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Hawaiian-Style Recruitment

Honolulu is more than just surf; it's also home to a Junior Paramedic Program that has successfully completed its third year and helped advance the presence of„EMS as a respected profession.

Posted Friday, August 24, 2007

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Union Urges Uniform Drug Testing

Volunteer firefighters and paramedics are not required to take the tests. And union leaders say that is a problem.

Posted Thursday, August 23, 2007

Family shares, cares for community

Emergency care is a family affair at the Gaul household in Washington Twp.

Posted Thursday, August 23, 2007

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Use of Fire/EMS Property and Personnel for Private Interest

One crew of San Diego firefighters/EMTs has now filed EEOC complaints and intend to file suit against the city for sending them to participate in the city s gay pride parade while on duty. The crew alleges they were forced to participate in the parade, which exposed them to sexual harassment.

Posted Thursday, August 23, 2007

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Use of Fire/EMS Property and Personnel for Private Interest

One crew of San Diego firefighters/EMTs has now filed EEOC complaints and intend to file suit against the city for sending them to participate in the city s gay pride parade while on duty. The crew alleges they were forced to participate in the parade, which exposed them to sexual harassment.

Posted Thursday, August 23, 2007

2 EMTs are injured in West Brighton, New York

A tow truck slammed into an FDNY ambulance driving the wrong way down a West Brighton street yesterday afternoon, flipping the vehicle over.

Posted Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Hurricane Dean: Local emergency workers on alert

Though their help ultimately may not be needed, several local emergency aid workers said they will remain on standby as Hurricane Dean continues on its path inland.

Posted Wednesday, August 22, 2007

2 EMTs are injured in West Brighton, New York

A tow truck slammed into an FDNY ambulance driving the wrong way down a West Brighton street yesterday afternoon, flipping the vehicle over.

Posted Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Hurricane Dean: Local emergency workers on alert

Though their help ultimately may not be needed, several local emergency aid workers said they will remain on standby as Hurricane Dean continues on its path inland.

Posted Wednesday, August 22, 2007

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Paramedic, Former Medic Killed in N.M. Plane Crash

Five people, including a paramedic and a former paramedic/firefighter turned nurse, died Aug. 5 when an air ambulance crashed in the mountains near„Ruidoso,„N.M. Also killed was a patient, her mother and the pilot.

Posted Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Atlanta becomes a template for improving EMS

When Atlanta's emergency medical system needed rescuing, Mayor Shirley Franklin started performing CPR -- in more ways than one.

Posted Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Controversial five-minute rule may become new policy

MUNDY TOWNSHIP, Michigan - The township fire department likely will find itself subject to a policy that prohibits it from responding to medical calls if an ambulance service can do it faster.

Posted Monday, August 20, 2007

Hope all but extinguished at Utah mine

HUNTINGTON, Utah - A mine company attorney said Monday that safety experts believe drilling a bigger hole and sending a rescue capsule into the coal mine where six men have been trapped for two weeks is impossible because the mountain is too unstable.

Posted Monday, August 20, 2007

Fire District Flips, Will Seek Bids on Copter

St. Lucie County Fire District officials changed their minds Wednesday and decided to seek proposals from any company willing to operate a helicopter for medical evacuations in St. Lucie County.

Posted Monday, August 20, 2007

Hope paramedic resuscitates training program, wins national EMT award

When Security Aviation ran into legal trouble a year ago, 11 paramedic students would have had their training cut short had it not been for Valerie DeFrance. Rather than concede defeat and give up her classroom, DeFrance, an emergency medical technician (EMT) and paramedic from the Hope area, threatened the company's lawyers with a little legal action of her own.

Posted Monday, August 20, 2007

Vicious circle ensnares volunteer responders

Being a first responder like a firefighter or emergency medical responder has its perks. Then there is reality. The compensation for putting your life on the line and saving others doesn't match up.

Posted Monday, August 20, 2007

Obese patients can ride in new, larger ambulance

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Southside Fire and EMS has added a special-order ambulance meant for very obese patients to its fleet of emergency vehicles.

Posted Friday, August 17, 2007

Paramedic admits he possessed child porn

A former Vinton paramedic pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges of possessing child pornography.

Posted Friday, August 17, 2007

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Rescue Service Gets Pet Oxygen Masks

MCKEESPORT - Not long ago, Barbara Procup of McKeesport was watching a cable news channel when she saw a segment on surgical oxygen masks for pets that some EMS teams are using to save dogs and cats that have suffered smoke inhalation during fires.

Posted Thursday, August 16, 2007

CMS Proposes One Rule & Withdraws Another

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed a rule in the July 12 Federal Register that would require ambulance staff to sign a statement during transport if a Medicare beneficiary is mentally or physically unable to sign a claim form and has no representative available to do so.

Posted Wednesday, August 15, 2007






 

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