November 21, 2018

Victims of ND air ambulance crash identified

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

Pilot Todd Lasky, paramedic Chris Iverson and nurse Bonnie Cook died when their Metro Area Ambulance plane crashed

Marijuana laws: Why medics should just say no

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

What happens if EMS providers who use marijuana safely and legally, but test positive days later in violation of policies?

Officials identify Chicago gunman who killed 3, including police officer

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

Authorities identified the gunman as Juan Lopez, who killed a doctor, a pharmacy resident and Officer Samuel Jimenez

What you need to know about first responder counseling

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

Ask your counselor these questions to understand confidentiality and their understanding of first responder culture

Woman thanks paramedics who helped her and her newborn 3 years ago

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

Paramedic Alex Villanueva and his team reunited with Krystal Daniels when she arrived at the Springfield Township Fire Department to thank them for helping her in 2015

Couple converts retired ambulance into traveling home

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

Bill Smyth and Logan Miller converted a 1994 Ford E350 ambulance, which was in New York during 9/11, into a home that they will use to hit the road on a trip from Canada to Mexico

Video: LAFD helicopter rescues 3 from wildfire

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

Los Angeles fire officials paused their work dropping water on the Woolsey Fire to rescue three people and two dogs who were stuck in a remote area

3 EMS innovations making our communities safer

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

From required BLS, to community AEDs and kiosk-based training, communities around the country are becoming better equipped for emergencies

NFL team pays tribute to Calif. responders, victims

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

The Rams brought first responders and victims togther in no more than few days’ time, and gave away thousands of tickets to those most affected by the tragedies

FEMA launches program to help first responders affected by disaster

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

The First Responders Registration Intake gives first responders the opportunity to register for assistance when their work schedules allow

The importance of national EMS conferences

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

Our co-hosts sit down with EMS World Expo Editorial Advisory Board member Ray Barishansky, who provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a national conference

Test your knowledge: Prehospital treatment for stroke patients

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

Stroke affects someone in the U.S. every 40 seconds. Are you prepared to respond to that call?

Officer critical, multiple shot at Chicago hospital

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

Chicago police say officers are searching a hospital after a reported shooting and that one "possible offender" has been shot

At least 4 wounded, including police officer, in Chicago shooting

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

A police spokesman said the gunman was dead, but it was not immediately clear if he took his own life or was killed by police

Gunman opens fire at Chicago hospital, killing at least 3

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

A police officer was among the dead

National EMS Memorial to honor first responders

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

Legislation recognizes and remembers first responder line of duty deaths

Former flight paramedic recalls surviving fatal air ambulance crash

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

Derek Boehm said the Native Air crew was on its last flight of the day when the helicopter crashed into a remote part of the Superstition Mountains in 2015

Federal govt. agencies award funding for high school trauma training

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

The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health was awarded up to $2.3 million to deliver trauma training to high school students

NH ambulance catches fire en route to the hospital

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

Officials said the ambulance was transporting a patient when a reported mechanical issue caused the rig to go up in flames

Doctor recalls pulling new mom from burning ambulance in Calif. wildfire

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

Dr. David Russell was running from the Camp fire flames when he found a burning ambulance containing a woman who had just had a C-section

Responders create makeshift hospital for evacuated patients in Calif. wildfire

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

Paramedics, nurses and others broke into the garage of a home that was unaffected by the fire to keep patients safe after an ambulance caught fire

3 dead in ND air ambulance crash

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

A paramedic, nurse and pilot were onboard the Metro Area Ambulance plane when it crashed on its way to assist in a patient transport

What the mid-term elections mean for EMS

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

Forecasting how the Democratic House and GOP Senate will impact drug and healthcare billing, Medicaid expansion and the ACA

Fla. city joins PulsePoint service so that bystanders can help save lives

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

Anyone who downloads the app agrees to share their location via GPS and receive alerts when someone in a public place is in need of resuscitation

Wis. ambulance service used as bargaining chip in city dispute

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

Mayville officials said they would terminate EMS services if the village of Kekoskee and the town of Williamstown become an incorporated village

150 Fla. first responders honored by county

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

Orange County's first medal-day ceremony was a chance for the fire department to acknowledge the bravery of first responders in front of the community

Ark. telehealth partnership reduces stroke-related deaths

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

The AR SAVES partnership established a broad hospital-based telehealth network and is testing first responder technologies to improve stroke response

Student named ‘heartsaver hero’ after helping save man’s life

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

The American Heart Association honored Logan Hill for saving a post office custodian who went into cardiac arrest

Lessons learned from 2013 tornado help first responders with possible disasters

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

The massive devastation and the size of the tornadoes that hit Pekin and Washington in 2013 changed the way first responders prepare and train

Ark. telehealth partnership reduces stroke-related deaths

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

The AR SAVES partnership established a broad hospital-based telehealth network and is testing first responder technologies to improve stroke response

2 dead after three-way car crash involving ambulance

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

A three-vehicle crash involving an ambulance left two people dead after a driver lost control and crossed the center line

2 dead after three-way car crash involving ambulance

Posted on November 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

A three-vehicle crash involving an ambulance left two people dead after a driver lost control and crossed the center line

2 dead after three-way car crash involving ambulance

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

A three-vehicle crash involving an ambulance left two people dead after a driver lost control and crossed the center line

Firefighters, paramedics fight back fire to save woman who just gave birth

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

Heather Roebuck said goodbye to her newborn daughter as she was evacuated by ambulance after a C-section, only to have the ambulance catch fire

‘A Star is Born’ cinematographer released after alleged drunken assault on paramedics

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

Matthew Libatique, cinematographer for the recent adaptation of “A Star is Born,” was arrested for allegedly attacking paramedics and police officers

Labor board: FDNY retaliated against two EMS lieutenants upset over a pilot program,

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

FDNY Lt. Douglas Rondon was "totally restricted" from duty for an entire year after he reached out to his union president for assistance on potential disciplinary charges.

Minn. county introduces safety app to improve interactions with disabled

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

The Vitals first responder app is a non-intrusive, real-time resource developed as a way to give individuals with various conditions more peace of mind

Officials: 63 dead, 631 missing from Camp fire

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

The high number of missing people probably includes some who fled the blaze and don't realize they've been reported missing

Northern Calif. death toll climbs to 63; 631 missing

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

The high number of missing people probably includes some who fled the blaze and don't realize they've been reported missing

Northern Calif. death toll climbs to 63; 631 missing

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

The high number of missing people probably includes some who fled the blaze and don't realize they've been reported missing

Fraud in the field: Signature compliance

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

EMS providers should be on high alert for fraud and forgery in the patient care report

5 Keys to implementing new technology in EMS

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

Solving a clear challenge, identifying champions and following these implementation steps will make change easier

How to help Calif. wildfire first responders

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

Here are some ways you can give back to first responders who are responding to the wildfires, often as they lose their own homes

Calif. cop saves newborn baby with CPR

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

Officer Gregory Palomo responded to a call about a woman screaming for help and found that she had just given birth to a newborn who wasn’t breathing

Calif. cop saves newborn baby with CPR

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

Officer Gregory Palomo responded to a call about a woman screaming for help and found that she had just given birth to a newborn who wasn’t breathing

New Wash. integrated 911 center met with opposition

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

Spokane dispatchers may not be a part of a regionwide communications center following a decision to require them to work only with city public safety staff

Enough is enough: 5 ways to end bullying in fire and EMS

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

We need to do more to improve the care and compassion we show to our fire and EMS brethren

Over 26K emergency medical professionals sign open letter to NRA

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

Over 26,000 paramedics, ER doctors and other medical professionals signed an open letter to the NRA, headlined "Gun Violence Is Our Lane"

Police: Half-naked woman found in road assaults Ohio EMT

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

Police said they found Denise Molina, who was found rolling around with her pants and underwear pulled down, kicked an EMT in the throat

Police: Half-naked woman found in road assaults Ohio EMT

Posted on November 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Police said they found Denise Molina, who was found rolling around with her pants and underwear pulled down, kicked an EMT in the throat

Northern Calif. fire death toll at 56; 130 missing

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

As the scope of a deadly Northern California wildfire set in, the sheriff said more than 450 people had now been assigned to comb through the charred remains

EMS World Expo Quick Take: Implementing prehospital point-of-care ultrasound

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

Examining the hardware and software requirements, and where P-POCUS fits into the EMS scope of practice

Va. county EMS chief suspended over fatal ambulance crash

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

Westmoreland County EMS Chief Jeff Beasley was suspended after a whistleblower highlighted several violations that occurred before the crash

Verizon announces 5G First Responder Lab

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

Verizon seeks innovators to accelerate 5G technology development for first responders

EMS World Expo Quick Take: Motor vehicle collisions and the golden hour, platinum 10

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

Understanding the mechanisms of injury in a MVC and how to reduce ambulance collisions

NY EMS, police team up to equip cruisers with medical equipment

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

Delmar Bethlehem EMS helped outfit Bethlehem Police Department cruisers with medical kits filled with emergency medical supplies

Colo. paramedics equipped with stroke neurointervention tool

Posted on November 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Teller County paramedics can now effectively halt blood clotting by providing a tissue plasminogen activator

Colo. paramedics partner with hospital to improve stroke care

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

Ute Pass Regional Health Service District paramedics will be permitted to transport patients receiving a lifesaving medication called tPA

How to buy EMS medical equipment

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

When purchasing medical products consider discounts, bulk purchasing and current customer references

Northern Calif. wildfire death toll grows to 48

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

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said he has requested 100 National Guard troops to help with the search for human remains

Research Analysis: More than 1-in-20 EMT deaths are due to suicide

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

A study in Arizona over a seven-year period confirms a higher rate of death by suicide among EMTs vs. the general public

NY counties using grants to upgrade 911 equipment

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

The improvements come after Oneida County experienced several issues, such as when mice chewed through phone lines, causing Verizon customers not to be able to contact 911

Time for a change: The push to classify 911 operators as first responders

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

When the unthinkable occurs, 911 operators are the first contact many of us have with first responders

Off-duty EMT saves newlywed who broke neck on honeymoon

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

Nikki Lewis, who has been in the hospital for nearly two months after breaking her neck in Hawaii, thanked EMT Chad Harkins for saving her

EMS body armor: What providers need to know

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

EMS personnel must be familiar with the types of body armor and its practical on-duty use during patient assessment and care

Paramedics deliver baby after mother is killed in crossbow attack

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

Paramedics performed an emergency caesarean section to save Sana Muhammad’s baby after she was attacked with a crossbow in her kitchen

Fla. county responders to face random drug testing for first time

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

A new contract requires the testing of five employees selected at random every two weeks, but the test will not detect the presence of alcohol

Study: Hands-only CPR training kiosks just as effective as classrooms

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

The American Heart Association found that a five-minute CPR lesson at a kiosk teaches people the lifesaving skill as well as a 30-minute class

Death toll in Northern Calif. wildfire rises to 42

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

Search and recovery teams looked for human remains from a Northern California wildfire that killed at least 42, making it the deadliest in state history

Fundraiser launched for Calif. EMS providers who lost everything in wildfire

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

A GoFundMe was set up to raise money for 25 employees of Butte County EMS who lost all of their belongings in the Camp fire

Wash. fire dept. prepares for AMR EMT strike

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

The Seattle Fire Department is working on a contingency plan in case AMR EMTs authorize a strike in protest of low wages

Rapid response: Firefighters battling catastrophic wildfires and EMS providers evacuating civilians deserve our attention and support

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

Most recent California wildfires have killed at least 29 people and destroyed more than 6,400 homes

Overdose survivor offers free fentanyl test strips

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

Ryan Fowler was giving the test strips away to friends who use drugs, but expanded the offer to the public after hearing about a couple of fatal overdoses

EMS crew rebuilds patient’s wheelchair ramp

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

After helping a quadriplegic whose wheelchair slid off the ramp leading to his home, Okaloosa County EMS crew members came back on their own time to fix the ramp

2 Mich. EMTs, 2 cops hurt after police car hits ambulance

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

Officials said the ambulance rolled over after the police car crashed into it, resulting in the injuries of two EMTs, two cops and one patient

Officials: 31 dead in Calif. wildfires, responders searching for more victims

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

Six more were found dead in a swath of Northern California wiped out by fire, raising the death toll there to 29 and the statewide total to 31

NY town looks to solve ambulance service troubles

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

Cape Vincent Ambulance Squad officials are seeking proposals for how to address years of deficient volunteer staffing

Longtime Okla. EMS agency president dies

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

Emergency Medical Services Authority H. Stephen Williamson, 63, led the agency until his retirement in 2017

Soccer player revives man with CPR on flight to tournament

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

Eastern Washington University soccer team player Ashley Valdivieso took immediate action and began chest compressions on the man in the aisle of the plan

NY town seeks solution to years of deficient EMT volunteer staffing

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

Cape Vincent Ambulance Squad officials are seeking proposals for how to address years of deficient volunteer staffing

Women help save man who collapsed at DC polling place

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

D.C. firefighter and paramedic Christopher Boyette credits the women’s teamwork for helping the man breathe again and regain consciousness by the time they arrived

Ohio city residents reject city-run EMS service

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

London city residents rejected a bid to cut their ties to the Madison County Emergency Medical District and create London's first-ever city-operated EMS service

No shortage of case studies at Md. active shooter workshop

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

For the first responders attending an active assailant workshop, there was no shortage of real-life case studies from which to learn

Recognize the signs of crisis after a traumatic response

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

The shooting at the Thousand Oaks, Ca., Borderline Bar & Grill is another blow to first responders in communities impacted by mass violence

EMS World Expo Quick Take: Training citizens for emergencies

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

A panel of experts share their community outreach best practices in educating citizens how to respond to cardiac arrest and overdose emergencies

Lawsuit alleges hospital improperly sedated woman with ketamine

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

Brittany Buckley says Hennepin Healthcare paramedics forcibly injected her with ketamine last year and enrolled her in a clinical trial

Paramedics make ‘Power of Love’ lip sync video for colleague with cancer

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

B.C. Emergency Health Services paramedics showed support for their colleague, Sharon Unger, by doing something to “make her laugh”

Fla. county officials not renewing grant to get free naloxone

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

Miami County officials did not renew a state grant to receive free doses of naloxone, saying “overdoses are down significantly” in the area

Fla. AMR stations serve as Official Safe Havens for newborns

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

During National Adoption Month, AMR reminded the public that its Florida stations and ambulances will receive unharmed newborns

First responders who died of Sept. 11-related illnesses can now receive federal Medal of Valor

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

The law makes firefighters, cops and emergency service officers fatally sickened by the toxic debris pile eligible for the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor

First responders who died of 9/11-related illnesses eligible for federal Medal of Valor

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

The law makes firefighters, cops and emergency service officers fatally sickened by the toxic debris pile eligible for the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor

2 Iowa EMS providers hurt in ambulance crash

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

Officials said a four-vehicle crash occurred after an ambulance that was transporting a patient went through a red light with its lights and sirens activated

Provider safety and C-A-B treatment products showcased at EMS World Expo 2018

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

Tradeshows are an opportunity to learn about EMS products and design improvements, and give real-world feedback to manufacturers

How military medics can transition to civilian EMS

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

Licensing requirements and varying degrees of experience can make it difficult for returning servicemen to find jobs, but programs are emerging that can help

Gunman kills sheriff’s deputy and 11 civilians at Calif. bar

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

Sgt. Ron Helus, the first officer to enter the building, died from multiple gunshot wounds

13 dead including gunman in shooting at Calif. bar

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

Sgt. Ron Helus, the first officer to enter the building, died from multiple gunshot wounds

Police identify gunman who killed 13 in shooting at Calif. bar

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

The killer was identified as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old former Marine

All EMS providers deserve equal protection

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

Why it is time to do away with different rules for different providers under the Firefighter Bill of Rights

Spotlight: Cradlepoint features a cloud-managed 4G LTE in-vehicle router, creating a secure and reliable network for first responders.

