January 28, 2020

Video: LA first responders work tirelessly amidst homelessness crisis

Posted on January 27, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Personnel from the LAFD's Station 9 in Skid Row gave an inside look at their experience aiding thousands of homeless residents

Rural Ore. fire, ambulance agencies seek approval to merge

Posted on January 27, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

The agencies are seeking support to create a ballot measure to approve the merger, which officials say would improve service

Automated CPR devices required for all emergency agencies in Calif. county

Posted on January 27, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Orange County officials said the requirement will improve patient outcomes and increase safety for EMS providers

Wuhan coronavirus cases in Arizona, California push US tally to 5

Posted on January 27, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

All of the United States cases of the new virus are in patients who had traveled to Wuhan, China, where the outbreak first began

NREMT appoints new board chair

Posted on January 27, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Dr. Heather Davis, associate director of the UCLA Center for Prehospital Care, was appointed as board chair for the National Registry of EMTs

4 FDNY paramedics nominated for award after rescuing man from CO-filled basement

Posted on January 27, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The FDNY nominated the paramedics for the Daily News Hometown Heroes award for saving the unconscious man from lethal CO exposure

‘Trauma for Teachers’ training designed by Calif. student, fire department

Posted on January 26, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The program will train faculty to prepare for emergency situations and supply bleeding control kits for classrooms

Tactical paramedics should be allowed to carry firearms, Ohio fire chief says

Posted on January 26, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The fire department is seeking permission from city council to arm paramedics who assist the SWAT team

Former treasurer must pay back $83K to rescue squad, judge says

Posted on January 26, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A judge said the former treasurer and EMT must pay back the amount she improperly spent and the cost of a state audit

2 paramedics injured, SWAT team responds after attack in Pittsburgh

Posted on January 26, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The paramedics were responding to a medical call when the 911 caller reportedly assaulted them

10 lose jobs at Pa. 911 center, reportedly for New Year’s rum toast at work

Posted on January 25, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials say there will be mandatory overtime and ramping up of recruit training after 10 employees left following an incident involving alcoholic egg nog

2nd US case of Wuhan coronavirus found in patient from Illinois, CDC says

Posted on January 24, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Chicago woman who recently returned from China has been diagnosed with the novel form of coronavirus

Houston hospital system launches air ambulance service

Posted on January 24, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

HCA Houston Healthcare unveiled its first medical helicopter on Friday and plans to add a second helicopter later this year

Photo of the Week: EMS Explorers train at Mo. county ambulance service

Posted on January 24, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The youth program participants practiced various skills including first aid, splinting and team building

Photo of the Week: EMS Explorers train at Mo. county ambulance service

Posted on January 24, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The youth program participants practiced various skills including first aid, splinting and team building

FF-paramedic who needs kidney transplant inspires colleagues to become donors

Posted on January 24, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Ohio Firefighter-Paramedic Mike Weissmann is currently awaiting a match to a living donor

Explosion at home of woman accused of killing paramedic

Posted on January 24, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Arson is suspected in the blast at the home owned by Karen Hill, who claimed self-defense in the shooting of Paramedic Rodney Gilmer

Dispatch guidelines for Wuhan coronavirus call screening released

Posted on January 24, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The guidelines urge early notification of first responders if patients have possible symptoms of the virus

San Diego restarts bidding process after ambulance service protests replacement

Posted on January 24, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Controversy arose after the city selected Denmark-based Falck to replace American Medical Response

‘It’s not fires that scare us … It’s highways,’ says FF-medic hit by car

Posted on January 24, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fort Worth Firefighter-Paramedic Shonna Moorman says she's facing a "very long recovery" and plans to campaign for highway safety for first responders

FF-medic hit by car says firefighters fear highways more than fire

Posted on January 24, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fort Worth Firefighter-Paramedic Shonna Moorman says she's facing a "very long recovery" and plans to campaign for highway safety for first responders

Ex-pharmaceutical executive gets 66 months in prison for role in opioid epidemic

Posted on January 23, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Court documents say John Kapoor personally approved bribes for doctors who abusively prescribed opioids

Paramedic who claimed harassment is under investigation for 2 patient deaths

Posted on January 23, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

According to a memo by the supervisor he claimed harassed him, the medic broke Florida law in five cases, two of which resulted in death

Wyo. governor orders flags at half-staff for fallen paramedic

Posted on January 23, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Flags will be lowered to recognize the line-of-duty death of Wamsutter Paramedic Mike Wilder ahead of his memorial service

Ex-fiscal chief alleges Medicare fraud at Mass. ambulance service

Posted on January 23, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The former official is suing the ambulance company, claiming he was fired for raising concerns about improper Medicare billing

Hospital partnership to improve response times for Ga. county EMS

Posted on January 23, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The hospital will provide space for overnight accommodations, supply storage and ambulance parking for EMS providers

Scaffolding in problem-based learning

Posted on January 23, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Instructors can use a cumulative approach to EMS education to increase knowledge retention and recall

Participate in the 2020 EMS Trend Report Survey

Posted on January 23, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS1 and Fitch & Associates have released the 2020 EMS Trend Report Survey to identify industry challenges and opportunities

Paramedics injured, motorist killed in Wash. ambulance crash

Posted on January 23, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said the man was driving erratically before his vehicle collided with an AMR ambulance, killing him and injuring two crewmembers

Nonemergency ambulance reduces 911 calls in NC county

Posted on January 23, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The ambulance assigned to handle non-emergency calls has reduced emergency call volume and increased revenue for the county's EMS

1 dead, 7 wounded in downtown Seattle shooting

Posted on January 22, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The chief said based on video from the scene, multiple people fired weapons after a dispute outside a McDonald's

Police: 5 people wounded, 1 dead in downtown Seattle

Posted on January 22, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police Chief Carmen Best said what they believe is a lone suspect fled and police are searching for him

Drone vs. ambulance: How one Canadian paramedic service went beyond to deliver critical medical technology

Posted on January 22, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A unique race between an ambulance and drone flying beyond the line of sight demonstrates what’s possible for emergency services in remote areas

Program tracks medically-complex children, educates first responders

Posted on January 22, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The STARS program creates emergency care plans for children with advanced medical needs, and then works with first responders to provide specialized training in case an emergency occurs

FF-paramedic injured after rig involved in hit-and-run

Posted on January 22, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Chicago Fire Department paramedic was injured after a car crashed into an ambulance and then fled

Woman reunites with first responders after suffering a heart attack while driving

Posted on January 22, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Deputy Chief of the Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad Bucky Buchanan said he appreciated witnessing the "chain of survival ... come to life”

Woman reunites with first responders after having heart attack while driving

Posted on January 22, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Deputy Chief Bucky Buchanan said he appreciated witnessing the "chain of survival ... come to life”

Driver who suffered heart attack reunites with first responders who saved her

Posted on January 22, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Deputy Chief Bucky Buchanan said he appreciated witnessing the "chain of survival ... come to life”

Medic reflects on 1987 plane crash that killed 156

Posted on January 22, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The plane clipped a light pole and crashed on take off, killing all six crew members, 148 of the 149 passengers on board and two people on the ground

Retiring paramedic receives emotional sendoff over dispatch

Posted on January 21, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Highlands County Paramedic Kerry Harris, who retired after 30 years, was surprised by his father during his last shift

EMT loses home in fire; fundraiser started for family

Posted on January 21, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A GoFundMe page has raised nearly $5,000 for Somerville Rescue Squad EMT Ernie Hall and his family

Education and emergency services partner to battle the opioid epidemic in rural Pennsylvania

Posted on January 21, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Grant funding sources have directed focus on the social, economic and health-related issues in rural areas, including the opioid epidemic

2 arrested after car crashes into rig outside fire station

Posted on January 21, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Milwaukee Fire Department ambulance was backing into the station when it was struck

Former Pa. EMS, public safety leader dies after 40-year career

Posted on January 21, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Former Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director Glenn M. Cannon, 71, died Monday after a decades of service in EMS and public safety

Coronavirus outbreak in China is ‘tip of the iceberg,’ warns Boston-area doctor

Posted on January 21, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Infectious disease expert Dr. Todd Ellerin cited previous outbreaks and stressed infection control measures

1st Wuhan coronavirus case detected in US; Expert says China outbreak is ‘tip of the iceberg’

Posted on January 21, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials say a person who traveled from Wuhan, China to Washington state has been diagnosed with the virus

NJ EMS receives tools to help pets during emergencies

Posted on January 21, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS providers will now be able to use pet oxygen masks and give out “Pets Inside” decals for pet parents

How much do you know about clearing airway obstructions? (quiz)

Posted on January 21, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Test your knowledge of different types of airway adjuncts, contraindications, monitoring techniques and more

Minn. volunteer EMT dies after medical emergency, mourned by city

Posted on January 20, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Kerkhoven EMT Dean W. Nichols is remembered as a “gentle giant” and a great educator

100 calls to 911 in minutes after Kan. earthquake delayed emergency services

Posted on January 20, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police said dozens of non-emergency calls poured in within 10 minutes of the 4.6 magnitude quake

$750K Medicare fraud leads to prison sentence for former EMS operator

Posted on January 20, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The former operator of a private ambulance service must serve 30 months in federal prison and pay restitution

$750K Medicare fraud leads to prison sentence for former EMS operator

Posted on January 20, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The former operator of a private ambulance service must serve 30 months in federal prison and pay restitution

Ohio fire/EMS fundraising to campaign for tax levy, avoid brownouts

Posted on January 20, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire officials say the levy would provide funds to hire more firefighters and paramedics, ensuring more consistent coverage

Ohio fire/EMS fundraising to campaign for tax levy, avoid brownouts

Posted on January 20, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire officials say the levy would provide funds to hire more firefighters and paramedics, ensuring more consistent coverage

Ambulance attacked with chunk of concrete in Texas

Posted on January 20, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The large piece of concrete was thrown through the rig’s window as it was traveling on the roadway

Fallen Pa. paramedic inspires petition for stricter roadway laws

Posted on January 20, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedic Michael Bedner, a former colleague of fallen Paramedic Supervisor Matt Smelser, launched the online petition

PTSD support dog joins Fla. county public safety department

Posted on January 19, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The golden retriever, Rucker, is trained to provide emotional support for EMS providers and other first responders

Contentious debate continues over tax levy for Ill. EMS

Posted on January 19, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Many residents pushed back against the 0.004% levy, which EMS leaders say is needed due to lack of resources and volunteers

Trooper hurt after car strikes ambulance at crash scene

Posted on January 19, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Michigan State Police trooper was thrown from the rig while interviewing a driver from a prior collision

Man charged with groping EMT during assessment

Posted on January 18, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Amrit Singh allegedly groped a female EMT during a medical transport from jail to a local hospital

NC county approves portion of $8M shared fire-EMS station

Posted on January 18, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The new building will have the latest communications and other technology, more space and equipment for training, and improved separate accommodations for male and female personnel

Signed Patrick Mahomes fire helmet auctioned for fallen, injured first responder families

Posted on January 18, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the funds set up for the families of two fallen and one injured Lubbock first responders

Calif. medic intern to be featured on Disney+ series

Posted on January 17, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

In the middle of his paramedic internship, Anthony Dominguez was selected to be part of a throwback concept show for the streaming app

Photo of the Week: RSI simulation training in action

Posted on January 17, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

DeSoto Parish EMS focuses on rapid sequence intubation in its monthly training simulation

Va. county switches to military-style pay scale for public safety

Posted on January 17, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

All sworn deputy sheriffs, emergency communications officers and firefighters will be designated in pay grades PS 1 through 26 according to their specialty, where PS stands for public safety

Volunteer rural EMS service saved ER nurse with CPR device she helped fund

Posted on January 17, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

ER Nurse Alicia Bravo's heart stopped as she was training for a triathalon in 2017

Air ambulance lands in water during takeoff from Alaska airport

Posted on January 17, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Three people were rescued from the LifeMed plane after it made an emergency water landing on Thursday morning

The lack of EMS sleep and wellness

Posted on January 17, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS fatigue management initiatives should include education and training about fatigue, providing access to caffeine and encouraging on-shift napping if possible

New shift schedule triggers backlash at Ga. EMS

Posted on January 17, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Medics said the new schedule, which increases hours and implements a shift bidding system, will increase fatigue and risks to safety

PTSD bill draws 100+ first responders to Wis. capitol

Posted on January 16, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

First responders gathered to lobby for the PTSD worker’s compensation bill, which currently excludes EMS professionals

NY woman pleads guilty to $5,000 theft from ambulance service

Posted on January 16, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The service's former business manager used ambulance funds to pay personal bills

EMS study offers 2 paths forward for Ind. county

Posted on January 16, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

County officials were told their two options include enhancing the current EMS contract or starting their own service

EMTs added to FD day shift in milestone for NC county

Posted on January 16, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Volunteer firefighters earned their EMT certifications to improve service in Nash County’s southern region

EMT killed in crash honored with memorial scholarship

Posted on January 16, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The James Bloss EMS Scholarship Fund will go toward helping high school students and young adults earn their EMT license

Mental health, EMS crisis named top 2 priorities for Pa. counties

Posted on January 15, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

County leaders will seek more resources for mental health services and EMS agencies in the coming year

Mental health, EMS crisis named top 2 priorities for Pa. counties

Posted on January 15, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

County leaders will seek more resources for mental health services and EMS agencies in the coming year

Fla. man accused of stealing, overturning ambulance

Posted on January 15, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Authorities say the man also toppled a mailbox and nearly struck a police car

Fla. man accused of stealing, overturning ambulance

Posted on January 15, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Authorities say the man also toppled a mailbox and nearly struck a police car

Rapid Response: First due priorities in a hazmat MCI

Posted on January 15, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The LAFD was dispatched to a report of several children experiencing symptoms after jet fuel fell on their school, demonstrating the need for information gathering/reporting and decon in a hazmat MCI

Nursing home calls strain Ohio city’s EMS capacity

Posted on January 15, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said about one-fifth of Xenia's ambulance calls come from senior living facilities, often for non-emergencies

FF-EMT’s diabetes health startup to stock medical transport vans with glucose gel

Posted on January 15, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An organization that provides medical appointment transportation will partner with Glucose Revival to carry glucose gel necklaces for diabetic patients

Fallen Wyo. paramedic was ‘compassionate,’ ‘kind,’ witness says

Posted on January 15, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A trucker driver who stopped to help at the scene said Wamsutter Paramedic Mike Wilder assisted him after he cut his hand

Iowa paramedic-designed rig features low-frequency sirens, improved seatbelts

Posted on January 15, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An ambulance built with input from the paramedics who will use it was put into service this week

Iowa paramedic-designed rig features low-frequency sirens, improved seatbelts

Posted on January 15, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An ambulance built with input from the paramedics who will use it was put into service this week

40 affected after jet dumps fuel on Los Angeles school playgrounds

Posted on January 14, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Authorities say a jetliner making an emergency return dropped the fuel over two elementary schools and one high school

23 treated after jet dumps fuel on elementary playground

Posted on January 14, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Authorities say 17 children and six adults were affected

Frequent 911 callers scrutinized amid Chicago ambulance shortage

Posted on January 14, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Chicago Fire Department said frequent 911 callers contribute to long response times as the mayor pledged to add more ambulances

Former EMS director alleges defamation, HIPAA violations, security camera snooping in lawsuit

Posted on January 14, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The EMT said he was forced to resign after “civil rights violations, harassment and retaliation” by a supervisor

2-year-old saved from choking reunites with flight paramedics

Posted on January 14, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

HALO-Flight paramedics dislodged a marble from the boy’s throat on Christmas Day

Hoax 911 calls lead to arrest of Maine man

Posted on January 14, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said all four fabricated calls prompted a "heavy response" from fire, EMS and law enforcement personnel

Grants, awards presented at NAEMSP 2020 Meeting

Posted on January 13, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

More than a dozen awards, including $10,000 in research grants, were presented to professionals at the annual conference

Grants, awards presented at NAEMSP 2020 Meeting

Posted on January 13, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

More than a dozen awards, including $10,000 in research grants, were presented to professionals at the annual conference

3 firefighters injured in Mass. ambulance crash

Posted on January 13, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said five vehicles were involved in the crash that injured six people and damaged a new ambulance

