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts discuss the logistics of EMS providers earning a college degree, from signing up to classes to earning credit for certification courses

Minneapolis first responders launch mental health response team

Posted on July 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Maplewood first responders teamed up to create the program in response to the escalating mental health crisis

NY man thankful to first responders for second chance at life

Posted on July 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Richard VanTroost, 66, wanted to personally thank and shake hands with the first responders who saved his life when he suffered a heart attack

Mass. cadet program waiver renewed

Posted on July 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The waiver allows students to go through the EMT program and take the state certification exam at 16-and-a-half years old

Mass. EMTs adapt to evolving rescue protocols

Posted on July 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The program focuses on beach safety procedures that can be tweaked during the season to prepare for shark bites care

SoCal ambulance service deploys strike team to help with hospital evacuation

Posted on July 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Hall Ambulance strike team is helping to transport patients to regional health facilities

10 safety tips for paramedics working on the 4th of July

Posted on July 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Independence Day holiday can increase the number of intoxicated patients and bystanders you’re likely to encounter on your shift so be careful out there

NY city, county reach proposal for dispatch consolidation

Posted on July 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

City and county leaders are in negotiations to transfer Lockport Police Department's in-house dispatch system to county central dispatch

NY county makes 911 changes to improve safety

Posted on July 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The operational changes made will improve 911 operations resulting in improved first responder safety and the safety of the public

Texas city hires private EMS firm to assist fire department

Posted on July 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Denison Mayor Janet Gott said the city is using this as a temporary measure to fill the employment gaps while the department can get its staffing back up to full levels

Texas city hires private EMS firm to assist fire department

Posted on July 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Denison Mayor Janet Gott said the city is using this as a temporary measure to fill the employment gaps while the department can get its staffing back up to full levels

Pa. girl, 9, earns hero award for saving her friends after car crash

Posted on July 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Mahliyah crawled back into the car, where she saw that the younger child’s head was bleeding, and lifted her out of her seat and through the trunk to safety

Boy, 5, hailed ‘hero’ for calling emergency services

Posted on July 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jenson Goldsmith guided emergency crews to his house, unlocked the door and kept his 18-month-old sister calm as the crew helped his mom

Fla. paramedic resigns amidst fentanyl theft investigation

Posted on July 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Alexander Eljabbour resigned his position when a vial of fentanyl was discovered unsecured in a rescue vehicle

Alcohol-related calls: 7 reminders for EMS providers

Posted on July 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Keep the following tips in mind when you encounter a patient who went out of his/her way to overindulge this holiday

Hundreds attend wake for fallen NYPD first responder

Posted on July 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Luis Alvarez assumed the spotlight to push Congress into action to aid first responders who developed life-threatening diseases from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks

Hundreds attend wake for fallen NYPD first responder

Posted on July 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Luis Alvarez assumed the spotlight to push Congress into action to aid first responders who developed life-threatening diseases from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks

Hundreds attend 9/11 first responder funeral

Posted on July 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Luis Alvarez assumed the spotlight to push Congress into action to aid first responders who developed life-threatening diseases from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks

Retired FDNY paramedic saves 19-year-old attempting to jump from bridge

Posted on July 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A retired FDNY rescue paramedic clutched onto the agitated man and stayed with him until Port Authority police arrived

Retired FDNY paramedic saves 19-year-old attempting to jump from bridge

Posted on July 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A retired FDNY rescue paramedic clutched onto the agitated man and stayed with him until Port Authority police arrived

La. volunteer FF-paramedic dies in house fire

Posted on July 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials found evidence that a kitchen fire started and was extinguished before firefighters arrived on scene and believe that it was a contributing factor to the house fire

Police: Man throws himself at car, fights paramedic

Posted on July 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

According to a criminal complaint filed in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, Angelo Ray, 21, is charged with two counts of battery on a healthcare worker

Police: Man throws himself at car, fights paramedic

Posted on July 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

According to a criminal complaint filed in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, Angelo Ray, 21, is charged with two counts of battery on a healthcare worker

Texas county commissioners postpone purchase of new ambulance

Posted on July 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Walker County officials are scrambling to purchase an ambulance before the next budget cycle in an effort to upgrade its aging fleet

Ambulance crash leaves woman in critical condition

Posted on July 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

LAPD officials said the ambulance was traveling at normal speed without emergency lights