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

Cradlepoint is committed to making sure first responders can rely on them to keep them connected and protected.

How to use Facebook to announce a LODD

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

Line-of-duty deaths require thoughtful planning on how to use Facebook to announce the loss of life and share information

Officials: Motive unclear in shooting that killed 12 at Calif. bar

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

The dead included 11 people inside the bar and a veteran sheriff's sergeant who was the first officer inside the door

New Pa. law provides reimbursement for non-transport calls

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

Act 103 of 2018 requires insurance companies and Medicaid to reimburse EMS agencies for calls where the EMS provider treated the patient without transport

Firefighter-paramedic helps save life of man over the phone after taking 911 call

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

Norred, a 14-year veteran of the San Antonio Fire Department, helped Monica Pesek revive her unresponsive father after he suffered a stroke

Firefighter-paramedic working dispatcher shift helps woman save father’s life

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

Norred, a 14-year veteran of the San Antonio Fire Department, helped Monica Pesek revive her unresponsive father after he suffered a stroke

Rapid Response: Active shooter response command decisions are made by first arriving ambulance crews, fire companies and police officers

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

What are the potential public policy, legislation, social service and healthcare actions fire/EMS providers should advocate to prevent mass shootings?

Why reducing patient anxiety makes the provider’s job easier

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

Prepare for awkward lifts with smart strategies and tools to boost patient confidence and avoid on-the-job injuries

Female paramedics accuse EMS agency of sexual harassment

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

Female paramedics at the South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust claim they were forced to watch porn and give sexual favors

Ore. fire dept. launches PulsePoint app to enable ‘citizen superheroes’

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

PulsePoint alerts users to cardiac arrests within a quarter mile of their location, so people can provide treatment before paramedics arrive

Calif. voters back Prop. 11, supporting on-call breaks for EMS providers

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

The ballot measure, which requires private sector EMTs and paramedics to remain on-call during meal and rest breaks, was ahead by a double digit margin

Calif. voters back Prop. 11, supporting on-call breaks for EMS providers

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

The ballot measure, which requires private sector EMTs and paramedics to remain on-call during meal and rest breaks, was ahead by a double digit margin

Sandy Hook parent puts emphasis on compassion at trauma conference

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

Scarlett Lewis praised audience members for being the”heroes” of trauma response and discussed the importance of social-emotional learning

Son’s death inspires father to become first responder

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

Dan Miller, an 11-year veteran firefighter-paramedic, became an EMT shortly after his 2-year-old son died of choking

Officials: Mass. paramedics falsified training records

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

An investigation found that at least five Armstrong Ambulance paramedics falsified records for advanced cardiac life support, CPR and Pediatric Advanced Life Support

Officials: Mass. paramedics falsified training records

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

An investigation found that at least five Armstrong Ambulance paramedics falsified records for advanced cardiac life support, CPR and Pediatric Advanced Life Support

Ambulance company transports nursing home resident to voting polls

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

Heartland Ambulance Service transported Karen Vaughn to the polls after a mix-up with her absentee ballot required her to vote in person

Ambulance company transports nursing home resident to voting polls

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

Heartland Ambulance Service transported Karen Vaughn to the polls after a mix-up with her absentee ballot required her to vote in person

5 things EMS providers need to know about autonomous vehicles

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

How are these vehicles affecting the roads now, and how might EMS leverage this technology in the near future?

How much do you know about pain management?

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

Use this quiz to determine your level of understanding when it comes to relieving your patients of pain

Wis. firefighter-paramedic’s cause of death report sparks reviews

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

After it was revealed that Rick Garner, 29, died of cardiac arrest, Chief Steven Davis said the department will review how responder recruit health is assessed

Wis. firefighter-paramedic’s cause of death report sparks reviews

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

After it was revealed that Rick Garner, 29, died of cardiac arrest, Chief Steven Davis said the department will review how responder recruit health is assessed

Paramedic invents international translator to communicate with patients

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

Paramedic James Shearer’s Emergency Medical Translator is a booklet that contains nine languages and allows patients to point and use yes or no answers

Paramedic invents international translator to communicate with patients

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

Paramedic James Shearer’s Emergency Medical Translator is a booklet that contains nine languages and allows patients to point and use yes or no answers

Paramedic designs international translator to communicate with patients

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

Paramedic James Shearer’s Emergency Medical Translator is a booklet that contains nine languages and allows patients to point and use yes or no answers

Texas fire dept. takes proactive approach to 911 frequent callers

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

The Brownsville Fire Department is working to get to the root problems behind 911 callers who frequently ask for assistance—as often as two to five times per week

Ill. fire dept. receives $35K from anonymous couple

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

The Cary Fire Protection District plans to use the $35,000 donation to buy a new defibrillator

FDA approves powerful new opioid amidst overdose crisis

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

Dsuvia, a new medication five to 10 times more powerful than fentanyl, was approved to be prescribed to patients in hospital settings

EMS World Expo Quick Take: Active simulation in training and education

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

Using sensory cues, active simulation and stratified debriefings to help paramedic students build upon their foundational training through real-time scenarios

Naked EMT instruction: How to deliver powerful presentations

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

Moving away from the National Standard Curriculum

Integrating student interns into your community paramedicine program

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

Teaming up with local colleges can bring your community paramedicine program expert assistance today while paving the way for progress tomorrow

Retired paramedic writes novel inspired by experiences on the job

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

Albert Kreitz wrote “Partners for Life,” which is based on his experience working as an EMT in Los Angeles

Series of mystery ‘thank you notes’ found on ambulances

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

Concealed notes and money in plastic bags that say, “You are awesome,” were left on ambulance windshields for EMS providers to find

EMS World Expo Quick Take: Dozens of tips for EMS educators and training officers

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

Rom Duckworth shares his top tips, ideas and resources for improving initial and ongoing EMS education

Pa. first responders express frustration with restrictive election laws

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

Around 500 first responders in Philadelphia will be working on Election Day, and are not eligible for absentee ballots

Medical director discusses training needed for AR-15 wounds

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

Dr. Peter Antevy said the frequency of AR-15s being used in mass shootings has prompted new practices, such as “Stop the Bleed,” to be put in place

Medical director discusses AR-15 wounds on ’60 Minutes’

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

Dr. Peter Antevy said the frequency of AR-15s being used in mass shootings has prompted new practices, such as “Stop the Bleed,” to be put in place

Medical director discusses AR-15 wounds on ’60 Minutes’

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

Dr. Peter Antevy said the frequency of AR-15s being used in mass shootings has prompted new practices, such as “Stop the Bleed,” to be put in place

Fla. medical director on ’60 Minutes’: We all need to learn ‘Stop the Bleed’

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

Dr. Peter Antevy said given how common mass casualty events have become in the U.S., everyone needs to be prepared

EMS World Expo Quick Take: How EMS can prepare for a mass gathering to become an MCI

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

Crowd size, location and similar event intelligence can help predict patient load and MCI response needs at a mass gathering

Ohio responders equipped with ballistic gear

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

Miami Township firefighters and paramedics will use the ballistic vests on calls where there might be a weapon at the scene

Fallen firefighter, EMS instructor’s colleagues put up his annual Christmas display

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

After Raleigh Haas died in August, his colleagues kept his Christmas tradition alive by hanging the lights he put up at his house every year

Fallen firefighter, EMS instructor’s colleagues put up his annual Christmas display

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

After Raleigh Haas died in August, his colleagues kept his Christmas tradition alive by hanging the lights he put up at his house every year

Md. EMT dies of unknown causes

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

Brent Cordry, 30, is remembered as someone who was "always ready to lend a helping hand"

Md. EMT dies of unknown causes

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

Brent Cordry, 30, is remembered as someone who was "always ready to lend a helping hand"

Conn. teachers awarded for saving student with CPR

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

Kevin DeAngelo and Marcia Sher-Kalter said their CPR first aid certification and lifeguard training helped them respond quickly

Conn. teachers awarded for saving student with CPR

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

Kevin DeAngelo and Marcia Sher-Kalter said their CPR first aid certification and lifeguard training helped them respond quickly

Hands-on expo gives Iowa high school students glimpse into EMS industry

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

The Health Careers Expo gave students hands-on experiences including taking part in simulation activities, such as reviving a heart attack patient

Video: Texas police chief saves unresponsive baby

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

Splendora ISD Police Chief Rex Evans was on routine patrol, driving from school to school when a panicked family flagged him down at a traffic light

Fla. firefighter-paramedic arrested for DUI: ‘I will watch you die’

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

Michael Ovdiyenko allegedly cursed a deputy while he was being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, saying he would not help the cop if he was shot

4 alerts you should set up on your ePCR

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

ePCR alerts, milestones and triggers can prompt meaningful analysis, immediate action or additional training

Tree of Life synagogue shooting shows need for TEMS teams

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

Tactical emergency medical support medics were able to get to victims of the Pittsburgh shooting quickly and render aid

EMS providers take disabled teen trick-or-treating as honorary EMT

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

Austin Wildnauer, who is bound to a wheelchair, went trick or treating for the first time in years thanks to a Swansea EMS crew

2 Ariz. EMS providers hurt in ambulance crash

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

The AMR ambulance flipped on its side after being involved in a collision with another vehicle

Heather Locklear faces lawsuit for attacking EMT

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

EMT Jennifer Hayn-Hiton claims Heather Locklear kicked her and injured her enough to prevent her from working

New San Diego ambulance policies end response-time crisis

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

Response times have improved, staffing levels are up and new dispatch procedures have boosted efficiency since the city changed its contract with AMR

Fallen firefighter-paramedic recognized with roadway named in his honor

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

The “Firefighter and Paramedic Patrick Wolterman Memorial Highway” sign was erected for the first responder who died in a fire in 2015

When should EMS professionals report abuse?

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

Our cohosts discuss a recent event involving a paramedic allegedly choking a patient, and how and when to speak up in that situation

Pulsara unveils 3 new patient-type modules for communication platform

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

The additional modules include Trauma, Sepsis and Cardiac Arrest, allowing care team members to communicate about patients more efficiently

EMS World Expo Quick Take: How pharmacists improve EMS patient care

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

A pharmacist can help EMS improve patient outcomes, participate in protocol development, and collaborate on EMS research projects

EMS World Expo Quick Take: Preventable death during civilian public mass shootings

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

Introducing paradigm-shifting research in an effort to influence policy changes needed to save more lives in mass shooting responses

Evidence-based guidebook on fatigue released by NASEMSO

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

“Evidence-Based Guidelines for Fatigue Risk Management in Emergency Medical Services” was created to mitigate the effects of fatigue

Ala. county police now equipped with naloxone to help fight opioid crisis

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

As part of the ongoing effort to battle the opioid epidemic, Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale late last month armed his deputies with naloxone

NASEMSO releases new EMS Scope of Practice framework

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

The “Scope of Practice Model Decision-Making Framework for Emergency Medical Services” is now available online

EMS World Expo Quick Take: 5 ingredients for psychomotor mastery

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

Competence is the minimum goal for EMT and paramedic students. EMS educators need to put their students on the path to mastery

Wash. fire dept. considers mobile health response program

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

Seattle officials proposed a pilot program that would help responders deal with non-emergency calls and decrease response times

Funeral held for paramedic who died in ambulance crash

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

Jennifer Cross was remembered by her colleagues as a hero who made a difference in her patients’ lives

Firefighters help deliver baby after saving man, dog across street

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

Firefighters first helped a man and his dog escape a house fire, and then went across the street to help deliver a baby girl

Tips and tricks for a safe Halloween

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

This article was originally posted Oct. 29 2009 By Bob Waddell Every Halloween we worry about a child being hit by a car, being hospitalized for hypothermia, being treated for a possible poisoning, or some other event that turns a fun celebration into a negative occurrence. Prevention and preparation are key for making an event safe and memorable. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission and...

Halloween: Is it the most dangerous day for kids?

