February 22, 2019

NAEMSP president discusses impact of the ET3 model

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

Our co-hosts sit down with the NAEMSP president to discuss how the new reimbursement model will transform all aspects of the industry

NAEMSP president discusses impact of ET3 model

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

Our co-hosts sit down with the NAEMSP president to discuss how the new reimbursement model will transform all aspects of the industry

Eliminate EMS disconnects through patient, provider communication

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

8 ways to shape caregiver communications with patients and 4 key considerations for leading millennials

5 things to know about the ET3 reimbursement model

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

Find out the specifics of the Emergency Treat, Triage and Transport payment model, and how will it affect your EMS agency

EMS Today 2019 Quick Take: Medical ethics algorithms

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

Learn how to train EMS providers in the four pillars of medical ethics, how to make difficult decisions in EMS and what ethics is not

Mich. family sues after 911 call about heart attack goes unanswered

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

Stephen Greene’s family is suing after two dispatchers turned down the volume and missed 13 emergency calls made by rehabilitation staff members

Ark. firefighters honor late paramedic with scholarship

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

The Eli Staton Memorial Scholarship will cover the nearly $5,000 paramedic school tuition for one firefighter-EMT

Dear EMS provider, are you at risk of stroke?

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

Prehospital providers shouldn’t be cautionary tales of why knowing your stroke risk matters

Texas man shouts profanities after leading police on chase in stolen ambulance

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

Officials said the man had been calm when transported to the hospital, but abruptly jumped back in the ambulance and drove away when they arrived

Man leads police on bizarre, profanity-laced chase in stolen ambulance

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

Officials said the man had been calm when transported to the hospital, but abruptly jumped back in the ambulance and drove away when they arrived

Audit: Fla. county 911 centers spending millions due to understaffing

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

Broward County’s 911 centers are spending millions of dollars in overtime — with dispatchers forced to work the extra hours— to make up for continuing vacancies

Bill that would allow responders to administer meds passes Minn. House committee

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

Former Rep. Clark Johnson and Sen. Nick Frentz tried to pass a similar law in 2017 but ran into language issues with medical industry lobbyists

Limited supply: How drug shortages are impacting EMS

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

Rotating pharmaceutical stock, and exploring alternative pain management and expired drug options can mitigate EMS drug shortages

EMS Today 2019 Quick Take: Tech and the human touch to recruit and retain EMS providers

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

Technology is advancing exponentially and those EMS agencies who cannot adapt their employee engagement will be left behind in hiring and retaining millennials and members of Gen-Z

Hospital pays tribute to paramedic who saved 6 lives as an organ donor

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

Vanderbilt Health staff members lined the hallways in a silent memorial to honor Kyle Fisher, who donated his heart, liver, kidneys, lungs and tissue after his death

Training Day: Equipment and environment make the difference in pediatrics training

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

Turn real-life situations into realistic practice scenarios by placing pediatric manikins where you’re likely to encounter them, not just the classroom table

Inclusive emergency medicine conference launches in north Idaho

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

The New Frontier Emergency Medicine event brings together physicians, nurses and EMS providers to learn the latest in emergency care

Study: Restricted fentanyl given to ‘alarming’ number of patients

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

Researchers found that the FDA and opioid manufacturers failed to monitor the restricted use of a powerful type of fentanyl even after problems were discovered

DC EMS crews to start denying hospital transports for some patients

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

A new DC Fire and EMS policy allows EMS providers to refer some non-emergent patients to a clinic instead of taking them to a hospital

Veteran SC paramedic dies in off-duty domestic dispute

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

Rodney Gilmer, 50, was shot in the abdomen at his home and died of the injury less than an hour after being taken to the same hospital where he worked

SC county sued by family of woman killed in EMS vehicle crash

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

The lawsuit alleges paramedic Danny Tinnel was negligent when the EMS vehicle he was driving while responding to a call crashed into the Dyer family’s truck

Minn. EMS director recalls becoming patient after suffering heart attack

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

“I just didn’t think that would happen to me,” Don Hauge, a 38-year EMS veteran, said

Law firm Keavney & Streger launches transgender awareness program

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

The online training is designed to educate EMS and healthcare providers on issues facing the transgender community and how to adequately care for individuals

NJ law firm launches EMS transgender awareness program

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

The online training is designed to educate EMS and healthcare providers on issues facing the transgender community and how to adequately care for individuals

OpenHouse Products provides NOEMS with customized bike panniers

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

Designed to fit over the back wheel of a bicycle, the bag is able to safely store medical equipment, including an oxygen cylinder

Webinar: How to provide EMS care for traumatic brain injuries like a pro

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

Learn how prehospital providers can play a key role in determining the outcome of TBI patients

Spotlight: eSchedule gives you the tools to organize your agency

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

Powerful shift schedule and timekeeping software

2 Dallas paramedics hurt in ambulance crash

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

An ambulance transporting a patient was involved in a crash with a truck, requiring all individuals to be transported to the hospital for evaluation

N.J. EMS organizations outraged over advisory board changes

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

Some fire and emergency services associations believe the changes to the first responders' advisory board could politicize the group

N.H. first responders to make house calls for drug treatment

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

NH Project FIRST enlists “quick response teams” to return after an overdose call and offer to connect individuals with services at their local treatment hub

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund in danger of running out of money

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

With just $2.375 billion left to spend on 20,000 pending cases, compensation packages will have to be cut in half on all claims

Nurse, former paramedic seeks to change assault laws

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

Pam Lewis wants to protect all healthcare workers from attacks by adding wording to current legislation to make such assaults a Class C Felony

Woman recalls saving husband’s life after allergic reaction

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

Lori Gentry performed CPR on her husband James after he collapsed from a reaction to his new medication

Texas county begins using 911 tech to communicate with responders faster

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

Grayson County began using Active 911, a program which simultaneously sends call information to all emergency department communication devices

Mass. opioid OD deaths drop for second straight year

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

Opioid deaths decreased 4 percent, from 2,056 in 2017 to 1,974 deaths last year, according to the latest quarterly report

Remains of helicopter pilot who died in Ohio chopper crash return home

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

The remains of helicopter pilot Jennifer Topper were returned to Santa Rosa, delivered safely by her mother under ceremonial escort

NH Safe Stations recognized at first responders breakfast

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

Natacha Davis stood before 300 first responders and told them how the caring she found at a fire station helped her to finally overcome her addiction

Ark. doctor’s license suspended for overprescribing opioids

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

Dr. Donald Hinderliter allegedly prescribed 832,994 pills to 462 patients over two years, averaging 1,803 pills per patient

Police: Man strikes ambulance after overdosing

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

Terry Ramsay allegedly suffered a heroin overdose and struck a New Hanover Regional Medical Center ambulance transporting a patient

Gunman kills 5 people, wounds 5 LEOs at Ill. business

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

Officers were fired upon Friday afternoon as soon as they entered the building

Ill. police respond to active shooter at manufacturing plant

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

Officials say a total of four LEOs and multiple civilians were injured in the shooting

Officials: 1 person dead, 4 police officers wounded in Ill. shooting

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

City spokesman Clayton Muhammad said four officers were wounded and in stable condition, but did not say if they were shot

5 people killed, 5 LEOs wounded in Ill. shooting

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

Officers were fired upon Friday afternoon as soon as they entered the building

AMR: ET3 payment model is a ‘great step forward’

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

AMR released a response to the ET3 announcement and said the model aligns with the company’s “key initiative” to provide a “better model for care delivery”

Calif. county’s ambulance ‘no-fly’ list helps save millions of dollars

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

Fresno County is saving millions of dollars by not transporting people who have been identified as 911 “frequent fliers” who abuse the system

28 Ga. middle school students hospitalized after eating Valentine’s Day candy

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

The Sandtown Middle School students were taken to the hospital after feeling “nauseated and disoriented,” officials said

Photo: EMS providers pick up fallen American flag in snowstorm

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

Mobile Life Support Services Paramedic and U.S. Army Sergeant Dan Rivera and EMT Larry Lawless picked up the flag and brought it to the police department

FDNY EMT’s quick thinking saves man’s severed arm

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

Francis Jost, who was covering a shift for his colleague, was able to pack the arm in ice because he knew of a nearby bar where he could get supplies

Pa. firefighter arrested for making false 911 calls

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

Isaiah Smith is facing charges after police said he made six false 911 calls over a period of more than a month

Braun debuts latest trends, technology in ambulance design

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

From custom colors to anti-theft systems and additional patient transport options, EMS Today attendees will find four Braun ambulance demos to explore

Aladtec launches Extra Hours function for cloud-based scheduling software

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

The new function will allow employees to record unplanned shifts, holdovers, shift variances, shift adjustments and unscheduled overtime

NAEMSP commends new ‘Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport’ model

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

The model policy will reimburse EMS agencies for the cost of providing Medicare beneficiaries with treatment-without-transportation and transporting patients to alternative destinations

Emergency Triage, Treatment and Transport reimbursement model is a watershed moment in modern EMS

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

EMS leaders react to ET3, HHS reimbursement model that recognizes the value of community paramedicine and emphasizes quality and outcomes

CMS announces Medicare reimbursement for certain non-transport treatment

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

The Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport Model makes Medicare reimbursement available for treatment without transport

4 effective strategies to cope with drug shortages in EMS

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

Pharmaceutical shortages are an ongoing challenge for EMS providers, but agencies can take proactive steps to address the issue

Idaho first responder, veteran hopes clinical trial will help him speak again

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

William Paine contracted throat cancer after on-the-job asbestos exposure and has communicated through a prosthesis for over 15 years

Video: UPS truck blocks FDNY ambulance with sirens blaring

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

A UPS truck was parked in the street and blocking traffic, and an ambulance was forced to wait until the driver pulled ahead

Search team picks up underwater signal from crashed air ambulance

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

The team heard a strong “ping” from a beacon attached to the Beechcraft King Air 200 turboprop’s cockpit voice recorder, according to officials

Texas paramedic accused of sexually harassing 2 teens during transports

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

Aaron English was accused of groping a teenage patient in 2017, but he wasn't charged until another teen came forward with allegations of inappropriate behavior

Fla. ambulance struck by concrete truck while en route to call

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

Police said an Okaloosa County EMS ambulance was responding to a call when a concrete truck pulled out in front of the ambulance

5 ways to bring a culture of celebration to your EMS agency

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

Regardless of size or service model, here are a few ways your department can honor its employees throughout the year

Do you have PTSD or Complex-PTSD?

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

A segmented diagnosis is used for those who experience symptoms of complex traumatic events

PTSD quiz: Find out if your symptoms qualify

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

This exclusive PTSD screening quiz can help determine if your symptoms are consistent with those of the diagnosis

First responder PTSD bill passes Idaho Senate

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

The bill would give first responders who suffer from job-related PTSD workers’ compensation coverage

Ala. EMS agency falls short of city response time ordinance

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

The ordinance requires 90 percent of First Response Ambulance Service's in-city calls be completed within eight minutes

Infographic: 10 apps every paramedic should have

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

Stay up to speed on the latest mobile technology to help you do your job

2 first responders honored for saving man who collapsed at wedding

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

Paramedic Marc McGree and Undersheriff George Skuletich received the Copper Heart Hero Award for saving Jim Paffhausen after he went into cardiac arrest

Tenn. ambulance, 2 police cars collide en route to crash scene

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

Officials said an ambulance, a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper car and a Shelby County Sheriff’s Office cruiser all crashed while on the way to a call

Tenn. ambulance collides into 2 police cars at crash scene

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

As the trooper and deputy were outside their vehicles investigating the crash, an ambulance crashed into them

Fla. county proposal would reduce response for minor 911 calls

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

Officials said reducing response for minor calls would preserve resources and improve response for “the most severe calls”

10 apps every paramedic should have

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

Stay up to speed on the latest mobile technology to help you do your job

San Francisco orders fire dept. to remove cat from station after complaint

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

Despite attempts by first responders to keep Edna, she was officially removed due to “public health and safety concerns”

Campus response: Lessons learned from an active shooter exercise

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

Planning active shooter response training with police, fire, EMS and medivac helicopters is a complex and challenging task

How to achieve operational uniformity with consolidated communication centers

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

Striking the balance between agency independence and operational synergy through conflict resolution, funding and governance

FDNY paramedic promoted to captain, despite failing recertification twice

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

Juliette Arroyo was barred from working as a paramedic after failing her state certification in December, but was promoted to EMS captain in January

Video: Paramedics rescue baby from storm drain

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

The newborn, believed to be between one and three days old, was rescued in a four-hour operation

Texas firefighter-paramedic recovering after ambulance crash

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

Dallas Fire-Rescue firefighter-paramedic Nicholas Granados suffered a collapsed lung, a fractured rib and other injuries after a truck crashed into his ambulance

Orthodox Jewish EMS agency faces pushback from LAFD over transport license

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

Hatzolah’s goal is to be able to transport patients and respond to calls using lights and sirens, but this has been opposed by LAFD and its firefighters’ union

Ind. 911 center goes ‘all in’ to create support system for dispatchers

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

A peer support team, made up of 10 St. Joseph County dispatchers, works to improve the mental and emotional health of staffmembers

8 things we wish the general public knew about EMS

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

After watching yet another television show that attempts to glamorize public safety providers, I thought about what really goes on inside our world

4 ways to prepare EMTs for violent patients

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

If you’re attacked on the job, be mentally prepared, physically ready, press savvy, and able to justify your actions in court

How Indianapolis EMS improved communications with reliable network connectivity

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

Cradlepoint’s all-in-one mobile routers improved connectivity to support faster and more efficient emergency response

Combative patients: Don’t be the ‘calm down guy’

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

Regardless of how good your intentions are, yelling "Calm Down!" in someone's ear never, ever helps

Paramedic recalls Parkland shooting as anniversary approaches

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

Valentine's Day will mark one year since a massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School left 17 dead and 17 injured

Officials investigating paramedic response to fatal hit-and-run

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

Body camera video captured tense moments from Austin-Travis County EMS as they discussed the patient’s injuries and debated whether to proceed with treatment

Firefighters ditch ambulance to rescue patient on icy road

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

Maryland Heights Firefighter Shaylor Taetz said he and his partner were rushing to a bus crash when their ambulance slid on the ice and hit a guardrail

Calif. fire dept. fights to keep station cat after complaint

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

San Francisco Fire Department Station 49 was told to “get rid of the cat” after an anonymous complaint was filed with the city

2 Texas paramedics hurt after truck crashes into ambulance

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

The driver, who later died as a result of the crash, sped through a red light and hit the passenger side of a Dallas Fire Rescue ambulance

Public speaking: 3 things I learned from TEDx

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

Becoming an effective public speaker can elevate the success of your fire department, EMS crew or community paramedicine program

Calif. county shakes up emergency response system to get to patients faster

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

Shorter response times and better patient outcomes are the goals of what officials are calling a high-performance, integrated response system

Texas counties implement prescription drug disposal program

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

A program to safely dispose of unwanted medication is expanding with the aim of helping curb prescription drug abuse and overdoses

Woman recalls being seriously injured on Uber scooter

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

Zella Turner hit a bike path railing when an Uber JUMP scooter’s brakes stopped working, resulting in broken bones and a face laceration

Fire chief wants changes in wake of Las Vegas mass shooting

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

A Nevada fire chief says he wants to bypass state lawmakers to get changes made

Md. fire dept. partners with hospital to launch mobile paramedic service

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

Baltimore City Fire Department officials hope the pilot program will reduce strains on first responders and emergency rooms

Officials: NC opioid quick response team makes progress

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

Wilmington’s quick response team consists of a group of health experts who contact overdose survivors in an effort to direct them toward treatment

NY EMS agency initiative works to implement ‘Stop the Bleed’ in schools

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

The Canandaigua Emergency Squad, led by Chief Matt Sproul, is distributing Stop the Bleed kits and providing staff with the training on how to use them

How to get grant money for opioid overdose treatment

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

Consider a variety of funding sources and make your case for why you need it, how you plan to use it and who will benefit

Q&A: How to encourage employee growth and maintain high standards

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

Eve Grau, co-founder of Royal Ambulance, shares the company's philosophy for cultivating highly-motivated employees and how it positively impacts their agency

Study: Many paramedics have poor hand hygiene

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

Researchers said many paramedics in their study ignored World Health Organization guidelines when soap and water or antiseptic rub was needed

EMS agency forms first board-certified tactical paramedic team in Canada

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

An Ottawa Paramedic Service spokesperson said the team helps other first responders on their high-risk operations

6 ways to defend yourself against verbal abuse

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

A verbal attack can be personal; here's how to deflect the blow

Alleged kidnapping suspect assaults paramedic who stopped to help

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

Police said AMR paramedics saw Clarence Pate assaulting a woman in a vehicle, and one was assaulted by Pate after getting out to help

Alleged kidnapping suspect assaults paramedic who stopped to help

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

Police said AMR paramedics saw Clarence Pate assaulting a woman in a vehicle, and one was assaulted by Pate after getting out to help

Maine husband and wife who ran fire, EMS services abruptly resign

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

Former Searsmont Fire Chief James Ames and Joanne Ames, former EMS manager, said conflict and bad feelings prefaced their departures

Fla. county announces $5M EMS overhaul plan

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

Volusia County officials unveiled a plan to enhance the EVAC system with seven ambulances, 28 EMS providers, new technology and nurse triage positions

Fla. county announces $5M EMS overhaul plan

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

Volusia County officials unveiled a plan to enhance the EVAC system with seven ambulances, 28 EMS providers, new technology and nurse triage positions

Trending topics: Should paramedics have a degree?

