September 19, 2018

Technimount secures medical equipment to stretchers, ambulances and more

Posted on September 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Held to the highest manufacturing standards, Technimount allows the EMS industry’s most popular medical devices to be safely and easily secured to ambulances, stretchers and hospital equipment.

10 of the most unique ambulances in the world

Posted on September 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

You may have seen ambulances with a few modifications here and there, but these strange rigs are in a class of their own

Minneapolis officials vote to pursue ketamine investigation

Posted on September 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials voted to investigate a pattern of police officers urging paramedics to sedate people with ketamine during emergency calls

Paramedic suspended for dancing at music festival on break

Posted on September 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The unnamed paramedic was suspended for failing to take off his uniform and dancing at the Defqon 1 music festival in Sydney, Australia

NC EMS agency sends strike team to areas hit hard by Hurricane Florence

Posted on September 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After unexpected mercy from Hurricane Florence, an ambulance strike team from northeastern North Carolina will travel to help with rescue efforts

Sci-fi thriller movie about paramedics set to be filmed

Posted on September 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jamie Dornan and Anthony Mackie are in talks to star in “Synchronic,” which follows two New Orleans paramedics who encounter a series of designer drug deaths

Ill. paramedic’s SUV stolen with $30K worth of medical equipment inside

Posted on September 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The SUV, which contained medical equipment worth $30,000, was stolen from a 7-Eleven while the paramedic was inside the store

Research Analysis: Key takeaways from PART and Airways-2 Trials

Posted on September 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Comparing endotracheal, laryngeal tube and supraglottic airway device intubation during out of hospital cardiac arrest

PCR documentation for non-transporting first responders

Posted on September 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Including clear, complete documentation in your patient care report is a critical component of patient care

Stamp honoring first responders officially released by USPS

Posted on September 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The first-day of issue ceremony was held at the Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, home to the nation’s largest training center for parachute firefighters

What you missed at the 2018 Pinnacle Leadership Forum

Posted on September 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Pinnacle program co-chair, Jay Fitch, recounts the highlights from this year’s leadership forum

Police: Homeless man who punched EMT called 911 on himself

Posted on September 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Hussain Maqubool allegedly hit an EMT in the back of an ambulance after calling 911 and saying he was drunk

Police: Drunk man called 911 on himself before attacking EMT

Posted on September 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Hussain Maqubool allegedly hit an EMT in the back of an ambulance after calling 911 and saying he was drunk

Firefighter–EMT honored after being punched while giving CPR

Posted on September 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Off-duty West Allis firefighter Chad Staszak was praised by West Bend Police Chief Kenneth Meuler, who told the mayor he “should be proud” to have Staszak serving the city

Almost 4K nurses authorize strike at Mich. hospital

Posted on September 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Nurses at Michigan Medicine voted to authorize a three-day strike "to protest ongoing and continuous violations of their workplace rights"

Mich. paramedic hurt after ambulance collides with semi-truck

Posted on September 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police said the semi-truck rolled over after crossing the center line of a highway and striking the Van Buren EMS ambulance

Mich. paramedic hurt after ambulance sideswiped by semi-truck

Posted on September 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police said the semi-truck crossed the center line, sideswiped the Van Buren EMS ambulance and then rolled over

Drone startup company makes award-winning UAS for responders

Posted on September 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

DV8 Tech won $50,000 for creating a drone that carried a mini-cell tower to allow responders to communicate in a disaster, such as a forest fire or flood

Charging for medical records: Patients vs. lawyers

Posted on September 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Lawyer requests for medical records are not limited by HIPPA cost-based fees

Medic Mindset Podcast: Thinking about tachycardia

Posted on September 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Host Ginger Locke interviews Dr. Katherine Remick about how a differential diagnosis and patient history can differentiate between SVT and sinus tachycardia

Las Vegas first responders learn military trauma care

Posted on September 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Tactical Emergency Casualty Care Course is training paramedics and EMTs to provide better care when there's an active threat

Private ambulance industry asks Calif. voters to change workplace rules

Posted on September 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Proposition 11 asks voters to give private ambulance companies the power to keep their workers on duty during meal and rest breaks

Soccer players push ambulance off field after it fails to start

Posted on September 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An EMS crew was responding to an injury on the field during a Brazilian soccer match when their rig refused to start, requiring the athletes to give it a push-start

Soccer players push ambulance off field after it fails to start

Posted on September 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An EMS crew was responding to an injury on the field during a Brazilian soccer match when their rig refused to start, requiring the athletes to give it a push-start

Maine first responders honored Sunday in annual ‘Blue Mass’

Posted on September 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Blue Mass tradition was revived in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland after the terror attacks Sept. 11, 2001

Pa. EMS providers seek higher reimbursements for services

Posted on September 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Low reimbursement from government and private health insurers have put many of Pennsylvania's ambulance companies in a financial vise

Quiz: COPD exacerbations: 5 things EMS providers need to know

Posted on September 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

How familiar are you with the symptoms and concerns that accompany COPD exacerbations?

First responders honored with commemorative USPS stamp

Posted on September 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A new commemorative stamp from the U.S. Postal Service honors first responders across the country who assisted during a Calif. wildfire and mudslide

Pa. woman hands out free naloxone to at-risk homeless

Posted on September 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Destinie Campanella, a mental health advocate, is among the few engaging with the homeless in South Philly

Prince William speaks out about stress of being air ambulance pilot

Posted on September 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

“I took a lot home without realizing it,” The Duke of Cambridge said while speaking as part of Workplace Mental Health Week

Pa. residents trained in CPR, naloxone administration

Posted on September 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The people who attended the event learned all about the signs of an overdose, and they received a free naloxone kit

Fire drills triggering Fla. high school shooting students, teachers

Posted on September 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Parkland school has had one code red (active shooter) drill, two fire drills and five false alarms since school began on Aug. 15

Pa. paramedic receives state award for exceptional service

Posted on September 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jude Spellman was presented the 2018 ALS Practitioner of the Year Award, which honors those who have contributed to the development of ALS in the state

Lawsuit: Baby dies at daycare after child welfare officials ignore red flags

Posted on September 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The $18.75 million lawsuit contends the Department of Human Services and the baby's pediatrician failed to protect him and prevent him from dying

4 dead in Hurricane Florence, including mother and baby

Posted on September 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The death toll attributed to Florence stands at four Saturday, all in North Carolina

ND ambulance service set to close due to staffing issues

Posted on September 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said there are only three EMS providers on staff in the city of Michigan, and the ambulance service will close in December

Responders finish mowing lawn for patient after he fell

Posted on September 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Madison Fire Department crew found the 80-year-old man lying on the ground, and finished his yard work as he was transported to the hospital

Paramedics hike 6 flights of stairs, carry patient after elevator breaks

Posted on September 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The paramedics carried a special patient transfer chair up six flights of stairs to get to a man after arriving at his apartment to find the elevator was broken

Ohio family boasts 3 generations of EMS providers

Posted on September 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Bob Smith, owner of Smith Ambulance, jokes that if someone in his family isn’t an EMT, “we can’t use you"

Mental health in EMS and signs to look for in partners

Posted on September 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts wrap up National Suicide Prevention Week with a discussion on signs to look for in ourselves and partners

Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apart

Posted on September 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing motel at the height of the storm, and many more who defied evacuation orders were hoping to be rescued

2 paramedics hurt in Fla. ambulance crash

Posted on September 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighters had to extricate the paramedics and one other person from another vehicle after a crash occurred while the paramedics were responding to a call

Responder opens up during National Suicide Prevention Week

Posted on September 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighter-paramedic Brent Jones said he decided to get help after five of his colleagues died by suicide in the past five years

New Ill. 911 center built with dispatchers’ health and safety in mind

Posted on September 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The new center boasts redundant power, communications, and heating and air conditioning systems, $18,000 worth of bulletproof glass and sleeping rooms for staff

New Mont. 911 center built with dispatchers’ health and safety in mind

Posted on September 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The new center boasts redundant power, communications, and heating and air conditioning systems, $18,000 worth of bulletproof glass and sleeping rooms for staff

IAFC discourages self-dispatching ahead of Hurricane Florence

Posted on September 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The organization reminded fire departments to be “disciplined” in their response and “ready and available to local communities”

5 ambulances involved in crash during convoy to aid in Hurricane Florence

Posted on September 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police said an ambulance rear-ended another rig that had slowed for traffic, causing a chain reaction with three other ambulances

Crash victim who suffered brain injury thanks responders 10 years later

Posted on September 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

“Thank you for my life and for my second life,” Lisa said to the responders who extricated her from a car that had been T-boned in 2008

Research Analysis: Intubation curriculum increases first pass success

Posted on September 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A study of over 5,000 intubations demonstrates the value of continuous quality improvement

Federal pursuit of anti-kickback statute takes millions from local EMS

Posted on September 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Expert witness commentary on the recent Paramedics Plus litigation, in which the government alleged violations of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute

4 actions to improve EMS employee engagement and satisfaction

Posted on September 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Use these actions to positively improve employee engagement and satisfaction by demonstrating value and appreciation

Fla. county uses $548K FEMA grant to equip ambulances with CPR devices

Posted on September 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Chest compression machines will be placed on ambulances throughout the county and eliminate the possibility of minor mistakes when a human performs CPR

Police: Driver smoked marijuana prior to Pa. ambulance crash

Posted on September 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said a teen admitted to smoking marijuana before pulling out in front of an ambulance, resulting in a crash that injured an EMT and a paramedic

Paramedic, EMT hurt in Pa. ambulance crash

Posted on September 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said a teen admitted to smoking marijuana before pulling out in front of an ambulance, resulting in a crash that injured an EMT and a paramedic

Miss., Mo. senators seek answers on air ambulance billing

Posted on September 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Sen. Roger Wicker and Sen. Claire McCaskill sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao outlining concerns over possible consumer abuses

Police: Fla. hospital patient stole ambulance because he ‘needed a car’

Posted on September 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Michael Paul was arrested after stealing an ambulance from a hospital because he “needed” a ride home after being discharged

First responders across US traveling to help with Hurricane Florence

Posted on September 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Responders from California, Indiana, New Hampshire and Colorado are heading to the East Coast to assist in any needed rescue efforts

Stroke destination: An opportunity for innovation in system design

Posted on September 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Solutions to the transportation decision challenges raised by research like the DAWN trial and DEFUSE-3 trial

‘The storm of a lifetime’: Emergency agencies prepare for Hurricane Florence

Posted on September 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

As the Category 4 hurricane barrels toward the East Coast, thousands of first responders are preparing for what could be a disastrous aftermath

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

Posted on September 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

On the 17th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks, agencies around the country are honoring the day with remembrance posts

Photos: U.S. marks 9/11 with somber tributes

Posted on September 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Each year at ground zero, victims' relatives infuse the ceremony with personal messages of remembrance, inspiration and concern

Mom of 8-month-old attacked by dog thanks first responders

Posted on September 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Baby Naomi spent two days in intensive care after being attacked by the family dog, and her mother, Alyssa Monnier, had the chance to thank her rescuers

Enjoy your day – buy a coffee’

Posted on September 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A note left on the windshield of an ambulance blocking a driveway in England encouraged the EMS crew to enjoy their day, with money attached for a coffee stop

Ambulance crew finds note: ‘Enjoy your day – buy a coffee’

Posted on September 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A note left on the windshield of an ambulance blocking a driveway in England encouraged the EMS crew to enjoy their day, with money attached for a coffee stop

Ambulance crew finds note: ‘Enjoy your day – buy a coffee’

Posted on September 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A note left on the windshield of an ambulance blocking a driveway in England encouraged the EMS crew to enjoy their day, with money attached for a coffee stop

Man attacks paramedic with knife during altercation at hospital

Posted on September 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Danny Jay Williamson was charged with second-degree battery after allegedly cutting a paramedic with a knife at a Little Rock hospital

Paramedic injured in knife attack at hospital, suspect arrested

Posted on September 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Danny Jay Williamson was charged with second-degree battery after allegedly cutting a paramedic with a knife at a Little Rock hospital

Maine on-duty hospital paramedic arrested for OUI

Posted on September 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police officers interacting with James W. Perry at the scene of a call allegedly noticed signs of impairment and investigated further

Treat, rather than numb the pain

Posted on September 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Warriors heart finds alcohol abuse is the most common addiction in veterans and first responders

Prove it: Administering NTG to patients with inferior wall myocardial infarction

Posted on September 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A new study suggests there may not be any clinical benefits to administering NTG to treat chest pain caused by myocardial ischemia

Avoidable sepsis infections send thousands of older patients to gruesome deaths

Posted on September 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A federal report found that care related to sepsis was the most common reason given for transfers of nursing home residents to hospitals

Elderly patient falls cost medics time, money

Posted on September 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A new study suggests paramedics are spending a month’s worth of time each year assisting geriatric patients after falls

Wis. FD delivers 2 babies in 12 hours

Posted on September 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Four paramedics and eight EMTs assisted in the birth of two newborns over the course of 12 hours

Ala. city reviewing options to increase enforcement of ambulance service

Posted on September 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

First Response ambulance has had a monopoly on ambulance transport in the city since 2014, but has failed to meet response times mandated by city ordinance

Ala. city reviewing options to increase oversight of ambulance service

Posted on September 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

First Response ambulance has had a monopoly on ambulance transport in the city since 2014, but has failed to meet response times mandated by city ordinance

14-year-old boy crashes into ambulance with stolen car

Posted on September 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The boy and three friends failed to stop at a red light and hit an AREA Services Ambulance

14-year-old boy crashes into ambulance with stolen car

Posted on September 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The boy and three friends failed to stop at a red light and hit an AREA Services Ambulance

N.M. paramedics begin patient home visit program for repeat 911 callers

Posted on September 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The initial goal of the program is to help reduce the patient's reliance on the 911 system and emergency room

Woman mistakes dynamite for candle during power outage

Posted on September 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A quarter stick of dynamite exploded in her hand, leaving her at risk of losing one or more of her fingers and also causing severe injuries to her face

Ind. firefighters quell blaze, help neighbor give birth

Posted on September 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

As firefighters battled a blaze, they heard yelling next door: It was the mother of a 21-year-old woman, saying her daughter was about to give birth

SC sheriff: Panic button app on teachers’ phones

Posted on September 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said when someone hits the button, it alerts police, paramedics, firefighters, school administrators and calls 911

Authorities blame increase in fatal overdoses in Ohio county on fentanyl mix

Posted on September 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Tests to determine which drugs contributed to a fatal overdose can take months, but a preliminary examination points to fentanyl

Pa. man charged after assaulting two medics

Posted on September 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Andrew M. Rimoldi, 28, was charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, reckless endangerment, harassment, reckless driving and following too closely

Miss. county launches 911 texting service

Posted on September 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

To send a text, the user creates a new message and instead of using a contact or a phone number in the "to," field, they simply type 911 and send

Paramedics grant dying man’s wish for McDonald’s sundae

Posted on September 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The paramedics asked palliative care patient Ron McCartney what he wanted to eat if he could have anything after learning he hadn’t been eating much

Lawyer: FDNY ambulance swastika vandal is an ‘artist’

Posted on September 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jem Ibrahimov’s attorney is arguing that he should not face stiff bail because “he’s an artist” who “worked as a painter”

Ga. EMT, 2 others killed in wrong-way vehicle crash

Posted on September 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Kennis Harrell died after crashing his car head-on into another vehicle, resulting in his death and the deaths of Michael Fullwood and Kathy Stevens

Pharma company funding nonprofit’s over-the-counter naloxone

Posted on September 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Purdue Pharma, the embattled maker of OxyContin, announced a $3.42 million grant to support a nonprofit pharmaceutical company's development

Implementing crew resource management tactics in emergency medicine

Posted on September 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

CRM strategies include a consensus among crew members and confirmed communications that make tasks more efficient

Woman had 5 drinks before son, 2, found in hot car, dies

Posted on September 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Britni Wihebrink, 28, had been drinking before her 2-year-old was found "very hot and stiff" on the rear floorboard of her car

Sepsis alert: How to diagnose septic shock

Posted on September 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Decreasing mortality through recognizing, reporting, and treating sepsis in the field

Use checklists to counter the effects of fatigue, improve patient care

Posted on September 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Avoid missteps, reduce errors and give hospital staff an in-depth preview of a patient’s condition

Does the King Airway system signal the end of intubation skills?

Posted on September 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts tackle the topic of supraglottic airways, and the best way to approach them in the field

Newborn baby dropped off at Houston fire station

Posted on September 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

District Chief Steve Dunbar said a man approached paramedics and gave them the baby, who was so young he still had his umbilical cord attached

Wis. city among highest in cardiac survival rates

Posted on September 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Janesville Deputy Fire Chief Jim Ponkauskas said one of the biggest factors in cardiac arrest treatment is ensuring the patient has consistent chest compressions

2 Pa. EMS providers hurt in ambulance crash

Posted on September 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The ambulance was knocked on its side when a box truck without a driver drifted down a hill and slammed into the vehicle

4 dead, including gunman, in Cincinnati bank shooting

Posted on September 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police Chief Eliot Isaac said the shooter opened fire at the loading dock of the Fifth Third Bank building

Responders rescue hunter who hung upside down in tree for 2 days

Posted on September 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Eddie Voelker was hunting in a remote area when he slipped off his tree stand and became entangled

1 dead, 2 hurt in Calif. plane crash

Posted on September 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Palo Alto Deputy Fire Chief Geoffrey Blackshire said the single-engine Mooney M20 was trying to land when it crashed in a pond

FDNY: vandal arrested for scrawling swastikas on firehouse, ambulances

Posted on September 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

City fire marshals arrested 42-year-old Jem Ibrahimov on Saturday after he allegedly returned to the scene of the crime

Boy awarded honorary blackbelt for saving brother from dog attack

Posted on September 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

When Sasha Pchelenkov, 8, saw his mother trying to get a large dog off of his 2-year-old brother, Misha Moore, he immediately jumped into action

NM fire dept., police team up in pilot program for ‘down’ patient calls

Posted on September 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A down subject call occurs when the member of the public who calls dispatch is not willing or is unable to approach the unresponsive person

Understanding value and how it relates to EMS costs

Posted on September 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS should utilize a data-driven approach to value management that considers both quality and costs

Understanding value and how it relates to EMS costs

Posted on September 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS should utilize a data-driven approach to value management that considers both quality and costs

Spotlight: Technimount System

Posted on September 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Technimount System offers mounts for

Ill. bill aims to ensure Medicare funding for ambulance services

Posted on September 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Under the current law, ground ambulance providers face a 23 percent cut in reimbursement for ESRD ambulance transports if the patient is a Medicare beneficiary

Mass. woman charged with assaulting EMS providers, police at overdose call

Posted on September 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police said the woman became combative and assaulted several EMS providers and bit two police officers when they tried to restrain her

Retired firefighter-paramedics gives away 800 doses of naloxone

Posted on September 3, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Luis Garcia's South Florida Opioid Crisis Mortality Reduction Project hopes to reduce the number of fatal overdoses

Retired firefighter-paramedic gives away 800 doses of naloxone

Posted on September 3, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Luis Garcia's South Florida Opioid Crisis Mortality Reduction Project hopes to reduce the number of fatal overdoses

Calif. woman dies after jumping onto highway from ambulance

Posted on September 3, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The woman was being transported to a psychiatric hospital after attacking a police officer when she jumped into highway traffic

Law firm sues Big Pharma over babies exposed to opioids

Posted on September 3, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The suit alleging that a number of opioid manufacturers are responsible for the medical needs of babies exposed to opioids before birth

NM fire dept. receives $1M in grants to improve services

Posted on September 3, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The grants will pay for nine new firefighter positions, a third emergency squad unit and will help send 12 firefighters through a paramedic training program

19 rescued after Wash. carnival ride malfunctions

Posted on September 3, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Nineteen people were riding “El Nino” at the Washington State Fair, when it stopped moving

EMS From a Distance: Responding to Emergency

Posted on September 3, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Emphasizing the old-world values of Squad 51 in today’s EMS

Suspect arrested in theft of NM ambulance

Posted on September 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

David Neher, also known as David Sanders, 40, is charged with aggravated eluding, criminal damage to property and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle

Minn. hospital’s request for statewide ambulance license alarms EMS providers

Posted on September 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Some ambulance companies are worried that a statewide license for the children's hospital would open the door to multiple statewide licenses for ground ambulances

NY politician wants disgraced FDNY EMT to resign

Posted on September 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The EMT son of a high-ranking FDNY chief has been arrested three times for impersonating a cop and was found to have blown off 911 calls

Fla. theme park offers free tickets to first responders

Posted on September 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Legoland Florida Resort is offering free, single-day theme park admission in September for first responders

Mich. EMS provider stabbed in neck by patient

Posted on September 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police said the workers loaded the man into the ambulance, but he became combative and stabbed one EMS provider in the neck and tried to stab another provider

Pa. task force stresses improving access to mental health services in schools

Posted on September 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A task force commissioned in the aftermath of the Parkland mass shooting calls for better communication about potential threats

Report: Sudden heart failure a top cause of death for college athletes

Posted on September 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

About 1 in 50,000 young athletes dies from sudden cardiac failure, but sudden cardiac death is the most common nontraumatic cause of death among college athletes

Kan. fire officials: Too many ‘band aid and aspirin’ 911 calls

Posted on September 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Wichita Fire Department will test sending EMTs on “what some have called band aids and aspirin” medical calls, Mayor Jeff Longwell said

Mich. medical examiner’s office needs more money for overdose autopsies

Posted on September 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Nearly half a million more dollars and an extra death investigator are needed to keep up with the record number of opioid deaths in Kent County

US senator pushes Opioid Crisis Response Act

Posted on September 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The bill would expand a naloxone grant program, authorize a grant to teach post-overdose treatment and authorize funding for technology to screen for deadly drugs

Quiz: How much do you know about sepsis?

