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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

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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

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

First Responders Train for Chemical Accidents on Railways

In rail cars converted to classrooms and tank cars outfitted for demonstrations, Norfolk Southern, along with chemical and railway experts from across the country, taught first-responders how to recognize tanks carrying dangerous chemicals, how to protect themselves, and ways to respond to emergencies.

Posted Sunday, September 23, 2007

Paramedics Stand at the Ready on Southeast Texas Sidelines

Look in the ambulance at the end of the stadium some Friday night, and there's no telling what you might find: torn-up shoulders, busted ankles, painful hernias. And that's just the paramedics.

Posted Sunday, September 23, 2007

British Fire Service Donates to Chernobyl

West Yorkshire, England, fire service donates essential firefighting gear to aid emergency services near Chernobyl in the Ukraine.

Posted Sunday, September 23, 2007

Board OKs 9-1-1 requests

The Tyrone Township, Mich., Board voted 4-3 on Tuesday to allow Livingston County 911 dispatchers to honor a caller's request for ambulance service only.

Posted Sunday, September 23, 2007

Two Clinics Open to Treat Ground Zero Patients

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces two free medical clinics for 9/11 workers.

Posted Thursday, September 20, 2007

Chertoff Stresses IED Preparations

.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff touts the ways the federal government is raising understanding of improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Posted Thursday, September 20, 2007

CDs Help Schools Build Safety Web Sites

Pennsylvania s Attorney General urges all school districts to compile data for crisis responders.

Posted Thursday, September 20, 2007

Forklift Frees Ailing 900-Pound Man

Firefighters cut a hole in a house in Lansing, Mich., and used a forklift to extricate a 900-pound man from his second-floor bedroom after a visiting nurse became worried about his health.

Posted Thursday, September 20, 2007

OSHA Fines Fire Department in Deaths

State regulators fined the Charleston (S.C.) Fire Department and a furniture store Thursday for violating safety standards in a blaze that killed nine firefighters.

Posted Thursday, September 20, 2007

Vote May Get Ambulance District Rolling

New Brewerton, N.Y., service would mean shorter waits for help, but higher taxes.

Posted Thursday, September 20, 2007

Salt Lake County Paramedics Get New Devices to Aid Heart Attack

Salt Lake County paramedics are being equipped with new devices to speed treatment of heart attack sufferers - and South Jordan is leading the way.

Posted Thursday, September 20, 2007

Hypothermic Baby Rescued

Paramedics rescued a 14-month-old baby from mounds of garbage in its Milwaukee home. The baby needed 21 minutes of CPR and had a body temperature of 84 degrees when he arrived at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin last week.

Posted Thursday, September 20, 2007

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Legal Insanity

With tort reform in certain states and tightening of worker s compensation laws, personal injury attorneys are looking at other targets, and EMS is coming under the crosshairs.

Posted Thursday, September 20, 2007


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