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

The idea of requiring paramedics to earn a college degree is a hot topic among industry personnel, with national organizations weighing in

NY resident fights to have AEDs required at large retail outlets

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

Justin Beyer was motivated to take action after no AED was available at the Walmart where he worked when a customer went unconscious

Maine bill would require cameras in ambulances

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

Sen. Dave Miramant said the bill, which would require transports to be recorded, is aiming to improve patient care

NC official’s proposed EMS staffing change sparks controversy

Posted on February 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

The conflict arose over a proposal to use existing part-time staff funding and overtime funds to hire a full-time staff for a previously part-time ambulance

Officials: Man destroyed American flag on FDNY ambulance

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

Fire officials said the man was arrested after destroying a flag that was “proudly displayed” on the back of an ambulance

Ohio auditor seeks tax break for fallen first responders’ spouses

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

Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo is renewing his call to provide a property tax break to the spouses of first responders who die in the line of duty

4 tips for airway management mastery

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

Successful airway management is the culmination of preparation, practice and technique mastery

Video: Super Bowl parade crowd helps push ambulance out of mud

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

A crowd of Patriots fans can be seen dislodging an ambulance that became stuck in the mud during a victory parade in Boston

Okla. siblings honored for rescuing neighbor trapped under vehicle

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

Air Methods flight nurse Michelle Humphrey and paramedic Mark Hopping praised Emma, 9, and Josh, 7, for keeping their cool and responding quickly when it counted

Mont. paramedic program simulates real-life crash scenes

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

Clinical coordinator Doug Petch works with his team to ensure each future paramedic gets training that mirrors real life as closely as possible

Family sues cruise ship operator for not airlifting onboard stroke victim

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

The suit claims cruise ship operators demonstrated “shocking and appalling negligence and callous disregard for human life”

Ky. paramedic seriously hurt in ambulance crash

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

Police said the paramedic was treating a patient in the back of the ambulance and was unrestrained when the crash occurred

Ky. paramedic seriously hurt in ambulance crash

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

Police said the paramedic was treating a patient in the back of the ambulance and was unrestrained when the crash occurred

NAEMT president addresses paramedic education questions

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

Our co-hosts discuss NAEMT's position on paramedic education requirements with President Matt Zavadsky

EMS Pioneers: Wisconsin paramedic still active after 45 years in EMS

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

Steve Teale discusses the peculiarities of small-town practice and life after EMS

EMS Pioneers: Wisconsin paramedic still active after 45 years in EMS

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

Steve Teale discusses the peculiarities of small-town practice and life after EMS

Now is the age of EMS: it is time to revolutionize our practice

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

Advances in prehospital treatments and community paramedicine require a new paradigm of training and education for EMS

How to host an international EMS agency exchange

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

EMS leaders can learn valuable insights and perspectives through cross-cultural exchange relationships with other emergency services professionals

How a safer ambulance saved lives

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

After a high-speed collision, Kootenai County EMS System chief confirms lessons about designing and operating a safer ambulance

Videos: Verizon honors first responders with Super Bowl commercials

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

Verizon’s “The Team that Wouldn’t Be Here” series consists of 12 commercials and a documentary featuring NFL stars who owe their lives to first responders

Videos: Verizon honors first responders with Super Bowl commercials

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

Verizon’s “The Team that Wouldn’t Be Here” series consists of 12 commercials and a documentary featuring NFL stars who owe their lives to first responders

Arbitrator upholds firing Fla. firefighter-paramedic in motorcycle gang

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

Clinton Walker was fired after an internal investigation concluded he had “unwavering loyalty” to the Outlaws, long considered Florida’s dominant motorcycle gang

Arbitrator upholds firing of Fla. firefighter-paramedic in motorcycle gang

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

Clinton Walker was fired after an internal investigation concluded he had “unwavering loyalty” to the Outlaws, long considered Florida’s dominant motorcycle gang

Air ambulance company continues search for missing flight

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

Guardian Flight officials said they contracted aerial surveys of the coastline in the plane’s last known location

Tenn. bill would allow first responders to carry guns while on duty

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

State Rep. Clay Doggett introduced the bill and said on-scene safety has “been an overwhelming concern” for first responders

4 hurt after Ala. ambulance crashes with patient inside

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

Officials said two EMS providers, the patient and an occupant of another vehicle that was hit head-on were transported to the hospital

SC man being steals fire truck while being treated after vehicle crash

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

Jawwaad Tasawwur Robinson first sparked a fire after crashing a vehicle into a tree, and was receiving medical treatment when he stole a fire department truck

SC man steals fire truck while being treated after vehicle crash

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

Jawwaad Tasawwur Robinson first sparked a fire after crashing a vehicle into a tree, and was receiving medical treatment when he stole a fire department truck

MRSA, fentanyl, bed bugs: What are you bringing home with you?

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

Limit your exposure and clean the ambulance and your clothing before heading home after shift to avoid contaminating your home and loved ones

IAFC issues Survival Alert due to fire, EMS personnel injuries, deaths

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

The alert encourages personnel to postpone non-emergency tasks and focus on safety and survival training, as well as the loss of fellow first responders

IAFC, IAFF, NFPA, NVFC oppose required degrees for medics

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

In a joint statement, four national organizations state the reasons they oppose requiring college degrees for entry-level paramedics

Patient steals ambulance, hits two cop cars during chase

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

During a hospital transfer, a patient overpowered two MedStar employees and took control of the rig

EMS Physicians Honored with Professional and Research Awards at NAEMSP® 2019

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

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The National Association of EMS Physicians® (NAEMSP®) celebrated outstanding professional achievements and research abstracts during the NAEMSP® 2019 Annual Meeting held January 7-12, 2019, at the JW Marriott Austin in Austin, Texas.
RJ Frascone, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, received the Ronald D. Stewart Award for his...

Ground, air emergency services face challenges in rural areas

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

Dwindling volunteers and low medical reimbursement rates create a hardship for volunteer agencies in sparsely populated areas

Suspected arrested after shots fired in hospital ambulance bay

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

An employee of the University of Maryland Medical Center was wounded after shots were fired in the hospital ambulance bay

Suspect arrested after shots fired in hospital ambulance bay

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

An employee of the University of Maryland Medical Center was wounded after shots were fired in the hospital ambulance bay

Public memorial planned for crew of medical helicopter crash

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

Pilot Jennifer L. Topper and and flight nurses Bradley J. Haynes and Rachel L. Cunningham were killed in a crash while en route to pick up a patient

7 injured in N.Y. ambulance-involved crash

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

A multi-vehicle crash Sunday involved a privately owned ambulance, and seven people sustained minor injuries

Md. telemedicine program helps decrease ER trips

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

Through the Chronic Care Management Program, patients are given tablets, blood pressure monitors pulse oximeters and scales for free

NC teachers undergo training to save lives

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

The teachers learned how to perform CPR, use the AED, execute the Heimlich maneuver, administer an EpiPen, and perform basic first aid

Calif. county to build ‘first-of-its-kind’ psychiatric ER

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

The Be Well Orange County Regional Mental Health and Wellness Campus will offer mental health treatment, drug-abuse and psychiatric crisis-stabilization units

GoFundMe launched for Ala. firefighter-paramedic fighting brain tumor

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

Firefighter-paramedic Rex Allred had surgery to remove a brain tumor, but doctors were unable to remove parts of it

Idaho bill would give first responders immunity for rescuing pets

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

First responders who break into vehicles to rescue dogs or cats would get legal immunity under a proposed bill

Newly-released EMS Agenda 2050 focuses on ‘people-centered vision’

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

EMS Agenda 2050 calls for an evidence-based, data driven industry that is integrated with the rest of the nation’s healthcare system

Coast Guard suspends search for missing air ambulance

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

After 63 hours of searching 240 square nautical miles, the U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search for a missing Guardian Flight aircraft

Is concealed carry a good option for EMS providers?

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

Our co-hosts discuss a new bill that recently passed Virginia's Senate to allow EMS providers the option to conceal carry on the job

What should EMS providers consider before carrying a concealed weapon on duty?

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

EMS1 columnists react to a Kansas law that prohibits public employers from preventing their employees from carrying a concealed weapon while on duty

Iowa fire dept. reverses on-duty weapon policy

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

The Delaware Township Fire Department implemented a policy that allowed responders to use guns on duty, but rescinded it after receiving criticism

Fla. mayor addresses aging ambulance fleet

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

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said the city’s ambulance fleet, which is the oldest in the region, hasn’t been updated due to a half-billion dollar revenue shortfall

Fla. mayor addresses aging ambulance fleet

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

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said the city’s ambulance fleet, which is the oldest in the region, hasn’t been updated due to a half-billion dollar revenue shortfall

Wash. city officials settle claim filed by son of intubated deceased man

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

Officials approved a $75,000 settlement for a claim filed by the son of the deceased man Bellingham Fire Department staff practiced endotracheal intubations on

Ill. first responder accused of stealing from fire dept.

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

Michael Janusek allegedly misappropriated money from the Chicago Heights Fire Department's foreign fire tax fund

Officials: US border agency makes biggest-ever fentanyl bust

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

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said they captured nearly 254 pounds of the deadly synthetic opioid from a load of Mexican produce

New Dubai emergency car can respond in 6 minutes

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

The Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services has launched a car that can run faster than an ambulance and has a doctor on board

Video: Semi-truck runs ambulance off highway

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

Dash cam footage shows semi-truck driver Michael Mack ramming an ambulance that had its lights and sirens on off the highway

Study: Talking to patients may reduce readmission rates

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

The study showed readmission to the hospital was reduced when nurses surveyed patients before release

Tenn. first responders arrested amid fraud investigation

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

Robert Reasonover and Tyler Rathert allegedly logged into AMR’s accounting system and claimed hours they never worked

Plane debris found in search for missing air ambulance, crew members ID’d

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

Officials found what appeared “to be part of an airplane’s wing” near the last known location of a Guardian Flight air ambulance

Research Analysis: Using continuous feedback to drive cardiac arrest care improvements

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

There is no silver bullet for cardiac arrest care, just silver buckshot

Do lights and sirens make an already distracted driver more dangerous?

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

An ambulance and vehicle collision immediately transforms an incident from the patient’s emergency to an emergency shared with the EMS crew

How to avoid, survive an ambulance collision

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

Ambulance collisions, which happen with frightening regularity, often result in injury and are occasionally fatal, especially for private vehicle drivers

Man uses CPR he learned from ‘The Office’ to help save woman

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

Cross Scott remembered an episode of “The Office” where Michael Scott sings “Staying Alive” while doing chest compressions on a dummy

First responders help deliver baby, shovel snow for new parents

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

Two Cedar Rapids Fire Department first responders shoveled snow outside a house as the rest of the crew helped deliver a baby inside

Ill. hospitals report cold-weather injuries days before arctic blast

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

Several patients had broken bones after falling on ice, some were frostbitten, and several were poisoned with carbon monoxide after vents became blocked by snow

W. Va. county to help residents pay for EMT classes

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

The proposal asked officials to use money that would have been allocated to Valley Ambulance—which no longer exists—to help sponsor students

Officials searching for missing Alaska air ambulance

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

The Coast Guard said they were notified that a Guardian Flight King Air 200 medical flight was expected to land, but it never arrived

Officials ID 3 killed in Ohio medical helicopter crash

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

Pilot Jennifer Topper and flight nurses Bradley Haynes and Rachel Cunningham were all killed when the Survival Flight helicopter crashed

How Pittsburgh’s ‘Freedom House’ shaped modern EMS systems

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

During a time of racial tension and social upheaval, the movement helped form the foundations of the pre-hospital care we’re used to today

Stabbed on duty: A medic’s lessons learned on the long road back

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

Ben Vernon dug deep to work through years of emotional trauma that surged to the front of his mind after he was attacked

NYC mayor on EMS pay gap: ‘The work is different’

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

When asked how the FDNY EMT pay gap compared to his campaign for “equity and social justice,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said he thinks “the work is different”

NYC mayor on FDNY EMS pay gap: ‘The work is different’

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

When asked how the FDNY EMT pay gap compared to his campaign for “equity and social justice,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said he thinks “the work is different”

3 dead in Ohio medical helicopter crash

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

Officials said Survival Flight helicopter was on its way to pick up a patient when the crash occurred

Pediatric simulation training: Tips to make it effective for medics

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

Educators need to provide realistic simulation training to ensure pediatric patient clinical competence

Colo. ambulance crash injures 1

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

A Denver Health ambulance was sideswiped by another vehicle that failed to stop at an intersection, according to officials

Ala. firefighter-paramedics honored for saving cardiac arrest patient

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

Tony Rutland and Jerome Roberts were awarded for refusing to allow a patient to decline medical care shortly before the patient went into cardiac arrest

Hazmat spill closes Calif. emergency room

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

The LAFD responded to the Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, where officials were forced to close the ER after a damaged pipe caused a liquid oxygen spill

Pa. county officials see significant decrease in overdose deaths

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

Clark County Commissioner Melanie Flax Wilt said "a coordination of efforts among many different agencies" has helped decrease the number of fatal overdoses

Ohio county officials see significant decrease in overdose deaths

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

Clark County Commissioner Melanie Flax Wilt said "a coordination of efforts among many different agencies" has helped decrease the number of fatal overdoses

FDNY rescues woman who was stuck in elevator for days

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

First responders pried open the doors Sunday and rescued the woman, who was reportedly an employee of the house, and had been stuck in the elevator since Friday

Why a personal connection opens your mind to the patient as a person

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

EMS providers are more than personal space invaders. The connections we form with the patient can be the key to creating an environment of healing

EMS quality improvement through clinical specialty teams

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

Harness a passion for care to identify improvement opportunities in clinical specialty areas and propose change

Documentary highlights private Mexican ambulances

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

“Midnight Family” follows the Ochoa family in Mexico City, who run an ambulance company in a city where only 45 government-run ambulances serve 9 million residents

Ind. dispatcher helps boy who called 911 after ‘bad day at school’

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

Lafayette dispatcher Antonia Bundy helped the boy with fractions after he said he had a “really bad day” because he had “tons of homework”

Mo. ambulance service experiments with 48-hour shift schedule

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

Cole County Ambulance Service EMS providers work two consecutive 24-hour shifts, followed by four days off

Increasing your career options with more education

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

Due to on-the-job injury, family demands or burnout, many EMS professionals eventually need to find work outside of EMS

Lawsuit: Amazon delayed calling 911 for worker who had fatal heart attack

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

The lawsuit claims workers waited about 25 minutes before calling 911after Thomas Becker fell ill, even though there’s a fire station about a half-mile away

Ind. fire dept. develops PTSD peer support network

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

The Anderson Fire Department developed a peer support network with about 20 firefighters and EMS providers available to help anyone struggling with PTSD

Calif. college gives students a glimpse at career in emergency dispatch

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

Pairing simulations with a classroom environment, students in Hancock College's dispatcher course learn how to funnel all the information first responder need

Pa. program decreases opioid use for spine surgery patients

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

New protocol virtually did away with pain pumps, devices that allow patients to dose themselves with morphine after surgery

Reviews: No patients harmed in Minn. hospital ketamine research

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

Investigations commissioned by Hennepin Healthcare found that its paramedics and research staff acted appropriately in its ketamine study of agitated patients

La. shooting leaves 5 dead; suspect at large

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

Police say two shootings have left five people dead; the suspect is still at large

Officers to be awarded for saving unresponsive woman whose car crashed

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

The officers used an AED found in all Newburyport police cruisers to revive a woman whose heart stopped beating shortly before she crashed her car

Officers honored for saving woman whose heart stopped before crash

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

The officers used an AED found in all Newburyport police cruisers to revive a woman whose heart stopped beating shortly before she crashed her car

Ohio fire dept. responders resign amidst leadership complaints

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

Five Mad River Twp. Fire/EMS Department responders resigned after firefighter-paramedic Michael Newkirk claimed leaders were intimidating and hostile

Fire dept. receives $99K grant for paramedic training equipment

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

The Ocean City Paramedic Foundation gave $99,000 to the Ocean City Fire Department to purchase equipment to help paramedics improve their skills

Medic Mindset Podcast: Thinking about the agitated patient

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

Emergency medicine physician Dr. Cynthia Griffin confronts bias when it comes to agitated patients

Trump announces deal to end record-long shutdown

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

Some 800,000 federal workers have had to work without pay or have been kept from doing their jobs

Paramedics honored for assisting in dangerous arrest

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

Lambton EMS paramedics Blake Smith and Mark Duffy helped defuse an “extremely violent” scene where one officer was injured

Md. proposes fee hike to pay for costly 911 upgrades

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

The measure would increase the monthly surcharge on residents' phone bills from $1 to $1.25, and each phone line on a family plan would be charged the fee

EMS crew finds shooting victim in ambulance driver’s seat

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

Police said an EMS crew was responding to another call when they heard shots fired and found Charleston Scott in the ambulance moments later