Howard College purchases ambulance simulator for training

Posted on July 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The ambulance simulator will give students experience in treating patients in confined spaces as well give them hands-on skills to do clinicals in the field

Ohio ambulance company is now employee-owned

Posted on July 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

LifeCare Ambulance has been serving Lorain County for 33 years and became an employee-owned company through a stock ownership plan

Okla. county convenes to discuss 911 call center communication issues

Posted on July 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Problems with “zero status” and “non-communication” from Pafford Medical Services to 911 Central Dispatch were cited as issues with the ambulance company

Taking the confusion out of patient assessment and the NREMT exam

Posted on July 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

This non-linear patient assessment flowchart allows priority decision making beyond the basics of OPQRST and SAMPLE

Fla. man allegedly threatens death to first responders

Posted on July 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jerome Anthony Burke, 52, put up a fight after mistaking one of the EMS personnel for the manager of the store who kicked him out earlier that day

Antiplatelet and anticoagulant side effects: An EMS review

Posted on July 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS providers treating head injuries and GI bleeds should check medication history for antiplatelets and anticoagulants to prevent hemorrhage

Ohio ambulance service extends agreement without increasing fees

Posted on July 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

According to Council President Mark Haney, Smith had been asking for a 60% increase in its contract — from $14 per person to $22 per person

Ga. EMS district chief gets national award

Posted on July 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Chatham EMS District Chief Doug Lewis has served as a tactical paramedic supporting local law enforcement agencies since 2007

Tenn. community holds fundraising event for injured EMT

Posted on July 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMT Brannon Wilkerson was in a serious car accident in April that left him on short-term disability after he suffered multiple injuries

Teen EMT saves girl, 5, after being pulled from water

Posted on July 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Kianti Champion, 19, who recently received her EMT certification, started chest compressions on the child until help arrived

Fla. FD receives new active attacker response gear

Posted on June 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The new protective gear, funded by a $34,000 state EMS grant, is specifically designed for members to respond to an active attacker situation

Fla. law allows paramedics to carry guns at high-risk incidents

Posted on June 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A new Florida law will give paramedics responding to situations deemed as high-risk the ability to carry more than medical supplies

Lawsuit filed in W. Va. county over ambulance fee

Posted on June 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The lawsuit alleges that since the fees are improperly imposed, residents will “continue the undue hardship and financial burden of defending their rights against” the law firm

Death of Luis Alvarez hits home for Boston 9/11 responders

Posted on June 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Detective Luis Alvarez was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2016, which he traced to the three months spent in the rubble of the World Trade Center’s twin towers after the 2001 terrorist attacks

Victims of medical helicopter crash in Minnesota identified

Posted on June 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

North Memorial Health of Robbinsdale, the hospital that owns the helicopter, identifies the pilot as Tim McDonald and the nurse as Deb Schott

Ohio Senate strips PTSD coverage for first responders from Workers’ Comp budget

Posted on June 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Senate wants more time to study the issue and other provisions passed by the House as part of the workers' compensation budget

Pa. city 911 dispatchers get $18.2M upgraded facility

Posted on June 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The 67,000-square-foot center features upgraded technology and communication devices

Award-winning Calif. dispatcher prepares new script for help during catastrophic wildfires

Posted on June 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The emergency dispatchers fielding the calls in 2017 had never before experienced such a storm of desperate pleas prompting them to give life-saving, unique instructions

Medical helicopter crash kills 2, injures 1

Posted on June 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

North Memorial Air Care helicopter crash at Minn. regional airport kills pilot and nurse; injures third crew member

Do you have a PAIP in place for when the emergency involves your own service?

Posted on June 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A tragic incident in which a NY firefighter was killed by ambulance should have your department reviewing post-accident/incident plans, EVOC and safety courses

Cleveland ambulance breaks down during cardiac arrest transport

Posted on June 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

It took 10 minutes for a replacement ambulance to pick up the patient and continue transporting him to the hospital

W. Va. paramedic uses naloxone to save dog from overdose

Posted on June 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A woman pleaded with an EMT after stopping at Cabell County EMS to give her dog, Charlie Boy, naloxone to prevent a fatal overdose after he ate OxyContin

Paramedicine Across Canada Expo, the science of the human performance and more

Posted on June 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts are joined by Dwayne Forsman, CEO of the Canadian Paramedic Association, and Ginger Locke, hostess of the Medic Mindset Podcast

