33 dead, dozens injured in possible arson at Japanese anime studio

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

A 41-year-old man has been taken into custody and told police he had scattered "fluid-like petrol" at the site

Delta to begin carrying naloxone on flights

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

The airline will begin carrying naloxone in medical kits after a passenger was found in the bathroom unresponsive

Guiding choices and opening doors: Mentoring revisited

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

Mentorship comes full circle for EMS leader Mike Taigman, in collaborations in quality improvement and advancing EMS

Toddler honored for FaceTiming dad during mom’s medical emergency

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

Nathan Hylek received a FaceTime call from his 20-month old daughter and when he realized his wife was having a medical emergency, he dialed 911

Ga. city signs off on ambulance agreement

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

The agreement pays Gold Cross a $400,000 subsidy for the remainder of the year, a $600,000 subsidy in 2020 and $650,000 in 2021 and 2022

Fourth suit filed against the City of Bellingham, Wash. for medical training on deceased patient

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

The incident resulted in a scathing investigation, which revealed the fire department had been practicing medical techniques on dead bodies for at least 25 years

Ohio workers’ comp bill stripped of first responder PTSD coverage

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

A bid to save PTSD coverage for first responders fell one vote short in the conference committee

GOP Sen. Rand Paul slows bill to boost 9/11 victims fund

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

Sen. Rand Paul questioned the bill's 70-year time frame and said any new spending should be offset by corresponding cuts

House passes bill to reclassify 911 dispatchers as Protective Service Occupations

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

The 911 SAVES Act would reclassify dispatchers from ‘Office and Administrative Support Occupations’ to ‘Protective Service Occupations’

Okla. firefighters comfort boy, 5, during mom’s medical emergency

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

While London’s mom was being treated by paramedics, the firefighters took London’s attention and gave him a tour of the fire truck and let him play with the water hose

2 paramedics injured in ambulance rollover crash

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

Police are investigating an ambulance crash that left four people injured, including two paramedics

Off-duty Tenn. EMT dies in rollover crash

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

Kelsey Yates, 23, lost control of her vehicle and hit a drainage culvert, flipping her car and landing upside down

Spotlight: MP Cloud Technologies, the industry’s only fully-hosted, cloud-based software for end-to-end patient-cycle management

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

Company Name: MP Cloud Technologies Headquarters: Austin, TX Signature Products: EMS Management Software Website: https://www.mptechnologies.com/ 1. What was the inspiration behind starting your company? Being EMS providers and billers ourselves, we built our software from the ground up with today’s technological advancements in cloud-based systems and intelligent learning. We knew that...

Minn. man arrested for allegedly punching medic

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

Andreu Emilio Gradeja-Iguardia was being transported in an ambulance when he became uncooperative and started to allegedly punch the medic

ND 911 center will be built to withstand E4F tornado winds

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

Officials approved the new building due to the need for a 911 communications center that can withstand man-made and natural disasters

ND 911 center will be built to withstand E4F tornado winds

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

Officials approved the new building due to the need for a 911 communications center that can withstand man-made and natural disasters

ND 911 center will be built to withstand EF4 tornado winds

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

Officials approved the new building due to the need for a 911 communications center that can withstand man-made and natural disasters

Ind. FDs are encouraging the public to download the PulsePoint app

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

St. Joseph County is the second area in the state to use the app, made possible through a partnership between Ind. cities, townships and the 911 dispatch center

Ind. FDs are encouraging the public to download the PulsePoint app

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

St. Joseph County is the second area in the state to use the app, made possible through a partnership between Ind. cities, townships and the 911 dispatch center

How progressive EMS agencies are using advanced cellular networks to connect

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

Leveraging Gigabit-Class LTE, smart ambulances, telemedicine, automatic vehicle location and telematics are within reach

How ambulance membership programs help patients defray ambulance cost

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

Exploring the legal, marketing and administrative considerations for EMS agencies considering an ambulance membership program to streamline billing

CAAS releases GVS V.20 for EMS regulators and providers

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

The newest version provides vehicle certification labeling systems and templates for compliance, as well as weight and payload information that can be used by FSAM

6 common competencies of highly effective EMS leaders

Posted on July 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

From technical and decision-making proficiency to humility and ambition, these characteristics help leaders propel EMS agencies to a future of success

9/11 Memorial ‘Run for Richie’ honoring first responders hits its fourth year

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

Officials named the event after Richard Allen Pearlman, the youngest first responder who died during the attacks

Woman calls for Delta to stock naloxone after passenger allegedly overdoses

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

A Delta passenger took to social media to ask the airline to start carrying the overdose drug to prevent this situation from happening again

Dispatcher finds a little peace during program aimed at helping first responders

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

The Bridge was founded in 2018 by first responders in response to the fatal shooting of Westerville police officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering

Wis. paramedic charged with sexually assaulting patient in ambulance

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

Timothy Ovadal, 36, is accused of fondling a patient and exposing himself in the back of an ambulance during a transport

Md. Commissioner concerned over cost of 911 system

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

Commissioners were asked to approve $92,500 for Next-Gen call routing software and $1.3 million for an upgrade/refresh to the VESTA system

1 dead, 15 hurt in Calif. home gas explosion

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

CalGas representatives said one gas worker was killed, a second was taken to the hospital and one person living in the home may be unaccounted for

50 years in the making: ‘911, what’s your emergency?’

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

In the 50 years since its inception, 911 emergency response has evolved into an advanced framework helping others

Funding EMS training, equipment through state funds grants

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

State funding is a great choice for EMS agencies that do not meet eligibility requirements or have applied for and not been awarded funds from major grant programs

Why the best EMS leaders are actually teams

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

When taking a closer look at big accomplishments, we don’t find lone leaders — we find great groups and teams

Ala. city adds fire station, 6 EMS stations due to blocked train crossings

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

Blocked train crossings causing 10-minute wait times forced Sheffield city officials to approve a new fire station and several EMS stations on the other side of the tracks

Mich. EMTs settle for $150K in overtime lawsuit

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

Under the settlement agreement, $100,000 will compensate 51 employees for overtime work rendered to the county, and $50,000 is allocated for lawyer fees

Ivy League EMS: Harvard’s student-led organization gives pre-med students a taste of EMS

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

CrimsonEMS, which currently has 80-plus members, offers students the opportunity to become certified EMTs

Okla. first responders do pushups to raise awareness of veterans’ suicide rate

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

Members of the Tulsa police, fire department and EMS are joining the cause to raise veteran suicide awareness

Atlanta ambulance crash causes vehicle to roll over

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

The ambulance had its emergency lights and sirens running when it was struck by another car while crossing an intersection

How to make scene safety a core part of every EMS response

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

Review your safety practices and EMT training in the wake of the stabbing attack on a Boston EMT in the back of an ambulance

Mr. Rogers inspired 5th career for Pittsburgh medic

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

Marvin Balk said Mr. Rogers inspired him to help others and, after 27 years of running his own company, he decided to become a Pittsburgh paramedic

New emergency service district proposed in Texas county

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

Texas officials plan to create Emergency Services District No. 3, which will cover rural communities, to keep pace with rising costs for emergency services

Teen creates #PositivePatrol to send thank you cards to first responders

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

After being a victim of bullying, Emily began making thank you cards to law-enforcement agencies, corrections, EMS, firefighters and the military

Boston EMS set up crowdfunding campaign for EMTs attacked in ambulance

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

The Boston EMS Relief Association aims to raise $100,000 for the two EMTs who were attacked

NYC power restored; first responders help with traffic, fires and people trapped in elevators

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

The CEO of Con Edison said the blackout resulted from a 'significant disturbance on the west side of Manhattan at one of our electric transmission stations'

Boston EMTs pack court in support of stabbed colleague

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

Dozens of EMTs showed their support and stood in the hallway of the courthouse waiting for hours and speaking with each other before the arraignment

Texas EMT academy receives $300K in grants

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

The funds will help the academy get equipment and training supplies for a successful medical training program

EMS supervisor attacked during medical aid call in South Boston

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

Donna Taylor, 37, was arrested Thursday afternoon on charges that she struck the first responder multiple times and resisted arrest

EMT uses his life savings skills for the first time on a chipmunk

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

Collin Rasmusson saw a chipmunk trying to stay afloat while he was cleaning his pool and administered CPR

EMT uses his life savings skills for the first time on a chipmunk

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

Collin Rasmusson saw a chipmunk trying to stay afloat while he was cleaning his pool and administered CPR

House approves 9/11 victims fund bill, heads to Senate

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

The legislation, which fully funds and permanently reauthorizes the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, was approved by a 402-12 vote

Conn. town approves annual stipend for volunteer firefighters, ambulance corps

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

The action comes as fire departments and ambulance corps are finding it harder to recruit new members

Report on 9/11 VCF bill estimates it will cost more than $10B

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

The federal government will have to spend more than an estimated $10 billion by 2029 in its efforts to compensate first responders and survivors

Report on 9/11 VCF bill estimates it will cost more than $10B

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

The federal government will have to spend more than an estimated $10 billion by 2029 in its efforts to compensate first responders and survivors

Paramedic recalls fatal Minn. medical helicopter crash

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

The preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board Thursday drew no conclusions on what caused the North Memorial Health helicopter to crash

3 essentials to cure hangry medic syndrome

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

Feel better and eat better on every shift by always having snacks, meals and hydration with you

Workers cut cable wires forcing FDNY 911 operators out of call center

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

FDNY emergency call operators have temporarily relocated to MetroTech Center 'out of an abundance of caution' after Verizon wire cables were cut near the building

PACE 2019 preview: Canine-facilitated mental health initiative

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

Delray, a 5-year-old Labrador Retriever, is the star of PAWS, a canine-facilitated peer support program for EMS providers in Alberta, Canada

Off-duty NY EMT saves man after a rollover crash

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

An off-duty EMT who lives in the area heard the crash and helped the driver get out of the car

W. Va. county reports 144 overdoses and four deaths in the last six months

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

Organizations are combating overdoses with outpatient treatment, medication-assisted treatment, and inpatient residential treatment

Mass. state legislators look to increase penalties for those who assault EMTs

Posted on July 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

The bill would change an assault charge from a misdemeanor to a felony

NY medic charged with allegedly stealing drugs from public dropbox

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

Jon Cinelli came under investigation after officials observed him allegedly violating regulations that required two paramedics to empty the drug drop-off box

Prosecutors: Wis. man ‘highly intoxicated’ when he stole ambulance

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

Police officers found the ambulance was missing from the bay and a rescue worker found a T-shirt and iPhone near where the vehicle had been parked

Boston EMT recovering after being stabbed multiple times by patient

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

Julie Tejeda, 31, attacked two Boston EMTs while being transported in an ambulance

Pa. ambulance providers to pay $460K for making false statements

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

The Unicare Ambulance LLC and PA Paramedics LLC made false statements from September 2015 through August 2016 to avoid over payment debts to the Medicare program

Off-duty NY EMTs honored for saving stabbing victim

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

Off-duty EMTs Sweeny and Bundschuh improvised to save a person that was actively bleeding from the neck

Conn. EMS personnel organize for PTSD benefits

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

Lawmakers reached a deal in May with firefighters and police officers to provide PTSD benefits up to one year, but the deal excludes EMTs

What does FirstNet ready mean for you?

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

Obtain these three rights to implement FirstNet into your emergency response communications system

Ohio county signs agreement to complete 911 requirement

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

Counties are required to have two dispatchers on duty at all times or have an agreement in place to answer possible rollover calls

EMTs to fill Texas private EMS firm’s employment gap delayed for another month

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

Denison Fire Rescue officials announced they will be working with hiring firm, LifeNet Inc., to fill employment gaps in the department

Opioid overdose: Fact vs. fiction

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

A case study in opioid overdose complications, management strategies and provider safety

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund renewal bill to go before the House on Friday

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

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has pledged he will act on the bill before Congress

Progressive cardiac protocol improves neurologically-intact discharge rates

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

Jackson County EMS’s cardiac arrest and STEMI protocols demonstrate how leadership and front-line crews can come together to save lives

Controlling our destiny: how paramedics can ensure the future of EMS

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

Certification standards, research and degree requirements are necessary to support a career pathway for paramedics

NASEMSO releases pediatric transport resource

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

NASEMSO developed the product resource to help EMS reference and compare products that ambulance industry manufacturers develop

American Heart Association approves $14 million in research grants to four universities

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

The grants will help form a national collaboration of scientists to focus on improving patient outcomes in heart disease and stroke cases

The grant that saved his life

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

Volunteer fire department president signed grant application for chest compression device that later saved his life

Pa. firefighter-EMT dies from complications from medical issues

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

Nick Aldinger, 36, passed away after battling complications from current medical issues

Getting back to life: Retreats focus on stress relief and recovery

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

First Responder Support Network offer educational treatment programs aimed at recovery from the stress of critical incidents

Calif. EMT dies in motorcycle crash

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

Thomas Butler, an EMT at Riggs Ambulance Service in Merced County, had recently completed paramedic school

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund bill adds advocates’ names to the bill

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

The names of late Det. Lou Alvarez and Firefighter Ray Pfeifer are being added to the new bill to restore the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund bill adds advocates’ names

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

The names of late Det. Lou Alvarez and Firefighter Ray Pfeifer are being added to the new bill to restore the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

NJ enacts legislation aimed at helping 9/11 first responders

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

One measure permits volunteer first responders to qualify for disability pensions when they retire

Police investigate missing drugs from Ohio fire, EMS agency

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

Authorities have not named a suspect at this time and officials said it is not clear how anyone gained access to the narcotics

Reaching out is a sign of strength and resilience, not weakness

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

I know that tunnel seems long, dark and with no exit. Trust me, my friends, there is an exit and there is light at the end

Man who stole Calif. ambulance said devil ‘made’ him do it

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

Gilberto Martinez, 26, was arrested for stealing an ambulance that was at the scene of a medical emergency

Ohio FD trades old stretchers for Tri-C Fire Academy tuition credits

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

Since 2010, the city and Tri-C have swapped an old ambulance, SCBA packs and old fire hose for tuition credits

NM pilot program provides overdose patients access to naloxone

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

The Santa Fe County’s new harm-reduction unit aims to provide access to treatment, education and the necessary drugs before they become a statistic

APCO Seminar: Dispatchers on their Las Vegas shooting experiences

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

APCO’s Voices Behind the Incident seminar brought together dispatchers that responded to the 2017 Las Vegas Shooting to talk about their experiences and share insights

Missing FDNY paramedic found safe

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

Jesan Avila-Hyde, 39, had not been seen since Friday afternoon and returned to his home Sunday night safe

Wash. city relies on new regional dispatch center after dispatchers are laid off, quit

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

The city has lost so many fire dispatchers that it can no longer fully provide fire dispatch services to itself or its neighbors

Wash. city relies on new regional center after dispatchers are laid off, quit

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

The city has lost so many fire dispatchers that it can no longer fully provide fire dispatch services to itself or its neighbors

Medical flight service establishes base in Wash. city

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

After a 12-year absence, Airlift Northwest established a permanent base in Wenatchee Valley

Emergency crews on standby after Southern California earthquake

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

There have been thousands of aftershocks after the recent 7.1 and 6.4 magnitude earthquakes

Emergency crews on standby after Calif. earthquakes

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

There have been thousands of aftershocks after the recent 7.1 and 6.4 magnitude earthquakes

21 hurt in shopping plaza blast: Gas lines found ruptured

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

The explosion hurled large pieces of concrete up to 50 yards away and sent pieces of metal scattering as far as 100 yards across the street

Wash. female FF-EMT atop ranks in fitness contest

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

April Manyon, a former competitive bodybuilder, plans to donate a portion of the prize money to organizations aiming to help first responders

Man’s surprising answer to why he allegedly stolen NY ambulance

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

“I took the ambulance, and I don’t remember why I did it,” a criminal complaint quotes Jaime Rivera-Juarez as telling cops when he was arrested

Man’s surprising answer to why he allegedly stole NY ambulance

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

“I took the ambulance, and I don’t remember why I did it,” a criminal complaint quotes Jaime Rivera-Juarez as telling cops when he was arrested

Md. fire company gives away record $31K in scholarships

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

Students receiving the scholarships must be enrolled in an emergency program such as EMS, fire, medical or in the health or emergency field

Firefighters respond to Fla. shopping plaza explosion

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

First responders are investigating the explosion and report multiple injuries

Southern California reels from magnitude 7.1 quake

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

There are significant reports of structure fires, mostly as a result of gas leaks or gas line breaks throughout the city