Posted on August 31, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Take our 5-minute quiz to find out how your assessment skills measure up

Strangers revive choking baby after mom screams for help

Posted on August 31, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Reyna Martinez stood outside her home and screamed for someone to help her when her 1-year-old son began choking on Cheerios

After-action report: Tactical EMS lessons from terror attack

Posted on August 31, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Training rescue task force medics and SWAT medics for responding to mass casualty incidents

After-action report: Tactical EMS lessons from terror attack

Posted on August 31, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Training rescue task force medics and SWAT medics for responding to mass casualty incidents

3 benefits of a community paramedicine program

Posted on August 31, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A treatment-based approach can help your agency provide more appropriate care, reduce costly transports and benefit your staff as well as the patients you serve

Video: Firefighter plays ping pong with 101-year-old woman

Posted on August 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After treating a patient, firefighter Nick Plancich offered to play ping pong with Marjorie Harford, who was bouncing the ball alone

Video: Firefighter schooled in ping pong by 101-year-old woman

Posted on August 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After treating a patient, firefighter Nick Plancich offered to play ping pong with Marjorie Harford, who was bouncing the ball alone

Fire dept. looking into anti-theft devices after 2 ambulances stolen

Posted on August 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After two ambulances were stolen within six months, the San Antonio Fire Department is weighing two different anti-theft options

Heather Locklear to be charged with attacking EMT, cop

Posted on August 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The actress will be charged with attacking a sheriff’s deputy and an EMT after they responded to a disturbance call at her

Fla. county settles lawsuit from woman dropped by paramedics

Posted on August 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Palm Beach County settled with Jean Reed-Garry for $100,000 after she was dropped while being loaded into an ambulance in 2012. (Photo/YouTube)

Wis. boy rescued after firefighter spots his finger poking out of manhole cover

Posted on August 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The 11 year old was playing in a flooded drainage ditch and got swept under the water

5 concepts for building a resilient community before an act of mass violence

Posted on August 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

These concepts will yield more prepared, capable and resilient communities

Study: Laryngeal tubes could increase cardiac arrest survival

Posted on August 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A study has shown that a change in the type of breathing tube paramedics use to resuscitate patients with sudden cardiac arrest can improve the odds of survival

Opioid exposure safety, superglottic airways and other EMS news of the week

Posted on August 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts discuss hot topics related to EMS personnel, from cardiac arrest survival to a DOJ video regarding opioid exposure while on the job

The signs of toxic leadership in EMTs, paramedics and paramedic chiefs

Posted on August 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Toxic leaders in EMS destroy morale, initiative and progress; look for these signs in yourself and your department’s leadership

Conn. firefighter-paramedic awarded for saving 3 cardiac arrest patients

Posted on August 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Bradley International Airport firefighter-paramedic Christina Palumbo saved three different passengers who suffered cardiac arrest

Late Ohio firefighter-paramedic remembered for training over 3.7K responders

Posted on August 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighter-paramedic Raymond Miller, who served the Ashland Fire Department for over 30 years, was remembered as someone who inspired others

Firefighter-EMT returns to work after lung transplant

Posted on August 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Mike Bramhall is back on the job and studying to get his paramedic license after his lung collapsed from cystic fibrosis two years ago

Healthcare company to pay EMS agencies when patients not taken to hospital

Posted on August 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Highmark's pilot "treat and release" program will reimburse ambulance companies for certain calls where patients aren't taken to hospitals

Police chief, captain on leave after allegedly putting EMT in chokehold

Posted on August 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fullerton Police Department Chief David Hendricks and Capt. Thomas Oliveras were at a concert when they allegedly assaulted two EMTs who were treating Hendricks’ wife

Police chief, captain on leave after allegedly assaulting EMTs

Posted on August 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fullerton Police Department Chief David Hendricks and Capt. Thomas Oliveras were at a concert when they allegedly assaulted two EMTs who were treating Hendricks’ wife

DOJ-produced fentanyl safety video set to air

Posted on August 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The video will show first responders how to protect themselves from deadly substance, react

Paramedic’s suicide highlights need for first responder support

Posted on August 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedic Robbie Curtis was an 18-year paramedic veteran who was awarded a medal for bravery and remembered for his big heart

Firefighter-paramedic honored for compassionate care

Posted on August 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Los Angeles Fire Department firefighter-paramedic Jack Albert presented a special needs patient with a new bicycle after he was assaulted and his bike was stolen

Pa. EMS agency crews to wear ballistic vests when responding to calls

Posted on August 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The service will use the donation of nearly $15,000 to buy bulletproof vests for each of its full-time employees and additional vests for part-timers

Unique EMS training opportunity: The Center for Domestic Preparedness

Posted on August 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Complete with a mock community and former hospital, the CDP give responders the opportunity to train on emergency and disaster response

Calif. ambulance crash prompts officials to urge drivers to pull over

Posted on August 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A crash involving an ambulance and at least two other cars on the highway served as a reminder to drivers to be aware of emergency vehicles on the road

Prove it: IV access increases out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival better than IO access

Posted on August 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A recent study shows an increased survival rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients who are administered medication through IV access rather than IO access

Judge dismisses ambulance company appeal over EMS monopolies

Posted on August 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

AmeriCare MedServices accused 12 cities of conspiring to monopolize the EMS market and shut them out from contracts

Paramedics, state trooper reunite with baby they helped deliver on roadside

Posted on August 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

New parents Bo and Yishu Wang brought baby Alyssa to meet paramedics Sean Byron and Cristine Janiak and Massachusetts State Trooper Karl Johnson

Md. school nurses learn trauma skills for active shooter response

Posted on August 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

More than 300 Anne Arundel County school nurses and health assistants were trained in the grim but necessary skills to handle a school shooting

Minn. EMT charged in ambulance crash that killed partner

Posted on August 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Susanna Kelly was charged with careless driving, failure to drive with due care and improper lane change in the death of Marina DeSteno Challeen

$21M settlement reached in Texas EMS agencies, hospital whistleblower suit

Posted on August 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

East Texas Medical Center, Paramedics Plus and Emergency Medical Services Authorities agreed to a settlement in a suit that alleged an illegal kickback scheme

Backup 911 plan in works for SC county after family loses home in outage

Posted on August 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Beaufort County residents were unable to reach 911 via mobile devices last week after lightning struck a cellphone tower, causing an outag

5 critical thinking skills crucial to EMS professional development

Posted on August 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Continuous skills development is the key for emergency responders staying current in a changing world

Couple shares ‘first kiss’ through CPR

Posted on August 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Andi Traynor and Max Montgomery shared their first kiss when Traynor gave Montgomery CPR after he went into cardiac arrest

Stranger leaves money for paramedics, thanks them for blocking drive

Posted on August 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

“Thank you for blocking my driveway to save a life. Refreshments on me,” the note read

Mass. paramedic trains responders in Stop the Bleed before dying of cancer

Posted on August 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Richard Knowlton trained Truro Fire Department staff and lifeguards on bleeding control less than two months before succumbing to cancer

Video: Man shown on camera vandalizing FDNY ambulances with hate symbols

Posted on August 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Surveillance footage shows the man drawing swastikas on an ambulance and walking away

Video catches man vandalizing FDNY ambulances with swastikas

Posted on August 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Surveillance footage shows the man drawing swastikas on an ambulance and walking away

Minn. nursing home cited after 4 nurses fail to perform CPR on patient

Posted on August 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

State investigators found that four Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Center nurses failed to attempt resuscitation last May of a patient who died

Colo. EMS agency prepares to train for emergency pet treatment

Posted on August 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Banner Health Paramedic Services will soon be first in the nation to undergo agency-wide training to treat pets injured in emergency situations

Cardiac arrest survivor recalls being saved by stranger

Posted on August 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Tom Colasanto was sitting on that bench when the color drained from his face and he fell over, backward, into the bushes

Police: 3 arrested after 7 Conn. cops exposed to fentanyl

Posted on August 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Drug detectives raiding an apartment were exposed to the potent opioid fentanyl as it burst into the air when the suspects attempted to toss evidence

Fla. police: Multiple dead in mall shooting

Posted on August 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Florida authorities are reporting a multiple people dead and "many transported" to hospitals after a mass shooting at a riverfront mall in Jacksonville

Sheriff: Gunman kills 2, then himself at Fla. video game tourney

Posted on August 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said authorities believe 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore carried out the attack at the Jacksonville Landing

Conn. residents now able to text 911

Posted on August 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Recent upgrades to the statewide 911 system now make it possible for people to text “911,” allowing those who cannot speak a way to connect with responders

Off-duty EMT delivers baby in parking lot

Posted on August 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Chris Stafford was passing by a parking lot when he noticed Heather Wilson and her boyfriend needed help

Wash. teachers add active shooter training to their back-to-school checklists

Posted on August 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The training, led by the Pasco Police Department, was designed to get teachers at all the district's schools on the same page

Medical billing company works to create jobs in US

Posted on August 24, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fellow Health Partners strategically grew their business after listening to the majority of healthcare staff, who said they’d prefer a U.S. based billing manager

Priority Ambulance awarded for EMS innovation, safety efforts

Posted on August 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The American Ambulance Association named Priority Ambulance the national AMBY Award winner in two categories

$10M grant allocated to improve NY 911 response

Posted on August 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

New York City and 57 counties will receive a share of the grant to improve emergency response operations

3 hurt after RI boy, 13, crashes ambulance during evaluation

Posted on August 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police said the boy, who has autism, got into the ambulance while he was being evaluated and drove it down an embankment

Family loses home in fire after 911 cell tower is struck by lightning

Posted on August 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Keith Guest and his family tried calling 911 for an hour and a half as they watched their $1.7 million home burn to the ground after it was struck by lightning

Powerful moments: The rollercoaster of life in EMS

Posted on August 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Making connections with the patients you treat and transport can allow you to feel the magic

How to transition from the apparatus to a power position

Posted on August 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts answer an email from a listener asking for help in transitioning to a position of power from the fire truck

2 EMTs receive Medal of Valor after pulling man from burning car

Posted on August 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Shane Sharkey and Ian King jumped into a “fly car” after overhearing that a crash had occurred and found that a man was trapped inside a burning vehicle

‘Rosie’s Hugs’ brings happiness to kids in emergency rooms

Posted on August 22, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Stefanie McAlister, an emergency room nurse, started “Rosie’s Hugs” to gift children with stuffed animals in their time of need

Ohio addicts get help from response teams after overdoses

Posted on August 22, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Project FORT (Fairfield County Overdose Response Team) works to help residents who are addicted to opioids and other drugs get clean and reclaim their lives

Officials concerned after survey shows high abuse rate against paramedics

Posted on August 22, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Peterborough Paramedics Chief Randy Mellow said that 66 percent of paramedics surveyed reported some form of abuse while on the job

Ill. paramedic sentenced to prison for stealing fentanyl

Posted on August 22, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jason Laut was sentenced to 9 years in prison for stealing fentanyl and morphine from ambulances

How EMS leaders can increase 12-lead capture frequency

Posted on August 22, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Make a strategy and pick the tactics for your agency to improve its 12-lead EKG use for patients with non-traumatic chest pain

5 tips to provide safe and effective ventilation

Posted on August 22, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Assign someone to monitor the patient’s airway visually and with capnography using these five tips

Paramedic recalls trying to save couple from beach tragedy

Posted on August 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

"Here's a family who went to the beach and didn't come home. For most people that's not even a remote possibility," paramedic Shaun Dean said

Police: Drunk man assaulted EMT, tried to flee

Posted on August 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The suspect kicked and attempted to head-butt the EMTs, and police noted it took substantial force to get him in the back of an ambulance

Police: Drunk man assaulted EMTs, tried to flee

Posted on August 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The suspect kicked and attempted to head-butt the EMTs, and police noted it took substantial force to get him in the back of an ambulance

Teen gets EMT scholarship after saving police officer

Posted on August 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Bradley Delay can now go to EMT school for free after jumping into action to save Major Tommy Bradford when he was hit by a car

EMS Pioneers: Missouri paramedic says ‘EMS chose me’ 37 years ago

Posted on August 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Sara Wainwright lauds ROSC progress, laments opioid epidemic

Paramedics save life of baby during dangerous childbirth

Posted on August 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Glendale Fire Department paramedics responded to a call about a mother in labor and found that the umbilical cord was wrapped around the neck of the baby

Paramedics save life of baby during dangerous childbirth

Posted on August 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Glendale Fire Department paramedics responded to a call about a mother in labor and found that the umbilical cord was wrapped around the neck of the baby

NJ EMS chief thanks EMS providers for saving his life

Posted on August 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jeff Hoffman credits his fellow EMS providers from another agency with saving his life after he went into cardiac arrest three times in one night

NJ EMS chief thanks EMS providers for saving his life

Posted on August 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jeff Hoffman credits his fellow EMS providers from another agency with saving his life after he went into cardiac arrest three times in one night

Double amputee who inspired others arrested for assaulting paramedic, DUI

Posted on August 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Mandy Horvath, 25, faces charges of second-degree assault — a Class 4 felony— and two DUI misdemeanors

Ind. paramedic facing charges for forging prescriptions

Posted on August 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedic Cole Worley, who is married to a doctor, faces 15 criminal charges related to false prescriptions for Adderall

Around 20 Texas agencies collaborate to improve mental health response

Posted on August 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials estimate that the Southwest Texas Crisis Collaborative will save taxpayer money and boost mental health services for patients

Ind. responders die in off-duty motorcycle crash

Posted on August 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Superior Ambulance EMT Jaclyn Nauracy and South Haven Fire Department firefighter-paramedic Nicholas Branham were killed when they collided with an SUV

Paramedics find ‘rude’ note about ambulance parking location

Posted on August 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

East Midlands Ambulance Service said one of their paramedic crews was asked to “have some consideration” about where they park

Should high school students be trained to treat MCI patients?

Posted on August 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After DHS announced a grant for high school tourniquet training, EMS1 readers weighed in on if students should be trained to help their peers in a mass shooting

Community paramedicine could ease the opioid epidemic

Posted on August 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Using community paramedicine resources to monitor opioid-addicted patients detoxing at home could relieve the burden on EMS and ERs

Webinar to be held on Digital NG911 Readiness Checklist

Posted on August 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The State of 911 webinar will discuss how a new digital version of the NG911 Readiness Checklist will make it easier to use

Retired firefighter-paramedic shares career experiences in memoir

Posted on August 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Veteran first responder Conrad Gonzalez wrote “10-96 … We’re on the Way,” which includes 40 stories about saving lives

Ill. governor vetoes expanded benefits for EMS providers

Posted on August 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the passed measures which would have expanded benefits for paramedics and EMTs by defining them as firefighters

Opioid crisis putting strain on NH fire dept.

Posted on August 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

From October through May, the Keene Fire Department responded to at least 51 suspected opioid overdoses, administering 110 doses of naloxone to those patients

Off-duty FDNY EMT killed in motorcycle crash

Posted on August 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said Eric Maleh was on his motorcycle when he lost control after making a U-turn

Medic Mindset Podcast: How to become an EMS ‘lifer’

Posted on August 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Mitigate the effects a career in EMS can take to nurture your career longevity in EMS

Ky. EMS agencies fight statewide personnel shortage

Posted on August 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Emergency calls and the need for EMS providers is growing, especially in rural communities, at the same time counties across Kentucky are reporting shortages

Pa. EMS agency awarded by AHA for cardiac care

Posted on August 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The association honored Pittsburgh Emergency Medical Services with its Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award

2 Baltimore paramedics hurt in ambulance crash

Posted on August 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire department spokeswoman Blair Skinner said the paramedics were taken to a hospital for evaluation of minor injuries after the crash

Webinar: How can prehospital providers can quickly identify and treat sepsis?

Posted on August 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Learn how you can quickly assess and treat patients with sepsis as an EMS provider.