Wis. fire, EMS agencies consider regionalization a key factor to address staffing shortages

Posted on June 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Dodge County Executive Committee understands the staffing need, but is still uncertain what the county’s role in the process should be

Wis. considers regionalization to address first responder staffing shortages

Posted on June 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Dodge County Executive Committee understands the staffing need, but is still uncertain what the county’s role in the process should be

Wis. considers regionalization to address first responder staffing shortages

Posted on June 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Dodge County Executive Committee understands the staffing need, but is still uncertain what the county’s role in the process should be

Wis. considers regionalization to address first responder staffing shortages

Posted on June 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Dodge County Executive Committee understands the staffing need, but is still uncertain what the county’s role in the process should be

Iowa dispatchers protest understaffed dispatch center

Posted on June 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Dispatchers say the consolidated dispatch center is grossly understaffed and that mandatory overtime oftentimes means 16-hour double shifts

Iowa dispatchers fed up with understaffed dispatch center

Posted on June 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Dispatchers say the consolidated dispatch center is grossly understaffed and that mandatory overtime oftentimes means 16-hour double shifts

Drug user assaults Pa. EMT who saved his life, police say

Posted on June 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police charged Troy Darin Kendall, Jr. with aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and harassment

Drone outpaces ambulance with AED delivery

Posted on June 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Canadian drone company finished phase one of a trial to determine if using drones can reduce response times when delivering AEDs

Drone outpaces ambulance with AED delivery

Posted on June 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Canadian drone company finished phase one of a trial to determine if using drones can reduce response times when delivering AEDs

Ambulance gets stuck in mud trying to reach man who’d fallen off horse

Posted on June 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After an ambulance and a medical helicopter were unable to reach the man, deputies were called in to get the man to safety

Ambulance gets stuck in mud trying to reach man who’d fallen off horse

Posted on June 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After an ambulance and a medical helicopter were unable to reach the man, deputies were called in to get the man to safety

Fla. report details new information on FF-EMS captain overdose death

Posted on June 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A.J. Isaacs was an EMS captain and had been with the fire department for 25 years before dying of an overdose

NY city 911 dispatch center is crawling with bedbugs, NYPD operators say

Posted on June 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

911 call operators first found bedbugs in a room at the Public Safety Answering Center II and bug-sniffing dogs have been finding the critters ever since

Quick Take: Understanding FirstNET at the MCC Expo

Posted on June 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Speakers from FirstNet Authority and FirstNET at AT&T presented how the national public safety broadband network works, who can use it and four key local agency operational takeaways

Quick Take: Building First Responder Resilience

Posted on June 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Pinnacle precursor webinar from the 911 Training Institute’s Jim Marshall, offers strategies for preventing PTSD, decreasing suicides and Increasing happiness in first responders

‘Robo-glove’ could be future of EMS ultrasound scans

Posted on June 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

U.K. physicians saw a demonstration of the upcoming 5G network used in conjunction with the glove that gives real-time results to a physician at the hospital

NJ paramedics first in US authorized to administer buprenorphine

Posted on June 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

New Jersey’s Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal approved the state’s 21 mobile intensive care units carry the drug to reduce overdose deaths

Off-duty Calif. paramedics save man from burning car

Posted on June 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The paramedics saw the car crash, stopped to help and pulled the man out of the car before it caught on fire

Calif. city to revive program for frequent non-emergency 911 callers

Posted on June 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The city will increase staffing for the Resource Access Program, an initiative that provides outreach and resources to residents who are frequent 911 callers

Mental Health First Aid Quick Take: Giving first care

Posted on June 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis

Quick Take: Mental Health First Aid: Giving first care

Posted on June 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis

Former Fla. EMT receives 19-year prison term for child pornography

Posted on June 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Bryan Matthew Cooney, 30, of Casselberry will be under 30 years of supervised release after his prison term

McConnell commits to vote on 9/11 victim fund, advocates say

Posted on June 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said the lawmaker committed to scheduling an August vote to renew the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund before it expires next year

Ala. judge sets bond for alleged ambulance thief

Posted on June 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A department spokesperson said the paramedics, who were inside the hospital when the ambulance was taken, did not deviate from procedures

In praise of the checklist for error prevention

Posted on June 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Complex and life-dependent systems often fail in their reliance on experience and professionalism alone