Ind. firefighter-EMT dies of brain cancer

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

Joshua Comeau, 41, died after battling an aggressive form of cancer that he was diagnosed with in 2014

Pa. county proposes paying volunteer responders who respond to MCIs

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

Beaver County Commissioner and volunteer firefighter Tony Amadio suggested pay if a first responder is involved with a "catastrophic" event such as a plane crash

Tackling the education disparity across national EMS associations

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

Our co-hosts sit down with NAEMSE Board of Directors member Leaugeay Barnes to discuss the differences in education requirements across the industry

Tackling the education disparity across national EMS associations

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

Our co-hosts sit down with NAEMSE Board of Directors member Leaugeay Barnes to discuss the differences in education requirements across the industry

Online ‘EMT Specialization’ course could be industry game-changer

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

New online EMT training provides an option for rural EMT candidates, those looking to learn more about emergency medicine

Coursera online ‘EMT Specialization’ course could be industry game-changer

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

New online EMT training provides an option for rural EMT candidates, those looking to learn more about emergency medicine

NSC releases responder resources for ‘fourth generation agent’ incidents

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

The National Security Council developed resources to help first responders prepare for and respond to a fourth generation agent incident

NAEMT releases guide on effective EMS wellness programs

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

The guide was developed to help EMS agencies create programs that help EMS providers maintain their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing

Video highlights why Cleveland EMS providers feel unsafe on calls

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

Police body cam footage shows a naked man disrupting traffic and EMS providers telling police the same man had assaulted a paramedic

Seattle to pay $65.75M to ambulance crash victim

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

The city of Seattle agreed to pay $65.75 million to the family of Brooke Taylor, marking the largest individual personal injury settlement in the city’s history

FDNY High School grad becomes first alumnus to become paramedic

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

Denzel Adonis, a graduate of FDNY High School class of 2011, was one of 50 paramedics who walked across the stage after a seven-year journey to fulfill his dream

Md. program lets first responders alert schools of kids who witnessed trauma

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

Under the Handle with Care program, EMS providers or police can alert the school system when a child witnesses a traumatic event

Rapid Response: Early incident command, multiple transport scenarios crucial to effective scene management

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

Latest shooting highlights need to stop debating and start implementing ballistic vest plans, protocols and distribution

4 considerations for adopting a prehospital blood administration protocol

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

No longer just for hospitals and helicopters, blood products can benefit medical and trauma patients in the field

Police: 5 fatally shot inside Fla. bank

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

Officials said a gunman “eventually surrendered” after fatally shooting five people at a SunTrust bank

Va. bill that would allow responders to conceal, carry weapons passes Senate

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

SB 1012 would allow specific firefighters and EMS providers to carry a concealed weapon without a permit

Paramedic hurt in hit-and-run while tending to patient

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

Police said the Calgary EMS crew was loading a patient into an ambulance when a vehicle struck one of the paramedics

NAEMSP 2019 Quick Take: Improve quality improvement with data visualization

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

Data visualization illuminates patterns and connections, allowing providers to tell a story and direct actions to improve care and performance

Wyo. lawmakers propose bill to address air ambulance costs

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

Under House Bill 194, the state would ask the officials to move air ambulance coverage under the state Medicaid plan

How are EMS personnel asking for police response to unsafe scenes

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

Lee County EMS conducted a short survey of EMS leaders to determine if code words or plain language are used to request police to an unsafe EMS incident

How are EMS personnel asking for police response to unsafe scenes

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

Lee County EMS conducted a short survey of EMS leaders to determine if code words or plain language are used to request police to an unsafe EMS incident

How to keep your EMT certification current

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

EMT recertification is a straightforward process, but you can't miss the deadlines

New Ill. law requires hospitals to implement violence prevention protocols

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

Under the law, EMS providers, nurses and healthcare workers will be protected from violent patients through better communication and new policies

Kan. ambulance responding to crash rolls over after spinning out on icy road

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

A Kansas Highway Patrol report said the EMS provider driving the ambulance lost control on the icy roadway and spun 180 degrees into the median

First responders awarded for breaking STEMI response record

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

Brad Carroll and Jerry Donaldson received the STEMI Star Award after identifying and treating a STEMI patient within 18 minutes

Video: Verizon debuts first responder tribute campaign

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

“The Team that Wouldn’t Be Here” shares the stories of NFL players who were saved by first responders

Wash. fire dept. staffs first all-female paramedic unit in its history

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

Spokane County Fire District 8 firefighter-paramedics Meg Williams and Jennifer Raudebaugh said the milestone felt like just another day on the job

Audio: Dispatcher helps save baby born unresponsive in back seat of car

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

Dispatcher Ryan Bancroft instructed the father how to carefully unwrap the umbilical cord, which was around the baby's neck, and told him how to administer CPR

Fla. fire dept. hires 23 paramedics despite pushback from firefighter union

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

Union president Ronald Glass argued the Orlando Fire Department should be hiring more firefighters, who can provide medical services and respond to fires

Calif. mass overdose highlights severe new phase of opioid epidemic

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

Thirteen people at the same party overdosed all at once, making it one of the worst mass overdose events in Northern California since the opioid crisis hit

Mass. bill would allow EMS providers to treat injured K-9s

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

Police called the proposed legislation a common sense move that would save dogs serving the community

Wash. first responders teach school nurses how to control bleeding

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

Pasco Fire Department PIO Ben Shearer said he hopes to eventually see a ‘Stop the Bleed’ kit in every classroom, as well as in public places in the community

‘Innovative’ partnership allows police officer to double as paramedic

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

Mikeal Tordsen is sanctioned to also serve as a paramedic while on duty as a police officer after proposing a unique partnership between his two employers

Ind. mayoral candidate calls for reinstation of city-run ambulance service

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

Kokomo mayoral candidate Kevin Summers claimed residents have seen delays in receiving medical assistance because of no available ambulances

Civilians save man who suffered medical emergency from burning vehicle

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

Nicholas Arens, 38, was subsequently airlifted from the accident scene by Life Link helicopter to the Hennepin County Medical Center

Seattle health officials urge safer drug use after 7 overdoses in one day

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

Health officials are advising people who use drugs to have naloxone on hand, which can be obtained at needle exchanges and other locations

Radio Ramblings: The Art of Hospital Radio Reporting

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

The EMS radio report to the hospital done well communicates vital information to help the hospital prepare for the patient's arrival

Mich. first responders rescue man trapped between semi tires

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

Officials said the trapped man was servicing the tractor-trailer's refrigeration unit when another person attempted to move the truck — unaware that the man was there

NC county to begin 911 consolidation

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

Beginning on the morning of Jan. 27 , Rockingham County will begin the process to merge all four dispatch centers into a single dispatch point

Rescue operation riddled with mishaps including falling tree, burning car

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

A rescue operation at Shaver Lake during a fierce winter storm turned into an all-day saga for a stranded couple and group of deputies

Air Methods’ airway management tool published in leading trauma textbook

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

Air Methods’ HEAVEN Criteria was established as the gold standard process for airway management in a book for NAEMT’s CE program

FDNY EMT testifies in gory samurai sword domestic attack trial

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

FDNY EMT Ryan Walsh testified in a first-degree assault trial and gave a graphic description of the scene inside the building where the attack occurred in 2016

Astronaut accidentally calls 911 from space, causes NASA scare

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

Dutch astronaut André Kuipers was making a call via the Johnson Space Center switchboard when he missed a number and called 911

EMS From a Distance: The whole package

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

Why compromise on capabilities when recruiting EMS providers?

Man charged with killing FDNY EMT found fit to stand trial

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

Jose Gonzalez, who is accused of fatally running over FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo, is charged with murder, manslaughter and robbery

American Red Cross issues emergency blood call

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

Over the period between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the Red Cross collected about 27,000 fewer donations across the country than needed

How to build the perfect clinical department

Posted on January 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Our co-hosts discuss what details make for a flawless, smoothly-run clinical department, and how you can achieve it at your agency

6 essential roles of the EMS company officer

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

Empower through responsibility and invest through insight in your supervisory staff and company culture

EMS chief credits custom ambulance for saving crew, patient in crash

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

Kootenai County EMS Chief Chris Way said the ambulance, which was designed with safety in mind, “did its job” after a drunk driver crashed into it

Paramedic who was hurt after wrong-way driver hit ambulance recalls crash

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

Paul Sanchez hopes to return to work by the end of the year after being suspended by his seat belt in the head-on collision

Mass. first responder crisis intervention bill signed into law

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

The new law requires mental health services to be available for all first responders to help them cope with psychological trauma

Ky. county sets aside $300K for new EMS station

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

Rowan County officials voted unanimously to set aside $300,000 toward the acquisition of a new piece of property to build a more suitable home for

Tribute to 9/11 first responders takes shape

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

A tribute to thousands of responders is taking shape in Vermont; it will be installed this spring at the national Sept. 11 memorial

Ohio EMS providers fighting for PTSD protocol speak out

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

Anonymous paramedics shared their struggles with PTSD and urged the city to recognize mental trauma in their new contract

Police officers honored for saving newborn in cardiac arrest

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

Officers Austin Battcher, Ben Norris and Jesse Bratcher gave 6-week-old Avery CPR after her parents called 911

First responders on coffee run save woman in cardiac arrest

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

Three firefighter-paramedics were stopping to get coffee when they were stopped by a friend of Janice Winter, who was about to go into cardiac arrest

Opioid deaths in NC town decrease less than a year after program’s launch

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

Greenboro’s GCSTOP prevents repeat overdoses by counseling “persistent users to enter treatment or adopt evidence-based harm-reduction practices”

How to safely provide off-duty assistance at crash scenes

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

Know when to stop, how much assistance to provide and how to hand off patient care to responding authorities

Okla. firefighters save colleague who suffered heart attack at station

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

Johnny McCabe was treated by the fire chief and his fellow firefighters after he collapsed

Okla. responders save colleague who suffered heart attack at station

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

Johnny McCabe was treated by the fire chief and his fellow firefighters after he collapsed

The impact of a government shutdown on public safety

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

Here's a breakdown of who is considered "essential" and "nonessential" during a federal government shutdown

The impact of a government shutdown on public safety

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

Here's a breakdown of who is considered "essential" and "nonessential" during a federal government shutdown

Officials: Americans more likely to die from opioid overdose than in vehicle crash

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

The National Safety Council found that the odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose were 1 in 96

Pa. city to address long ambulance response times

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

Hazleton Councilman and volunteer firefighter Tony Columbo said that while he understands there is a staffing shortage, residents can’t afford to wait in an emergency

Police: Man attacks paramedic, police after fleeing on golf cart

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

Officials said Parks Terry fled from police on a golf cart and locked himself inside a house, where he later attacked a paramedic who came inside

Vitamin company designs supplement line for first responders

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

Thin Fit Line Founder Dan McBride designed the “Heroes Pack” to help first responders take care of themselves “during those long stressful hours”

EMS provider gets prison time in fatal ambulance crash

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

Jeffrey Gable was sentenced to at least six months in prison for his role in a 2016 ambulance crash that killed a passenger and another driver

Driver gets prison time in fatal ambulance crash

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

Jeffrey Gable was sentenced to at least six months in prison for his role in a 2016 non-emergency transport ambulance crash that killed a passenger and another driver

What EMS leaders need to know about unconscious bias

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

Understanding your unconscious biases will make hiring decisions, disciplinary choices, relationships and clinical care more equitable

Active shooter training: Teacher TCCC

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

Training teachers in trauma casualty care to increase survival during active shooting incidents at schools

Kan. fire marshal gives grant funding to 70 volunteer depts.

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

Funds through the Kansas Firefighter Recruitment and Safety Grant Program were awarded to various volunteer/part-time fire departments across the state

Police, EMS union disputing after paramedic bitten by patient

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

“This is what happens when police runs continue to be pawned off on EMS,” a paramedic said on social media while recovering from a deep bite wound

Veteran Ore. paramedic dies in off-duty rollover crash

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

Kevin Luby, who had been a paramedic since 2005, died at the scene of the crash after his vehicle drifted off the road before overturning

Veteran Idaho paramedic dies in off-duty rollover crash

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

Kevin Luby, who had been a paramedic since 2005, died at the scene of the crash after his vehicle drifted off the road before overturning

Responders remove patient from ambulance just before it erupts in flames

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

A Sauk County EMS crew was transporting a patient in emergency mode when flames began shooting out from under the rig, forcing the crew to pull over and evacuate

Police: Minn. EMT ‘slashed’ with knife by restrained patient

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

The EMT said Katerina Lundberg pulled out a folding knife when the ambulance arrived at the hospital and slashed him on his cheek

Video: First responders rescue boy from frozen retention pond

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

The responders threw the boy a rescue disc on a rope, which was used to pull him to the surface of the icy pond and hoist him onto dry land

Quiz: Test your knowledge of the 2019 AHA guidelines for cardiac care

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

Do you know the most current protocols for treating arrhythmia, cardiac arrest and other heart conditions?

1 dead, 4 in critical condition at mass overdose in Calif. house

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

Chico police Chief Mike O'Brien said the mass overdose appears to have been largely caused by the dangerous opioid fentanyl

Neb. first responder fights city over use of PTSD service dog

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

Rob Ravndal hopes sharing his experiences grappling with PTSD and trying to continue his career will help reduce the stigma of the disorder

Neb. first responder fights city over use of PTSD service dog

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

Rob Ravndal hopes sharing his experiences grappling with PTSD and trying to continue his career will help reduce the stigma of the disorder

Former Homeland Security chief pays tribute to Texas responders

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

Tom Ridge personally thanked Austin firefighters and EMS providers who saved his life in 2017

Fla. chief pushing for fire department to take over ambulance service

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

This is the third time in 15 years that the Venice Fire Department has sought to take over ambulance service within the city

How helping patients get good care at home helps rural hospitals survive

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

LifePoint Health is launching a community paramedicine program to help people near the end of life

Teen reunites with EMS director who helped save his life after vehicle crash

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

Sean Marquis said he felt “amazement and pride” when meeting Austin Neuhaus, whom he helped keep alive after Neuhaus’ truck crashed into a tree in 2016

Fla. man faces charges after infant ingests heroin, Xanax

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

Christopher Hartley was arrested on a child-neglect charge after an 11-month-old ingested his heroin and Xanax pills

Man reunites with EMS director who saved his life, inspired him to become paramedic

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

Sean Marquis said he felt “amazement and pride” when meeting Austin Neuhaus, whom he helped keep alive after Neuhaus’ truck crashed into a tree in 2016

NAEMSP 2019 Quick Take: Achieving efficiency and sustainability in volunteer EMS

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

Autonomy, leadership, resource commitment and integrative processes bolster successful volunteer EMS agencies

NAEMSP 2019 Quick Take: Achieving efficiency and sustainability in volunteer EMS

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

Autonomy, leadership, resource commitment and integrative processes bolster successful volunteer EMS agencies

NAEMSP 2019 Quick Take: Introduction to affirming EMS care for transgender and gender-diverse patients

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

Create a safe and affirming environment for all patients by knowing and calling patients by their preferred name and pronouns

NAEMSP 2019 Quick Take: Introduction to affirming EMS care for transgender and gender-diverse patients

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

Create a safe and affirming environment for all patients by knowing and calling patients by their preferred name and pronouns

Police identify persons of interest after shots fired at Fla. paramedics

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

“Detectives are following credible leads to include witness interviews and phone data collection,” Sarasota police PIO Genevieve Judge said

Paramedics, police train to flag tissue donors outside of hospital

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

A thousand first responders were equipped with the knowledge needed to flag potential donors who die outside of the hospital and often get overlooked

Off-duty responders help state trooper after traffic stop turns violent

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

Oak Bluffs Fire Chief John Rose and firefighter-EMT David Smith were driving by when they saw Trooper Dustin Shaw fighting with a driver he had pulled over

EMT students receive scholarship in honor of late fire chief

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

The Red Knights Motorcycle Club handed out two scholarships in honor of former Weathersfield Township Fire Department Chief Randy Pugh, who died last year

Va. EMS provider indicted in fatal ambulance crash

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

A whistleblower said William Watson, who was still in training, did not have sirens activated when the ambulance crashed and a woman was killed

Study reveals roadblocks to mental health counseling in first responders

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

First responders believe mental health is as important as physical health, but feel that there are repercussions for seeking help

Why Secretary Tom Ridge advocates for EMS

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

Tom Ridge, the first secretary of the Dept. of Homeland Security and a sudden cardiac arrest survivor, advocates for EMS at NAEMSP 2019 Annual Meeting

Why Secretary Tom Ridge advocates for EMS

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

Tom Ridge, the first secretary of the Dept. of Homeland Security and a sudden cardiac arrest survivor, advocates for EMS at NAEMSP 2019 Annual Meeting

Why Secretary Tom Ridge advocates for EMS

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

Tom Ridge, the first secretary of the Dept. of Homeland Security and a sudden cardiac arrest survivor, advocates for EMS at NAEMSP 2019 Annual Meeting

NAEMSP 2019 Quick Take: 3 bad players in EMS airway management

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

Dr. Dan Spaite shares how to avoid the potential pitfalls in positive-pressure ventilation, hyperventilation and over-ventilation

