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MedStar Board Approves Texas Training Academy

The MedStar board of directors approved funding Wednesday to start a training academy for paramedics and emergency medical technicians in Texas.

Posted Thursday, September 27, 2007

ZOLL to Showcase Its 'Code-Ready' R Series Defibrillator at 2007 ENA Scientific Assembly

ZOLL Medical will display its range of resuscitation products -- including the new ZOLL R Series defibrillator -- in its booth at the 2007 ENA Scientific Assembly, Sept. 27-29, in Salt Lake City.

Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Marietta Firefighters Nominated for Public Safety Awards

Next week, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce will announce the winners of its 13th annual Salute to Public Safety. Among the nominees is a team from the Marietta Fire Department who traveled to South Georgia in May to fight the wildfires there.

Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2007

GE to Help Gundersen Lutheran Design a Model Critical-Care Hospital

GE Healthcare will work with physicians and staff at Gundersen Lutheran to design a critical-care hospital that provides better, more efficient and lower-cost care.

Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Mequon Fire Department Reorganization Moves Forward

A reorganization of the Mequon Fire Department, which the chief says is top-heavy with supervisors and wasteful in spending, is set to go forward Monday after an informal blessing this week by city leaders.

Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2007

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Stowe Parents File Lawsuit Over County 911 Glitch

The parents of an infant who died during a 911 glitch that resulted in missed calls for help filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Kansas-based Embarq Corp., alleging the business was negligent when installing and maintaining the county 911 system.

Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Fire Districts Could Flex Land-Use Power

Whatcom County (Wash.) fire districts may soon exercise broad review powers over proposed developments, in the wake of a ruling Monday by Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Charles Snyder.

Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2007

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San Diego Paramedics Use Scooters at Stadium Events

San Diego Medical Services uses the American Chariot to respond to emergencies at San Diego Chargers games and other Qualcomm Stadium events.

Posted Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Sequatchie County (Tenn.) Budget Committee Seeks Answers to Ambulance Service Money Troubles

Sequatchie County Budget Committee officials met Tuesday to seek an answer to the county-owned ambulance service's money problems.

Posted Tuesday, September 25, 2007

EMS Report by New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Sparks Mixed Reactions

EMS units across New Jersey are suffering from a shortage of responders -- one aspect of New Jersey's EMS system that could collapse without immediate action, a report released Friday found.

Posted Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Fire district Wins Ruling on Growth

Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Charles Snyder rules in favor of the fire district, ordering the Whatcom County hearing examiner to take another look at the question of whether fire suppression and emergency medical services would be adequate to serve four proposed new developments in the Birch Bay area.

Posted Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Patrick Administration Launches Effort to Centralize Homeland Security Responsibilities

A new homeland security document calls for the creation of a central database to track the availability of emergency equipment to ensure that local and regional organizations are not spending tax dollars on equipment they could get one town over.

Posted Tuesday, September 25, 2007

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Results of National Study on Responder Sleep Deprivation Released

The U.S. Fire Administration and the International Association of Fire Chiefs announced the release of ˙The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Fire Fighters and EMS RespondersÓ yesterday.

Posted Monday, September 24, 2007

25th Annual Memorial Service in Chicago Honors Paramedics & Firefighters

Firefighters gone, but not forgotten: For 25 years, city firefighters and paramedics have gathered to pay respects to the fallen and comfort family members

Posted Monday, September 24, 2007

Artificial Man Aids EMT Training Exercise; Hundreds Attend F.D. Open House

On Sunday, EMTs in Daviess County, Ky., practiced their skills for recertification on an artificial man while hundreds of children attended the fire department's open house for a chance to see the fire trucks and experience the smoke simulator in the Safe House.

Posted Monday, September 24, 2007

ED Demand Grows in Denver Following CU Move

Emergency rooms across Denver are feeling the impact of the University of Colorado Hospital's move to Aurora three months ago. Now, they're preparing for a possible surge in pediatric patients as Children's Hospital prepares to also move to the city east of Denver.

Posted Monday, September 24, 2007

Is There a Better Way to Restart a Heart?

A Purdue University researcher says rhythmic abdominal compressions have shown to increase blood flow to the heart by 25 percent compared to traditional CPR.

Posted Monday, September 24, 2007

Lehigh Valley (Penn.) Needs Regional Health Department

Lehigh and Northampton Counties are expected to take up the question of whether to establish a Lehigh Valley regional health department.

Posted Monday, September 24, 2007

Under Plan, Cost of Overseeing Ambulances in Colorado Springs Up 19 Percent

The cost of overseeing the region's ambulance contractor, AMR, will increase by 19 percent over this year and 178 percent over 2006 under a proposal scheduled for Colorado Springs City Council approval Tuesday.

Posted Monday, September 24, 2007

Report Finds N.J. EMS System in Critical Condition; Urges Overhaul

New Jersey's EMS system is in a "state of near crisis" and requires an urgent, fundamental overhaul that should include the creation of a new state division and the transfer of EMS responsibilities to cities and towns, a long-awaited report says.

Posted Sunday, September 23, 2007

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