NYC subway program to station EMTs at 4 busiest locations

Posted on January 13, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The change from 12 stations to four will focus on stations most benefited by the program

8 wounded in stabbing spree, suspect arrested

Posted on January 13, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A police sergeant said fire and medical personnel helped work with victims and law enforcement to track down the suspect

Cleveland EMS union battle puts mental health in spotlight

Posted on January 13, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Cleveland EMS providers are protesting the city's repeated legal challenges to a contract that would provide paid leave and treatment for PTSD

EMS chief, paramedic retire after audit reveals critical billing issues

Posted on January 13, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

One of the outgoing employees mentioned the audit that revealed revenue losses of at least $200,000 in his resignation letter

Donation funds CPR device for Mich. fire department

Posted on January 12, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A grant of more than $21,000 will allow the department to purchase a LUCAS device

3 paramedics injured after ambulance struck by fallen tree

Posted on January 12, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The paramedics were transporting a patient when the tree fell and landed on their windshield

3 paramedics injured after ambulance struck by fallen tree

Posted on January 12, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The paramedics were transporting a patient when the tree fell and landed on their windshield

LODD: Wyo. EMT dies from cardiac arrest responding to crash

Posted on January 12, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Wamsutter Ambulance Service EMT Mike Wilder was at the scene of a fatal car crash when he went into cardiac arrest

LODD: Wyo. EMT dies from cardiac arrest responding to crash

Posted on January 12, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Wamsutter Ambulance Service EMT Mike Wilder was at the scene of a fatal car crash when he went into cardiac arrest

LODD: Texas fire Lt.-paramedic, police officer killed, 1 FF-paramedic injured at icy wreck scene

Posted on January 11, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A vehicle crossed a median and crashed into the firefighter-paramedics and police officer as they worked a wreck

NJ rescue squad seeks 2 dozen volunteers or risks staffing level failures

Posted on January 11, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The organization lost 18 volunteers who either left the squad to pursue jobs, attend college or relocated

Protests boosted as Cleveland officials renew challenge to EMS contract

Posted on January 10, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Union members expressed outrage and urged support for a picket march after the city again challenged an arbitration ruling in court

Minn. foundation expands to give grants to first responders, military

Posted on January 10, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Front Line Foundation is filling in gaps in funding to support training and equipment for Minnesota first responders and the families of those killed in the line of duty

Photo of the Week: NC’s Onslow EMS debuts whole blood on ambulances

Posted on January 10, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The new addition will allow providers to administer life-saving blood transfusions on scene or during transport

Md. county FD rolls out cold response system for less urgent medical calls

Posted on January 10, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The agency hopes to preserve roadway safety by running ambulances without lights and sirens when a patient’s injuries are not life-threatening

Md. county FD rolls out cold response system for less urgent medical calls

Posted on January 10, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The agency hopes to preserve roadway safety by running ambulances without lights and sirens when a patient’s injuries are not life-threatening

Audit shows Wis. ambulance service lost revenue by mishandling claims

Posted on January 10, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A 25-page report outlined deficits in training and internal processes that led to an estimated $200,000 or more in lost revenue

2 Ore. paramedics in limbo as fire chief calls for dual-role positions

Posted on January 10, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A city board rescinded layoff notices for the paramedics after the chief sought to replace them with firefighter-paramedics

Mass. man gives retiring paramedic who saved his life a grateful sendoff

Posted on January 10, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Antonio Pimentel said he would have died from his heart attack last November if not for New Bedford Senior Paramedic Lacy Gomes

Man sentenced for stealing more than $150K from Pa. fire, ambulance companies

Posted on January 10, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The man was convicted of writing false checks to himself while serving as treasurer for both companies

Ind. high school purchases ambulance to help train health career students

Posted on January 10, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The school also bought a cot and other EMS equipment, and works with the local fire department and hospital

Ind. high school purchases ambulance to help train health career students

Posted on January 10, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The school also bought a cot and other EMS equipment, and works with the local fire department and hospital

Fallen Pa. paramedic supervisor honored by community ahead of funeral

Posted on January 9, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Rostrover Paramedic Supervisor Matthew Smelser, who was struck and killed Sunday, has received tributes from across the state and country

W.Va. county voting on resolution to deny EMS union recognition

Posted on January 9, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

County EMS providers are seeking a collective bargaining agreement, claiming staff shortages are creating safety risks

I’m a paramedic – I’m not supposed to feel

Posted on January 9, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A paramedic takes on the gut-wrenching task of informing the family of a patient's death

Man arrested after reportedly cursing at dispatchers, barking like dog in 911 calls

Posted on January 9, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The man faces a felony charge of disrupting public service after authorities say he made several 911 calls for no reason

NY town establishes task force to improve ambulance service

Posted on January 9, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The task force seeks to bring together ambulance corps and town leaders to best make use of available funds

FDNY paramedic attacked by co-worker at hospital, officials say

Posted on January 9, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Authorities say the paramedic was left with a gash on the back of her head after her partner struck her with an electronic tablet

FDNY paramedic attacked by coworker at hospital, officials say

Posted on January 9, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Authorities say the paramedic was left with a gash on the back of her head after her partner struck her with an electronic tablet

FDNY paramedic attacked by partner at hospital, officials say

Posted on January 9, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Authorities say the paramedic was left with a gash on the back of her head after her partner struck her with an electronic tablet

FDNY medic attacked by partner in rig

Posted on January 9, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Authorities say the paramedic was left with a gash on the back of her head after her partner struck her with an electronic tablet

Mo. man arrested after brick thrown at ambulance

Posted on January 8, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police say the man threatened to kill first responders' families, caused $1,000 of damage to the rig and briefly escaped from a police car window

FDNY paramedic whose father died in the line of duty promoted to lieutenant

Posted on January 8, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

FDNY Lt. Michael Toomey’s father, Firefighter John “Jack” Toomey, died in 1987 shortly before becoming a lieutenant

Second ambulance company sued in EMT sexual assault case

Posted on January 8, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The family of a 15-year-old victim says the assaults committed by former EMT David Carpio could have been prevented

8 children, 2 adults injured in NC school bus crash

Posted on January 8, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A helicopter and ambulances from multiple departments responded after the crash involving a school bus, FedEx truck and 18-wheeler

Experts say more funding needed for ‘988’ suicide hotline to go forward

Posted on January 8, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Mental health advocates said the shortened hotline number will save lives and reduce stigma, but must be sustained with proper resources

Police looking for man who stole, crashed ambulance in Ga.

Posted on January 8, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police say the man stole the ambulance from the emergency entrance of a hospital and crashed it five minutes later

Scholarships awarded for professionals to attend NAEMSP 2020 Annual Meeting

Posted on January 7, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The scholarships will cover registration, housing and travel expenses for 12 professionals attending the conference

NC county approves community paramedicine program after jump in 911 calls

Posted on January 7, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The county's 911 calls rose by more than 2,500 in 2019 and officials hope to follow the example of another county that successfully reduced calls

Student-run EMS offers career prep at Ore. college

Posted on January 7, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Students operate Willamette EMS on weekends and earn patient care hours by responding to real emergency calls from campus

Multiple injuries in 30-car Maine highway pileup

Posted on January 7, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Several ambulances and a medical helicopter responded to Tuesday morning crash

Hospital donates ballistic vests to W.Va. firefighters, medics

Posted on January 7, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Wheeling Hospital donated 12 vests worth about $9,000 to the Wheeling Fire Department

Former firefighter-paramedic files claim, alleges gender discrimination

Posted on January 7, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The former fire rescue employee's wrongful termination claim alleges she was unfairly singled out for her gender and social media use

Former firefighter-paramedic files claim alleging gender discrimination

Posted on January 7, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The former fire rescue employee's wrongful termination claim alleges she was unfairly singled out for her gender and social media use

Puerto Rico hit with nearly a dozen earthquakes, aftershocks

Posted on January 7, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Local media reported that one person had died and another was injured in a home collapse in the aftermath of an initial 6.4 magnitude quake off the coast

Ambulance window struck, cracked by BB gun shots

Posted on January 6, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Crewmembers said they heard two bangs and realized the rig’s back window had been broken

Texas city equips 240 Stop the Bleed kits to distribute during disasters

Posted on January 6, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Bags containing 40 kits each are now stocked in all Fort Worth MedStar supervisor response vehicles for use during mass casualty incidents

Texas city EMS stockpiles Stop the Bleed kits in case of disaster

Posted on January 6, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Bags containing 40 kits each are now stocked in all Fort Worth MedStar supervisor response vehicles for use during mass casualty incidents

Medic’s complaint prompts proposed change to Fla. county harassment policy

Posted on January 6, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A county commissioner wants complainants to be able to appeal decisions after an EMS employee’s harassment claim was dismissed

EMS World Expo Quick Take: Challenges and best practices in prehospital cricothyrotomy

Posted on January 6, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Flight physician Cynthia M. Griffin shares lessons learned from an emergency surgical cricothyrotomy performed in a prehospital setting

Ohio city fire department reaches 10th anniversary of transporting patients

Posted on January 6, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The fire department says it has generated more than $7.3 million in revenue after the decision in 2009 to provide medical transports

Kan. county ambulance returns after nearly year-long makeover

Posted on January 6, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The box of the nearly 10-year-old ambulance was remounted onto a new chassis, repainted and equipped with a new cot system

Ambulance crew, police, hospital staff failed to realize man was shot, lawsuit claims

Posted on January 6, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

The family of homicide victim Frank Navaroli III said there was a delay in recognizing and treating the 27-year-old’s gunshot wound

LODD: Pa. paramedic supervisor struck and killed responding to crash scene

Posted on January 6, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedic Supervisor Matt C. Smelser, 44, was fatally struck by a tractor-trailer shortly after exiting an ambulance

LODD: Pa. paramedic supervisor struck and killed responding to crash scene

Posted on January 6, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedic Supervisor Matt C. Smelser, 44, was fatally struck by a tractor-trailer shortly after exiting an ambulance

EMS reflects on 2 years serving rural Iowa communities

Posted on January 5, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After another paramedics group ceased operations, Woodbury County EMS stepped in to provide 24/7 coverage

2 firefighters, 2 paramedics injured in crash transporting shooting victim

Posted on January 5, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police say a woman struck the back of the ambulance occupied by a critical patient and four Cleveland first responders

5 dead, dozens hospitalized in Pennsylvania Turnpike crash

Posted on January 5, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials say at least 60 people were hospitalized after the crash involving a passenger bus and multiple other vehicles

Location confusion may have delayed response to pond crash that killed 2 children

Posted on January 4, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials are investigating whether incorrect data in the county's GIS mapping system slowed down the arrival of first responders

N.C. city evacuates more than 300 people after EMS raises carbon monoxide concerns

Posted on January 4, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS officials said carbon monoxide exposure could not be ruled out in the deaths of two infants at a public housing complex

Mich. EMT dies in vehicle crash

Posted on January 4, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Medstar Ambulance EMT James Bloss, 21, died Friday morning in an off-duty crash

Photo of the Week: Mayo Clinic ambulance focuses on safety

Posted on January 3, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The new ambulance includes a redesigned patient care area layout, injury-reduction features and climate control systems

Conn. man arrested after sexual assault in ambulance reported

Posted on January 3, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police say the man broke through restraints and attacked a female first responder

Cleveland EMS union plans protest over wages, mental health support

Posted on January 3, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The union has called its members to action after it says the city has failed to comply with a collective bargaining agreement

Ambulance among 8 vehicles chased, rammed by intoxicated man, California Highway Patrol says

Posted on January 3, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials say Roderick Weston went on a rampage and targeted vehicles, including an ambulance, to hit with his pickup truck

Former soldier, Ill. firefighter-medic battles PTSD while raising money for others

Posted on January 3, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Ryan Mains served others as an Army medic and a Chicago-area firefighter; now, grappling with PTSD, he’s still trying to help

1 dead, 3 injured in Austin stabbing

Posted on January 3, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Austin-Travis County EMS said a man in his 20s was pronounced dead, while another victim was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries

How much do you know about prehospital stroke care?

Posted on January 3, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Are you ready to respond to a stroke emergency call? Find out by taking our quiz

How much do you know about prehospital stroke care?

Posted on January 3, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Are you ready to respond to a stroke emergency call? Find out by taking our quiz

NY college student arrested after allegedly taking ambulance for joy ride

Posted on January 2, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The 23-year-old is accused of stealing the ambulance early on New Year's Day while the crew was responding to a medical call

NJ town ambulance squad shuts down after eviction, staffing troubles

Posted on January 2, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The squad chose to cease service in 2020 after its staff was reduced to just eight volunteers

Bystander CPR is less common in Hispanic neighborhoods, study finds

Posted on January 2, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The study findings suggest a need for more CPR training in Hispanic communities

Ga. paramedic stabbed in neck by patient

Posted on January 2, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service Paramedic Corey Dover was stabbed close to his spine with a 3-inch knife

Hawaii motorcyclist dies after hitting ambulance

Posted on January 2, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police said the man was attempting to pass an ambulance responding to a call

Fewer fire fatalities, but spike in medical emergencies in 2019, FDNY says

Posted on January 2, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire fatalities in New York City fell by 25% last year, but 2019 also saw the second highest amount of medical emergencies in FDNY history

Conn. town FFs, EMS providers, dispatchers come together to form ice hockey team

Posted on January 2, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The team of first responders joined the Connecticut Hockey League and made it through the semi-final playoff round this season

Ga. ambulance company pays $65K HIPAA settlement

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

The settlement stems from a 2012 incident of an unencrypted laptop falling from the back of an ambulance

Del. paramedic celebrates holidays with family – and a new liver

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

Paramedic Nick LaBrie is recovering from liver transplant surgery after a brush with death earlier this year

Pa. county officials say not enough residents registered with Smart911

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

The county's executive 911 director urged residents to sign up, saying the program may be discontinued if there are not enough participants

SC paramedic crafts wooden flags to honor fallen first responders

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

Paramedic Daniel Thomasson sends the flags to the departments and families of every first responder killed in the line of duty

Va. man charged after head-on collision with ambulance

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

The man was charged with reckless driving and driving without a license

Va. man charged after head-on collision with ambulance

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

The man was charged with reckless driving and driving without a license

Miss. man dies in crash with ambulance

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

A coroner said the man may have experienced a medical emergency that caused him to lose control of his vehicle

Miss. man dies in crash with ambulance

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

A coroner said the man may have experienced a medical emergency that caused him to lose control of his vehicle

Ohio city FD program leaves naloxone kits with patients

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

The Leave It Behind program aims to reduce overdose deaths by giving patients access to naloxone at home

EMS provider injured in rollover ambulance crash

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

The ambulance crashed during a non-emergency transport on icy roads

Man stole ambulance as firefighters responded to medical call, police say

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

Officials say the man left the house firefighters were responding to and led police on a chase with the rig's lights activated

Photo of the Week: DeKalb AMR spreads joy on Christmas

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

American Medical Response distributed toys to DeKalb County children's hospitals on Christmas Day

Photo of the Week: DeKalb AMR spreads joy on Christmas

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

American Medical Response distributed toys to DeKalb County children's hospitals on Christmas Day

More than 12 people hurt in blast at Kansas manufacturing plant

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

At least one person sustained serious injuries and 11 were hospitalized after a ruptured nitrogen line caused an explosion

Firefighters, EMS providers fulfill wish of mentor with terminal cancer

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

First responders fundraised for EMT and Nurse Sharon Hartwell so she could fulfill her dreams of traveling

Alaska medical flight makes emergency landing on frozen lake

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

The incident comes one month after two crewmembers from the same medevac company died in a plane crash

Spotlight: ESI Apparatus Division provides customers with the ability to design, fabricate and install well-thought-out hydraulic rescue systems on your apparatus.