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

Analysis of the 56 million ePCR records in the NEMSIS national dataset shows days with the most traumatic pediatric cardiac arrests in 2013 and 2014

Wash. responders, civilians honored for saving life of retired fire chief

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

Retired Chehalis Fire Department Chief Bill Nacht went into cardiac arrest while waiting for a friend so they could go on a motorcycle trip

SC woman claims she stole ambulance because she needed help

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

Laurie Leone was arrested after stealing an ambulance and following a fire truck in the rig

EMS World Expo Quick Take: Assessing, treating and transporting patients with special needs

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

Be aware patients with special needs may have comorbidities, and their conditions fall on a spectrum

Paramedic accused of choking woman threatening to die by suicide

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

Body camera footage allegedly shows paramedic Raymond Lee choking an agitated patient while transporting her to a mental health facility

Study: More than 8.3K kids, teens hospitalized for gunshot wounds annually

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

Researchers said gunshot wounds among children and teens account for $270 million in hospital costs each year

Doctor recalls rushing to treat patients in synagogue shooting

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

Dr. Leonard Weiss jumped into action after realizing the sounds outside his home near Tree of Life temple were gunfire

EMS World Expo Quick Take: Active assailant preparation, response for EMS

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

20-60-90 minute rule underscores the importance of rapidly accessing trauma patients and transporting patients to definitive surgical care

‘Paranormal 911’: How a team of responders are taking on the supernatural

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

A group mainly consisting of firefighters and EMTs use their off-duty time to respond to “paramergencies”

Tenn. paramedic accused of purposely hurting patient, bragging on Facebook

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

Gordon Stokes is accused of intentionally drilling into an overdose patient’s bone without anesthesia and then calling it a “teachable moment”

Wash. cracks down on long-term opioid prescriptions

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

Doctors are no longer allowed to prescribe more than 14 days’ worth of opioids, and they must first look for alternatives

Va. city announces plan after losing 10 paramedics

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

Petersburg officials recently cut ties with 10 part-time paramedics, who were brought on as a way to save money

Va. city returns to partnership with EMS agency after cutting ties with 10 paramedics

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

Petersburg officials recently cut ties with 10 part-time paramedics, who were brought on as a way to save money

Matthew McConaughey thanks first responders in surprise visits

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

The actor teamed up with Wild Turkey and presented "turkey feasts" to first responders, 911 dispatchers and emergency room staff

Paramedics recount their actions at synagogue massacre scene

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

“I’m thinking to myself, ‘What are we doing to do if all of this is real?’” tactical paramedic Justin Sypolt said about the Tree of Life Congregation shooting

Paramedic Chief Digital: How to improve patient and provider safety on the road

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

This issue features articles highlighting the importance of patient and provider safety during ambulance transport and the need for an EMS overhaul

Quiz: Test your cardiac emergency knowledge

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

Are you ready to respond to a cardiac emergency? Prove by taking our 10-question quiz

Rapid Response: Is EMS response different when the active shooter survives?

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

Despite the shooter’s despicable intent and multiple murders, he becomes another patient to triage, treat and transport

Calif. EMS providers express frustration over ‘frequent fliers’

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

Alameda County EMT Tonya Powell said she often spends the majority of her shifts transporting people who don’t actually need an ambulance

Ill. officials promise to improve private EMS regulations

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

Officials said they plan to increase background checks after it was revealed that an EMT involved in a fatal ambulance crash had a long criminal history

Ill. fire dept. gets rid of paramedic requirement for firefighter applicants

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

To bring more recruits into Springfield Fire-Rescue, the department is no longer requiring applicants to be at a paramedic status

Ohio fire dept. gets rid of paramedic requirement for firefighter applicants

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

To bring more recruits into Springfield Fire-Rescue, the department is no longer requiring applicants to be at a paramedic status

LODD: Ohio paramedic dies in ambulance crash

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

Officials said Portsmouth Ambulance Service paramedic Jennifer Cross was part of a crew responding to a call when their ambulance collided with another vehicle

Man assaults paramedic during mountain rescue

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

Paramedics and firefighters were able to wrestle the man to the ground, and they were forced to administer a sedative to calm him

Ohio fire dept. officials seeking fire levy to maintain joint service

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

If approved, Issue 39 would generate about $1.93 million annually to help fund the township’s part of the Miami Valley Fire District

Ex-firefighter-EMT who hung doll with noose gets prison

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

Glenn Halfin was given the maximum punishment based on his guilty plea to the misdemeanor charge of interfering with an African-American family's rights

Va. man gets 1 year in jail for stealing, crashing ambulance

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

Calling his behavior disgusting, a judge sentenced Theodore Gasiorowski to a year in jail and ordered him to pay $150,000

Your guide to improving your EMS agency’s safety culture (eBook)

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

Learn about the biggest drivers of transforming a fear-based culture into a Just Culture

Pa. responder who died of cancer honored with final ride

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

Brookfield Fire Department Lt. Brian Kachaylo, who was also a STAT MedEvac flight paramedic, died of colon cancer

Hospital officials: Pa. bus crash response highlights value of training

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

Dozens of medical personnel sprang into action within minutes of a three-vehicle crash involving one fatality and more than two dozen injured victims

City official: 11 killed, 6 wounded in shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue

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

At least six people were wounded, including four police officers who dashed to the scene

Suspect in custody, multiple casualties at Pittsburgh synagogue

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

Three officers were also shot in the attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue

Suspect in custody, at least 10 killed at Pittsburgh synagogue

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

Three officers were shot in the attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue

Ill. fire dept. changes active shooter response methods to save more victims

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

Instead of waiting to give medical attention to gunshot victims a block away, Springfield responders will go in with police officers to be able to give immediate care

Guardian Angel debuts Elite Series personal safety lighting devices for first responders

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

The new design is to increase the visibility of first responders as they attend to roadside incidents

Kan. school district wants to equip nurses with naloxone

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

The Shawnee Mission School Board approved an agreement this week with Johnson County Emergency Services to stock naloxone at district schools

Study: Cardiac arrests are not more common in the mornings

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

A recent study debunked the common belief that the morning hours are a “danger time zone” for sudden cardiac arrest

Pa. ambulance honoring fallen heroes unveiled

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

The Commonwealth Health ambulance features the names of 25 first responders and military members who lost their lives in the line of duty

Texas paramedic hurt after alleged drunk drivers hit ambulance

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

Police said a suspected drunk driver struck a police car, and then another suspected drunk driver hit the ambulance that responded

Texas paramedic hurt after alleged drunk driver hits ambulance

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

Police said a suspected drunk driver struck a police car, and then another suspected drunk driver hit the ambulance that responded

Idaho bill would cover first responder PTSD under workers’ com

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

The bill would include psychological injury as a condition that must be covered by Idaho’s Workers’ Compensation law for first responders

Idaho bill would cover first responder PTSD under workers’ comp

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

The bill would include psychological injury as a condition that must be covered by Idaho’s Workers’ Compensation law for first responders

Should future paramedics be required to obtain associate degrees?

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

Our co-hosts tackle the topic of paramedic education and how it would affect the EMS industry

Texas city approves first responders’ use of drones

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

Tyler officials voted to allow Phirst Technologies to test its automated drone first response system

Officials: Pa. fire dept. $500K over budget

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

Reading Fire Department Chief William Stoudt said a lot of the costs are associated with an inability to recruit and keep paramedics

Man arrested for groping female paramedic who was treating him

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

A paramedic said Thomas Shackleford deliberately grabbed her breasts as she “grabbed his arm to support him”

Key witness in fatal shooting of Calif. paramedic doesn’t ID main suspect

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

A key witness to the fatal shooting of off-duty paramedic Quinn Boyer in April 2013 gave a description that does not match the defendant standing trial for his murder

Mont. agencies working together to fight paramedic shortage

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

Great Falls amended their policy of sending paramedics to every call so that they can free up enough responders to provide ALS coverage to outside districts

Braun Ambulances to Display Four Units at EMS World Expo 2018

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

The ambulance manufacturer will showcase what it means to be Built for Life with two new ambulances showcased next to a five-year-old unit and a remounted unit VAN WERT, Ohio — Braun Ambulances will be attending EMS World Expo October 29-November 2, 2018. The ambulance manufacturer will display four ambulances, including two Nashville ambulances, a Jacksonville unit, and a remounted New...

Responder reunites with baby he delivered on bridge decades ago

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

San Francisco Fire Department firefighter-paramedic Chris Posey met Marcial Pacek, who is now an EMT, 29 years after delivering him on the Bay Bridge

Va. fire dept. officials give update on firefighter-paramedics hurt in fatal crash

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

Carter Lewis, who lost his leg in the crash, is recovering at home, and a firefighter identified as David is in stable, but serious condition

Former NJ EMT chief charged with insurance fraud

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

Donald Horner had an expired EMT certification and he allegedly altered reports on 27 occasions to conceal that fact when he served as a crew member

Ill. fire dept. takes 4 responders off 24-hour shifts in new staffing plan

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

Four Naperville Fire Department firefighter-paramedics are now working 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday as part of a “power-shifting” program

2 FDNY responders hurt after ambulance careens into storefront

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

Officials said the ambulance was on its way to a call when it collided with another vehicle and slammed into a store

Free registration for police, fire, EMS personnel to attend IPSA MCI symposium

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

This timely and important event offers a significant cross-disciplinary training opportunity for all public safety officials

Beyond borders: Emergency response services and MCIs

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

What the U.S. can learn from other countries about emergency response to terrorist events

Changing the political climate to recognize first responders

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

First responders often feel underappreciated in the public sector

AAA responds to IAFF’s opposition of cost reporting plan

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

The organization released a statement saying they disagree with IAFF’s belief that the method is inappropriate for the leaders they represent

Grant allows Colo. hospitals to expand ER opioid addiction treatment

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

Two hospitals received $400,000 each, which allows them to keep patients in their emergency rooms until they start showing withdrawal symptoms

Police: Woman steals ambulance, crashes after chase

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

Stephanie Schwambach faces several felony charges after allegedly leading police on a chase in a stolen ambulance before crashing it into a tree

Pregnant woman performs CPR on husband before giving birth

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

Ashley Goette, who was 39 weeks pregnant, administered CPR on her husband Andrew after he went into cardiac arrest, and gave birth after he awoke from a coma

Widower works to prepare others for emergencies after wife’s death

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

Paul Volkmann encouraged the public to tape emergency information to their refrigerators after paramedics struggled to find his late wife’s paperwork

Good Samaritans help EMS crew after Conn. ambulance crash

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

Bystanders helped an EMT who was trapped underneath an ambulance after it was struck by a vehicle that ran a red light

Why modern-day emergency scenarios necessitate added protection for first responders

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

A national push from the government to outfit first responders with the right protective gear and the proper training for effective use would show support and respect for first responders

Top 10 not-so-altruistic ways to improve EMS with a billion dollars

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

The Ambulance Driver imagines a glorious future, funded by his Mega Millions winnings, as our EMS dear and fearless leader

Pa. EMS group to offer fall prevention class for senior citizens

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

Cranberry EMS will host “A Matter of Balance,” an eight-week class designed to educate the elderly on safe activities and how to decrease the chances of falling

Pa. EMS group to offer fall prevention class for senior citizens

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

Cranberry EMS will host “A Matter of Balance,” an eight-week class designed to educate the elderly on safe activities and how to decrease the chances of falling

NAEMSP, AMR announce scholarship to attend annual meeting

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

The scholarship will provide $2,000 towards expenses to attend the meeting in Austin in January 2019

Austin residents to vote on $38M bond to renovate city fire and EMS stations

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

"We literally have been waiting for decades for some of these improvements," Austin Firefighters Association President Bob Nicks said

Austin seeks $38M bond to renovate fire, EMS stations

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

"We literally have been waiting for decades for some of these improvements," Austin Firefighters Association President Bob Nicks said

LODD: Respected Pa. EMS chief dies while working charity event

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

Crozer-Keystone Health System EMS Chief Robert Reeder suffered a cardiac arrest while on duty Saturday at a charity event at Talen Energy Stadium

Wisc. emergency services struggling to hire new firefighter, EMT recruits

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

The National Volunteer Firefighter Council found that, from 1984-2015, the number of volunteer firefighters in the U.S. has dropped by 12 percent

Wis. emergency services struggling to hire new firefighter, EMT recruits

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

The National Volunteer Firefighter Council found that, from 1984-2015, the number of volunteer firefighters in the U.S. has dropped by 12 percent

First responders get creative to rescue hunter stuck in mud

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

Firefighters created a makeshift catwalk using ladders to help a man who began sinking into a large mud patch while deer hunting

Temperature mistake forces Walgreens to re-vaccinate hundreds

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

Hundreds of undergraduates who received vaccinations against type B meningococcal disease must receive replacement inoculations

Okla. city plans to join opioid class action lawsuit

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

The City of Moore said the opioid crisis forced them to spend more money on firefighters, EMS providers and other addiction services than usual

First responders help couple through unexpected early birth

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

The emergency responders had to contend with baby Shay's umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, and after he was born he was whisked away to the hospital

Pa. township considers implementing AED ordinance

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

The new ordinance would require building owners to put an automated external defibrillator in high-occupancy places

Okla. EMTs educate children about life as a first responder

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

EMTs gathered with children grades kindergarten to fifth grade to explain what they do, teach them how to perform CPR and give an inside look at their job

Respected NY first responder honored after unexpected death

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

Christopher Weeks, a dedicated first responder who died unexpectedly, was paid tribute by his colleagues with a 15-vehicle fire and ambulance escort

What if EMS won a $1 billion lottery jackpot?

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

Big dreams to improve EMS with a windfall of funding for safety, health and wellness, research and leadership development

7 keys to proper care and cleaning of your ballistic vest

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

Follow these do’s and don’ts to prolong the life of this lifesaving investment

Fire dept. searching for owner of tortoise found strolling on street

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

Heartland Fire and Rescue responders “came across a rather interesting patient slowly traveling down the sidewalks”

NJ EMT dies months after brutal beating

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

Jerry Wolkowitz, 56, spent months in a long-term care facility after being attacked by Jamil Hubbard

Man arrested for harassing, threatening dispatcher in more than 20 calls

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

Christian Greenwald, 27, called the 911 over 20 times making threatening comments, according to officials

Athlete who suffered brain injury reunites with paramedics who saved her

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

Kali Shultz said one of the first things she wanted to do after being hospitalized for months was thank the paramedics who saved her after she fell off of her longboard

LODD: Fla. firefighter dies while clearing hurricane debris

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

Gulf County Fire and Emergency Services firefighter-paramedic Brad Price was helping family members clear debris when a tree fell on the tractor he was using

LODD: Fla. firefighter-paramedic dies while clearing hurricane debris

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

Gulf County Fire and Emergency Services firefighter-paramedic Brad Price was helping family members clear debris when a tree fell on the tractor he was using

Hurricane deployment is not Beach Week for Ambulance Strike Teams

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

Operating in the public eye under conditions that may require evacuation or assisting colleagues at a moment’s notice means responders must be ready 24/7

Engaged supervisors set the tone for employee retention

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

Using LEAD principles, EMS leaders can encourage employee retention at their organizations

Study: Paramedics undertreat complaints of pain from black, Asian patients

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

A look at how paramedics treat people for pain-related emergencies shows that complaints of pain from black, Asian and Latino people are sometimes ignored

Study: Paramedics undertreat complaints of pain from black, Asian patients

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

A look at how paramedics treat people for pain-related emergencies shows that complaints of pain from black, Asian and Latino people are sometimes ignored

Study: Paramedics undertreat complaints of pain from black, Asian patients

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

A look at how paramedics treat people for pain-related emergencies shows that complaints of pain from black, Asian and Latino people are sometimes ignored

Making your EAP work for your employees

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

Dr. Sara Gilman discusses the importance of an Employee Assistance Program that is tailored to the needs of first responders and their unique experience serving the public