Pa. responders train for MCIs in simulated mass shooting at college

Posted on August 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

"One of the bigger trends is EMS actually going in while the event is occurring rather than waiting until it's all over to come in," Capt. Andrew Winters said

Conn. city overdoses top 100, police announce another arrest

Posted on August 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Chief Anthony Campbell told the media Friday that the surge of synthetic marijuana overdoses, which gripped the city for more than 24 hours, seem to have calmed down

Girl, 9, calls 911 to save father after he was attacked by wasps

Posted on August 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Alex Schneider's daughter, Arianna, called 911 for help after her father, who was stung by dozens of wasps, fell out of his chair and had trouble breathing

Ala. EMS agency claims interference in lawsuit against competitor

Posted on August 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Anniston EMS sued Oxford EMS, claiming the agency's leaders "interfered with contracts and/or business relations" of Anniston EMS

Study: Calif. ERs see sharp hike in visits

Posted on August 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Despite attempts to steer patients away from the emergency room, visits have increased by 44 percent since 2006

20 rescue crewmembers work to free couple from Wyo. ice cave

Posted on August 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Spencer Christiansen and his wife Jessica spent two days underground after becoming trapped in a Darby Canyon Ice cave

Response to active shooter tested in Mich. hospital patient tower

Posted on August 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Henry Ford Allegiance Health staged a full-scale emergency exercise of a mass shooting designed to test its response, and the response of several other agencies

911 dispatcher stops caller from attempting suicide

Posted on August 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Shaunice Walker convinced a high school senior to change his mind about jumping into water to his death

How to help an emotional partner

Posted on August 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts answer an email from a listener asking for help in dealing with a partner who is going through an emotional time

More than 70 people overdose in 24 hours in Conn. city

Posted on August 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

As many as 71 people overdosed in the city in 24 hours as emergency crews raced to save lives and one man was arrested as a “person of interest” in the case

FDA approves first generic version of EpiPen

Posted on August 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the approval is part of a “longstanding commitment to advance access to lower cost, safe and effective alternatives”

Why your EMS agency needs near-miss reporting

Posted on August 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Near-miss reporting can help build a culture of safety in your agency and improve the EMS profession as a whole

Va. volunteer fire dept. gives up EMS license

Posted on August 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Craigsville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tracy Martin said the volunteers voted to stop responding to EMS calls because they felt unneeded

Officials: Human error to blame in Minn. 911 outage

Posted on August 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

According to a press release, CenturyLink told department of public safety that human error by an employee of a third party vendor was to blame for the outage

Retired paramedic raises money for fire dept. with singing talents

Posted on August 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Bob Bullard and his partner, Stacy Skaggs, have been holding performance fundraisers once a month and raised thousands of dollars

South African EMS providers featured in new documentary

Posted on August 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

In the first minutes of “Red Zone Paramedics,” paramedic Abdul Waheem Martin says EMS providers are seen as “soft targets” for criminals

Paramedic’s purse stolen from ambulance while on call

Posted on August 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The paramedic crew was responding to a medical emergency when thieves broke into their ambulance and stole a purse and keys, along with medical supplies

Patient care: First and last impressions make the difference

Posted on August 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Positive beginning and ending patient interactions fall into the “serial positioning effect” and can boost patient care reviews

Patient care: First and last impressions make the difference

Posted on August 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Positive beginning and ending patient interactions fall into the “serial positioning effect” and can boost patient care reviews

Johns Hopkins Hospital creates opioid guidelines for common surgeries

Posted on August 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A panel of doctors, nurses and patients recommended doctors prescribe far fewer opioids for 20 common surgeries such as hysterectomies and breast surgeries

Back to school: Tourniquet training for high school students

Posted on August 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

DHS grant to teach tourniquet application puts direct pressure on kids to help other kids during a mass shooting and before EMS arrives

New TV series highlights EMS crews on night shift

Posted on August 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

“Nightwatch Nation” will follow EMS crews around the country while they work the overnight shift

Calif. woman allegedly leads police on high-speed chase in stolen ambulance

Posted on August 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Natasha Michelle Scott allegedly led police on a chase that reached 90 miles per hour before she was captured a half-hour later with the use of a spike strip

Calif. woman allegedly leads police on high-speed chase in stolen ambulance

Posted on August 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Natasha Michelle Scott allegedly led police on a chase that reached 90 miles per hour before she was captured a half-hour later with the use of a spike strip

Patient-centered EMS leadership

Posted on August 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Patient-centered care partnerships with patients and family need to start at the top

Patient-centered EMS leadership

Posted on August 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Patient-centered care partnerships with patients and family need to start at the top

Patient-centered EMS leadership

Posted on August 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Patient-centered care partnerships with patients and family need to start at the top

Patient-centered EMS leadership

Posted on August 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Patient-centered care partnerships with patients and family need to start at the top

NJ students stress need for stricter CPR requirements

Posted on August 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A student-run nonprofit is pushing for a law that requires minors provide proof of CPR training before sitting for a driver’s license test

Young boy calls 911, saves grandmother after medical emergency

Posted on August 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Max Velez, 4, is being hailed a hero after calling for help when his grandmother stopped breathing due to a case of pneumonia

DHS offers $1.8M grant to train high schoolers for MCIs

Posted on August 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Department of Homeland Security is accepting applications for the School-Age Trauma Training grant

At least 20 killed after highway bridge collapses in Italy

Posted on August 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A bridge on a highway linking Italy with France collapsed in the city of Genoa during a sudden, violent storm, sending vehicles plunging

Seattle officials pushing for better EMT wages

Posted on August 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

City council declared EMTs deserve more money in a resolution that calls on Mayor Jenny Durkan's administration to raise EMT wages and benefits

DARTdrones offering Round 2 of public safety drone training grant

Posted on August 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

DARTdrones awarded $300,000 in grants toward free drone training in the six months of Round One funding

EMS agency transports 100-year-old woman to state fair

Posted on August 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Catherine Krause was determined to make it to the Wisconsin State Fair for the 80th time, despite injuring her ankle on her birthday

Video: EMS agency demonstrates safe ‘Kiki Challenge’

Posted on August 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Mary Greeley Paramedics used their safety gear to participate in the viral challenge prompted by Drake’s “In My Feelings”

EMS agency pilot program decreases night shift ambulances

Posted on August 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Manatee County EMS is hoping to relieve fatigued EMS providers by decreasing the number of ambulances making nighttime runs in a year-long program

Woman creates way for responders to communicate with special needs children

Posted on August 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jenna Newman created cards using the Picture Exchange Communication System that include images broken down into categories

Two in, two out: maintaining your marriage in EMS

Posted on August 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Your partner at home can be your best resource in regard to your mental health

Md. EMS agency receives state grant to cover cost of naloxone

Posted on August 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Allegany County Department of Emergency Services received more than $30,000 in state grant funding to help cover the cost of naloxone

Resuscitation education: What’s changed and what you need to know

Posted on August 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The American Heart Association recently released a statement updating cardiac arrest resuscitation guidelines

What is a stroke?

Posted on August 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A stroke is different from other conditions, as it essentially a term for the symptoms and not the cause

Add real-time feedback to CPR training for better results

Posted on August 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

New American Heart Association guidelines call for instant feedback on compression depth, rate and chest recoil in CPR training modules

Free healthcare clinic opened for 9/11 responders

Posted on August 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The federal government has hired Optum to operate a new clinic in Manhattan for survivors of the 9/11 attacks who have enrolled in an ongoing health program

Mo. city using app to locate 911 callers

Posted on August 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A St. Louis company called SirenGPS has created a mobile phone app that provides location information to help enhance the efforts of emergency responders

W. Va. fire dept. receives 2 donated AEDs

Posted on August 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

"These devices will enable the department to access a person who is in sudden cardiac arrest and take the required steps to provide care," Chief Rick Cary said

Ala. fire dept. equips schools with bleeding control kits

Posted on August 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Wall-mounted stations each contain eight bleeding control kits, giving each school 24 smaller sets of tools that can be used in the most serious of emergencies

Ark. fire dept. awarded for exceptional EMS service

Posted on August 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Conway Fire Department received the Jon S. McMahan Service of the Year Award for their EMS Division that allows firefighters to become trained paramedics

First responders save elderly man from riptide while on vacation

Posted on August 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Emergency Managment Coordinator Jared Byrdwas on vacation with his family when he witnessed an elderly man trying to rescue his three grandchildren

Limiting exposure to asbestos during and after disaster management

Posted on August 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Environmental disasters can expose first responders to asbestos, putting them at risk for mesothelioma

How to keep PTSD out of your EMS department

Posted on August 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Recognize the risk factors and symptoms of PTSD, and how to manage self-talk and meditate to reduce its physical and emotional effects

FDNY EMT kidnapped, car stolen after shift

Posted on August 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Three suspects forced a 44-year-old FDNY EMT at gunpoint into his car after his shift

Salinas Fire Dept. maintains paramedic program amid investigation of faked documents

Posted on August 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Allegations of false education credits being awarded to SFD paramedics prompted an investigation by city and state officials

SirenGPS app aims to help first responders in emergencies

Posted on August 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The app also has a feature that allows users to type messages to dispatchers, for situations when speaking is difficult or dangerous

Paralyzed Texas firefighter raising money for paramedic amputee

Posted on August 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Garth Goodwin plans to donate the proceeds from a charity golf tournament in his name to first responder Rory Barros, who lost his leg after being hit by a drunk driver on duty

Bed bugs force S.C. EMS to move out of fire station

Posted on August 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The bedbugs reappeared at a Jamestown EMS station despite several treatments to remove them

Doctor: Chronic pain patients switching from opioids to medical marijuana

Posted on August 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Pain management specialist Dr. Michelle Weiner said medical marijuana is a “great alternative for a lot of people suffering with pain”

Ohio opioid response team receives $60K grant

Posted on August 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A $60,000 grant will provide funding through 2020 to sustain Middletown's Quick Response Team operation

NM city officials vote to increase paramedic wages

Posted on August 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The funding, which totals $379,000, covers an 8 percent pay differential between regular firefighters and paramedics negotiated between the city and the union

Chicago fire organization donates $30K to train young EMTs

Posted on August 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Through the Black Fire Brigade’s donation, 30 young adults from the inner city will start EMT training with tuition, books and uniform covered

Paramedics charged in death of shooting patient terminated

Posted on August 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Steven Snively and Christopher Marchant were fired from the Hamilton Paramedic Service after being criminally charged with failure to provide necessities of life

How much personal liability do individual EMS providers bear?

Posted on August 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts discuss a recent article that raises the question of personal liability for EMS workers

Paramedic recalls almost dying in ambulance crash

Posted on August 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

AMR paramedic Jimmy Miller was transporting a patient when his ambulance was struck twice in a hit-and-run

Baltimore nixes property tax break for first responders

Posted on August 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said the break would have resulted in a revenue reduction of $5.3 million per year when fully phased-in

Human dignity statement is a good start, but not enough

Posted on August 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Position statements from our national leadership are helpful, but we must make culture change ourselves

Ga. county settles with AMR after complaints of poor service

Posted on August 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

AMR has agreed to resolve $1.9 million in contract penalties after several complaints of slow response time were made

Boston EMS helps apprehend fleeing break-in suspect

Posted on August 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The EMS crew found Thien Nguyen, who was suspected of breaking into a store, after he fell off of his bicycle

NYC councilman convicted of blocking ambulance in protest

Posted on August 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jumaane Williams was sentenced to time served after blocking an ambulance during a protest over the detention of a prominent immigration rights activist

Final rules announced for federal 911 upgrade grant program

Posted on August 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s grant program will help upgrade call centers to Next Generation 911 capabilities

Officials: Air ambulance was repaired 3 times before 2016 crash

Posted on August 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Federal investigators said the plane had been repaired three times in the six weeks before it crashed Nov. 2016, killing four people

Police: Woman who stole ambulance was tired of waiting at hospital

Posted on August 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said Pamela Cash grew impatient while waiting for relatives to pick her up and decided to drive home in the ambulance

NJ city settles EMT pay raise issue from 10 years ago

Posted on August 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The city of Paterson will pay $166,666 in retroactive checks to 33 EMTs, which covers pay raises the EMTs claimed they could have received from 2003 to 2007

Acadian Ambulance opts in to FirstNet

Posted on August 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

“From voice and data to video, being able to send that information while en route to the hospital is crucial,” Acadian Ambulance Director Joey Branton said

3 metrics to track in your EMS operations

Posted on August 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS, like any other aspect of healthcare, is data driven, and tracking, measuring and reporting the right data can improve operations and patient care

EMS coordination: Healthcare coalitions provide organized cooperation

Posted on August 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Healthcare coalitions offer EMS a “seat at the table” for regional emergency planning

Survey community disaster preparedness protocols and approaches while traveling

Posted on August 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

When we travel, we get a chance to see other cities, meet other emergency management professionals and discover hazards that exist for the area we’re visiting

Seattle AMR EMTs demand higher wages

Posted on August 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

As AMR’s seven-year contract with the city comes to an end, EMTs are asking to get the same amount of pay as their counterparts in other areas of the country

Father arrested for refusing to call 911 as son, 8, died of overdose

Posted on August 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police said Curtis Collman II not only refused to call 911 to try and save his son, but threatened others who tried to call for help as the boy overdosed on meth

Paramedics discover crash victim was also shot

Posted on August 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A paramedic crew was treating a driver of a crashed vehicle when they found a gunshot wound to his chest

Police: Man chased paramedics with ax, tried to steal ambulance

Posted on August 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said the man chased paramedics with an ax, rammed a van into an ambulance, then tried to steal the ambulance

New Mass. hospital designed to withstand category 5 hurricane

Posted on August 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The 106,000-square-foot, 14-bed hospital is being built to hurricane design specifications established by Miami-Dade County—some of the strictest in the country

Even for EMS providers, depression is human

Posted on August 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Acknowledging your depression and getting help is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of resilience and strength

Even for EMS providers, depression is human

Posted on August 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Acknowledging your depression and getting help is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of resilience and strength

No more hiding: I am a caregiver with depression

Posted on August 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Acknowledging my depression to family, friends and colleagues and getting help is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of resilience and strength

Medic Mindset Podcast: Critical care with Eric Bauer

Posted on August 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An EMS educator and flight medic encourages listeners to stay curious about intubation, ventilators and EKGs

Okla. EMS providers honored for saving people from burning building

Posted on August 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedic Chris Turner and Advanced EMT Chelsee Loge were treating a patient inside of a building when they heard the fire alarm go off

Conn. city to form community emergency response team

Posted on August 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Medical Reserve Corps organizes medical and public health professionals to serve as volunteers in case of disaster

Dog leads responders to injured hiker

Posted on August 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A canine hero led rescuers to an injured woman who had fallen 150 feet off a trail and was unable to shout for help

Police: Woman drove impaired, assaulted first responders

Posted on August 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The woman allegedly bit a paramedic tending to injuries on her finger after she wrecked her car near her house

3 bystanders rescue woman from burning car after crash

Posted on August 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Linda Fedee, 66, was unconscious and still strapped into her seat belt when Billy Stone, Richard Hobbs and Douglas McCowan saw her car engulfed in flames

Former EMS employee claims agency misuses public funds

Posted on August 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Melissa Hall claims she was fired after reporting to officials that "she was asked to do things she believed in good faith to be unethical and unlawful"

Indiana fire dept. using laughing gas to treat pain

Posted on August 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedics in the town of Fishers are now offering laughing gas to patients as an alternative to opioids

Indiana fire dept. using Nitronox to treat pain

Posted on August 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedics in the town of Fishers are now offering Nitronox to patients as an alternative to opioids

W. Va. EMT honored for saving gunshot victim

Posted on August 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Mike Lott, who is also a police sergeant, was recognized for saving Joanne Wagoner after she was allegedly shot by her boyfriend

Ind. hospital launches community paramedicine program

Posted on August 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Community Howard paramedics will visit discharged patients with chronic heart diseases with the goal of positively impacting the patient's transition

Paramedics charged in death of shooting patient

Posted on August 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Steven Snively and Christopher Marchant were arrested and charged with failing to provide the necessities of life after Yosif Al-Hasnawi was shot

Maine firefighter-paramedic killed in vehicle crash

Posted on August 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said Lt. Harry Weymouth crossed the center line of the road and struck an oncoming vehicle

Maine firefighter-paramedic killed in vehicle crash

Posted on August 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said Lt. Harry Weymouth crossed the center line of the road and struck an oncoming vehicle

Active shooter reported at Ohio Air Force base

Posted on August 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said base personnel have been directed to shelter in place until the incident is investigated

What does the 2018 EMS Trend Report tell us about the future of the industry?

Posted on August 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts are joined by EMS1 Editor-in-Chief Greg Friese to discuss the most recent EMS trend report and what it means for industry personnel

Ala. city’s new, state-of-the-art emergency operations center opens

Posted on August 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

"It's currently the largest emergency operations center in the state of Alabama," 911 director Rod Coleman said

Rookie NYPD cop saves unresponsive baby with CPR

Posted on August 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officer Osvaldo Nunez immediately began performing CPR after Rebeca Alarcon ran outside of her home to find help for her daughter

Woman sentenced to prison for biting paramedic

Posted on August 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jacqueline Wein was sentenced 15 months to three years in state prison for biting the hand of a paramedic who was helping to transport her

Paramedics working alongside firefighters battling wildfires

Posted on August 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedics are trying a new approach by working close to firefighters to keep them safe while they battle blazes across Ontario

Firefighter-paramedic creates human trafficking training for responders

Posted on August 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Matthew Driscoll used his extra time while on light duty after an injury to create training that would help responders recognize signs of trafficking victims

Hasidic women EMTs featured in new documentary

Posted on August 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Filmmaker Paula Eiselt’s documentary “93 Queen” follows a group of Hasidic women forming their own volunteer EMT service

Off-duty EMT saves 2 people ejected in vehicle crash

Posted on August 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Christopher Nance was passing by the scene when he stopped to help the victims, who are currently in critical condition

Late EMT honored with good deed campaign

Posted on August 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

“Be Like Brendon Week” honors Brendon Cousino by encouraging the public to perform simple acts of kindness

Hypoglycemic events: Can you leave them be?

Posted on July 31, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A review of hypoglycemia treat and release protocol recommendations

Hypoglycemic events: Can you leave them be?

Posted on July 31, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A review of hypoglycemia treat and release protocol recommendations

Vehicle crash highlights strain on NH region’s EMS system

Posted on July 31, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Southwestern N.H. District Fire Mutual Aid Chief Joe Sangermano said call volume continues to increase as does the difficulty in having agencies able to respond

Chicago addresses ambulance shortage by unveiling 5 new rigs

Posted on July 31, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the increase in ambulances, mayoral challenger Paul Vallas promised to add 25 more if he is elected

County officials to reopen review of medics suspended over medical call

Posted on July 31, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Hillsborough County will reopen its review of four paramedics facing discipline in the case of a stroke patient who died, saying it needs to know more

Paramedic launches stethoscope storage device on Kickstarter

Posted on July 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The StethoSafe was created to prevent stethoscopes from being damaged, which often occurs in the EMS providers’ airway bags

Fla. fire dept.’s new station will trim response times with door technology

Posted on July 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The new 22,000-square-foot Fire Station 1 is equipped with rapid opening doors synchronized to its emergency alarms

Paramedic honored for teaching more than 8K civilians CPR

Posted on July 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Dave Kroll has volunteered numerous weekends over the past three years to teach hands-only CPR to the public

Search and rescue dog’s possible exposure to meth sparks concern

Posted on July 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

K-9 Search Specialist Janalee Gallagher said she believes her partner, Blitz, came into contact with methamphetamine while searching for a missing fisherman

Netflix documentary ‘Heroin(e)’ receives Emmy nomination

Posted on July 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The much-lauded documentary about three women fighting against the opioid crisis in Huntington, West Virginia, has been nominated for another award

Ga. EMS agency cleared of hit-and-run claim

Posted on July 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A police investigation fully cleared EMS of Georgia of any wrongdoing after a woman accused the agency of a hit-and-run

4 Fla. paramedics suspended over stroke patient response

Posted on July 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Hillsborough County Administrator said the paramedics violated three areas of standard procedure

Fla. firefighter union responds to medics’ suspension after medical call

Posted on July 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Hillsborough County Administrator said the paramedics violated three areas of standard procedure

Maine city mulls ambulance options after spike in EMS calls

Posted on July 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Ellsworth officials are studying whether to partner with a private ambulance company or start their own service

NC EMT hurt while performing beach rescue

Posted on July 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Pine Knoll Shores officials reminded the public that the EMT should not have been put in the position in the first place because no swimming was allowed at the time

Police: Woman crashes ambulance after stealing it from hospital

Posted on July 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said the woman was found trapped in the wreckage after crashing the ambulance on the highway

Retired Chicago paramedic, wife killed in vehicle crash

Posted on July 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Retired Chicago Fire Department Ambulance Commander Richard Biehl was on his way home with his wife when they were struck by a suspected drunk driver

Is it time to pull epinephrine from the EMS formulary?

Posted on July 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts discuss a recent study out of the UK that puts the use of epinephrine in prehospital cardiac arrest patients into question

Is it time to pull epinephrine from the EMS formulary?