Minn. EMT honored for 43 years of service during parade

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

Al Kochenderfer, 73, is Vietnam vet, retired Army National Guard lieutenant colonel and has spent more than four decades as an EMT

Wis. EMT honored for 43 years of service during parade

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

Al Kochenderfer, 73, is Vietnam vet, retired Army National Guard lieutenant colonel and has spent more than four decades as an EMT

NY dad saves his own daughter with CPR training he’d used for the 1st time

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

Rasheen Hill is a mental health therapy coordinator who is required to take annual CPR classes for his job

Texas entertainment district is putting medics on bikes to enhance safety

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

MedStar bike medics are providing treatment to the injured resulting is a dramatic reduction in ambulance and fire calls

Ind. EMS agency sued over fall injury

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

The suit claims an EMT did not lift a man properly and dropped him, causing a broken shoulder that never healed properly

How EMS providers can earn a college degree

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

Our co-hosts discuss the logistics of EMS providers earning a college degree, from signing up to classes to earning credit for certification courses

Minneapolis first responders launch mental health response team

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

Maplewood first responders teamed up to create the program in response to the escalating mental health crisis

NY man thankful to first responders for second chance at life

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

Richard VanTroost, 66, wanted to personally thank and shake hands with the first responders who saved his life when he suffered a heart attack

Mass. cadet program waiver renewed

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

The waiver allows students to go through the EMT program and take the state certification exam at 16-and-a-half years old

Mass. EMTs adapt to evolving rescue protocols

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

The program focuses on beach safety procedures that can be tweaked during the season to prepare for shark bites care

SoCal ambulance service deploys strike team to help with hospital evacuation

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

Hall Ambulance strike team is helping to transport patients to regional health facilities

10 safety tips for paramedics working on the 4th of July

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

The Independence Day holiday can increase the number of intoxicated patients and bystanders you’re likely to encounter on your shift so be careful out there

NY city, county reach proposal for dispatch consolidation

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

City and county leaders are in negotiations to transfer Lockport Police Department's in-house dispatch system to county central dispatch

NY county makes 911 changes to improve safety

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

The operational changes made will improve 911 operations resulting in improved first responder safety and the safety of the public

Texas city hires private EMS firm to assist fire department

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

Denison Mayor Janet Gott said the city is using this as a temporary measure to fill the employment gaps while the department can get its staffing back up to full levels

Texas city hires private EMS firm to assist fire department

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

Denison Mayor Janet Gott said the city is using this as a temporary measure to fill the employment gaps while the department can get its staffing back up to full levels

Pa. girl, 9, earns hero award for saving her friends after car crash

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

Mahliyah crawled back into the car, where she saw that the younger child’s head was bleeding, and lifted her out of her seat and through the trunk to safety

Boy, 5, hailed ‘hero’ for calling emergency services

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

Jenson Goldsmith guided emergency crews to his house, unlocked the door and kept his 18-month-old sister calm as the crew helped his mom

Fla. paramedic resigns amidst fentanyl theft investigation

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

Alexander Eljabbour resigned his position when a vial of fentanyl was discovered unsecured in a rescue vehicle

Alcohol-related calls: 7 reminders for EMS providers

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

Keep the following tips in mind when you encounter a patient who went out of his/her way to overindulge this holiday

Hundreds attend wake for fallen NYPD first responder

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

Luis Alvarez assumed the spotlight to push Congress into action to aid first responders who developed life-threatening diseases from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks

Hundreds attend wake for fallen NYPD first responder

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

Luis Alvarez assumed the spotlight to push Congress into action to aid first responders who developed life-threatening diseases from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks

Hundreds attend 9/11 first responder funeral

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

Luis Alvarez assumed the spotlight to push Congress into action to aid first responders who developed life-threatening diseases from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks

Retired FDNY paramedic saves 19-year-old attempting to jump from bridge

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

A retired FDNY rescue paramedic clutched onto the agitated man and stayed with him until Port Authority police arrived

Retired FDNY paramedic saves 19-year-old attempting to jump from bridge

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

A retired FDNY rescue paramedic clutched onto the agitated man and stayed with him until Port Authority police arrived

La. volunteer FF-paramedic dies in house fire

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

Officials found evidence that a kitchen fire started and was extinguished before firefighters arrived on scene and believe that it was a contributing factor to the house fire

Police: Man throws himself at car, fights paramedic

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

According to a criminal complaint filed in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, Angelo Ray, 21, is charged with two counts of battery on a healthcare worker

Police: Man throws himself at car, fights paramedic

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

According to a criminal complaint filed in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, Angelo Ray, 21, is charged with two counts of battery on a healthcare worker

Texas county commissioners postpone purchase of new ambulance

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

Walker County officials are scrambling to purchase an ambulance before the next budget cycle in an effort to upgrade its aging fleet

Ambulance crash leaves woman in critical condition

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

LAPD officials said the ambulance was traveling at normal speed without emergency lights

Howard College purchases ambulance simulator for training

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

The ambulance simulator will give students experience in treating patients in confined spaces as well give them hands-on skills to do clinicals in the field

Ohio ambulance company is now employee-owned

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

LifeCare Ambulance has been serving Lorain County for 33 years and became an employee-owned company through a stock ownership plan

Okla. county convenes to discuss 911 call center communication issues

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

Problems with “zero status” and “non-communication” from Pafford Medical Services to 911 Central Dispatch were cited as issues with the ambulance company

Taking the confusion out of patient assessment and the NREMT exam

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

This non-linear patient assessment flowchart allows priority decision making beyond the basics of OPQRST and SAMPLE

Fla. man allegedly threatens death to first responders

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

Jerome Anthony Burke, 52, put up a fight after mistaking one of the EMS personnel for the manager of the store who kicked him out earlier that day

Antiplatelet and anticoagulant side effects: An EMS review

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

EMS providers treating head injuries and GI bleeds should check medication history for antiplatelets and anticoagulants to prevent hemorrhage

Ohio ambulance service extends agreement without increasing fees

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

According to Council President Mark Haney, Smith had been asking for a 60% increase in its contract — from $14 per person to $22 per person

Ga. EMS district chief gets national award

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

Chatham EMS District Chief Doug Lewis has served as a tactical paramedic supporting local law enforcement agencies since 2007

Tenn. community holds fundraising event for injured EMT

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

EMT Brannon Wilkerson was in a serious car accident in April that left him on short-term disability after he suffered multiple injuries

Teen EMT saves girl, 5, after being pulled from water

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

Kianti Champion, 19, who recently received her EMT certification, started chest compressions on the child until help arrived

Fla. FD receives new active attacker response gear

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

The new protective gear, funded by a $34,000 state EMS grant, is specifically designed for members to respond to an active attacker situation

Fla. law allows paramedics to carry guns at high-risk incidents

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

A new Florida law will give paramedics responding to situations deemed as high-risk the ability to carry more than medical supplies

Lawsuit filed in W. Va. county over ambulance fee

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

The lawsuit alleges that since the fees are improperly imposed, residents will “continue the undue hardship and financial burden of defending their rights against” the law firm

Death of Luis Alvarez hits home for Boston 9/11 responders

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

Detective Luis Alvarez was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2016, which he traced to the three months spent in the rubble of the World Trade Center’s twin towers after the 2001 terrorist attacks

Victims of medical helicopter crash in Minnesota identified

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

North Memorial Health of Robbinsdale, the hospital that owns the helicopter, identifies the pilot as Tim McDonald and the nurse as Deb Schott

Ohio Senate strips PTSD coverage for first responders from Workers’ Comp budget

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

The Senate wants more time to study the issue and other provisions passed by the House as part of the workers' compensation budget

Pa. city 911 dispatchers get $18.2M upgraded facility

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

The 67,000-square-foot center features upgraded technology and communication devices

Award-winning Calif. dispatcher prepares new script for help during catastrophic wildfires

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

The emergency dispatchers fielding the calls in 2017 had never before experienced such a storm of desperate pleas prompting them to give life-saving, unique instructions

Medical helicopter crash kills 2, injures 1

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

North Memorial Air Care helicopter crash at Minn. regional airport kills pilot and nurse; injures third crew member

Do you have a PAIP in place for when the emergency involves your own service?

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

A tragic incident in which a NY firefighter was killed by ambulance should have your department reviewing post-accident/incident plans, EVOC and safety courses

Cleveland ambulance breaks down during cardiac arrest transport

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

It took 10 minutes for a replacement ambulance to pick up the patient and continue transporting him to the hospital

W. Va. paramedic uses naloxone to save dog from overdose

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

A woman pleaded with an EMT after stopping at Cabell County EMS to give her dog, Charlie Boy, naloxone to prevent a fatal overdose after he ate OxyContin

Paramedicine Across Canada Expo, the science of the human performance and more

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

Our co-hosts are joined by Dwayne Forsman, CEO of the Canadian Paramedic Association, and Ginger Locke, hostess of the Medic Mindset Podcast

Wis. fire, EMS agencies consider regionalization a key factor to address staffing shortages

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

The Dodge County Executive Committee understands the staffing need, but is still uncertain what the county’s role in the process should be

Wis. considers regionalization to address first responder staffing shortages

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

The Dodge County Executive Committee understands the staffing need, but is still uncertain what the county’s role in the process should be

Wis. considers regionalization to address first responder staffing shortages

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

The Dodge County Executive Committee understands the staffing need, but is still uncertain what the county’s role in the process should be

Wis. considers regionalization to address first responder staffing shortages

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

The Dodge County Executive Committee understands the staffing need, but is still uncertain what the county’s role in the process should be

Iowa dispatchers protest understaffed dispatch center

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

Dispatchers say the consolidated dispatch center is grossly understaffed and that mandatory overtime oftentimes means 16-hour double shifts

Iowa dispatchers fed up with understaffed dispatch center

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

Dispatchers say the consolidated dispatch center is grossly understaffed and that mandatory overtime oftentimes means 16-hour double shifts

Drug user assaults Pa. EMT who saved his life, police say

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

Police charged Troy Darin Kendall, Jr. with aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and harassment

Drone outpaces ambulance with AED delivery

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

A Canadian drone company finished phase one of a trial to determine if using drones can reduce response times when delivering AEDs

Drone outpaces ambulance with AED delivery

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

A Canadian drone company finished phase one of a trial to determine if using drones can reduce response times when delivering AEDs

Ambulance gets stuck in mud trying to reach man who’d fallen off horse

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

After an ambulance and a medical helicopter were unable to reach the man, deputies were called in to get the man to safety

Ambulance gets stuck in mud trying to reach man who’d fallen off horse

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

After an ambulance and a medical helicopter were unable to reach the man, deputies were called in to get the man to safety

Fla. report details new information on FF-EMS captain overdose death

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

A.J. Isaacs was an EMS captain and had been with the fire department for 25 years before dying of an overdose

NY city 911 dispatch center is crawling with bedbugs, NYPD operators say

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

911 call operators first found bedbugs in a room at the Public Safety Answering Center II and bug-sniffing dogs have been finding the critters ever since

Quick Take: Understanding FirstNET at the MCC Expo

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

Speakers from FirstNet Authority and FirstNET at AT&T presented how the national public safety broadband network works, who can use it and four key local agency operational takeaways

Quick Take: Building First Responder Resilience

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

A Pinnacle precursor webinar from the 911 Training Institute’s Jim Marshall, offers strategies for preventing PTSD, decreasing suicides and Increasing happiness in first responders

‘Robo-glove’ could be future of EMS ultrasound scans

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

U.K. physicians saw a demonstration of the upcoming 5G network used in conjunction with the glove that gives real-time results to a physician at the hospital

NJ paramedics first in US authorized to administer buprenorphine

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

New Jersey’s Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal approved the state’s 21 mobile intensive care units carry the drug to reduce overdose deaths

Off-duty Calif. paramedics save man from burning car

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

The paramedics saw the car crash, stopped to help and pulled the man out of the car before it caught on fire

Calif. city to revive program for frequent non-emergency 911 callers

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

The city will increase staffing for the Resource Access Program, an initiative that provides outreach and resources to residents who are frequent 911 callers

Mental Health First Aid Quick Take: Giving first care

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

Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis

Quick Take: Mental Health First Aid: Giving first care

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

Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis

Former Fla. EMT receives 19-year prison term for child pornography

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

Bryan Matthew Cooney, 30, of Casselberry will be under 30 years of supervised release after his prison term

McConnell commits to vote on 9/11 victim fund, advocates say

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

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said the lawmaker committed to scheduling an August vote to renew the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund before it expires next year

Ala. judge sets bond for alleged ambulance thief

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

A department spokesperson said the paramedics, who were inside the hospital when the ambulance was taken, did not deviate from procedures

In praise of the checklist for error prevention

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

Complex and life-dependent systems often fail in their reliance on experience and professionalism alone

Ga. county votes to extend contract with troubled ambulance provider

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

The DeKalb County commission voted to extend its contract with an ambulance provider that has faced criticism for years that it responds too slowly to emergency situations

Mich. paramedic recognized in state, nation for 30 years of service

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

Frank DeLaTorre received two Stars of Life awards from the Michigan Association of Ambulance Services and the American Ambulance Association

Port police chief: Firefighter fatally hit by ambulance likely had been drinking

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

Nicholas McKeon, a 22-year-old Port Jervis Fire Department volunteer since his teens, died after being struck by a Port Jervis Volunteer Ambulance at 5:49 a.m. Sunday

Police: Firefighter fatally hit by ambulance had likely been drinking

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

Port Jervis Fire Department Firefighter Nicholas McKeon was sleeping in front of the bay doors and was killed after being struck by an ambulance responding to a call

What we can learn about documentation and duty from Michael Jackson

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

Paramedic Richard Senneff knew he would eventually be in court as soon as he recognized his cardiac arrest patient was the ‘King of Pop’

First responder suicide: The chronic stress correlation

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

EMS1 Editorial Advisory Board member Ann Marie Farina discusses first responder suicide, mental health with Vox

Fla. first responders dubbed heroes for saving man after 45 minutes of CPR

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

Shabiah Gordon was in cardiac arrest and first responders began chest compressions for the next 45 minutes until they maintained a pulse

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to meet with 9/11 first responders on victim fund

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

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday said that it was good that McConnell agreed to meet with 9/11 responders, but that the GOP leader needs to promise to make funding permanent

Sen. Mitch McConnell to meet with 9/11 first responders on victim fund

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

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday said that it was good that McConnell agreed to meet with 9/11 responders, but that the GOP leader needs to promise to make funding permanent

TEDx: Creating calm within chaos

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

Kris Kaull relates his most memorable call, and how practice, and a mindset to control what you can allows EMS providers to provide help and calm during the chaos

NY city approves replacement of outdated dispatch system

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

The state of the city's dispatch system became a concern when Sheriff Jim Voutour warned that only one of the city's dispatch center phones was still working.