NAEMSP 2019 Quick Take: 3 bad players in EMS airway management

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

Dr. Dan Spaite shares how to avoid the potential pitfalls in positive-pressure ventilation, hyperventilation and over-ventilation

SC county considers starting own EMS agency to decrease response time

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

With increased response times due to a closed hospital, Marlboro County may establish their own EMS agency

SC county considers starting own EMS agency to decrease response time

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

With increased response times due to a closed hospital, Marlboro County may establish their own EMS agency

EMS agency launches paid training program for EMTs

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

Susquehanna Valley EMS is tackling its EMT shortage by offering an “EMT Recruit Academy,” which will pay students for classroom and clinical shifts

EMS agency launches paid training program for EMTs

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

Susquehanna Valley EMS is tackling its EMT shortage by offering an “EMT Recruit Academy,” which will pay students for classroom and clinical shifts

OKC police body cam captures takedown of suspect attacking paramedic

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

The footage allegedly shows Ricardo Kendle being arrested after attempting to steal an ambulance at a hospital

OKC police body cam captures takedown of suspect attacking paramedic

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

The footage allegedly shows Ricardo Kendle being arrested after attempting to steal an ambulance at a hospital

Study: Jiu-jitsu maneuver may reduce blood loss for trauma victims

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

Study: Jiu-jitsu maneuver may reduce blood loss for trauma victims

Fla. county program aims to help responders struggling with Orlando shooting

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

The program is intended to teach first responders how to care for themselves after crisis events and recognize peers who may have PTSD

Officials fund mental health program for Pulse massacre first responders

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

The program is intended to teach first responders how to care for themselves after crisis events and recognize peers who may have PTSD

Officials: Tenn. doctors conspired to sell opioid prescriptions for $300

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

Two doctors have had their licenses suspended after working together to sell prescriptions through an insurance company they created

2 Ill. EMS providers hurt in ambulance crash

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

Police said the ambulance was transporting a patient when it was struck by another vehicle

2 Iowa EMS providers hurt in ambulance crash

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

Police said the ambulance was transporting a patient when it was struck by another vehicle

EMS providers stop teaching CPR class to save man suffering cardiac arrest

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

Paramedic Del Black and EMT Gregg Shearer were training museum employees in CPR when Don Mahoney collapsed while volunteering at the same place

EMS chief responds to union criticism over working conditions

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

Niagara EMS Chief Kevin Smith said he was “quite shocked” when he was accused of committing “bullying and demeaning behavior” against EMS providers

7 hurt in violent crash involving Ky. ambulance

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

Officials said the crew was trying to calm a patient who had tried to climb out of the back of the ambulance when a concrete pumping truck crashed into the rig

7 hurt after pumper truck crashes into back of ambulance

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

Officials said the crew was trying to calm a patient who had tried to climb out of the back of the ambulance when a concrete pumping truck crashed into the rig

7 hurt after concrete truck crashes into back of ambulance

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

Officials said the crew was trying to calm a patient who had tried to climb out of the back of the ambulance when a concrete pumping truck crashed into the rig

10 CES 2019 gadgets for forward-thinking first responders

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

With new technology ranging from transportation to health monitoring, plenty of devices are being debuted that could make the lives of first responders much easier

10 CES 2019 gadgets for forward-thinking first responders

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

With new technology ranging from transportation to health monitoring, plenty of devices are being debuted that could make the lives of first responders much easier

Texas EMS agency to equip paramedics with full body cameras

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

Cypress Creek EMS will deploy 93 Axon Flex 2 cameras after “the use of this technology contributed to saving at least two lives” during a trial period

EMT student uses newly-learned skills to save shooting victim

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

Najib Ahmed said he stumbled upon a man who had been shot and took off his shirt to wrap around his leg

EMT student uses newly-learned skills to save shooting victim

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

Najib Ahmed said he stumbled upon a man who had been shot and took off his shirt to wrap around his leg

Paramedic begs for no retaliation after responding to triple homicide

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

Oakland Fire Department paramedic Mike Scott urged the community to end the violence, adding that he’s “tired of seeing this” after 20 years on the job

Paramedic begs for no retaliation after responding to triple homicide

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

Oakland Fire Department paramedic Mike Scott urged the community to end the violence, adding that he’s “tired of seeing this” after 20 years on the job

Fla. city to buy second set of protective gear for firefighter-paramedics

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

Palm Beach Gardens is outfitting firefighter-paramedics with a second set of gear to slide into when their first gets covered in ash or contaminated with blood

Study: Ambulance equipment likely contaminated with MRSA superbug

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

Researchers found MRSA on all nine oxygen tanks they tested from three ambulances in Alabama

Police: Pregnant NY EMT punched in stomach by patient

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

Officials said the drunk patient became violent after being told he had to go to the hospital and punched the EMT before running away

Driving lessons learned from a medic’s death

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

Ambulance crash tragedies like this one are a stark reminder of the danger of ignoring high-risk behavior

Driving lessons learned from a medic’s death

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

Ambulance crash tragedies like this one are a stark reminder of the danger of ignoring high-risk behavior

Future EMT gives birth to first child at home

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

Paramedic Johnathon Bobbitt-Miller said Yunyi Chen, who just completed EMT training, was unusually calm while giving birth in her living room

Fla. man arrested for assaulting EMT, urinating in front of ambulance

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

Marcel Thomas was being transported to the hospital when he allegedly became aggressive and demanded the ambulance be stopped

Fla. firefighter-paramedic recovering after sudden illness

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

Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue Department firefighter Erik Conde was on a shift last month when he collapsed from a bacterial infection in his lungs

2 paramedics hurt in fatal wrong-way ambulance crash

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

Metro EMS paramedics Paul Sanchez and Darius Williams were extricated from the ambulance after it was struck by another vehicle going the wrong way on the highway

2 Ark. paramedics hurt in fatal wrong-way ambulance crash

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

Metro EMS paramedics Paul Sanchez and Darius Williams were extricated from the ambulance after it was struck by another vehicle going the wrong way on the highway

2 Ark. medics injured after wrong-way driver crashes into ambulance

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

Metro EMS paramedics Paul Sanchez and Darius Williams were extricated from the ambulance after it was struck by another vehicle going the wrong way on the highway

Police: Shots fired at Fla. paramedics responding to call

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

The two paramedics were able to get back into the ambulance and drive away while three to five more shots were fired at the ambulance, according to police

Artist says thanks to Duluth rescue crew with marble carving

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

The marble piece is a gift to the station after a rescuer there pulled artist Eric Waller and a friend from a car wreck in June 2012

Dispatcher takes call about fire that destroyed her own home

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

Dispatcher Barbara Hughes was working when she took a 911 call reporting a blaze in the area where she lives

Dad recounts attempts to save son who apparently died of allergic reaction to fish smell

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

Steven Jean-Pierre desperately tried to save his son as he struggled to breathe after apparently suffering from an allergic reaction to the smell of cooking fish

Artist says thanks to Duluth rescue crew with marble carving

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

The marble piece is a gift to the station after a rescuer there pulled artist Eric Waller and a friend from a car wreck in June 2012

Artist thanks Duluth rescue crew with marble carving

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

The marble piece is a gift to the station after a rescuer there pulled artist Eric Waller and a friend from a car wreck in June 2012

Artist thanks Duluth rescue crew with marble carving

Posted on January 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

The marble piece is a gift to the station after a rescuer there pulled artist Eric Waller and a friend from a car wreck in June 2012

Firefighters rescue 2 workers stuck in elevator 6 stories high

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

Firefighters used harnesses and ropes to lower the two men six stories to the ground safely

3 dead, 4 hurt in Calif. bowling alley shooting

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

The shooting, which was apparently preceded by a fight, was reported at Gable House Bowl; no arrests were reported

Report: Opioid crisis cutting Philly life expectancy

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

A "Health of the City" report found that overdoses outstripped all other causes of death except for heart disease and cancer in 2017

Inmates honored for rushing to help stricken officer

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

The inmates grabbed James Smith's cell phone after he fell into a ditch, called 911 and waited until law enforcement and EMS arrived

Mich. paramedic in critical condition after ambulance crash

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

Officials said one paramedic and the patient who was being transported are in critical condition, and three others were also hospitalized

How to buy EMS drugs for your department

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

Here are the top questions medical directors, operation directors and quality assurance directors need to answer before purchasing EMS drugs

Video: Fire chief discusses saving lives in opioid crisis in TED Talk

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

Huntington Fire Department Chief Jan Rader discusses her community’s unique approach to decreasing opioid overdoses

EMS agency receives K-9 first aid training

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

Veterinarian Beth Eisenberg gave an in-depth training session to Armstrong Ambulance staff on how to help K-9s hurt in the line of duty

Ga. attorney general sues opioid manufacturers, distributors

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

Attorney General Chris Carr filed a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors for their alleged role in fueling the opioid crisis

Ga. attorney general sues opioid manufacturers, distributors

Posted on January 3, 2019 by in Uncategorized

Attorney General Chris Carr filed a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors for their alleged role in fueling the opioid crisis

Texas paramedic loses home, 6 dogs in fire

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

The paramedic and his wife, a nurse at a local hospital, were caring for patients when the fire started

Medic Mindset Podcast: Listening in color

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

Greg Friese, Editor-in-chief of EMS1.com, inspires the host of Medic Mindset to be a better listener

Officials: OKC man attacks paramedic, attempts to hijack ambulances

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

Ricardo Kendle, who had just been released from jail, allegedly “became irate” and tried to pull a paramedic out of an ambulance

Home care aide suspended for trying to save patient’s life

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

Heather Jacobson was suspended from ResCare Home Care and is under investigation for allegedly practicing beyond the scope of her license

Child playing with disconnected phone floods 911 with calls

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

Officials urged parents to teach children not to play with disconnected phones after dispatchers received more than 30 calls in 30 minutes

Training Tip: Use Google Docs for EMS training

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

Use Dropbox, Box and Google Drive to improve collaboration and efficiency with training documents and student handouts

English government implements CPR curriculum for all students

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

English government implements CPR curriculum for all students

Wis. firefighter suffers close call in underwater rescue

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

Officials said a firefighter became stuck after diving into freezing water to reach a submerged vehicle that had been the center of a police chase

Passengers leap from moving vehicle after Uber driver suffers heart attack

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

Fire department officials said the passengers made a split-second decision to leap from the moving vehicle in order to avoid crashing into trees

NC ambulance overturns while responding to call

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

Officials said paramedic Lindsey Campbell lost control of the ambulance as she approached a stop sign and drove into a ditch, causing the rig to overturn

How an AED can make a difference in running your PAD program

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

Simplicity and durability are traits you should look for in your AED

5 tips to build a winning EMS culture

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

The culture, good or bad, EMS leaders cultivate can make or break an EMS agency

5 active shooter survival recommendations

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

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission draft report has active shooter survival recommendations for EMS, police and school leaders

Fla. Paramedic ‘fighting for his life’ after collapsing at fire station

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

Erik Conde had been experiencing flu-like symptoms before he collapsed near the end of his shift last week

Volunteer EMT suspended over controversial Facebook post

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

Peter Graff, a member of the Boone County Fire Protection District, was suspended pending an internal investigation into a problematic social media post

Pharmaceuticals in EMS: Are you compliant?

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

The Drug Supply Chain Security Act mandates pharmaceutical tracking, tracing and documentation for EMS agencies

New Minn. first responder PTSD law goes into effect

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

The new law states that any first responder diagnosed with PTSD will be eligible for worker’s compensation

Ambulance runs off road, down embankment toward railroad tracks

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

The rig’s crew was not responding to a call or transporting any patients at the time of the incident

2 injured in OKC after being hit by ambulance

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

An ambulance struck two people on a bicycle early Wednesday morning after trying to avoid a collision

Are you legally liable for your EMS partner’s poor documentation?

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

The Legal Guardian answers a reader's question about legal liability for his partner’s inaccurate and poorly written patient care narratives

Are you legally liable for your EMS partner’s poor documentation?

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

The Legal Guardian answers a reader's question about legal liability for his partner’s inaccurate and poorly written patient care narratives

Babies from addicted moms are increasing at an alarming rate in Calif.

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

Nearly 50,000 drug-exposed infants have been born in California since 2000

Survivors recall deadly Thousand Oaks shooting

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

Witnesses’ accounts from the Thousand Oaks massacre paint a portrait of heroism that often goes unrecognized in mass shootings

7 hurt after jet bridge collapses at Md. airport

Posted on December 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Four paramedics, two Southwest airline employees and a sick passenger all fell to the ground and were treated for injuries

Doctor awarded for work in improving emergency care

Posted on December 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Dr. Mohak Davé was named emergency department director of the year for his success in "quality patient care, operational effectiveness and patient satisfaction"

Houston doctors to begin experimental treatment for cardiac arrest patients

Posted on December 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The research aims to show that the gas known as xenon lessens brain injury in successfully resuscitated cardiac arrest patients

Mo. ambulance district could receive compensation for Medicaid service

Posted on December 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A federal program could provide some additional revenue to compensate the Johnson County Ambulance District for costs associated with Medicaid

Tenn. woman accused of assaulting EMT, spitting on officer

Posted on December 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Kellie Cline faces multiple charges after allegedly punching an EMT in the back of the head during a medical call

RI city’s program turns firehouses into havens for opioid addicts

Posted on December 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Safe Stations turned all 12 of Providence's firehouses into safe havens for people seeking treatment for their addictions

Calif. elderly duo recognized for dedication to volunteer EMS

Posted on December 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

James Ward and Evalie DuMars each put in more than 1,000 hours a year for the CERT program, treating it like a full-time job

First responders credit wife with saving life of husband through CPR

Posted on December 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A man who experienced cardiac arrest at his home is alive today thanks to his wife, who started CPR as she waited for first responders to arrive

Street smarts: How a retired chief teaches responders to protect themselves on calls

Posted on December 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Retired Fire Chief Howard Munding trains firefighters and EMS providers in Krav Maga so they have the skills to protect themselves when violence strikes

Medical marijuana: Is it worth the liability for EMS providers?

Posted on December 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts continue their discussion with EMS1 columnist and defense attorney David Givot on the impact medical marijuana has in EMS

Medical marijuana: Is it worth the liability for EMS providers?

Posted on December 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts continue their discussion with EMS1 columnist and defense attorney David Givot on the impact medical marijuana has in EMS

New Ala. law offers free EMT training for volunteer firefighters

Posted on December 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Under the new law, volunteer firefighters who commit three years of service can be reimbursed for their EMT course, saving them around $2,000

Why responders should join a state incident management team

Posted on December 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A firefighter relates her experiences responding to Hurricane Michael in southwest Georgia

Why responders should join a state incident management team

Posted on December 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A firefighter relates her experiences responding to Hurricane Michael in southwest Georgia

Dispatcher helps mom resuscitate toddler who fell into pool

Posted on December 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The close call occurred on Christmas Day when a mother said her child walked into the family pool after slipping out of the back door

Veteran dispatcher reflects on 35-year career

Posted on December 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

It’s an emotionally punishing and high-stakes job, but veteran dispatcher Tracy Mosier said she couldn’t imagine herself doing anything else

Should stricter standards be in place for disaster funds?