Posted on July 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts discuss a recent study out of the UK that puts the use of epinephrine in prehospital cardiac arrest patients into question

Ohio hospital partners with city to launch community paramedicine program

Posted on July 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said the paramedicine program will test how follow up from a paramedic will improve the health outcomes of hospital patients once they return home

Senator praises Dallas mental health crisis response program

Posted on July 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The RIGHT (Rapid Integrated Group Healthcare Team) pilot program utilizes counselors and paramedics to better respond to mental health calls

3 dead, 7 hurt after gunmen in New Orleans fire on crowd

Posted on July 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Two armed individuals walked up to a crowd gathered Saturday evening outside a strip mall in New Orleans and opened fire

Woman hit by car thanks cop, good Samaritan for helping her

Posted on July 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Frederick County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryce McGuire drove Rita Potter's car home and put her groceries in the refrigerator after she was hit by a car in a parking lot

Md. hits record-high drug deaths, fueled by fentanyl

Posted on July 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Maryland, a state that already had one of the country's most punishing overdose mortality rates, notched a record-high number of drug deaths last year

Firefighter, civilian honored for saving man from burning truck

Posted on July 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighter Jeremy Menges and John Werner helped try to save a driver at the scene of the crash, and now the Kansas Highway Patrol has named them honorary troopers

Patient dies in Tenn. ambulance crash

Posted on July 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Clifton Harville, 60, was being transported to the hospital when the ambulance was struck, causing it to flip over

First responders learn how to train civilians in ‘Stop the Bleed’ program

Posted on July 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Stop the Bleed shows people of all ages and backgrounds how not to be bystanders in an era when mass-casualty tragedies appear to strike from every which way

Md. town donates thousands to volunteer first responders

Posted on July 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

"We don't do much for you. You do a lot for the community," Thurmont Commissioner Martin Burns said

Pinnacle EMS 2018 Quick Take: The power of collaboration for EMS leaders

Posted on July 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jay Fitch, Ph.D., tells Pinnacle leaders that collaboration with colleagues and frenemies is critical to greater operational success

Fire dept. intern saves man’s life with newly-learned skills

Posted on July 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Kaylee Mosley jumped into action to save a man who had driven into a wall by performing CPR, which she had just been certified in four days earlier

Pinnacle EMS Quick Take: Why public safety leaders must have zero-tolerance for sexual misconduct

Posted on July 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police sergeant challenges and educates EMS leaders to do more to reduce the risk and occurrence of sexual harassment for all employees

Cops pull paramedic, patient away from ambulance seconds before explosion

Posted on July 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said the ambulance crashed after an EMT swerved to avoid a deer, and the ambulance was already on fire by the time police arrived

Pinnacle EMS Quick Take: Active shooter incident lessons learned for leaders

Posted on July 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

NFPA 3000 is a framework for preparing EMS agencies, fire departments, other responders and communities for active shooter incident response and recovery

2 Dallas firefighter-paramedics hurt in ambulance crash

Posted on July 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A patient in the ambulance was not hurt, but two firefighter-paramedics were taken to a hospital

Paramedics help rescue woman stuck behind bus stop bench

Posted on July 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Polk County paramedics helped a road supervisor save a woman who had been stuck behind a bus stop bench for hours

Dispatcher meets grandmother she coached through baby delivery

Posted on July 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Britt Miller, who had never helped anyone deliver a baby over the phone, met Kim Schroeder, who delivered her daughter-in-law's baby with Miller's help

Paramedic wrestles gun away from senior home resident

Posted on July 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said the AMR paramedic was trying to convince the resident to go to the hospital when the 94-year-old man fired a shot at a maintenance worker

Man says he stole ambulance because ‘it was too hot to walk home’

Posted on July 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Todd Shell allegedly stole an ambulance from a hospital and led police on a chase after being treated for a heat-related issue

LAFD partners with hospitals to expand advanced response program

Posted on July 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Advanced Provider Response Unit program provides direct care to patients who may not need immediate transportation to the emergency room

Quiz: 4 things EMS providers need to know about pulmonary embolism

Posted on July 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

When a patient’s life is in your hands, you need to know the risk factors, signs and symptoms of PE

EMS Poem: ‘Behind the steady eyes’

Posted on July 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A paramedic hopes this last thought will help her find sleep again

Federal complaint filed over prehospital ketamine research

Posted on July 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Doctors, bioethicists and academics signed onto a federal complaint alleging Hennepin Healthcare conducted high-risk ketamine research on unwitting participants

Why transitions of care are an important patient safety opportunity

Posted on July 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Transitions of care are critical opportunities to communicate patient assessment and treatment information to other healthcare providers

Pinnacle EMS Quick Take: Why transitions of care are an important patient safety opportunity

Posted on July 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Transitions of care are critical opportunities to communicate patient assessment and treatment information to other healthcare providers

Epinephrine and the paramedic-2 trial: Is it time to pull our starting pitcher?

Posted on July 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

New research questions whether pharmacotherapy in cardiac arrest is effective at ROSC and long-term survival

EMS leaders challenged ‘to make tomorrow better than today’

Posted on July 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

John O'Leary, a survivor of 100 percent TBSA burn as a child, delivered an inspiring opening keynote to Pinnacle EMS conference attendees

Pinnacle EMS Quick Take: EMS leaders challenged ‘to make tomorrow better than today’

Posted on July 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

John O'Leary, a survivor of 100 percent TBSA burn as a child, delivered an inspiring opening keynote to Pinnacle EMS conference attendees

Fire dept. improves response time with 8-man shift

Posted on July 24, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

First Selectman Rudy Marconi said “the eight-man shift has worked out very well” and that the department has seen a “definite reduction” in mutual aid needed

Responders thank woman for paying breakfast bill

Posted on July 24, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A woman left a note, simply signed “Recovering addict,” for a group of Toms River First Aid Squad members and paid their tab

Calif. fire chief aims to expand peer support program for responders

Posted on July 24, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White hopes to spend the next few months researching how to train more peer counselors and create a support network to help responders

SF Fire Commission looks to expand peer support for responders

Posted on July 24, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White hopes to spend the next few months researching how to train more peer counselors and create a support network to help responders

LODD: NC EMS official dies after leading training exercise

Posted on July 24, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said EMS Maj. Tommy McNeill suffered a “serious medical event” while leading a wilderness search and rescue training session

Video: On-call paramedic given parking ticket while stopping for water

Posted on July 24, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Footage shows a parking attendant arguing about whether or not the paramedics were on call and tried to get the paramedic to move

Ezras Nashim: EMS by women, for women

Posted on July 24, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Brooklyn EMS volunteers offer services tailored to their New York community

Report: EMT who crashed ambulance had cocaine in system

Posted on July 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Toxicology testing found that James Wesley, who crashed an ambulance and killed three, had cocaine in his system

Texas high school may implement EMT program for students

Posted on July 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Clyde High School is considering a program that would allow seniors to be EMT-certified upon graduation

Nurse urges public to learn CPR after fatal vehicle crash

Posted on July 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Lindsey Skebba said she stopped at the crash scene and noticed several bystanders had not started CPR on the victim, who later died

Responders save woman impaled by beach umbrella

Posted on July 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A woman was vacationing with friends when she was gored in the chest by a beach umbrella that darted at her during a sudden wind gust

Police: Woman shoots at Ariz. responders at crash scene

Posted on July 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A firefighter used a strap to lasso a young victim of the crash to bring her to safety after the driver opened fire

2018 EMS Trend Report: How the optimism divide will shape EMS’ future

Posted on July 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS1 and Fitch & Associates take an in-depth look at EMS trends in the United States and set a foundation for assessing how the EMS profession is changing

Ill. fire dept. joins lawsuit against opioid manufacturers

Posted on July 22, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Orland Park Fire Protection District and 13 other municipalities are suing several manufacturers, distributors and doctors in state court

Federal bill created to prevent states from diverting 911 fees

Posted on July 22, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The 911 Fee Integrity Act would require states to use collected 911 fees for 911 services only

Federal bill would prevent states from diverting 911 fees

Posted on July 22, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The 911 Fee Integrity Act would require states to use collected 911 fees for 911 services only

Mass. first responders equipped with ballistic vests, helmets

Posted on July 22, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The ballistics gear allows firefighters and paramedics into the "warm zone" alongside law enforcement to quickly provide life-saving first aid

Ohio jail inmate escapes from ambulance

Posted on July 22, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Joshua Bragg is back in custody after he unbuckled himself from a cot and jumped out of the back of an ambulance while on medical furlough

Man firing into Toronto cafes shoots 14 people, killing 2

Posted on July 22, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A man walked along a Toronto street firing a handgun into restaurants and cafes before dying after an exchange of gunfire with police

Army of medics, first responders descends after Toronto mass shooting

Posted on July 22, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A man walked along a Toronto street firing a handgun into restaurants and cafes before dying after an exchange of gunfire with police

Paramedics Plus rebrands, changes name to PatientCare Logistics Solutions

Posted on July 22, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

In conjunction with the rebranding, the company has added senior healthcare logistics industry executives

Mo. stroke treatment program suffers $150K budget cut

Posted on July 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials are looking for solutions after a budget cut of more than $150,000 for Time Critical Diagnosis, a program for stroke, STEMI and trauma patients

Police: Woman attacks responders with cinder block, rocks and a squeegee

Posted on July 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The woman allegedly first threw a cinder block at an EMT, but missed him and instead hit the ambulance, breaking the window

Police: Woman attacks responders with cinder block, rocks, squeegee

Posted on July 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The woman allegedly first threw a cinder block at an EMT, but missed him and instead hit the ambulance, breaking the window

1 dead, 6 hurt in Calif. supermarket shooting

Posted on July 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police are trying to determine what prompted a man to shoot his grandmother and wound another woman before he crashed his car and ran into a busy supermarket

Maine ambulance company to pay $17K in insurance fraud case

Posted on July 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

County Ambulance had been accused of submitting false claims to Medicare and MaineCare

How the closure of Ohio’s Good Sam ER will affect hospitals, patients

Posted on July 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Good Samaritan saw 58,817 ER visits at its main campus in 2016, and now those patients will have to reroute to surrounding emergency rooms

Michigan Medicine’s critical care transport team gets new $10M jet

Posted on July 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The new specially-designed jet serves more critically injured patients and improves its organ procurement services.

2018 Hooley Awards winners named

Posted on July 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Three individuals were named 2018 Hooley Awards winners at the 10th annual ImageTrend Connect Conference on July 19

Tackling the quandary of the late-night call to increase retention

Posted on July 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts discuss a recent article on the topic of late-night fatigue in EMS and how addressing those issues can lead to increased retention rates in the industry

Center for Patient Safety Launches EMS Safety Culture Assessment

Posted on July 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

CPS partners with EMS industry leaders to benchmark EMS safety culture at the agency level

New smartwatch engages user and notifies first responders

Posted on July 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The watch also has built-in GPS that alerts responders or a designated contact to the patient’s exact location

New study tests benefit of epinephrine in prehospital-setting cardiac arrests

Posted on July 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The study showed a lack of 'clear improvement in functional recovery' in patients treated with epinephrine

Drone delayed medical helicopter transport of crash victim in Idaho

Posted on July 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Luckily, the medical helicopter pilot spotted the drone and bypassed what could have been a worse event

Inter-agency collaboration solves staffing challenge for first responders in Idaho region

Posted on July 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

To deal with the natural uptick in calls that comes with population growth, they find new ways to work with their neighbors

Inter-agency collaboration solves staffing challenge in Idaho region

Posted on July 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

To deal with the natural uptick in calls that comes with population growth, they find new ways to work with their neighbors

New first responder stamp to be released by USPS

Posted on July 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The stamp includes a firefighter carrying an axe, an EMS worker and a law enforcement officer shining a flashlight

Rescue crews search for bodies after duck boat accident kills 13

Posted on July 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Four people are still missing after a duck boat packed with tourists capsized and sank in high winds

Death toll from Missouri duck boat accident climbs to 17

Posted on July 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials says 14 people survived after a duck boat packed with tourists capsized and sank in high winds

How to recover mentally and emotionally after an act of mass violence

Posted on July 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

For emergency responders, trauma from an act of mass violence can create a cyclical pattern of negative thinking

2018 Hooley Awards winners named

Posted on July 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Three individuals were named 2018 Hooley Awards winners at the 10th annual ImageTrend Connect Conference on July 19

Tackling the quandary of the late-night call to increase retention

Posted on July 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts discuss a recent article on the topic of late-night fatigue in EMS and how addressing those issues can lead to increased retention rates in the industry

Center for Patient Safety Launches EMS Safety Culture Assessment

Posted on July 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

CPS partners with EMS industry leaders to benchmark EMS safety culture at the agency level

New smartwatch engages user and notifies first responders

Posted on July 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The watch also has built-in GPS that alerts responders or a designated contact to the patient’s exact location

Drone delayed medical helicopter transport of crash victim in Idaho

Posted on July 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Luckily, the medical helicopter pilot spotted the drone and bypassed what could have been a worse event

Death toll from Missouri duck boat accident climbs to 17

Posted on July 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials says 14 people survived after a duck boat packed with tourists capsized and sank in high winds

How to recover mentally and emotionally after an act of mass violence

Posted on July 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

For emergency responders, trauma from an act of mass violence can create a cyclical pattern of negative thinking

High school students will train to be 911 operators

Posted on July 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

School officials hope the class will equip students with better communication skills and the appropriate responses in various emergency situations

Off-duty EMT, lifeguard save two kids from drowning in Lake Michigan

Posted on July 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMT Devin Newton and lifeguard Myles Wright heard two girls screaming for help and saved them from the rocky waters

Public input opportunity closing for improving prehospital care

Posted on July 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The federal government is seeking input on how to improve trauma care in the field

NY firefighter killed in motorcycle crash on way to EMS training

Posted on July 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighter Zachary J. Fazekas, 19, had been with the department for two years

Mich. offering scholarships to join paramedic program

Posted on July 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

“There are just not as many people as we used to see going through paramedic programs. It’s a national issue"

Paramedics honored for helping police officer under attack

Posted on July 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedics Heidi Nishimoto, Mason Kinnard and Kristina Douglas, who work for Paramedics Plus, were each presented the Big Willie Whitley Citizenship Award

High school students will train to be 911 operators

Posted on July 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

School officials hope the class will equip students with better communication skills and the appropriate responses in various emergency situations

Off-duty EMT, lifeguard save two kids from drowning in Lake Michigan

Posted on July 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMT Devin Newton and lifeguard Myles Wright heard two girls screaming for help and saved them from the rocky waters

Mich. offering scholarships to join paramedic program

Posted on July 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

“There are just not as many people as we used to see going through paramedic programs. It’s a national issue"

Fallen Chicago firefighter-EMT had rare heart condition

Posted on July 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An autopsy determined Juan Bucio, 46, died from asphyxia caused by an abnormal heart beat

Closing arguments begin in trial of man who hit paramedic while driving drunk

Posted on July 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Rory Barros spent four months in the hospital, survived 16 surgeries and had his leg amputated after being hit

Colorado Springs keeps AMR contract despite failure to meet response time

Posted on July 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

“It’s not that AMR is the greatest thing on the face of the Earth, trust me,” Mayor John Suthers said. "Our choices aren’t very good"

Texas EMS agency denies going ‘rogue’

Posted on July 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Reps say they are within their rights under state law to answer medical calls and transport patients through private agreements or direct personal contacts

AAA study sets a benchmark for turnover in the EMS industry

Posted on July 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Voluntary turnover and involuntary turnover of part-time and full-time EMS providers was studied to determine the overall EMS turnover rate

Volunteer first responders would be covered under proposed Pa. workers’ comp bill

Posted on July 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Volunteer fire and emergency services personnel are exposed to the same dangers as members of paid companies, and they certainly deserve the same protections under the law

Volunteer first responders would be covered under proposed Pa. workers’ comp bill

Posted on July 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Volunteer fire and emergency services personnel are exposed to the same dangers as members of paid companies, and they certainly deserve the same protections under the law

Volunteer first responders would be covered under proposed Pa. workers’ comp bill

Posted on July 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Volunteer fire and emergency services personnel are exposed to the same dangers as members of paid companies, and they certainly deserve the same protections under the law

HHS encourages EMS data integration to combat opioid crisis

Posted on July 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The CMS reminded state Medicaid directors that existing funding sources can be used to better integrate information systems

Pa. EMS treats more than 100 for heat-related illnesses at concert

Posted on July 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Washington County EMS called the crisis a “mass casualty incident,” and 27 concert-goers were transported to the hospital

NTSB eyes engine failure in Chicago medical helicopter crash

Posted on July 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The three crew members on board were injured in the July 7 crash, as the helicopter landed upright along Interstate 57

Former paramedic arrested for stealing fentanyl

Posted on July 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jason Howard confessed to police he took the drugs and has been charged with felony drug possession and misdemeanor theft

40 of Dallas’ ambulances without functioning A/C

Posted on July 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The higher than normal air conditioner failure rate is a “real challenge for both patient and first responder”

EMTs help disabled pilot visit former airport

Posted on July 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Two EMTs volunteered to help a former patient visit the airport where he was a pilot before suffering an aneurysm

Lawsuit: Police urged paramedics to sedate Minnesota man

Posted on July 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

John Powell, 48, said he suffered breathing problems and needed emergency care after police allegedly asked paramedics to inject him with ketamine

Ky. county EMTs forced into 36-hour shifts due to understaffing

Posted on July 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS Director Mike Phillips noted that there are safety concerns with employees working 24 to 36 consecutive hours

Man shot on highway flags down passing ambulance

Posted on July 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A man who said he was shot while driving on a Massachusetts highway flagged down a passing ambulance for treatment

City paramedic helps foil robbery in Queens

Posted on July 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Tomblin Nihjee, 20, was charged with assault of an EMT, petit larceny, and misdemeanor assault and harassment

First responders named in wrongful death lawsuit, claims they failed to render aid

Posted on July 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The lawsuit names Pima County, Rural/Metro Fire Department and an individual deputy and paramedic as defendants

Ariz. first responders named in wrongful death lawsuit

Posted on July 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The lawsuit names Pima County, Rural/Metro Fire Department and an individual deputy and paramedic as defendants

La. police officer transported to the hospital after minor car crash

Posted on July 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS spokesman Mike Chustz said the officer involved in the crash was transported to a hospital, but the injuries were non-life threatening

3 dead, 22 hospitalized following bus rollover

Posted on July 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An early Sunday morning accident involvied a bus and multiple other cars north of Bernalillo, N.M., on Interstate 25

City paramedic helps foil robbery in Queens

Posted on July 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS Lt. Dwayne Coley was driving along Astoria Blvd. just before noon when an elderly woman flagged him down

2 Trenton fire rescuers critical after crash

Posted on July 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Ryan Cumbie, 22, and Troy Breton, 55, were headed to an emergency call, when their truck and a Volkswagen Jetta crashed

Video: Paramedic student creates song parody to memorize ALS drugs

Posted on July 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jouette Harrison, an avid musician, used his favorite rock and roll songs to remember the required information for ALS drugs

NM 911 center to undergo multimillion-dollar upgrade

Posted on July 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Over the next few years, the Regional Emergency Communications Center plans to spend millions of dollars on improvements to its space and technology

Penn. may soon find out if marijuana could help treat opioid addiction

Posted on July 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

About two months ago, Pennsylvania became the first state to approve medical marijuana as a treatment for opioid use disorder

Calif. legislature reviewing 5 healthcare industry bills

Posted on July 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Bills being considered by the California legislature include one that would increase paramedic duties and another that would make sure enough nurses are on the job

Pa. may soon find out if marijuana could help treat opioid addiction

Posted on July 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

About two months ago, Pennsylvania became the first state to approve medical marijuana as a treatment for opioid use disorder

Be ready to respond by combating fatigue

Posted on July 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The cause of fatigue is difficult to untangle as it involves actions by both agencies and individuals

How to use tax incentives to boost EMS recruitment

Posted on July 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Tax incentives are one way to incentivize volunteer EMS professionals for agencies struggling with EMS recruitment and retention

5 tips for starting and sustaining a career in EMS

Posted on July 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

You may be surprised to treat more psych than critical patients, but protect the ABCs and you’ll be off to a great start in a career in EMS

What is vicarious trauma and how to prevent it in EMS

Posted on July 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Moderating exposure to secondary trauma and practicing self-care can help EMTs and paramedics avoid PTSD

Firefighters rescue man trapped in cement hopper

Posted on July 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The man had been stuck inside of a cement hopper for two and a half hours before a crew could extricate him

Woman training to be paramedic after horrific crash

Posted on July 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Molly Tarawally decided she wanted to be a paramedic after she was extricated from her car and treated for more than an hour by EMS providers

Paramedics teach kids responders skills at safety camp

Posted on July 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The 29th annual South Central Minnesota Safety Camp, planned by first responders, teaches skills to children entering grades four through seven

Cincy teen’s death leads to major 911 center changes

Posted on July 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Cincinnati Councilwoman Amy Murray said the launch of Smart 911 “will be able to save lives”

3 Chicago paramedics hurt after brick is thrown at ambulance

Posted on July 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The paramedics were transported to the hospital after an unknown male suspect threw a brick through an ambulance window

The weight of a thank you

Posted on July 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

You never know when a simple “thank you” to an educator, nurse, law enforcement officer or firefighter might make a life-changing impact

Video: Paramedic student creates song parody to memorize ALS drugs

Posted on July 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jouette Harrison, an avid musician, used his favorite rock and roll songs to remember the required information for ALS drugs

Responders recall heroic rescue of woman in canal

Posted on July 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The responders helped rescue a woman who called 911 to report that she was trapped in her vehicle and submerged in a canal

Train hoppers call 911 after train begins moving ‘really fast’

Posted on July 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Christian Hale and Kevin Slone hopped onto a moving train, only to call 911 when they were unable to get off

NJ officials shut down emergency squad

Posted on July 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said the Delran Emergency Squad was shut down because its chief, Donald Horner, tried to hinder an investigation and lacks certification

Should nonviolent, convicted felons be accepted into the EMS field?