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

Police car crashes into ambulance in front of Ill. hospital

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

The officer driving the police department vehicle was ticketed for failure to yield

Former paramedic who suffered brain injury wins service dog giveaway

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

Former volunteer Paramedic Andrew Camerino will receive a fully trained service dog for free

First-year data shows Wisc. city FD’s home visit program ‘greatly needed’

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

The Mobile Integrated Health program sends specially trained paramedics to check in on patients recently discharged from the hospital

Girl dies on flight leaving Los Angeles airport

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

Paramedics rushed aboard the plane after it returned to the gate but were unable to revive the young girl

Without grant money, Mass. town fire chief makes case for hiring more EMTs

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

The chief told a town board that the department has the funding to make the hires, which would help rebuild a depleted staff

Fla. county 911 program transfers low-acuity calls to nurses

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

The program aims to lower ambulance dispatches to non-emergencies

Former FF used EMT training to save coworker after chainsaw accident

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

Former Firefighter Tate Robinson says he used his past experience as a first responder to handle the emergency

Paramedic accused of poisoning wife with eye drops

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

Joshua Lee Hunsucker is accused of killing his wife in order to collect her life insurance

2 firefighter-medics injured in Ohio ambulance crash

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

The Columbus Fire battalion chief said the rig was hit by a vehicle that ran a red light

Baby, family meet dispatcher-paramedic who helped with freeway birth

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

The baby’s parents thanked Honolulu 911 Dispatcher and Paramedic Emily Zuckernick for talking them through the birth

Pilot dies after Ala. air ambulance crash

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

A coroner said he believes the pilot most likely had a heart attack while landing the helicopter

LODD: Pilot dies after Ala. air ambulance crash

Posted on December 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

A coroner said he believes the pilot most likely had a heart attack while landing the helicopter

W.Va. college improves EMS programs to meet community needs

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

The programs were restructured to work with the schedules of working adults through incorporating an online component, multiple lab sites and clinical hour options

Calif. ambulance service protests city’s selection of foreign rival

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

AMR's lawyer sent a letter to the city council referencing the "spotty track record" of Falck of Copenhagen, Denmark, as unsuitable for San Diego

More than 60 vehicles involved in Va. crash; 35 people taken to hospitals

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

Officials said at least two people sustained life-threatening injuries in the chain-reaction pileup

13 shot at memorial party in Chicago

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

More than a dozen people were wounded, four critically, when gunmen began "shooting randomly" while leaving, police say

British ambulance service creates video compilation of its nonemergency calls

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

The service said it created the video to inform the public about when it is appropriate to call emergency services

Employees at Ala. EMS endure insurance lapses

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

Employees at the emergency medical service and their families say their work-provided coverage has repeatedly fallen through

Ohio ambulance service owners surprise employees with new equipment

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

Company owners presented employees with 10 new vehicles, seven new computers, three new power cots and more

Photo of the Week: Kids receive gifts from ‘Polar Express’ ambulance

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

Huntsville Emergency Medical Services delivered presents to the local YMCA Child Development Center in a decorated rig

Mass. FDs plan to work together to provide ALS coverage

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

Fire agencies in Lancaster and Bolton will collaborate to provide advanced life support services after their previous ALS provider abruptly pulled out

Former EMS leader sues city after being fired for tweets

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

The former St. Croix EMS interim director is alleging due process violations in his 2018 firing

A new ally in the fight against potential carcinogens

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

A new, disposable cleansing wipe designed for first responders makes it faster and easier for firefighters and paramedics to clean up after a fire call

Pa. county to get $16.9 million dispatch system upgrade

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

The county's 911 coordinator said the "questionable" reliability of the current system "is a safety risk to our responders"

LODD: Miss. paramedic dies from complications after 2013 crash

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

AMR Paramedic Jennifer Hesselbein, 34, was seriously injured after being struck by a car while helping a patient

LODD: Miss. paramedic dies from complications after 2013 crash

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

AMR Paramedic Jennifer Hesselbein, 34, was seriously injured after being struck by a car while helping a patient

LODD: Miss. paramedic dies from complications after 2013 crash

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

AMR Paramedic Jennifer Hesselbein, 34, was seriously injured after being struck by a car while helping a patient

NY town paramedic pleads guilty to stealing drugs from drop-off box

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

Jon Cinelli, 52, admitted to stealing the drugs from a police department box while working as a paramedic for the town

2 dead, 2 wounded in shooting at RI senior-living complex

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

Two people, including the suspected shooter, were killed and two others were wounded after the attack at an assisted living complex

Racial disparities in EMS

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

Are we providing the same high-quality EMS treatments to all of our patients?

Surprise? 4 ways to prepare your agency for an audit

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

It’s not a matter of if, but when; be prepared by becoming familiar with the OIG workplan, and improving records management and communication across the agency

Conn. town offers quarterly payments to attract volunteer firefighters, EMTs

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

The town's Volunteer Firefighters' Relief Program will now pay volunteers every three months instead of paying a lump sum once a year

First responders seek resolution to Wash. dispatch center’s ’emergency staffing situation’

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

Fire and police leaders met with dispatch center officials and questioned a recent notice that services would be reduced due to staffing

Public safety commissioner in NY city responds to EMS contract concerns

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

The Saratoga Springs commissioner said the new contract will increase city revenue and not interfere with plans for a new fire/EMS station

NJ town cuts ribbon at new $10M fire and EMS station

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

Personnel are expected to start working from the new 30,000-square-foot station early next year

1 killed, others wounded in stabbing at Ore. shopping center

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

An attacker stabbed multiple people at a suburban Portland shopping center Wednesday, authorities said

Donors support National EMS Museum’s 2020 initiatives

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

An EMS industry law firm, the NAEMT and a retired medic have recently made contributions to the museum

Airman recalls rescue of woman in submerged ambulance

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

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ryan Fontaine helped EMS providers free a 91-year-old woman from an ambulance stuck in a slough

Airman recalls rescue of woman in submerged ambulance

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

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ryan Fontaine helped EMS providers free a 91-year-old woman from an ambulance stuck in a slough

Calif. paramedic stabbed by patient

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

The patient stabbed the paramedic with “scissors or shears” during transport, police say

Ambulance service in Ohio deemed “unauditable”

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

Officials said "loose record-keeping" and missing paperwork prevented the completion of a recent audit

19 strangest calls of 2019

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

From a 7-inch fish lodged in a man’s throat, to a man claiming the devil made him steal an ambulance, these are the 19 strangest calls of the year

SC city ambulance service fined for not responding to 911 calls

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

The service was fined $2,000 for failing to respond to four medical calls in October

Detroit first responders fundraise for 2 girls whose mother died from overdose

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

Fire and EMS personnel collected gift cards and Christmas presents for the family, and are helping them move into a new house

Police: Youth football EMT asked minors for pictures of feet, used socks

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

The EMT, who reportedly met the underage boys through his job, was charged with three counts of corruption of minors

Texas hospital starts construction on new EMS station, dispatch center

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

UMC Health System held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new facilities, which are expected to open next year

Texas hospital starts construction on new EMS station, dispatch center

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

UMC Health System held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new facilities, which are expected to open next year

Telestroke: Taking telemedicine mobile to curb stroke damage

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

Century Ambulance reduces brain tissue loss by connecting neurologists to perform NIHSS assessment in the field

Telestroke: Taking telemedicine mobile to curb stroke damage

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

Century Ambulance reduces brain tissue loss by connecting neurologists to perform NIHSS assessment in the field

Snowmobile crashes, FD funding and staffing discussed at north NY emergency conference

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

Dozens gathered last week to discuss emergency preparedness issues faced by first responders and healthcare personnel in the state's north country

Snowmobile crashes, FD funding and staffing discussed at north NY emergency conference

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

Dozens gathered last week to discuss emergency preparedness issues faced by first responders and healthcare personnel in the state's north country

More than 35 agencies partner to combat opioid crisis in Conn. city

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

The partnership, which includes the city fire department, will use $1.3 million in grants to address substance abuse and addiction

NC county EMS now carrying whole blood on ambulances

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

Officials say the change will allow life-saving blood transfusions to be administered on scene or during transport

Idaho paramedic starts nonprofit after facing mental health struggle

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

The paramedic plans to fund mental health treatment for fellow first responders

3 ambulances stolen from private ambulance company in Texas

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

An employee noticed that the ambulances were missing Monday morning

Tenn. man accused of spitting on paramedic, attempting to kick police officer

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

A man was arrested and charged with assault and other offenses after reportedly being combative with first responders

Ohio paramedic charged with stealing narcotics from county jail

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

The paramedic reportedly admitted to stealing six oxycodone pills while at work

Sudden death of Mass. firefighter-EMT under investigation

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

Milford Fire Department Firefighter-EMT Patrick W. Evans, 37, died unexpectedly on Sunday

Company creates attachable breasts for manikins to address gender disparities in CPR

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

The Womanikin attachment seeks to make civilians more comfortable performing CPR on women

Company creates attachable breasts for manikins to address gender disparities in CPR

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

The Womanikin attachment seeks to make civilians more comfortable performing CPR on women

Ohio health network to pay tuition, wages for EMT students

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

The Kettering Health Network is seeking to recruit EMTs to work for their mobile care unit

Ohio-based health network to pay tuition, wages for EMT students

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

The Kettering Health Network is seeking to recruit EMTs to work for their mobile care unit

Ohio-based health network to pay tuition, wages for EMT students

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

The Kettering Health Network is seeking to recruit EMTs to work for their mobile care unit

New La. city ambulance contract seeks to improve response times

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

The contract requires the city's ambulance service to improve its average response time by two minutes

Proposed Mass. addiction treatment center to have wing for first responders

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

The dedicated wing would include space to treat up to 50 first responders and include specialized care

EMS World Expo Quick Take: EMS careers – Making the decision to stay or move on

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

Higher education, mentoring and when to move on: The NAEMT Board tackles EMS career development

NC county EMS buys its first 4×4 ambulance to prepare for winter

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

The service purchased the four-wheel-drive ambulance after struggling through last year's winter storm

Rural Minn. EMS systems grapple with volunteer shortages

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

The Minnesota Department of Health says 80% of the state's rural ambulance services rely on volunteers, and 60% of volunteer services are short-staffed

Ill. first responders compete in Salvation Army’s ‘Gurneys, Guns and Hoses’ contest

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

Competing fire, EMS and police agencies aim to collect the most donations in the holiday bell-ringing campaign

Navy, FD surprise sailor with ceremony honoring lifesaving response

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

U.S. Navy Senior Chief Mark B. Shipley, who is also a volunteer firefighter, was awarded a commendation medal for resuscitating a man in cardiac arrest

Fla. firefighter-paramedic recalls saving fellow first responder

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

Firefighter-Paramedic James Axiotis was off duty when he aided a police officer having a heart attack at the gym

Calif. city fire department unveils ‘Paramedic Wall of Fame’

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

The Wall of Fame plaque displays the names of more than 100 current and former fire department paramedics

Man called Uber after waiting 23 minutes for ambulance, fire chief says

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

The chief highlighted the incident at a city council meeting to suggest the fire department have its own ambulance service

Ariz. woman bit paramedic while in custody, police say

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

Police say the alleged attack occurred when the woman was taken to the hospital for “medical clearance”

5-year-old inspires autism sensory kits for Mich. first responders

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

A police detective was motivated to create the "Carter Kits" by his son, who is on the autism spectrum

First responders gather to host benefit for injured Texas paramedic

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

Paramedic Kenan White was seriously injured in October after a truck hit his car while he was stopped to assist with a crash

Implementing crew resource management tactics in emergency medicine

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

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

FCC to launch 3-digit suicide hotline number

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

Federal regulators are setting up the suicide prevention hotline, which will be reachable by dialing 988

Ohio program provides meals, services to reduce 911 calls

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

LifeCare Alliance receives referrals from fire departments and healthcare providers to assist frequent 911 callers with basic needs

Ind. community college offers free tuition for volunteer firefighters, EMS providers

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

The college and the state’s volunteer firefighters’ association created the scholarship to encourage volunteering

Orlando lawmakers seek to fund PTSD facility, counseling for Pulse responders and survivors

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

Two proposed bills would continue and expand the work of facilities that provide mental health support and treatment

Wash. county 911 center sees improvements in first year as independent agency

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

The center has increased its staff by 50% and dispatchers say they are experiencing less stress

Pa. county first responders say GPS sometimes leads to wrong address

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

One fire chief said the new system gives wrong directions for about one call per month

Photo of the Week: Andy the Ambulance

Posted on December 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Aiken County Emergency Services hosts a bi-annual Sensory Sensitive and Special Needs Touch-A-Truck Event for children and their families

Tenn. city FD says outreach program for frequent 911 callers has made a difference

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

The program connects frequent 911 callers with social workers to address unmet needs and prevent repeat calls

Ohio region considering 3 ambulance proposals

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

At a city council meeting, municipality leaders raised concerns about increasing the price per person for EMS services

Idaho city EMTs object to leadership arrangement, policies

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

A group of 15 EMTs said they would remove themselves from the roster if a list of stipulations was not addressed

Tenn. county EMS donates $5.8K from pink shirt campaign to cancer center

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

The pink shirts became the EMS staff’s official uniform during October to promote breast cancer awareness

NTSB releases preliminary report on fatal Alaska air ambulance crash

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

A dispatch officer for Medevac Alaska was not aware that two other companies had turned down the flight, the report says

Off-duty EMT helps at scene of burning car

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

EMT Madison Calhoun, 18, saw a car on fire in her rear-view mirror and stopped to direct two people out of the vehicle

AmeriPro EMS acquires Ambulance Service, Inc.

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

Florida-based Ambulance Service, Inc., which has operated for 54 years, will expand AmeriPro’s current 60-unit fleet

Time-critical: The importance of stroke triage for EMS

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

Rapid restoration of blood flow is the most critical determiner of functional brain survival

NJ city FD, EMS partner with university for nursing student ride-along program

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

Participants say the program helps aspiring nurses understand the prehospital decision-making process in emergencies

Federal agencies request input on prehospital airway management questions

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

The agencies are seeking feedback on key questions that will be used to review research and develop evidence-based guidelines

Pa. man accused of attacking 3 EMS providers, police officer

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

Police say the man regained consciousness after being giving naloxone and immediately began striking first responders

Former Oklahoma City paramedic sentenced in drug tampering case

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

Colin Andrew Davis was sentenced to six months in prison for tampering with fentanyl and ketamine vials

Mich. city FD says increased medical runs have consumed budget

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

The city’s mayor said options include opting out of EMS services or cutting other services unless changes to funding or the county EMS system are made

SD county lowers number of EMTs required on ambulance calls

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

Emergency management officials say the change will put less stress on resources

4 ways EMS can respond to shifting patient expectations

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

Don’t let your agency get behind – here are steps you can take to rethink your tech strategy

4 ways EMS can respond to shifting patient expectations

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

Don’t let your agency get behind – here are steps you can take to rethink your tech strategy

4 ways EMS can respond to shifting patient expectations

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

Don’t let your agency get behind – here are steps you can take to rethink your tech strategy

Ambulance struck by tractor-trailer en route to crash scene

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

Officials said the ambulance crew and tractor-trailer driver sustained minor injuries in the collision

Ambulance struck by tractor-trailer en route to crash scene

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

Officials said the ambulance crew and tractor-trailer driver sustained minor injuries in the collision

Pa. woman arrested after allegedly punching, threatening ambulance crew

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

An EMS provider was reportedly injured after being punched in the face by the suspect

New Zealand paramedic describes ‘shocking’ scene after volcano eruption

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

The paramedic told reporters they found no survivors on the island; American tourists are among the missing

2 EMS providers hurt in DC ambulance crash

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

DC Fire and EMS said two EMS providers and one other motorist were injured

First high school emergency operations center opens in Connecticut

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

Students will get hands-on career development experience while providing support to first responders

Man posing as EMT walks into Mass. home

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

Police warned residents to take precautions after a man dressed as an EMT claimed to be performing a wellness check at a residence

Mass. towns ‘scramble’ after ambulance service pulls ALS

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

Officials say they were given two days' notice that they needed to look for a new advanced life support ambulance provider

Man claims to be God after allegedly attempting to steal ambulance

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

Police say the Ohio man also claimed he was an undercover police officer and that his wife was giving birth to Jesus Christ

Aspiring paramedic reunites with air ambulance pilot after car crash

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

Victoria Duran credits Flight Nurse Clint Kneuven and other first responders for saving her life after the crash eight years ago

Man develops app to alert first responders to mass shootings

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

The app sends out an alert to people within a 10-mile radius when a shooting is occurring