LODD: SC EMT-firefighter dies after medical emergency

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

Coleman Blease “Coley” Loadholt Jr., 51, of Hampton County, suffered a medical emergency while on duty at the fire station on June 17

SC firefighter-EMT dies after medical emergency on duty

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

Coleman Blease “Coley” Loadholt Jr., 51, of Hampton County, suffered a medical emergency while on duty at the fire station on June 17

Automate shift bidding to increase productivity, transparency and morale (white paper)

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

Download the free white paper to learn how to establish a more fair and equitable shift bidding process to save time and improve employee engagement

Police ID suspect who stole Ala. ambulance

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

Leemichale Lyman was charged with reckless endangerment, theft of property in the first degree, criminal mischief in the first degree and attempt to elude police

NY firefighter struck, killed by ambulance

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

Port Jervis Fire Department Firefighter Nicholas McKeon was asleep in front of the bay door when the ambulance struck him on its way out

Two years after his fall, an Alaskan paramedic-FF is scaling new heights

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

Rob Whitney, a fellow firefighter and experienced mountain runner, is helping prepare Schultz for Mount Marathon, the punishing and often perilous July 4 race

Alaska FF-paramedic climbs mountain after near-fatal fall 2 years ago

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

Rob Whitney, a fellow firefighter and experienced mountain runner, is helping prepare Schultz for Mount Marathon, the punishing and often perilous July 4 race

Volunteers raise money for Pa. Weatherly ambulance

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

In two and a half to three hours, volunteers raised $911 in an effort to supplement the $75,000 annual budget shortfall to keep services running in the area

Volunteers raise money for Pa. city EMS amid budget shortfall

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

In two and a half to three hours, volunteers raised $911 in an effort to supplement the $75,000 annual budget shortfall to keep services running in the area

Wash. officials consider C\criteria-based emergency dispatch

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

The criteria-based dispatch would allow dispatchers to rank emergency calls based on severity, and allow them to send the appropriate level of care

Politics and conflicts mire EMS service in Georgia

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

Many of the problems trace back to the lack of clear state rules for determining who is selected to provide emergency transport services and how they are vetted

NY EMT remembered for 16 years of service

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

Joseph V. Russo would go on to win the award for Staten Island’s “EMT of the Year” in 2015

Wash. officials consider criteria-based emergency dispatch

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

The criteria-based dispatch would allow dispatchers to rank emergency calls based on severity, and allow them to send the appropriate level of care

Mo. 911 Advisory Board takes first steps to replace dispatch system

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

The proposed dispatch system would cost approximately $200,000, which includes equipment and labor costs and would be purchased from Motorola

Baltimore ambulance company to to pay $1.25 million to settle Medicaid fraud case

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

The settlement resolves a lawsuit brought by the employee and joined by the federal government and doesn’t require Hart to Heart to admit liability

Trauma prevention specialist offers tips on how to ‘Stop the Bleed’

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

The movement to educate the larger community about Stop the Bleed is very similar to efforts to teach CPR

NC county discontinues funding to 2 EMS providers

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

Coastline VRS and Leland Fire Rescue's EMS franchise agreements will terminate, and Brunswick County EMS will take over those operations July 1

FDNY ambulance taken out of service for bedbugs

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

An FDNY spokesman said the ambulance was taken out of service on Monday and “sealed in accordance to department procedure.”

Shots fired as Ala. ambulance stolen

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

The vehicle was pursued by Mobile Police Department squad cars, traveling through the midtown area of the city, before eventually being boxed in by a police SUV

Shots fired as Ala. ambulance stolen

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

The vehicle was pursued by Mobile Police Department squad cars, traveling through the midtown area of the city, before eventually being boxed in by a police SUV

Mass. EMT saved by his peers

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

Raul Zecheru, EMT, responded to a call and started experiencing cardiac arrest symptoms

Texas air ambulance bill vetoed

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

The bill would have required air ambulance companies that operate subscription services to enter into reciprocity agreements

Passion, creativity have impact on EMS continuing education

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

Our co-hosts sit down with Education Manager Gina Carbino, who shares her knowledge in educating EMS providers and what helps the information stick

Survey report: How are EMS agencies using mobile broadband technology today? (white paper)

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

Learn how your organization can make the most of the broadband technologies available to EMS

Dead Wrong

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

Medical monitoring equipment, such as an ECG or pulse oximeter, should be used to confirm physical exam findings before declaring death

Tenn. council moves forward with possible solutions to non-emergency 911 calls in the area

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

The Chattanooga Fire Department will house a master of social work intern from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to perform case management and better train firefighters in their evolving role

‘Dead’ baby hoax: Avoid finger-pointing stemming from a mistaken death

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

A hands-on patient assessment must be performed to declare a victim dead, even at a potential crime scene

Pa. EMS agency recognized for improved treatment of heart attack patients

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

The group, housed along Squaw Run Road in Fox Chapel, was given the Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Plus Award for improving response measures

Ohio cities and counties could reach giant opioid settlement soon

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

Lawyers representing the plaintiffs across the country laid out a framework for negotiating a settlement, which could mean these communities getting billions of dollars to split

New air ambulance opens in Texas county

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

Hidalgo County was left without this service after Missouri-based Air Evac Lifeteam stopped operations in the region earlier this year

3 universities receive grant to research cardiac arrest drugs

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

The research will dive into the effectiveness of two drugs that can improve patients cognitive and survival rates after experiencing cardiac arrest

Response time performance improvement through system re-design

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

Policies, training and practice changes resulted in faster response time, penalty savings and improved morale across EMTs, paramedics and EMS leadership

Alabama governor lowers flags to honor fallen Springville FF-paramedicJared Echols

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

The governor said the flags will remain lowered until sunset on Friday, June 21

Alabama governor lowers flags to honor fallen Springville FF-paramedic Jared Echols

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

The governor said the flags will remain lowered until sunset on Friday, June 21

9/11 memorial at Riverfront Park complete after years of planning

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

The dedication of the monument was initially planned on Sept. 11, 2018, marking the 17th anniversary of the attacks, but organizers decided that more time was needed to complete the project

Ind. county looking at increasing wages for local dispatchers

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

The move, pending an August meeting of the board prior to budget approval, would reduce the number of active dispatching positions from 16 to 14

Houston man shoots at first responders trying to help him

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

The paramedics immediately radioed for help from police but wrestled the gun away from the man on their own

NY ambulance network opposes bill to allow FDs to charge for services

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

The United New York Ambulance Network fears the bill will hurt the ambulance industry, while fire departments are looking to recoup the costs of medical calls

University of Washington develops cardiac arrest monitoring tool for smart speakers

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

The tool can detect agonal breathing 97% of the time and researchers hope to make it into an app

Clarius Mobile Health launches Clarius Live – a real-time, live ultrasound feature

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

When a live connection is initiated, the receiver will open a secure link via email or text message, which provides two-way audio and visual images

Moving patients from point A to point B … safely

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

Know when and how to use the tools in your ambulance to safely transport a patient from their home

Regulating New Mexico air ambulance fees are ongoing

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

The costs of ambulance services have skyrocketed nearly 230% in the last 15 years

NM officials struggle to regulate air ambulance fees

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

The costs of ambulance services have skyrocketed nearly 230% in the last 15 years

Are your clinicians ready to clear C-spine in the field?

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

Implementing a new procedure for clearing C-spines requires supplementary data, buy-in from leadership and hands-on training

EMS chief sentenced to 30 days in jail for insurance fraud

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

In addition to his jail sentence, Donald Horner forfeits his EMT certification and must reimburse the insurance companies

Dead baby found in New York park turns out to be hoax

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

Medics had declared the infant dead and an active crime scene was established before the hoax was discovered

Off-duty Idaho FF-EMT dies in motorcycle crash

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

Hyrum Nielsen was driving a black 1982 Suzuki motorcycle when he hit a tree and was ejected from his vehicle

MRSA: How to stop the spread

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

Why EMS should embrace its role as the front line in stopping the pathogen’s journey

How to avoid costly turnover in your EMS service

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

From engaging staff in strategic planning, and collaboration in organization goals, 5 strategies to EMS staff retention

Wis. man arrested for assaulting EMT, police officer

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

Scott Politowski, 62, is charged with battery to a law enforcement officer, battery to emergency rescue worker, resisting an officer and disorderly conduct

Wis. man arrested for assaulting EMT, police officer

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

Scott Politowski, 62, is charged with battery to a law enforcement officer, battery to emergency rescue worker, resisting an officer and disorderly conduct

Article Bites: How often do they get more than one? Naloxone redosing in the age of the opioid epidemic

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

BLS and law enforcement naloxone administration improves already stretched EMS systems management of increased opioid overdoses

Pa. coalition receives grant to continue community opioids education and prevention

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

The coalition collaborates with entities throughout the community, including churches, government agencies, health care providers, law enforcement and nonprofit organizations

Video: Protesters part as ambulance transports patient in Hong Kong

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

A viral video shows a massive crowd of protesters part ways to let the ambulance through

Alabama FD releases name of FF-paramedic killed in training event

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

Springville Fire Department Firefighter-Paramedic Jared Echols died while participating in an off-site training exercise

Alabama FD releases name of FF-paramedic killed in training event

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

Springville Fire Department Firefighter-Paramedic Jared Echols died while participating in an off-site training exercise

Alabama FD IDs FF-medic killed in training exercise

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

Springville Fire Department Firefighter-Paramedic Jared Echols died while participating in an off-site training exercise

Ohio county’s active shooter training encompasses 200 people

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

This will be a complex, coordinated event that will include multiple first responders, community partners, county, and state agencies in addition to the participating school districts

Ohio county’s active shooter training encompasses 200 people

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

This will be a complex, coordinated event that will include multiple first responders, community partners, county, and state agencies in addition to the participating school districts

Ore. county emergency communication tower destroyed

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

The emergency communication tower necessary for loggers, fire personnel and ham radio operators was cut down over the weekend, causing more than $60,000 in damage

Ore. county emergency communication tower destroyed

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

The emergency communication tower necessary for loggers, fire personnel and ham radio operators was cut down over the weekend, causing more than $60,000 in damage

Drug inventory management strategies for EMS agencies (eBook)

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

Don’t wait for a drug shortage to affect your agency to figure out how you will respond

Va. church hosts first barbecue to thank first responders

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

The church planned on serving members of the police department, fire and emergency services

Va. church hosts barbecue to thank first responders

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

The church planned on serving members of the police department, fire and emergency services

Baltimore stabilization centers hope to solve heroin crisis

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

Nearly 23,000 people in Maryland have been certified to dispense naloxone and reported administering it more than 600 times since a 2013 law expanded access beyond medical professionals, according to health officials

Drug users armed with naloxone double as medics on streets of San Francisco

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

In 2018, San Francisco paramedics administered naloxone to 1,647 people, up from 980 two years earlier, according to numbers from the city’s emergency response system

Drug users armed with naloxone feel safe from OD threats

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

In 2018, San Francisco paramedics administered naloxone to 1,647 people, up from 980 two years earlier, according to numbers from the city’s emergency response system

5 EMS timekeeping problems and how to navigate with software

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

Manually calculating hours worked, tracking PTO requests and verifying daily schedule questions is time consuming, and vulnerable to human error

MCC Expo Quick Take: Planning First Responder Incident Preparedness and Recovery Training

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

Philip D. White, master fire service instructor, addressed planning effective first responder incident preparedness and recovery training sessions at the recent California Mobile Command Center Expo

MCC Expo Quick Take: Planning first responder incident preparedness and recovery training

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

Philip D. White, master fire service instructor, addressed planning effective first responder incident preparedness and recovery training sessions at the recent California Mobile Command Center Expo

Off-duty paramedic saves trapped driver from burning SUV

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

An Ohio off-duty West Chester paramedic climbed inside a burning SUV after a crash in Franklin to rescue the driver trapped inside

It ain’t easy being wheezy: A pediatric case study

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

Learn how to assess, monitor and manage pediatric asthma emergencies, as well as underlying pathophysiologic changes

Ky. county to provide partial tuition for paramedic program

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

Scott County officials approved releasing $3,000 in funds at the start of the program and an additional $1,000 if the EMT signs up with Scott county

6 tips for drowning prevention and response

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

First responders can use their status as respected community figures to reduce the risk for drowning

Cops: Ambulance left running with keys in ignition stolen from hospital

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

The ambulance later was found unoccupied on Cebra Avenue near Chester Place, according to a spokesman for the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information

Police: Ambulance stolen after left running in front of hospital

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

The ambulance later was found unoccupied on Cebra Avenue near Chester Place, according to a spokesman for the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information

Pa. governor signs CPR bill into law

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

Act 7 requires PDE to provide a curriculum to schools to teach hands-only CPR, a no-breath, compression-only technique recommended by the American Heart Association for sudden cardiac arrests

Ky. county ambulance services transition ongoing

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

According to Owensboro Fire Department, AMR has hired 32 full-time and roughly 24 part-time employees

EMS sees motorcycle crashes increase during ROT rally

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

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services officials had reported a total of six motorcycle accidents spread across Friday and Saturday

Austin EMS sees increase in motorcycle crashes during biker rally

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

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services officials had reported a total of six motorcycle accidents spread across Friday and Saturday

Fla. needle exchange program is new weapon to fight the opioid crisis

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

Researchers have found the Miami-Dade program has discarded 11,000 more needles than it gave out and reversed 1,304 overdoses

Wis. FDs, EMS units will cover Madison fire stations during services for firefighter Todd Mahoney

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

Firefighters from 19 departments across Wisconsin will staff Madison fire stations and ambulances on Sunday so Madison firefighters can attend a memorial service for firefighter Todd Mahoney

19 FDs across Wis. to cover Madison stations during fallen FF service

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

Firefighters from 19 departments across Wisconsin will staff Madison fire stations and ambulances on Sunday so Madison firefighters can attend a memorial service for firefighter Todd Mahoney

Prosecutor: Police justified in gunfight that killed Wis. FF in crossfire

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

The prosecutor described a scene that quickly changed from a routine medical call to a chaotic, dangerous situation with multiple shots being fired by Houston and by officers trying to deal with the threat he posed

Video: Bodycam footage of Wis. firefighter shooting released

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

Police bodycam footage shows gunfire exchange that led to the death of Wisconsin Firefigher Mitchell Lundgaard

How to determine if a patient has the mental capacity to decline care

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

Our co-hosts discuss the three techniques EMS providers should use to determine if a patient has the mental capacity to decline medical treatment

3 EMS agencies submit videos for NAEMSP CPR challenge

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

The winner of the challenge gets two free NAEMSP Annual Meeting registration passes

IAFF’s president blasts White House for lack of 9/11 fund support

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

“It would also be helpful if the administration would kind of weigh in and I haven’t really seen any specific indication from them on where they stand,” IAFF President Harold Schaitberger said

La. passes bill giving first responders workers’ comp PTSD benefits

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

Louisiana first responders diagnosed with PTSD can now apply for workers’ comp benefits

La. passes bill giving first responders workers’ comp PTSD benefits

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

Louisiana first responders diagnosed with PTSD can now apply for workers’ comp benefits

Fire, ambulance services to merge in Mass. town

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

The merger will start in July and be complete with all paperwork by Jan. 1, 2020

Mass. EMT cadets receive Heart Association award

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

The American Heart Association challenged high schools and colleges across Massachusetts to participate in this event to teach as many people in their community CPR

Mass. EMT cadets honored by American Heart Association

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

The American Heart Association challenged high schools and colleges across Massachusetts to participate in this event to teach as many people in their community CPR

4 things EMS providers need to know about hyperventilation syndrome

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

Understand the role of pulse oximetry and waveform capnography to assess and treat patients who are hyperventilating

Ky. counties add 911 text capabilities

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

With the Text-to-911 initiative, individuals in four Kentucky counties now have the capability to text authorities during an emergency, effective immediately

4 Ky. counties add 911 text capabilities

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

With the Text-to-911 initiative, individuals in four Kentucky counties now have the capability to text authorities during an emergency, effective immediately

EMS recognized by American Heart Association for STEMI care

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

The award was presented to EMS Chief Steve Eubank by American Heart Association representative Alexander Kuhn

Ky. city EMS recognized by AHA for STEMI care

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

The award was presented to EMS Chief Steve Eubank by American Heart Association representative Alexander Kuhn

NC county, EMS and driver sued over ambulance crash

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

A Graham man is suing Alamance County, Alamance County EMS and an ambulance driver for medical expenses over a crash with an ambulance in 2016

NC EMS agency, county and driver sued over ambulance crash

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

A Graham man is suing Alamance County, Alamance County EMS and an ambulance driver for medical expenses over a crash with an ambulance in 2016

The 7 best EMS movies of all time

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

We will be shocked if you've heard of #1

Iowa city EMS communication system on track

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

The communication paths needed for the system have been deemed free from obstruction and the frequency coordination is at 85% completion

Ohio fire, EMS agencies rally to support boy with cancer

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

The Fayette Volunteer Fire Department and the Concerned Citizens of Burlington organized the community event to show support and raise funds

Calif. mandate requires EMTs to receive advanced training

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

The training will enable California EMTs to administer and use naloxone, epinephrine and a glucometer, according to the California Emergency Medical Services Authority

Neb. firefighter-paramedic dies unexpectedly

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

Omaha Fire Department firefighters were called to fellow Firefighter-Paramedic Jeremy Knott’s home, but were unable to resuscitate him

Lawrence County EMS recognized for its pre-hospital care for heart patients

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

This is the third year in a row the Lawrence County EMS agency has gotten the award

What is EMS: A Definition

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

Learn the role emergency responders play in treating and transporting patients who call 911 for help

W.Va. volunteer FFs, EMTs advocate for benefit protection, legislation

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

Volunteers want benefits like job protection, tax write-offs, scholarships and student loan debt forgiveness

Abandoned dog gets second chance as Ga. rescue K9

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

Once trained, Jasper, a 1-year-old German Sheperd, will be used to search for lost children, Alzheimer’s patients, and natural disaster victims

‘First Responders Live’ TV show debuts on Fox

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

"First Responders Live," produced by Dick Wolf of "Law & Order" fame, will offer live coverage of fire, police, EMTs and other first responders as they react to calls throughout the country

‘First Responders Live’ TV show debuts on Fox

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

"First Responders Live," produced by Dick Wolf of "Law & Order" fame, will offer live coverage of fire, police, EMTs and other first responders as they react to calls throughout the country

NJ training academy graduates first tuition-free class of EMTs

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

The GCEMS initial EMT Training Academy is unique in that the one-year program was offered tuition free to the students and could result in employment with the County of Gloucester

Paramedic under investigation for death of schizophrenic patient

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

Paul Tarashuk was having schizophrenic episode when he was picked up by police on Interstate 95 and dropped off at the nearest gas station

A hospital initiative will create a registry of automated external defibrillator locations

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

The registry is being created in coordination with the Berks County Department of Emergency Services

Pa. hospital to create registry of AED locations

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

The registry is being created in coordination with the Berks County Department of Emergency Services

Jon Stewart lashes out at Congress over 9/11 first responders fund

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

"I can't help but think what an incredible metaphor this room is...”