Making your EAP work for your employees

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

Dr. Sara Gilman discusses the importance of an Employee Assistance Program that is tailored to the needs of first responders and their unique experience serving the public

Va. high school adds EMT training to career and tech program

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

Fluvanna High School students are now able to receive EMT training and become certified through the program

Va. high school adds EMT training to career and tech program

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

Fluvanna High School students are now able to receive EMT training and become certified through the program

IAFC urges leaders to reject AAA cost reporting plan

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

The organization is asking fire service leaders not to sign on to the American Ambulance Association’s newly proposed cost reporting system

IAFC urges leaders to reject AAA cost reporting plan

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

The organization is asking fire service leaders not to sign on to the American Ambulance Association’s newly proposed cost reporting system

Md. responders, community hold ebola drill

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

The Frederick Memorial Hospital is required to hold an annual drill as part of the grant funding to help with being an assessment hospital

Md. responders, community hold ebola drill

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

The Frederick Memorial Hospital is required to hold an annual drill as part of the grant funding to help with being an assessment hospital

2 paramedics hurt in W. Va. ambulance crash

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

Officials said the ambulance was responding to a call with its lights and sirens on when a truck failed to yield to the rig at an intersection

2 paramedics hurt in W. Va. ambulance crash

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

Officials said the ambulance was responding to a call with its lights and sirens on when a truck failed to yield to the rig at an intersection

Fla. responders return home after helping post-Hurricane Michael

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

The 12-member medical strike team returned to the city's Tactical Support Center Wednesday after a nine-day mission to Florida's Panhandle

How to manage ambulance safety on the microscopic level

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

It’s important to clean and decontaminate the ambulance interior regularly to prevent the spread of germs

How cardiovascular check-ups save firefighter lives

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

Decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease and line-of-duty death with these steps to stay firefighter ready to protect your community

Increasing sensitivity to EMS PTSD

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

Educating friends about EMS PTSD can prevent innocent questions that can undo years of mental health work and progress

Mysterious polio-like illness baffles medical experts

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

A spike in the number of children with a rare neurological disease that causes polio-like symptoms has officials scrambling to understand the illness

Texas fire dept. now using whole blood in ambulances

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

San Antonio is the first large metropolitan area in the U.S. to use whole blood to perform blood transfusions on trauma patients

Congressman helps firefighter-paramedic return home from Mexican hospital

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

Fire Lt. Jason Oliver has been unable to leave a hospital in Cancun after being transported by ambulance while on vacation with his wife

Fla. Opioid Task Force’s $13.7M proposal focuses on ERs, jails

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

Hillsborough County’s Opioid Task Force is proposing a $13.7 million fix to tackle the epidemic, which it says will lower the number of victims

Officials: Paramedic stabbed himself, claimed he was attacked

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

The paramedic stabbed himself five to six times inside of a gas station bathroom while on duty, and initially told police he was attacked

Retired ambulance donated to high school EMT program

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

The AMR ambulance will serve as a simulation lab for the Academy of Health Services at Lanier High School

Off-duty firefighters save teen’s life while playing basketball

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

Columbia Fire Department Captain Kareem Spain and Kiah Thomas were playing a pickup game with some high school students when a teen collapsed

Man jailed for bogus emergency calls, abusing paramedics

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

John Harvey, who has a history of making hundreds of bogus calls for help, was jailed when he began asking bystanders to call for him instead

Mass. island residents raising money for AEDs

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

Plum Island residents are aiming to make their isolated island safer by raising money to install two AEDs and train community members on how to use them

My ‘why’: How the first responder community helped me heal

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

After losing her sister six years ago, EMS1, FireRescue1 Associate Editor Sarah Calams explains how she was able to heal by working closely with the first responder community

EMTs grant dying woman’s final wish to see lighthouse

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

EMTs Brian Costa and Era Koroveshi drove the ambulance for over an hour to take hospice patient Laura Mullins to see the Scituate Lighthouse

2 Ga. EMS providers hurt in ambulance crash

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

Witnesses said the Community Care ambulance had its lights and siren going when a vehicle hit the rear driver’s side of the rig, causing it to overturn

9 issues stroke systems of care must address to improve outcomes

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

EMS triage and destination, emergency department, transfer and stroke team protocols are essential to rapid definitive treatment for ischemic stroke

5 tips to continue momentum while waiting on a grant

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

Government grants often mean long waiting periods with your application pending

Why all EMS providers should be pre-planning hospital evacuations

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

Pre-plan, build an equipment stock and consider future ambulance and specialty vehicle design to serve as an evacuation function in your community

Dispatcher awarded for lifesaving efforts during apartment fire call

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

Savannah Lovell was awarded the Life Saving Award for her efforts in a 911 call about a fatal fire at an apartment complex

Fla. rapper livestreams from ambulance after being shot

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

Rapper Koly P, whose given name is Mike Lee, filmed himself having a conversation with paramedics on the way to the hospital

FDNY EMT dies of 9/11-related cancer

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

FDNY EMT Felipe Torre , 54, succumbed to Ground Zero-related gall bladder cancer while under hospice care

First responders reflect on grief after NY limo crash

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

The firefighters, police officers and EMTs described sleepless nights, persistent memories and "basic sorrow” as they grapple with what they saw

25 hurt, 5 serious, in Los Angeles highway crash

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

Twenty-five people were taken to hospitals following a series of crashes involving at least two cars and a bus that crashed through a concrete divider

Iowa emergency agencies hold active shooter training at high school

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

In the scenario posed to emergency responders, a student's father who was upset with another student entered the school with firearms and began shooting

PBS show aims to change how addiction is viewed

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

In an episode titled "Addiction," PBS's "Nova" highlights some promising approaches to treating addiction and uses brain scans to show what our brains look like on drugs

Man steals Texas fire dept. vehicle, strikes scooter rider

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

Police said San Antonio paramedics left the truck running while they tended to a patient, and a suspect jumped inside and took off

Calif. junior college to break ground on new public safety center

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

Future first responders will have more space for hands-on training with the addition of a $5.7 million multipurpose building

NH schools implement safety communication app

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

“Our mission with this program is to eliminate or reduce casualties in active shooter or life-threatening incidents,” Ping4 CEO Jim Bender said

Cop, good Samaritans save special needs girl from drowning

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

By the time Deputy Jon Vosburgh arrived on the scene, the 4 year old was about 60 yards out and struggling to swim in Lake Ontario

Paramedics thanked by woman who was shot in the head

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

Jaclyn Burden met and thanked the crew who saved her after she survived a shooting that killed two others

First responders honored in limo crash vigil

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

The community of Schoharie thanked the responders for their efforts at a vigil held near the site of a limousine crash that killed 20 people

EMS agency launches on-site flu vaccine clinic program

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

Groups of 10 or more can schedule an appointment to have MedStar come to a place of their convenience and administer flu vaccinations

Paramedic speaks about aiding in Hurricane Michael relief efforts

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

Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue paramedics Michael Gilbert and Thad Bowman volunteered to go to Panama City to support EMS operations

New Orleans firefighters rescue 11 workers from collapsed house

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

The New Orleans Fire Department said all 11 workers were hurt, including one who was trapped in debris

Man allegedly steals Texas fire dept. vehicle, strikes scooter rider

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

Police said San Antonio paramedics left the truck running while they tended to a patient, and a suspect jumped inside and took off

Interested in community paramedicine programs? Here are 3 things to consider

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

Whether you’re looking to start or maintain a community paramedicine program, don’t overlook these areas that can help make a difference

Examining the most important and current EMS trends

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

Our co-hosts are joined by EMS1 columnist and co-founder Kris Kaull to discuss his "30 things in 30 minutes" conference presentation

Fla. responders to give naloxone kits to families of overdose patients

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

Project Leave Behind provides Orange County responders with naloxone kits to distribute to the families of those treated for overdoses

Ill. county seeing uptick in accidental Apple Watch 911 calls

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

Lake County dispatchers said they get as many as 10 accidental calls from Apple Watches a day

EMS agency met with opposition after requesting firearms training funding

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

Funding for certain Centre LifeLink EMS personnel to receive weapons training hasn't even been approved yet, but the proposal is causing controversy

Community rallies behind NJ EMT who suffered unexplained medical event

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

EMT Megan Franzoso is slowly recovering in the hospital after her heart stopped for 45 minutes

Hurricane Michael kills 2, leaves path of destruction

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

The hurricane carved an agonizing path of destruction across the Florida Panhandle, Georgia and southeastern Alabama and killed at least two people

NC EMS agency releases details on Hurricane Florence misconduct incident

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

Gaston EMS released a list of violations that took place when a crew was sent to aid in hurricane relief, resulting in terminations and suspensions

National Law Enforcement Museum unveils interactive 911 exhibit

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

Visitors stepping into the 911 Emergency Ops exhibit will experience the real-life intensity of a public safety command center and learn about the role of a 911 dispatcher

Study: Sleep deprivation can have ‘dire consequences’ for everyone

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

When sleep-deprived, “Individuals working critical jobs may put themselves and [others] at risk,” one researcher said

Calif. EMS providers urge a ‘no’ vote for staying on call during breaks

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

A "no" vote would require EMS providers to be unreachable on their breaks, while a "yes" vote would mean they would have to remain on call

Calif. EMS providers urge a ‘no’ vote on ‘deceiving’ Prop 11

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

Dozens of EMS providers protested against the ballot measure which they say eliminates private companies’ liability for violating legislation that would keep the current practice of staying on call during breaks in place

Hurricane Michael menaces Fla. as it reaches Category 4

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

Hurricane Michael closed in on the Florida Panhandle with potentially catastrophic winds of 145 mph, the most powerful storm on record ever to menace the area

Keep these 2 tips in mind for a successful public access defibrillation program

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

Cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death, but it can be stopped with more AED interventions

Ill. paramedic helps write bill to reform rural EMS across state

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

Paramedic Mark Kennedy helped U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin write the SIREN Act, which would reauthorize a federal grant program to support rural EMS agencies

Ga. city officials to renew talks with ambulance service

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

Officials want to move ahead with Gold Cross EMS negotiations after a court threw out the process that might have led to the company being replaced

EMS From a Distance: Forget me not

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

What skills and practices should be routine for EMS providers in the field?

Miss. dispatcher arrested for aiding in robbery of colleague

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

Yazoo County dispatcher Terrance Freeman allegedly helped another suspect rob one of his co-workers at gunpoint while she was working

3 NY firefighters hurt after car crashes into ambulance

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

The Bethany Volunteer Fire Company firefighters were transported to the hospital after Syed Rahman, who died at the scene, struck the ambulance with his vehicle

Hurricane Michael gains strength, takes aim at north Florida

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

Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 35 counties, activated hundreds of Florida National Guard members and waived tolls to encourage evacuations

How an unexpectedly fast stroke recovery is possible, according to a stroke survivor

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

Quick action by family, paramedics and doctors combined with innovative procedure made a huge difference

Ohio fire dept. encouraged by new addict-assistance program

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

A team consisting of a police officer, paramedic and a social worker has a goal of meeting with a person who overdosed to connect them with appropriate assistance

teachers win $27K grant to implement EMT classes

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

Chad Power and Roxanne Schmiesing teamed up to write a plan called "Tomorrow's Heroes" that will give students hands-on experiences as first responders

Boston EMTs retire badge number of slain FDNY EMT

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

To honor slain Bronx EMT Yadira Arroyo in 2017, the city of Boston retired her EMT badge number, 2017

La. responders implement ‘battlefield medicine’ active shooter response

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

"Your whole concept is around speed, stop the bleeding and stop the killing," Central Fire Department, Deputy Chief Charles Mondrick said

NC first responders share stories from Hurricane Florence

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

Several responders from different Haywood County departments all gave their time and talents to aid in the hurricane preparation and response effort

2 Ala. hospitals duel in final ambulance hearing

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

Officials from Decatur’s two public hospitals took opposing sides, each bringing doctors, hospital executives and ambulance directors to support their cases

2 Ill. hospitals duel in final ambulance hearing

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

Officials from Decatur’s two public hospitals took opposing sides, each bringing doctors, hospital executives and ambulance directors to support their cases

Police: 20 dead in fatal NY limo crash

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

New York State Police say two vehicles were involved in the crash Saturday afternoon

NY legislators call for permanent funding of 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

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

A bipartisan group wrote a letter to their counterparts in Congress permanently fund the program designed to help responders and other victims of the attacks

Ohio fire dept. moves medic unit, shaves minutes off response time

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

Hamilton Fire Chief Mark Mercer said that move will shave as many as four minutes off of many emergency medic runs to places further west of Station 21

Wash. health dept. investigating 9 responders in ‘tube check’ incident

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

Though an investigation said 11 department members admitted to intubating a deceased patient, only nine of them were actually credentialed healthcare providers

Delay in fire department response leaves toddler locked in car

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

Fire Chief Tommy Mayville told officers firefighters were on their way, but after several minutes, officers tried to contact him and got no response

Practicing on the deceased: ‘I get it’

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

The human body is an ideal training tool, but fire/EMS training protocols and the law must be followed

Report released on estimated cost of NG911 upgrades

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

The report said nationwide Next Generation 911 implementation will cost between $9.5 billion and $12.7 billion over 10 years

Body cam footages shows driver saving squirrel with CPR

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

Police body camera footage that went viral captured a young driver successfully giving CPR to a squirrel that he thought he hit with his car

Calif. bill would require EMTs, paramedics to stay on-call during breaks

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

Proposition 11 would require these paramedics and EMTs to be on-call for their full shifts as they have for years

RI city donates ambulance, gear to Haitian community

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

The city of Lincoln donated an ambulance and 10 sets of gear to Belle-Anse, a community that has no hospital or emergency transportation

Miss. dispatcher robbed at gunpoint while at work

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

Police are searching for a man who stole a Yazoo County dispatcher’s purse while she was on the job

Pa. first responders save man after suicide attempt in subway tunnel

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

A man ran into a subway tunnel and then attempted suicide, prompting a frantic rush by emergency responders

Mentoring and mental health: What’s new in EMS

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

Our co-hosts are joined by EMS1 contributor Amy Eisenhauer to discuss her thoughts on professional development, mentoring and mental health in the industry

Study: Selfies have caused more than 250 deaths worldwide

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

Around 259 people have died while taking photos of themselves since 2011, with drowning listed as the leading cause

First responders surprise young hit-and-run victim with new bike

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

Firefighters, EMS providers and police officers made a big show when arriving at 8-year-old Jenciel Filero’s home to give him a bike after his was destroyed

Video shows officers saving 3-year-old found unresponsive in pool

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

Body camera footage shows Temple Police Department Officers David Yates and Lt. James Hollowood performing CPR on the boy before paramedics arrived

5 ways to eliminate dosing errors

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

Remain consistent once you’ve established the patient’s weight, ensure you know what’s in your containers and practice dosing calculations to prevent errors

Conn. students learn new ‘ABC’ active shooter protocol

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

“Statistics show that if someone does something, more people survive,” Youth Officer Tom Paige said in describing the deficiencies of the old plan

Bill aiming to protect air ambulance consumers passes Congress

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

The Air Ambulance Consumer Protection Act would allow states to regulate air ambulance costs and bring better transparency to the industry

Bill aiming to protect air ambulance consumers passes Congress

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

The Air Ambulance Consumer Protection Act would allow states to regulate air ambulance costs and bring better transparency to the industry

How to prove the value of community paramedicine

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

The Community Health Needs Assessment is the starting point for launching a mobile integrated health program the hospital will pay your department to run

How a multiple-patient transport vehicle can help you prepare for any disaster

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

Responding to individual emergencies comes naturally for EMS personnel, but what about mass casualty incidents?