Posted on December 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Exploring emergency management solutions to the continual upward trend in government response and recovery spending

Wis. EMS providers save unresponsive truck driver after crash

Posted on December 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The semi truck the driver was in veered off the road, hit a tree and took down electrical wires before EMS providers found the driver unresponsive

Man who crashed into ambulance, hurt 2 EMTs gets prison time

Posted on December 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Lawrence Vanburen-Morgan will be spending between three days and six months in prison after crashing into an ambulance and injuring two EMTs and a patient

How implementing command structure improves EMS response

Posted on December 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS organizations can benefit from adopting the fire service model of a command structure as part of their response strategy

Treating depression with transcranial magnetic stimulation

Posted on December 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

It’s important to know that there are other treatment options available that can help improve mental health

Colo. all-female flight crew makes history

Posted on December 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

“It’s inspiring for girls. It tells them, ‘If you want to do something, you just gotta put your head to it … and you will do it,’” flight paramedic Becky Sprouls said

Lyft passengers raid parked ambulance, steal from driver

Posted on December 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Three passengers were being transported by a ride-share driver when they spotted a parked ambulance and asked the driver to pull over

Texas firefighters honor fallen first responders with music

Posted on December 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The four-piece band of musically inclined firefighters plays traditional Irish and Scottish marches at around 20 events each year

Med Flight pilot injured by laser pointer, forced to cancel flight

Posted on December 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The UW Health Med Flight helicopter was on its way to assist a crash victim when someone shined a laser at it, forcing the crew to abort the mission

NYPD officers save choking baby in home

Posted on December 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

NYPD Officers Wendell Dias and Crystal Barbosa were patrolling just a few blocks away when the call came in about a 9-month-old girl who was choking

Family thanks passengers, crew who saved dad on flight

Posted on December 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Joanie Connell said her parents were flying to Florida when he was found unconscious when a flight attendant tried to take his drink order

Police: Drunk driver hits Ohio ambulance, cruiser at fire scene

Posted on December 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police said a driver sideswiped an ambulance and smashed into a cruiser in the parking lot of an apartment complex where a fire broke out

LODD: Veteran Pa. EMT suffers medical emergency on shift

Posted on December 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Northeastern Area EMS EMT Robert Kohler was working on Christmas when he suffered a “medical event,” according to officials

LODD: Veteran Pa. EMT suffers medical emergency on shift

Posted on December 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Northeastern Area EMS EMT Robert Kohler was working on Christmas when he suffered a “medical event,” according to officials

Wash. first responders bring gifts to young girl who suffered cardiac arrest

Posted on December 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighters, EMS providers and police officers surprised the Pierro family with gifts and well wishes a month after 6-year-old Kierra underwent cardiac arrest

Philly responders discuss transporting trauma patients in police cruisers

Posted on December 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Last year, a third of Philadelphia’s 1,223 shooting victims were delivered to a city trauma center in the back of a police cruiser or wagon

Wis. EMS official approves anti-choking device as backup option

Posted on December 24, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fennimore Rescue Squad is the first EMS service in Wisconsin to get approval to carry Lifevac on its ambulances

Ind. hospital launches community paramedicine program

Posted on December 24, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS directors sought out Hendricks Regional Health CEO Kevin Speer with the idea to start a program that reduces non-emergent runs while still helping residents

Federal review reveals room for improvement in NH EMS system

Posted on December 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A review concluded that New Hampshire’s EMS system is in good shape, but its dependence on volunteers and an under-resourced trauma system threaten its sustainability

EMT couple recognized for dedication to helping others

Posted on December 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Harry and Shiann Fisher are described as two dedicated EMTs with a passion for their job

New panel aims to keep Pa. ambulance service afloat

Posted on December 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An inter-municipal committee has formed and a neighboring ambulance company is helping the financially challenged Weatherly Ambulance Association operate

New details emerge on delayed response in Parkland high school shooting

Posted on December 22, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

“Had we known the shooter wasn’t there, we probably could have flooded that building a lot faster," SWAT member George Schmidt said

First responders honored for saving life of cardiac arrest patient

Posted on December 22, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Eleven first responders were recognized for saving the life of Janice Gangloff, who suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed on her bedroom floor

Texas troopers honored for saving school shooting victim’s life

Posted on December 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Texas State Troopers Brandon Walmsley and Richard Northcote were awarded the Lifesaving Award for saving a 15-year-old with life-threatening gunshot wounds

Texas troopers honored for saving school shooting victim’s life

Posted on December 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Texas State Troopers Brandon Walmsley and Richard Northcote were awarded the Lifesaving Award for saving a 15-year-old with life-threatening gunshot wounds

Cops rescue baby from pond after dad admits to attempting to drown her

Posted on December 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police said Jonathon Zicarelli entered the Greenwood Police Department and told authorities that he’d killed his 6-month-old daughter by leaving her in a pond

Robot helps health workers train for emergencies

Posted on December 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Hal is one of the most advanced human simulators and can replicate many human vital signs — heartbeat, blood pressure, pulse, blood oxygen levels and breathing

How children of first responders can benefit from counseling

Posted on December 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Counseling provides a welcoming space for children to discuss worries and share experiences unique to being in a first responder family

Ohio EMS providers fight for PTSD support in new contract

Posted on December 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Cleveland officials recently halted contract negotiations and asked for an arbitration ruling that would have provided PTSD support to be thrown out

The impact of a government shutdown on public safety

Posted on December 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Here's a breakdown of who is considered "essential" and "nonessential" during a federal government shutdown

NREMT announces all-time high for nationally certified EMS providers

Posted on December 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

More than 400,000 EMS providers are currently nationally certified at the EMR, EMT, AEMT or paramedic level

Does medical marijuana have a place in EMS?

Posted on December 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts discuss the pros and cons of industry personnel using medical marijuana to work through issues of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress

Study: Opioids don’t help chronic pain patients

Posted on December 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A recent study found that other drugs or treatments may be more helpful for non-cancer pain

Aunt of slain FDNY EMT hopes accused killer will face trial

Posted on December 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Ali Acevedo expressed her thoughts on Jose Gonzalez before a Bronx Supreme Court hearing where a decision on his mental fitness for trial was delayed

Seattle EMTs suspend strike after AMR agrees to continue bargaining

Posted on December 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

AMR officials agreed to another meeting, and union officials said they are “suspending the strike deadline in a show of good faith”

Firefighters reward kid for quick-thinking in emergency, build bikes for others

Posted on December 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Xavier, 7, received a new bike as a reward for when he called 911 and calmly reported his mother was “on the floor unresponsive”

Conflict resolution: The secret to a successful team

Posted on December 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Embracing conflict can help a fire/EMS organization’s team mature and increase organizational productivity

Mom names baby after paramedic who helped her during Camp fire

Posted on December 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Anastasia and Daniel Skinner named their baby after Mickey Huber, who responded to Anastasia’s call when she went into labor while trying to rescue her mom’s pets

First responders bring holiday cheer to family after fatal vehicle crash

Posted on December 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After a crash left their mother dead and their father and sister hospitalized, five kids were given a Christmas surprise by the St. Louis Fire Department

Mass. fire dept. hires 4 new firefighter-paramedics with help of grant

Posted on December 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A federal grant will pay for 75 percent of the costs of the four firefighters for two years and then 35 percent of the cost in the third year

As EMT strike looms, AMR Seattle brings in out-of-state staff

Posted on December 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The EMS providers, flown in from California, Texas and other states, are meant to temporarily replace local unionized EMTs who plan to strike Friday at noon

Paramedic resigns after nude coworker photo incident

Posted on December 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Reports said paramedic Amy Sherlock had acquired nude photos of co-workers and planned to use them as "insurance" in case she ever needed to get out of trouble

Community public safety data management

Posted on December 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Integrate data from EMS, fire and law enforcement to identify trends and community needs across disciplines

How to calculate the EMS value equation for chronic inebriates

Posted on December 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A data-driven approach can be applied to determine the value of a community paramedic intervention for specific types of frequent EMS transports

5 tips to stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest in EMS

Posted on December 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Prehospital administration of Brilinta to STEMI patients caught me by surprise; this is how I strive to stay in the know as a paramedic

Paramedic thanks colleagues, wife for saving him during heart attack

Posted on December 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

North Coventry Fire Department volunteer EMT Ron Hodgkins was saved by his colleagues, including his wife who is also an EMT, when he suffered a heart attack

Video: 3 hurt after car slams to Calif. motel

Posted on December 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedics responded to the Value Inn after a sedan slammed into the building head-on at a high speed

Video: 3 hurt after car slams into Calif. motel

Posted on December 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedics responded to the Value Inn after a sedan slammed into the building head-on at a high speed

Wash. AMR EMTs inch closer to strike after rejecting latest proposal

Posted on December 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMTs rejected AMR’s “last and final offer,” which would have paid new employees $17 an hour

Ind. official: Improving 911 dispatcher salaries a priority for 2019

Posted on December 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Marion County’s dispatchers are some of the lowest paid in the state, and they're leaving because they can make $5,000-$15,000 more in surrounding areas

Paramedic accused of keeping nude photos of employees for blackmail

Posted on December 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Amy Sherlock allegedly admitted that she had photos of four of her colleagues, and her coworker claimed she said they were for “insurance”

Wearable tech: Detecting arrhythmia, falls with the Apple Watch

Posted on December 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An Apple Watch update can detect abnormal heart rhythms and even call 911 for the user; learn how it works

Degree requirements, Pink Floyd, and a seat at the adults’ table

Posted on December 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Despite the growing pains and staffing shortages, degree requirements will improve EMS in the long-run

Degree requirements, Pink Floyd, and a seat at the adults’ table

Posted on December 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Despite the growing pains and staffing shortages, degree requirements will improve EMS in the long-run

Alcohol-related calls: 7 reminders for this weekend

Posted on December 18, 2018 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

Quick Take: Introducing the 2018 National EMS Scope of Practice model

Posted on December 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The scope of practice expert panel examined evidence to determine if a procedure or skill is beneficial to patients and can be done safely by EMS providers

5 tips to successfully train EMS staff on updated patient care guidelines

Posted on December 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Effective training will ensure you and your field personnel are ready to implement the new patient treatment protocols

Family of man who died after climbing from ambulance awarded $7M

Posted on December 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Patrick Stein’s family sued the ambulance service and hospital, alleging that the paramedics who transported him were not informed he was a psychiatric patient

NY ambulance service increases EMT pay as contract negotiations stall

Posted on December 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Mohawk Ambulance Service announced they are implementing their final proposal as contract discussions have come to a standstill

Colleagues mourn death of beloved Ala. paramedic

Posted on December 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Sandy Key, 48, had been recovering from injuries she sustained in a vehicle crash earlier this month when she died in the hospital

2 Ohio responders suspended for taking, distributing photos of patients

Posted on December 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Mike McConnell was suspended for four days for taking a photo and video of a patient in 2016, and Kevin Murphy was suspended for 10 days for distributing them

Ind. city eyes change to EMS funding ordinance after state audit

Posted on December 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire Chief Paul Bradley is proposing changes to the city’s EMS ordinance spelling out how his department can use ambulance service fee revenue

Ask a simple question during an in-between moment

Posted on December 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A single question can unlock memories that will distract your patient from their current pain — and fill your day

Letters to Santa Medic: Cardioverting the Grinch, favorite apps and an EMT named Larry

Posted on December 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Between nonemergent calls, lift assists and dropping the agency's owner off at the airport, Santa Medic responds to a pile of letters

Who better than EMS to reflect the spirit of the season?

Posted on December 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS providers bring comfort, calm and cheer to the lives of people who need us the most

Ind. city may soon get new fire, EMS station

Posted on December 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The city of Clinton will build a new station for Illiana EMS, and will soon know if a $500,000 grant will be awarded for a new fire station

LODD: Texas EMT killed, another hurt after driver strikes ambulance

Posted on December 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Felipe Huerta Jr., 32, and patient Delia Cortines, 68, died and Andrea Rodriguez was hospitalized after an ambulance was struck head-on

Santa offers ‘alternative delivery dates’ for first responders, military

Posted on December 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A letter penned by a military spouse helps explain Santa’s appearance on days other than Christmas for first responders and military members working the holiday

Roundtable: How to prepare for the changes in store for EMS

Posted on December 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Climate change, connectivity, value-based reimbursements will shape the coming year in EMS service and delivery

Calif. patient hijacks ambulance after breaking from restraints

Posted on December 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The patient was in his restraints for about 20 minutes before breaking free and hijacking the ambulance, leading police on a lengthy chase

Fla. officials call for city to upgrade aging ambulances

Posted on December 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After it was revealed that the city of Tampa’s ambulance fleet is the oldest in the region, mayoral candidates are calling for change

Pa. departments run out of naloxone giveaways within hours

Posted on December 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An estimated 4,500 naloxone kits were distributed across 85 locations, with some locations running out in two hours or less

NC EMS provider hurt in ambulance crash after colleague falls asleep at wheel

Posted on December 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police said the driver of the ambulance fell asleep and ran off the road, crashing into a concrete wall

Wis. rescue squad to hire temps to fill EMT positions

Posted on December 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The city will handle the hiring of the temporary staff at the Burlington Rescue Squad, but their salary will be paid for by the agency

8 reasons we are on the cusp of Peak EMS

Posted on December 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A bold prediction that EMS patient transport to the hospital by ambulance is sure to peak, level off and decline as we near 2020

Iowa EMS agencies run biocontainment drill with local hospital, clinics

Posted on December 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS and hospital staff practiced steps for a scenario in which a University of Iowa student fell ill with an unknown pathogen

Grant funds provide Tenn. EMS agency with 8 new stretchers

Posted on December 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The battery-powered stretchers cost nearly $160,000, and the grant paid for 90 percent of the purchase

Judge backs license for Minn. children’s hospital ambulance service

Posted on December 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The license will grant Children’s Minnesota the ability to operate a new quad-cab ambulance for transporting patients between hospitals across Minnesota

Video: Texas man rescued from 30-foot manhole

Posted on December 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Houston responders rescued a man who fell into the open manhole as he was walking

3 rescued from W. Va. coal mine

Posted on December 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Three people who had been missing for days were found inside Elk Run Coal's Rock House Powellton mine

Training day: 3 Waveform capnography scenarios

Posted on December 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Help student paramedics identify CHF, Curare cleft and ROSC in capnography waveforms, and develop a treatment plan

Family counseling: Keeping bonds strong

Posted on December 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

First responder families face unique stressors, which can be overcome with the help of a professional family counselor

Family surprises dispatcher who saved dad’s life

Posted on December 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Two years after Stephanie Cifuentes helped save a man by giving CPR instructions, the family surprised her by coming to say “thank you”

2 FDNY EMTs hurt after 2nd first responder assault in recent days

Posted on December 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An EMT was knocked unconscious and another suffered broken ribs just a few days after another violent incident on a call

Kan. EMT pleads guilty to stealing morphine from ambulances

Posted on December 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Colby VanWagoner pleaded guilty to stealing vials of morphine from ambulances and replacing them with watered-down solutions

Rude note left on ambulance insults paramedics for blocking driveway

Posted on December 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

When a paramedic crew returned to their ambulance after treating a patient, they found a note calling them insulting names

The flipped classroom: Capnography in use

Posted on December 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The flipped classroom is an inquiry-based learning strategy designed to improve student engagement, discovery and outcomes

Calif. man rescued 2 days after getting stuck in restaurant grease vent

Posted on December 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

A would-be burglar had to be rescued from the grease vent of a vacant Chinese restaurant after being trapped for two days

Officials release 911 calls from onset of deadly Calif. wildfire

Posted on December 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The calls offer a chilling glimpse into the moments when the Camp fire arrived at the Butte County’s doorstep

Police: Man in critical condition after being struck by Md. ambulance

Posted on December 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said the Garrison Fire Department ambulance was on its way back to the station after transporting a patient when the man was hit

Iowa police officer awarded for saving man suffering heart attack

Posted on December 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officer Nikki Hotz wasn't supposed to be working the day she responded to a call about an unresponsive man

EMS agency: 30 percent of scooter crashes happen while drunk

Posted on December 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Indianapolis EMS officials said out of the 63 people transported to the hospital for scooter injuries, 19 of them were intoxicated

Apple Watch’s heart monitoring feature now live

Posted on December 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The latest update for Apple Watches includes the ECG app, which checks for irregular heart rhythms

NAEMT President-elect Matt Zavadsky talks all things EMS

Posted on December 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts sit down with incoming NAEMT president, Matt Zavadsky, and hear his take on the state of the industry and the importance of NAMET

Improving outcomes with STEMI systems of care

Posted on December 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Address protocols for all the institutions involved across the continuum of care to initiate definitive treatment for STEMI patients

Doctor accused of malpractice in patient death after non-emergent transport

Posted on December 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A lawyer suing Dr. Jennifer Jones said she should have called 911 and told the ambulance to rush patient Christie Miville to the hospital with lights and sirens

Video: Calif. paramedic rescues skier who fell hundreds of feet

Posted on December 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Squaw Valley Fire Department paramedic was lowered to the injured skier who fell from Mount Tallac near Lake Tahoe

Video: Calif. paramedic rescues skier who fell hundreds of feet

Posted on December 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Squaw Valley Fire Department paramedic was lowered to the injured skier who fell from Mount Tallac near Lake Tahoe

SD city officials consider writing off $1.7M in unpaid ambulance bills

Posted on December 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Of the 2,676 unpaid bills, around 98 percent of them are either past the six-year statute of limitations or are uncollectible because the person has died

Md. officer hurt in series of crashes involving ambulance, cruiser

Posted on December 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said an ambulance at the scene was struck by a vehicle trying to pass a fire truck, and another vehicle struck a police car with an officer inside

Man donates EMS scholarship in honor of paramedics who saved him

Posted on December 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Jerry W. Waters Scholarship Endowment will help students in Aiken Technical College’s EMS department receive training to help save other people's lives

Wash. AMR EMTs set strike date

Posted on December 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Hundreds of unionized EMTs in Seattle have set a deadline of Dec. 21 to go on strike

Police: La. man who stole ambulance claimed he was going to Japan

Posted on December 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Rory Guidry allegedly told police he stole the ambulance in an effort to get to the airport to fly to Japan

Police: La. man who stole ambulance claimed he was going to Japan

Posted on December 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Rory Guidry allegedly told police he stole the ambulance in an effort to get to the airport to fly to Japan

Idaho EMS agency unveils armored ambulance

Posted on December 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Ada County Paramedics showcased their new MedCatm which is “specifically designed for the rescue of citizens” in dangerous situations

Iowa city votes to give EMS providers salary raise

Posted on December 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

According to documents filed with the city of Sioux, EMS pay needs to be increased to be competitive with other employers and other EMS agencies

Iowa city votes to give EMS providers salary raise

Posted on December 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

According to documents filed with the city of Sioux, EMS pay needs to be increased to be competitive with other employers and other EMS agencies

Paramedic writes poem about Mass. firefighter who died in blaze

Posted on December 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Worcester EMS paramedic Sean Doherty penned the poem “December Mourn” in honor of firefighter Christopher Roy