NC man arrested for allegedly stealing ambulance, hitting patrol car

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

The 25-year-old man reportedly led highway patrol on a pursuit after stealing the rig from a hospital

Ohio man arrested after 10 nonemergency 911 calls

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

Police say the man was given several warnings after calling 911 to chat with dispatchers

Calif. city could start charging nonresidents for EMS

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

The change could help the city's fire department recover more of the costs of providing fee-related EMS services

Maine officials say state’s EMS system is “in crisis”

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

With increasing calls and costs, and an unraveling funding model, officials warn ambulance services across the state are in danger of closing

Fired Ga. police sergeant accused of killing paramedic seeks trial venue change

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

Lawyers for William Talley argue he cannot get a fair trial in Muscogee County due to the publicity and outrage surrounding the case

Wis. county EMS forum addresses recruitment, funding woes

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

The forum sought to gather input from officials and providers as a study is underway to assess the county's EMS challenges

Md. medevac copter limited by staffing shortage, electrical issues

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

The Maryland State Police copter has been running within limited hours and at times has been out of service during emergencies

App notifies firefighters of pedestrian hit right outside station

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

The California firefighters said they were able to respond immediately after the PulsePoint app alerted them to the injured woman

PTSD awareness stamp unveiled by USPS

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

Net proceeds from the stamp will go toward helping Americans with post-traumatic stress disorder

Flu cases increased by 100% for Texas county EMS

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

Austin-Travis County EMS said it is responding to 30 flu cases per day

5 Pa. municipalities left without EMS after ambulance service closes

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

The ambulance service gave the municipalities a 90-day notice but had to close earlier than expected

Mont. county to suspend hospital ambulance service over reimbursement dispute

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

Commissioners claim the Indian Health Service owes $1.8 million in reimbursements for county ambulance transports

4 dead, 11 hospitalized in shooting at Fla. naval air station

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

Authorities confirmed the suspect in the shooting at the Pensacola Naval Air Station is dead

4 dead, 12 hospitalized in shooting at Fla. naval air station

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

Two deputies, one of whom killed the shooter, are among the injured

35 Pa. volunteer EMS services ask legislators to ‘slow the bleeding’

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

The services called for reductions in education, training and certification requirements as they face volunteer shortages

Photo of the Week: High-fidelity aviation training

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

Watch: Sussex County EMS trained with neighboring EMS, fire and police departments on managing air medical patient transportation scenarios

3 dead, at least 11 hospitalized in shooting at Fla. naval air station

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

Authorities confirmed the suspect in the shooting at the Pensacola Naval Air Station is dead

4 injured in Conn. ambulance rollover crash

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

Three EMS providers and the driver of another car sustained minor injuries when the rig rolled over Thursday night

‘No wrongdoing’ found in $103K deficit in Sandy Hook fund

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

The fund was created to support teachers, EMS providers and other first responders present at the shooting

NC county approves non-emergency ambulance applications

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

The CEO of one of the two ambulance companies said the approval will free the county's EMS from non-emergency calls and create jobs

Man accused of attacking, biting FDNY EMT indicted on assault charges

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

FDNY EMT Nicholas Cody suffered nerve damage after being bitten on the shoulder and slammed into an ambulance door

SC hospital unveils new neonatal intensive care ambulance

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

The new apparatus can carry up to two babies at once and will replace an 11-year-old NICU ambulance

Ind. firefighters accused of cheating on EMT exam

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

One firefighter resigned after a total of six firefighters from two municipalities were accused of cheating

Man allegedly stole ambulance from hospital to go buy heroin

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

Police say Raymond Kibby stole the ambulance from outside the hospital where he was receiving treatment for heroin withdrawal

For 50 years, Mass. foundation has helped fund fire-rescue teams

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

The group has raised and donated more than $200,000 to help fire, rescue and EMS services in its small town community

Calif. city FD to ramp up EMS after neighboring county cuts ambulances

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

The department plans to provide nontransport advanced life support in anticipation that their county's ambulances will be taxed responding to the next county over

Tenn. EMT injured after car sideswipes ambulance

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

Three EMS providers and a 71-year-old patient were in the rig at the time of the crash

Fire chief: ‘Please don’t stick your hand in a snowblower’

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

In a 48-hour period, six people in Massachusetts were taken to the hospital after sticking their hands in snowblowers

Pittsburgh man charged after allegedly harassing black EMTs

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

The man was charged with ethnic intimidation and reckless endangering after reportedly yelling racist slurs and following the off-duty EMTs in his truck

EMS crews brought patients to the hospital with misplaced breathing tubes. None of them survived.

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

Unrecognized esophageal intubation has occurred in Rhode Island at least 11 times in the last three years, according to a report by The Public's Radio

Former Pa. county emergency squad chief injured in house fire

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

A fundraiser has been set up for former chief, who is being treated at the hospital for first-degree burns

Nonprofit medical van seeks to cut EMS calls in San Francisco

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

The mobile health service seeks to help residents in need with basic medical care to reduce the need for emergency calls

Implant that releases naloxone developed by Northwestern researcher

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

The device is implanted under the skin and automatically releases naloxone when it detects a drop in blood-oxygen level

Wis. EMS chief, captain placed on leave pending financial investigation

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

An investigation was launched after the EMS board was notified of disparities in credit card statements

2 Milwaukee EMTs injured in FD ambulance crash

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

The EMTs were performing CPR on a patient inside the ambulance when it was struck by another vehicle

911 wait times reduced after changes to Ariz. city dispatch system

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

Wait times for 911 callers reduced by three-fourths after the city combined its police and fire-EMS communication centers and upgraded technology

Weather report before Alaska air ambulance crash led other company to decline flight

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

The Friday air ambulance crash killed three, including a paramedic and a registered nurse

San Diego to switch ambulance providers for first time since 1997

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

City officials made the decision based on responses to a request for proposals issued in August

Wis. municipalities still waiting after 22 years for fire-EMS district

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

Heated disagreements between fire and municipal officials have left a proposed consolidation plan in limbo

Vacationing Utah police officer uses EMT training to save crash victim

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

The Salt Lake City Officer encountered a car crash while in Europe and used a makeshift tourniquet to prevent the victim from bleeding out

Nashville FD, medical center testing automated documentation system for ER handoffs

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

The system generates patient care records based on paramedics’ motions through wearable sensors

Del. paramedic in need of liver transplant receives outpouring of support

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

A GoFundMe for Paramedic Nick LaBrie and his family has received more than $25,000 in donations

First responders unite with community to deliver bikes this Christmas

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

Firefighters, EMS providers and police are working with an Ohio county children's services department to donate bicycles for Christmas

Wash. county reduces interstate ambulance diversions

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

Hospitals in the county have become less dependent on diverting ambulances "across the river" to Oregon

Australian paramedics add Braille to ID cards to better help blind patients

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

The addition is part of a partnership between an EMS service and a non-profit that supports the blind and low vision community

LA paramedics respond to same cruise ship twice in one week after passengers fall ill

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

Authorities say 19 passengers reported flu-like systems about a week after four passengers from the same ship were taken to the hospital

2 critically injured after 11 people shot in New Orleans, police say

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

The shooting took place on the edge of the city's busy French Quarter

9 killed, 3 injured in SD plane crash

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

The Idaho-bound plane carrying passengers between the ages of 7 and 81 crashed shortly after taking off in South Dakota

NY ambulance squad revival deemed a ‘miracle’

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

On its deathbed as volunteers dwindled, new leaders and members performed a miraculous revival within months

Revival of rural NY ambulance squad called a “miracle”

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

Town leaders and community members bolstered a grassroots effort to revive the squad, which nearly closed down last year

Video: FDNY EMT who survived stroke cheered while leaving hospital

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

EMT Liam Glinane, 63, was released from the hospital after six weeks, just in time for Thanksgiving

Calif. firefighter-EMT dies from occupational cancer

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

Firefighter-EMT Tamara Thacher died Tuesday after serving 31 years with the Sacramento Fire Department

Mont. city to hire 5 EMTs after EMS director resigns

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

The city's EMS director resigned after the mayor halted the hiring process, which officials say will now move ahead

Calif. ambulance struck amid several crashes on snowy roads

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

California Highway Patrol said a driver failed to look before hitting an ambulance with a medic and firefighter inside

Mich. county offers Smart 911 for residents

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

The county is inviting residents to sign up and provide information that would be useful to first responders in an emergency

Prison time for former ambulance official who stole more than $100K from squad

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

Ruth Rookstool could spend up to three years in prison and must pay restitution

How leaders can safely communicate about suicide prevention

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

In a recent webinar, experts shared best tactics for suicide prevention messaging in public safety

NTSB report confirms concerns before medical helicopter crash

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

The report on the Ohio crash that killed three in January said employees felt pressured to take flights despite dangerous weather conditions

Tenn. EMS crew aids critical crash scene en route to separate call

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

While heading to pick up a patient, the EMS crew discovered the crash while traveling in an ambulance after their helicopter was grounded due to bad weather

Pa. county emergency managers receive drone certificates

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

Seven county employees are now permitted to fly drones that can be used to assist with search-and-rescue and assessing emergency scenes

IAEP urges Conn. lawmakers to extend PTSD benefits to EMS

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

A proposed bill would provide workers’ compensation for post-traumatic stress to firefighters and law enforcement, but currently excludes EMS personnel

Whistleblower warned UK ambulance service before 3 died

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

A letter sent to the East of England Ambulance Service Trust warned of “psychological abuse” before three EMS providers died within a 10-day period

Mich. ambulance stolen, crashed after police pursuit

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

A suspect was taken into custody and sent to the hospital after crashing the stolen rig into a tree

16 children, 3 adults treated after hazmat incident at Atlanta daycare

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

Officials believe a gas leak may have caused carbon monoxide poisoning at the facility

Wis. paramedic collapses at scene of house fire

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

Paramedic Dann Schamens was “pulseless and not breathing” before colleagues began life-saving measures, EMS officials said

Multiple injuries in Ind. ambulance crash

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

Officials said the ambulance crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer during an emergency transport

Ohio city to launch community paramedicine program

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

The pilot program seeks to help provide community members with access to healthcare and social support before emergencies arise

Ky. counties rely on 911 translation services as diversity increases

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

Officials say they are seeing more emergency calls in Spanish and Burmese, and that translation services can interpret up to 150 different languages

Mich. ambulance overturned in crash with semitruck

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

The ambulance was providing a non-emergency transport when it was struck

2 arrested after investigation finds pepper spray caused Mass. hazmat incident

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

Emergency responders previously said they could not determine the source of the odor that caused breathing problems at a community college building

Autonomous car tester offers guide for first responders

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

Google spinoff Waymo released a 14-minute training video instructing emergency personnel how to handle their automated vehicles

3 years after deadline, Ill. county’s 911 consolidation plan rejected

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

A state law passed in 2015 required the county to cut 50 percent of its 911 centers by 2016

Calif. first responders rescue man electrocuted while trimming trees

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

The process took about an hour and involved two engines, one ladder truck, police units and an ambulance

Conn. ambulance service honored for efforts at fatal plane crash scene

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

When the crew monitoring the scanners heard the crash announced, they sprung into action and three paramedics and five EMTs were on the scene within seven minutes

Conn. lawmakers consider expanding PTSD benefits to EMTs, prison guards

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

Proponents of expansion argue that EMTs and correctional officers witness as many traumatic incidents as law enforcement officers and firefighters

British engineering student designs innovative medical kit for air ambulances

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

The design of the kit is meant to speed up lifesaving measures by preventing paramedics from having to rummage through equipment

Atlanta ambulance designed to detect, treat strokes during transport

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

The Grady Memorial Hospital Mobile Stroke Unit aims to save crucial time by immediately administering treatment to patients

Md. town asks county to cover more EMS costs

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

The town wants to be repaid nearly $400,000 for service to another part of the county

Ohio medic injured in crash has long road to recovery; fundraiser planned

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

The medic underwent facial reconstruction and may require additional surgeries to recover after a semitruck crashed into his ambulance

Some busy hospitals say they must turn away ambulances. Here’s how one state banned the practice

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

A Journal Sentinel investigation found at least 21 deaths that came after patients were turned away from hospitals

Wis. efficiency study may lead to reorganization of fire, EMS response

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

The research suggests that some municipalities may be better served if agencies from other municipalities responded

EMS raises $20K through theft charges for patients who keep insurance checks

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

The Pennsylvania service is using criminal justice to collect payment from patients "abusing the system"

2 Ind. FDs seek to mandate dementia awareness training for first responders

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

The departments hope to make training on identifying patients with dementia a requirement

NH paramedic dies after vehicle crash

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

AMR Nashua Paramedic Daniel Murphy died from injuries sustained in a crash while on his way home from work

Austin EMS launches mobile lab to teach child car safety

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

The Buckle Up for Life Safety Lab will travel around Austin and serve as an interactive training center for families

Austin EMS launches mobile lab to teach child car safety

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

The Buckle Up for Life Safety Lab will travel around Austin and serve as an interactive training center for families

Wis. EMS criticized for photo of dead deer in ambulance

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

A statement from the service said the crew’s actions “are not allowed or tolerated” but did not affect emergency response

W.Va. county 911 dispatchers recognized as first responders

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

Prior to the Tuesday resolution, dispatchers were designated as clerical staff

NJ rescue squad fined over $180K for using unlicensed ambulances

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

An investigation stemming from an anonymous tip also found that only one EMT was on board at more than 100 calls

Facebook showcases emergency response tools in Texas

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

The tools are designed to help agencies communicate crucial information and send alerts during emergencies

Iowa EMT placed on probation for improperly administering ketamine

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

The Iowa Department of Public Health said the EMT also falsified records

Community raises $16K for EMS service in ‘critical situation’

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

Port Matilda EMS's annual membership drive received an outpouring of support as the service struggled to stay open

Ga. county presents ‘revamping’ of EMS among complaints about response times

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

The county is planning to keep the same ambulance provider but improve service in a "re-envisioning" of the EMS system

NC city tests protocol allowing FFs to leave scene if ambulance is en route

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

As part of a new pilot program, firefighters will be permitted to leave if the patient is deemed safe

Navigating an addiction in public safety

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

What first responders need to know about asking for help, getting into treatment, and returning to work in EMS, firefighting and law enforcement

Pa. EMS providers push back against proposal to curb ‘surprise’ medical bills

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

Opponents of the bill say it will lead to the "rapid demise" of EMS in the state as less money comes in to fund services

All-female Orthodox Jewish paramedic group denied ambulance application

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

The Brooklyn group says they want to fill a "significant void" in EMS for Orthodox Jewish women in two borough neighborhoods

911 call went unanswered for almost 5 minutes, Milwaukee man says

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

The caller said a recording played over the phone as he tried to help a neighbor having a stroke

$4M lawsuit says 92-year-old died after EMS crew dropped her on sidewalk

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

The woman's family says she broke seven bones when EMS personnel allowed a stretcher to tip over

Lawsuit settled between 2 Texas county ambulance providers

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

Under an agreement, University of Texas Health East Texas EMS remains the Smith County’s main provider, while Christus EMS will operate on a limited basis

Police: Man stole ambulance with EMS provider sleeping in back

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

An ambulance was parked at a truck stop while a crewmember was napping in the back, when a man reportedly got behind the wheel

(Webinar) Community Paramedicine 101: What every EMS personnel needs to know

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

Learn how communities across the country are leveraging community paramedicine and mobile integrated health for better patient care

EMS social work: A new approach to serving low-acuity patients

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

An EMS social worker describes how a new program in Texas is serving patients while decreasing 911 calls

Student who lost parents envisions device to assist CPR breaths

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

Utah high school student Kennedy Hall, whose parents both died from heart attacks, has been nominated for a scholarship for her idea to assist CPR

Here’s the solution to lift assists that are breaking your back

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

Don’t let a lift assist compromise your safety or even your career

Program will pay people to become EMTs in Ohio city

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

American Medical Response's "earn while you learn" academies aim to address an EMT shortage and compensate trainees for lost work time

EMS professionals faced danger in hopes of saving lives at Calif. school shooting

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

The International Association of EMTs and Paramedics said the first responders chose to forgo body armor in order to quickly treat and transport wounded students