Posted on July 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts discuss a recent article detailing possible legislation in California that would allow nonviolent, convicted felons to enter the EMS field

Houston Fire Dept. proposes sharp hike in ambulance fees

Posted on July 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The 70 percent increase in transport fees was proposed in the hopes that it would prevent repeat callers ffrom using the city's emergency medical services

Fla. ambulance company to pay $1.2M in federal whistle-blower lawsuit

Posted on July 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Liberty Ambulance Services reached a settlement in the investigation, resolving claims that they up-coded life support services from "basic" to "advanced"

Paramedic honored for innovative thinking while rescuing hiker

Posted on July 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedic Nick Runions strapped hiker Mary Anderson to his back and climbed up a crest of a summit to bring her to safety

NREMT partners with CAPCE to release education records web tool

Posted on July 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS providers will now be able to import CAPCE approved education records directly into their NREMT account

Ambulance turned into mobile crime scene unit

Posted on July 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police will use the ambulance to process evidence easier at crime scenes, and will also use it as a mobile command post

Ind. paramedic hospitalized for possible opioid exposure

Posted on July 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Hobart Fire Department paramedic Ron Reed Jr. said he was trying to intubate a man who was suffering an overdose when the man coughed in his face

Fla. county forced to write off $12M in ambulance fees

Posted on July 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said insurance denials, partial payments, an inability to obtain patient information and patients without coverage forced the write-off

FirstNet bolsters communications for Boston Marathon first responders

Posted on July 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Five years has made a world of difference to first responders on the ground in Boston on race day

EMS and grief: Understanding your emotions

Posted on July 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

For EMTs, grief is often a surprising reaction to every day interactions with patients and their loved ones

Fix the late call conundrum to improve retention

Posted on July 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Two Australian paramedics are under investigation for refusing a late call assignment because of fatigue

Fix the late call conundrum to improve retention

Posted on July 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Two Australian paramedics are under investigation for refusing a late call assignment because of fatigue

Teen couple urges public to learn CPR after lightning strike incident

Posted on July 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Isaiah Cormier said he is “very grateful” that his girlfriend, Juliette Moore, saved him by performing CPR after he was struck by lightning

First responders finish man’s yard work after he suffers heart attack

Posted on July 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A crew from Pasco County Fire Rescue returned to Gene Work's home to lay the rest of his sod, knowing he wouldn't be back to do it before the new grass died

Report: NC ambulances breaking down with patients inside

Posted on July 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Records showed that dozens of Medic ambulances in Charlotte had engine-related issues while responding to calls and transporting patients

Investigators: Cockpit video could shed light on Ill. air ambulance crash

Posted on July 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The pilot was transporting a paramedic, a flight nurse and a patient from St. Mary's Medical Center to Advocate Christ Medical Center when the crash occurred

Fans raise thousands to repair ambulance damaged after World Cup

Posted on July 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After photos emerged on social media of fans damaging the ambulance during celebrations, over $12,000 has been raised through crowdsharing to fix it

Addressing leadership and caregiver bias in EMS

Posted on July 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The EMS leader’s task is to recognize and reduce negative impacts of bias as much as possible

EMS From a Distance: Upgrading EMS

Posted on July 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Changing a fragmented industry from the bottom up

Identify high-functioning EMS systems of care with these hallmarks

Posted on July 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

In this case scenario, ask the following questions to identify service disruptions in your STEMI systems of care

Identify high-functioning EMS systems of care with these hallmarks

Posted on July 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

In this case scenario, ask the following questions to identify service disruptions in your STEMI systems of care

Identify high-functioning EMS systems of care with these hallmarks

Posted on July 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

In this case scenario, ask the following questions to identify service disruptions in your STEMI systems of care

What is a system?

Posted on July 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Case Scenario: Somewhereville County has some excellent agencies and facilities. Their two 911 public safety answering points and their five non-transport fire-rescue departments all have top-notch equipment and well-trained staff. The same goes for the two ambulance services and the four hospital emergency departments. Three of those hospitals have cardiac cath labs available 24/7 with the latest technology ...

Climate change could mean more stress for first responders

Posted on July 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS1.com Editor-in-Chief Greg Friese speaks about how disasters can have an emotional toll on first responders

Climate change could mean more stress for first responders

Posted on July 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS1.com Editor-in-Chief Greg Friese speaks about how disasters can have an emotional toll on first responders

The other victims: Responders often suffer in solitude after MCIs

Posted on July 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Some EMS providers, firefighters and police officers say the scale and sometimes sheer gruesomeness of their experiences haunt them

EMT with 9/11-related cancer forced to retire after sick leave runs out

Posted on July 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

FDNY EMT Jennifer Dougherty said she is shocked by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s efforts to block extended sick time for 9/11 responders

Fatigued paramedics under investigation after refusing to work overtime

Posted on July 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The two Australian paramedics refused to take on an “extensive transfer” because they were concerned about their level of exhaustion

NH mobile crisis teams help prevent ER visits

Posted on July 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester's Mobile Crisis Response Team helps people with mental health issues stay out of "emergency rooms, hospitalization and jail"

Former FDNY EMS lieutenant suing doctor for false insurance fraud claims

Posted on July 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Susan James filed a lawsuit against Dr. Ajendra Sohal, who recanted a statement that she falsified his signature on a disability form

Training day: Disaster response, transporting patients from the scene

Posted on July 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

From full-scale to tabletop exercises, preparing for a mass casualty incident should be part of disaster management training

NM mobile health unit catches film crew’s attention

Posted on July 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Free Voice Media, a nonprofit documentary company, is working on a new project called Frequent Caller

NM mobile health unit catches film crew’s attention

Posted on July 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Free Voice Media, a nonprofit documentary company, is working on a new project called Frequent Caller

More Calif. pharmacies to distribute naloxone

Posted on July 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The state has authorized 27 organizations across the state to distribute and administer the medication without a prescription

4 hurt in Ill. air ambulance crash

Posted on July 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The original patient was in critical condition, while three crew members were stable, said Deputy District Chief Walter Schroeder

NY responders save girl from drowning while visiting Fla.

Posted on July 7, 2018 by in EMS

New York State Trooper Matthew Colwell and firefighter Jessica Campet pulled the child from the deep end of the pool at the La Quinta Inn

NY responders save girl from drowning while visiting Fla.

Posted on July 7, 2018 by in EMS

New York State Trooper Matthew Colwell and firefighter Jessica Campet pulled the child from the deep end of the pool at the La Quinta Inn

Fentanyl use as pain medication in ambulances down in Conn. cities

Posted on July 7, 2018 by in EMS

According to figures provided by Acushnet Fire Chief Kevin Gallagher, fentanyl administrations are down 51 percent in New Bedford, Fairhaven and Acushnet

Fentanyl use as pain medication in ambulances down in Conn. cities

Posted on July 7, 2018 by in EMS

According to figures provided by Acushnet Fire Chief Kevin Gallagher, fentanyl administrations are down 51 percent in New Bedford, Fairhaven and Acushnet

Fentanyl use as pain medication in ambulances down in Mass. cities

Posted on July 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

According to figures provided by Acushnet Fire Chief Kevin Gallagher, fentanyl administrations are down 51 percent in New Bedford, Fairhaven and Acushnet

First responders battle it out in national lip sync challenge

Posted on July 6, 2018 by in EMS

Agencies are submitting lip sync videos on Facebook in a nationwide challenge among first responders

Responders support boy’s lemonade stand after man complains

Posted on July 6, 2018 by in EMS

Gladstone police, fire and EMS officials stopped by to sip some fresh lemonade after a man interrogated Jacob Martin, 8, for not having a permit

Nashville residents concerned after paramedics are cut from 3 stations

Posted on July 6, 2018 by in EMS

The Nashville Fire Department said they are beginning the reduction phase of the Advanced Life Support engines at several stations

Texas city asks county for greater EMS subsidy

Posted on July 6, 2018 by in EMS

Mineral Wells says it is continuing to make a large number of EMS calls and asked commissioners for a greater subsidy to offset operational costs and losses

Heather Locklear could face legal action for EMT attack

Posted on July 6, 2018 by in EMS

The EMT, who was reportedly reassigned to desk duty as a result of her injuries, has hired a personal injury lawyer

Fire capt., paramedic credited with saving 2 lightning-strike victims

Posted on July 6, 2018 by in EMS

Capt. Darin Peterson and Eric Watkins jumped into action after an 18-year-old and a 4-year-old were struck by lightning

Texas EMS agency back in service after fire destroys station

Posted on July 6, 2018 by in EMS

Groveton EMS was back to “full service” by July 4 after the station and equipment, as well as the owner’s home, were destroyed

Iowa county police begin equipping vehicles with AEDs

Posted on July 6, 2018 by in EMS

The Story County Sheriff's Office has launched its Defibs Save Lives campaign, which aims to ensure that the county becomes a heart safe community

Fire dept. works to become paramedic training center

Posted on July 6, 2018 by in EMS

Until Aberdeen Fire & Rescue is a fully accredited paramedic education center, a training program is in place for aspiring paramedics

Fla. city seeking 18 responders for new station

Posted on July 6, 2018 by in EMS

Firefighter Colton Conrad, who has been employed with Panama City Beach for three years, said it's a tough job, but the payoff is worth it

Understanding the mindset of a paramedic student

Posted on July 5, 2018 by in EMS

Our co-hosts talk with paramedic student Reagan DeLuca about the process of learning and how confident he feels in his knowledge

EMS poem: ‘The Physicians Choice’

Posted on July 5, 2018 by in EMS

A volunteer firefighter/AEMT relates who is chosen to be guardian angels on Earth

Houston Fire Dept. ambulance breaks down on highway

Posted on July 5, 2018 by in EMS

"While we understand things break, when it becomes the norm not the exception is when the alarm needs to be sounded," union president Patrick Lancton said

Asst. fire chief saves man on flight home from slain firefighter’s memorial

Posted on July 5, 2018 by in EMS

St. Paul Assistant Fire Chief Mike Gaede helped a doctor treat the man until the plane could make an emergency landing

Firefighter-paramedic defends social media use

Posted on July 5, 2018 by in EMS

City officials raised concerns about Presley Pritchard posts on her Instagram and Facebook pages, some of which feature her fire uniform

Fire chief: City lacking in ambulance oversight

Posted on July 5, 2018 by in EMS

"Essentially a company shows up, there's no oversight ... there's no anything," Decatur Fire Department Chief Jeff Abbott said

Rising air ambulance bills hit patients with added shock

Posted on July 5, 2018 by in EMS

Insurance experts say big invoices are becoming more common as costs rise and coverage shifts

Mass. fire dept.’s new bike squad hits the streets for 4th of July

Posted on July 4, 2018 by in EMS

Since May 20,the 28-member bike team has staffed 13 events and treated 18 patients, even saving one patient's life

Okla. EMT earns Star of Life award

Posted on July 4, 2018 by in EMS

LifeNet EMT Casey Dodson traveled to D.C. to visit with congressional leaders and share challenges he and other EMTs have seen

OnStar discusses how they are equipped to save lives

Posted on July 4, 2018 by in EMS

Paul Stiegler, OnStar's medical director, spent more than three decades as a top-rated ER physician

Convicted felons as EMTs?

Posted on July 3, 2018 by in EMS

California legislation proposes former inmates as emergency medical technicians

Convicted felons as EMTs?

Posted on July 3, 2018 by in EMS

California legislation proposes former inmates as emergency medical technicians

Convicted felons as EMTs?

Posted on July 3, 2018 by in EMS

California legislation proposes former inmates as emergency medical technicians

Woman refuses ambulance after leg is trapped on train platform

Posted on July 3, 2018 by in EMS

The woman said she did not want an ambulance called after her leg was cut down to the bone because she did not want to pay for it

Man ‘running for his life’ leads police on chase in stolen ambulance

Posted on July 3, 2018 by in EMS

Michael Zunk, who allegedly stole an ambulance from an emergency room, said there was a “hit out on him”

Fire dept. launches program to help patients with special needs

Posted on July 3, 2018 by in EMS

Binders filled with visual aids and necessary information will be created and distributed to those with special needs in an effort to make treatment easier

Firefighter-EMT learns his own house is on fire while on duty

Posted on July 3, 2018 by in EMS

Richard Crossman said he was “in the back of an ambulance” when his colleagues told him his house was currently on fire

Firefighter-EMT learns his own house is on fire while on duty

Posted on July 3, 2018 by in EMS

Richard Crossman said he was “in the back of an ambulance” when his colleagues told him his house was currently on fire

Firefighter-paramedic stays by toddler’s side after near-drowning

Posted on July 3, 2018 by in EMS

A photo of firefighter-paramedic Doug Higley sitting with a 3-year-old at the hospital while waiting for her parents to arrive has gone viral

Firefighter-paramedic stays by toddler’s side after drowning save

Posted on July 3, 2018 by in EMS

A photo of firefighter-paramedic Doug Higley sitting with a 3-year-old at the hospital while waiting for her parents to arrive has gone viral

Firefighter-paramedic stays by toddler’s side after drowning save

Posted on July 3, 2018 by in EMS

A photo of firefighter-paramedic Doug Higley sitting with a 3-year-old at the hospital while waiting for her parents to arrive has gone viral

Video: Firefighter-paramedic holds TED talk about career

Posted on July 2, 2018 by in EMS

Ben Thompson discusses what he has learned about helping people, as well as the launch of a community paramedicine program

Video: Firefighter-paramedic holds TED talk about career

Posted on July 2, 2018 by in EMS

Ben Thompson discusses what he has learned about helping people, as well as the launch of a community paramedicine program

EMS agency uses grant to teach CPR to 2.7K residents

Posted on July 2, 2018 by in EMS

Nature Coast EMS hopes the effort will decrease the growing number of newborn deaths in the county

UK paramedics to be equipped with body cameras

Posted on July 2, 2018 by in EMS

465 paramedics will be given the cameras in an effort to decrease the growing number of violent acts by the public

EMTs terminated after racist comments toward Native Americans

Posted on July 2, 2018 by in EMS

The comments were made in reference to a photo of a Native American teen wearing a T-shirt with the wording “No one is illegal on stolen land”

Responders urge public to take caution after ambulance is sideswiped

Posted on July 2, 2018 by in EMS

The pediatric ambulance was transporting a patient in critical condition when a semi-truck sideswiped the rig

First responders use Waze app to alert drivers of emergency vehicles

Posted on July 2, 2018 by in EMS

The Charlotte Fire Department is using the alert system to help solve the problem of drivers not moving out of the way for fire trucks and ambulances

Medic Mindset Podcast: Thinking about chest pain

Posted on July 2, 2018 by in EMS

Host Ginger Locke interviews Dr. Brandon Bleess about patients with a chief complaint of chest pain

Training Day: Video laryngoscopes for increased intubation success

Posted on July 2, 2018 by in EMS

Ensure your EMS providers understand when to use video laryngoscopes and airway anatomy, and practice their intubation skills

Iowa pharmacy hands out free naloxone

Posted on July 1, 2018 by in EMS

The day can hopefully provide a life-saving option for those at risk of opioid overdose, and break down the stigmas

New Ariz. city police program will refer opioid addicts to treatment

Posted on July 1, 2018 by in EMS

The opioid deflection program is a six-month pilot that will give opioid addicts the ability to be quickly placed into treatment with no risk of jail

W. Va. responders attend PTSD management training

Posted on July 1, 2018 by in EMS

First responders, police officers, firefighters, and others attended Thursday's first day of Armor Up, a two-day training event

Minneapolis sues opioid manufacturers and distributors

Posted on June 30, 2018 by in EMS

The city’s lawsuit takes aim at more than a dozen firms, arguing their actions to promote prescription opioids have caused an addiction crisis

AHA aims to launch CPR training business

Posted on June 30, 2018 by in EMS

American Heart Association is seeking to spin off a business that trains healthcare providers on best practices in CPR and other life-saving techniques

Family reunites with EMTs who delivered their baby

Posted on June 30, 2018 by in EMS

Fall River EMT partners Beth Ferguson and Ben Davey arrived at the Rose family's residence just in time to deliver baby Julia

Officials: No fentanyl found on Houston flyers left on cop vehicles

Posted on June 29, 2018 by in EMS

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences tested 13 flyers after a sergeant was hospitalized, and all tests came back negative

Bike trip held to honor EMS providers who died while on duty

Posted on June 29, 2018 by in EMS

"This is not about us. It's about the people that we lost and it's about raising awareness and getting money for a memorial,” EMT Keith Wesley said

3 hurt in Pa. ambulance crash

Posted on June 29, 2018 by in EMS

The West End Community Ambulance rig rolled down an embankment after crashing while moving through a heavy storm

Rural EMTs fight to take control of nonprofit ambulance company

Posted on June 29, 2018 by in EMS

A group of former EMTs drafted a proposal to take over Rural Medical, which has been out of service since the majority of its volunteer EMTs quit

New Mich. law limits opioid prescriptions

Posted on June 29, 2018 by in EMS

Effective July 1, doctors will not be allowed to prescribe more than seven days’ worth of opioid medication for patients with acute pain

New Mich. law limits opioid prescriptions

Posted on June 29, 2018 by in EMS

Effective July 1, doctors will not be allowed to prescribe more than seven days’ worth of opioid medication for patients with acute pain

NY politicians succeed in stopping move of 9/11 health program

Posted on June 29, 2018 by in EMS

"I am glad that the committee heard this community’s concerns and acted to keep the World Trade Center Health Program working as is," Rep. Carolyn Maloney said

NY politicians succeed in stopping move of 9/11 health program

Posted on June 29, 2018 by in EMS

"I am glad that the committee heard this community’s concerns and acted to keep the World Trade Center Health Program working as is," Rep. Carolyn Maloney said

BVM: 3 tips to avoid over-ventilating your patient

Posted on June 29, 2018 by in EMS

The bag-valve-mask can save your patient’s life; ensure you’re using it properly with these tools

5 killed, several others ‘gravely injured’ in shooting at Md. newspaper

Posted on June 28, 2018 by in EMS

A spokeswoman for a hospital near the newspaper said two patients had arrived there but she didn't know their conditions

Multiple people shot at newspaper in Md.