3 factors to change a stubborn EMS culture

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

Embrace change, empower leaders and remove cancer are three factors to evolve an EMS agency and avoid the pitfalls of stagnation

Logistical concerns surrounding an overdose mass casualty incident

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

Overdose cases can create numerous logistical problems when there are multiple overdose cases around the same time in different locations

Responders finish elderly man’s attic work after rescuing him from fall

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

Kansas City Fire Department responders helped Ken Hargis down from the attic and finished his insulation work afterwards

Dispute over Ga. city ambulance service continues

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

The issue dogged Augusta officials as a church complained about the current provider and commissioners clashed over the process to pick the next one

Texas EMS providers to receive body armor

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

Fort Bend County EMS purchased 32 ballistic vests and helmets, enough to equip every working crew

Responders quit after Kan. fire chief, EMS director resigns

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

After learning he was suspended, Clearwater Fire Department Chief and EMS Director Scott Cooper resigned and was followed by several responders who did the same

Ind. fire dept. rallies around firefighter-EMT with Stage 3 cancer

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

Firefighter-EMT Vicki Kalmar with a fast-progressing form of Stage 3 cervical cancer in May and is currently undergoing her first rounds of treatment

2 paramedics, cop charged in death of Detroit inmate

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

Involuntary manslaughter charges were filed against police Sgt. Ronald Buckley and paramedics Matt Dicosola and Leah Maynard in the death of inmate William Marshall

2 paramedics, cop charged in death of Detroit inmate

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

Involuntary manslaughter charges were filed against police Sgt. Ronald Buckley and paramedics Matt Dicosola and Leah Maynard in the death of inmate William Marshall

Suspected drunk driver sideswipes Minn. ambulance and squad car

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

According to a Minnesota State Patrol report, both responder vehicles swerved to avoid the vehicle when it veered into northbound lanes, but were sideswiped

Study: Nearly 30 percent of opioid prescriptions are unexplained

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

A recent study found that 28.5 percent of prescriptions had no medical record of why they were given to the patient

Responder speaks out about aftermath of Las Vegas shooting

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

Community Ambulance Special Operations Director Glen Simpson said he’s still processing his memories of responding to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history

Ariz. fire dept. responders to be equipped with body armor

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

The Mesa City Council voted to spend $262,000 on body armor for firefighters and paramedics

Spotlight: QinFlow features the Warrior – a next generation portable blood and IV fluid warmer

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

QinFlow’s mission is to help save lives across the entire continuum of emergency care.

Winery owner leads program to prevent deaths by donating AEDs

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

Ron Rubin launched the “Trained for Saving Lives AED Program,” through which he has committed to donating one AED to 450 qualifying wineries

Stop the Bleed – Save a Life

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

Reduce your community’s risk by training citizens how to control bleeding

Aspiring paramedic dies of sepsis days after complaining of cold

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

Jessica Holbrook’s family is campaigning to raise awareness of sepsis after Holbrook died five days after she had a sore throat and a cough

EMT’s purse, phone stolen from ambulance during call

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

Detroit EMT Charlene Kinnard was treating an elderly woman with breathing issues when a thief stole her belongings out of the ambulance

Couple rescued after getting lost on marriage proposal hike

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

Officials said Joshua Mason and Katie Davis had to be rescued after getting lost on a hike that ended in a marriage proposal

8 recommendations for fire/EMS from the FEMA Oct. 1 After-Action Report

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

Steps to implementing unified command, staging and access learned from the Route 91 Harvest Festival attack

8 recommendations for fire/EMS from the FEMA Oct. 1 After-Action Report

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

Steps to implementing unified command, staging and access learned from the Route 91 Harvest Festival attack

High school students explore health careers at interactive event

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

Participants in Health Occupation Day learned several skills, such as how to safely remove a patient from a vehicle and stabilize their spinal cord

Nursing assistant saves man suffering cardiac arrest at movie theater

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

Nursing assistant Brandi Phifer and her niece, Stephenie Krebbs, were recognized this week by Van Buren Mayor Bob Freeman for what he called "heroic efforts"

Ky. EMS agency to don pink uniforms for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, EMTs and paramedics will be decked out in shirts that reads, "Hope, Strength, Cure, Faith, Courage"

ER surgeon recalls lessons learned in Las Vegas shooting

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

Dr. Allan MacIntyre spoke about his experience in the ER after the Las Vegas shooting at the California Hospital Association’s Disaster Planning Conference

Mich. responders aid in training service dogs for emergencies

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

The Cascade Township Fire Department recently hosted a training session to get future leader dogs familiar with the sights, sounds, and smells of emergencies

Mich. responders aid in training service dogs for emergencies

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

The Cascade Township Fire Department recently hosted a training session to get future leader dogs familiar with the sights, sounds, and smells of emergencies

New dispatch system streamlines Mass. fire dept. response

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

Mobile 911 calls have been processed directly through the Barnstable Police Department's new dispatch center, significantly reducing emergency response times

New dispatch system streamlines Mass. fire dept. response

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

Mobile 911 calls have been processed directly through the Barnstable Police Department's new dispatch center, significantly reducing emergency response times

Ky. city gets $2M federal grant to fight rising opioid overdoses

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

Lexington has received a $2 million federal grant to buy more overdose reversal kits and hire an overdose prevention coordinator

Roundtable: Experts reflect on findings, trends from the 2018 EMS Trend Report

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

Our EMS expert panel identifies actions EMS leaders can take to improve clinical and operational performance, and to advance the profession

Neonatal abstinence syndrome: Infants falling victim to the opioid crisis

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

Learn how infants who were exposed to opioids present while suffering from withdrawal

Idaho dispatcher awarded for helping woman who crashed car in lake

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

Talina Moyer was awarded Call of the Week by an international organization after instructing a woman how to get out of her car as it was sinking into water

Scary Halloween decoration results in 911 call

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

An early window decoration that said “help me” prompted Jay Thomas, a concerned neighbor, to call for help

What goes in to organizing an EMS conference?

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

Our co-hosts are joined by EMS educator Joshua Ishmael, who coordinated this year's St. Elizabeth EMS Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio

Minn. fire chief eyes smaller vehicles for medical calls

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

A smaller vehicle operated by the Minneapolis Fire Department may begin responding to some health emergencies around downtown next year

Retired firefighter-EMT survives life-threatening infection

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

Tom Laumann was diagnosed with pneumonia with sepsis after suffering back spasms and a dry cough and became unable to breathe

Officials: ‘Tube checking’ on deceased patients not standard practice

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

“If the patient is deceased at the scene, it becomes a law enforcement issue,” Whatcom County Fire District 14 Chief Jerry DeBruin said

Providers vs. Leaders: Trend report reveals divide on issues of safety, fatigue, mental health

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

An organization’s leadership culture may explain the stark difference in opinion between providers and leaders on issues of patient and provider safety

Solutions for EMS recruitment and retention are hiding in plain sight

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

Even though the race to recruit, hire, engage and retain EMS employees is as intense as ever, there are working solutions within reach for every agency

How do providers and leaders perceive EMS?

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

The 2018 EMS Trend Report asks EMS field providers, as well as leaders and chiefs, about their perceptions of the state of EMS in the U.S.

How do providers and leaders perceive EMS?

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

The 2018 EMS Trend Report asks EMS field providers, as well as leaders and chiefs, about their perceptions of the state of EMS in the U.S.

How do providers and leaders perceive EMS?

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

The 2018 EMS Trend Report asks EMS field providers, as well as leaders and chiefs, about their perceptions of the state of EMS in the U.S.

How do providers and leaders perceive EMS?

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

The 2018 EMS Trend Report asks EMS field providers, as well as leaders and chiefs, about their perceptions of the state of EMS in the U.S.

Child, 10, calls 911 for help with math homework

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

Dispatcher Chris Clow helped the child figure out a difficult division problem after answering the call

Paramedic jumps out of son’s funeral procession to help seriously injured officer

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

Adam Galloway was on his way to the funeral of his son, Private First Class Jason Decker, when he witnessed Officer Jason Seals’ motorcycle lying in the road

Dallas firefighters break policy to save infant’s life after shooting

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

Firefighters knew one of the shooting victims was eight months pregnant and went inside before police arrived “because they knew they could make a difference”

Dallas firefighters break policy to help pregnant woman, unborn baby after shooting

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

Firefighters knew one of the shooting victims was eight months pregnant and went inside before police arrived “because they knew they could make a difference”

Fla. paramedic fired, 3 suspended over medical call

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

A 10-week investigation into the actions of four paramedics who responded to a medical call involving a stroke patient who later died

Witnesses: Training on newly deceased patients is ‘widespread practice’

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

Witnesses also told investigators that historically “tube checks” were “a widespread prior practice of paramedics” of the Bellingham Fire Department

EMS community donates clothing, boots and money to paramedic students in need

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

EMS professionals, educators rally to support and “take care of the next generation of providers”

Growing EMS reach is stretching Idaho agency budgets

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

Officials said that since residents in the unincorporated areas they are responding to don’t contribute to the EMS system, other taxpayers are bearing the burden

Study: Cardiac survival rate higher for men than women

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

Researchers found that despite “tremendous improvement” in CPR and defibrillation, they “did not see an improvement in survival for women”

EpiPen shortage has parents, pharmacies scrambling to find medication

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

The shortage is one of several that have hit the drug market recently, prompting lawmakers to call for officials to address gaps in pharmaceutical manufacturing

2 ambulances attacked with bricks while on call

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

The first ambulance was on the way to a patient when it was hit, and the second was taking the same patient to the hospital when the attack occurred

First responder brothers team up to deliver baby in Times Square

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

NYPD Officer Yan Kit Poon and his younger brother, FDNY EMT Yan Hao Poon, responded to the same call about a woman about to give birth in a hotel room

Lessons learned in civilian active shooter scenario training

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

Safariland instructors showed a group of trainees how to react when “hide and hope” is not an option in an active shooter situation

Firefighter-EMT reunites with woman he saved from fire

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

Da’Von McRae pulled Bettye Carter to safety after a senior living building went up in flames

Ford creates system to alert drivers to oncoming emergency vehicles

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

The new system helps drivers give emergency vehicles a route through traffic by forming an “emergency corridor”

EMS students conduct study on bullying, harassment, critical stress

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

A group of students is conducting a survey to shed light on the “things that nobody wants to talk about”

Investigation reveals fire dept. staff trained on newly deceased person

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

Officials said several department members practiced multiple intubations on a body that was awaiting transport to a funeral home

Conn. to receive $22M to fight opioid epidemic

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

The funding package, announced Friday by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, consists of two $11 million grants, to be dispersed over two years

3 ways telemedicine can increase the reach of your EMS agency

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

Improve access to care and triage less urgent calls for more efficient use of healthcare resources

Fired paramedics receive $622K from city in settlement

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

The city of Sun Prairie settled with paramedics John Uebelacker and Matthew Schaller who were cleared of wrongdoing after being fired in 2014 over the care of a patient

Flight paramedic invents light to keep kids safe at bus stops

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

LifeNet Flight Paramedic Bob King created “Hannah’s Light,” in honor of a 7-year-old girl who was hit by a bus outside her home

Ore. woman steals ambulance, goes on wild 30-mile joyride

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

Christy Woods allegedly stole the ambulance while paramedics performed CPR on an unconscious woman and rammed a police cruiser off the freeway at 85 mph

Hurricane Florence destroys volunteer EMS station

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

The Pollocksville Volunteer EMS station building was gutted, an ambulance was totaled and medical supplies were ruined

Decision making and mental health in EMS

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

Recognizing three common patient care decisions that contribute to cumulative stress on EMS providers

Decision making and mental health in EMS

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

Recognizing three common patient care decisions that contribute to cumulative stress in EMS providers

Florence: Evacuations continue as NC rivers rise

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

About 6,000 to 8,000 people were alerted to be prepared to evacuate potential flood zones ahead of a "record event" of up to 10 feet of flooding

Ind. city investigating misuse of EMS funds

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

Officials are subpoenaing all records from the several different departments as part of their investigation into the misuse of $8.2 million

Wash. county to spend $4.4M more on EMS

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

About $3 million of the 2019 total is in one-time costs, and the county plans to rebuild its reserve fund throughout its six-year EMS levy

Kan. hospital partners with air ambulance service to increase pediatric ALS

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

The pediatric patient transfer agreement with EagleMed and LifeSave Transport should improve patient outcomes and quality of care

New Ohio ER offers more healthcare options for residents

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

Officials said while the plan is to open the ER by 2019, the long term goal is to build out other options like inpatient beds, surgery, oncology and physician offices

Mass. responders deal with stress of fatal shark attack

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

As they consider the second shark bite this summer and the first fatal shark attack in the state in over 80 years, responders say they are monitoring mental health

SAFER grant would allow Ohio city to run 4 ambulances regularly

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

The $1.03M SAFER grant would allow the Canton Fire Department to hire 10 new responders and regularly operate four ambulances

EMS Agenda 2050 Quick Take: Healthy people are better students, workers and citizens

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

Making the EMS Agenda 2050 become reality will require strengthening the collaboration between EMS, public health and healthcare

NAEMSP releases spinal motion restriction guidelines

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

The organization collaborated with ACS-COT and ACEP to publish “Spinal Motion Restriction in the Trauma Patient – A Joint Position Statement”

New W. Va. EMS station also serves as doctor’s office

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

While the majority of the building houses a family practice, roughly 1,000 square feet of the building contains a vehicle bay and accommodations