Memorials to mark 1-year anniversary of air ambulance crash that killed 3

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

The plane crash that killed a paramedic, a nurse and a pilot in North Dakota is still under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board

Training drill: Transporting a patient with Ebola

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

The Superior Ambulance team practices transporting patients with highly infectious diseases

5G ambulance could allow doctors to remotely guide paramedics

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

A demonstration showed real-time interactions between an EMS provider and a doctor two miles apart using 5G and VR technologies

Words Matter: How to safely communicate about suicide

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

Public safety professionals of all ranks and positions can learn to convey messages of hope and resiliency

LifeFlight helicopter carrying patient makes emergency landing

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

The helicopter landed safely in a field in Maine after experiencing mechanical problems

‘Disgusting’ note left on UK ambulance responding to emergency

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

The handwritten letter complains about the ambulance blocking a driveway

4 dead, 6 wounded in Calif. football party shooting

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

The suspects who fired into the crowded backyard are still unknown and at large, police say

Witness details bystanders’ frantic CPR efforts after NY crash

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

“He would give out dribs and drabs of breath, but I could just feel that he was getting warm and then cold,” Joey Romano, who performed CPR, said

Ala. city council president says she’s ready to enforce ambulance ordinance

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

One of the reasons for the new ordinance is the city has been unable to enforce its response time requirements

Ambulance hit while transporting pregnant patient

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

A Dallas Fire-Rescue ambulance was hit by a suspected drunk driver while transporting a pregnant patient to the hospital

Ohio summit teaches responders how to deal with stress

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

Police officers, firefighters, paramedics and dispatchers from across Ohio gathered to discuss the trauma and stress first responders face

Boy, 11, called ‘hero’ for calling 911, saving great-grandmother’s life

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

Nick Hutton, a sixth-grader, called 911 when he noticed his great-grandmother had slurred speech and a drooping face

Overtime has ‘exploded’ at understaffed Md. 911 center

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

“We don’t have an option of operating below a certain level ... we must fill the seat. Our overtime has exploded," Scott Campbell, director of public safety, said

American Red Cross awards Ind. YMCA staff for lifesaving response

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

A YMCA lifeguard and other staff member received Red Cross Lifesaving Awards for rescuing a swimmer who stopped breathing

Shooter who killed 2 at Calif. high school dies

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

The 16-year-old boy shot himself in the head after killing two classmates and wounding three others, and had been in critical condition since the shooting

Off-duty Conn. firefighter-EMT helps treat patient on flight

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

Deputy Fire Chief Bill Lounsbury jumped into action to help a fellow passenger who was in medical distress during the flight from Las Vegas to Connecticut

Atlanta ambulances not repaired years after safety recalls

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

Officials said the recalls did not make repairs mandatory, and providers fear that taking ambulances out of service would leave areas uncovered during emergencies

2 men indicted for murder, 1 for conspiracy, in Fla. firefighter-paramedic’s killing

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

Coral Springs Fire Department Firefighter-Paramedic Christopher Randazzo was shot and killed in an apparent robbery in October

Photo of the Week: Peer and pup support at Allina Health EMS

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

Allina Health is instituting a peer support program, resiliency training and a therapy dog program, featuring Evie

Pa. ambulance crashes into second ambulance while transporting shooting victim

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

A third ambulance brought the patient to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead

Website offers safekeeping of first responder, military memories

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

The USFRA-supported website invites fire, EMS, police and military personnel to preserve their legacy with digital content such as photos and audio clips

Fire academy scholarship presented in honor of slain paramedic

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

The Anthony Jackson Memorial Scholarship Fund Award, which honors a paramedic who was shot and killed, was presented to Kenneth Brown Jr. by Jackson's mother

Report shows staffing, planning shortcomings at Wash. 911 center

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

A consultant recommended strategic planning and hiring more staff to reduce mandatory overtime and improve morale

Paramedic cut diamond ring from dead woman’s finger and pawned it, police say

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

The woman's family said they realized the $8,000 ring was missing when she was pronounced dead and the suspect walked away from them when they asked about it

2 dead in Calif. school shooting; 4 wounded, including suspect

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

Officials say the 16-year-old suspected shooter is in “grave condition” from a self-inflicted gunshot wound

4 sent to hospital, ambulance overturned in Va. crash

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

Two EMS personnel and two others were treated for non-life-threatening injuries after the multi-vehicle crash

10 hospitalized after carbon monoxide exposure at Texas church

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

Seven fire and medic units were dispatched to assist the patients ranging in age from 7 to 58

At least 3 hurt in Calif. high school shooting

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

Authorities say it's not clear if the victims suffered gunshot wounds or other injuries

Second Annual Operational Medicine Symposium to Focus on Improving Medical Personnel Performance in Expeditionary Environments

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

At least 6 hurt in Calif. high school shooting

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

Authorities say it's not clear if the victims suffered gunshot wounds or other injuries

Fla. crews transport 6 people from fiery multi-vehicle crash that left 1 dead

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

A tractor-trailer and several other vehicles were involved in the crash, which shut down part of Interstate 75 near Tampa

CFSI accepting applications for Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award

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

The award honors fire departments for implementing innovations in EMS

Ambulance services bring patients home for the holidays

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

AMR representatives offer tips for giving back by reuniting patients with their loved ones during the holiday season

Man on acid trip punched, tried to bite EMTs, police say

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

The 19-year-old Michigan man reportedly called 911 for assistance while having a bad reaction to acid, then became aggressive with first responders

NY woman arrested for making more than 24,000 fake 911 calls

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

Police say the 38-year-old Bronx woman averaged 100 false alarms per day that emergency personnel were forced to respond to

Delivering a responsive, consistent, accountable EMS provider experience

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

Today’s EMS providers must focus on workforce culture to succeed, and deliver safe patient care with pride

Ala. councilman accuses FD of unfair complaint against ambulance service

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

Decatur Councilman Charles Kirby has long claimed that the city's fire department is trying to take over ambulance services by eliminating the competition

Ohio fire stations stock sensory kits to assist patients with autism

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

Bags containing items such as noise reducing earmuffs, stress balls and fidget toys were added to three Ohio fire stations to help patients with autism stay calm

Permanent medical tattoos offer alternative to medical ID bracelets

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

The new INQUEAlert program aims to provide an always-available medical alert solution for those with life-threatening conditions

911 texting service for the deaf may launch in NYC next summer

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

The service was expected to launch in early 2018, and delays have put deaf and disabled residents in danger, advocates say

Fla. rescuers, good Samaritans save hunter after alligator bite at wildlife management area

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

James Boyce feared he would bleed out after the gator attack, but a rescue helicopter and good Samaritans in a buggy managed to transport him to safety

Boston MedFlight will now carry life-saving blood products

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

The initiative with Brigham and Women’s Hospital allows for storage, transport and administration of blood products to treat critically ill and injured patients

Staten Island EMTs advised to stay on alert after online threat

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

The FDNY notified EMS providers of the threat in a bulletin Tuesday following a string of threats and attacks on NYC EMTs and paramedics over the last few weeks

N.J. man charged with attempting to steal ambulance

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

The man was reportedly loitering around Hoboken University Medical Center when he entered the empty ambulance and attempted to start it

Gary Sinise Foundation to pay for ramp, construction for paramedic paralyzed on job

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

The foundation, established to serve first responders and veterans, seeks to make Danny Goodwin Jr.'s home more wheelchair accessible after he became a quadriplegic

Mich. county ambulances respond to 77 crashes due to snow

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

Jackson Community Ambulance added additional paramedics and available rigs due to the area receiving more than a foot of snow

1 dead after semitrailer hits medic unit in Ohio

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

A semi driver was killed after striking a medic vehicle; two members of the medic crew and the semi passenger were treated for non-life-threatening injuries

8 ways to cope with the stress of EMS work

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

Finding ways to deal with the stress of emergency work can be highly subjective; here are eight things you can do to decrease your stress levels

Ky. hospitals fund FD’s cash-strapped community paramedicine program

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

The program, which was set to run out of funding in January, has helped reduce ambulance runs while providing non-emergency medical care to those in need

Deputy shoots, kills man threatening EMS providers with knife

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

EMS personnel responded to a South Carolina home where a man threatened them and a responding deputy with a knife

Paramedics remove 7-inch fish from man’s throat in unexplained incident

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

First responders managed to dislodge the fish, but neither witnesses nor the patient, who was unable to speak during treatment, could explain what happened

Fire truck, stolen ambulance involved in separate crashes in Detroit

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

The Detroit Fire Department said an ambulance was badly damaged after it was stolen and crashed on the same day a Detroit fire truck was also involved in a crash

Ore. paramedics receive defense training after increased attacks

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

A rash of assaults on paramedics in Portland has lead the city's 911 contract to mandate defense training for more than 500 employees

Marine veteran, 65, starts new career as paramedic

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

Curtis Raetz, a Marine pilot who served six years on active duty and retired from an IT career in 2015, became a certified paramedic after going back to school at 64

2 Calif. paramedics injured in hit-and-run ambulance crash

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

The ambulance was transporting a young boy at the time of the collision that also left a car in flames

Ind. council overrides mayor’s veto of paramedic pay increase

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

Mayor Dave Wood had vetoed a provision that provides $100 and $50 stipends to paramedics in charge during each shift

Officials: Chemical mixture resulted in death of Buffalo Wild Wings employee

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

A preliminary investigation found that an employee was overcome by fumes after another employee combined two cleaning agents to the restaurant's kitchen floor

‘Stop the Bleed’ kits introduced in Pa. classrooms, common areas

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

Officials hope to eventually provide training to middle and high school students so they can familiarize themselves with the kits

Ill. firefighters, paramedics team up to rescue injured worker on roof

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

The rescue required the efforts of all 11 on-duty personnel using technical rescue skills and equipment to safely bring the man down

Fundraiser held for amputee medic who was hit getting out of rig

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

Lexington Paramedic Heather Haynes was getting out of an ambulance in a parking lot when a driver hit the rig, pinning her between the two vehicles

NC boy, 8, calls 911 after grandmother suffers medical emergency

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

Ira Younger called for help after his grandmother passed out and hit her head on the kitchen floor while making him a snack

1 dead, 10 others treated after toxic chemical exposure at Boston-area Buffalo Wild Wings

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

A hazmat team responded to the restaurant Thursday night after fumes from a cleaning product began causing nausea and breathing problems

1 dead, 10 hospitalized after toxic chemical exposure at Mass. Buffalo Wild Wings

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

A hazmat team responded to the restaurant Thursday night after fumes from a cleaning product began causing nausea and breathing problems

Photo of the Week: First U.S. AW169 EMS helicopter fleet in service

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

The helicopters enable emergency medical transport, still and swift water rescue, search and rescue, high angle rescue and fire suppression/aerial reconnaissance for Travis County, Texas

$3M settlement reached in URMC HIPAA case involving stolen flash drive, laptop

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

The center also agreed to take substantial corrective action after protected health information was disclosed in separate 2013 and 2017 breaches

First responders could get free 5G for 10 years from T-Mobile

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

If merger with Sprint closes, the “New T-Mobile” will provide free service to public and nonprofit law enforcement, fire and EMS agencies that apply

Increased fines for false alarms planned in Ga. city

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

Rising volumes of false fire, medical and burglary alarms have prompted Columbus fire and police administrators to propose stiffer penalties for repeat offenses

Watch: FDNY fights back with PSA about paramedic, EMT assaults

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

The PSA, which was created nearly a month after an EMT was viciously attacked, talks about the consequences of assaulting EMS personnel

Mom credits responders for saving her son’s life after car fell on him

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

Police officers lifted the car off Justin Muller, a 23-year-old Army specialist, and paramedics treated his collapsed lung at the scene

Choose your ambulance, Ind. county officials say

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

In a letter to Delaware County 911 Dispatch, the county commissioner said callers have the right to decide which ambulance service responds

Minn. ambulance hit at intersection

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

An ambulance with its lights and sirens on was hit by a driver with a revoked license who ran a stop sign, according to police

Minn. ambulance hit at intersection

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

An ambulance with its lights and sirens on was hit by a driver with a revoked license who ran a stop sign, according to police

Air ambulance cost more than lung transplant surgery, Calif. man says

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

Double lung transplant recipient Tom Saputo said he was surprised by the bill for the 27-mile air ambulance transport to UCLA Medical Center

Air ambulance cost more than lung transplant surgery, Calif. man says

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

Double lung transplant recipient Tom Saputo said he was surprised by the bill for the 27-mile air ambulance transport to UCLA Medical Center

Gaming a career path: A foundation for paramedic growth

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

Gaston County EMS leadership has developed career pathways to increased responsibilities, and compensation to match

Investigation reveals ‘sick and twisted’ online EMS Facebook group

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

The group, which has more than 23,000 members and contains disturbing material, was created by a paramedic

Family of man with mental illness questioning why police, not EMS, responded to 911 call

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

Family members of Lorenzo Sanchez, who suffers from schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder, were concerned he might hurt himself or that he overdosed

Family of man with mental illness questions why police, not EMS, responded to 911 call

Posted on November 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Family members of Lorenzo Sanchez, who suffers from schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder, were concerned he might hurt himself or that he overdosed

Tenn. paramedic arrested, accused of fleeing crash scene

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

Police found an open bottle of wine in the floorboard of Dontre Doxley's pickup truck

Ga. man arrested after trying to jump out of ambulance

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

Dustin Shane Cowart told police he was having difficulty sitting still because he thought someone was trying to kill him

Could first responders save more mass shooting victims?

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

Two years after Las Vegas shooting, 'unfortunate reality' remains that victims die because of treatment delays

Pa. House approves bills to aid stressed first responders

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

Lawmakers passed 16 bills in the last two weeks aimed at supporting first responders, including mental health initiatives and tax credits

Pa. House approves bills to aid stressed first responders

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

Lawmakers passed 16 bills in the last two weeks aimed at supporting first responders, including mental health initiatives and tax credits

Fireworks aimed at London ambulance on way to an emergency

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

The London Ambulance Service tweeted that there were no patients in the ambulance, but that endangering the crew was "unacceptable"

Fireworks aimed at London ambulance on way to an emergency

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

The London Ambulance Service tweeted that there were no patients in the ambulance, but that endangering the crew was "unacceptable"

CHS Healthcare earns NY innovation award for ‘immersive’ simulation training

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

The training program involves realistically-staged home environments and cameras that allow facilitators to monitor trainees’ actions from a control room

Air Methods Corp. facing lawsuit over alleged helicopter safety issue

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

The lawsuit claims an Air Methods helicopter went on 51 flights after the company was notified by the FAA that the copter's pitot tubes were "severely corroded"

Air Methods Corp. facing lawsuit over alleged helicopter safety issue

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

The lawsuit claims an Air Methods helicopter went on 51 flights after the company was notified by the FAA that the copter’s pitot tubes were “severely corroded”

DEA warns of lethal counterfeit prescription pills laced with fentanyl

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

Based on a sampling of tablets seized from street dealers nationwide from January to March of this year, the DEA found that 27% contained fentanyl

Off-duty Wis. fire chief helps save man in cardiac arrest

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

Chief Steven Davis said a woman in his neighborhood knocked on his door and said her son-in-law was not breathing

Ga. on the verge of first reforms in years of EMS rules

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

The move would shed light on decisions that have kept the public mostly in the dark about ambulance service

Canadian paramedics ask for body armor after 3 separate weekend assaults

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

The union representing Superior North EMS personnel says paramedics need more protection, as increased drug and alcohol use have heightened the danger for responders

Canadian paramedics ask for body armor after 3 separate weekend assaults

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

The union representing Superior North EMS personnel says paramedics need more protection, as increased drug and alcohol use have heightened the danger for responders

Canadian paramedics ask for body armor after 3 separate weekend assaults

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

The union representing Superior North EMS personnel says paramedics need more protection, as increased drug and alcohol use have heightened the danger for responders

Canadian paramedics ask for body armor after 3 separate weekend assaults

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

The union representing Superior North EMS personnel says paramedics need more protection, as increased drug and alcohol use have heightened the danger for responders

Officials: 911 supervisor played Netflix movie as caller sought help

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

Records showed a 34-minute delay after a caller tried to get help after someone shot out her car's windshield