NY high school now allowing students to graduate with EMT certification

Posted on December 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

In addition to earning a high school diploma, some students at Public Service Leadership Academy at Fowler will be able to graduate with an EMT license

Responding to the growing number of hate crimes

Posted on December 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Anticipating potential targets, and preplanning a coordination and communication plan are keys to an organized response

Iowa flight paramedic marks 500th flight

Posted on December 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

LifeGuard Air Ambulance flight paramedic Terri Staner, 55, was a stay-at-home mom before she decided to get EMS training “for fun”

Pa. EMT accused of sending explicit photos to teen patient

Posted on December 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said Joshua Patterson, 21, found the 15-year-old patient on Snapchat and sent her sexually explicit photos of himself

Responder’s license suspended after driving drunk to call

Posted on December 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

James Perry pleaded guilty to driving under the influence while responding to a suspected drowning

NY hospital going mobile with 2 stroke emergency units

Posted on December 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Doctors at Stony Brook's Comprehensive Stroke Center expect the units to help reduce stroke disability and improve survival rates

Former police chief, captain charged with assaulting EMTs at concert

Posted on December 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

David Hendricks and Capt. Thomas Oliveras face charges after allegedly assaulting two EMTs who were treating Hendricks' wife at a Lady Antebellum concert

Top 10 heartwarming EMS stories of 2018

Posted on December 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

From fulfilling dying wishes to finishing house work for a patient, EMS providers performed some pretty incredible acts of kindness this year

Mass. firefighter dies after battling apartment fire

Posted on December 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Christopher Roy, 36, was a 2 ½-year veteran of the Worcester Fire Department

Pa. parents charged in overdose death of infant

Posted on December 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A couple with a drug-use history have been charged in the death of their 10-month-old child, who authorities said died after ingesting a derivative of fentanyl

Video: First responders save woman who jumped from bridge

Posted on December 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A woman who apparently jumped from a bridge into the Androscoggin River was rescued by first responders in boats

$4.5M plan to reduce strain on Calif. fire dept. approved

Posted on December 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The new effort comes months after officials raised concerns about the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s aging stations and equipment

Responder dresses as Buddy the Elf, challenges locals to pillow fights

Posted on December 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Trading his turnout gear for a pair of tights and a green coat, firefighter-paramedic Brendan Sullivan challenged "random pillow warriors" to spirited fights

EMS provider driving at time of fatal crash had been on duty 22 hours

Posted on December 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The EMS provider was responding to a call when the Nov. 2017 crash occurred and had been on duty since 8 a.m. the previous day

3 Questions to ask when buying ambulance equipment mounts

Posted on December 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Wall, surface and stretcher mounts help secure equipment within the ambulance, reducing the potential for injury to patients and providers

Training Day: Mastering the 12-lead

Posted on December 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Tips for training EMS providers on interpreting a 12-lead, from studying EKG renderings and understanding their clinical significance

The state of collaboration in EMS (white paper)

Posted on December 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Download the free white paper to learn how you and your organization can use collaboration to overcome many of today's challenges and prepare for the future

Pa. officials to distribute free naloxone to prepare for holidays

Posted on December 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

State officials are distributing 5,000 free kits of naloxone to 80 locations during a holiday season that often ushers in a surge in opioid overdoses

FDNY EMT’s alleged killer again deemed unfit for trial

Posted on December 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A court-appointed psychologist found Jose Gonzalez, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Yadira Arroyo, unsuitable to stand trial

Sheriff’s deputy, student honored for helping to save man’s life

Posted on December 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Niagara County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Rosky and nursing student Sarie Muscarella were honored for their efforts in helping a debilitated man

Family of patient killed in ambulance crash files wrongful death lawsuit

Posted on December 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Nyema Jackson’s family is suing both West Tennessee Healthcare and Deborah Schichtel, who was driving the ambulance at the time of the crash

Ga. county may extend AMR contract despite series of issues

Posted on December 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

AMR has been DeKalb County's emergency transport provider since 2013, and there have been concerns about the company’s performance for years

Should 911 dispatchers be considered first responders?

Posted on December 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts talk about the reclassification possibility and also consider the idea of a national certification for all dispatchers

Should 911 dispatchers be considered first responders?

Posted on December 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts talk about the reclassification possibility and also consider the idea of a national certification for all dispatchers

Calif. man arrested for allegedly making false active shooter report

Posted on December 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Mario Thompson was arrested after authorities say his false call about an active shooter put an area hospital on an hours-long lockdown

Calif. fire dept. launches paramedic program

Posted on December 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Prior to the program launch, the 10 firefighter-paramedics on staff were not allowed to perform ALS and had to wait for an ambulance and crew to arrive

Dispatcher honored for giving CPR instructions during call

Posted on December 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Katie Porter was honored with the Lifesaving Award after guiding a woman through CPR to try and save her husband

Tenn. paramedic killed in crash honored at funeral

Posted on December 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Zach Pruitt was remembered by his colleagues as a “determined young man” who “loved his work”

5 steps to make your EMS resolutions STICK

Posted on December 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Every year starts with good intentions. Make this one filled with real world positive change

Early results of Calif. Alzheimer’s Response Team showing promise

Posted on December 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Results from an effort to help responders handle dementia-related calls are encouraging enough that some are already thinking about how to expand the program

24 Amazon workers hospitalized after bear repellent is ‘accidentally released’

Posted on December 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Rachael Lighty of Amazon said the company appreciated “the swift response of local responders” after a “damaged aerosol can dispensed strong fumes”

Silent night: A paramedic Christmas story

Posted on December 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A paramedic's job is about helping people and doing the best he can for each patient

4 questions to answer before purchasing a specialty EMS vehicle

Posted on December 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Agencies should take into consideration local terrain, potential hazards and future needs before purchasing a specialty EMS vehicle

Lessons to apply: Welfare check incident became a LODD

Posted on December 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

NIOSH line of duty death investigation recommendations for conducting welfare checks are applicable to every EMS agency

Pa. EMS chief: ‘Who will rescue the rescuers’ from crisis?

Posted on December 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Susquehanna Township EMS Chief Matthew Baily wrote a letter in response to a Senate commission report and said responders are “woefully underfunded”

Mich. students hear reality messages about opioid abuse

Posted on December 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A panel of speakers shared their stories with middle and high school students about life-and-death reality of opioid addiction

Video: Responders rescue man clinging to tree in rain-swollen river

Posted on December 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A dramatic video shows a man who was “mid-stream, clinging to a tree and in need of immediate rescue” being hoisted to safety

Calif. ambulance company owner wins EMT of the Year honors

Posted on December 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Medic Ambulance’s Jimmy Pierson was among 33 Californians to be honored for their heroic acts and extraordinary contributions to EMS

Mom meets paramedics who saved baby after premature birth

Posted on December 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

When baby Leo was discharged from the NICU after a four-month stay, mother Yazmeen Tuskan stopped by the fire station to say “thank you”

Top 10 strangest calls of 2018

Posted on December 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

From flaming spiders to a girl stuck in a tailpipe, this year first responders dealt with several incidents you just can’t make up

Wash. ambulance crashes after patient hijacks rig

Posted on December 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS providers were trying to get help from police to control the agitated patient when the hijack occurred

Report: The estimated costs of NG911

Posted on December 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After two years of research, a team of experts has determined that it will cost between $9.5 and $12.7 billion over the next ten years to expand NG911

Retired firefighter-paramedic spends savings on naloxone, gives it away for free

Posted on December 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Luis Garcia is giving away free doses of the lifesaving drug to local businesses that could potentially encounter an overdose

Study: Cardiac arrest response time longer for low-income areas

Posted on December 3, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Researchers who looked at thousands of 911 calls found that response times for cardiac arrest incidents in low-income areas are 10 percent longer

$2M grant allows Fla. fire dept. to hire 21 new responders

Posted on December 3, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A SAFER Grant will pay for 75 percent of the newly-hired firefighters’ and EMS providers’ salaries for the next two years

NY campaign seeks to protect future of air medical services

Posted on December 3, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Save Our Medical Resources campaign includes legislation that would require transparent cost data to be submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

NY campaign seeks to protect future of air medical services

Posted on December 3, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Save Our Medical Resources campaign includes legislation that would require transparent cost data to be submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Paramedic praises George H.W. Bush for making his ‘dream come true’

Posted on December 3, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedic Josh Grzyb, who worked for President Bush and his wife at their Maine home, said Bush helped him get into medical school before he died

Paramedic praises George H.W. Bush for making his ‘dream come true’

Posted on December 3, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedic Josh Grzyb, who worked for President Bush and his wife at their Maine home, said Bush helped him get into medical school before he died

Mass. EMS agency: Nursing home contractor ‘blunder’ causes delayed response time

Posted on December 3, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Wester EMS officials said a nursing home contractor reported the wrong location of a gravely ill patient, resulting in a 22-minute response time

Medic Mindset Podcast: Talking teaching

Posted on December 3, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The science behind successful learning, classroom teaching and clinical precepting in EMS

Move over, urges paramedic who lost leg after being struck

Posted on December 3, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Rory Barros, who was hit by a drunk driver while responding to a crash, explains why giving up has never been an option

How AMR’s therapy dog program is helping EMS providers cope with ‘unimaginable’ stress

Posted on December 3, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Goldendoodles Saydee and Bodhi have made it their mission to relieve the emotional stress EMTs and paramedics experience while on duty and at deployments

How AMR’s therapy dog program is helping EMS providers cope with ‘unimaginable’ stress

Posted on December 3, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Goldendoodles Saydee and Bodhi have made it their mission to relieve the emotional stress EMTs and paramedics experience while on duty and at deployments

Passerby calls 911 after being scared by Clark Griswold holiday décor

Posted on December 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Heerlein family’s display inspired by “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” prompted a retired veteran to call for help

Firefighter-paramedic’s death spurs changes after NIOSH investigation

Posted on December 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An investigation into the 2016 fatal shooting of John Ulmschneider found responders were not warned of the possibility of guns on scen

A new model for writing effective patient care reports

Posted on December 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The shift to electronic documentation demands a shift in ePCR documentation practices

Medicare expands prior authorization program for repetitive non-emergency transports

Posted on December 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

CMS extends the prior authorization program, through Dec. 1, 2019, to eight states and Washington DC

Fla. county officials implementing ambulance changes amid harsh criticism

Posted on December 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Volusia County will use a $638,400 grant to roll out new programs and technology for a system that's taking heat for its response times and ambulance availability

Ill. fire dept. responds after boy’s tongue becomes stuck on frozen pole

Posted on December 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Spencer Cline, 11, said he was inspired by the scene in "A Christmas Story," in which a boy is dared to put his tongue on a frozen pole

LODD: Paramedic, patient die in Tenn. ambulance crash

Posted on December 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said West Tennessee Healthcare paramedic Zachary Pruitt and patient Nyema Jackson were ejected from the ambulance after it struck a rock wall

Trending: Expanded use of prehospital point of care ultrasound (P-POCUS)

Posted on December 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

How far has prehospital point of care ultrasound come in the past year and, more importantly, where is it going next?

Former responder saves elderly man who suffered heart attack on road

Posted on December 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Greg Reed said he was taking the long way to work on a random impulse when he came upon Kenneth Beck, who had suffered a heart attack while driving

Couple awarded for saving crash victim while looking for fishing spot

Posted on December 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

A couple was only looking for a fishing spot when they happened upon an injured and missing woman who had driven off a cliff and crashed some 200 feet below

Ind. county improving 911 response time with new system

Posted on December 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Within the next few months, the Madison County Dispatch Center will be implementing a new computer-aided system that will affect emergency responders countywide

NC EMS agency promotes ambulance subscription program

Posted on November 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Gaston County's GEMS-CARE lets people who pay an annual fee avoid out-of-pocket costs for medically necessary ambulance transportation

Design show host turns retired ambulance into camper

Posted on November 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

On an episode of “Living Big in a Tiny House,” an old ambulance was turned into a camper that will be used to move the show’s tiny house projects

Ind. hospital holds holiday light event in honor of medical professionals

Posted on November 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paul Weston, father of Wade Weston, a flight paramedic who died in a medevac helicopter crash, was given the honor of lighting the Christmas tree

How 2 new go bags designed with medics in mind keep your critical tools close at hand

Posted on November 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

5.11 Tactical redesigned its EMS duffel and backpack for easy organization and rapid access to your tools in the field

9 questions you may have about medication for PTSD, anxiety or depression

Posted on November 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Medication can be extremely effective in helping first responders recover and regain a healthy balance

911 operator inspires woman to become dispatcher after call bonds them

Posted on November 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Angieleek Lipski said she was prompted to become a dispatcher after Krystynn Reinart talked her through a scary domestic dispute

Police: ‘Fake’ paramedic treated more than 100 patients

Posted on November 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

London police said the former London Ambulance Service trainee “went rogue” after failing his paramedic exams

How one agency cut injuries and boosted morale with a powered patient transport system

Posted on November 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

MedStar Mobile Healthcare in Texas reduced lost-time hours by 86 percent in the first year after adopting Stryker’s powered patient transport system

LODD: Ohio flight paramedic found dead at base

Posted on November 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

MedFlight flight paramedic Mark Potter, 28, was found dead of an unknown cause

The best advice for new EMS workers

Posted on November 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts discuss the most helpful pieces of advice they received when starting their careers and what new industry personnel should know

EMT saves partner who was suffering from stroke

Posted on November 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

When Aetna Ambulance EMT Ray Berwick realized his partner Chris Cabral was suffering a stroke last month, he quickly rushed him to the hospital

Former firefighter-paramedic pleads guilty to stealing painkillers while on duty

Posted on November 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Michael L. Fostich admitted that he removed vials of morphine and fentanyl from locked safes on ambulances throughout 2016

Former firefighter-paramedic admits to stealing, using painkillers on duty

Posted on November 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Michael L. Fostich admitted that he removed vials of morphine and fentanyl from locked safes on ambulances throughout 2016

10 steps to organizing a cardiac arrest survivor celebration

Posted on November 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Survivor celebrations promote awareness of cardiac arrest and create an opportunity to celebrate EMS success

How to celebrate the importance of 911 emergency dispatchers in the chain of survival

Posted on November 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A 911 communications center displays a lifesaver ring as a visual reminder of the purposeful work dispatchers do for their communities

Podcast interview: EMS1 Editor-in-Chief describes content selection process

Posted on November 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS Office Hours podcast sat down with Greg Friese to discuss the process of selecting news articles for EMS1 readers and assigning article topics to industry experts

2018 national opioid overdose data released

Posted on November 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A report from ESO found that most opioid overdoses are unintentional and involve illicit drugs, and many overdose patients are interested in rehabilitation

Man finds explosive substance in old first aid kits

Posted on November 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

John Harahus picked up the first aid kits from his father, Craig, and called 911 after opening them and finding picric acid inside some of the bandages

LODD: Minn. paramedic dies from complications of on-duty stroke

Posted on November 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Nicole Van Heel, 34, died of a pulmonary embolism, a complication from a stroke she suffered in June

Plow truck helps ambulance get patient to hospital in blizzard

Posted on November 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Clyde Thrush II led the way in a snow plow through “extremely slick” conditions so that a critically ill patient could get to the hospital as quickly as possible

Father-daughter duo arrested for assaulting responders at crash scene

Posted on November 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A police report said Gene Southworth refused to let responders pull a victim from a crashed car, and his daughter caused a disturbance as he was detained

Opioid related non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema

Posted on November 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The opioid crisis increases the odds that pre-hospital field providers will encounter NCPE

Opioid related non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema

Posted on November 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The opioid crisis increases the odds that pre-hospital field providers will encounter NCPE

Paramedics reprimanded after participating in viral video challenge on the job

Posted on November 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A video shows two Johannesburg, South Africa, paramedics pretending to faint while on the road in an ambulance as part of a popular video challenge

2 injured after highway collision with ambulance

Posted on November 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Honda Odyssey crashed into a Riley County EMS ambulance on the I-70 in Kansas, causing the ambulance to spin and crash into a ditch

The pee color chart

Posted on November 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A pee color chart can help EMTs, paramedics and firefighters know if they are properly hydrated

The pee color chart

Posted on November 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A pee color chart can help EMTs, paramedics and firefighters know if they are properly hydrated

Ohio city to collect larger portion of EMS fees

Posted on November 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Dayton, Ohio has hired a billing and collections company that officials estimate will increase EMS fee revenue by $500,000 in the first year of service

Dispatcher assists with third baby delivery in 20 years

Posted on November 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

This is the third time Stacey Scheiner, a former volunteer EMT and certified nursing assistant, has helped parents through a successful home birth

Paramedics become first in Canada able to give antipsychotic meds to meth users

Posted on November 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Manitoba officials announced that paramedics will be able to administer olanzapine to agitated methamphetamine users

NC city to build memorial honoring fallen first responders

Posted on November 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Fallen Heroes Memorial will honor local firefighters, EMS providers and police officers who died in the line of duty

Va. law aims to save patients thousands in air ambulance costs

Posted on November 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A new law will allow patients to decide if they want to be transported by ambulance or by helicopter if their injuries are not severe enough to need an air ambulance

Va. law aims to save patients thousands in air ambulance costs

Posted on November 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A new law will allow patients to decide if they want to be transported by ambulance or by helicopter if their injuries are not severe enough to need an air ambulance