Fatal Va. ambulance crash under investigation

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

Police originally said the ambulance had its lights and sirens on when it ran through a red light and hit another vehicle, but are now reassessing what occurred

NY ambulance crashes after EMT falls asleep

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

A Mobile Life Support Services ambulance was transporting a patient when the ambulance crashed into a tree

Nurse who revived toddler after fatal crash inspires CPR training

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

Jasmin Flores was prompted to hold a community training session in CPR after realizing other bystanders of a crash wanted to help but did not know CPR

National recognition of first responders and humanizing industry personnel

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

Our co-hosts discuss two current events that both put a spotlight on the career field and call attention to the individuality of its professionals

EMS Agenda 2050 Quick Take: Focusing on people – providers, patients, families – is the future of EMS

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

The EMS Agenda 2050 outlines six guiding principles for the future of emergency medical services

Idaho police officer recognizes paramedics who saved him after shooting

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

Boise Police Department Cpl. Kevin Holtry presented the four paramedics who saved his life with an exceptional service award

Study: Ariz. EMT suicide risk 39 percent higher than average

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

A recent study by the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix found that EMTs in Arizona have a much higher risk for suicide than the general public

‘Multiple victims’ reported in Md. shooting

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

Authorities say multiple people have been shot in northeast Maryland in what the FBI is describing as an "active shooter situation"

Official: 3 people killed in Md. shooting

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

An official said 3 people died in northeast Maryland in what the FBI is describing as an "active shooter situation"

Paramedic recalls ambulance being struck by vehicle at crash scene

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

Rock Township Ambulance District Lt. Nick Salzman said it was a “life experience” when a vehicle struck his ambulance while he was tending to patients

Pa. man faces aggravated assault charges after assaulting paramedic

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

Johnathan Harris allegedly grabbed the paramedic inappropriately while masturbating, and later grabbed her by the throat when she tried to restrain him

Technimount secures medical equipment to stretchers, ambulances and more

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

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

10 of the most unique ambulances in the world

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

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

Minneapolis officials vote to pursue ketamine investigation

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

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

Paramedic suspended for dancing at music festival on break

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

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

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

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

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

Sci-fi thriller movie about paramedics set to be filmed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PCR documentation for non-transporting first responders

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

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

Stamp honoring first responders officially released by USPS

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

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

What you missed at the 2018 Pinnacle Leadership Forum

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

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

What you missed at the 2018 Pinnacle Leadership Forum

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

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

Police: Homeless man who punched EMT called 911 on himself

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

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

Police: Drunk man called 911 on himself before attacking EMT

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

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

Firefighter–EMT honored after being punched while giving CPR

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

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

Almost 4K nurses authorize strike at Mich. hospital

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

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

Mich. paramedic hurt after ambulance collides with semi-truck

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

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

Mich. paramedic hurt after ambulance sideswiped by semi-truck

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

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

Drone startup company makes award-winning UAS for responders

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

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

Charging for medical records: Patients vs. lawyers

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

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

Medic Mindset Podcast: Thinking about tachycardia

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

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

Las Vegas first responders learn military trauma care

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

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

Private ambulance industry asks Calif. voters to change workplace rules

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

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

Soccer players push ambulance off field after it fails to start

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

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

Soccer players push ambulance off field after it fails to start

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

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

Maine first responders honored Sunday in annual ‘Blue Mass’

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

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

Pa. EMS providers seek higher reimbursements for services

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

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

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

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

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

First responders honored with commemorative USPS stamp

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

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

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

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

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

Prince William speaks out about stress of being air ambulance pilot

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

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

Pa. residents trained in CPR, naloxone administration

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

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

Fire drills triggering Fla. high school shooting students, teachers

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

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

Pa. paramedic receives state award for exceptional service

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

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

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

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

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

4 dead in Hurricane Florence, including mother and baby

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

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

ND ambulance service set to close due to staffing issues

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

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

Responders finish mowing lawn for patient after he fell

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

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

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

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

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

Ohio family boasts 3 generations of EMS providers

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

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

Mental health in EMS and signs to look for in partners

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

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

Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apart

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

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

2 paramedics hurt in Fla. ambulance crash

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

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

Responder opens up during National Suicide Prevention Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IAFC discourages self-dispatching ahead of Hurricane Florence

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

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

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

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

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

Crash victim who suffered brain injury thanks responders 10 years later

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

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

Research Analysis: Intubation curriculum increases first pass success

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

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

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

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

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

4 actions to improve EMS employee engagement and satisfaction

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

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

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

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

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

Police: Driver smoked marijuana prior to Pa. ambulance crash

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

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

Paramedic, EMT hurt in Pa. ambulance crash

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First responders across US traveling to help with Hurricane Florence

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

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

Stroke destination: An opportunity for innovation in system design

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy your day – buy a coffee’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Man attacks paramedic with knife during altercation at hospital

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

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

Paramedic injured in knife attack at hospital, suspect arrested

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

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

Maine on-duty hospital paramedic arrested for OUI

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

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

Treat, rather than numb the pain

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

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

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

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

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

Avoidable sepsis infections send thousands of older patients to gruesome deaths

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

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

Elderly patient falls cost medics time, money

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

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

Wis. FD delivers 2 babies in 12 hours

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

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

Ala. city reviewing options to increase enforcement of ambulance service

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

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

Ala. city reviewing options to increase oversight of ambulance service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Woman mistakes dynamite for candle during power outage

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

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

Ind. firefighters quell blaze, help neighbor give birth

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

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

SC sheriff: Panic button app on teachers’ phones

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

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

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

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

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

Pa. man charged after assaulting two medics

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

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

Miss. county launches 911 texting service

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

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

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

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

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

Lawyer: FDNY ambulance swastika vandal is an ‘artist’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Implementing crew resource management tactics in emergency medicine

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

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

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

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

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

Sepsis alert: How to diagnose septic shock

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Newborn baby dropped off at Houston fire station

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

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

Wis. city among highest in cardiac survival rates

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

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

2 Pa. EMS providers hurt in ambulance crash

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

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

4 dead, including gunman, in Cincinnati bank shooting

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

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

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

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

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

1 dead, 2 hurt in Calif. plane crash

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

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

FDNY: vandal arrested for scrawling swastikas on firehouse, ambulances

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

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

Boy awarded honorary blackbelt for saving brother from dog attack

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

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

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

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

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

Understanding value and how it relates to EMS costs

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

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

Understanding value and how it relates to EMS costs

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

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

Spotlight: Technimount System

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

Technimount System offers mounts for

Ill. bill aims to ensure Medicare funding for ambulance services

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

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

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

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

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

Retired firefighter-paramedics gives away 800 doses of naloxone

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

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

Retired firefighter-paramedic gives away 800 doses of naloxone

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

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

Calif. woman dies after jumping onto highway from ambulance

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

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

Law firm sues Big Pharma over babies exposed to opioids

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

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

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

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

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

19 rescued after Wash. carnival ride malfunctions

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

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

EMS From a Distance: Responding to Emergency

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

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

Suspect arrested in theft of NM ambulance

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

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

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

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

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

NY politician wants disgraced FDNY EMT to resign

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

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

Fla. theme park offers free tickets to first responders

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

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

Mich. EMS provider stabbed in neck by patient

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US senator pushes Opioid Crisis Response Act

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

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

Quiz: How much do you know about sepsis?

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

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

Strangers revive choking baby after mom screams for help

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

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

After-action report: Tactical EMS lessons from terror attack

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

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

After-action report: Tactical EMS lessons from terror attack

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

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

3 benefits of a community paramedicine program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heather Locklear to be charged with attacking EMT, cop

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

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

Fla. county settles lawsuit from woman dropped by paramedics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These concepts will yield more prepared, capable and resilient communities

Study: Laryngeal tubes could increase cardiac arrest survival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Firefighter-EMT returns to work after lung transplant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Police chief, captain on leave after allegedly assaulting EMTs

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

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

DOJ-produced fentanyl safety video set to air

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

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

Paramedic’s suicide highlights need for first responder support

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

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

Firefighter-paramedic honored for compassionate care

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

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

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

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

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

Unique EMS training opportunity: The Center for Domestic Preparedness

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

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

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

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

A crash involving an ambulance and at least two other cars on the highway served as a reminder to drivers to be aware of emergency vehicles on the road

Prove it: IV access increases out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival better than IO access

Posted on August 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A recent study shows an increased survival rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients who are administered medication through IV access rather than IO access

Judge dismisses ambulance company appeal over EMS monopolies

Posted on August 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

AmeriCare MedServices accused 12 cities of conspiring to monopolize the EMS market and shut them out from contracts

Paramedics, state trooper reunite with baby they helped deliver on roadside

Posted on August 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

New parents Bo and Yishu Wang brought baby Alyssa to meet paramedics Sean Byron and Cristine Janiak and Massachusetts State Trooper Karl Johnson

Md. school nurses learn trauma skills for active shooter response

Posted on August 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

More than 300 Anne Arundel County school nurses and health assistants were trained in the grim but necessary skills to handle a school shooting

Minn. EMT charged in ambulance crash that killed partner

Posted on August 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Susanna Kelly was charged with careless driving, failure to drive with due care and improper lane change in the death of Marina DeSteno Challeen

$21M settlement reached in Texas EMS agencies, hospital whistleblower suit

Posted on August 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

East Texas Medical Center, Paramedics Plus and Emergency Medical Services Authorities agreed to a settlement in a suit that alleged an illegal kickback scheme

Backup 911 plan in works for SC county after family loses home in outage

Posted on August 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Beaufort County residents were unable to reach 911 via mobile devices last week after lightning struck a cellphone tower, causing an outag

5 critical thinking skills crucial to EMS professional development

Posted on August 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Continuous skills development is the key for emergency responders staying current in a changing world

Couple shares ‘first kiss’ through CPR

Posted on August 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Andi Traynor and Max Montgomery shared their first kiss when Traynor gave Montgomery CPR after he went into cardiac arrest

Stranger leaves money for paramedics, thanks them for blocking drive

Posted on August 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

“Thank you for blocking my driveway to save a life. Refreshments on me,” the note read

Mass. paramedic trains responders in Stop the Bleed before dying of cancer

Posted on August 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Richard Knowlton trained Truro Fire Department staff and lifeguards on bleeding control less than two months before succumbing to cancer

Video: Man shown on camera vandalizing FDNY ambulances with hate symbols

Posted on August 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Surveillance footage shows the man drawing swastikas on an ambulance and walking away

Video catches man vandalizing FDNY ambulances with swastikas

Posted on August 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Surveillance footage shows the man drawing swastikas on an ambulance and walking away

Minn. nursing home cited after 4 nurses fail to perform CPR on patient

Posted on August 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

State investigators found that four Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Center nurses failed to attempt resuscitation last May of a patient who died

Colo. EMS agency prepares to train for emergency pet treatment

Posted on August 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Banner Health Paramedic Services will soon be first in the nation to undergo agency-wide training to treat pets injured in emergency situations

Cardiac arrest survivor recalls being saved by stranger

Posted on August 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Tom Colasanto was sitting on that bench when the color drained from his face and he fell over, backward, into the bushes

Police: 3 arrested after 7 Conn. cops exposed to fentanyl

Posted on August 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Drug detectives raiding an apartment were exposed to the potent opioid fentanyl as it burst into the air when the suspects attempted to toss evidence

Fla. police: Multiple dead in mall shooting

Posted on August 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Florida authorities are reporting a multiple people dead and "many transported" to hospitals after a mass shooting at a riverfront mall in Jacksonville

Sheriff: Gunman kills 2, then himself at Fla. video game tourney

Posted on August 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said authorities believe 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore carried out the attack at the Jacksonville Landing

Conn. residents now able to text 911

Posted on August 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Recent upgrades to the statewide 911 system now make it possible for people to text “911,” allowing those who cannot speak a way to connect with responders

Off-duty EMT delivers baby in parking lot

Posted on August 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Chris Stafford was passing by a parking lot when he noticed Heather Wilson and her boyfriend needed help

Wash. teachers add active shooter training to their back-to-school checklists

Posted on August 25, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The training, led by the Pasco Police Department, was designed to get teachers at all the district's schools on the same page

Medical billing company works to create jobs in US

Posted on August 24, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fellow Health Partners strategically grew their business after listening to the majority of healthcare staff, who said they’d prefer a U.S. based billing manager

Priority Ambulance awarded for EMS innovation, safety efforts

Posted on August 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The American Ambulance Association named Priority Ambulance the national AMBY Award winner in two categories

$10M grant allocated to improve NY 911 response

Posted on August 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

New York City and 57 counties will receive a share of the grant to improve emergency response operations

3 hurt after RI boy, 13, crashes ambulance during evaluation

Posted on August 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police said the boy, who has autism, got into the ambulance while he was being evaluated and drove it down an embankment

Family loses home in fire after 911 cell tower is struck by lightning

Posted on August 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Keith Guest and his family tried calling 911 for an hour and a half as they watched their $1.7 million home burn to the ground after it was struck by lightning

Powerful moments: The rollercoaster of life in EMS

Posted on August 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Making connections with the patients you treat and transport can allow you to feel the magic

How to transition from the apparatus to a power position

Posted on August 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts answer an email from a listener asking for help in transitioning to a position of power from the fire truck

2 EMTs receive Medal of Valor after pulling man from burning car

Posted on August 23, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Shane Sharkey and Ian King jumped into a “fly car” after overhearing that a crash had occurred and found that a man was trapped inside a burning vehicle

‘Rosie’s Hugs’ brings happiness to kids in emergency rooms

Posted on August 22, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Stefanie McAlister, an emergency room nurse, started “Rosie’s Hugs” to gift children with stuffed animals in their time of need

Ohio addicts get help from response teams after overdoses

Posted on August 22, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Project FORT (Fairfield County Overdose Response Team) works to help residents who are addicted to opioids and other drugs get clean and reclaim their lives

Officials concerned after survey shows high abuse rate against paramedics

Posted on August 22, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Peterborough Paramedics Chief Randy Mellow said that 66 percent of paramedics surveyed reported some form of abuse while on the job

Ill. paramedic sentenced to prison for stealing fentanyl

Posted on August 22, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jason Laut was sentenced to 9 years in prison for stealing fentanyl and morphine from ambulances

How EMS leaders can increase 12-lead capture frequency

Posted on August 22, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Make a strategy and pick the tactics for your agency to improve its 12-lead EKG use for patients with non-traumatic chest pain

5 tips to provide safe and effective ventilation

Posted on August 22, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Assign someone to monitor the patient’s airway visually and with capnography using these five tips