Iowa fire chief accused of drunk driving in ambulance

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

Police said Thomas Launderville slurred his words during a radio call as he was driving a patient to the hospital

Iowa fire chief accused of drunk driving in ambulance

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

Police said Thomas Launderville slurred his words during a radio call as he was driving a patient to the hospital

Listen: Residents frantically call 911 after plane crashes into NJ home

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

When a 911 caller told a dispatcher a plane had crashed into a nearby house, she couldn't quite believe her ears

Listen: Residents frantically call 911 after plane crashes into NJ home

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

When a 911 caller told a dispatcher a plane had crashed into a nearby house, she couldn't quite believe her ears

Man collapses, dies during Disney 5K race

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

Officials said Reedy Creek paramedics were riding their bikes at the race and responded quickly

Man collapses, dies during Disney 5K race

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

Officials said Reedy Creek paramedics were riding their bikes at the race and responded quickly

2019 Fellows of the Academy of Emergency Medical Services announced

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

The names of 34 new fellows were recently published by the National Association of EMS Physicians

2019 Fellows of the Academy of Emergency Medical Services announced

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

The names of 34 new fellows were recently published by the National Association of EMS Physicians

Fallen Canadian paramedic laid to rest after fatal ambulance crash

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

Hundreds of mourners shared memories and condolences at the service for Leigh Schroeder, 28, who was killed in an ambulance crash that also killed two children

Fallen Canadian paramedic laid to rest after fatal ambulance crash

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

Hundreds of mourners shared memories and condolences at the service for Leigh Schroeder, 28, who was killed in an ambulance crash that also killed two children

Woman travels hundreds of miles to thank medic who saved her life

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

Paula Turner was on vacation with her husband in Mexico when she lost consciousness, spurring Oklahoma Paramedic Jeremy Fern to spring into action

Iowa county struggling with rising call volume, lack of ambulances

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

Johnson County Ambulance Service responded to 11,777 calls for service in 2019, a 9 percent increase over the 10,773 calls the previous year

NM ambulance service, fire dept. at odds over transport authority

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

City officials are asking for a certificate that would allow Albuquerque Fire and Rescue to transport all emergency patients to local hospitals

NM ambulance service, fire dept. at odds over transport authority

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

City officials are asking for a certificate that would allow Albuquerque Fire and Rescue to transport all emergency patients to local hospitals

Long response times push NC residents to demand their own EMS service

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

A resident and former firefighter said it takes almost 20 minutes for an ambulance to respond to an emergency in Harlowe, N.C.

Long response times push NC residents to demand their own EMS service

Posted on November 4, 2019 by in Uncategorized

A resident and former firefighter said it takes almost 20 minutes for an ambulance to respond to an emergency in Harlowe, N.C.

Long response times push NC residents to demand their own EMS service

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

A resident and former firefighter said it takes almost 20 minutes for an ambulance to respond to an emergency in Harlowe, N.C.

Long response times push NC residents to demand their own EMS service

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

A resident and former firefighter said it takes almost 20 minutes for an ambulance to respond to an emergency in Harlowe, N.C.

Daughter calls 911 after mom ODs while driving with kids in car

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

In a 911 call, the suspect's oldest child is heard sobbing while trying to give dispatchers the location of the minivan

Pa. EMS company in ‘critical situation’ due to lack of funds

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

In a Facebook post, Port Matilda EMS wrote that it has "enough funds available to cover one more payroll cycle and that is it"

Community honors Ohio firefighter-EMT who died helping crash victims

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

Firefighter-EMT Brett Wilson, 23, was killed after coming in contact with downed power lines while on scene

Pa. EMS company in ‘critical situation’ due to lack of funds

Posted on November 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

In a Facebook post, Port Matilda EMS wrote that it has “enough funds available to cover one more payroll cycle and that is it”

Daughter calls 911 after mom ODs while driving with kids in car

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

In a 911 call, the suspect's oldest child is heard sobbing while trying to give dispatchers the location of the minivan

Ky. county 911 director wants dispatchers reclassified as first responders

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

Owensboro-Daviess County 911 Director Paul Nave said "911 dispatchers perform life-and-death protocols, and they are trained to do that"

SC county dispatch center adjusting after malware attack

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

Officials say 911 responses have not been affected, but the attack has changed the way dispatchers perform their work

Iowa city offers free EMT classes to address volunteer shortage

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

Jesup Ambulance Service posted the offer on social media after the number of EMTs in the city dropped to five

One of the hardest parts of this job: The call after

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

A paramedic details how EMS providers carry the weight of difficult calls with them through their next interactions with patients and families

Pa. city faces lack of paramedics, high emergency call volumes

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

"For the amount of calls our paramedics run, there should be eight (ambulances) in service, and right now we are fighting for a fifth"

Pa. city faces lack of paramedics, high emergency call volumes

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

"For the amount of calls our paramedics run, there should be eight [ambulances] in service, and right now we are fighting for a fifth"

NC county paramedics show kids ‘tricked out’ rig, escort them trick-or-treating

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

Paramedics Lt. Lanny Bivens and Ron Huggins escorted Evan and Colton Stafford as part of GEMS' community engagement program

One of the hardest parts of this job: The call after

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

A paramedic details how EMS providers carry the weight of difficult calls with them through their next interactions with patients and families

Pa. city faces lack of paramedics, high emergency call volumes

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

"For the amount of calls our paramedics run, there should be eight [ambulances] in service, and right now we are fighting for a fifth"

NC county paramedics show kids ‘tricked out’ rig, escort them trick-or-treating

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

Paramedics Lt. Lanny Bivens and Ron Huggins escorted Evan and Colton Stafford as part of GEMS' community engagement program

Mass shooting at Calif. Halloween party reported; injuries unknown

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

Video from the scene showed multiple patients being loaded into ambulances as others limped away

Sheriff: 4 dead, several hurt after shooting at Calif. Halloween party

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

Video from the scene showed multiple patients being loaded into ambulances as others limped away

5-year-old calls 911 to ask for Happy Meal, officer delivers his ’emergency’

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

Officer Scott Valdez, who brought the boy a Happy Meal, offered some advice on when to call in an emergency

Officials: Calif. nursing home patients had minutes to flee wildfire

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

Employees copied residents' paperwork, gathered medications and got everyone into a common room while dialing 911 to ask for a bus and ambulances

Officials: Calif. nursing home patients had minutes to flee wildfire

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

Employees copied residents' paperwork, gathered medications and got everyone into a common room while dialing 911 to ask for a bus and ambulances

Officials: Calif. nursing home patients had minutes to flee wildfire

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

Employees copied residents' paperwork, gathered medications and got everyone into a common room while dialing 911 to ask for a bus and ambulances

Officials: Calif. nursing home patients had minutes to flee wildfire

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

Employees copied residents' paperwork, gathered medications and got everyone into a common room while dialing 911 to ask for a bus and ambulances

Driver crashes into Minn. fire station, memorial to fallen firefighter-medic

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

Firefighters had just finished dinner when they heard a loud bang and ran outside to find out what happened

Driver crashes into Minn. fire station, memorial to fallen firefighter-medic

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

Firefighters had just finished dinner when they heard a loud bang and ran outside to find out what happened

Design concepts unveiled for Pulse memorial, museum

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

The memorial will be at the site of the former nightclub and the museum will be a third of a mile away

White House launches website aimed at addiction treatment

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

FindTreatment.gov is the latest development in the administration's effort to address the nation's opioid crisis

White House launches website aimed at addiction treatment

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

FindTreatment.gov is the latest development in the administration's effort to address the nation's opioid crisis

Fla. firefighter-medic’s stolen iPhone helped cops solve his murder case

Posted on October 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Coral Springs firefighter-paramedic Christopher Randazzo was shot dead after refusing to unlock his iPhone

Chicago Fire Department officials face calls for greater diversity in ranks

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

Chicago has the largest number of women fighting fires and working on ambulances of any city in the country, but they make up less than 10% of the department's total personnel

FDNY EMT who suffered aneurysm while on duty released from hospital

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

Lt. Raymond Wang suffered an aortic aneurysm after responding to the scene of a fellow EMT who suffered a stroke while driving an ambulance

Driver crashes into Minn. fire station, memorial to fallen firefighter-medic

Posted on October 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Firefighters had just finished dinner when they heard a loud bang and ran outside to find out what happened

FDNY EMT who suffered aneurysm while on duty released from hospital

Posted on October 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Lt. Raymond Wang suffered an aortic aneurysm after responding to the scene of a fellow EMT who suffered a stroke while driving an ambulance

3 killed, 9 injured in shooting at Calif. home

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

Long Beach fire spokesman Jake Heflin said responders arrived to a scene "filled with chaos"

3 killed, 9 injured in shooting at Calif. home

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

Long Beach fire spokesman Jake Heflin said responders arrived to a scene "filled with chaos"

3 killed, 9 injured in shooting at Calif. home

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

Long Beach fire spokesman Jake Heflin said responders arrived to a scene "filled with chaos"

Officials present new proposal for EMS service in Ohio city

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

The proposal comes after the Uhrichsville Fire Department put in a competing offer to provide either EMS service or fire and EMS service to the same area

Viral photo: Deer walks into Ky. EMS dept. with injured leg

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

Lee County EMS posted a photo of the incident on Facebook, saying they had a "walk-in patient this afternoon"

Ala. city gives more money to private EMS service

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

"You've got to have an EMS provider in your city, and right now we're still trying to do what we can to support it," councilman Mike Henderson said

Pa. bill would exclude volunteer fire, EMS depts. from open records requests

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

Legislators said they have seen how hard it is to recruit and retain volunteers and that the paperwork required with fulfilling requests would be “burdensome”

Pa. bill would exclude volunteer fire, EMS depts. from open records requests

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

Legislators said they have seen how hard it is to recruit and retain volunteers and that the paperwork required with fulfilling requests would be "burdensome"

Ohio ambulance theft, kidnapping case goes to grand jury

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

Christoper Edwards was charged with kidnapping a man who later escaped and stole an ambulance

New tech allows SC fire, EMS to control traffic lights during emergencies

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

Once crews have gone through the light, the system will change back to its regular traffic cycle

Men accused of killing Fla. firefighter-medic stole his shoes, phone and cash

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

Police said the slaying followed an incident hours earlier at a motel in a nearby town

Fla. battalion chief searches for purpose after health scare

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

Chief Dan Miller has no memory of dialing 911 on Sept. 18, opening the door of his home to a paramedic he'd trained six months earlier and dropping to the floor

Man arrested after spitting on paramedic, striking sheriff’s deputy

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

When crews arrived on scene, Caycey Donivan Douglass Dicks became irate and began yelling at responders

2 Ohio paramedics seriously hurt while responding to crash scene

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

Dwayne Nienberg and Janelle Nienberg were responding to a crash in their POV when their pickup truck left the roadway and rolled onto its top

Miss. firefighters transport 3-year-old to hospital in fire truck

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

Officials said no ambulances were available due to an influx of calls around the same time as the toddler's near-drowning

Mo. medics to make Halloween special for boy with cerebral palsy

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

Paramedics will pick up and transport Jimmy to a shopping mall, where he will participate in the 13th annual Safe Street Trick-or-Treat

SC fire, EMS to control traffic lights during emergencies

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

Once crews have gone through the light, the system will change back to its regular traffic cycle

Fla. battalion chief searches for purpose after health scare

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

Chief Dan Miller has no memory of dialing 911 on Sept. 18, opening the door of his home to a paramedic he'd trained six months earlier and dropping to the floor

Photo of the Week: Armstrong Ambulance crews ‘stay sharp’ with a training drill

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

Over 40 volunteers and several local agencies participated in the training drill at Hanscom Field in Bedford, Massachusetts

America’s first responders’ struggle with PTSD and depression

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

Honor and support EMTs, paramedics, firefighters and police officers on National First Responders Day by acknowledging the toll trauma can take

EMS World Expo Quick Take: Unified command and EMS’s role in active shooter incidents

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

NFPA’s John M. Montes, NREMT, examines how ASHER programs help communities prepare for, respond to and recover from active shooter incidents

EMS World Expo Quick Take: Unified command and EMS’s role in active shooter incidents

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

NFPA’s John M. Montes, NREMT, examines how ASHER programs help communities prepare for, respond to and recover from active shooter incidents

Jury: City must pay FDNY EMS members for time spent preparing for shift

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

More than 2,500 EMTs and paramedics signed onto the lawsuit, which claimed the city never paid them for the half-hour of prep work per shift

Jury: City must pay FDNY EMS members for time spent preparing for shift

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

More than 2,500 EMTs and paramedics signed onto the lawsuit, which claimed the city never paid them for the half-hour of prep work per shift

Canadian paramedic, 2 children killed in ambulance crash

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

The ambulance, which was responding to a call, collided with a truck, killing a paramedic and two children

Canadian paramedic, 2 children killed in ambulance crash

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

The ambulance, which was responding to a call, collided with a truck, killing a paramedic and two children

Intense Calif. wildfires force hospital, jail to evacuate

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

Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital started evacuating roughly 101 patients Saturday night to bring them to other facilities

Bomb threats force evacuations of FDNY EMS stations

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

The threats led to brief evacuations of five EMS stations in Manhattan; police responded to similar threats at two EMS stations in the Bronx

Ohio firefighter-EMT dies while trying to help car crash victims

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

Firefighter-EMT Brett Wilson, 23, was killed after coming in contact with downed power lines while on scene

Men accused of killing Fla. firefighter-paramedic facing charges in 2 counties

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

Police said the three suspects fled the scene of an attempted homicide in a different county prior to murdering Christopher Allen Randazzo in Broward County

Mass. AMR, union EMTs reach deal for wage increases

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

They have agreed to a renegotiated contract that the company said will bump their pay as much as 11.86%

Family files lawsuit blaming Fla. paramedics for woman’s death

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

A complaint filed last week says Crystle Galloway died "because of the negligence of four paramedics who failed to properly treat her"

Mass. AMR, union EMTs reach deal for wage increases

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

They have agreed to a renegotiated contract that the company said will bump their pay as much as 11.86%

Pa. bill offers student loan forgiveness to first responders

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

"We ask first responders to put their lives on the line for us every day. Giving something back while restoring the ranks of volunteers is a win-win proposition"

Ga. facing critical shortage of paramedics

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

“We're getting to a crisis-level of being unable to hire," Chad Black, chairman of the Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services, said

Ga. facing critical shortage of paramedics

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

“We're getting to a crisis-level of being unable to hire," Chad Black, chairman of the Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services, said

Expose spotlights the shortage of rural EMS services

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

The report shares an in-depth look at the strain on rural communities as emergency service agencies close in record numbers around the country

2 dead after car collides with Mich. school bus

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

The car sustained heavy damage and immediately caught fire; two students were transported by ambulance to a hospital

L.A. county EMT looking for answers after being arrested by cop

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

An LAPD sergeant accused EMT Roryce Dirden of assaulting a patient; body-cam footage determined Dirden was acting within the parameters of his job

L.A. county EMT speaks out after being arrested by police officer

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

An LAPD sergeant accused EMT Roryce Dirden of assaulting a patient; body-cam footage determined Dirden was acting within the parameters of his job

NY paramedic accused of stealing drugs from drop box pleads guilty

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

Paramedics Jeremy Pecoraro Pecoraro and Jon Cinelli were placed on leave following an investigation into missing prescription narcotics

Colleagues, family gather to honor Fla. firefighter-paramedic lost at sea

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

Firefighters Brian McCluney and Justin Walker went missing in August while fishing out of Port Canaveral

Colleagues, family gather to honor Fla. firefighter-paramedic lost at sea

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

Firefighters Brian McCluney and Justin Walker went missing in August while fishing out of Port Canaveral

Suspects in custody in death of Fla. firefighter-paramedic

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

The Broward Sheriff's Office has not yet identified the suspects arrested or given a motive

Suspects in custody in death of Fla. firefighter-paramedic

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

The Broward Sheriff's Office has not yet identified the suspects arrested or given a motive

Apple Watch calls 911 after 2 hikers fall off NJ cliff

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

James Prudenciano had bought the watch two days earlier and chose to activate the "fall detection" feature