New Va. law gives patients choice of ambulance vs. air ambulance transport

Posted on November 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A new law will allow patients to decide if they want to be transported by ambulance or by helicopter if their injuries are not severe enough to need an air ambulance

W. Va. fire dept. left with 1 ambulance after rig catches fire

Posted on November 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Dunlow Fire and EMS officials said the ambulance caught fire as it was returning to the station after responding to a call

W. Va. fire dept. left with 1 ambulance after rig catches fire

Posted on November 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Dunlow Fire and EMS officials said the ambulance caught fire as it was returning to the station after responding to a call

W. Va. fire dept. left with 1 ambulance after rig catches fire

Posted on November 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Dunlow Fire and EMS officials said the ambulance caught fire as it was returning to the station after responding to a call

Bismarck Air Medical memorial honors ‘heroes of the impossible’

Posted on November 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Hundreds of first responders came to pay their respects to pilot Todd Lasky, nurse Bonnie Cook and paramedic Chris Iverson

Bismarck Air Medical memorial honors ‘heroes of the impossible’

Posted on November 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Hundreds of first responders came to pay their respects to pilot Todd Lasky, nurse Bonnie Cook and paramedic Chris Iverson

Congresswoman takes up fight to classify 911 operators as first responders

Posted on November 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

EMS1 speaks with Rep. Norma Torres about her push to make the classification change at the federal level

Congresswoman takes up fight to classify 911 operators as first responders

Posted on November 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

EMS1 speaks with Rep. Norma Torres about her push to make the classification change at the federal level

Enduring grief: Coping with first responder loss

Posted on November 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighters, paramedics and EMTs, though accustomed to death, need to process grief when losing someone close to them

SD hospital proposes new emergency medical center to retain EMTs

Posted on November 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Community Memorial Hospital officials plan to build an emergency medical service building, equipped with housing, a training center and storage for supplies

Couple promotes CPR training after husband saves wife

Posted on November 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Greg and Laurie Chuppe are advocating for more people to learn CPR after Greg saved Laurie when she went into cardiac arrest

Couple promotes CPR training after husband saves wife

Posted on November 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Greg and Laurie Chuppe are advocating for more people to learn CPR after Greg saved Laurie when she went into cardiac arrest

Officials: Driver runs down EMT, patient after argument

Posted on November 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An EMT and a patient were transported to the hospital after Kevin Green allegedly ran them down in a road-rage episode

FDNY EMT dies of 9/11-related illness

Posted on November 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Joseph Rodriguez, 59, died of lung cancer he contracted from the hours he spent assisting in rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero

Girlfriend of pilot killed in air ambulance crash reflects on his death

Posted on November 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Bonny Senger, girlfriend of Bismarck Air Medical pilot Todd Lasky, were together for five months before he died

Off-duty firefighters feed hundreds of first responders on Thanksgiving

Posted on November 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Turkey dinners with all the trimmings were served for some 200 first responders who came for dinner in shifts

Family of intubated dead man sues for more than $15M

Posted on November 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A family member of Bradley Ginn Sr., says she has suffered physical and mental pain caused by the “intentional and negligent care of a body”

Firefighters rescue 7 from sinking boat during training exercise

Posted on November 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District firefighters were in the right place at the right time and took four children and three adults off a power boat

Mont. teachers learn how to ‘Stop the Bleed’

Posted on November 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Kathy Andress, an advanced EMT for Arlee Ambulance, helped organize the training session to teach staff how to help victims of a shooting or mass casualty

Florida sues Walgreens, CVS over opioid sales

Posted on November 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that she has added the companies to a lawsuit filed last spring against Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and others

Conn. city responders express frustration with traffic obstacles

Posted on November 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The growing population of Stamford means more cars on the road, and less space for first responders

Fla. sues Walgreens, CVS over opioid sales

Posted on November 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that she has added the companies to a lawsuit filed last spring against Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and others

Va. trooper, bystanders leap into action to try and save crash victim

Posted on November 22, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Trooper James Brooks smashed the driver's window and, with the help of Austin Wiggins, pulled Karen Wright out of the car before performing CPR on her

Doctor in midst of opioid conflict over work with drugmaker

Posted on November 22, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Critics fear a potent new painkiller he worked to get OK'd will worsen epidemic

Ill. city falls 1 vote short of licensing second ambulance service

Posted on November 22, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The decision was contrary to the recommendation of an independent public hearing officer, who said the city had a "reasonable need" for another service

Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. donates $300K to Calif. relief efforts

Posted on November 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The HFPA, which hosts the annual Golden Globe Awards, will donate $300,000 to organizations helping those affected by the wildfires and Thousand Oaks shooting

NY county gets $6.5M grant to help struggling volunteer EMS agencies

Posted on November 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Especially during the day, Lewis County EMS agencies have trouble staffing the rigs, which can significantly slow response times

Red Cross offering offering online opioid overdose response classes

Posted on November 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Red Cross announced it will provide online classes to teach people how to properly deal with an opioid overdose

New Orleans EMS providers discuss responding to strange calls

Posted on November 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

New Orleans EMS officials said they are highly and uniquely trained to save people in even the strangest of situations

Mass. first responders receive awards for high-profile responses

Posted on November 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The award winners were honored for courage while responding to the shooting of K-9 Sgt. Sean Gannon and the rescue of a woman who broke through the ice of a pond

Paramedic helps save own dad after responding to cardiac arrest call

Posted on November 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

San Antonio Fire Department David Nielsen was dispatched to the home of his father, who was in cardiac arrest when Nielsen arrived

Wash. mayor vetoes ordinance which stopped countywide integration of 911

Posted on November 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Spokane Mayor David Condon vetoed an ordinance that would stop a countywide 911 integration by requiring dispatchers to only work with city police and firefighters

Northern Calif. wildfire death toll rises to 81, 870 missing

Posted on November 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Camp Fire death toll climbed to 81 after the remains of two more people were found, authorities said

12 first responder charities to donate to this season

Posted on November 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Support first responders injured in the line of duty, new recruit education and the families of the fallen

Victims of ND air ambulance crash identified

Posted on November 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Pilot Todd Lasky, paramedic Chris Iverson and nurse Bonnie Cook died when their Metro Area Ambulance plane crashed

Marijuana laws: Why medics should just say no

Posted on November 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

What happens if EMS providers who use marijuana safely and legally, but test positive days later in violation of policies?

Officials identify Chicago gunman who killed 3, including police officer

Posted on November 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Authorities identified the gunman as Juan Lopez, who killed a doctor, a pharmacy resident and Officer Samuel Jimenez

What you need to know about first responder counseling

Posted on November 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Ask your counselor these questions to understand confidentiality and their understanding of first responder culture

Woman thanks paramedics who helped her and her newborn 3 years ago

Posted on November 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedic Alex Villanueva and his team reunited with Krystal Daniels when she arrived at the Springfield Township Fire Department to thank them for helping her in 2015

Couple converts retired ambulance into traveling home

Posted on November 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Bill Smyth and Logan Miller converted a 1994 Ford E350 ambulance, which was in New York during 9/11, into a home that they will use to hit the road on a trip from Canada to Mexico

Video: LAFD helicopter rescues 3 from wildfire

Posted on November 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Los Angeles fire officials paused their work dropping water on the Woolsey Fire to rescue three people and two dogs who were stuck in a remote area

Video: LAFD helicopter rescues 3 from wildfire

Posted on November 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Los Angeles fire officials paused their work dropping water on the Woolsey Fire to rescue three people and two dogs who were stuck in a remote area

3 EMS innovations making our communities safer

Posted on November 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

From required BLS, to community AEDs and kiosk-based training, communities around the country are becoming better equipped for emergencies

NFL team pays tribute to Calif. responders, victims

Posted on November 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Rams brought first responders and victims togther in no more than few days’ time, and gave away thousands of tickets to those most affected by the tragedies

FEMA launches program to help first responders affected by disaster

Posted on November 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The First Responders Registration Intake gives first responders the opportunity to register for assistance when their work schedules allow

The importance of national EMS conferences

Posted on November 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts sit down with EMS World Expo Editorial Advisory Board member Ray Barishansky, who provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a national conference

Test your knowledge: Prehospital treatment for stroke patients

Posted on November 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Stroke affects someone in the U.S. every 40 seconds. Are you prepared to respond to that call?

Officer critical, multiple shot at Chicago hospital

Posted on November 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Chicago police say officers are searching a hospital after a reported shooting and that one "possible offender" has been shot

At least 4 wounded, including police officer, in Chicago shooting

Posted on November 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A police spokesman said the gunman was dead, but it was not immediately clear if he took his own life or was killed by police

Gunman opens fire at Chicago hospital, killing at least 3

Posted on November 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A police officer was among the dead

National EMS Memorial to honor first responders

Posted on November 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Legislation recognizes and remembers first responder line of duty deaths

Former flight paramedic recalls surviving fatal air ambulance crash

Posted on November 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Derek Boehm said the Native Air crew was on its last flight of the day when the helicopter crashed into a remote part of the Superstition Mountains in 2015

Federal govt. agencies award funding for high school trauma training

Posted on November 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health was awarded up to $2.3 million to deliver trauma training to high school students

NH ambulance catches fire en route to the hospital

Posted on November 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said the ambulance was transporting a patient when a reported mechanical issue caused the rig to go up in flames

Doctor recalls pulling new mom from burning ambulance in Calif. wildfire

Posted on November 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Dr. David Russell was running from the Camp fire flames when he found a burning ambulance containing a woman who had just had a C-section

Responders create makeshift hospital for evacuated patients in Calif. wildfire

Posted on November 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedics, nurses and others broke into the garage of a home that was unaffected by the fire to keep patients safe after an ambulance caught fire

3 dead in ND air ambulance crash

Posted on November 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A paramedic, nurse and pilot were onboard the Metro Area Ambulance plane when it crashed on its way to assist in a patient transport

What the mid-term elections mean for EMS

Posted on November 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Forecasting how the Democratic House and GOP Senate will impact drug and healthcare billing, Medicaid expansion and the ACA

Fla. city joins PulsePoint service so that bystanders can help save lives

Posted on November 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Anyone who downloads the app agrees to share their location via GPS and receive alerts when someone in a public place is in need of resuscitation

Wis. ambulance service used as bargaining chip in city dispute

Posted on November 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Mayville officials said they would terminate EMS services if the village of Kekoskee and the town of Williamstown become an incorporated village

150 Fla. first responders honored by county

Posted on November 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Orange County's first medal-day ceremony was a chance for the fire department to acknowledge the bravery of first responders in front of the community

Ark. telehealth partnership reduces stroke-related deaths

Posted on November 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The AR SAVES partnership established a broad hospital-based telehealth network and is testing first responder technologies to improve stroke response

Student named ‘heartsaver hero’ after helping save man’s life

Posted on November 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The American Heart Association honored Logan Hill for saving a post office custodian who went into cardiac arrest

Lessons learned from 2013 tornado help first responders with possible disasters

Posted on November 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The massive devastation and the size of the tornadoes that hit Pekin and Washington in 2013 changed the way first responders prepare and train

Ark. telehealth partnership reduces stroke-related deaths

Posted on November 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The AR SAVES partnership established a broad hospital-based telehealth network and is testing first responder technologies to improve stroke response

2 dead after three-way car crash involving ambulance

Posted on November 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A three-vehicle crash involving an ambulance left two people dead after a driver lost control and crossed the center line

2 dead after three-way car crash involving ambulance

Posted on November 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

A three-vehicle crash involving an ambulance left two people dead after a driver lost control and crossed the center line

2 dead after three-way car crash involving ambulance

Posted on November 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A three-vehicle crash involving an ambulance left two people dead after a driver lost control and crossed the center line

Firefighters, paramedics fight back fire to save woman who just gave birth

Posted on November 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Heather Roebuck said goodbye to her newborn daughter as she was evacuated by ambulance after a C-section, only to have the ambulance catch fire

‘A Star is Born’ cinematographer released after alleged drunken assault on paramedics

Posted on November 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Matthew Libatique, cinematographer for the recent adaptation of “A Star is Born,” was arrested for allegedly attacking paramedics and police officers

Labor board: FDNY retaliated against two EMS lieutenants upset over a pilot program,

Posted on November 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

FDNY Lt. Douglas Rondon was "totally restricted" from duty for an entire year after he reached out to his union president for assistance on potential disciplinary charges.

Minn. county introduces safety app to improve interactions with disabled

Posted on November 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Vitals first responder app is a non-intrusive, real-time resource developed as a way to give individuals with various conditions more peace of mind

Officials: 63 dead, 631 missing from Camp fire

Posted on November 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The high number of missing people probably includes some who fled the blaze and don't realize they've been reported missing

Northern Calif. death toll climbs to 63; 631 missing

Posted on November 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The high number of missing people probably includes some who fled the blaze and don't realize they've been reported missing

Northern Calif. death toll climbs to 63; 631 missing

Posted on November 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The high number of missing people probably includes some who fled the blaze and don't realize they've been reported missing

Fraud in the field: Signature compliance

Posted on November 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS providers should be on high alert for fraud and forgery in the patient care report

5 Keys to implementing new technology in EMS

Posted on November 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Solving a clear challenge, identifying champions and following these implementation steps will make change easier

How to help Calif. wildfire first responders

Posted on November 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Here are some ways you can give back to first responders who are responding to the wildfires, often as they lose their own homes

Calif. cop saves newborn baby with CPR

Posted on November 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officer Gregory Palomo responded to a call about a woman screaming for help and found that she had just given birth to a newborn who wasn’t breathing

Calif. cop saves newborn baby with CPR

Posted on November 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officer Gregory Palomo responded to a call about a woman screaming for help and found that she had just given birth to a newborn who wasn’t breathing

New Wash. integrated 911 center met with opposition

Posted on November 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Spokane dispatchers may not be a part of a regionwide communications center following a decision to require them to work only with city public safety staff

Enough is enough: 5 ways to end bullying in fire and EMS

Posted on November 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

We need to do more to improve the care and compassion we show to our fire and EMS brethren

Over 26K emergency medical professionals sign open letter to NRA

Posted on November 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Over 26,000 paramedics, ER doctors and other medical professionals signed an open letter to the NRA, headlined "Gun Violence Is Our Lane"

Police: Half-naked woman found in road assaults Ohio EMT

Posted on November 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police said they found Denise Molina, who was found rolling around with her pants and underwear pulled down, kicked an EMT in the throat

Police: Half-naked woman found in road assaults Ohio EMT

Posted on November 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Police said they found Denise Molina, who was found rolling around with her pants and underwear pulled down, kicked an EMT in the throat

Northern Calif. fire death toll at 56; 130 missing

Posted on November 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

As the scope of a deadly Northern California wildfire set in, the sheriff said more than 450 people had now been assigned to comb through the charred remains

EMS World Expo Quick Take: Implementing prehospital point-of-care ultrasound

Posted on November 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Examining the hardware and software requirements, and where P-POCUS fits into the EMS scope of practice

Va. county EMS chief suspended over fatal ambulance crash

Posted on November 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Westmoreland County EMS Chief Jeff Beasley was suspended after a whistleblower highlighted several violations that occurred before the crash

Verizon announces 5G First Responder Lab

Posted on November 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Verizon seeks innovators to accelerate 5G technology development for first responders

EMS World Expo Quick Take: Motor vehicle collisions and the golden hour, platinum 10

Posted on November 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Understanding the mechanisms of injury in a MVC and how to reduce ambulance collisions

NY EMS, police team up to equip cruisers with medical equipment

Posted on November 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Delmar Bethlehem EMS helped outfit Bethlehem Police Department cruisers with medical kits filled with emergency medical supplies

Colo. paramedics equipped with stroke neurointervention tool

Posted on November 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Teller County paramedics can now effectively halt blood clotting by providing a tissue plasminogen activator

Colo. paramedics partner with hospital to improve stroke care

Posted on November 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Ute Pass Regional Health Service District paramedics will be permitted to transport patients receiving a lifesaving medication called tPA

How to buy EMS medical equipment

Posted on November 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

When purchasing medical products consider discounts, bulk purchasing and current customer references

Northern Calif. wildfire death toll grows to 48

Posted on November 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said he has requested 100 National Guard troops to help with the search for human remains

Research Analysis: More than 1-in-20 EMT deaths are due to suicide

Posted on November 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A study in Arizona over a seven-year period confirms a higher rate of death by suicide among EMTs vs. the general public

NY counties using grants to upgrade 911 equipment

Posted on November 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The improvements come after Oneida County experienced several issues, such as when mice chewed through phone lines, causing Verizon customers not to be able to contact 911

Time for a change: The push to classify 911 operators as first responders

Posted on November 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

When the unthinkable occurs, 911 operators are the first contact many of us have with first responders

Off-duty EMT saves newlywed who broke neck on honeymoon

Posted on November 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Nikki Lewis, who has been in the hospital for nearly two months after breaking her neck in Hawaii, thanked EMT Chad Harkins for saving her

EMS body armor: What providers need to know

Posted on November 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS personnel must be familiar with the types of body armor and its practical on-duty use during patient assessment and care