Ga. county votes to extend contract with troubled ambulance provider

Posted on June 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The DeKalb County commission voted to extend its contract with an ambulance provider that has faced criticism for years that it responds too slowly to emergency situations

Mich. paramedic recognized in state, nation for 30 years of service

Posted on June 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Frank DeLaTorre received two Stars of Life awards from the Michigan Association of Ambulance Services and the American Ambulance Association

Port police chief: Firefighter fatally hit by ambulance likely had been drinking

Posted on June 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Nicholas McKeon, a 22-year-old Port Jervis Fire Department volunteer since his teens, died after being struck by a Port Jervis Volunteer Ambulance at 5:49 a.m. Sunday

Police: Firefighter fatally hit by ambulance had likely been drinking

Posted on June 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Port Jervis Fire Department Firefighter Nicholas McKeon was sleeping in front of the bay doors and was killed after being struck by an ambulance responding to a call

What we can learn about documentation and duty from Michael Jackson

Posted on June 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedic Richard Senneff knew he would eventually be in court as soon as he recognized his cardiac arrest patient was the ‘King of Pop’

First responder suicide: The chronic stress correlation

Posted on June 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS1 Editorial Advisory Board member Ann Marie Farina discusses first responder suicide, mental health with Vox

Fla. first responders dubbed heroes for saving man after 45 minutes of CPR

Posted on June 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Shabiah Gordon was in cardiac arrest and first responders began chest compressions for the next 45 minutes until they maintained a pulse

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to meet with 9/11 first responders on victim fund

Posted on June 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday said that it was good that McConnell agreed to meet with 9/11 responders, but that the GOP leader needs to promise to make funding permanent

Sen. Mitch McConnell to meet with 9/11 first responders on victim fund

Posted on June 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday said that it was good that McConnell agreed to meet with 9/11 responders, but that the GOP leader needs to promise to make funding permanent

TEDx: Creating calm within chaos

Posted on June 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Kris Kaull relates his most memorable call, and how practice, and a mindset to control what you can allows EMS providers to provide help and calm during the chaos

NY city approves replacement of outdated dispatch system

Posted on June 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The state of the city's dispatch system became a concern when Sheriff Jim Voutour warned that only one of the city's dispatch center phones was still working.

LODD: SC EMT-firefighter dies after medical emergency

Posted on June 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Coleman Blease “Coley” Loadholt Jr., 51, of Hampton County, suffered a medical emergency while on duty at the fire station on June 17

SC firefighter-EMT dies after medical emergency on duty

Posted on June 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Coleman Blease “Coley” Loadholt Jr., 51, of Hampton County, suffered a medical emergency while on duty at the fire station on June 17

Automate shift bidding to increase productivity, transparency and morale (white paper)

Posted on June 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Download the free white paper to learn how to establish a more fair and equitable shift bidding process to save time and improve employee engagement

Police ID suspect who stole Ala. ambulance

Posted on June 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Leemichale Lyman was charged with reckless endangerment, theft of property in the first degree, criminal mischief in the first degree and attempt to elude police

NY firefighter struck, killed by ambulance

Posted on June 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Port Jervis Fire Department Firefighter Nicholas McKeon was asleep in front of the bay door when the ambulance struck him on its way out

Two years after his fall, an Alaskan paramedic-FF is scaling new heights

Posted on June 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Rob Whitney, a fellow firefighter and experienced mountain runner, is helping prepare Schultz for Mount Marathon, the punishing and often perilous July 4 race

Alaska FF-paramedic climbs mountain after near-fatal fall 2 years ago

Posted on June 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Rob Whitney, a fellow firefighter and experienced mountain runner, is helping prepare Schultz for Mount Marathon, the punishing and often perilous July 4 race

Volunteers raise money for Pa. Weatherly ambulance

Posted on June 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

In two and a half to three hours, volunteers raised $911 in an effort to supplement the $75,000 annual budget shortfall to keep services running in the area

Volunteers raise money for Pa. city EMS amid budget shortfall

Posted on June 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

In two and a half to three hours, volunteers raised $911 in an effort to supplement the $75,000 annual budget shortfall to keep services running in the area

Wash. officials consider C\criteria-based emergency dispatch

Posted on June 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The criteria-based dispatch would allow dispatchers to rank emergency calls based on severity, and allow them to send the appropriate level of care