Apple Watch calls 911 after 2 hikers fall off NJ cliff

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

James Prudenciano had bought the watch two days earlier and chose to activate the "fall detection" feature

Medical billing becomes consumer issue for Congress

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

Surprise medical billing and high air medical transport costs are getting attention and triggering legislation

2 EMS providers, patient hurt in Pa. ambulance crash

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

A chain-reaction crash began when the Penn State Health Life Lion ambulance clipped a car attempting to move to the right

2 EMS providers, patient hurt in Pa. ambulance crash

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

A chain-reaction crash began when the Penn State Health Life Lion ambulance clipped a car attempting to move to the right

2 EMS providers, patient hurt in Pa. ambulance crash

Posted on October 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

A chain-reaction crash began when the Penn State Health Life Lion ambulance clipped a car attempting to move to the right

2 EMS providers, patient hurt in Pa. ambulance crash

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

A chain-reaction crash began when the Penn State Health Life Lion ambulance clipped a car attempting to move to the right

2 EMS providers, patient hurt in Pa. ambulance crash

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

A chain-reaction crash began when the Penn State Health Life Lion ambulance clipped a car attempting to move to the right

2 EMS providers, patient hurt in Pa. ambulance crash

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

A chain-reaction crash began when the Penn State Health Life Lion ambulance clipped a car attempting to move to the right

Conn. college student EMTs to help fire dept. with calls on campus

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

The Res-Q students can give basic first aid and critical care, including stopping bleeds and administering CPR

Conn. college student EMTs to help fire dept. with calls on campus

Posted on October 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

The Res-Q students can give basic first aid and critical care, including stopping bleeds and administering CPR

Body-cam footage shows Fla. police officers saving choking baby

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

The 18-month-old was not breathing and unresponsive after choking on a goldfish cracker

NC county to garnish wages for outstanding EMS bills

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

"The cost of providing emergency medical services is significantly more than we recoup," county manager Brian Epley said

NC county to garnish wages for outstanding EMS bills

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

"The cost of providing emergency medical services is significantly more than we recoup," county manager Brian Epley said

Pa. House passes bills to address volunteer fire, EMS shortage

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

Length of service awards, college loan forgiveness, tuition assistance and local property tax credits may soon be among the incentives available to responders

Chicago paramedic hurt after car slams into parked ambulance

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

A car driven by a 38-year-old man drove into the ambulance, which contained two paramedics and a patient

Chicago paramedic hurt after car slams into parked ambulance

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

A car driven by a 38-year-old man drove into the ambulance, which contained two paramedics and a patient

High-tech rivals pose a threat to iconic stethoscope

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

Dr. Eric Topol, a world-renowned cardiologist, considers the stethoscope obsolete, nothing more than a pair of "rubber tubes"

High-tech rivals pose a threat to iconic stethoscope

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

Dr. Eric Topol, a world-renowned cardiologist, considers the stethoscope obsolete, nothing more than a pair of "rubber tubes"

Photo of the Week: Preserving the Legacy of EMS

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

Dr. Sam and Cherrie Schienberg have generously donated $5,000 to the National EMS Museum to support new growth initiatives and first responder wellness

New Iowa ambulance designed with children in mind

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

A lighting system inside the rig shows stars and fireworks on the ceiling to provide a distraction

$260M deal averts 1st federal trial on opioid crisis

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

Across the U.S., the pharmaceutical industry still faces more than 2,600 other lawsuits over the deadly disaster

Paramedics help save boy whose leg was backed over by lawn mower

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

Responders credited the 6-year-old boy's father for using his belt to make a tourniquet around his son's injured leg

Several hurt after man hits pedestrians with hijacked Norwegian ambulance

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

The suspect driving the ambulance hit a stroller carrying two 7-month-old twins, who were taken to a hospital with minor injuries

Family of boy hit by Pa. fire dept. ambulance files lawsuit

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

Kenyatta Mwambu, 17, was hit by a Monroeville Volunteer Fire Company No. 4 ambulance in May while crossing a street

Family of teen hit by Pa. fire dept. ambulance files lawsuit

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

Kenyatta Mwambu, 17, was hit by a Monroeville Volunteer Fire Company No. 4 ambulance in May while crossing a street

Family of teen hit by Pa. fire dept. ambulance files lawsuit

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

Kenyatta Mwambu, 17, was hit by a Monroeville Volunteer Fire Company No. 4 ambulance in May while crossing a street

Put that down that soft stretcher now. Here are 3 reasons why.

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

Using soft stretchers for patient lifting can put both the patient and the EMS provider at risk

Put down that soft stretcher now. Here are 3 reasons why.

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

Using soft stretchers for patient lifting can put both the patient and the EMS provider at risk

NEMSQA releases revised EMS Compass Measures

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

Out of 14 proposed measures, NEMSQA finalized 11 in August 2019 and developed resources to assist EMS leaders in implementation

Former President Jimmy Carter hospitalized after fall at Ga. home

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

This is the third time Carter has fallen this year, with the first fall in the spring requiring a hip replacement and the second fall earlier this month requiring 14 stitches

Union head places blame on mayor following attack on FDNY EMT

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

"Mayor de Blasio, you need to do more to protect the men and women who protect and serve this city," EMS Union Local 2507 president Oren Barzilay said

1st federal opioid crisis trial to focus on distribution

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

State, local and tribal governments plus hospitals and others have filed a total of more than 2,600 lawsuits against drugmakers, distributors and pharmacies

Police: Man stole Ohio ambulance to escape kidnapping, torture

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

The victim told officers he used the vehicle to escape the home, where he said he was tortured and kept in a dog cage

Fla. firefighter-paramedic’s death being investigated as homicide

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

Amid the open case, the Broward Sheriff's Office hasn't released additional details about the killing

Pa. lawmakers push bills to address fire, EMS shortage

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

A package of 23 bills are aimed at addressing the well-being of responders and providing incentives to recruit and retain volunteer and career responders

Md. medical center partnership equips EMS with DrFirst’s Backline medication technology

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

First responders at King’s Daughters Medical Center are able to scan a patient’s driver’s license using Backline and access six months of patient medication history

Miss. medical center partnership equips EMS with DrFirst’s Backline medication technology

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

First responders at King’s Daughters Medical Center are able to scan a patient’s driver’s license using Backline and access six months of patient medication history

What3words offers precise locations using word combinations

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

Instead of GPS coordinates, which can be difficult to remember, what3words software assigns a three-word combination to 3-meter by 3-meter squares around the world

Dr. David Persse honored with NAEMT’s most prestigious award

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

NAEMT honored Dr. David Persse with the 2019 Rocco V. Morando Lifetime Achievement Award during the General Membership Meeting in New Orleans

Health Scholars demonstrates First Responder ACLS VR training at EMS World Expo

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

The virtual reality simulation training, designed specifically for first responders, launches in November 2019

Health Scholars demonstrates First Responder ACLS VR training at EMS World Expo

Posted on October 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

The virtual reality simulation training, designed specifically for first responders, launches in November 2019

Demers Ambulances announces new line of ambulances for US market

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

The Crestline CCL 150 model line is now available in the U.S. following a 2018 merger between Demers Ambulances and Crestline Coach

Fitch & Associates Founding Partner Richard Keller dies at 67

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

Keller was known for his mathematical prowess and skillful insight of EMS billing and compliance, and he made significant contributions to modern EMS

Fitch & Associates Founding Partner Richard Keller dies at 67

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

Keller was known for his mathematical prowess and skillful insight of EMS billing and compliance, and he made significant contributions to modern EMS

EMS World Expo Photo Gallery: MCI and stop the bleed tools

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

Products displayed at the EMS World Expo will help providers stop the bleed and transport patients to definitive care

Cardiac Arrest: How to improve patient outcomes (eBook)

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

Constant training, a team approach and monitoring feedback during resuscitation can increase your patients’ chances of survival and positive outcomes

Cardiac Arrest: How to improve patient outcomes (eBook)

Posted on October 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Constant training, a team approach and monitoring feedback during resuscitation can increase your patients’ chances of survival and positive outcomes

Colleagues mourn beloved EMS director killed in double homicide

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

Sharon Gess, 48, was the director of both the ER and ambulance service at East Alabama Medical Center

Vt. ambulance rolls over on interstate while transporting patient

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

The patient, whose condition is unknown, was transported to a hospital; an EMT in the back of the rig suffered minor injuries

EMS provider charged with manslaughter in crash that killed patient

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

Matthew Erickson was driving an ambulance in August 2017 when he veered off an interstate and flipped the rig several times

Man charged with assaulting Md. paramedic in ambulance

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

Witnesses told police the man threw the paramedic against the wall of an ambulance while he was being transported to the hospital

Fla. firefighter-paramedic found dead at resort

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

Christopher Allen Randazzo, 39, was found dead after deputies responded to an unknown medical call

Firefighter who lost leg on interstate credits colleagues with saving his life

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

"This family, this crew, these team members ... if it hadn't been for them, I wouldn't be here right now," Sgt. Darrow Harden said

Firefighter who survived roof collapse reunites with EMT who saved him

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

Thirty years ago, a roof collapsed over a preschool swimming class; EMT Melvin Reed helped save an 18-year-old lifeguard, who later became a firefighter

Firefighter reunited with EMT who saved him 30 years ago

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

EMT Melvin Reed helped save an 18-year-old lifeguard, who later became a firefighter, when a roof collapsed over a preschool swimming class

Mont. high school students explore EMS, healthcare careers

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

Montana has long had workforce shortages in a variety of healthcare fields, including both rural and urban areas

Chicago ambulance, squad car collide; 2 paramedics, 2 officers hurt

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

The vehicles were responding to a call of a person shot when they collided

FDNY EMT attacked by handcuffed suspect in back of rig

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

Thomas Wright broke free from the gurney restraint, bit the EMT and knocked him to the ground, then began stomping on his head

Ohio ambulance stolen from station

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

While Clearcreek Fire District crews were responding to a vehicle fire, someone broke into their station and stole an ambulance

Ohio ambulance stolen from station

Posted on October 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

While Clearcreek Fire District crews were responding to a vehicle fire, someone broke into their station and stole an ambulance

AMR defends response times, laments lack of union support to recent wage hike offer

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

The union has not responded to AMR’s offer of an 11.53% wage increase for EMTs and an 11.86% wage hike for paramedics

Disney releases 911 tapes of frantic customers stuck on ride

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

The tapes depict stranded riders crying, pleading for help for people with health conditions and in one case a man who had passed out, all when the gondolas broke down Oct. 5

Photo of the Week: The Code Green Campaign

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

Paramedic, 3 others indicted for stealing pain meds, other drugs

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

Two nurses, a paramedic and a pharmacist were charged with receipt of controlled substance medications by deceit, fraud and misrepresentation

Students help get broken Mass. ambulance back in service

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

To repair the rig quickly, Chief Jeffrey Blanchard called South Shore Technical High School for help

Paramedic, EMT hurt after ambulance flips, crashes

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

Officials said rainy weather conditions may have contributed to the crash

Man arrested for smashing windows, vandalizing FDNY ambulances

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

Karim Murdoch is accused of causing damage to six vehicles at Station 15 hours before the arrest

Unstable building, cranes hamper rescue try in New Orleans

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

Rescue workers and search dogs have been in and out of the structure, hoping to find the lone missing worker alive

Mich. boy, 9, raises $32K for CPR devices

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

All four of the Howell Area Fire Department stations have life-saving CPR devices thanks to 9-year-old Lucas Vetter

Dugout paramedic injured by foul ball during Astros-Yankees Game 2

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

A foul ball hit a paramedic supervisor in the head in the fifth inning of Game 2 of the Astros-Yankees American League Championship Series

Dugout paramedic injured by foul ball during Astros-Yankees game

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

A foul ball hit a paramedic supervisor in the head in the fifth inning of Game 2 of the Astros-Yankees American League Championship Series

Mass. medics, EMTs protest low wages, burnout outside AMR headquarters

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

While the protest was extremely public, most workers, including union stewards, were reluctant to speak to a reporter, citing fears for their jobs

Teenager stabbed aboard train near U.S. Capitol dies

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

Police said the attack arose from a dispute among a group of teenagers

Ga. requiring classes for CEOs to save rural hospitals

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

Many rural hospitals in the U.S. are struggling to stay open amid changes in their patient populations and how healthcare is provided

Hotel collapse in New Orleans leaves 2 dead, 1 missing

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

A video showed a metal structure tumbling to the ground and people running from the scene as clouds of dust billowed up

App alerted good Samaritan to man in cardiac arrest

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

The app, PulsePoint, allows users to view and receive alerts on calls being responded to by fire departments and emergency medical services

App alerted good Samaritan to man in cardiac arrest

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

The app, PulsePoint, allows users to view and receive alerts on calls being responded to by fire departments and emergency medical services

Ky. ambulance providers say ‘public assist’ fees necessary

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

Jamie Hardin, AMR operations manager, estimates it takes crews between 20 minutes and an hour to respond to calls to help people after they fall

Pa. county coroner offers reporting guidance to first responders

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

Mercer County Coroner John Libonati said he intended to introduce new procedures to generate more accurate and better information from responders through death reports

EMS and the FY19 AFG: What you should know

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

Exploring non-affiliated emergency medical services eligibility for Assistance to Firefighters Grants

Photo of the Week: Just desserts

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

Check out these EMS treats from a Humboldt County paramedic and baker

Car fleeing hit-and-run crash collides head-on with ambulance

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

An ambulance was responding to a hit-and-run crash when a car fleeing from the same scene struck the rig

Man pleads guilty in texting while driving crash that killed paramedic

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

Prosecutors said Samuel Allebaugh was sending and receiving texts from his girlfriend, which caused him to veer off the road

Paramedic under fire for Facebook comment about police officer

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

The paramedic made a comment in regard to a Dallas police officer who was recently sentenced to prison for the shooting death of a man

Largest South Texas ambulance provider files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

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

Officials said Hidalgo County EMS is still meeting its contractual obligations in providing emergency services

Calif. hospital chain going to court over high prices

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

Sutter Health is facing a trial over accusations that it has used its market dominance to snuff out competition and overcharge patients for medical bills

Alaska doctor, nurse charged with vast opioid distribution

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

Prosecutors said the medical professionals helped fuel the state's opioid epidemic

Ohio fire dept. mourning loss of firefighter-paramedic

Posted on October 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Fire officials said Brian Poole was a “man who always had a smile on his face and was a vital piece of DFD Company 11”

Webinar: The value of end-tidal carbon dioxide monitoring – because ain’t just for tube confirmation anymore!

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

Learn how end-tidal carbon dioxide monitoring can be a powerful tool for detecting physiological changes associated with sepsis, diabetes and more

Webinar: The value of end-tidal carbon dioxide monitoring – because it ain’t just for tube confirmation anymore!

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

Learn how end-tidal carbon dioxide monitoring can be a powerful tool for detecting physiological changes associated with sepsis, diabetes and more

Webinar: The value of end-tidal carbon dioxide monitoring – because it ain’t just for tube confirmation anymore!

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

Learn how end-tidal carbon dioxide monitoring can be a powerful tool for detecting physiological changes associated with sepsis, diabetes and more

When myths are more dangerous than reality

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

The falsehood of naloxone-induced aggression and assault

Teens charged with pointing replica handguns at Chicago paramedics

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

The boys were charged with one felony count of aggravated assault to EMS personnel and one misdemeanor count of possessing replica firearms

Concerns arise over EMS response times in Ala. town

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

County commission officials sent Green Pond Fire and Rescue a cease and desist order that prevents crews from responding to calls

Ky. dispatch center struggling with rising calls, declining staff

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

The Enhanced 911 Center, which answered 477,711 calls last year, has 65 staffers, a drop of about 20 percent from 1998

Paramedic tailgating at NFL game helps save man’s life

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

Houston Texans fan Gary Reimers collapsed in the tailgating parking lot; a nearby registered nurse and paramedic jumped in to help

Intoxicated driver crashes into Tenn. ambulance at red light

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

Norman Devasure, 65, told officers he had consumed two large drinks of whiskey before an NFL game

2 Fla. firefighters stabbed during medical call

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

The firefighters were taken to the hospital for treatment and a suspect was found and taken into custody

Investigation reveals Cleveland EMS’s staffing woes

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

According to an investigative news team, Cleveland EMS routinely takes ambulances out of service due to staffing shortages

Ohio EMS dept. to receive award for helping patients into recovery

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

Colerain Township Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services created an all-hands-on-deck approach to help people with substance use disorders

Increase in paramedic assaults prompts new partnership with police dept.