Volunteer EMT, firefighter tie the knot at firehouse

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

After convincing city officials to allow the ceremony, Evansdale Community Response Center was the perfect location for the union

EMT develops glucose gel quick-release necklace for diabetics

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

A medical emergency prompted Spokane EMT Kris Maynard to develop the necklace out of necessity

Ambulance companies taking patients to court to collect money owed

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

Rescue 14 is taking an aggressive approach to getting money it is owed by filing theft complaints against patients who keep payments from their insurance company intended for the ambulance service

911 dispatchers go beyond call of duty

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

April Lucas is one of the 19 people who serve as a dispatcher at the Enid Police Department’s communications office, where they answer 500 to 900 calls with three to five dispatchers per 12-hour shift

Hundreds of calls flood Ohio 911 call centers after earthquake

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

All of the calls that department received was from people wondering what happened, rather than reporting an emergency

Spinal motion restriction

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

Present the following points from the ACS, ACEP, NAEMSP spinal motion restriction guidelines to help EMS students make transport, device decisions

Spinal motion restriction

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

Present the following points from the ACS, ACEP, NAEMSP spinal motion restriction guidelines to help EMS students make transport, device decisions

Philadelphia launches EMS overdose ERT with dual goal

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

The new AR-2 EMS unit team includes two paramedics, two case managers, one social worker and an epidemiologist

FDNY singing EMT celebrates 10 years with department

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

EMT Joe Siciliano is part of a Billy Joel/Elton John tribute band called Face to Face LI

Ohio FD to start ambulance services

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

The fire department got its medical emergency first-response authority in 2006 and will respond to medical emergencies providing limited treatment

Ambulance crashes into car while transporting critical patient

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

The Seattle Fire Department used extrication tools to open the jammed doors of the car in order to reach the victim

Patient positioning is a critical skill for EMS providers

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

A broad range of very important devices that are now available for patient packaging, but it is our earliest days of medic training that will often be critical to patient outcome

NHTSA launches Telecommunicator CPR Toolkit

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

The toolkit includes resources such as videos and training materials to assist EMS and 911 agencies

Mo. firefighter-paramedic dies after medical emergency

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

Maryland Heights Fire Department Firefighter-Paramedic Chris Moore was a 20-year veteran and leaves behind a son and daughter

Emergency first responders get treated to appreciation picnic

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

The first responders invited were firefighters, police officers, ambulance personnel, paramedics, and dispatchers and others

Pa. county treats first responders to appreciation picnic

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

The first responders invited were firefighters, police officers, ambulance personnel, paramedics, and dispatchers and others

Wash. county requests 911 study of the potential regionalization of emergency dispatch services

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

The information contained in a feasibility study done last year to determine if and how the Twin Cities could run their own 911 service would likely be offered up for use in the Lewis County-TCOMM study

Wash. county 911 study could lead to EMS dispatch regionalization

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

The information contained in a feasibility study done last year to determine if and how the Twin Cities could run their own 911 service would likely be offered up for use in the Lewis County-TCOMM study

First reponders fear close encounters with drones when fighting wildfires

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

Twice this spring, the Forest Service has encountered drones while its aircraft have been flying over wildfires

Mass. FD named EMS service, trauma department of the year

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

The Seabrook Fire Department was awarded EMS service of the year jointly with the Hampton Fire Department

NH fire department named EMS service, trauma department of the year

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

The Seabrook Fire Department was awarded EMS service of the year jointly with the Hampton Fire Department

CenturyLink weaknesses faulted in Minnesota 911 outage

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

The departments are recommending that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission beef up CenturyLink’s reporting requirements for the Minnesota 911 system

CenturyLink weaknesses faulted in Minnesota 911 outage

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

The departments are recommending that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission beef up CenturyLink’s reporting requirements for the Minnesota 911 system

Wash. FD mental health campaign for first responders goes national

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

The Castle Rock-based campaign has attracted attention from other departments who have donned their own versions of the shirt

Bystander CPR program by UMass Memorial aims to keep heart attack victims ‘Staying Alive’

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

The team has branched out to local EMS agencies to work with families of patients at high risk for sudden cardiac arrest who get a "prescription" for CPR instruction

Meals on Wheels app program expands emergency services initiative nationwide

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

Meals on Wheels America will expand the program to 26 different communities spread across 16 states after starting in San Diego

How to implement mental health and wellness support into your agency’s culture

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

Our co-hosts sit down with Burnsville Fire Department Chief BJ Jungmann, who discusses how to support mental health and wellness for first responders

How to implement mental health and wellness support into your agency’s culture

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

Our co-hosts sit down with Burnsville Fire Department Chief BJ Jungmann, who discusses how to support mental health and wellness for first responders

Iowa county renews two-year emergency communication service agreement

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

Burlington, Danville and Middletown approved the renewed, two-year DesCom 28e agreement in May

Off-duty Fla. county paramedic drowns

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

No foul play is suspected, but the incident is under investigation

Fentanyl fever and MIH opiate interventions

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

Separating fact from fiction on the opioid crisis, fentanyl and its derivatives, and community paramedicine initiatives

Ala. city program partners doctors with paramedics in ambulances

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

In the second year of the program, physicians will respond to 911 calls on a rotational basis

Ky. hospital pulling out of backup ambulance agreement

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

Owensboro Health is abandoning a 1978 annual backup agreement that automatically renews itself every year unless any one or all of the parties in it decide to no longer participate

Wash. city names firefighter of the year a 32-year veteran firefighter and EMT

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

Aberdeen Fire Chief Tom Hubbard said Pauley stands out as a firefighter due to his knowledge of the area, as well as his dedication to the citizens he’s served for so many years

Ambulance association is fundraising to help sister association

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

The “Meet the Drivers’ Pit Fundraiser” will he held to raise money for the ambulance

Ill. EMT files complaint against employer for wrongful termination

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

Jesse Board alleges that on multiple occasions he reported his peers were not responding to emergency calls and his employers failed to act

New app provides emergency response vehicles with faster, safer paths to incident scenes

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

The app can warn first responders of hazards along routes as well as leverage additional data to allow greater flexibility in timely situations

Doctor arrested for assaulting EMT

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

The doctor was a neighbor of the man who had called 911 for help after suffering a fall

First responders participate in largest-ever search-and-rescue exercise

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

FEMA-run Shaken Fury gives emergency responders the opportunity to build relationships and improve their actions in a real emergency

Brother of slain Bronx EMT joins FDNY EMS in her honor

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

The brother and sister used to joked about being on the job together and he made getting into the FDNY EMS academy a priority after Arroyo’s death

1 cadet killed, 22 injured in multi-vehicle accident at West Point

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

West Point spokeswoman Katie Felder said the accident Thursday morning was in an area where cadet summer training takes place

Paramedic wins $90K lawsuit after being fired for performing Reiki

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

Michael Senisch, a certified Reiki practitioner, performed the Japanese healing technique during a call

FD makes case for additional first responders staff in funding request

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

The fire department is looking at also remounting ambulances and putting the medical bay from an old ambulance onto a new chassis

Ohio FD looks to increase staff with funding request

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

The fire department is looking at also remounting ambulances and putting the medical bay from an old ambulance onto a new chassis

4 steps to using CAD to improve patient outcomes

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

When every moment matters, Tyler Technologies’ New World CAD gets critical information where it needs to go

Ohio city approves ambulance repairs

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

Village council approved repairs and improvements to one of the village’s ambulances, totaling a little less than $50,000

Prove It: Is sodium bicarbonate indicated for prolonged cardiac arrest?

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

Research suggests an association between sodium bicarbonate and decreased survival-to-hospital discharge and worsened neurological status

Former EMT pens letter to family of fallen firefighter

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

After Firefighter Mitch Lundgaard died in a shooting last month, former EMT Chad Weston felt compelled to honor his memory in a tribute

Ohio first responders closer to new PTSD claims; business groups still opposed

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

House lawmakers added a provision to the Bureau of Workers' Compensation budget allowing police, firefighters and emergency medical workers to file claims without a correlating physical injury

Ohio business groups oppose workers’ comp PTSD coverage for first responders

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

First responders say that requiring a physical injury is inconsistent with the definition of PTSD, which says a physical injury is not needed for a diagnosis

Ohio businesses oppose workers’ comp PTSD coverage for first responders

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

First responders say that requiring a physical injury is inconsistent with the definition of PTSD, which says a physical injury is not needed for a diagnosis

Calif. county pays out settlement when 911 dispatch center leads to girl’s death

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

The 911 dispatcher failed to connect the family to a fire department four times

Family awarded $3M after 911 failures allegedly led to 11-year-old’s death

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

The lawsuit alleged that Century Station, which handled the 911 calls, provided poor training to its deputies and had failed annual inspections

Woman reunites with paramedics who revived her after flatlining 4 times

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

Brainerd North Memorial Ambulance paramedics performed CPR on Karla Milinovich for 45 minutes; by the time she reached the hospital, she had flatlined four times

NY city to build new fire, EMS training facility

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

The new training complex will feature a three-story, multifunction fire training simulator scenario, a modern classroom building and smoke maze building

Training Day: 3 scenarios where capnography is a must

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

Teach EMS providers the benefits of waveform capnography in cases involving dyspnea and altered mental status, and before performing advanced airway management

Why early exposure to EMS is key to driving interest, improving recruitment

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

Early career exposure can make or break future career choices; here's how one agency is fostering school-age children's interest in an emergency services career

EMS From a Distance: Doing what doesn’t come naturally

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

Challenge yourself to overcome clinical weaknesses

Laptops stolen from Wis. ambulance service

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

The laptops, worth approximately $3,000, still have not been recovered, but a suspect was arrested a few hours after they went missing

Create barriers between patients and medical errors

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

Implementing a medication administration cross check helped St. Charles County Ambulance District reduce dosing errors and win recognition for its Just Culture

Tattoo shop geared to first responders turns into TV show

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

Customers who come into the shop might actually end up with a tattoo artist who is still an active first responder

First responder-run, themed tattoo shop to become TV show

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

Customers who come into the shop might actually end up with a tattoo artist who is still an active first responder

New Orleans EMS ambulances equipped with technology to reduce fuel costs, air pollution

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

The technology uses solar energy and panels so that vital onboard equipment on the ambulances can run on battery power

The current and future state of EMS: A sneak preview of the 2019 EMS Trend Report

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

Building and maintaining a qualified workforce remain the top concerns of EMS leaders and clinicians in 2019

911 failures during Calif. wildfires prompt changes

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

An analysis showed that 56% of the 4,272 emergency alert calls in the first hours of the Paradise fire failed

Spotlight: First Responder Solutions, advancing the levels of patient care

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

Company Name: First Responder Solutions Headquarters: Carmel, CA Signature Products: Specialty Medical Care Products Website: https://firstrespondersolutions.com/ 1. Where did your company name originate from? First Responder Solutions™, Inc., was founded by now-retired Fire Capt. Mitch Kastros in 2011, based upon his observations, experience and frustrations in the field as a first...

Man arrested for assaulting paramedic, police

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

Wilhelm Anderson, 43, was arrested and charged with two felonies for allegedly assaulting a police officer and a paramedic

Boy, 10, struck by FDNY ambulance

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

A 10-year-old boy was riding his bicycle when he was struck by an FDNY ambulance

Calif. report recommends increasing paramedic staff in rural and suburban areas

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

Hiring more paramedics to staff engines in rural and suburban areas is one of two recommendations made by jurors following an investigation into emergency medical services provided by the county

Report: Increasing EMS staff in Calif. rural, suburban areas

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

Hiring more paramedics to staff engines in rural and suburban areas is one of two recommendations made by jurors following an investigation into emergency medical services provided by the county

Q&A: Tackling EMS opportunities and challenges at Pinnacle 2019

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

Jay Fitch shares what to expect at this year’s leadership forum, from ET3 to practitioner health and safety, to the biggest controversies in EMS

Say bon voyage to MONA for treating ACS

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

Treat acute cardiac syndrome patients with the appropriate order of operations, and consider when traditional treatments may be contraindicated

Mich. FD requests ambulance study for possible expansion

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

Rescue and emergency medical calls already make up for 2,431 out of 3,164 in 2018 of the fire department runs

Calif. wildfire concerns prompt officials to take steps to avoid future 911 communication failures

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

An analysis by the Bay Area News Group showed that about 56 percent of the 4,272 emergency alert calls in first hours of Paradise blaze failed

911 failures during Calif. wildfires prompt changes

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

An analysis by the Bay Area News Group showed that 56 percent of the 4,272 emergency alert calls in first hours of Paradise blaze failed

Ohio fire, EMS, police agencies will receive new emergency vehicles

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

Departments across the county are in the process of ordering or receiving new ambulances, police cruisers and fire engines as old equipment breaks down, wears out or becomes unsafe

An traumatic ambulance accident leads to lasting friendships

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

A Labanon firefighter and an EMT went from medical providers to patients while transporting patients to the Atrium Medical Center

Ambulance crash leads to lasting friendships

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

A Labanon firefighter and an EMT went from medical providers to patients while transporting patients to the Atrium Medical Center

10,000 first responders to get special thanks in Baltimore area

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

Hundreds of volunteers gathered at B&O Railroad Museum to fill 10,000 goodie pouches for Baltimore’s first responders

12 people killed in Va. shooting, suspect dead

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

One of the people shot was a police officer, who was saved by his vest

13 dead, including gunman, in shooting at Virginia Beach Municipal Center

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

In the U.S., it is the deadliest attack since the November 2018 shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill in California, when 12 people were killed

Ga. city ambulance delays are causing major concerns

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

From Sept. 1, 2018 to Jan. 10, there were more than 830 occurrences in which no ambulance was available in the 200 square-mile territory, according to county data

Conn. bill to provide PTSD coverage for police, firefighters moves to governor’s desk

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

While the measure drew almost universal praise, some faulted the bill for failing to including emergency medical technicians

Conn. first responder PTSD bill needs governor signature, excludes EMS

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

While the measure drew almost universal praise, some faulted the bill for failing to including emergency medical technicians

11 people killed, 6 injured in shooting at Va. municipal center; suspect dead

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

One of the people shot was a police officer, who was saved by his vest

When a stroke is not a stroke: A case study

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

In 20-25% of cases, stroke symptoms and signs represent a stroke mimic, such as hypoglycemia, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis or infection

Va. EMTs, firefighters honored in response efforts to a fatal drowning last summer

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

The Hampton and Seabrook fire departments were jointly awarded EMS Service of the Year by PRH's Seabrook emergency room

Va. city first responders honored for drowning response

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

The Hampton and Seabrook fire departments were jointly awarded EMS Service of the Year by PRH's Seabrook emergency room

Which EMS models will stand the test of time in a changing industry?

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

Our co-hosts look to the future and discuss which EMS model of service may not be in existence in the next 10 years, as value-based reimbursement systems emerge

Family tragedy inspires man to become paramedic

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

Four months after Paul Starnes found his grandmother and uncle dead in their home after a break-in, he enrolled in a paramedic program

First responder program starts in Tenn. county since first consideration in 2011

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

Cumberland County’s first-responder team includes 32 trained emergency medical responders from the Cumberland County and Fairfield Glade Volunteer Fire Departments

Tenn. county first responder program launches after eight-year wait

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

Cumberland County’s first-responder team includes 32 trained emergency medical responders from the Cumberland County and Fairfield Glade Volunteer Fire Departments

New memorial area dedicated at World Trade Center site

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

The 9/11 Memorial Glade honors rescue and recovery workers who were sickened or died after responding to the Sept. 11 attacks.