Politics and conflicts mire EMS service in Georgia

Posted on June 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Many of the problems trace back to the lack of clear state rules for determining who is selected to provide emergency transport services and how they are vetted

NY EMT remembered for 16 years of service

Posted on June 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Joseph V. Russo would go on to win the award for Staten Island’s “EMT of the Year” in 2015

Wash. officials consider criteria-based emergency dispatch

Posted on June 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The criteria-based dispatch would allow dispatchers to rank emergency calls based on severity, and allow them to send the appropriate level of care

Mo. 911 Advisory Board takes first steps to replace dispatch system

Posted on June 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The proposed dispatch system would cost approximately $200,000, which includes equipment and labor costs and would be purchased from Motorola

Baltimore ambulance company to to pay $1.25 million to settle Medicaid fraud case

Posted on June 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The settlement resolves a lawsuit brought by the employee and joined by the federal government and doesn’t require Hart to Heart to admit liability

Trauma prevention specialist offers tips on how to ‘Stop the Bleed’

Posted on June 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The movement to educate the larger community about Stop the Bleed is very similar to efforts to teach CPR

NC county discontinues funding to 2 EMS providers

Posted on June 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Coastline VRS and Leland Fire Rescue's EMS franchise agreements will terminate, and Brunswick County EMS will take over those operations July 1

FDNY ambulance taken out of service for bedbugs

Posted on June 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An FDNY spokesman said the ambulance was taken out of service on Monday and “sealed in accordance to department procedure.”

Shots fired as Ala. ambulance stolen

Posted on June 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The vehicle was pursued by Mobile Police Department squad cars, traveling through the midtown area of the city, before eventually being boxed in by a police SUV

Shots fired as Ala. ambulance stolen

Posted on June 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The vehicle was pursued by Mobile Police Department squad cars, traveling through the midtown area of the city, before eventually being boxed in by a police SUV

Mass. EMT saved by his peers

Posted on June 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Raul Zecheru, EMT, responded to a call and started experiencing cardiac arrest symptoms

Texas air ambulance bill vetoed

Posted on June 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The bill would have required air ambulance companies that operate subscription services to enter into reciprocity agreements

Passion, creativity have impact on EMS continuing education

Posted on June 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts sit down with Education Manager Gina Carbino, who shares her knowledge in educating EMS providers and what helps the information stick

Survey report: How are EMS agencies using mobile broadband technology today? (white paper)

Posted on June 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Learn how your organization can make the most of the broadband technologies available to EMS

Dead Wrong

Posted on June 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Medical monitoring equipment, such as an ECG or pulse oximeter, should be used to confirm physical exam findings before declaring death

Tenn. council moves forward with possible solutions to non-emergency 911 calls in the area

Posted on June 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Chattanooga Fire Department will house a master of social work intern from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to perform case management and better train firefighters in their evolving role

‘Dead’ baby hoax: Avoid finger-pointing stemming from a mistaken death

Posted on June 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A hands-on patient assessment must be performed to declare a victim dead, even at a potential crime scene

Pa. EMS agency recognized for improved treatment of heart attack patients

Posted on June 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The group, housed along Squaw Run Road in Fox Chapel, was given the Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Plus Award for improving response measures

Ohio cities and counties could reach giant opioid settlement soon

Posted on June 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Lawyers representing the plaintiffs across the country laid out a framework for negotiating a settlement, which could mean these communities getting billions of dollars to split

New air ambulance opens in Texas county

Posted on June 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Hidalgo County was left without this service after Missouri-based Air Evac Lifeteam stopped operations in the region earlier this year

3 universities receive grant to research cardiac arrest drugs

Posted on June 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The research will dive into the effectiveness of two drugs that can improve patients cognitive and survival rates after experiencing cardiac arrest

Response time performance improvement through system re-design

Posted on June 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Policies, training and practice changes resulted in faster response time, penalty savings and improved morale across EMTs, paramedics and EMS leadership

Alabama governor lowers flags to honor fallen Springville FF-paramedicJared Echols

Posted on June 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The governor said the flags will remain lowered until sunset on Friday, June 21

Alabama governor lowers flags to honor fallen Springville FF-paramedic Jared Echols

Posted on June 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The governor said the flags will remain lowered until sunset on Friday, June 21