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

Austin-Travis County EMS and the Austin Police Department rolled out specific call codes to help police get to them quickly in an emergency

911 calls surge in SF, causing ‘level zero’ status on daily basis

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

A recent analysis showed that 911 calls have increased, yet no additional paramedics have been hired since 2015

Former Pa. ambulance chief sentenced for stealing $30K from agency

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

Brian Eckert will be on house arrest after being sentenced to four to 23 months in county prison

Deer struck, thrown in crash kills Mich. dispatcher

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

Paramedics took Erika Ladas, 28, to a hospital, where she died from her injuries

Police arrest man driving ambulance-turned-drug-rig

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

Sheriffs found that there was no medical equipment inside the ambulance and that Levi Weinthraub was not an EMT

Australian paramedic viciously attacked during charity ride for child cancer

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

Daniel Mansbridge, a 16-year veteran paramedic, was "shoulder charged" by a teenager before two others beat him on the ground

DA not filing charges in collision that killed Calif. paramedic

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

Officials said there was a "lack of sufficient evidence" that prevents charges from being filled in the collision that killed Eddie Lustro

Hot air balloons land hard, cause several injuries in NM

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

A pilot and passenger were each thrown from one balloon as it impacted, bounded along the ground and caught fire

Fla. firefighter-paramedic accused of recording medical call reinstated

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

Joshua Granada will receive back pay, with the exception of 240 hours, which was ruled the appropriate punishment under the city's collective bargaining agreement

The best resources to find NREMT practice tests

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

You can never be too prepared for the NREMT

Why EMS managers must plan for narcotic thefts

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

EMS providers are vulnerable to addiction by the nature of their jobs, and an unfortunate story highlights the need to plan ahead for this situation

Why EMS managers must plan for narcotic thefts

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

EMS providers are vulnerable to addiction by the nature of their jobs, and an unfortunate story highlights the need to plan ahead for this situation

Texas colleges offering programs for EMT, firefighter students

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

San Jacinto College and Houston Community College are offering programs for both careers, allowing graduates to work after testing

Man arrested for calling 911 to complain about Amber Alert

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

Police said the man was trying to "purposely tie-up" lines when an Amber Alert was issued for five missing children

Paramedic survives after being trapped inside overturned car for 12 hours

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

Kimberly Stephens, a 20-year paramedic veteran, broke nearly every major bone in her body

Fire chief opens up about mental health after firefighter-paramedic’s suicide

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

Henderson Fire Chief Shawn White said his goal is to provide more resources and start a dialogue about mental health

New Calif. laws to help responders with trauma, mental health issues

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

"Mental health is very important to their overall wellbeing. It’s OK to seek help, and recovery is possible," one official said

Video: San Francisco EMT joins dance party in street

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

In the video, you can hear Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" playing

Official: Volunteer responders ‘make the difference between life and death’

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

Many North Dakota ambulance services are feeling the pinch of an aging rural population with fewer people willing to step forward and serve

4 hurt after utility pole explosions at Calif. shopping complex

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

Fire officials reported that two firefighters and two civilians were treated for minor injuries

5 hurt after utility pole explosions at Calif. shopping complex

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

Two firefighters and two restaurant employees were treated for minor injuries, while a restaurant owner was seriously hurt

2 New Orleans paramedics injured in ambulance crash

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

Two paramedics with the Marrero-Harvey Fire Department were injured when their ambulance collided with another vehicle, overturning the rig

Pa. first responders honored for acts of heroism

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

The union established the awards banquet after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, with an aim to praise the courage of the city’s emergency personnel

St. Charles County Ambulance District hosts Safety Day to engage the community

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

Photo of the Week: St. Charles County Ambulance District hosts Safety Day to engage the community

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

Va. ambulance owner sentenced to prison for healthcare fraud

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

Court documents indicate that training, intoxication, and unlicensed professional were transporting patients for a private ambulance company

NY county adds mini ambulance to fleet

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

Delmar-Bethlehem EMS agency purchased a mini ambulance to respond to a nine-mile trail used by bicyclists, walkers and joggers

SC EMS crew pays tow company not to tow their ambulance

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

EMS crews parked in a “No Parking” area to drop off a patient at a health center and had to pay $150 to the tow truck company because there were no other spaces available to park

Tenn. EMT, former NFL player pulls gun on teens

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

EMT Jimmy Robinson was arrested for threatening teenagers who were playing pranks in his neighborhood

FDNY directs EMS to prep in advance of screenings of ‘Joker’

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

Law enforcement and emergency services are on alert across the country due to talk of possible attacks at advanced screenings of 'Joker'

Neb. police stop speeding ambulance transporting illegal drugs

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

Levi Weintraub was driving a surplus ambulance containing cocaine, LSD, ecstasy, ketamine and mushrooms when a police officer stopped him for speeding

EMT, paramedic injured when patient becomes combative, steals rig

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

A patient being transported for mental health issues assaulted the treating provider, forcing the medic driving the rig to stop, enabling the patient to steal the ambulance

Video: FDNY probationary EMT proposes to girlfriend after graduation

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

FDNY officials congratulated Probationary EMT Frederick Benjamin, who proposed to his girlfriend following the graduation ceremony

15 Houston elementary students treated after being pepper sprayed

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

Spence Elementary School student pepper sprayed 15 students while they were riding on a school bus full with 50 passengers

Mass. man on dialysis trains EMS providers on home hemodialysis machine

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

Local paramedics and EMTs were trained on how to disconnect and properly operate a home hemodialysis prior to Eugene Tradd using the system at home

Former Ga. convent could become state’s first responder mental health center

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

Proposed state legislation would provide funding to convert the former convent into Georgia's first treatment center for first responders

Rural NY providers seek to establish ambulance district

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

Long ambulance wait times in rural New York force regional EMS officials to seek solutions at the state and federal level

3 reasons to use automated EMS billing software

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

Operate more efficiently, collect more revenue and gain insight into your agency’s outstanding finances with an automated system

Iowa EMS agency considers restructuring as a government entity

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

The change would help with the agency's long-term sustainability while creating operational benefits, additional revenue opportunities and tax benefits

Partially naked Ohio inmate escapes moving ambulance

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

The County Sheriff's department is searching for William Swagger who was last seen wearing a T-shirt around his waist after he jumped out a moving ambulance to escape

Terrorist threats prompt NYPD to escort FDNY EMTs

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

NYPD officials flagged an anonymous threat against FDNY EMTs in the Rockaways area, prompting officers to escort emergency crews responding to calls

WWII-era bomber crashes in Conn.; fatalities reported

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

Five people on board were taken to Hartford Hospital and one person on the ground was also injured and transported to the hospital

Drones arrive 7 minutes before EMS crews in policy-changing trial

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

A Canadian cellular-connected drone trial resulted in a deployment policy change after the study showed significant time saved when using drones to transport AEDs

New Calif. law lets first responders seek workers’ comp for PTSD

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

Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 542 to create a rebuttable presumption that a worker’s mental health struggles are an occupational injury

Driver, 76, crashes into Va. fire station

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

Betty T. Miller sustained serious injuries when her vehicle crashed into the fire station causing extensive manage to the building, an EMS vehicle and a trailer

Car crashes into Va. fire station

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

Betty T. Miller sustained serious injuries when her vehicle crashed into the fire station causing extensive manage to the building, an EMS vehicle and a trailer

9 hospitalized after hazmat spill on Fla. interstate

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

Hazmat crews responded to an oil leak after a bus crash and overturned, sending nine patients to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries

Mo. agencies quarrel on social media

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

The Osage county dispatch center and ambulance district have taken to social media to hash out a dispute about profit margins, training and response times

Citizen CPR Foundation aims to improve SCA survival rates

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

Citizen CPR Foundation officials announced new strategies to increase the survival rate of sudden cardiac arrest victims

Police: Officers shoot man who pulled knife on medics

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

The police department says the wounded man was taken to a hospital

Video: Paramedics dance to the tune of ‘The Git Up”

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

Two Hamilton paramedics dance in front of their rig to sang by Blanco Brown

Quiz: Uncommon names for common fractures

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

Take this quiz to test your knowledge of Malgaigne, Chance and Jefferson fractures

Uncommon names for common fractures

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

Learning the mechanisms of injury associated with Malgaigne fractures, Chance fractures and Jefferson fractures allow EMS providers to stabilize and treat appropriately

Nev. FD to honor FF-paramedic who died by suicide

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

Firefighter-Paramedic Robbie Pettingill battled PTSD from job-related stress

Calif. county AMR crews to get therapy dog

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

Rampart, named after the hospital in the TV show “Emergency!,” will comfort San Bernardino County crews on difficult calls

8 recommendations for fire/EMS from the FEMA Oct. 1 After-Action Report

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

Steps to implementing unified command, staging and access learned from the Route 91 Harvest Festival attack

ND to upgrade call centers to Next Generation 911

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

North Dakota received more than $1.47 million in funds to fund the next phase of upgrades to the state's 22 911 call centers

Texas woman dead after ambulance collision

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

Jennifer Doughtery died after she crossed the centerline with her car and crashed head-on into an ambulance

Ore. medic faces 1st degree rape, drug charges

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

Springfield police opened an investigation into Edward Blake, 43, after a woman filed a report against him for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting her

Facebook expands local alerts to eligible public safety pages

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

Local alerts allow governments and first responder agencies to relay critical information to citizens on the social media platform

W. V. man charged with stealing ambulance

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

The homeless man allegedly took the ambulance because he wanted a ride to the hospital

Fla. FF-paramedic dies at home after shift

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

Hazmat Firefighter-Paramedic Scott R. Neumann had just returned home after finishing his shift with Martin County Fire Rescue Station 16

Fla. FF-paramedic dies at home after shift

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

Hazmat Firefighter-Paramedic Scott R. Neumann had just returned home after finishing his shift with Martin County Fire Rescue Station 16

W. Va man charged with attempted murder of 2 paramedics

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

Richard Thornton became uncooperative on the way to the hospital, took a knife from his rear pants pocket and tried to stab the medics

Code 3 Podcast: Reflecting on Bryan Fass’ legacy

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

EMS1 Editor-in-Chief Greg Friese speaks to Bryan’s fitness advocacy and focus on injury prevention

SC ambulance service will stay open after losing county contract

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

Bamberg County announced that its contract with the service had been terminated, in part because it failed to provide the required activity and financial reports

Pa. city EMS agencies struggle to fill positions

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

Local emergency crews are now seeking qualified candidates to fill these positions, but say the demand for the jobs greatly outweighs the number of applicants

NH county opioid program model needs innovation and expansion, official says

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

The Dover Doorway program is not working as designed, and the number of individuals seeking help from each area is severely disproportionate

Ala. drug abuse prevention agency awarded $40K grant

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

The Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention received a $40,306 block grant from the Alabama Department of Mental Health to expand its services

Ohio counties stop exploring countywide dispatch center

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

Elected officials concluded that creating a joint dispatch center would result in higher operational costs, estimated between $100,000 and $150,000 a year

Pa. ambulance service considers tax levy to address budget shortfalls

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

EMS officials are proposing that the townships split the cost of financial support, which would generate about $60,000 more than $75,000 for each town

Photo of the Week: Paramedics challenge YOU to take the flu shot

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

Ark. EMT returns to work after 100-foot fall

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

Jennifer Bartholmey was hiking by herself when she fell down a cliff and sustained multiple injuries, including a broken pelvis and tibia in March 2018

15 students treated by paramedics after eating marijuana edibles

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

A student allegedly brought marshmallow marijuana edibles to school and distributed them to fellow students

Bill would give retired first responders over 50 access to Medicare

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

The proposed legislation would ensure retired first responders between the ages of 50 and 65 would be eligible for Medicare

Tenn. EMS director suspended over alleged inappropriate behavior

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

District Attorney Mike Taylor confirmed the allegations against EMS Director Will Angel and has referred the case to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Ala. ambulance service unable to secure $2M bond

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

First Response Ambulance Service was unable to obtain a $2 million performance bond required by the ambulance ordinance prior to commencing operations

House committee passes bill to help Pa. EMS, volunteer fire companies

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

Rep. Chris Sainato's House Bill 1834 will extend the expiring Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant program if it passes the floor vote

Lack of volunteers pushes ND ambulance service to consider disbanding

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

Most of the current volunteer staff is over the age of 60 and the agency has not had any new volunteers sign up

Planet Fitness donates workout equipment to Pa. EMS agency

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

Planet Fitness officials wanted to help an organization that needed the equipment since they are required to update or change its equipment every five years

FDNY EMS demands equal pay

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

FDNY EMS personnel crowded City Hall demanding equal pay to other uniformed public safety services

Maine city first responders raise concerns over ambulance coverage, quality of services

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

The split between 911 coverage and interfacility transfers seems to be causing the biggest frustration for local emergency officials

Calif. first responders, supporters raise alarms over ALS proposal

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

First responders are calling the new proposed ALS policy "an attack on the fire agencies' ability to deliver EMS to the citizens we serve"

Research team seeks data on EMS nicotine, tobacco use

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

EMS providers are asked to answer an anonymous survey to explore the need for nicotine cessation programs for providers

Ohio city FD makes case to provide emergency services

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

Uhrichsville fire officials presented a report with two options to the city council detailing the costs and benefits of fire-based EMS services

Ala. hospital donates ambulance to benefit local EMS programs

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

The Helen Keller Hospital donated a 2007 Ford ambulance to Northwest-Shoals Community College EMS programs, which was without an ambulance for nearly 18 months

Fla. EMS chief hospitalized after cardiac arrest

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

Lake County Fire Rescue EMS Chief Dan Miller is in critical condition after experiencing cardiac arrest

Stolen Philadelphia ambulance prompts brief police chase

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

The paramedics were inside the Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia when their ambulance was stolen

Ohio counties awarded $3.7M in federal grants to boost staffing

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

The hiring grants pay for 75% of the salaries and benefits for new hires for the first two years and 35% in the third year

Roundtable: EMS leaders react to the 2019 EMS Trend Report

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

Our EMS expert panel identifies actions EMS leaders can take to improve provider engagement, satisfaction and performance

Conn. ambulance to end services, citing ‘volunteer model no longer viable’

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

Hampton-Chaplin Ambulance Corps was established in 1954 initially serving the Town of Hampton under the name: Leslie L. Jewett American Legion Ambulance

Mass. task force gets $1.8M grant to fight opioids

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

The Greater New Bedford TRAIN is seeking to reach more than 7,000 people through education and assistance for opioids treatment and recovery

EMT faces 39 charges for illegal weapons, drugs and cyber harassment

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

A New Jersey man’s EMT license was suspended after a police report filed by an ex-girlfriend led to the discovery of multiple illegal weapons and narcotics at his home

Texas first responders learn yoga to cope with stress

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

Yoga for First Responders is leading a training session this week to teach first responders the philosophy behind yoga so they can use in their daily lives

Ind. board approves purchase of new ambulance equipment

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

Safety Board officials approved the purchase of six Stryker Power Load patient assistance systems with 90% of the funding coming from a federal grant

Lawsuits say county was negligent in Mo. officer’s death after 911 mistake

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

The lawsuits accuse the county of failing to properly train dispatchers, not warning officers that errors happened and not ensuring the 911 mapping system was accurate

New seat belts allow medics to tend to patients, stay safe

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

Too many medics don’t use seat belts because they interfere with patient care, but one company is working to change that

Pa. paramedic disarms violent patient with knife

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

Ronald C. James walked to the kitchen, grabbed a steak knife and told the paramedic he would kill him, according to police

Va. EMT airlifted to hospital after ambulance crash

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

An ambulance crashed into a guardrail after it blew a tire out, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle

Wash. man credits Apple Watch with saving dad’s life

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

The feature picked up the hard fall that Bob Burdett sustained and alerted 911, who located him and transported him to a hospital

First responders witness fatal stabbing while performing CPR

Posted on September 23, 2019 by