Posted on June 28, 2018 by in EMS

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says it is responding to reports of the shooting

Cop hospitalized after fentanyl-laced flyers placed on police vehicles

Posted on June 28, 2018 by in EMS

Officials said the sergeant to feel light-headed after she came across the flyer on her windshield as she left work

Teen girls arrested for attacking paramedics after prank call

Posted on June 28, 2018 by in EMS

Two girls, 13 and 14, allegedly threw bricks, glasses and tables at a paramedic crew when they responded to a hoax call about a girl in cardiac arrest

First ambulance with ballistic protection debuted

Posted on June 28, 2018 by in EMS

The REV Guardian comes equipped with built-in Level IIIA ballistic protection and provides the same amount of protection as vests and helmets

Video: K-9 performs CPR on police officer

Posted on June 28, 2018 by in EMS

In the video, a police officer pretends to suffer a medical emergency and collapses, and K-9 Poncho jumps repeatedly on the officer’s chest

3 Mass. EMS providers hurt in ambulance rollover crash

Posted on June 28, 2018 by in EMS

Officials said all five occupants inside the ambulance were transported to the hospital with serious injuries

Wis. city paramedics to be equipped with ballistic gear

Posted on June 28, 2018 by in EMS

The Oshkosh Fire Department will use a grant to purchase 10 sets of ballistic vests, helmets and accessories

1 dead, 12 hurt in construction explosion at Texas hospital

Posted on June 27, 2018 by in EMS

Witnesses said an electric generator exploded, spreading shrapnel, but hospital officials said the blast possibly started with a gas line

EMS data sharing to combat the opioid epidemic

Posted on June 27, 2018 by in EMS

Sharing data across EMS agencies is one of the most effective ways to combat the opioid crisis in communities

Did a canceled drug trial strain the relationship between police and EMS?

Posted on June 27, 2018 by in EMS

Our co-hosts discuss a recent article about a pulled drug trial in Minnesota and its implication for local emergency responders

Paramedic reunites with boy she helped deliver 10 years ago

Posted on June 27, 2018 by in EMS

Gaston County EMS paramedic Susan Nalley met Ben Armstrong, 10, years later when he enrolled in the agency’s summer kids academy

Boy prank calls Ark. 911 center over 100 times

Posted on June 27, 2018 by in EMS

Officials said the 13-year-old boy sometimes reported false emergencies, and just hung up in other calls

Boy prank calls Ark. 911 center over 100 times

Posted on June 27, 2018 by in EMS

Officials said the 13-year-old boy sometimes reported false emergencies, and just hung up in other calls

Tenn. city considers charging county rent for ambulance space

Posted on June 27, 2018 by in EMS

Officials are considering charging the county to house their ambulances in city buildings in an effort to raise money for new fire stations

Tenn. city considers charging county rent for ambulance space

Posted on June 27, 2018 by in EMS

Officials are considering charging the county to house their ambulances in city buildings in an effort to raise money for new fire stations

AHA releases education strategies to improve cardiac arrest survival rates

Posted on June 27, 2018 by in EMS

The American Heart Association said traditional CPR methods are falling short due to a “decay of skills” over time

AHA releases education strategies to improve cardiac arrest survival rates

Posted on June 27, 2018 by in EMS

The American Heart Association said traditional CPR methods are falling short due to a “decay of skills” over time

NY ambulance catches fire, burns several vehicles

Posted on June 27, 2018 by in EMS

The Mount Sinai EMS crew was inside the ambulance when the engine caught fire

Crew escapes burning ambulance that chars several vehicles

Posted on June 27, 2018 by in EMS

The Mount Sinai EMS crew was inside the ambulance when the engine caught fire

EMS providers must practice self-care to achieve post-traumatic growth

Posted on June 26, 2018 by in EMS

In the wake of tragedies, first responders must be willing to listen to their emotions and practice self-care whenever possible

Data: Behavioral emergencies are frequent, complex responses for EMS

Posted on June 26, 2018 by in EMS

EMS responses to psychiatric or behavioral emergencies are frequent, but violence, physical restraint and chemical restraint are rare

NY town official under fire for criticizing EMTs in Facebook post

Posted on June 26, 2018 by in EMS

Albany Common Council member Judy Doesschate posted a photo of Mohawk Ambulance EMTs and asked the public what they thought about their parking job

Calif. county ambulance ‘monopoly’ dispute ends with final ruling

Posted on June 26, 2018 by in EMS

A judge ruled that Kern County should change how they conduct business with ambulance companies

EMT accused of stealing money from deceased patient

Posted on June 26, 2018 by in EMS

John McGuire was charged with theft after a firefighter claimed to have seen him put Mel Bricker’s money clip into his pocket

Minn. hospital halts ketamine trial after criticism

Posted on June 26, 2018 by in EMS

Hennepin Healthcare announced it will halt a clinical trial on ketamine following criticism over the hospital enrolling patients before getting consent

Fire lieutenant delivers own baby en route to hospital

Posted on June 26, 2018 by in EMS

Owensboro Fire Department Lt. Larry Freels said it "was surreal" delivering Magdalene Marie Freels in the front seat of his minivan

How EMS data is being used to measure value, improve patient care

Posted on June 25, 2018 by in EMS

Two agencies share innovative ways to use data to improve performance, as well as measure and report the value EMS providers offer to their patients, agencies and communities

Tenn. mother fights for AEDs in schools after son’s death

Posted on June 25, 2018 by in EMS

Rhonda Harrill teamed up with Rep. Bob Ramsay and AMR to get a bill passed that requires all Tennessee public high schools to have AEDs

Officials: Drunken dad hits ambulance with infant son in car

Posted on June 25, 2018 by in EMS

Police said Scott Sampson crashed into an ambulance that was being used for driver training while his 1-year-old son was with him in the vehicle

Heather Locklear arrested for attacking EMT, police officer

Posted on June 25, 2018 by in EMS

Officials said the actress kicked an EMT while she was being placed onto a gurney and punched an officer who was trying to intervene in a family dispute

FDNY EMT proposes to paramedic during Pride parade

Posted on June 25, 2018 by in EMS

Trudy Bermudez proposed to Tayreen Bonilla in the middle of the New York City Pride parade in front of thousands

LODD: Ohio firefighter-EMT dies in station accident

Posted on June 25, 2018 by in EMS

Paint Creek Joint EMS and Fire District firefighter Joe Patterson was fatally injured while working with compressed air cylinders

STEMI benchmarks in EMS care

Posted on June 25, 2018 by in EMS

EMS benchmarks can help drive STEMI care improvements through data-driven improvements and hospital collaboration

Telecommunicators explain connecting responders with citizens

Posted on June 24, 2018 by in EMS

Alamance Central Communications staff members work hard to ensure that citizens who need help receive the assistance they need in a timely fashion

Ohio city attempts to shed ‘overdose capital of the nation’ title

Posted on June 24, 2018 by in EMS

The label “overdose capital” came after powerful drugs such as fentanyl and carfentanil began to saturate the streets

NC officials investigating after station catches fire

Posted on June 24, 2018 by in EMS

A Camden County Fire Department ambulance and a truck used for extinguishing brush fires were badly burned, emergency management coordinator Christy Saunders said

Conn. town creates tax abatement program for volunteer responders

Posted on June 23, 2018 by in EMS

"This is just a token of our appreciation and how much we value you and your service to our town," First Selectman Mark Nickerson said

Maine town dips into savings to bail out debt-ridden ambulance service

Posted on June 23, 2018 by in EMS

Town Manager Howard Kroll said Hermon Volunteer Rescue is $300,000 in debt, and it's unclear what a long-term plan will look like

During opioid crisis, regular citizens are saving lives

Posted on June 23, 2018 by in EMS

The Georgia Overdose Prevention has trained hundreds of people to administer naloxone and is responsible for at least 1,347 lifesaving reversals

Fla. fire dept. to receive its first ambulance

Posted on June 22, 2018 by in EMS

Newberry officials were prompted to build an ambulance bay after a child who bitten by a rattlesnake had to wait 45 minutes for an EMS crew to arrive

Fla. fire dept. to receive its first ambulance

Posted on June 22, 2018 by in EMS

Newberry officials were prompted to build an ambulance bay after a child who bitten by a rattlesnake had to wait 45 minutes for an EMS crew to arrive

Fla. fire dept. to receive its first ambulance

Posted on June 22, 2018 by in EMS

Newberry officials were prompted to build an ambulance bay after a child who bitten by a rattlesnake had to wait 45 minutes for an EMS crew to arrive

NC county holds EMS camp for teens to combat paramedic shortage

Posted on June 22, 2018 by in EMS

The two-week camp for high schoolers will teach them about bleeding control, airway management, rescue techniques and mass casualty response

Man arrested after trying to escape ‘haunted ambulance’

Posted on June 22, 2018 by in EMS

Police found the man wandering a parking lot and covered in grass and dirt, and said he began to “freak out” when paramedics arrived

Man arrested after trying to escape ‘haunted ambulance’

Posted on June 22, 2018 by in EMS

Police found the man wandering a parking lot and covered in grass and dirt, and said he began to “freak out” when paramedics arrived

Ambulance company denies claims of hit-and-run incident

Posted on June 22, 2018 by in EMS

Laura Norton said an ambulance took off after hitting her car, but the company counterclaimed that the incident did not occur

Ambulance company fights claim of hit-and-run incident

Posted on June 22, 2018 by in EMS

Laura Norton said an ambulance took off after hitting her car, but the company counterclaimed that the incident did not occur

Involve Health Department, media early in MCIs of unknown cause

Posted on June 22, 2018 by in EMS

Make information sharing a part of your mass casualty incident protocols, especially in incidents involving children or unknown illness

Officials: At least 33 children fall ill at Fla. summer camp

Posted on June 22, 2018 by in EMS

Officials in Highlands County say 33 kids and three adults from the Clover Leaf 4-H camp in Lake Placid began feeling nauseous and were rushed to the hospital

Officials: Nearly 36 people rushed to hospitals after falling ill at camp

Posted on June 22, 2018 by in EMS

Officials in Highlands County say 33 kids and three adults from the Clover Leaf 4-H camp in Lake Placid began feeling nauseous and were rushed to the hospital

Why integration of public health and public safety data makes sense

Posted on June 21, 2018 by in EMS

Our co-hosts discuss a recent article written by EMS1 columnist Catherine Counts

Family of teen prematurely declared dead: Could he have been saved?

Posted on June 21, 2018 by in EMS

Attorney Nenye Uche said he hopes the Chicago Fire Department will cooperate as the family looks for answers about the death of Erin Carey

Ga. city officials express frustration over inappropriate 911 calls

Posted on June 21, 2018 by in EMS

Augusta 911 director Daniel Dunlap said roughly half of the nearly 1,000 calls the center averages daily are non-emergency nuisances to dispatchers

14 milestones that transformed EMS communications

Posted on June 21, 2018 by in EMS

From the first introduction in 1876 to present, EMS communications have evolved greatly. What are some of the most important milestones in dispatch history?

14 milestones that transformed EMS communications

Posted on June 21, 2018 by in EMS

From the first introduction in 1876 to present, EMS communications have evolved greatly. What are some of the most important milestones in dispatch history?

Fire truck named after fallen Wis. firefighter-paramedic

Posted on June 21, 2018 by in EMS

The city of Madison honored Richard Garner Jr., who died in the line of duty, by naming Engine 10 in his memory

Firefighter-EMT speaks out about taking down Walmart shooter

Posted on June 21, 2018 by in EMS

David George, who is also a pastor, shot and killed Timothy Day after he opened fire in a Walmart

New York paramedic reflects on high-profile cases and 47 years in EMS

Posted on June 21, 2018 by in EMS

John Filangeri talks about memorable calls and recreational fluid challenges

Residents concerned after ambulance moves into neighborhood

Posted on June 21, 2018 by in EMS

Neighbor Rick Trombly said he believes Elite EMS moved into the home and made it their new dispatch center for the area

WHO, World Bank Group unveil ‘Global Preparedness Monitoring Board

Posted on June 20, 2018 by in EMS

Infectious disease monitoring expanded amid Ebola Outbreak in the Congo

First responders give boy with disorder a birthday to remember

Posted on June 20, 2018 by in EMS

Jamie Sprout, who has a mitochondrial disorder, was surprised with a first responder-themed birthday and visitors from several public safety agencies

Paramedic reunited with baby he delivered on bathroom floor 21 years ago

Posted on June 20, 2018 by in EMS

Senior Cpl. Thomas Murphy, who is set to retire soon, reunited with Jessica Fogal as she and her family thanked him for his service

Off-duty EMT saves teen after witnessing brutal stabbing

Posted on June 20, 2018 by in EMS

Rowan Thomas said she abandoned her car and rushed to help the 14-year-old, who was surrounded by teens with weapons

Dozens of bills passed by U.S. House to fight opioid epidemic

Posted on June 20, 2018 by in EMS

The House passed 38 bills that address addiction, recovery and pain management alternatives, with 21 more bills on the calendar

Paramedics under investigation after mistaking shot teen for dead

Posted on June 20, 2018 by in EMS

Erin Carey, who was shot in the head and severely wounded, was covered with a sheet and left unattended as paramedics treated others hit by gunfire at a party

Ketamine a safer option for agitated patients and providers

Posted on June 20, 2018 by in EMS

Takeaways and lessons for EMS providers in the wake one agency’s ketamine administration PR nightmare

Roundtable: Media report should drive EMS agencies to review ketamine protocols

Posted on June 19, 2018 by in EMS

EMS leaders respond to Star Tribune report of administering ketamine to agitated, restrained patients in Minneapolis

Paramedic delivers 8 puppies after pregnant dog shows up at station

Posted on June 19, 2018 by in EMS

Apopka Fire Department Lt. Renee Beasley delivered the puppies and then nursed the mother back to health

NY man arrested for stealing paramedic rescue truck

Posted on June 19, 2018 by in EMS

Larry Blanding allegedly led police on a chase after stealing a paramedic rescue truck while responders were on a call

Apple’s new iOS will share location of 911 calls

Posted on June 19, 2018 by in EMS

The upcoming operating system will automatically relay a caller’s location to dispatchers in an effort to “reduce emergency response times”

FDNY EMT arrested for threatening colleague with ‘rusty spoon’

Posted on June 19, 2018 by in EMS

“I will stab you with a rusty spoon if you sleep in my bed,” Richard Cuccurullo allegedly said in a Facebook post

San Diego paying $442K to helicopter medics to settle overtime lawsuits

Posted on June 19, 2018 by in EMS

The city is paying seven helicopter rescue medics a total of $442,000 because they didn’t receive overtime pay despite regularly working 56-hour weeks

San Diego paying $442K to helicopter medics to settle overtime lawsuits

Posted on June 19, 2018 by in EMS

The city is paying seven helicopter rescue medics a total of $442,000 because they didn’t receive overtime pay despite regularly working 56-hour weeks

Mom searching for mystery EMT who saved her toddler

Posted on June 18, 2018 by in EMS

Henley Wilder said an off-duty EMT jumped into action to save her 2-year-old daughter after witnessing a car crash

New app teaches civilians how to ‘Stop the Bleed’

Posted on June 18, 2018 by in EMS

The “Stop the Bleed” app, which is free of charge, was designed to teach the public how to save lives in an emergency

Texas emergency official encourages use of drones to save lives

Posted on June 18, 2018 by in EMS

Johnson County Emergency Management Director Jamie Moore said the new technology has greatly enhanced emergency response efforts

NYC intersection co-named after slain FDNY EMT

Posted on June 18, 2018 by in EMS

The city honored Yadira Arroyo by placing her name and a dedication plaque on the corner of East 169th Street and Boston Road

2 EMS providers hurt in NY ambulance crash

Posted on June 18, 2018 by in EMS

The North Salem Ambulance Corp. ambulance was pulling onto an intersection when it collided with another vehicle

The keys to safety on the job after a back injury

Posted on June 18, 2018 by in EMS

It can be hard to come back to work after an injury, but taking the time to position your body correctly can prevent injury reoccurrence

Texas hospital unveils senior-oriented ER

Posted on June 17, 2018 by in EMS

"Of course, everybody of all ages get hurt, but the ones who get sick often tend to be the elderly," nurse Wesley Milum said

Texas hospital unveils senior-oriented ER

Posted on June 17, 2018 by in EMS

"Of course, everybody of all ages get hurt, but the ones who get sick often tend to be the elderly," nurse Wesley Milum said

Report: Air rescues at Iowa hospitals run on secret deal

Posted on June 17, 2018 by in EMS

The Iowa City hospital is facing a $7 million deficit caused by rising costs, state and federal funding cuts and Affordable Care Act changes

Report: Air rescues at Iowa hospitals run on secret deal

Posted on June 17, 2018 by in EMS

The Iowa City hospital is facing a $7 million deficit caused by rising costs, state and federal funding cuts and Affordable Care Act changes

1 dead, 22 injured in NJ arts festival shooting

Posted on June 17, 2018 by in EMS

Gunfire erupted in a crowd, sending people stampeding and leaving one suspect dead and 22 people injured

Ala. school nurses trained in shooting response by police

Posted on June 16, 2018 by in EMS

During a six-hour class Thursday, the Calhoun County School System nurses heard from medical professionals about the best wound-care techniques to use

How libraries are the latest front in the opioid fight

Posted on June 16, 2018 by in EMS

Last year, Denver’s Central Library trained 350 staff members, more than half its personnel, to administer naloxone

Boy calls 911 because he disliked his salad

Posted on June 15, 2018 by in EMS

Halifax District Royal Canadian Mounted Police used the incident to remind parents to teach their children about when to call 911

FDNY ambulance decals warn public of EMS assault punishment

Posted on June 15, 2018 by in EMS

“FDNY EMTs and paramedics are protected by New York state law. Assault is a felony punishable by seven years in prison,” the new decals read

Man thanks paramedics who saved him after cardiac arrest

Posted on June 15, 2018 by in EMS

“I am very happy and surprised and happy to see him up and going as well as he is, it’s pretty amazing,” paramedic John Graves said

3 ways your smartphone can improve communication between EMS and hospital EDs

Posted on June 15, 2018 by in EMS

Now prehospital providers can give patient health information and transport updates in real time

10 rescued after Fla. roller coaster derails

Posted on June 15, 2018 by in EMS

Six people have been taken to a hospital after a roller coaster in Florida derailed, leaving some riders dangling 34 feet  above the ground

Medical director dismisses report critical of police, EMS administration of ketamine

Posted on June 15, 2018 by in EMS

The report said that Hennepin Healthcare EMS providers, in the presence of police, injected suspects of crimes and others who already appeared to be restrained

Medical director dismisses report critical of police, EMS administration of ketamine

Posted on June 15, 2018 by in EMS

The report said that Hennepin Healthcare EMS providers, in the presence of police, injected suspects of crimes and others who already appeared to be restrained

How to package and present ePCR data to decision makers and officials

Posted on June 15, 2018 by in EMS

Provide subjective data and objective costs to illustrate the impact factor your organization has and justify additional resources

Okla. EMS providers receive national awards

Posted on June 15, 2018 by in EMS

Kristen Bias and Brandt Hiler received the national Star of Life award from the American Ambulance Association

Should EMS providers be able to diagnose patients?