9/11 memorial at Riverfront Park complete after years of planning

Posted on June 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The dedication of the monument was initially planned on Sept. 11, 2018, marking the 17th anniversary of the attacks, but organizers decided that more time was needed to complete the project

Ind. county looking at increasing wages for local dispatchers

Posted on June 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The move, pending an August meeting of the board prior to budget approval, would reduce the number of active dispatching positions from 16 to 14

Houston man shoots at first responders trying to help him

Posted on June 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The paramedics immediately radioed for help from police but wrestled the gun away from the man on their own

NY ambulance network opposes bill to allow FDs to charge for services

Posted on June 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The United New York Ambulance Network fears the bill will hurt the ambulance industry, while fire departments are looking to recoup the costs of medical calls

University of Washington develops cardiac arrest monitoring tool for smart speakers

Posted on June 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The tool can detect agonal breathing 97% of the time and researchers hope to make it into an app

Clarius Mobile Health launches Clarius Live – a real-time, live ultrasound feature

Posted on June 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

When a live connection is initiated, the receiver will open a secure link via email or text message, which provides two-way audio and visual images

Moving patients from point A to point B … safely

Posted on June 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Know when and how to use the tools in your ambulance to safely transport a patient from their home

Regulating New Mexico air ambulance fees are ongoing

Posted on June 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The costs of ambulance services have skyrocketed nearly 230% in the last 15 years

NM officials struggle to regulate air ambulance fees

Posted on June 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The costs of ambulance services have skyrocketed nearly 230% in the last 15 years

Are your clinicians ready to clear C-spine in the field?

Posted on June 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Implementing a new procedure for clearing C-spines requires supplementary data, buy-in from leadership and hands-on training

EMS chief sentenced to 30 days in jail for insurance fraud

Posted on June 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

In addition to his jail sentence, Donald Horner forfeits his EMT certification and must reimburse the insurance companies

Dead baby found in New York park turns out to be hoax

Posted on June 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Medics had declared the infant dead and an active crime scene was established before the hoax was discovered

Off-duty Idaho FF-EMT dies in motorcycle crash

Posted on June 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Hyrum Nielsen was driving a black 1982 Suzuki motorcycle when he hit a tree and was ejected from his vehicle

MRSA: How to stop the spread

Posted on June 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Why EMS should embrace its role as the front line in stopping the pathogen’s journey

How to avoid costly turnover in your EMS service

Posted on June 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

From engaging staff in strategic planning, and collaboration in organization goals, 5 strategies to EMS staff retention

Wis. man arrested for assaulting EMT, police officer

Posted on June 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Scott Politowski, 62, is charged with battery to a law enforcement officer, battery to emergency rescue worker, resisting an officer and disorderly conduct

Wis. man arrested for assaulting EMT, police officer

Posted on June 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Scott Politowski, 62, is charged with battery to a law enforcement officer, battery to emergency rescue worker, resisting an officer and disorderly conduct

Article Bites: How often do they get more than one? Naloxone redosing in the age of the opioid epidemic

Posted on June 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

BLS and law enforcement naloxone administration improves already stretched EMS systems management of increased opioid overdoses

Pa. coalition receives grant to continue community opioids education and prevention

Posted on June 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The coalition collaborates with entities throughout the community, including churches, government agencies, health care providers, law enforcement and nonprofit organizations

Video: Protesters part as ambulance transports patient in Hong Kong

Posted on June 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A viral video shows a massive crowd of protesters part ways to let the ambulance through

Alabama FD releases name of FF-paramedic killed in training event

Posted on June 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Springville Fire Department Firefighter-Paramedic Jared Echols died while participating in an off-site training exercise

Alabama FD releases name of FF-paramedic killed in training event

Posted on June 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Springville Fire Department Firefighter-Paramedic Jared Echols died while participating in an off-site training exercise

Alabama FD IDs FF-medic killed in training exercise

Posted on June 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Springville Fire Department Firefighter-Paramedic Jared Echols died while participating in an off-site training exercise

Ohio county’s active shooter training encompasses 200 people

Posted on June 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

This will be a complex, coordinated event that will include multiple first responders, community partners, county, and state agencies in addition to the participating school districts

Ohio county’s active shooter training encompasses 200 people

Posted on June 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

This will be a complex, coordinated event that will include multiple first responders, community partners, county, and state agencies in addition to the participating school districts