New 9/11 memorial honors rescue and recovery workers

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

The 9/11 Memorial Glade honors rescue and recovery workers who were sickened or died after responding to the Sept. 11 attacks.

Training Day: 3 simulation scenarios to teach unplanned extubation to paramedics

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

Use high-fidelity patient simulation to teach ALS providers the danger and assessment of unplanned extubation

Off-duty paramedic, nurse thanked by bagpiper after rescue

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

Raymond Wasson collapsed after a performance with the Breezy Point Bagpipers in August of last year

New 911 communications center prepares Denver to meet increasing need

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

The communication center’s call volume increased 10% between 2015 and 2018 with 1,103,407 incoming calls in 2018

Denver opens new 911 center due to demand

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

The communication center’s call volume increased 10% between 2015 and 2018 with 1,103,407 incoming calls in 2018

Kan. ambulance repurposed to assist mental health, non-emergency calls

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

The outreach team will have a crisis intervention team officer, a paramedic, a mental health specialist and a homeless outreach specialist

EMT awarded $11.5 million for 2015 ambulance crash

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

A court found that EMT Brandon Dorsa endured psychological and emotional injuries following an ambulance crash as well as developed a drug addiction to pain medication

Kan. EMS, city agencies request increase in budget

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

The EMS proposed budget for 2020 is $1.512 million, based on a projected 5,100 ambulance runs, up from 4,800 runs last year

DoD awards $7.2M to create autonomous trauma system for combat troops

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

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Carnegie Mellon University will work to develop artificial intelligence technology to better assist wounded troops in the field

Fla. church gives thanks to first responders

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

The Palm Coast United Methodist Church saluted first responders by dedicating a service to say thank you

Ark. city approves 1st paramedic pay raise in 10 years

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

The $10,000 pay increase will affect 47 members of the firefighting staff and will cost the city an additional $78,312 for the rest of 2019

Ky. county EMS recognized for pediatric care

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

Whitley County EMS was awarded an Award for Excellence in Pediatric Care by the Kentucky EMS for Children Pediatric Recognition Program

Ambulance response times continue to lag in Ga. city

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

Dunwoody and Dekalb County signed a memorandum of understanding last fall to station more ambulances around the city

Penn. rescue squad debuts Mobile Stroke Unit

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

The MSU features telemedicine capabilities, a CT scanner and will be staffed with certified personnel to treat patients in the field known as the "Brain Rescue Team"

Ill. fire dept. names girl, 7, a hero after 911 call

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

"Your ability to stay calm and provide information and render aid to your mother goes above and beyond what we would expect from someone your age," Fire Chief Mick Humer told her

Woman arrested after hitting, punching paramedics

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

Gina Blackburn began assaulting paramedics both times EMS providers performed a sternum rub to wake her up after she allegedly passed out in a restaurant

Motorcyclist killed in collision with Fla. ambulance

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

An ambulance turned left into the driving lane of a motorcycle, causing a collision that killed the rider

Texas ambulance bus heading to US border

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

The ambus has all of the equipment found inside a traditional ambulance and can treat up to 20 patients at a time, making it a valuable asset for any type of mass response

Mass. city FD worried about medical response times after hospital closes

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

Ambulance turnaround and arrival time, which has already been impacted, is likely to become more an issue when Union Hospital and its emergency room closes next spring

NH city first responders honored for saving life of cardiac arrest victim

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

The Portsmouth Regional Hospital honored the agencies at its annual EMS appreciation banquet Thursday, May 23 at the Jarvis Center

FDNY ambulance rammed by car, crashes into streetlight

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

The two medics inside the rig were unharmed but the driver of the vehicle — who cops said was driving without a license — was transported to the hospital with a leg injury

Increased non-emergency 911 calls to Tenn. fire department are pushing officials to find other solutions

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

One solution is a fire department in Lexington, Kentucky, that reduced non-emergency calls by about 30% after creating a community paramedicine program

Increase in non-emergency calls push Tenn. fire departments to seek solutions

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

Last year, the Chattanooga Fire Department received 1,320 calls for non-emergency citizen assists, which include lift assists

Increase in non-emergency calls push Tenn. fire departments to seek solutions

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

Last year, the Chattanooga Fire Department received 1,320 calls for non-emergency citizen assists, which include lift assists

Mont. first responders seek $1M portable radio upgrade

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

Problems with portable communications between firefighters, police and emergency services personnel are getting worse and becoming more frequent

Man arrested for allegedly punching female paramedic during treatment

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

A 25-year-old paramedic was struck when trying to treat an intoxicated man who became belligerent

Man arrested for allegedly punching female paramedic during treatment

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

A 25-year-old paramedic was struck when trying to treat an intoxicated man who became belligerent

Program aims to reduce 911 calls, ER visits

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

The Community Resource Paramedic program is a collaborative effort between the fire department and other area organizations that aims to reduce 911 calls and hospital visits

Fla. program aims to reduce 911 calls, ER visits

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

The Community Resource Paramedic program is a collaborative effort between the fire department and other area organizations that aims to reduce 911 calls and hospital visits

Ala. fire department gets automated CPR device

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

The fire department has two of the devices and has seen an 11 percent increase in the patients restored to spontaneous circulation since they've had this tool

New ambulance service coming to Fla. county struggling since Hurricane Michael

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

Century Ambulance left the county around December due to the costs associated with hurricane recovery and the loss of employees

Norman first responders recognized

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

EMSSTAT paramedics serve as Norman, Moore and Goldsby’s first medical responders and have earned the American Heart Association’s highest level of recognition every year since 2015

Okla. first responders recognized

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

EMSSTAT paramedics serve as Norman, Moore and Goldsby’s first medical responders and have earned the American Heart Association’s highest level of recognition every year since 2015

Georgia ambulance company plans Ranbune service

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

It takes 30 minutes or longer to get an ambulance to Ranburne because the ambulances may be tied up in the northern part of the county

Ohio EMS, fire agency trustees hire 12 new employees

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

Mad River Twp. Fire and EMS lost 12 experienced employees this week following the announcement that no changes in fire leadership were going to take place

Wrapping up EMS Week 2019: How we celebrated going ‘beyond the call’

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

From large cakes to colleague tributes, EMS providers around the country were recognized for their service and dedication to their communities

Live from Initial Assessment Conference: EMS education and leadership

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

Our co-hosts record live at the Initial Assessment Conference and discuss EMS education and leadership issues, as well as take questions from the audience

Pa. mail carriers, EMS unite to help feed community

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

Three ambulances were used to deliver food to the Lincoln Park Community Center and the Penn Hills Service Association

Financially strapped EMS providers ask Maine for funding increase

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

Ambulance operators, both private and public, are backing a bill that seeks $3.3 million in state funding a year

Ohio fire/EMS crew honored for saving skydiver who crashed at 100 mph

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

Crews have responded to the airport multiple times for “hard landings,” usually resulting in sprains and or fractures

Paramedic who worked for President George H. W. Bush honored

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

Evan Sisley, a Houston-based paramedic, worked for the former president for five years before his death and attended his funeral

NHTSA Office of EMS and ACEP partner to teach Stop the Bleed and CPR

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

In recognition of National EMS Week and National Stop the Bleed Day, staff from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the American College of Emergency Physicians provide critical bystander training to federal workers

Firehouse Subs foundation awards $17K to Ky. county

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

The Madison County EMS department offers classes to teach CPR and community members can call them to schedule a class

Minn. community paramedicine program lowers blood pressure, diabetes levels in patients

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

Certified community paramedics are improving patient health care and reducing costs through community home visits

Foundation searching for permanent National EMS Memorial site

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

A study conducted by the National EMS Memorial Foundation will help determine the best location for the National EMS Memorial in Washington D.C.

Fire captain, paramedic among 14 first responders awarded Medal of Valor

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

President Trump honored more than a dozen first responders at a White House ceremony for their bravery while protecting their communities

3 killed, dozens injured in Mo. tornado, triggering search and rescue response

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

The weather service said it had received 22 reports of tornadoes by late Wednesday

Spotlight: Life-Assist, emergency medical supplies for the first responder

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

Company Name: Life-Assist Inc. Headquarters: Rancho Cordova, CA Signature Products: Emergency Supplies Website: https://www.life-assist.com/ 1. Where did your company name originate from? The founder of Life-Assist, Stan Davis Sr., met with Dick Fife, who had started a company called Med-Assist in Salt Lake City, Utah. Stan wanted a name that was similar to Med-Assist, as he liked the concept the...

9/11 first responders from LI honored in Albany ceremony

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

Dr. Michael Guttenberg and William Ryan passed away from 9/11-related illnesses

Detroit fire union blasts ‘ignorant’ EMS dispatch memo

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

"Do not automatic dispatch EMS to a fire scene," the memo reads, listing reasons to send a unit

Ga. city officials clash with each other and ambulance service over contract talks

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

The city and Gold Cross have fought over the zone designation and taken each other to court over it

Texas hospital officials explain EMS diversion due to population boom

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

“The reason for the diversion was that we were understaffed to safely manage the number of patients in the hospital"

NOLA EMS names liaison to LGBTQ communities

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

In his liaison role, emergency medical technician Tracy “TJ” Boyd Jr.’s duties will include training first responders on health care conditions that frequently affect LGBTQ people

Ohio paramedic honored for burning home rescue

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

Canton Firefighter/Medic Benjamin Lasure was awarded Paramedic of the Year for action he took when called May 6 to a burning house

NC joint 911 center proposal deadline approaching

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

The grant application process is further complicated by the need to specify how the money will be used.

17 people reunited with their FDNY EMS lifesavers

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

Seventeen people who came within inches of losing their lives were reunited Tuesday with the FDNY paramedics and EMTs who saved them.

12 employees have resigned from Mad River Twp. Fire and EMS

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

The tipping point that led to the resignations was the way fire leadership handled the hiring and firing of former firefighter Steve Schaefer and investigation into the department that followed.

12 first responders resign from Ohio fire, EMS agency

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

The tipping point that led to the resignations was the way fire leadership handled the hiring and firing of former firefighter Steve Schaefer and investigation into the department that followed.

Could it be sepsis? 3 ways EMS providers can improve their response to the No. 1 cause of death in U.S. hospitals

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

When it comes to treating sepsis, knowledge is power

How one EMS agency launched a Peer Support Program

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

Resiliency training and a CISM program laid a foundation for the Richmond Ambulance Authority to support its providers’ mental health

NY emergency squad at risk of shutting down

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

The squad is now at a critical point and has had to withdraw money from its savings account to keep operating

Ambulance takes patient to Fla. high school graduation

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

An ambulance transported Evan Rasmussen from the pediatric intensive-care unit at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children to his high school graduation

Okla. EMS honors veterans with new ambulance

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

The ambulance, with the words “So Others May Live” emblazoned on its side, is the newest addition to Muskogee County Emergency Medical Service’s fleet

Mass. hospital considering converting ED to urgent care clinic

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

In 2009, due to decreasing volume, the department was converted to a satellite facility, limiting the number of beds

EMT and former heart patient reunited for National EMS Week

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

Mike Ragan reunited with Ed Sparks, one of the EMS professionals who saved his life as part of the kickoff to National EMS Week

Ascension joins Medstar to create largest mobile medical service in Mich.

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

Ascension Health Inc.'s Michigan operation is joining McLaren Health Care and Henry Ford Health System to create the largest mobile medical service partnership in the state

How to prevent, recognize and cure burnout in EMS

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

From data sharing of real-time clinical feedback, to rounding with medical directors, learn how to tackle and treat burnout in paramedics and EMTs

More than a hashtag: A shared passion to move EMS forward

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

Examples of successful volunteer EMS organizations show volunteerism is an essential pillar of EMS service delivery

Celebrate EMS Week 2019 with even more EMS Superlatives

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

Who are the coffee fiends, tech junkies and bathroom radar detectors in your EMS agency?

Wis. town gives gives ambulance personnel lock-box access

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

EMS personnel sometimes had to call out fire department personnel to gain access to a building

Wis. bill would give tax credits to volunteer firefighters, EMTs

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

The bill would allow volunteer firefighters and EMS workers to receive refundable tax credits for equipment purchases and for education-related activities and travel

Former addicts thank emergency responders for second chances

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

Naloxone administrations by the state's emergency responders declined last year after peaking at more than 50,000 in 2017

Veteran Philadelphia paramedic to be honored as EMS Provider of the Year

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

Paramedic Christian Apelt, a 15-year veteran of the PFD, has been teaching life-saving skills at the Fire Academy for the past seven years to firefighter recruits as well as fellow paramedics and EMTs

FDNY celebrates 25th annual Second Chance ceremony

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

The ceremony reunites FDNY first responders with the people they have saved in the past year

Documentary focuses on trauma, emotional toll faced by first responders

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

A new documentary, "Keeping the Peace," tells the story of law enforcement officers, firefighters and other first-responders and the harrowing scenes they witness

10 things you need to know about hypovolemic shock to save lives

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

The effects of shock due to major blood loss rapidly become irreversible, so quick identification and intervention are critical

Pittsburgh planning heavy police, fire, EMS presence for Garth Brooks concert

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

There will be 32 paramedics inside the stadium during the concert along with two doctors

Provincetown Fire Dept. cited for delayed EMS runs

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

The notice cited the department's practice of responding to calls in a town ambulance and then having the patient transported to by a different ambulance

Appleton, Wis. LODD highlights need for situational awareness on routine calls

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

Remember any patient can turn violent, and make a patient assessment/search a part of your situational awareness approach to scene safety

Muslim paramedic’s suit says Detroit supervisor targeted him

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

Alaa Saade alleges that his EMT captain had a known “hit list” of minority employees to discipline with the intent they would be terminated

Study: Bystanders willing to apply specialized dressings to wounds, open to learning

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

A study sponsored by the American Red Cross showed that bystanders are willing to stop severe bleeding by applying specialized dressings, and are willing to learn more

How prevalent is PTSD among EMS providers?

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

Our co-hosts discuss a bill in the Conn. state legislature that excludes EMS personnel from receiving benefits related to post-traumatic stress disorder

Minn. governor signs local-led paramedic medicine bill into law

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

"We know there are families across the state that are going to be positively affected by this," Sen. Nick Frentz, DFL-North Mankato, said

2 paramedics, 3 others injured in ambulance crash

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

One of two smaller cars involved drifted into oncoming traffic and slammed head-on into the ambulance, which was not transporting any patients at the time

10 firefighters hospitalized after fighting chemical company fire

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

The fire extended into an adjoining lab, prompting officials to call in a hazmat decontamination unit in case anyone had been exposed to potentially harmful chemicals

EMS Week 2019: Culture change ‘beyond the call’

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

Advocate for EMS provider mental and physical health not just during EMS Week, but all year long

Kan. fire department plans to offer ALS in 2020

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

The Topeka Fire Department plans to transition from providing basic life support to providing advanced life support as firefighters respond to emergency medical calls

Man thanks air medical crew for saving his life

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

Though he doesn't remember them, Jayden Olson, choking back tears, said that the AirMed crew that helped save his life is the best thing ever

Petition started to add EMS to Conn. police, fire PTSD bill

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

“We need to stand together as EMS providers and ensure we are no longer put on the back burner,” Derrick Caranci, who started the petition, said

Firefighter killed, 3 injured at Wisconsin transit station

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

A procession was held overnight in Milwaukee as the firefighter's body was brought to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office

Firefighter killed, 3 injured at Wis. transit station shooting

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

A procession was held overnight in Milwaukee as the firefighter's body was brought to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office

Helicopter crashes into Hudson River; pilot OK

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

New York City Fire Department officials said the pilot was being treated for a non-life-threatening injury after the helicopter landed in the river

Sacramento 911 dispatch still lacks a leader as restraining order against director is extended

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

Joseph Thuesen and one other unidentified employee were put on paid administrative leave April 12, while the Center’s board of governors investigates alleged “accounting irregularities”

Why point-of-care ultrasound should be a mainstay in EMS

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

A former firefighter/EMT turned medical student describes the functional components, diagnostic uses and roadblocks of using this imaging technology

Prehospital ultrasound: Emerging technology for EMS

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

Review the evidence for nine clinical applications for field ultrasound to assess, treat and monitor critically ill patients

Trending: Expanded use of prehospital point of care ultrasound (P-POCUS)

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

How far has prehospital point of care ultrasound come in the past year and, more importantly, where is it going next?