Paramedic recalls trying to save couple from beach tragedy

Posted on August 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

"Here's a family who went to the beach and didn't come home. For most people that's not even a remote possibility," paramedic Shaun Dean said

Police: Drunk man assaulted EMT, tried to flee

Posted on August 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The suspect kicked and attempted to head-butt the EMTs, and police noted it took substantial force to get him in the back of an ambulance

Police: Drunk man assaulted EMTs, tried to flee

Posted on August 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The suspect kicked and attempted to head-butt the EMTs, and police noted it took substantial force to get him in the back of an ambulance

Teen gets EMT scholarship after saving police officer

Posted on August 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Bradley Delay can now go to EMT school for free after jumping into action to save Major Tommy Bradford when he was hit by a car

EMS Pioneers: Missouri paramedic says ‘EMS chose me’ 37 years ago

Posted on August 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Sara Wainwright lauds ROSC progress, laments opioid epidemic

Paramedics save life of baby during dangerous childbirth

Posted on August 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Glendale Fire Department paramedics responded to a call about a mother in labor and found that the umbilical cord was wrapped around the neck of the baby

Paramedics save life of baby during dangerous childbirth

Posted on August 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Glendale Fire Department paramedics responded to a call about a mother in labor and found that the umbilical cord was wrapped around the neck of the baby

NJ EMS chief thanks EMS providers for saving his life

Posted on August 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jeff Hoffman credits his fellow EMS providers from another agency with saving his life after he went into cardiac arrest three times in one night

NJ EMS chief thanks EMS providers for saving his life

Posted on August 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jeff Hoffman credits his fellow EMS providers from another agency with saving his life after he went into cardiac arrest three times in one night

Double amputee who inspired others arrested for assaulting paramedic, DUI

Posted on August 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Mandy Horvath, 25, faces charges of second-degree assault — a Class 4 felony— and two DUI misdemeanors

Ind. paramedic facing charges for forging prescriptions

Posted on August 21, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedic Cole Worley, who is married to a doctor, faces 15 criminal charges related to false prescriptions for Adderall

Around 20 Texas agencies collaborate to improve mental health response

Posted on August 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials estimate that the Southwest Texas Crisis Collaborative will save taxpayer money and boost mental health services for patients

Ind. responders die in off-duty motorcycle crash

Posted on August 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Superior Ambulance EMT Jaclyn Nauracy and South Haven Fire Department firefighter-paramedic Nicholas Branham were killed when they collided with an SUV

Paramedics find ‘rude’ note about ambulance parking location

Posted on August 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

East Midlands Ambulance Service said one of their paramedic crews was asked to “have some consideration” about where they park

Should high school students be trained to treat MCI patients?

Posted on August 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After DHS announced a grant for high school tourniquet training, EMS1 readers weighed in on if students should be trained to help their peers in a mass shooting

Community paramedicine could ease the opioid epidemic

Posted on August 20, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Using community paramedicine resources to monitor opioid-addicted patients detoxing at home could relieve the burden on EMS and ERs

Webinar to be held on Digital NG911 Readiness Checklist

Posted on August 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The State of 911 webinar will discuss how a new digital version of the NG911 Readiness Checklist will make it easier to use

Retired firefighter-paramedic shares career experiences in memoir

Posted on August 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Veteran first responder Conrad Gonzalez wrote “10-96 … We’re on the Way,” which includes 40 stories about saving lives

Ill. governor vetoes expanded benefits for EMS providers

Posted on August 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the passed measures which would have expanded benefits for paramedics and EMTs by defining them as firefighters

Opioid crisis putting strain on NH fire dept.

Posted on August 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

From October through May, the Keene Fire Department responded to at least 51 suspected opioid overdoses, administering 110 doses of naloxone to those patients

Off-duty FDNY EMT killed in motorcycle crash

Posted on August 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said Eric Maleh was on his motorcycle when he lost control after making a U-turn

Medic Mindset Podcast: How to become an EMS ‘lifer’

Posted on August 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Mitigate the effects a career in EMS can take to nurture your career longevity in EMS

Ky. EMS agencies fight statewide personnel shortage

Posted on August 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Emergency calls and the need for EMS providers is growing, especially in rural communities, at the same time counties across Kentucky are reporting shortages

Pa. EMS agency awarded by AHA for cardiac care

Posted on August 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The association honored Pittsburgh Emergency Medical Services with its Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award

2 Baltimore paramedics hurt in ambulance crash

Posted on August 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire department spokeswoman Blair Skinner said the paramedics were taken to a hospital for evaluation of minor injuries after the crash

Webinar: How can prehospital providers can quickly identify and treat sepsis?

Posted on August 19, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Learn how you can quickly assess and treat patients with sepsis as an EMS provider.

Pa. responders train for MCIs in simulated mass shooting at college

Posted on August 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

"One of the bigger trends is EMS actually going in while the event is occurring rather than waiting until it's all over to come in," Capt. Andrew Winters said

Conn. city overdoses top 100, police announce another arrest

Posted on August 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Chief Anthony Campbell told the media Friday that the surge of synthetic marijuana overdoses, which gripped the city for more than 24 hours, seem to have calmed down

Girl, 9, calls 911 to save father after he was attacked by wasps

Posted on August 18, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Alex Schneider's daughter, Arianna, called 911 for help after her father, who was stung by dozens of wasps, fell out of his chair and had trouble breathing

Ala. EMS agency claims interference in lawsuit against competitor

Posted on August 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Anniston EMS sued Oxford EMS, claiming the agency's leaders "interfered with contracts and/or business relations" of Anniston EMS

Study: Calif. ERs see sharp hike in visits

Posted on August 17, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Despite attempts to steer patients away from the emergency room, visits have increased by 44 percent since 2006

20 rescue crewmembers work to free couple from Wyo. ice cave

Posted on August 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Spencer Christiansen and his wife Jessica spent two days underground after becoming trapped in a Darby Canyon Ice cave

Response to active shooter tested in Mich. hospital patient tower

Posted on August 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Henry Ford Allegiance Health staged a full-scale emergency exercise of a mass shooting designed to test its response, and the response of several other agencies

911 dispatcher stops caller from attempting suicide

Posted on August 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Shaunice Walker convinced a high school senior to change his mind about jumping into water to his death

How to help an emotional partner

Posted on August 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts answer an email from a listener asking for help in dealing with a partner who is going through an emotional time

More than 70 people overdose in 24 hours in Conn. city

Posted on August 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

As many as 71 people overdosed in the city in 24 hours as emergency crews raced to save lives and one man was arrested as a “person of interest” in the case

FDA approves first generic version of EpiPen

Posted on August 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the approval is part of a “longstanding commitment to advance access to lower cost, safe and effective alternatives”

Why your EMS agency needs near-miss reporting

Posted on August 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Near-miss reporting can help build a culture of safety in your agency and improve the EMS profession as a whole

Va. volunteer fire dept. gives up EMS license

Posted on August 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Craigsville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tracy Martin said the volunteers voted to stop responding to EMS calls because they felt unneeded

Officials: Human error to blame in Minn. 911 outage

Posted on August 16, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

According to a press release, CenturyLink told department of public safety that human error by an employee of a third party vendor was to blame for the outage

Retired paramedic raises money for fire dept. with singing talents

Posted on August 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Bob Bullard and his partner, Stacy Skaggs, have been holding performance fundraisers once a month and raised thousands of dollars

South African EMS providers featured in new documentary

Posted on August 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

In the first minutes of “Red Zone Paramedics,” paramedic Abdul Waheem Martin says EMS providers are seen as “soft targets” for criminals

Paramedic’s purse stolen from ambulance while on call

Posted on August 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The paramedic crew was responding to a medical emergency when thieves broke into their ambulance and stole a purse and keys, along with medical supplies

Patient care: First and last impressions make the difference

Posted on August 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Positive beginning and ending patient interactions fall into the “serial positioning effect” and can boost patient care reviews

Patient care: First and last impressions make the difference

Posted on August 15, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Positive beginning and ending patient interactions fall into the “serial positioning effect” and can boost patient care reviews

Johns Hopkins Hospital creates opioid guidelines for common surgeries

Posted on August 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A panel of doctors, nurses and patients recommended doctors prescribe far fewer opioids for 20 common surgeries such as hysterectomies and breast surgeries

Back to school: Tourniquet training for high school students

Posted on August 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

DHS grant to teach tourniquet application puts direct pressure on kids to help other kids during a mass shooting and before EMS arrives

New TV series highlights EMS crews on night shift

Posted on August 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

“Nightwatch Nation” will follow EMS crews around the country while they work the overnight shift

Calif. woman allegedly leads police on high-speed chase in stolen ambulance

Posted on August 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Natasha Michelle Scott allegedly led police on a chase that reached 90 miles per hour before she was captured a half-hour later with the use of a spike strip

Calif. woman allegedly leads police on high-speed chase in stolen ambulance

Posted on August 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Natasha Michelle Scott allegedly led police on a chase that reached 90 miles per hour before she was captured a half-hour later with the use of a spike strip

Patient-centered EMS leadership

Posted on August 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Patient-centered care partnerships with patients and family need to start at the top

Patient-centered EMS leadership

Posted on August 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Patient-centered care partnerships with patients and family need to start at the top

Patient-centered EMS leadership

Posted on August 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Patient-centered care partnerships with patients and family need to start at the top

Patient-centered EMS leadership

Posted on August 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Patient-centered care partnerships with patients and family need to start at the top

NJ students stress need for stricter CPR requirements

Posted on August 14, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A student-run nonprofit is pushing for a law that requires minors provide proof of CPR training before sitting for a driver’s license test

Young boy calls 911, saves grandmother after medical emergency

Posted on August 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Max Velez, 4, is being hailed a hero after calling for help when his grandmother stopped breathing due to a case of pneumonia

DHS offers $1.8M grant to train high schoolers for MCIs

Posted on August 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Department of Homeland Security is accepting applications for the School-Age Trauma Training grant

At least 20 killed after highway bridge collapses in Italy

Posted on August 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A bridge on a highway linking Italy with France collapsed in the city of Genoa during a sudden, violent storm, sending vehicles plunging

Seattle officials pushing for better EMT wages

Posted on August 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

City council declared EMTs deserve more money in a resolution that calls on Mayor Jenny Durkan's administration to raise EMT wages and benefits

DARTdrones offering Round 2 of public safety drone training grant

Posted on August 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

DARTdrones awarded $300,000 in grants toward free drone training in the six months of Round One funding

EMS agency transports 100-year-old woman to state fair

Posted on August 13, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Catherine Krause was determined to make it to the Wisconsin State Fair for the 80th time, despite injuring her ankle on her birthday

Video: EMS agency demonstrates safe ‘Kiki Challenge’

Posted on August 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Mary Greeley Paramedics used their safety gear to participate in the viral challenge prompted by Drake’s “In My Feelings”

EMS agency pilot program decreases night shift ambulances

Posted on August 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Manatee County EMS is hoping to relieve fatigued EMS providers by decreasing the number of ambulances making nighttime runs in a year-long program

Woman creates way for responders to communicate with special needs children

Posted on August 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jenna Newman created cards using the Picture Exchange Communication System that include images broken down into categories

Two in, two out: maintaining your marriage in EMS

Posted on August 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Your partner at home can be your best resource in regard to your mental health

Md. EMS agency receives state grant to cover cost of naloxone

Posted on August 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Allegany County Department of Emergency Services received more than $30,000 in state grant funding to help cover the cost of naloxone

Resuscitation education: What’s changed and what you need to know

Posted on August 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The American Heart Association recently released a statement updating cardiac arrest resuscitation guidelines

What is a stroke?

Posted on August 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A stroke is different from other conditions, as it essentially a term for the symptoms and not the cause

Add real-time feedback to CPR training for better results

Posted on August 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

New American Heart Association guidelines call for instant feedback on compression depth, rate and chest recoil in CPR training modules

Free healthcare clinic opened for 9/11 responders

Posted on August 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The federal government has hired Optum to operate a new clinic in Manhattan for survivors of the 9/11 attacks who have enrolled in an ongoing health program

Mo. city using app to locate 911 callers

Posted on August 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A St. Louis company called SirenGPS has created a mobile phone app that provides location information to help enhance the efforts of emergency responders

W. Va. fire dept. receives 2 donated AEDs

Posted on August 12, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

"These devices will enable the department to access a person who is in sudden cardiac arrest and take the required steps to provide care," Chief Rick Cary said

Ala. fire dept. equips schools with bleeding control kits

Posted on August 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Wall-mounted stations each contain eight bleeding control kits, giving each school 24 smaller sets of tools that can be used in the most serious of emergencies

Ark. fire dept. awarded for exceptional EMS service

Posted on August 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Conway Fire Department received the Jon S. McMahan Service of the Year Award for their EMS Division that allows firefighters to become trained paramedics

First responders save elderly man from riptide while on vacation

Posted on August 11, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Emergency Managment Coordinator Jared Byrdwas on vacation with his family when he witnessed an elderly man trying to rescue his three grandchildren

Limiting exposure to asbestos during and after disaster management

Posted on August 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Environmental disasters can expose first responders to asbestos, putting them at risk for mesothelioma

How to keep PTSD out of your EMS department

Posted on August 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Recognize the risk factors and symptoms of PTSD, and how to manage self-talk and meditate to reduce its physical and emotional effects

FDNY EMT kidnapped, car stolen after shift

Posted on August 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Three suspects forced a 44-year-old FDNY EMT at gunpoint into his car after his shift

Salinas Fire Dept. maintains paramedic program amid investigation of faked documents

Posted on August 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Allegations of false education credits being awarded to SFD paramedics prompted an investigation by city and state officials

SirenGPS app aims to help first responders in emergencies

Posted on August 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The app also has a feature that allows users to type messages to dispatchers, for situations when speaking is difficult or dangerous

Paralyzed Texas firefighter raising money for paramedic amputee

Posted on August 10, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Garth Goodwin plans to donate the proceeds from a charity golf tournament in his name to first responder Rory Barros, who lost his leg after being hit by a drunk driver on duty

Bed bugs force S.C. EMS to move out of fire station

Posted on August 9, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The bedbugs reappeared at a Jamestown EMS station despite several treatments to remove them

Doctor: Chronic pain patients switching from opioids to medical marijuana

Posted on August 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Pain management specialist Dr. Michelle Weiner said medical marijuana is a “great alternative for a lot of people suffering with pain”

Ohio opioid response team receives $60K grant

Posted on August 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A $60,000 grant will provide funding through 2020 to sustain Middletown's Quick Response Team operation

NM city officials vote to increase paramedic wages

Posted on August 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The funding, which totals $379,000, covers an 8 percent pay differential between regular firefighters and paramedics negotiated between the city and the union

Chicago fire organization donates $30K to train young EMTs

Posted on August 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Through the Black Fire Brigade’s donation, 30 young adults from the inner city will start EMT training with tuition, books and uniform covered

Paramedics charged in death of shooting patient terminated

Posted on August 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Steven Snively and Christopher Marchant were fired from the Hamilton Paramedic Service after being criminally charged with failure to provide necessities of life

How much personal liability do individual EMS providers bear?