Ore. county emergency communication tower destroyed

Posted on June 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The emergency communication tower necessary for loggers, fire personnel and ham radio operators was cut down over the weekend, causing more than $60,000 in damage

Ore. county emergency communication tower destroyed

Posted on June 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The emergency communication tower necessary for loggers, fire personnel and ham radio operators was cut down over the weekend, causing more than $60,000 in damage

Drug inventory management strategies for EMS agencies (eBook)

Posted on June 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Don’t wait for a drug shortage to affect your agency to figure out how you will respond

Va. church hosts first barbecue to thank first responders

Posted on June 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The church planned on serving members of the police department, fire and emergency services

Va. church hosts barbecue to thank first responders

Posted on June 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The church planned on serving members of the police department, fire and emergency services

Baltimore stabilization centers hope to solve heroin crisis

Posted on June 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Nearly 23,000 people in Maryland have been certified to dispense naloxone and reported administering it more than 600 times since a 2013 law expanded access beyond medical professionals, according to health officials

Drug users armed with naloxone double as medics on streets of San Francisco

Posted on June 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

In 2018, San Francisco paramedics administered naloxone to 1,647 people, up from 980 two years earlier, according to numbers from the city’s emergency response system

Drug users armed with naloxone feel safe from OD threats

Posted on June 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

In 2018, San Francisco paramedics administered naloxone to 1,647 people, up from 980 two years earlier, according to numbers from the city’s emergency response system

5 EMS timekeeping problems and how to navigate with software

Posted on June 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Manually calculating hours worked, tracking PTO requests and verifying daily schedule questions is time consuming, and vulnerable to human error

MCC Expo Quick Take: Planning First Responder Incident Preparedness and Recovery Training

Posted on June 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Philip D. White, master fire service instructor, addressed planning effective first responder incident preparedness and recovery training sessions at the recent California Mobile Command Center Expo

MCC Expo Quick Take: Planning first responder incident preparedness and recovery training

Posted on June 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Philip D. White, master fire service instructor, addressed planning effective first responder incident preparedness and recovery training sessions at the recent California Mobile Command Center Expo

Off-duty paramedic saves trapped driver from burning SUV

Posted on June 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An Ohio off-duty West Chester paramedic climbed inside a burning SUV after a crash in Franklin to rescue the driver trapped inside

It ain’t easy being wheezy: A pediatric case study

Posted on June 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Learn how to assess, monitor and manage pediatric asthma emergencies, as well as underlying pathophysiologic changes

Ky. county to provide partial tuition for paramedic program

Posted on June 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Scott County officials approved releasing $3,000 in funds at the start of the program and an additional $1,000 if the EMT signs up with Scott county

6 tips for drowning prevention and response

Posted on June 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

First responders can use their status as respected community figures to reduce the risk for drowning

Cops: Ambulance left running with keys in ignition stolen from hospital

Posted on June 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The ambulance later was found unoccupied on Cebra Avenue near Chester Place, according to a spokesman for the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information

Police: Ambulance stolen after left running in front of hospital

Posted on June 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The ambulance later was found unoccupied on Cebra Avenue near Chester Place, according to a spokesman for the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information

Pa. governor signs CPR bill into law

Posted on June 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Act 7 requires PDE to provide a curriculum to schools to teach hands-only CPR, a no-breath, compression-only technique recommended by the American Heart Association for sudden cardiac arrests

Ky. county ambulance services transition ongoing

Posted on June 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

According to Owensboro Fire Department, AMR has hired 32 full-time and roughly 24 part-time employees

EMS sees motorcycle crashes increase during ROT rally

Posted on June 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services officials had reported a total of six motorcycle accidents spread across Friday and Saturday

Austin EMS sees increase in motorcycle crashes during biker rally

Posted on June 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services officials had reported a total of six motorcycle accidents spread across Friday and Saturday

Fla. needle exchange program is new weapon to fight the opioid crisis

Posted on June 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Researchers have found the Miami-Dade program has discarded 11,000 more needles than it gave out and reversed 1,304 overdoses

Wis. FDs, EMS units will cover Madison fire stations during services for firefighter Todd Mahoney

Posted on June 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighters from 19 departments across Wisconsin will staff Madison fire stations and ambulances on Sunday so Madison firefighters can attend a memorial service for firefighter Todd Mahoney