Ohio FF/paramedic finishes mowing lawn for injured man

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

A Cuyahoga Falls firefighter/paramedic is being praised for an unexpected act of kindness

County poised to take over EMS for NC town

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

Leland Fire/Rescue was formed as an all-volunteer organization in 1968 and has provided some manner of EMS

How to make your own airway management SALAD simulator

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

Guide EMS students to airway management skills mastery by adapting your manikin for suction-assisted laryngoscopic airway decontamination

Man saves overdose victim at work thanks to naloxone training

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

Kevin Barker, TCGplayer's safety officer, called 911, then administered Narcan nasal spray after recognizing symptoms of a possible overdose

Pittsburgh paramedics honored for heroics in 2018 synagogue shooting

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

“It’s one of the darkest hours our city has ever had to go through,” Mayor Bill Peduto said. “Because of you, there were rays of light that came out of that darkness”

Ill. high school receives $30K ambulance simulator

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

The simulator — which is the same size and shape of the inside of a standard emergency services ambulance — was purchased using federal grant dollars

Lunar leadership: 5 EMS leadership lessons from the Apollo program

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

Establish a concrete but flexible mission and communicate the vision with EMS providers and the community to chart a course for success

Can ET3 push the field of medical direction to where it should be?

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

The role of EMS medical directors in maintaining patient-focused care as CMS reimbursement models adapt with ET3

Wash. ER nurse juggles job with volunteer EMT role

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

Jodie Mason says her experience in EMS helps her in the ER and vice versa

Senior management’s role in the team-based clinical quality model

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

EMS leaders triage improvement projects, remove roadblocks and celebrate well-executed projects

International Public Safety Association to host 2 free webinars for first responders

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

The webinars will cover security for places of worship and how to prepare for complex attacks

26 EMS providers killed on duty in 2018 to be remembered in 2019 Weekend of Honor

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

Each family member of the fallen will be presented with a folded flag, a white rose and a medallion

National EMS Memorial Bike Ride kicks off EMS Weekend of Honor

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

The completion of the bike ride will be followed by the National EMS Memorial Service, which will honor 26 EMS providers who died in the line of duty in 2018

NY county medical center builds new trauma, emergency hub to match patient growth

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

The expansion includes a spacious, covered ambulance bay that can accommodate as many as 15 ambulances

Ind. first responders warn of drug threats in public bathrooms

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

It appears that public bathrooms have become the place to carry out drug transactions, Fire Chief John Jark said

4 dead in mid-air plane crash; NTSB to investigate

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

Four people were killed in a a deadly midair collision between two sightseeing planes

Training Day: 4 key cardiac care approaches for both ALS and BLS providers

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

Integrate cardiac monitors, waveform capnography, 12-lead ECG, training manikins and advanced airway devices to increase your EMS providers’ comfort level

Achieving EMS mastery

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

Find a mentor, start with what’s important and train like you fight to accelerate your EMS training and become an expert

What are you bringing to work with you?

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

EMS providers try to leave the stresses of the job at the door, but it’s also important to leave personal issues at home and not let them impact performance and patient care

SC paramedic fined for stopping to buy sunglasses en route to call

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

A paramedic was responding to a call about a patient experiencing flu-like symptoms when she stopped to purchase a pair of sunglasses

Stabbing survivor sues Mass. city and AMR for 2016 incident

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

The violent and bizarre incident brought to light the inherent inefficiencies of the city’s antiquated 911 emergency call system

Teen who charged Colo. school gunman dreams of becoming EMT

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

Joshua Jones, 18, was one of three teens who charged the gunman after he entered their classroom and detained him until help arrived

High-tech dispatch tool will help Ohio county dispatchers track mobile phone users

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

Software and hardware will be installed at dispatch centers that will give dispatchers immediate location data within 3 feet of the mobile phone being used

Calif. dispatcher honored for ‘saving countless lives’ during 2017 wildfires

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

The International Academies of Emergency Dispatch named 37-year-old KT McNulty its Dispatcher of the Year for her work during the devastating fire of 2017

Ark. rescue squads begin fundraiser for equipment

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

The rescue squad will be offering family portraits for $30, which will go towards the purchase of equipment

Ala. councilman accuses fire dept. of conspiracy against ambulance service

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

Councilman Charles Kirby believes the conspiracy is born out of the Fire Department’s jealousy of the Police Department because it can generate revenue with traffic citations

UW Health to open $3M Med Flight facility this summer

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

The addition of a third aircraft means that Med Flight will soon employ 12 pilots instead of eight

New method to treat brain injuries could save thousands of lives a year

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

Those with severe brain injuries who were treated with the new protocol before they reached the hospital survived at twice the rate of those who didn’t get this new treatment

Paramedic on newborn found on trash can: ‘We were so lucky with this one’

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

Firefighters had to perform CPR and “keep ventilating” the baby to help him survive, paramedic Melanie Howe said

Idaho EMS agency receives paramedic license, expands services

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

Gooding County EMS received its paramedic license through the state, which will allow personnel to provide higher levels of care

‘Drop the purse!’ NYC EMS crew scares bag-snatcher into returning stolen purse

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

EMT Stuart Saladin and his rookie partner Zach Arias were driving through the West Bronx when they saw a robbery-in-progress unfold

Nation’s ability to manage health emergencies rises

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

The Index analyzes 129 different measures for each state and the nation —including the number of paramedics and medical volunteers

Understanding the pediatric patient

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

Our co-hosts discuss the complexities of handling pediatric patients, including best practices and building confidence in the ability to treat children

Friends perform CPR after college senior goes into cardiac arrest

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

When a night of fun turned serious, three friends jumped into action to save a life

Ohio city approves new EMS agreement

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

The three-year EMS agreement will provide 24/7 ambulance service for the City of Norwalk

5 myths about the EMS volunteer shortage

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

The evidence does not always support common rationales given to explain the decline in volunteer memberships

Sacramento looks to add bike medics to fire department

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

The addition of bikes to the fire department would allow paramedics to respond more quickly and efficiently to medical emergencies

Paramedic feared for safety of first responders during call to murder scene

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

After discovering two young girls were dead, first responders attempting to treat the father were frightened by his demeanor and conversation

Mo. college paramedic cohort breaks gender barriers

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

The first-ever all-female paramedic cohort at Ozarks Technical Community College Waynesville Center features six women with a range of experience in emergency medicine

Fla. FD joins regional transport system to handle infectious patient transport

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

Two rescue units are being equipped with AeroClave decontamination units and isolation capsules for safe transport

Two decades later: How fire, EMS response has changed since Columbine

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

A fire captain who was on duty during the Columbine High School shooting in 1999 says the incident forever changed how they prepare for and respond to active threats and mass casualty incidents

‘Beyond crisis mode’: Ambulance companies struggle in Pa. suburbs

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

With their budgets increasingly strained, fire and EMS squads across the region are reaching out to the residents, not to raise money or recruit, but to educate

Calif. ambulances connecting to statewide health data network

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

Manifest MedEx has been selected for a $4.9 million grant by the Emergency Medical Services Authority to connect EMS services to California’s real-time health data exchange

Regional districts could be answer to rural EMS needs

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

A combination of increased training requirements for medics and declining civic participation contributing to difficulty in staffing volunteer departments

How to form an EMS ad hoc improvement project team

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

Regardless of the results, a well-executed improvement project by the ad hoc team leads to future quality improvement

Making more money in EMS

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

How prehospital care providers can get the compensation they deserve

Ohio voters OK more money for ambulance district

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

A new voter-approved levy will generate about $300,000 annually to help the district deal with an increase in call volume

Seattle’s new ‘Health One’ team will respond to non-emergency 911 calls

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

The team will respond to calls involving people dealing with behavioral crises, substance-abuse issues, chronic or less-acute medical issues and social-services needs

How to increase your EMT salary

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

EMS salaries aren't set in stone. Here's how to make more money.

Boy, 9, honored for saving mother’s, brother’s lives

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

Fourth-grader Jackson Payne was honored for saving his mother and brother in separate incidents

Case study: How EMSStat saw a 100% reduction in cot-related injuries for four years

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

Learn how Stryker's Powered System has extended the careers of paramedics, protected patients and reduced on-the-job injuries

7 injured in shooting at Colo. public school, 2 suspects in custody

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

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded and are searching for a possible third suspect

Pa. county’s public safety radio project delayed by technology upgrade

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

The project includes the replacement and addition of dispatching consoles, communication towers, antennas, dishes, handheld radios, and other equipment

Minn. EMS agency launches national transgender care confidence survey

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

HealthEast Medical Transportation aims to gauge the confidence level of EMS providers around the country in the care of transgender patients

Minn. EMS agency launches national transgender care confidence survey

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

HealthEast Medical Transportation aims to gauge the confidence level of EMS providers around the country in the care of transgender patients

Use social media to make every week EMS Week

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

We can recognize our responders and celebrate their victories every day using the tools of Social Media

The Star of Life: a shining symbol of what it means to be in EMS

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

This symbol shows that we belong to something important and we are part of the power, strength and knowledge of every EMT

FirstNet turns 1, announces 600K device connections, plans to expand

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

The FirstNet communications platform for first responders is being used by more than 7,250 public safety agencies to improve interagency communication

4 injured in ambulance crash that overturned rig

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

Two Baltimore City Fire Department paramedics, a bus driver and a passenger were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

EMS Week: What it means to be ‘Always in Service’

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

Around-the-clock response capability is why EMS organizations exist, but individual EMS providers need to regularly go out of service to rest and recharge

Ill. cities concerned about dwindling volunteer pool of first responders

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

Several emergency volunteer agencies are operating with half of the volunteers ideally needed to fully respond to emergency situations in their coverage areas

Mass. city switches from AMR to Brewster Ambulance Service

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

Brewster will provide the city a "mobile simulation lab" to help train local firefighters, and provide other special resources, such as mobile rehab units, utility vehicles and drones

FDNY names first female, openly-gay EMS chief

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

Lillian Bonsignore, 50, will set two new milestones for the FDNY — becoming the highest-ranked woman in the uniformed service, and the highest-ranked openly gay member

FDNY names first female EMS chief

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

Lillian Bonsignore, a single mom barely out of her teens when she started as an emergency medical technician in 1991, becomes the first woman to hold the rank in the department’s 154-year history

Man caught driving stolen ambulance said he needed a ride home

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

A police officer pulled over the ambulance when he noticed it had extensive damage to the front bumper, a broken windshield and that the driver was in civilian clothes

Ky. county plans Narcan expansion after increase in opioid OD calls

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

EMS Executive Director Charles Cremeans said overdoses seem to come in waves when a new batch of heroin or fentanyl hits the streets, but is seeing an increase overall

Pediatric patient ABCs: 7 tips for EMTs and paramedics

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

Follow these steps to facilitate a successful outcome for dealing with emergencies involving kids

Mass. city fire-EMS department buys ballistics gear

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

Falmouth Fire Department purchased 25 armored vests and helmets, known as ballistics gear, which will be placed on fire trucks and in ambulances and provided to command staff

Mass. city fire-EMS department buys ballistics gear

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

Falmouth Fire Department purchased 25 armored vests and helmets, known as ballistics gear, which will be placed on fire trucks and in ambulances and provided to command staff

Ohio rural ambulance service struggles with recruiting volunteers

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

Ambulance service officials are afraid it will take a personal tragedy to spur a discussion about filling the gaps in emergency medical service in Tuscarawas County

Minn. paramedic medicine bill close to becoming law

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

The bill takes away liability for emergency personnel who administer complex medicine to individuals who require them

Officials: County program has increased Polk Fire Rescue diversity

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

The Proactive Diversity Recruitment and Training Program was designed to help bring economically disadvantaged and minorities into the fire services

Bill would waive turnpike tolls for Pa. police, first responders

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

Senate Bill 45 would waive turnpike tolls for emergency vehicles responding to an urgent call or those escorting fallen first responders or service members

EMT sentenced to 1 year in jail for fatal ambulance wreck

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

Matthew Alexander Vancamp, 31, was convicted of reckless driving following a three-day trial

IPSA symposium focuses on safeguarding first responder mental health

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

Event provides cross-disciplinary training to address the cumulative mental health trauma responders face from duty-related experiences

Tactical EMS/MCI pearls with Dr. Dan O’Donnell and Dr. Kevin Schultz

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

Tactical exposure and active shooter training is important for all EMS providers, working in tangent with law enforcement

The impact of the community paramedic

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

Our co-hosts sit down with Jonathan Washko, assistant vice president for the Center of Emergency Medical Services, to talk about his recent research involving his four-year Community Paramedic study

4 ways premade supply kits can benefit your EMS agency

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

Here's how premade kits specifically tailored to your providers' and patients' needs support faster response

Ky. air ambulance company closes 2 bases

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

Air Methods confirmed it has closed its LifeNet bases in London and Lebanon, citing low payments from Medicaid and Medicare as a factor

Pa. EMS providers work to get those with addiction problems help

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

A new partnership in the North Huntingdon and Rostraver areas is finding success in helping patients seek treatment and paramedics’ morale

Fla. city becomes latest transport spot for infectious diseases

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

The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department is the latest transport hub in the Florida Infectious Disease Transportation Network, used to transport patients with Ebola or other diseases

Wis. city EMS buys new ambulance after a crash put them down a rig

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

The total cost will be $20,000, with $15,000 going toward the ambulance and $5,000 toward the cot in the back.

Hocus POCUS: the magic and progress of pre-hospital ultrasound use by EMS

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

A portable ultrasound machine enabled eFAST exam can identify free fluid, a pneumothorax or signs of dissection from the back of an ambulance

Getting published in EMS

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

EMS1, professional associations and membership groups are always looking for new writers and fresh ideas. Here's what it takes to get started.

EMT unknowingly delivers heart donation meant for uncle

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

While performing his everyday duties, EMT Teddy Ross delivered a transplant organ for his own uncle

Man reunites with first responders who ‘saved his life’ during a snow storm’

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

Rescue crews had to shovel some of the four inches of freshly fallen snow to get to Bob Beaman after his wife called 911 to report his heart attack

Man reunites with first responders who ‘saved his life’ during a snow storm

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

Rescue crews had to shovel some of the four inches of freshly fallen snow to get to Bob Beaman after his wife called 911 to report his heart attack

Ore. city hopes new methadone clinic will reduce EMS overdose calls

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

EMS providers in Clatsop County consistently administer naloxone for opioid overdoses at rates higher than the state average

Texas city offers HS students basic EMT, firefighter certification options

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

Under the program, students earn nearly 60 college credits – amounting to nearly two years' worth of work – while attending high school

10 things EMS providers need to know about ECMO

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

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation is becoming an option for critical cardiac care in the prehospital environment thanks to advances in technology

EMT on trial for involuntary manslaughter in wreck that killed patient

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

Matthew A. Vancamp was driving the ambulance transporting Samantha Lehmann, when it slammed into the back of a stalled tanker truck carrying cranberry juice

Mass. fire lieutenant allegedly assaulted female dispatcher, placed on leave

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

Adam LaFlash, 36, of Sturbridge, was arraigned in Dudley District Court Monday on three counts of incident assault and battery on a person over 14

No jail for EMT sentenced in on-duty crash that killed partner

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

Susanna G. Battig, 28, received a sentence that includes 40 hours of community service and $1,500 in restitution

‘We’ve got to go help’: 2 Marines honored for life-saving actions during Las Vegas shooting

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

Sgt. Austin Cox and veteran Sgt. Michael Vura were awarded Navy and Marine Corps Medals for exceptional bravery and selfless actions

Mass. bill would make it a felony to assault EMS, health providers

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

The bill would change assaults from misdemeanor offenses to felonies, punishable by up to five years in prison

2 Marines honored for life-saving actions during Las Vegas shooting

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

Sgt. Austin Cox and veteran Sgt. Michael Vura were awarded Navy and Marine Corps Medals for exceptional bravery and selfless actions

Educate public safety partners about fentanyl protection

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

Mitigate fentanyl hysteria with NIOSH guidance and basic PPE precautions

3 potential applications of ambulance-based telemedicine

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

FirstNet connectivity and 4G LTE/5G communications can connect EMS to doctors and hospitals for transport guidance, and to activate stroke, trauma and other specialty teams

EMS From a Distance: The Cowboy Way

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

For strong, silent types, talk is cheap

2 dead, suspect arrested in NC campus shooting

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

Officers who had gathered ahead of a campus concert raced over and disarmed the suspect

