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Feds to Restrict Volunteers at Disasters

NEW YORK - Retiree Gene O'Brien hurried to the World Trade Center site after Sept. 11, 2001, as a volunteer helping to shuttle supplies to police and fire workers. Some days, his only ID to get into the disaster site was a tattoo on his forearm.

Posted Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Auto hits ambulance taking tot

An EMSA ambulance taking a 2-year-old girl to a Tulsa hospital after she nearly drowned was hit by another vehicle at an intersection, police said.

Posted Tuesday, September 4, 2007

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Aging population, payment and liability issues drive increasing calls to long term care facilities

Firefighters at Station 7 in Columbia rushed to the same nursing home three times during two recent 24-hour shifts. Only one of those 911 calls - for a patient in "respiratory distress" - was a true emergency, crew members said, but firefighters still took all three residents to a hospital by ambulance.

Posted Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Study: Longer Ambulance Journeys Boost Death Risk

The further seriously ill patients have to travel by ambulance to reach emergency care, the more likely they are to die, reveals research in Emergency Medicine Journal.

Posted Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Ambulance involved in five-car pile-up

Milford, Massachusetts-Moments after bringing a patient to the Milford Regional Medical Center Friday, two Norfolk firefighter-paramedics found themselves treating patients from a five-car pile-up that included their ambulance.

Posted Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Spread of Rare Infection Sparks Concern

A staph scare in the Capital Region sparks concern, after a rare strain finds it way into the system of a local rescue worker.

Posted Friday, August 31, 2007

Two Dead, Four Hurt, In Desert Head-On Crash of Ambulance and Car

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, California -- An ambulance crashed head-on into a car in Desert Hot Springs, killing two people and injuring four others.

Posted Friday, August 31, 2007

Ambulance District fires top executive

The Valle Ambulance District has fired its top administrator, a former paramedic who earlier this year raised the ire of the Mehlville Fire Protection District board by participating in a training class while on disability with Mehlville.

Posted Friday, August 31, 2007

Man is declared dead but still alive

The Omaha Fire Department is reviewing procedures that paramedics followed Sunday when they declared an Omaha man dead who was found to be alive less than two hours later.

Posted Friday, August 31, 2007

Fielding more calls, city EMTs often attacked, injured

Last year, 28 percent of the 193 injuries suffered by city EMTs were the result of violence, a figure that has held constant over the past five years, according to Boston Emergency Medical Services.

Posted Friday, August 31, 2007



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