Paramedics deliver baby after mother is killed in crossbow attack

Posted on November 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedics performed an emergency caesarean section to save Sana Muhammad’s baby after she was attacked with a crossbow in her kitchen

Fla. county responders to face random drug testing for first time

Posted on November 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A new contract requires the testing of five employees selected at random every two weeks, but the test will not detect the presence of alcohol

Study: Hands-only CPR training kiosks just as effective as classrooms

Posted on November 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The American Heart Association found that a five-minute CPR lesson at a kiosk teaches people the lifesaving skill as well as a 30-minute class

Death toll in Northern Calif. wildfire rises to 42

Posted on November 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Search and recovery teams looked for human remains from a Northern California wildfire that killed at least 42, making it the deadliest in state history

Fundraiser launched for Calif. EMS providers who lost everything in wildfire

Posted on November 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A GoFundMe was set up to raise money for 25 employees of Butte County EMS who lost all of their belongings in the Camp fire

Wash. fire dept. prepares for AMR EMT strike

Posted on November 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Seattle Fire Department is working on a contingency plan in case AMR EMTs authorize a strike in protest of low wages

Rapid response: Firefighters battling catastrophic wildfires and EMS providers evacuating civilians deserve our attention and support

Posted on November 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Most recent California wildfires have killed at least 29 people and destroyed more than 6,400 homes

Overdose survivor offers free fentanyl test strips

Posted on November 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Ryan Fowler was giving the test strips away to friends who use drugs, but expanded the offer to the public after hearing about a couple of fatal overdoses

EMS crew rebuilds patient’s wheelchair ramp

Posted on November 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After helping a quadriplegic whose wheelchair slid off the ramp leading to his home, Okaloosa County EMS crew members came back on their own time to fix the ramp

2 Mich. EMTs, 2 cops hurt after police car hits ambulance

Posted on November 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said the ambulance rolled over after the police car crashed into it, resulting in the injuries of two EMTs, two cops and one patient

Officials: 31 dead in Calif. wildfires, responders searching for more victims

Posted on November 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Six more were found dead in a swath of Northern California wiped out by fire, raising the death toll there to 29 and the statewide total to 31

NY town looks to solve ambulance service troubles

Posted on November 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Cape Vincent Ambulance Squad officials are seeking proposals for how to address years of deficient volunteer staffing

Longtime Okla. EMS agency president dies

Posted on November 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Emergency Medical Services Authority H. Stephen Williamson, 63, led the agency until his retirement in 2017

Soccer player revives man with CPR on flight to tournament

Posted on November 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Eastern Washington University soccer team player Ashley Valdivieso took immediate action and began chest compressions on the man in the aisle of the plan

NY town seeks solution to years of deficient EMT volunteer staffing

Posted on November 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Cape Vincent Ambulance Squad officials are seeking proposals for how to address years of deficient volunteer staffing

Women help save man who collapsed at DC polling place

Posted on November 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

D.C. firefighter and paramedic Christopher Boyette credits the women’s teamwork for helping the man breathe again and regain consciousness by the time they arrived

Ohio city residents reject city-run EMS service

Posted on November 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

London city residents rejected a bid to cut their ties to the Madison County Emergency Medical District and create London's first-ever city-operated EMS service

No shortage of case studies at Md. active shooter workshop

Posted on November 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

For the first responders attending an active assailant workshop, there was no shortage of real-life case studies from which to learn

Recognize the signs of crisis after a traumatic response

Posted on November 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The shooting at the Thousand Oaks, Ca., Borderline Bar & Grill is another blow to first responders in communities impacted by mass violence

EMS World Expo Quick Take: Training citizens for emergencies

Posted on November 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A panel of experts share their community outreach best practices in educating citizens how to respond to cardiac arrest and overdose emergencies

Lawsuit alleges hospital improperly sedated woman with ketamine

Posted on November 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Brittany Buckley says Hennepin Healthcare paramedics forcibly injected her with ketamine last year and enrolled her in a clinical trial

Paramedics make ‘Power of Love’ lip sync video for colleague with cancer

Posted on November 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

B.C. Emergency Health Services paramedics showed support for their colleague, Sharon Unger, by doing something to “make her laugh”

Fla. county officials not renewing grant to get free naloxone

Posted on November 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Miami County officials did not renew a state grant to receive free doses of naloxone, saying “overdoses are down significantly” in the area

Fla. AMR stations serve as Official Safe Havens for newborns

Posted on November 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

During National Adoption Month, AMR reminded the public that its Florida stations and ambulances will receive unharmed newborns

First responders who died of Sept. 11-related illnesses can now receive federal Medal of Valor

Posted on November 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The law makes firefighters, cops and emergency service officers fatally sickened by the toxic debris pile eligible for the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor

First responders who died of 9/11-related illnesses eligible for federal Medal of Valor

Posted on November 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The law makes firefighters, cops and emergency service officers fatally sickened by the toxic debris pile eligible for the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor

2 Iowa EMS providers hurt in ambulance crash

Posted on November 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said a four-vehicle crash occurred after an ambulance that was transporting a patient went through a red light with its lights and sirens activated

Provider safety and C-A-B treatment products showcased at EMS World Expo 2018

Posted on November 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Tradeshows are an opportunity to learn about EMS products and design improvements, and give real-world feedback to manufacturers

How military medics can transition to civilian EMS

Posted on November 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Licensing requirements and varying degrees of experience can make it difficult for returning servicemen to find jobs, but programs are emerging that can help

Gunman kills sheriff’s deputy and 11 civilians at Calif. bar

Posted on November 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Sgt. Ron Helus, the first officer to enter the building, died from multiple gunshot wounds

13 dead including gunman in shooting at Calif. bar

Posted on November 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Sgt. Ron Helus, the first officer to enter the building, died from multiple gunshot wounds

Police identify gunman who killed 13 in shooting at Calif. bar

Posted on November 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The killer was identified as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old former Marine

All EMS providers deserve equal protection

Posted on November 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Why it is time to do away with different rules for different providers under the Firefighter Bill of Rights

Spotlight: Cradlepoint features a cloud-managed 4G LTE in-vehicle router, creating a secure and reliable network for first responders.

Posted on November 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Cradlepoint is committed to making sure first responders can rely on them to keep them connected and protected.

How to use Facebook to announce a LODD

Posted on November 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Line-of-duty deaths require thoughtful planning on how to use Facebook to announce the loss of life and share information

Officials: Motive unclear in shooting that killed 12 at Calif. bar

Posted on November 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The dead included 11 people inside the bar and a veteran sheriff's sergeant who was the first officer inside the door

New Pa. law provides reimbursement for non-transport calls

Posted on November 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Act 103 of 2018 requires insurance companies and Medicaid to reimburse EMS agencies for calls where the EMS provider treated the patient without transport

Firefighter-paramedic helps save life of man over the phone after taking 911 call

Posted on November 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Norred, a 14-year veteran of the San Antonio Fire Department, helped Monica Pesek revive her unresponsive father after he suffered a stroke

Firefighter-paramedic working dispatcher shift helps woman save father’s life

Posted on November 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Norred, a 14-year veteran of the San Antonio Fire Department, helped Monica Pesek revive her unresponsive father after he suffered a stroke

Rapid Response: Active shooter response command decisions are made by first arriving ambulance crews, fire companies and police officers

Posted on November 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

What are the potential public policy, legislation, social service and healthcare actions fire/EMS providers should advocate to prevent mass shootings?

Why reducing patient anxiety makes the provider’s job easier

Posted on November 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Prepare for awkward lifts with smart strategies and tools to boost patient confidence and avoid on-the-job injuries

Female paramedics accuse EMS agency of sexual harassment

Posted on November 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Female paramedics at the South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust claim they were forced to watch porn and give sexual favors

Ore. fire dept. launches PulsePoint app to enable ‘citizen superheroes’

Posted on November 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

PulsePoint alerts users to cardiac arrests within a quarter mile of their location, so people can provide treatment before paramedics arrive

Calif. voters back Prop. 11, supporting on-call breaks for EMS providers

Posted on November 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The ballot measure, which requires private sector EMTs and paramedics to remain on-call during meal and rest breaks, was ahead by a double digit margin

Calif. voters back Prop. 11, supporting on-call breaks for EMS providers

Posted on November 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The ballot measure, which requires private sector EMTs and paramedics to remain on-call during meal and rest breaks, was ahead by a double digit margin

Sandy Hook parent puts emphasis on compassion at trauma conference

Posted on November 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Scarlett Lewis praised audience members for being the”heroes” of trauma response and discussed the importance of social-emotional learning

Son’s death inspires father to become first responder

Posted on November 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Dan Miller, an 11-year veteran firefighter-paramedic, became an EMT shortly after his 2-year-old son died of choking

Officials: Mass. paramedics falsified training records

Posted on November 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An investigation found that at least five Armstrong Ambulance paramedics falsified records for advanced cardiac life support, CPR and Pediatric Advanced Life Support

Officials: Mass. paramedics falsified training records

Posted on November 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An investigation found that at least five Armstrong Ambulance paramedics falsified records for advanced cardiac life support, CPR and Pediatric Advanced Life Support

Ambulance company transports nursing home resident to voting polls

Posted on November 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Heartland Ambulance Service transported Karen Vaughn to the polls after a mix-up with her absentee ballot required her to vote in person

Ambulance company transports nursing home resident to voting polls

Posted on November 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Heartland Ambulance Service transported Karen Vaughn to the polls after a mix-up with her absentee ballot required her to vote in person

5 things EMS providers need to know about autonomous vehicles

Posted on November 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

How are these vehicles affecting the roads now, and how might EMS leverage this technology in the near future?

How much do you know about pain management?

Posted on November 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Use this quiz to determine your level of understanding when it comes to relieving your patients of pain

Wis. firefighter-paramedic’s cause of death report sparks reviews

Posted on November 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After it was revealed that Rick Garner, 29, died of cardiac arrest, Chief Steven Davis said the department will review how responder recruit health is assessed

Wis. firefighter-paramedic’s cause of death report sparks reviews

Posted on November 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After it was revealed that Rick Garner, 29, died of cardiac arrest, Chief Steven Davis said the department will review how responder recruit health is assessed

Paramedic invents international translator to communicate with patients

Posted on November 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedic James Shearer’s Emergency Medical Translator is a booklet that contains nine languages and allows patients to point and use yes or no answers

Paramedic invents international translator to communicate with patients

Posted on November 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedic James Shearer’s Emergency Medical Translator is a booklet that contains nine languages and allows patients to point and use yes or no answers

Paramedic designs international translator to communicate with patients

Posted on November 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedic James Shearer’s Emergency Medical Translator is a booklet that contains nine languages and allows patients to point and use yes or no answers

Texas fire dept. takes proactive approach to 911 frequent callers

Posted on November 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Brownsville Fire Department is working to get to the root problems behind 911 callers who frequently ask for assistance—as often as two to five times per week

Ill. fire dept. receives $35K from anonymous couple

Posted on November 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Cary Fire Protection District plans to use the $35,000 donation to buy a new defibrillator

FDA approves powerful new opioid amidst overdose crisis

Posted on November 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Dsuvia, a new medication five to 10 times more powerful than fentanyl, was approved to be prescribed to patients in hospital settings

EMS World Expo Quick Take: Active simulation in training and education

Posted on November 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Using sensory cues, active simulation and stratified debriefings to help paramedic students build upon their foundational training through real-time scenarios

Naked EMT instruction: How to deliver powerful presentations

Posted on November 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Moving away from the National Standard Curriculum

Integrating student interns into your community paramedicine program

Posted on November 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Teaming up with local colleges can bring your community paramedicine program expert assistance today while paving the way for progress tomorrow

Retired paramedic writes novel inspired by experiences on the job

Posted on November 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Albert Kreitz wrote “Partners for Life,” which is based on his experience working as an EMT in Los Angeles

Series of mystery ‘thank you notes’ found on ambulances

Posted on November 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Concealed notes and money in plastic bags that say, “You are awesome,” were left on ambulance windshields for EMS providers to find

EMS World Expo Quick Take: Dozens of tips for EMS educators and training officers

Posted on November 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Rom Duckworth shares his top tips, ideas and resources for improving initial and ongoing EMS education

Pa. first responders express frustration with restrictive election laws

Posted on November 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Around 500 first responders in Philadelphia will be working on Election Day, and are not eligible for absentee ballots

Medical director discusses training needed for AR-15 wounds

Posted on November 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Dr. Peter Antevy said the frequency of AR-15s being used in mass shootings has prompted new practices, such as “Stop the Bleed,” to be put in place

Medical director discusses AR-15 wounds on ’60 Minutes’

Posted on November 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Dr. Peter Antevy said the frequency of AR-15s being used in mass shootings has prompted new practices, such as “Stop the Bleed,” to be put in place

Medical director discusses AR-15 wounds on ’60 Minutes’

Posted on November 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Dr. Peter Antevy said the frequency of AR-15s being used in mass shootings has prompted new practices, such as “Stop the Bleed,” to be put in place

Fla. medical director on ’60 Minutes’: We all need to learn ‘Stop the Bleed’

Posted on November 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Dr. Peter Antevy said given how common mass casualty events have become in the U.S., everyone needs to be prepared

EMS World Expo Quick Take: How EMS can prepare for a mass gathering to become an MCI

Posted on November 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Crowd size, location and similar event intelligence can help predict patient load and MCI response needs at a mass gathering

Ohio responders equipped with ballistic gear

Posted on November 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Miami Township firefighters and paramedics will use the ballistic vests on calls where there might be a weapon at the scene

Fallen firefighter, EMS instructor’s colleagues put up his annual Christmas display

Posted on November 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After Raleigh Haas died in August, his colleagues kept his Christmas tradition alive by hanging the lights he put up at his house every year

Fallen firefighter, EMS instructor’s colleagues put up his annual Christmas display

Posted on November 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After Raleigh Haas died in August, his colleagues kept his Christmas tradition alive by hanging the lights he put up at his house every year

Md. EMT dies of unknown causes

Posted on November 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Brent Cordry, 30, is remembered as someone who was "always ready to lend a helping hand"

Md. EMT dies of unknown causes

Posted on November 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Brent Cordry, 30, is remembered as someone who was "always ready to lend a helping hand"

Conn. teachers awarded for saving student with CPR

Posted on November 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Kevin DeAngelo and Marcia Sher-Kalter said their CPR first aid certification and lifeguard training helped them respond quickly

Conn. teachers awarded for saving student with CPR

Posted on November 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Kevin DeAngelo and Marcia Sher-Kalter said their CPR first aid certification and lifeguard training helped them respond quickly

Hands-on expo gives Iowa high school students glimpse into EMS industry

Posted on November 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Health Careers Expo gave students hands-on experiences including taking part in simulation activities, such as reviving a heart attack patient

Video: Texas police chief saves unresponsive baby

Posted on November 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Splendora ISD Police Chief Rex Evans was on routine patrol, driving from school to school when a panicked family flagged him down at a traffic light

Fla. firefighter-paramedic arrested for DUI: ‘I will watch you die’

Posted on November 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Michael Ovdiyenko allegedly cursed a deputy while he was being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, saying he would not help the cop if he was shot

4 alerts you should set up on your ePCR

Posted on November 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

ePCR alerts, milestones and triggers can prompt meaningful analysis, immediate action or additional training

Tree of Life synagogue shooting shows need for TEMS teams

Posted on November 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Tactical emergency medical support medics were able to get to victims of the Pittsburgh shooting quickly and render aid

EMS providers take disabled teen trick-or-treating as honorary EMT

Posted on November 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Austin Wildnauer, who is bound to a wheelchair, went trick or treating for the first time in years thanks to a Swansea EMS crew

2 Ariz. EMS providers hurt in ambulance crash

Posted on November 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The AMR ambulance flipped on its side after being involved in a collision with another vehicle

Heather Locklear faces lawsuit for attacking EMT

Posted on November 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMT Jennifer Hayn-Hiton claims Heather Locklear kicked her and injured her enough to prevent her from working

New San Diego ambulance policies end response-time crisis

Posted on November 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Response times have improved, staffing levels are up and new dispatch procedures have boosted efficiency since the city changed its contract with AMR

Fallen firefighter-paramedic recognized with roadway named in his honor

Posted on November 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The “Firefighter and Paramedic Patrick Wolterman Memorial Highway” sign was erected for the first responder who died in a fire in 2015

When should EMS professionals report abuse?

Posted on November 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our cohosts discuss a recent event involving a paramedic allegedly choking a patient, and how and when to speak up in that situation

Pulsara unveils 3 new patient-type modules for communication platform

Posted on November 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The additional modules include Trauma, Sepsis and Cardiac Arrest, allowing care team members to communicate about patients more efficiently

EMS World Expo Quick Take: How pharmacists improve EMS patient care

Posted on November 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A pharmacist can help EMS improve patient outcomes, participate in protocol development, and collaborate on EMS research projects

EMS World Expo Quick Take: Preventable death during civilian public mass shootings

Posted on November 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Introducing paradigm-shifting research in an effort to influence policy changes needed to save more lives in mass shooting responses

Evidence-based guidebook on fatigue released by NASEMSO

Posted on November 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

“Evidence-Based Guidelines for Fatigue Risk Management in Emergency Medical Services” was created to mitigate the effects of fatigue