Trouble in thin air: Responding to in-flight medical emergencies

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

Learn about the regulations and equipment needed to treat diabetic emergencies, syncope and cardiac emergencies in flight

NC campus shooting leaves 2 dead, 4 injured

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

UNC Charlotte issued a campus lockdown late Tuesday afternoon, saying shots had been fired

Pa. firefighter-EMT dies in off-duty crash

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

Kyle Joseph Compton, 23, was killed in a crash after his car veered off the road and he struck several trees

Md. firefighter-EMT dies in off-duty crash

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

Kyle Joseph Compton, 23, was killed in a crash after his car veered off the road and he struck several trees

N.D. university working to become ‘cardiac ready’ campus

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

Efforts to screen for hypertension have already been started on campus, and efforts to increase public awareness have also started, as well as training on AED use and CPR

High school EMT students learn extrication techniques

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

Students learned several vehicle-rescue techniques, including how to safely knock out windows and how to properly use the Jaws of Life to remove doors

Police deputy who did CPR on drowning toddler: ‘Tough to get that image out of your head’

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

Rockdale County Lt. Scott Stewart was the first person to arrive at a home where two toddlers were unconscious after nearly drowning in a backyard pool

‘A flying ICU’: Rural Neb. air medical service celebrates 30 years

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

The service, opened in 1989 by medical service provider Air Methods, operates out of Crete and serves a 160-mile radius

Case study: How Stryker’s Powered System brought more than 32K in savings for MedStar Mobile Healthcare

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

Learn how Stryker's Powered System helped bring injury reduction and cost savings

Medic hits panic button as client tries to steal ambulance

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

When police arrived, Datrielle Y. Wright, 29, was sitting in the driver's seat of the ambulance, gripping the steering wheel and refusing orders to come out

Colo. House advances vaccination bill

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

The bill makes it more difficult for Colorado parents to get vaccine exemptions for their kids

Ill. farmer donates grant to volunteer EMS agencies

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

The money will go to one of the foundation’s initiatives to support training for volunteer EMS training in the Passavant Area Hospital service area

Ill. farmer donates grant to volunteer EMS agencies

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

The money will go to one of the foundation’s initiatives to support training for volunteer EMS training in the Passavant Area Hospital service area

Minn. hospital expands community paramedic program for nonemergency calls

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

Leaders said the program in its first six years has produced measurable results, including lower costs by helping people avoid intensive medical services they don’t need

Calif. city 911 center understaffed, overworked

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

Response times for citizens calling in to 911 for help are growing as the city experiences a shortage of dispatchers

Man steals ambulance with 3 people inside

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

A patient running from police at Grand Stand Medical Center jumped into an ambulance and took off with three people in the back

Training Day: 10 EMS pediatric tabletop exercises

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

Engage your participants in pediatric resuscitation protocols, equipment and patient assessment

Legislation seeks to reclassify dispatchers as first responders

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

The 911 Supporting Accurate Views of Emergency Services (SAVES) Act would reclassify communications officers from clerical workers to first responders

Bill seeks to classify dispatchers as first responders

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

The 911 Supporting Accurate Views of Emergency Services (SAVES) Act would reclassify communications officers from clerical workers to first responders

In your darkest days, know you can weather the storm

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

Grounding techniques, peer support and your physician can help manage a mental health crisis – a real danger for EMS providers

Ala. city looks to add air ambulance service

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

After a previous ambulance service left the area, members of the Rainbow City Council are hoping to find another one to serve citizens

‘Terrifying’: 4 dead after crane falls on busy Seattle street

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

One female and three males had died by the time firefighters had arrived Saturday afternoon, Fire Chief Harold Scoggin

5 tips to ensure nobody robs you of your rig

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

Stories about patients stealing ambulances are common, so here's how you can protect your vehicle

Texas city hosts stress class for first responders

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

To help teach first responders how to mitigate that stress, the city of Keene hosted “Resilience Strategies for First Responders”

Moist organs and kinesthetic learners

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

When EMS students experience anatomy with hands-on training, it helps them contextualize otherwise esoteric information

Moist organs and kinesthetic learners

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

When EMS students experience anatomy with hands-on training, it helps them contextualize otherwise esoteric information

Anti-interrogation patient assessment

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

Train EMS providers in patient assessment skills that rely on clear, effective communication

4 dead in 28-vehicle Colo. pileup; truck driver arrested

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

A semi-truck hauling lumber plowed into vehicles on a crowded section of Interstate 70 near Denver, causing a fire so intense that it melted the roadway and metal off of cars

Tackling sepsis: How to diagnose, treat and manage it

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

Our co-hosts sit down with award-winning speaker and author Rommie Duckworth, who explains how to diagnose, treat and manage septic patients

Nursing, paramedic students, fire cadets experience trauma in mock crash

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

TSTC Emergency Medical Services students put their knowledge and emotions to the test yesterday during a mock drill

NY county introduces text-to-911 technology

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

Users should put 911 as the recipient, fill out the message field and a dispatcher will respond with questions

ESO acquires Dallas-based software firm

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

Austin-based ESO said the purchase of eCore Software extends the breadth of ESO's product portfolio

NC city expanding ‘yellow dot’ lifesaving program

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

The Yellow Dot program provides first responders with a person’s medical history, allergies, medications and medical conditions

Fla. city plans to start city ambulance service

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

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

Fla. city plans to start city ambulance service

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

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

Fla. county schools to connect buses to county emergency radios

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

The school district will purchase and install 690 radios on buses and equipment on 12 tower sites, all tied to the county's existing 800-megahertz emergency system

Android, Google users must say ‘Call 911’ instead of asking for an ambulance

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

Ambulance dispatchers have noticed an alarming number of calls coming in from people with medical emergencies

Video: Man who learned CPR from ‘The Office’ meets woman he saved

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

Cross Scott, who had never taken a CPR class, began administering the life saving method on a stranger based on what he learned from the television show 'The Office'

Pa. sees first drop in drug deaths in 5 years

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

State and local officials believe their concerted effort to increase awareness and education, change laws and policies, and get more people into treatment may be helping

Okla. loses 4 air bases for air ambulance service

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

Life Flight parent company Air Method attributed the site closures to the costs of maintaining readiness at airbases

‘LivePD’ producers launch fire, EMS-focused reality show

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

The show “Live Rescue” follows firefighters, paramedics and EMTs from seven cities live as they respond to rescue calls

NAEMSP launches CPR video challenge ahead of #NationalEMSWeek

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

To celebrate National EMS Week, NAEMSP is challenging EMS agencies across the country to come up with the most creative and educational CPR video

How to decontaminate the ambulance: A step-by-step guide (infographic)

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

Be sure to clean and disinfect both the front and back compartments of the ambulance to reduce potential exposure to viruses, bacteria and dangerous drugs like fentanyl

Ky. city, county to consider ambulance agreement

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

The agreement will be between the city, county and Mercy Ambulance of Evansville Inc., which operates under the name AMR of Evansville.

Logger credits quickness of A.L.E.R.T. air ambulance with saving his life

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

Kevin Riley is one of more than 1,600 patients whose lives have been saved by A.L.E.R.T - a nonprofit air ambulance service

Volunteers work to keep Pa. ambulance service funded, running

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

Rather than let it shut down, personnel from a neighboring ambulance service offered to help keep the Weatherly Ambulance Association afloat

Former treasurer takes blame for Pa. ambulance association theft

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

Dorothy Dennis, 71, was charged with the theft of $18,487 from both the ambulance association and the relief association

Ambulance crashes in Iowa County, paramedic injured

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

A Southwest Health ambulance transporting a patient rolled over in a one-vehicle crash

Paramedic injured in Wis. ambulance crash

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

A Southwest Health ambulance transporting a patient rolled over in a one-vehicle crash

Ill. city fire chief to oversee fire, EMS, emergency management

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

Under the new position, Chief Brian Wilson will manage the fire department, the EMS department and emergency management

Ohio business, fire department pushing app that helps EMS

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

The Vital ICE app is available for use on smartphones via the code 1050. ICE stands for In Case of Emergency

Pittsburgh set to spend $407K to design upgrades for fire stations

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

Unions representing fire, police and paramedics have complained for years about problems at stations, including sinkholes, leaking roofs and sewage backups

FDA approves first generic nasal form of naloxone to fight ODs

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

The approval is part of the FDA's push to make the drug more readily available

Rural EMS operations during an active-shooter incident

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

What can you do if you don’t expect sufficient law enforcement escort into the ‘warm zone’ to arrive in time?

Free Online Course | 12-Lead EKG

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

Understand how to approach the analysis of a 12 lead EKG, the basic EKG components, and be able to identify abnormalities in the 12 lead EKG that will lead to a diagnosis of possible cardiac disease processes so that they may be treated appropriately.

Austin EMS: K2 emergencies drop as anti-drug effort takes hold

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

Medics view K2, which is sometimes dipped in embalming fluid or bug spray, as a kind of poison

First responders recall moment tornado struck ambulance

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

Two paramedics were driving back from a call when they encountered severe weather

Ambulance hits pothole, stabilizes patient’s rapid heartbeat

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

During a rough transport, the ambulance hit a large pothole, which stabilized a man’s heart that was reaching 200 bpm

NM fire department to create EMS division

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

Each of the city's five fire stations has one or two ambulances and is staffed by at least one paramedic and one firefighter/EMT

Man steals drugs from ambulance during transport

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

A man riding with a patient during transport to a hospital was charged with theft after vials of morphine and ketamine were found to be missing

Boy, 5, calls 911 for McDonald’s

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

A little boy called 911 on a deactivated cell phone to ask for someone to bring him lunch from the golden arches

Ky. university gets $87M grant to cut opioid deaths in 16 counties

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

Each grant site will partner with at least 15 communities to measure the impact of prevention, treatment and recovery interventions in hospitals, behavioral health programs, and the criminal justice system

NY volunteer FDs seek right to send bills for EMS calls

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

Volunteer fire companies foot the bill for everything associated with an ambulance, which he estimated comes in between $160,000 and $200,000

Man revived with Narcan, arrested after release from hospital

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

When he was released from the hospital, the man was arrested for unauthorized possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia

Shortage of emergency dispatchers prompts Maine to consider improving benefits

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

A proposed bill would open up special state retirement plans that previously were available only to police, fire and EMS personnel

Shortage of dispatchers prompts Maine to consider improving benefits

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

A proposed bill would open up special state retirement plans that previously were available only to police, fire and EMS personnel

911 dispatch protections bill passes Ohio Senate

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

The bill would add 911 operators as one of the professions whose residential and familial information is exempted from public record in order to better protect them from harm and harassment

How marijuana legalization impacts trauma

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

Types and frequency of traumatic injury secondary to marijuana intoxication described at EMS World Expo World Trauma Symposium

Understanding the new EMS Scope of Practice Model

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

Our co-hosts discuss the recently-released 2019 EMS Scope of Practice Model and underscore what has changed for providers

Organizations create EMS guideline for naloxone administration

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

A collaboration between NASEMSO, NAEMSP and ACEP produced an evidence-based guideline for EMS providers to follow when considering naloxone for patient treatment

Hardships, heroism and healing: Ambulance crew talks realities of the job

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

To be successful in this line of work you need certain intangible traits such as commitment, professionalism, reliability, a wealth of medical expertise

Marijuana edibles sending dozens of Mass. children to ERs

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

Since legalizing and selling marijuana last November, state emergency rooms have seen dozens of children who have ingested edibles

Iowa county health care providers team up to improve outcomes

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

My Care Community is a partnership among 20 area agencies to share patient information and streamline client referrals through an electronic system called TAVConnect

Inmate who escaped ambulance in Cleveland found, arrested

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

The inmate was being transported to a mental health treatment center when he escaped from an ambulance

Fla. House approves expanding needle exchange programs

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

The program has allowed injection drug users to trade dirty needles for clean ones, distributed naloxone and connected users to wound care and drug treatment

Okla. officials: Dispatchers are ‘priceless’

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

"Our dispatchers are the first line of defense for not only the people calling in, but for the officers and others who are out handling the calls in person"

Suspect faces multiple charges in Mich. ambulance theft

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

Damage to the ambulance involved in the chase and crash will make this ambulance a total loss

Paramedic who lost leg in DUI crash reflects on lenient sentence for driver

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

Jody Heglar was sentenced to 15 years for driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license, which was reduced to 14 months of time served and probation

Off-duty FF-medic praised for helping man shocked by electrical line

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

Ted Bowers, a firefighter-paramedic in Lebanon, was moving in across the street when he heard the commotion

Former NJ paramedic sues for wrongful termination

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

Michael Senisch is suing AtlanticCare for wrongful termination after he practiced holistic medicine on a patient who refused traditional treatment

Judge: Drug-addled EMT son of FDNY chief should lose his city job

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

Robert Gala, 26, unsuccessfully argued that his oxycodone addiction was a disability that should have spared him termination after five years on the job

The ESO EMS Index: In 2019, data and metrics matter more than ever

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

In its second year, the benchmark report based on EMS national data digs deeper into five key metrics and adds two additional measures

Article Bites: Measuring the impact of a telehealth program on ambulance transports

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

The feasibility of a telehealth program within a large EMS system highlights progress in matching healthcare resources with patient needs

Great learner-centered presentations for EMS presenters

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

Follow these 5 tips to captivate your audience, include easy-to-see visuals, follow the rule of sevens and avoid panel discussions that will put your audience to sleep

911 for 911: Dispatcher mutual aid

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

The Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce (TERT) Initiative is developing dispatcher mutual aid for disaster response

60 people charged in illegal prescription opioid crackdown

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

Robert Duncan, U.S. attorney for eastern Kentucky, called the doctors involved "white-coated drug dealers"

Ohio city Verizon customers without 911 access for hours

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

The 9-1-1 coordinator said the system is has a back-up plan when such an outage occurs

6 Pa. first responders honored for saving woman in cardiac arrest

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

EMS Supervisor Diane Fitzhenry said the young woman likely would not have survived if it weren’t for the quick action of six of the municipality’s emergency responders

Chicago firefighter fired for sexually harassing paramedic student on ride-along

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

The student immediately complained to her parents and police after the firefighter allegedly made lewd comments and touched her during dinner at the firehouse

Ill. city fire dept. gets new chassis for old ambulance

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

The East Peoria Fire Department found a satisfying way to upgrade its ambulance fleet and save the city money at the same time

Texas towns team up to form EMS

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

Alton City Manager Jeff Underwood said he believed the move was the better option for the city’s residents

Texas towns team up to form EMS department

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

Alton City Manager Jeff Underwood said he believed the move was the better option for the city’s residents

The Siren Act and EMS grants for emergency medical equipment

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

AFG, Highway Safety Grant Programs and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation can help fund AEDs and EMS equipment

Study: Hands-Only CPR encourages bystander assistance

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

A new study published by the American Heart Association shows that hands-only CPR encourages cardiac arrest help

911 Emergency Dispatcher: The calm voice in the dark

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

The thin gold line represents those who aren’t ever seen, but are mostly heard; it stands for dispatchers

Budget for Md. county EMS continues to skyrocket

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

"To put it in perspective (the EMS budget) is more than we spend on the state attorney's office, the airport and election office and tax office combined"

Firefighters, EMS rescue man trapped in mechanical bull

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

Firefighters had to use hydraulic rescue tools, the Jaws of Life, to disassemble the bull and save the man

Pittsburgh EMS swears in first woman, minority as deputy chief

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

“Today a glass ceiling has been broken,” Amera Gilchrist said after she was sworn in as deputy chief by Mayor Bill Peduto

Photos: Roof, spire collapse on historic Notre Dame cathedral

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

The iconic spire of the Notre Dame cathedral collapsed as a fire raged on the roof of the cathedral

First responders to be honored at inaugural REV Group Grand Prix

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

All active-duty first responders will receive free entry to the inaugural REV Group Grand Prix, an NTT IndyCar race at Road America

Trauma takes its toll on EMS providers, 911 telecommunicators

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

Local leaders, communities, agency leaders and the media all have a responsibility to help support emergency responders’ well-being through research, intervention, policy and education

Trauma takes its toll on EMS providers, 911 telecommunicators

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

Local leaders, communities, agency leaders and the media all have a responsibility to help support emergency responders’ well-being through research, intervention, policy and education

Historic Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on fire

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

The iconic spire of the Notre Dame cathedral collapsed as a fire raged on the roof of the cathedral

What are you bringing home with you?