Posted on June 14, 2018 by in EMS

Our co-hosts discuss the misconception that those in EMS do not diagnose their patients

Paramedic, cop rescue kitten trapped in sewer well

Posted on June 14, 2018 by in EMS

An Okaloosa County EMS paramedic helped Corporal Megan Hankins rescue the kitten, who was struggling after a flash flood

Okla. EMS agency debuts camo ambulance in honor of troops

Posted on June 14, 2018 by in EMS

To commemorate Flag Day, EMSA unveiled their “Support the Troops” ambulance, which features pixelated camouflage and various military emblems

NC EMS agency awarded for limiting 911 call frequency

Posted on June 14, 2018 by in EMS

Onslow County EMS’s community paramedicine program was recognized by the National Association of Counties for working with frequent callers to address their issues

Dubai develops AI service to help in emergency response

Posted on June 14, 2018 by in EMS

The Immediate Response Project uses Artificial Intelligence to assess patients and guide bystanders through lifesaving procedures while waiting for an ambulance

Wash. fire dept. announces 24/7 paramedic staffing

Posted on June 14, 2018 by in EMS

All 16 Spokane Fire Department stations will now be staffed with paramedics at all times due to an increasing number of medical calls

Girl leaves touching gifts on ambulance for EMS crew

Posted on June 13, 2018 by in EMS

Jenny Thomas, 8, was given a certificate by the Welsh Ambulance Service after leaving water bottles and candies for an EMS crew while they were away

NREMT appoints new executive director

Posted on June 13, 2018 by in EMS

Bill Seifarth, a veteran in EMS leadership, was appointed by the National Registry of EMTs to be its new executive director

1 paramedic who suffered carbon monoxide poisoning released from hospital

Posted on June 13, 2018 by in EMS

One of the four paramedics who were transported to the hospital from the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has been sent home

EMS students raise questions about instructor’s qualifications

Posted on June 13, 2018 by in EMS

The EMS program at Metropolitan Community College’s Penn Valley Campus is under scrutiny after several students claimed they are not being properly taught

Pa. school districts implementing trauma kits in classrooms

Posted on June 13, 2018 by in EMS

The new trauma kits, which are tested on Afghanistan battlefields, include tourniquets, hyfin vents that can be applied to a chest wound and medicated gauze

Universal precautions are not just to protect us

Posted on June 12, 2018 by in EMS

Do your part to limit the spread of infectious disease and hospital-acquired infections by improving your hand hygiene practices

4 steps to improving EMS retention with onboarding

Posted on June 12, 2018 by in EMS

Employee turnover costs money and morale points, so how can organizations raise retention levels among workers?

How to meet EMS training requirements and decrease risk with online learning

Posted on June 12, 2018 by in EMS

Online learning is cost-effective, accessible, and it can help reduce risk and liability in your EMS agency.

EMS From a Distance: ALS? BLS? Let skills fall where they may

Posted on June 12, 2018 by in EMS

Basic versus advanced EMS training and care continue to evolve

How next-gen tech is transforming computer-aided dispatch

Posted on June 12, 2018 by in EMS

The advent of computer-aided dispatch (CAD) allowed EMS to improve response times and communication with the public. Technology continues to improve, making CAD more comprehensive and first responders more effective.

How next-gen tech is transforming computer-aided dispatch

Posted on June 12, 2018 by in EMS

The advent of computer-aided dispatch (CAD) allowed EMS to improve response times and communication with the public. Technology continues to improve, making CAD more comprehensive and first responders more effective.

Data collection through clinical data registries to improve care

Posted on June 12, 2018 by in EMS

Adopting clinical data registries to measure performance will allow EMS to integrate fully with systems of care

Data collection through clinical data registries to improve care

Posted on June 12, 2018 by in EMS

Adopting clinical data registries to measure performance will allow EMS to integrate fully with systems of care

Dispatcher gets tattoo with Pulse Nightclub shooting survivor

Posted on June 12, 2018 by in EMS

Dispatcher Jessica Brooks and Yvens Carrenard bonded after Brooks stayed on the phone with Carrenard during the shooting until he could be rescued

Dispatcher, mass shooting survivor commemorate bond with tattoos

Posted on June 12, 2018 by in EMS

Dispatcher Jessica Brooks and Yvens Carrenard bonded after Brooks stayed on the phone with Carrenard during the shooting until he could be rescued

Pa. man sentenced to state prison for stealing ambulance

Posted on June 12, 2018 by in EMS

Adam Zaharick was sentenced to 1 to 4 years in state prison for stealing an ambulance outside an emergency department and driving it to a drug store

Pa. fire dept.’s social club proves to be financially successful

Posted on June 12, 2018 by in EMS

More than 2,000 people have paid the $25 membership fee to be part of the Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department’s club launched to help fund operations

Tenn. firefighter-EMT’s death ruled a ‘suspected homicide’

Posted on June 12, 2018 by in EMS

The medical examiner’s office ruled Jesse Reed’s death a “suspected homicide” with “blunt force injuries” listed as a contributing cause of his death

4 Tenn. paramedics hospitalized for possible carbon monoxide poisoning

Posted on June 12, 2018 by in EMS

The paramedics were in an RV at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival when one of them woke up and got help

Doctor: Patient stayed awake through 90 minutes of CPR

Posted on June 11, 2018 by in EMS

A case report said that a man was showing unusual signs of conscious awareness while a medical team performed CPR on him after he suffered cardiac arrest

Okla. EMS agency reminds drivers to move over

Posted on June 11, 2018 by in EMS

During a Spirit Ride ceremony, Muskogee County Emergency Medical Service spokeswoman Mechele Cruz shared her experience of almost becoming a roadside fatality

EMS lieutenant saves woman attempting to die by suicide

Posted on June 11, 2018 by in EMS

Scott Globerman was returning from a crash scene when he stumbled upon a woman who was about to jump off an overpass

Conn. emergency room nearly cuts opioid prescriptions in half

Posted on June 11, 2018 by in EMS

A new electronic system has reduced the amount of opiates the department ordered by nearly 46 percent in the past two years

2 La. paramedics hurt in ambulance crash

Posted on June 11, 2018 by in EMS

Acadian Ambulance Operations Manager Justin Cox said the paramedics were transporting a patient when the crash occurred

The benefits of leveraging data and analytics in EMS

Posted on June 11, 2018 by in EMS

Improving patient outcomes, hospital relations and the community narrative with data analysis

Report: Hurricane Maria death toll far exceeds initial count in Puerto Rico

Posted on June 10, 2018 by in EMS

A recent report claims that well over 4,500 people in Puerto Rico died as a result of Hurricane Maria and its aftermath

Fla. responder named EMT of the year

Posted on June 10, 2018 by in EMS

EMT Aaron White was described as the :epitome of going above and beyond the call of duty"

Pa. bill aims to boost payments to EMS services

Posted on June 10, 2018 by in EMS

The bill would require insurance companies and Medicaid to reimburse ambulance services for their services regardless of whether patients are taken to a hospital

Iowa fire dept. establishes rapid entry program for homes

Posted on June 9, 2018 by in EMS

The Burlington Fire Department is participating in a program designed to allow firefighters and paramedics gain rapid entry into a person's home without damage

RI Senate passes bill to protect patients from surprise medical bills

Posted on June 9, 2018 by in EMS

The bill would create a new arbitration system for settling out-of-network bills that holds the patient involved harmless

Emergency alert standards bill passes Calif. Senate

Posted on June 9, 2018 by in EMS

Senate Bill 833 would require local emergency officials to follow first-ever statewide standards for public warnings

New Orleans start-up launches community paramedicine program

Posted on June 9, 2018 by in EMS

Starting in mid-June, a New Orleanian who needs a doctor but doesn't have an emergency will be able to call the Ready Responders rather than an ambulance

5 tips for dispatchers during an act of mass violence

Posted on June 8, 2018 by in EMS

The 911 landscape has changed as acts of mass violence and other multi-caller/multi-victim high-threat incidents begin to increase

How NEMSIS and ePCR are transforming EMS records (white paper)

Posted on June 8, 2018 by in EMS

This free white paper describes how ePCR software with NEMSIS compliance can lead to error-free transfers of patient information

Off-duty EMT saves woman who suffered cardiac arrest on bike

Posted on June 8, 2018 by in EMS

Tawanda Murphy-Watkins jumped from her car after seeing Victoria Wolf fall off her bike in the middle of rush hour traffic

EMT surprises paralyzed teen he treated as a toddler at graduation

Posted on June 8, 2018 by in EMS

Joe O’Hare reunited with Kai Leigh Harriot, whom he rushed to safety after she was struck by a stray bullet in 2003, leaving her permanently paralyzed

Grand jury: San Diego should resume weeding out 911 system abusers

Posted on June 8, 2018 by in EMS

The grand jury said the city should immediately resume using a software filter to weed out the most frequent callers

Police: Patient snubbed cigarette out on EMT

Posted on June 8, 2018 by in EMS

The EMT said he told the patient she needed to put out a cigarette before she could be transported to the hospital, and she then snubbed it out on his chest

Fallen paramedic’s family speaks out about drunk driving

Posted on June 8, 2018 by in EMS

"My goal is to make sure another family doesn’t have to experience the same tragedy we did," Paul Besaw's wife Dawn said

Apply best-available data to active shooter incident planning, training

Posted on June 8, 2018 by in EMS

Paramedic chiefs and field providers have much to learn from the FBI’s ongoing summary and analysis of active shooter incidents

Gearbook is an ePCR hardware device for paramedics

Posted on June 8, 2018 by in EMS

Get a complete solution that seamlessly handles electronic patient care reporting for your agency

The benefits of using CPAP to treat CHF patients

Posted on June 7, 2018 by in EMS

Our co-hosts discuss how CPAP works and what the treatment looks like

U.S. Senate passes bill to build national EMS memorial

Posted on June 7, 2018 by in EMS

The bill will allow a commemorative memorial honoring EMS providers to be built on federal land in Washington, D.C.

Pediatric ER nurse donates clothing to children in need

Posted on June 7, 2018 by in EMS

Julie Booth keeps a closet stocked with children’s clothing after repeatedly seeing children get discharged with nothing to wear home

67 honored at 148th FDNY Medal Day ceremony

Posted on June 7, 2018 by in EMS

Hundreds of New York's Bravest gathered at the FDNY Medal Day ceremony to honor firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, fire marshals and officers

University fire dept. debuts mini ambulance for large events

Posted on June 7, 2018 by in EMS

The MedStat ASAP MS250 is an all-wheel-drive utility vehicle that is the size of a Mini Cooper but can transport EMTs, a patient and a full-size cot

Released 911 calls detail chaos, agony after Las Vegas shooting

Posted on June 7, 2018 by in EMS

The 911 calls released by police reveal the surreal confusion on the ground during and after the massacre

EMS captain buys hotel room for family stranded on vacation

Posted on June 7, 2018 by in EMS

Joel Welch was standing by for the Gulf Coast Iron Man competition when he noticed a family stranded in a car in a nearby parking lot

Preparing fire-based EMS for the ‘silver tsunami’

Posted on June 7, 2018 by in EMS

Bruce Moeller offers strategies for tackling the aging population, dubbed the "silver tsunami," at Fire-Rescue Med 2018

Q&A: How is the opioid epidemic impacting first responders?

Posted on June 6, 2018 by in EMS

A section chief from St. Louis considers the scope and impact of opioid response on EMS providers and the role they play in combating the crisis

5 things community paramedics need to know about the opioid epidemic

Posted on June 6, 2018 by in EMS

Innovative community paramedicine programs may offer a strategy to evolve EMS response from resuscitation to a recovery-oriented system of care

Naloxone and the EMS conundrum: Public policy considerations

Posted on June 6, 2018 by in EMS

Is widespread naloxone administration by non-medically trained responders preventing overdose patients from reaching definitive care?

Combating the opioid epidemic: A quality improvement perspective

Posted on June 6, 2018 by in EMS

EMS can apply the four-lens foundation for the science of improvement to reducing opioid overdose deaths within their communities

6 strategies to protect first responders from fentanyl

Posted on June 6, 2018 by in EMS

Training, PPE and scene assessment will minimize the risks of opioid exposure to fire and EMS responders

Mo. county considers returning to 24-hour EMS shifts

Posted on June 6, 2018 by in EMS

Cole County officials will discuss switching back to 24-hour shifts in an effort to “stabilize” staffing

Fla. county votes to increase pay for emergency personnel

Posted on June 6, 2018 by in EMS

Marion County voted to approve an amended contract with the county's fire rescue union to increase the pay of paramedics and firefighter/paramedics

Boston tries new program to recruit more EMS providers

Posted on June 6, 2018 by in EMS

The EMS Recruit Academy is a six-month program that pays participants 80 percent salary and combines classroom and on-the-job training

Study: Opioids responsible for 1 in 5 young adult deaths

Posted on June 6, 2018 by in EMS

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that around more than 8,400 opioid-related deaths occurred among adults between the ages of 25 and 34

Fire dept. questioning why ambulance wasn’t dispatched to crash

Posted on June 6, 2018 by in EMS

Nowata Fire Department Chief Stephen Parmenter said police dispatched another department, resulting in the patients waiting 30 minutes for a response

Is high-flow oxygen the best method for treating pediatric patients?

Posted on June 6, 2018 by in EMS

Heated, humidified, high flow nasal cannula oxygenation has a number of benefits that could be useful in a prehospital setting

How to get grant money for EMS equipment purchases

Posted on June 6, 2018 by in EMS

Consider applying for federal, state and private grants to help your agency buy new equipment

How to get grant money for EMS equipment purchases

Posted on June 6, 2018 by in EMS

Consider applying for federal, state and private grants to help your agency buy new equipment

Naloxone recalled due to particulate matter

Posted on June 5, 2018 by in EMS

The voluntary recall was prompted by the potential for “loose particulate matter on the syringe plunger,” which could result in a range of adverse effects

Study: Drone use in public safety greatly increasing

Posted on June 5, 2018 by in EMS

The Center for the Study of the Drone estimated that the number of public safety agencies using drones has increased by 82 percent in the past year

Study: Drone use in public safety greatly increasing

Posted on June 5, 2018 by in EMS

The Center for the Study of the Drone estimated that the number of public safety agencies using drones has increased by 82 percent in the past year

Paramedic returns to work after suspension over drowning response

Posted on June 5, 2018 by in EMS

AMR paramedic Liz Day said she was unfairly suspended after jumping into the water in an attempt to save drowning victim Xzavion Epps

Fallen Chicago firefighter-EMT honored at funeral

Posted on June 5, 2018 by in EMS

Juan Bucio was remembered as a man of few words who preferred to let his heroic work do the talking

Phoenix Fire Dept. ambulance fatally strikes man while leaving station

Posted on June 5, 2018 by in EMS

Officials said firefighters were driving the ambulance to a call when they hit a man who was standing outside of the bay doors

Fla. paramedic dies in powerboat race crash

Posted on June 5, 2018 by in EMS

Mike Salber, a 22-year veteran of the Sanford Fire Department, died after a collision involving a second powerboat that also injured three others

EMS is the first line of defense against spread of infectious diseases

Posted on June 4, 2018 by in EMS

EMTs and paramedics must protect themselves with PPE, investigate symptoms and report findings to the hospital to identify potential infectious disease outbreaks

EMS resiliency, readiness relies on combating fatigue

Posted on June 4, 2018 by in EMS

Take these steps to get quality sleep to protect against mental and physical health effects

Is EMS ready for another Ebola outbreak?

Posted on June 4, 2018 by in EMS

As the Democratic Republic of the Congo reports another Ebola outbreak, is EMS prepared with proper protocols and PPE?

Preparing the public for active shooter incidents in the workplace

Posted on June 4, 2018 by in EMS

All organizations should develop an emergency action plan and train to respond to active shooter scenarios

Preparing the public for active shooter incidents in the workplace

Posted on June 4, 2018 by in EMS

All organizations should develop an emergency action plan and train to respond to active shooter scenarios

EMS data collection and decision accuracy

Posted on June 4, 2018 by in EMS

Data-driven decision making: triaging emergencies with computer-aided dispatch systems

EMS data collection and decision accuracy

Posted on June 4, 2018 by in EMS

Data-driven decision making: triaging emergencies with computer-aided dispatch systems

Army nurse recalls treating D-Day soldiers at 100th birthday party

Posted on June 4, 2018 by in EMS

Earlyne Sheets helped care for thousands of Allied casualties as one of 74,000 women in the Army and Navy Nurse Corps during World War II

Mo. residents turning to air ambulance memberships to avoid large bills

Posted on June 4, 2018 by in EMS

For some rural Missourians who live hours from a level one trauma center, memberships offer peace of mind

Mo. residents turning to air ambulance memberships to avoid large bills

Posted on June 4, 2018 by in EMS

For some rural Missourians who live hours from a level one trauma center, memberships offer peace of mind

Online service for responders aims to reduce stigma of PTSD

Posted on June 4, 2018 by in EMS

eHome Heroes offers confidential video chats with a counselor to first responders in an effort to shatter the PTSD stigma

Houston ambulance assigned to President Trump’s motorcade breaks down

Posted on June 4, 2018 by in EMS

The ALS ambulance, which was one of two assigned to the motorcade, highlighted the equipment issues the Houston Fire Department is facing

Houston ambulance assigned to President Trump’s motorcade breaks down

Posted on June 4, 2018 by in EMS

The ALS ambulance, which was one of two assigned to the motorcade, highlighted the equipment issues the Houston Fire Department is facing

Ore. firefighter-paramedic dies in motorcycle crash with bear

Posted on June 4, 2018 by in EMS

Rhett Larsen, 39, was hit by another vehicle after his motorcycle struck a bear on the highway

Ore. firefighter-paramedic dies in motorcycle crash with bear

Posted on June 4, 2018 by in EMS

Rhett Larsen, 39, was hit by another vehicle after his motorcycle struck a bear on the highway

Research Analysis: Airway management better with the bougie

Posted on June 4, 2018 by in EMS

A randomized clinical trial of ED intubations showed a statistically significant improvement in first pass success rates when using a bougie

Family of woman who died in stress-relieving flotation pod sues business

Posted on June 3, 2018 by in EMS

A lawsuit claims an employee who found Gloria Fanning in "a state of distress" inside a float tank did not call 911, but called her boss instead

Family of woman who died in stress-relieving flotation pod sues business

Posted on June 3, 2018 by in EMS

A lawsuit claims an employee who found Gloria Fanning in "a state of distress" inside a float tank did not call 911, but called her boss instead

Fla. schools expand options in wake of nursing shortage

Posted on June 3, 2018 by in EMS

Economists predict a daunting demand for 1 million new nurses over the next 10 years

NC fire dept. teams up with colleges to provide paramedic internships

Posted on June 3, 2018 by in EMS

Leland Fire Chief John Grimes said the department has worked with various colleges for years and provides a "field internship kind of environment"

Lava scientists’ drone guides lost resident through jungle to safety

Posted on June 2, 2018 by in EMS

A response team was on a mission to map the Lower East Rift Zone when scientists spotted a resident as lava from Kilauea Volcano devoured the subdivision

Police officer awarded for work with drug addicts

Posted on June 2, 2018 by in EMS

Officer Brian Wynn helps drug addicts get help disconnecting from heroin and other opioids

Md. EMS agency to leave naloxone with OD patients who refuse treatment

Posted on June 2, 2018 by in EMS

A new grant will help emergency medical personnel in Frederick County leave behind a lifesaving overdose reversal medication with overdose patients

Toddler calls 911 after mother collapses

Posted on June 1, 2018 by in EMS

Dorothy Craig, 3, grabbed a cellphone after her mother passed out and fell unconscious on the floor

Fla. firefighter-paramedic dies after suffering brain aneurysm

Posted on June 1, 2018 by in EMS

Michael Camelo Jr., a 12-year veteran of the Cape Coral Fire Department, died surrounded by family and friends

NJ community mourns death of murdered firefighter-EMT

Posted on June 1, 2018 by in EMS

Lt. Andrew Hughes-Hill, 26, who was stabbed to death, was known for his positive attitude and love for emergency services

Report: Paramedics repeatedly denied entry after Fla. high school shooting

Posted on June 1, 2018 by in EMS

Deputy Chief Michael McNally asked six times for permission to send in specialized teams of police officers and paramedics

Canadian paramedic dies by suicide

Posted on June 1, 2018 by in EMS

Andréanne Leblanc died in March after dealing with PTSD attributed to a fatal mosque shooting that left six dead

Paramedic who responded to mass shooting dies by suicide

Posted on June 1, 2018 by in EMS

Andréanne Leblanc died in March after dealing with PTSD attributed to a fatal mosque shooting that left six dead

Responding to a mass casualty incident is unimaginable

Posted on June 1, 2018 by in EMS

First responders are trained to respond to emergencies, but many are unprepared for the unbelievable trauma that accompanies a mass casualty incident

Family of retired firefighter blames opioids for his mental collapse

Posted on June 1, 2018 by in EMS

The family of William Comstock claims his prescription opioids left him "to battle the horrors of a tormented mind for the remainder of his days."