Posted on August 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts discuss a recent article that raises the question of personal liability for EMS workers

Paramedic recalls almost dying in ambulance crash

Posted on August 8, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

AMR paramedic Jimmy Miller was transporting a patient when his ambulance was struck twice in a hit-and-run

Baltimore nixes property tax break for first responders

Posted on August 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said the break would have resulted in a revenue reduction of $5.3 million per year when fully phased-in

Human dignity statement is a good start, but not enough

Posted on August 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Position statements from our national leadership are helpful, but we must make culture change ourselves

Ga. county settles with AMR after complaints of poor service

Posted on August 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

AMR has agreed to resolve $1.9 million in contract penalties after several complaints of slow response time were made

Boston EMS helps apprehend fleeing break-in suspect

Posted on August 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The EMS crew found Thien Nguyen, who was suspected of breaking into a store, after he fell off of his bicycle

NYC councilman convicted of blocking ambulance in protest

Posted on August 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jumaane Williams was sentenced to time served after blocking an ambulance during a protest over the detention of a prominent immigration rights activist

Final rules announced for federal 911 upgrade grant program

Posted on August 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s grant program will help upgrade call centers to Next Generation 911 capabilities

Officials: Air ambulance was repaired 3 times before 2016 crash

Posted on August 7, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Federal investigators said the plane had been repaired three times in the six weeks before it crashed Nov. 2016, killing four people

Police: Woman who stole ambulance was tired of waiting at hospital

Posted on August 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said Pamela Cash grew impatient while waiting for relatives to pick her up and decided to drive home in the ambulance

NJ city settles EMT pay raise issue from 10 years ago

Posted on August 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The city of Paterson will pay $166,666 in retroactive checks to 33 EMTs, which covers pay raises the EMTs claimed they could have received from 2003 to 2007

Acadian Ambulance opts in to FirstNet

Posted on August 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

“From voice and data to video, being able to send that information while en route to the hospital is crucial,” Acadian Ambulance Director Joey Branton said

3 metrics to track in your EMS operations

Posted on August 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS, like any other aspect of healthcare, is data driven, and tracking, measuring and reporting the right data can improve operations and patient care

EMS coordination: Healthcare coalitions provide organized cooperation

Posted on August 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Healthcare coalitions offer EMS a “seat at the table” for regional emergency planning

Survey community disaster preparedness protocols and approaches while traveling

Posted on August 6, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

When we travel, we get a chance to see other cities, meet other emergency management professionals and discover hazards that exist for the area we’re visiting

Seattle AMR EMTs demand higher wages

Posted on August 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

As AMR’s seven-year contract with the city comes to an end, EMTs are asking to get the same amount of pay as their counterparts in other areas of the country

Father arrested for refusing to call 911 as son, 8, died of overdose

Posted on August 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police said Curtis Collman II not only refused to call 911 to try and save his son, but threatened others who tried to call for help as the boy overdosed on meth

Paramedics discover crash victim was also shot

Posted on August 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A paramedic crew was treating a driver of a crashed vehicle when they found a gunshot wound to his chest

Police: Man chased paramedics with ax, tried to steal ambulance

Posted on August 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said the man chased paramedics with an ax, rammed a van into an ambulance, then tried to steal the ambulance

New Mass. hospital designed to withstand category 5 hurricane

Posted on August 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The 106,000-square-foot, 14-bed hospital is being built to hurricane design specifications established by Miami-Dade County—some of the strictest in the country

Even for EMS providers, depression is human

Posted on August 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Acknowledging your depression and getting help is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of resilience and strength

Even for EMS providers, depression is human

Posted on August 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Acknowledging your depression and getting help is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of resilience and strength

No more hiding: I am a caregiver with depression

Posted on August 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Acknowledging my depression to family, friends and colleagues and getting help is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of resilience and strength

Medic Mindset Podcast: Critical care with Eric Bauer

Posted on August 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An EMS educator and flight medic encourages listeners to stay curious about intubation, ventilators and EKGs

Okla. EMS providers honored for saving people from burning building

Posted on August 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedic Chris Turner and Advanced EMT Chelsee Loge were treating a patient inside of a building when they heard the fire alarm go off

Conn. city to form community emergency response team

Posted on August 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Medical Reserve Corps organizes medical and public health professionals to serve as volunteers in case of disaster

Dog leads responders to injured hiker

Posted on August 5, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A canine hero led rescuers to an injured woman who had fallen 150 feet off a trail and was unable to shout for help

Police: Woman drove impaired, assaulted first responders

Posted on August 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The woman allegedly bit a paramedic tending to injuries on her finger after she wrecked her car near her house

3 bystanders rescue woman from burning car after crash

Posted on August 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Linda Fedee, 66, was unconscious and still strapped into her seat belt when Billy Stone, Richard Hobbs and Douglas McCowan saw her car engulfed in flames

Former EMS employee claims agency misuses public funds

Posted on August 4, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Melissa Hall claims she was fired after reporting to officials that "she was asked to do things she believed in good faith to be unethical and unlawful"

Indiana fire dept. using laughing gas to treat pain

Posted on August 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedics in the town of Fishers are now offering laughing gas to patients as an alternative to opioids

Indiana fire dept. using Nitronox to treat pain

Posted on August 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedics in the town of Fishers are now offering Nitronox to patients as an alternative to opioids

W. Va. EMT honored for saving gunshot victim

Posted on August 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Mike Lott, who is also a police sergeant, was recognized for saving Joanne Wagoner after she was allegedly shot by her boyfriend

Ind. hospital launches community paramedicine program

Posted on August 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Community Howard paramedics will visit discharged patients with chronic heart diseases with the goal of positively impacting the patient's transition

Paramedics charged in death of shooting patient

Posted on August 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Steven Snively and Christopher Marchant were arrested and charged with failing to provide the necessities of life after Yosif Al-Hasnawi was shot

Maine firefighter-paramedic killed in vehicle crash

Posted on August 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said Lt. Harry Weymouth crossed the center line of the road and struck an oncoming vehicle

Maine firefighter-paramedic killed in vehicle crash

Posted on August 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said Lt. Harry Weymouth crossed the center line of the road and struck an oncoming vehicle

Active shooter reported at Ohio Air Force base

Posted on August 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said base personnel have been directed to shelter in place until the incident is investigated

What does the 2018 EMS Trend Report tell us about the future of the industry?

Posted on August 2, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts are joined by EMS1 Editor-in-Chief Greg Friese to discuss the most recent EMS trend report and what it means for industry personnel

Ala. city’s new, state-of-the-art emergency operations center opens

Posted on August 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

"It's currently the largest emergency operations center in the state of Alabama," 911 director Rod Coleman said

Rookie NYPD cop saves unresponsive baby with CPR

Posted on August 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officer Osvaldo Nunez immediately began performing CPR after Rebeca Alarcon ran outside of her home to find help for her daughter

Woman sentenced to prison for biting paramedic

Posted on August 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jacqueline Wein was sentenced 15 months to three years in state prison for biting the hand of a paramedic who was helping to transport her

Paramedics working alongside firefighters battling wildfires

Posted on August 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedics are trying a new approach by working close to firefighters to keep them safe while they battle blazes across Ontario

Firefighter-paramedic creates human trafficking training for responders

Posted on August 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Matthew Driscoll used his extra time while on light duty after an injury to create training that would help responders recognize signs of trafficking victims

Hasidic women EMTs featured in new documentary

Posted on August 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Filmmaker Paula Eiselt’s documentary “93 Queen” follows a group of Hasidic women forming their own volunteer EMT service

Off-duty EMT saves 2 people ejected in vehicle crash

Posted on August 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Christopher Nance was passing by the scene when he stopped to help the victims, who are currently in critical condition

Late EMT honored with good deed campaign

Posted on August 1, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

“Be Like Brendon Week” honors Brendon Cousino by encouraging the public to perform simple acts of kindness

Hypoglycemic events: Can you leave them be?

Posted on July 31, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A review of hypoglycemia treat and release protocol recommendations

Hypoglycemic events: Can you leave them be?

Posted on July 31, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A review of hypoglycemia treat and release protocol recommendations

Vehicle crash highlights strain on NH region’s EMS system

Posted on July 31, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Southwestern N.H. District Fire Mutual Aid Chief Joe Sangermano said call volume continues to increase as does the difficulty in having agencies able to respond

Chicago addresses ambulance shortage by unveiling 5 new rigs

Posted on July 31, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the increase in ambulances, mayoral challenger Paul Vallas promised to add 25 more if he is elected

County officials to reopen review of medics suspended over medical call

Posted on July 31, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Hillsborough County will reopen its review of four paramedics facing discipline in the case of a stroke patient who died, saying it needs to know more

Paramedic launches stethoscope storage device on Kickstarter

Posted on July 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The StethoSafe was created to prevent stethoscopes from being damaged, which often occurs in the EMS providers’ airway bags

Fla. fire dept.’s new station will trim response times with door technology

Posted on July 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The new 22,000-square-foot Fire Station 1 is equipped with rapid opening doors synchronized to its emergency alarms

Paramedic honored for teaching more than 8K civilians CPR

Posted on July 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Dave Kroll has volunteered numerous weekends over the past three years to teach hands-only CPR to the public

Search and rescue dog’s possible exposure to meth sparks concern

Posted on July 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

K-9 Search Specialist Janalee Gallagher said she believes her partner, Blitz, came into contact with methamphetamine while searching for a missing fisherman

Netflix documentary ‘Heroin(e)’ receives Emmy nomination

Posted on July 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The much-lauded documentary about three women fighting against the opioid crisis in Huntington, West Virginia, has been nominated for another award

Ga. EMS agency cleared of hit-and-run claim

Posted on July 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A police investigation fully cleared EMS of Georgia of any wrongdoing after a woman accused the agency of a hit-and-run

4 Fla. paramedics suspended over stroke patient response

Posted on July 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Hillsborough County Administrator said the paramedics violated three areas of standard procedure

Fla. firefighter union responds to medics’ suspension after medical call

Posted on July 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Hillsborough County Administrator said the paramedics violated three areas of standard procedure

Maine city mulls ambulance options after spike in EMS calls

Posted on July 30, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Ellsworth officials are studying whether to partner with a private ambulance company or start their own service

NC EMT hurt while performing beach rescue

Posted on July 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Pine Knoll Shores officials reminded the public that the EMT should not have been put in the position in the first place because no swimming was allowed at the time

Police: Woman crashes ambulance after stealing it from hospital

Posted on July 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said the woman was found trapped in the wreckage after crashing the ambulance on the highway

Retired Chicago paramedic, wife killed in vehicle crash

Posted on July 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Retired Chicago Fire Department Ambulance Commander Richard Biehl was on his way home with his wife when they were struck by a suspected drunk driver

Is it time to pull epinephrine from the EMS formulary?

Posted on July 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts discuss a recent study out of the UK that puts the use of epinephrine in prehospital cardiac arrest patients into question

Is it time to pull epinephrine from the EMS formulary?

Posted on July 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Our co-hosts discuss a recent study out of the UK that puts the use of epinephrine in prehospital cardiac arrest patients into question

Ohio hospital partners with city to launch community paramedicine program

Posted on July 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said the paramedicine program will test how follow up from a paramedic will improve the health outcomes of hospital patients once they return home

Senator praises Dallas mental health crisis response program

Posted on July 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The RIGHT (Rapid Integrated Group Healthcare Team) pilot program utilizes counselors and paramedics to better respond to mental health calls

3 dead, 7 hurt after gunmen in New Orleans fire on crowd

Posted on July 29, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Two armed individuals walked up to a crowd gathered Saturday evening outside a strip mall in New Orleans and opened fire

Woman hit by car thanks cop, good Samaritan for helping her

Posted on July 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Frederick County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryce McGuire drove Rita Potter's car home and put her groceries in the refrigerator after she was hit by a car in a parking lot

Md. hits record-high drug deaths, fueled by fentanyl

Posted on July 28, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Maryland, a state that already had one of the country's most punishing overdose mortality rates, notched a record-high number of drug deaths last year

Firefighter, civilian honored for saving man from burning truck

Posted on July 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighter Jeremy Menges and John Werner helped try to save a driver at the scene of the crash, and now the Kansas Highway Patrol has named them honorary troopers

Patient dies in Tenn. ambulance crash

Posted on July 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Clifton Harville, 60, was being transported to the hospital when the ambulance was struck, causing it to flip over

First responders learn how to train civilians in ‘Stop the Bleed’ program

Posted on July 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Stop the Bleed shows people of all ages and backgrounds how not to be bystanders in an era when mass-casualty tragedies appear to strike from every which way

Md. town donates thousands to volunteer first responders

Posted on July 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

"We don't do much for you. You do a lot for the community," Thurmont Commissioner Martin Burns said

Pinnacle EMS 2018 Quick Take: The power of collaboration for EMS leaders

Posted on July 27, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Jay Fitch, Ph.D., tells Pinnacle leaders that collaboration with colleagues and frenemies is critical to greater operational success

Fire dept. intern saves man’s life with newly-learned skills

Posted on July 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Kaylee Mosley jumped into action to save a man who had driven into a wall by performing CPR, which she had just been certified in four days earlier

Pinnacle EMS Quick Take: Why public safety leaders must have zero-tolerance for sexual misconduct

Posted on July 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police sergeant challenges and educates EMS leaders to do more to reduce the risk and occurrence of sexual harassment for all employees

Cops pull paramedic, patient away from ambulance seconds before explosion

Posted on July 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said the ambulance crashed after an EMT swerved to avoid a deer, and the ambulance was already on fire by the time police arrived

Pinnacle EMS Quick Take: Active shooter incident lessons learned for leaders

Posted on July 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

NFPA 3000 is a framework for preparing EMS agencies, fire departments, other responders and communities for active shooter incident response and recovery

2 Dallas firefighter-paramedics hurt in ambulance crash

Posted on July 26, 2018 by in EMS, FIRE,