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

Understand how the experiences you have as an EMS provider can shape your relationships with your family

Focusing on connections in community paramedicine

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

Data analysis is important to evaluating MIH programs, but it will never show the whole picture of community paramedicine success

NY volunteer firefighters seek billing authority for ambulance calls

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

The state association said volunteer fire companies are the only providers of emergency medical services that are not allowed to bill users

Ambulance service sues Ga. nursing home over non-emergency calls

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

The lawsuit alleges that the home bills Medicare for patients services and could apply for reimbursement for non-emergency ambulance transport

Mass. woman charged with spitting on, fighting EMS personnel

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

"Jefferson was spitting on and fighting medical workers who were trying to render aid to her," police said

Ariz. firefighter-paramedic awarded $3.8M for lack of private breast pumping room

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

According to her attorney not all stations complied with federal law regarding pumping rooms

Maine officials consider stocking all middle, high schools with naloxone

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

Gordon Smith, the state’s director of opioid response, said having the antidote on hand in a school building could save the life of a student, staff member or visitor

8 dead after violent weekend storms

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

The National Weather Service said two EF-3 tornadoes touched down in Texas, while eight tornadoes were confirmed in Mississippi and three in Alabama

Report: Human error broke Fla. county 911 system, made fixing it harder

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

Hillsborough County’s 911 system failed for just over 22 hours in September, leaving 768 calls for help unanswered while officials struggled to fix the problem

NM hospital patient steals ambulance, crashes into light pole

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

Ashley Ulibarri, 25, faces a charge of unlawful taking of the motor vehicle

Dallas man accused of impersonating paramedic student

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

The man convinced members of Dallas Fire-Rescue to take him on a ride-along, and was previously arrested in 2013 for stealing a firefighter uniform

Dallas man accused of impersonating EMT student

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

The man convinced members of Dallas Fire-Rescue to take him on a ride-along, and was previously arrested in 2013 for stealing a firefighter uniform

Calif. county battles misuse of 911 system

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

From people calling to ask about the weather and children accidentally dialing 911 on their parents' phone, dispatchers receive hundreds of non-emergency calls

NC county considers Plan B if ambulance service doesn’t recover

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

The nonprofit agency was previously handling convalescent calls to transport patients between medical and long-term care facilities or for routine medical transport services

How the new American Paramedic Association focuses on providers

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

Our co-hosts discuss the new American Paramedic Association and its creation out of a need to represent the voices of paramedics in the field

San Francisco paramedic rescues surprise family member

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

After answering a “career call,” a paramedic was surprised to learn that the woman she saved was a family member

Medic Mindset Podcast: Thinking about Syncope

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

Austin Travis County Deputy Medical Director Jason Pickett identifies syncope differential and the applications for spinal motion restriction and point of care ultrasound

Ky. county to pay $253K over claims of false billing

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

A lawsuit claimed the ambulance service submitted more than 1,000 fake reimbursement claims to Medicare and Medicaid

Ky. county to pay $253K over claims of false billing

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

A lawsuit claimed the ambulance service submitted more than 1,000 fake reimbursement claims to Medicare and Medicaid

Mental health pilot program to give first responders transport flexibility

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

A new program would give fire and EMS personnel the ability to transport patients experiencing mental health distress to a specialized facility

Ind. county says ‘no’ again to request for third ambulance

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

For the second time in a month, the Floyd County Council declined to fund the purchase of a third ambulance, but EMS officials won't take no for an answer

3 EMTs injured during ambulance rollover

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

A Sauk Prairie ambulance was taking a curve when the combination of ice and harsh winds pushed it off the road

ePCR implementation: Changing a hard-copy culture

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

New York EMS volunteers swap paper reports for digital documentation

Pa. city offering volunteer firefighters, EMS tax credit

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

The volunteer service tax credit program was created by state Act 172

MedFlight base closure leads to primary provider change in Ala. county

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

“After a thorough review and analysis of the area, and confirmation that the community needs can be fulfilled by our other area bases and aircraft"

Hero Systems announces first purchase of HERODrag System

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

The Chicago Police Department is the first owner of The HERODrag System, a victim immobilizing rescue system designed for quick, easy deployment and stabilization

Kan. EMS agency hosts 2nd “Day In Our Life” billing workshop

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

The annual workshop brings together care providers and billing professionals to “emphasize care beyond transport”

NAEMT names Ill. Sen. Dick Durbin EMS Legislator of the Year

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

The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians honored Sen. Dick Durbin for his legislative work on behalf of rural EMS providers

NAEMT names Ill. Sen. Dick Durbin EMS Legislator of the Year

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

The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians honored Sen. Dick Durbin for his legislative work on behalf of rural EMS providers

How one EMS agency found its body armor solution

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

Propper made it easy to find the right fit for EMS providers, says an operations chief with an ambulance district outside St. Louis

Officials: 1 dead, 17 hurt, including FF, in NC gas explosion

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

Firefighters responding to a gas leak were evacuating people from a building Wednesday morning when it exploded

First responder #LipSyncChallenge comes to television

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

CBS announced a new one-hour special competition, “Lip Sync to the Rescue,” which will pit first responders against each other in a lip sync battle showdown

NC receives $12 million grant to fight opioid epidemic

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

The funds will be used for prevention, access to treatment and improved links to care

Pa. EMS agency subscription drive raises funds, saves money

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

Subscriptions provide residents with discounts of up to 50% on any out-of-pocket expenses, including deductibles and copays once insurance payments are applied

Teen performs CPR on father in cardiac arrest

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

Zachary Warner, 16, could hear his father, Kevin, breathing strangely and followed the 911 dispatcher's directions to perform CPR for 10 minutes until paramedics arrived

Man guilty of attacking paramedic gets 14 days in jail

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

Jeremiah James Ray climbed into the passenger seat of an ambulance, then reportedly waved around a knife and choked and bit one of the paramedics inside

In healthcare, the future is now; just ask Alexa

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

From drone delivery of AEDs, to Siri and the now HIPAA-compliant Alexa, cutting-edge technology is promising seamless communication for EMS

Maine medical center receives grant to expand rural health care service, critical care

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

By Meg Robbins Morning Sentinel A clinic in Jackman has secured funding to expand urgent care services for patients in the rural Somerset County area. Penobscot Community Health Care was one of four organizations to receive a grant from the Maine Health Access Foundation in March, according to a news release issued Monday afternoon. The medical group will be putting the money — a total of...

NYC declares public health emergency due to measles outbreak

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

Following the declaration, city officials ordered mandatory vaccinations for all people in Williamsburg

NY EMS provider offering paid EMT training academy

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

Academy participants will be considered full-time employees, complete with benefits available the first day of class, and health insurance after 60 days

New National EMS Scope of Practice Model released

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the latest version of the EMS Scope of Practice Model

Report: 800 Ark. EMS professionals let licenses lapse

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

According to Jon Swanson, Metro EMS executive director, 800 lapsed licenses is an uptick from the average 600 the state typically sees

Seattle nightlife employees learn to administer naloxone

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

City of Seattle‘s nightlife business advocate and program creator Scott Plusquellec said preventative action is key

How to prepare for and react after contact with emerging opioids

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

Manufactured, concocted and blended opioids require EMS training, PPE and decontamination strategies

First responders express desire for motorists to heed Scott’s Law

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

Formally known as the Move Over Law requires drivers to vacate the lane closest if there are first responders, public works employees or tow-truck operators – on the shoulder

First responders: Heed Scott’s Law, move over

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

Formally known as the Move Over Law, it requires drivers to vacate the lane closest if there are first responders, public works employees or tow-truck operators on the shoulder

NY city ambulance service shuts down over lack of funds

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

The Livingston County Emergency Medical Services will take over for the now-closed Avon Rotary-Lions Ambulance service

Ohio county first responders training for ‘difficult runs’

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

Butler County mental health professionals have started countywide crisis intervention training to help first responders handle situations involving suspects with mental illness

Ariz. high schools stocking opioid overdose reversal drug

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

Tucson Unified and Amphitheater Public Schools are both stocking Narcan doses in the event of an overdose

NJ city hosts 6th annual EMS skills cadet competition

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

Young future EMS providers have the chance to interact with professional EMS personnel and learn from realistic scenario situations

How to say no to an overtime request

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

Explaining the reason you are unable to cover an open EMT or paramedic shift is unnecessary and counter-productive

W. Va. quick response team sees success in opioid fight

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

Consisting of a police officer, a paramedic and a mental health representative, the team follows up with overdose patients within 72 hours to offer support

Car crashes into ambulance carrying patient

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

An ambulance carrying a patient was hit at an intersection by a car, leaving the emergency vehicle resting on its side

Car crashes into ambulance carrying patient

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

An ambulance carrying a patient was hit at an intersection by a car, leaving the emergency vehicle resting on its side

Ind. city participates in grant program that provides overdose rescue kits

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

Terre Haute police and fire departments will each receive 60 kits over a six-month period, while the sheriff's office will receive 12 kits for the six-month time frame

Wis. city FD and volunteer rescue squad to merge

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

Facing dwindling numbers of volunteer emergency medical technicians and an increased number of calls, the two entities will work to combine operations

Amazon: Alexa now HIPAA-compliant

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

The announcement will allow the voice-controlled device to be used by patients, hospitals and healthcare workers

Lack of EMTs forcing Pa. city fire engines out of service

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

Baltimore Fire Department fire trucks are being taken out of service to be on call as medic units, putting a strain on city resources

Lack of EMTs forcing Baltimore city fire engines out of service

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

City of Baltimore Fire Department fire trucks are being taken out of service to be on call as medic units, putting a strain on city resources

Firefighter accused of physically assaulting patient

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

Theodore Mobley, 26, was arguing with a female patient after transporting her to George Washington Hospital, and the argument turned physical once inside

First responders find crash victims one hour after extensive search

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

Six first responder agencies responded to the scene to search for the two crash victims

911 dispatcher honored for call about dog biting baby

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

Patricia Ebinger's "calm, professional and life-preserving services" saved the child, who suffered near-fatal injuries in the January attack

Inside EMS celebrates 5 years, 250 episodes

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

Our co-hosts discuss how the EMS industry has changed over the last five years, and what the future looks like for providers

6 ways to improve roadway operations safety for emergency responders

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

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Carlos Rosario shares his recovery after being struck on a roadway and promotes safety during Distracted Driver Awareness Month

Receptors and the autonomic nervous system

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

The balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system keeps our automated body functions working properly

911 FaceTime: New tool lets dispatchers access your phone’s camera

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

The technology establishes a link and allows dispatchers to remain connected to callers and provide more detailed and in-depth assistance

911 FaceTime: New tool lets dispatchers access your phone’s camera

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

The technology establishes a link and allows dispatchers to remain connected to callers and provide more detailed and in-depth assistance

Medics, cops help deliver baby inside Calif. McDonald’s

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

“It’s not everyday you get to help deliver a new born baby at McDonald’s"

Doctor, paramedic killed after ambulance hit by train in Poland

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

According to reports by eyewitnesses, the ambulance got caught between the barriers for reasons that are still unclear

Chaplains provide support as police, paramedics respond to ND homicides

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

The Crisis Care Chaplaincy program provided a debriefing with Metro-Area Ambulance and the Mandan Fire Department

Family of pregnant woman killed in car crash thanks paramedics

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

As a result of the first responders work, four lives were saved through organ donation

33 Fla. counties now have text to 911 capabilities

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

Anyone who can’t call in an emergency can now send a message to request police, fire or medical assistance

Video: 2 AMR ambulances collide in NY

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

Roads in the area were shut down for some time due to a large debris field

Va. first responders can now delivery blood to trauma patients in the field

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

FACT*R provides supplies and training to first responders so they can administer blood transfusions in the field

Va. first responders can now deliver blood to trauma patients in the field

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

FACT*R provides supplies and training to first responders so they can administer blood transfusions in the field

Va. first responders can now deliver blood to trauma patients in the field

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

FACT*R provides supplies and training to first responders so they can administer blood transfusions in the field

Tenn. fire and EMS crew tend to injured dog after collision

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

Rutherford County Fire & Rescue firefighters administered first aid and applied bandages to Pepper

Ind. chief saves a life while on family vacation

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

Battalion Chief David Porter was enjoying the sun and sand in St. Petersburg, Florida when he jumped into action

Ohio first responder philanthropist to be honored with official firefighter funeral

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

She helped local EMTs pay for their training and continuing education courses

FirstNet announces new improvements for 2019

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

AT&T plans to roll out a number of improvements to FirstNet this year

5 things EMS providers should know about seeking mental health treatment

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

Consider the benefits of seeing a mental health professional to help manage EMS acute and chronic stress

Why heads-up CPR is NOT ready for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest care

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

EMS clinical leaders need to review and consider the research before implementing a new CPR technique

What’s your department’s suicide prevention plan?

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

Here are five ways EMS is leading the way and doing more to prevent death by suicide

Fla. EMS transforms public bus into ambulance

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

The RAPTOR can respond to mass casualty incidents such as vehicle crashes, mass shootings or natural disasters

Fla. EMS transforms public bus into ambulance

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

The RAPTOR can respond to mass casualty incidents such as vehicle crashes, mass shootings or natural disasters

Video: 3 hurt after FDNY ambulance jumps curb

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

The ambulance had been responding to a cardiac arrest call before the crash, said the FDNY

Denver paramedics: Increased traffic creates rapid response challenge

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

More traffic and longer commutes are creating a challenge for Denver Health Medical Center paramedics

Video: Man arrested after ramming parked cars with ambulance

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

A MEDIC crew and patient were inside the rig when the man jumped into the driver’s seat

Squad 51 rescue truck makes ‘Emergency’ stop in Conn. town

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

Danbury firefighters posted on Facebook Sunday, photos of truck along with the man who built it - Fire Chief Ron Morin of Maine

5 errors that are giving you incorrect blood pressure readings

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

Blood pressure may be the vital sign we measure the most and understand the least

Gold Cross rebrands as Mayo Clinic Ambulance

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

Gold Cross has been part of the Mayo Clinic system since 1994, but it'll soon rebrand to reflect the affiliation

19 hospitalized after disturbance at memorial for rapper Nipsey Hussle

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

Many were treated on scene after reports of a possible shooting in Los Angeles's Hyde Park

4 steps to achieve true fitness in fire/EMS

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

Use these techniques to build a great foundation of first responder-specific strength and become tactically fit

Canadian ambulance service changes flashing lights

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

Ottawa Paramedic Service has changed their red and white flashing lights to red and blue lights

Man accused of stabbing Ore. paramedic released on supervision

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

Jeremiah Ray is accused of stabbing an AMR paramedic while the ambulance was stopped at a red light

EMS in 280 characters: 1 Tweet per topic

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

From paramedic degrees, to ALS vs. BLS; boiling down the hot topics in EMS #grammarisoverrated

Quiz: Autonomic nervous system

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

Take this quiz to test your knowledge of alpha and beta receptors and how the autonomic nervous system works

Veteran Iowa paramedic remembered as ‘great man’

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

Dallas County EMS paramedic Dan Lindsay died Saturday from a medical condition

Anchorage FD adapts staffing for increase in EMS-related calls

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

Anchorage Fire Department plans to shift staffing next month to adapt to an ever-rising demand for emergency medical responses

Two dozen city workers from Ground Zero put on unlimited sick leave

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

The workers, including paramedics and EMTs, have been granted unlimited sick leave as they fight the illnesses linked to their time at Ground Zero

Ala. city considers fines for slow ambulance response times

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

Agencies could be fined from $500 to $2,000 for violations of the response time requirements, or for lacking proper equipment and properly maintained vehicles

Ala. city first responders to train for active shooter response

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

The previous response plan called for EMS personnel to hold up outside the scene until police had made their response and wait for victims to be brought out

Ret. Conn. firefighter-medic dies from line-of-duty injuries

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

James “Woody” Woodman was critically injured in a crash on Oct. 5, 1999, while on duty

Conn. town recognized as HEARTSafe Community for EMS commitment to cardiac response

Posted on March 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Mansfield was recognized for its ongoing commitment to using CPR and defibrillators to save lives

3 scenarios where you’ll be glad you have this rugged case

Posted on March 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Pelican’s newest lightweight and durable case is built specifically for EMS and fire needs

Sexual assault against fire/EMS providers: Talk about it

Posted on March 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Define what behaviors are off limits and what to do if an assault against emergency responders does occur