After the rescue: Training EMS to help opioid patients recover (eBook)

Posted on May 31, 2018 by in EMS

EMS providers are on the front lines of this epidemic and require up-to-date knowledge on safety risks, patient assessment strategies and opioid overdose treatments

Off-duty EMT helps kids after school bus flips over

Posted on May 31, 2018 by in EMS

EMT Amanda Turner jumped into action after watching the elementary school bus flip over from just two cars away

Uber launches nationwide 911 button

Posted on May 31, 2018 by in EMS

Announced in April, the feature allows riders to call 911 directly from the Uber app

Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor nomination period open

Posted on May 31, 2018 by in EMS

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance has opened the nomination period for the highest national award honoring first responders

San Francisco mayor’s budget plan allows for 90 new dispatchers

Posted on May 31, 2018 by in EMS

"Dispatchers are now answering approximately 1,000 more calls per day. That's about 1,000 more calls from seven years ago," Mayor Mark Farrell said

Funeral set for fallen Chicago firefighter-EMT

Posted on May 31, 2018 by in EMS

A funeral for Juan Bucio will be held Monday at Saint Rita Cascia, a church known for hosting first responder services

Inside EMS Podcast: Is there an optimal age to start your EMS career?

Posted on May 31, 2018 by in EMS

Our co-hosts respond to a listener's question about beginning their EMS career

Chicago firefighter-EMT who died in rescue attempt ‘loved what he did’

Posted on May 30, 2018 by in EMS

Juan Bucio's family members said his devotion to his job was unquestioned

EMS provider under fire for Facebook post about deceased patient

Posted on May 30, 2018 by in EMS

The post mentioned a patient who died after suffering a heart attack in a backyard chicken coop

Firefighter raising money for mass casualty kits for responders

Posted on May 30, 2018 by in EMS

Dustin Talacko wants to raise $25,000 to make emergency response vehicles more prepared for mass casualty incidents

Musical director uses paramedic skills to help hurt audience member

Posted on May 30, 2018 by in EMS, Uncategorized

Jason Gross, who is a flight paramedic, said he used a pillow, cardboard and tape to fashion a splint for the woman

Musical director uses paramedic skills to help injured audience member

Posted on May 30, 2018 by in EMS, Uncategorized

Jason Gross, who is a flight paramedic, said he used a pillow, cardboard and tape to fashion a splint for the woman

AMR promises more staff, coverage after EMT assault on patient

Posted on May 30, 2018 by in EMS

American Medical Response said they will increase staffing and add ambulances after an EMT was caught assaulting a restrained teen patient

Firefighter-EMT dies in motorcycle crash while driving to work

Posted on May 30, 2018 by in EMS

Erik Hirner, 38, died two days after the motorcycle he was driving to work was hit by an SUV

NFPA 3000: A provisional standard commanding a call to action by first responders

Posted on May 30, 2018 by in EMS

NFPA 3000 isn't a tactical document or a policies and procedures manual; it's a framework to develop programs that integrate planning, response and recovery to active shooter hostile events

Webinar: Capnography: Everything you wanted to know and were afraid to ask

Posted on May 29, 2018 by in EMS

Capnography experts will answer some of the most common questions first responders have

Australian paramedic hurt after man smashes ambulance with metal bar

Posted on May 29, 2018 by in EMS

The shattered glass sprayed into the paramedic's eye during the attack

Street named in honor of slain FDNY EMT

Posted on May 29, 2018 by in EMS

Street signs at Boston Road and E. 169th Street will be co-named for Yadira Arroyo

Chicago ambulance hit by bullet while transporting patient

Posted on May 29, 2018 by in EMS

A bullet lodged itself in the passenger side door as medics were treating a patient whose family became irate when they weren't allowed in the rig

Veteran NH firefighter-EMT dies in scuba diving accident

Posted on May 29, 2018 by in EMS

Lt. Benjamin Tatro was diving recreationally with other people by the wreckage of the coastal tanker Chester A. Poling when the accident occurred

LODD: Chicago firefighter-EMT dies while searching for boater

Posted on May 29, 2018 by in EMS

Juan J. Bucio, 46, became separated from his partner while trying to rescue someone from the Chicago River

Wash. fire dept. reviews efforts to address gender bias

Posted on May 28, 2018 by in EMS

"There is some progress with some of these issues, but it is extremely slow," an anonymous Vancouver Fire Department firefighter said

Ambulance shot while paramedics treat ‘unruly’ patient

Posted on May 28, 2018 by in EMS

Latorya Thigpen is accused of hitting, punching, kicking, scratching and spitting at two uniformed paramedics as they tried to treat her

Mich. puts $500K into controversial 911 merger

Posted on May 28, 2018 by in EMS

Should the controversial merger go forward, the grant funds will help ease the cost of moving Grand Rapids dispatchers into the county dispatch center

LODD: Md. EMT dies after suffering medical emergency

Posted on May 27, 2018 by in EMS

North Beach Volunteer Fire Department Rescue Captain Patricia Osburn, an 18-year EMS veteran, died while on duty

LODD: Md. EMT dies after suffering medical emergency

Posted on May 27, 2018 by in EMS

North Beach Volunteer Fire Department Rescue Captain Patricia Osburn, an 18-year EMS veteran, died while on duty

Paramedics honored for rescuing toddler from drowning

Posted on May 27, 2018 by in EMS

Sedgwick County EMS paramedics Leigh Chambers and Gabe Shults treated 18-month-old Kason Dube after he was pulled from a half-frozen pond

Pa. county officials: Naloxone is decreasing fatal overdoses

Posted on May 27, 2018 by in EMS

Allegheny County officials are considering a 12-percent increase in overdose deaths last year a win over previous years that saw far higher increases

Mich. city hires more responders as full-time EMS service moves forward

Posted on May 27, 2018 by in EMS

Adrian fire chief Tim Bartenslager asked the mayor, city commission and city administrator to increase the roster from 15 to 18 firefighters

Minn. family still hopeful after paramedic bill is vetoed

Posted on May 27, 2018 by in EMS

The Johnson family worked with lawmakers to pass a bill that would allow paramedics, EMTs and other emergency personnel to administer more complex medicine

Firefighter-paramedic returns late firefighter’s helmet to widow

Posted on May 26, 2018 by in EMS

Firefighter-paramedic Scott Moder presented 98-year-old Jo Miller with her late husband Ben's helmet, which Moder's mother found online

Woman’s lawsuit claims brother was not properly treated after heart attack

Posted on May 26, 2018 by in EMS

Sherry Groover's lawyer said the "defendants failed to take action" when Groover's brother suffered a fatal heart attack in 2014

NY town considers implementing EMS tax

Posted on May 26, 2018 by in EMS

Officials are exploring extracting the nearly $500,000 a year it spends on EMS services and placing it in a separate reserve that will be funded through taxes

Police uncover nearly 120 pounds of fentanyl from Neb. truck

Posted on May 25, 2018 by in EMS

The patrol says the stash was a record fentanyl seizure in Nebraska and estimates the drugs may have been worth up to $20 million on the street

Boy surrendered at fire station reunites with responder who took him in

Posted on May 25, 2018 by in EMS

Seven-year-old Diego’s birth mother took him to a Sacramento fire station as a newborn and gave him to firefighter-paramedic Matt Rosales

Dallas paramedics offering free CPR training at airport

Posted on May 25, 2018 by in EMS

Paramedics from several EMS agencies teaching hands-only CPR to passengers at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Ky. foundation pushes for permanent EMS memorial

Posted on May 25, 2018 by in EMS

The EMS Foundation is hoping to create a permanent memorial for fallen EMS providers next to the existing memorial for fallen firefighters

Family claims 911 mix-up led to daughter’s death after asthma attack

Posted on May 25, 2018 by in EMS

Ashley Flores' family filed a wrongful death claim against Los Angeles County and Sheriff Jim McDonnell, alleging that multiple 911 calls were misrouted

15 hurt as masked bombers detonate explosive in Ontario restaurant

Posted on May 25, 2018 by in EMS

Three people were rushed to trauma centers with "critical blast injuries," according to paramedics

15 hurt as masked bombers detonate explosive in Canada restaurant

Posted on May 25, 2018 by in EMS

Three people were rushed to trauma centers with "critical blast injuries," according to paramedics

EMS Week 2018: Top tweets from chiefs, departments and field personnel

Posted on May 24, 2018 by in EMS

EMS industry members demonstrated what it means to be “Stronger Together” by motivating each other through social media

EMS Week 2018: Top tweets from chiefs, departments and field personnel

Posted on May 24, 2018 by in EMS

EMS industry members demonstrated what it means to be “Stronger Together” by motivating each other through social media

10 ways first responders are being honored around the U.S.

Posted on May 24, 2018 by in EMS

From memorial statues to challenge coins, first responders are feeling the love from states around the country

10 ways first responders are being honored around the U.S.

Posted on May 24, 2018 by in EMS

From memorial statues to challenge coins, first responders are feeling the love from states around the country

‘EMS Strong’ celebrates the bonds that encourage, inspire EMS providers

Posted on May 24, 2018 by in EMS

EMS1 leaders reflect on the fitting theme of EMS Week 2018, and how their colleagues have furthered their own careers and contributions to the field

Photos: EMS agency holds ‘teddy bear boo-boo’ clinic for children

Posted on May 24, 2018 by in EMS

In honor of EMS Week, North Stonington Ambulance taught kids about the EMS industry by demonstrating on stuffed animals

Paramedic, 83, hopes to return to work after hip heals

Posted on May 24, 2018 by in EMS

Veteran paramedic David Blackstone recently had hip surgery, but he hopes to return to the EMS industry when he is back on his feet

Man charged with killing Fla. paramedics in crash found unfit for trial

Posted on May 24, 2018 by in EMS

With three psychologists offering varying views of the mental stability of Genaro De La Cruz Ajqui, a judge ordered him to be taken to a forensic hospital

Man arrested for responding to emergency, posing as nurse

Posted on May 24, 2018 by in EMS

Police said Kyle Jones joined a rapid response team in the same color scrubs worn by nurses at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital

EMS: So much more than lights and sirens

Posted on May 24, 2018 by in EMS

Celebrating those who spend their days and nights helping others when they need help the most during EMS Week 2018

Ga. city declares ‘state of EMS emergency’ after assault on patient

Posted on May 24, 2018 by in EMS

Officials are seeking help from the state to figure out why DeKalb County did not hold AMR accountable for long response times

When will every EMT wear a body camera?

Posted on May 23, 2018 by in EMS

An EMT's attack of a restrained patient is a reminder for all leaders to discuss response to provocations and consider body-worn cameras to capture the EMS point-of-view

Dear new EMT or paramedic: It’s OK to ask for help

Posted on May 23, 2018 by in EMS

In EMS, most providers learn their most important lessons by doing; here are three lessons learned that you should never forget – no matter how long you've been in EMS

Video: Celebrating EMS Week 2018

Posted on May 23, 2018 by in EMS

Departments are marking the occasion by enhancing their training skills, teaching lifesaving lessons and reminding providers to always have their partner's back

Memphis Fire Department training nurses to help with call volume

Posted on May 23, 2018 by in EMS

Instead of sending an ambulance to every call, nurses will find out more about the patient and figure out a better alternative for them

NC county leader demands answers on ambulance reliability

Posted on May 23, 2018 by in EMS

Mecklenburg County Commissioner Pat Cotham said it’s “disappointing” that half of the county’s ambulance fleet has engine issues

How DahlgrenDecon is the fastest, most effective decontamination solution

Posted on May 23, 2018 by in EMS

DahlgrenDecon can neutralize fentanyl in about five minutes and is the most effective decontamination for other drugs, chemical and biological agents as well as toxic industrial chemicals and materials

How DahlgrenDecon is the fastest, most effective decontamination solution

Posted on May 23, 2018 by in EMS

DahlgrenDecon can neutralize fentanyl in about five minutes and is the most effective decontamination for other drugs, chemical and biological agents as well as toxic industrial chemicals and materials

Judge refuses to overturn suicide ruling in death of Ohio firefighter-paramedic

Posted on May 23, 2018 by in EMS

Suicide was the ruling of the Summit County Medical Examiner in the months after Tonya Johnson’s death, and a judge Tuesday declined to overturn that conclusion

Judge refuses to overturn suicide ruling in death of Ohio firefighter-paramedic

Posted on May 23, 2018 by in EMS

Suicide was the ruling of the Summit County Medical Examiner in the months after Tonya Johnson’s death, and a judge Tuesday declined to overturn that conclusion

Ambulance designed to transport premature newborns unveiled

Posted on May 23, 2018 by in EMS

Oishei Children’s Hospital, Kaleida Health and AMR teamed up to design an ambulance to transport premature newborns in honor of EMS Week

Tow company under fire for booting ambulance

Posted on May 23, 2018 by in EMS

Business owner Mark Hale defended ABC Towing, who put a boot on the ambulance after it parked in a private lot

5 reasons to do your rig checks

Posted on May 23, 2018 by in EMS

Ensure you have the tools to do your job properly and give the patient the best possible care by preparing your rig before you even leave the bay

Video shows ambulance crew stumbling upon vehicle crash

Posted on May 22, 2018 by in EMS

A local business surveillance camera captured a coincidence that occurred when an ambulance happened to be behind a car when it crashed into a creek

Right place, right time: Ambulance traveling behind car that crashes

Posted on May 22, 2018 by in EMS

A local business surveillance camera captured a coincidence that occurred when an ambulance happened to be behind a car when it crashed into a creek

NY paramedic hurt in ambulance crash

Posted on May 22, 2018 by in EMS

The Gordon Heights Fire Department ambulance was transporting a patient when it collided with another vehicle

Ill. firefighters’ union sued by city in ambulance dispute

Posted on May 22, 2018 by in EMS

The city of Mattoon filed a lawsuit against the union over an arbitration award that gave the city the power to remove ambulances from the fire department

Ga. town wants to end AMR contract after EMT assaults patient

Posted on May 22, 2018 by in EMS

After an EMT was shown punching a teen patient in an ambulance, city council officials want the state to give Dunwoody its own EMS certificate

IAFC: Mobile technology can increase sudden cardiac arrest survival rates

Posted on May 22, 2018 by in EMS

The International Association of Fire Chiefs cited the PulsePoint app as a way to utilize responders and bystanders to increase sudden cardiac arrest survival

These 3 body armor options keep EMS safety top of mind

Posted on May 22, 2018 by in EMS

Choose armor that gives your staff the comfort and flexibility they need to save more lives

Australian government tightens laws on EMS assaults

Posted on May 21, 2018 by in EMS

After coming under fire for sparing two women jail time who were found guilty of attacking a paramedic, the Victorian government increased punishment for the offense

EMT couple saves shooting victim after just completing certification

Posted on May 21, 2018 by in EMS

Sarah Ketner and her boyfriend, Jake Whorton, were the first to perform CPR on a man who was shot in a movie theater parking lot

Fresh off EMT coursework, couple fights to save shooting victim

Posted on May 21, 2018 by in EMS

Sarah Ketner and her boyfriend, Jake Whorton, were the first to perform CPR on a man who was shot in a movie theater parking lot

Thief takes RI ambulance on 40-mile joyride

Posted on May 21, 2018 by in EMS

Police said the ambulance was stolen from a Providence hospital and was driven by the unidentified suspect to Connecticut

Empire State Building to light up for EMS Week

Posted on May 21, 2018 by in EMS

The Empire State Building will be illuminated in yellow, white and blue with a red and white halo at sunset

Body cam video shows EMT punching restrained teen patient

Posted on May 21, 2018 by in EMS

EMT Deannah Williams can be seen screaming expletives and repeatedly punching the 17-year-old patient in the face

Celebrate EMS Week 2018 with EMS superlatives

Posted on May 21, 2018 by in EMS

You know who they are – recognize the Ferdinand Magellans, Yodas and Cliff Clavens of your agency during EMS Week

Active shooter exercise goals, philosophy and design

Posted on May 21, 2018 by in EMS

Strategies for pre-planning and day-of execution of a successful active shooter drill or violent threat mass casualty exercise

Doctors, nurses spring into action for Texas high school shooting victims

Posted on May 20, 2018 by in EMS

Dr. Safi Madain and ER nursing director Margaret Reed recalled treating the students who were injured when another student opened fire at Santa Fe High School

Ala. city struggles to enforce ambulance code

Posted on May 20, 2018 by in EMS

The sole ambulance provider in Decatur is failing to meet mandatory response times set forth in the city code

Calif. city mourns death of Hall Ambulance founder

Posted on May 20, 2018 by in EMS

Harvey Hall, the longest-serving former mayor of Bakersfield, founder of Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. and community champion, died Saturday

Pulse nightclub shooting paramedics share stories on same day as mass shooting

Posted on May 19, 2018 by in EMS

Joshua Granada and Carlos Tavarez recalled their experience as the first to treat victims on the same day that more people were killed by a mass shooter

Man who impersonated EMS provider, helped with patients get jail time

Posted on May 19, 2018 by in EMS

Anthony Mario Fortuna was sentenced for impersonating an EMS provider after receiving permission to be on a "ride along" in an AMR ambulance

Man who posed as EMS provider, treated patients, sentenced to jail

Posted on May 19, 2018 by in EMS

Anthony Mario Fortuna was sentenced for impersonating an EMS provider after receiving permission to be on a "ride along" in an AMR ambulance

Dozens hurt after 2 NJ buses collide in tunnel to NY

Posted on May 19, 2018 by in EMS

Both buses were traveling toward Manhattan when one of them, carrying 37 people, rear-ended the other, which had 25 people

Dozens hurt after 2 NJ buses collide in tunnel to NY

Posted on May 19, 2018 by in EMS

Both buses were traveling toward Manhattan when one of them, carrying 37 people, rear-ended the other, which had 25 people

2 killed, over 40 hurt after school bus is torn apart in dump truck collision

Posted on May 18, 2018 by in EMS

The crash left the bus lying on its side on the guardrail of the highway, its undercarriage and front end sheared off and its steering wheel exposed

EMS on the Hill: Supporting legislation to improve EMS

Posted on May 18, 2018 by in EMS

At NAEMT’s advocacy event, EMS participants from 37 states spoke with members of congress about legislation that impacts the profession

Rapid Response: Santa Fe shooting a reminder of additional threats on scene

Posted on May 18, 2018 by in EMS

Officials have reported explosive devices have been found on and near the scene

AMR teams up with IAFC, ACEP to teach bystander CPR

Posted on May 18, 2018 by in EMS

The three organizations are working together to offer free training during National EMS Week

Conn. firefighters use ATVs to help residents in wake of tornado

Posted on May 18, 2018 by in EMS

Lt. Matt Sarrracco said they are using two ATVs, to make their way through tough spots to gain access and to transport patients

Ind. officials urge public to carry naloxone, but with training

Posted on May 18, 2018 by in EMS

Indiana State Department of Health believes the more available naloxone is, the more those struggling with opioid abuse can find the help they need

Minivan driver charged in Ill. ambulance crash

Posted on May 18, 2018 by in EMS

The driver was charged with failing to yield at a stop sign after a crash that injured 11 people, including six children

3 things you should know about CPAP use in EMS

Posted on May 18, 2018 by in EMS

CPAP technology and practice in the prehospital environment has evolved for application beyond CHF and COPD