19 FDs across Wis. to cover Madison stations during fallen FF service

Posted on June 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighters from 19 departments across Wisconsin will staff Madison fire stations and ambulances on Sunday so Madison firefighters can attend a memorial service for firefighter Todd Mahoney

Prosecutor: Police justified in gunfight that killed Wis. FF in crossfire

Posted on June 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The prosecutor described a scene that quickly changed from a routine medical call to a chaotic, dangerous situation with multiple shots being fired by Houston and by officers trying to deal with the threat he posed

Video: Bodycam footage of Wis. firefighter shooting released

Posted on June 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police bodycam footage shows gunfire exchange that led to the death of Wisconsin Firefigher Mitchell Lundgaard

How to determine if a patient has the mental capacity to decline care

Posted on June 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts discuss the three techniques EMS providers should use to determine if a patient has the mental capacity to decline medical treatment

3 EMS agencies submit videos for NAEMSP CPR challenge

Posted on June 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The winner of the challenge gets two free NAEMSP Annual Meeting registration passes

IAFF’s president blasts White House for lack of 9/11 fund support

Posted on June 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

“It would also be helpful if the administration would kind of weigh in and I haven’t really seen any specific indication from them on where they stand,” IAFF President Harold Schaitberger said

La. passes bill giving first responders workers’ comp PTSD benefits

Posted on June 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Louisiana first responders diagnosed with PTSD can now apply for workers’ comp benefits

La. passes bill giving first responders workers’ comp PTSD benefits

Posted on June 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Louisiana first responders diagnosed with PTSD can now apply for workers’ comp benefits

Fire, ambulance services to merge in Mass. town

Posted on June 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The merger will start in July and be complete with all paperwork by Jan. 1, 2020

Mass. EMT cadets receive Heart Association award

Posted on June 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The American Heart Association challenged high schools and colleges across Massachusetts to participate in this event to teach as many people in their community CPR

Mass. EMT cadets honored by American Heart Association

Posted on June 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The American Heart Association challenged high schools and colleges across Massachusetts to participate in this event to teach as many people in their community CPR

4 things EMS providers need to know about hyperventilation syndrome

Posted on June 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Understand the role of pulse oximetry and waveform capnography to assess and treat patients who are hyperventilating

Ky. counties add 911 text capabilities

Posted on June 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

With the Text-to-911 initiative, individuals in four Kentucky counties now have the capability to text authorities during an emergency, effective immediately

4 Ky. counties add 911 text capabilities

Posted on June 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

With the Text-to-911 initiative, individuals in four Kentucky counties now have the capability to text authorities during an emergency, effective immediately

EMS recognized by American Heart Association for STEMI care

Posted on June 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The award was presented to EMS Chief Steve Eubank by American Heart Association representative Alexander Kuhn

Ky. city EMS recognized by AHA for STEMI care

Posted on June 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The award was presented to EMS Chief Steve Eubank by American Heart Association representative Alexander Kuhn

NC county, EMS and driver sued over ambulance crash

Posted on June 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Graham man is suing Alamance County, Alamance County EMS and an ambulance driver for medical expenses over a crash with an ambulance in 2016

NC EMS agency, county and driver sued over ambulance crash

Posted on June 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Graham man is suing Alamance County, Alamance County EMS and an ambulance driver for medical expenses over a crash with an ambulance in 2016

The 7 best EMS movies of all time

Posted on June 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

We will be shocked if you've heard of #1

Iowa city EMS communication system on track

Posted on June 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The communication paths needed for the system have been deemed free from obstruction and the frequency coordination is at 85% completion

Ohio fire, EMS agencies rally to support boy with cancer

Posted on June 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Fayette Volunteer Fire Department and the Concerned Citizens of Burlington organized the community event to show support and raise funds

Calif. mandate requires EMTs to receive advanced training

Posted on June 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The training will enable California EMTs to administer and use naloxone, epinephrine and a glucometer, according to the California Emergency Medical Services Authority

Neb. firefighter-paramedic dies unexpectedly

Posted on June 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Omaha Fire Department firefighters were called to fellow Firefighter-Paramedic Jeremy Knott’s home, but were unable to resuscitate him

Lawrence County EMS recognized for its pre-hospital care for heart patients

Posted on June 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

This is the third year in a row the Lawrence County EMS agency has gotten the award