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South County Fire Districts Consider Mutual Aid Unit

Four Washington fire districts consider working together to secure a mutual aid unit.

Posted Monday, October 1, 2007

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JEMS Games Team Wins Gold

The winners of the 2007 JEMS Games took home the gold after a strong performance in the Asia Pacific Simulation Challenge in Australia.

Posted Monday, October 1, 2007

Translating Fire Safety Basics Will Help Prevent Tragedy

Fire safety education should include immigrant populations.

Posted Monday, October 1, 2007

Fee Hike OK'd for AMR

American Medical Response, the company that provides ambulance service to most of Clark County, has won a 2.4 percent rate increase effective Monday.

Posted Friday, September 28, 2007

Aid Call Details Still Public: HIPAA Law Doesn't Mean Ambulances Operate in Secret

Fire departments in Wisconsin cannot use the federal HIPAA law as a reason to withhold basic public information about ambulance calls, such as names and addresses of those who required medical help.

Posted Friday, September 28, 2007

Hearing Explores Testing Patients for HIV Without Consent

Rep. Stephen DiNatale, D-Fitchburg, files a bill that would allow blood testing of a patient, without consent, if others are exposed.

Posted Friday, September 28, 2007

Ambulance Service Collections 'Gaining Momentum'

Collections for the ambulance service in Sequatchie County (Tenn.) are mounting and should stabilize in the next few months.

Posted Friday, September 28, 2007

GE Contract Brings New Emergency Vehicles to Connecticut Town

Two new emergency response vehicles will be purchased for service in Oxford, Conn., under a $2.1 million financial pact with General Electric Energy Financial Services and should be ready for use by next year.

Posted Friday, September 28, 2007

911 Center Needs Power Boost

Lebanon s communications center has maxed out the available space and electrical supply at the courthouse.

Posted Friday, September 28, 2007

Cell Phone Snafu Delays Response to Accident

The Pueblo (Colo.) County Sheriff's Department blames a cellular phone tower snafu for the delay in responding to an auto accident that involved serious injuries in northern Pueblo County on Wednesday.

Posted Friday, September 28, 2007

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 Friday, September 28, 2007

New Board to Take Over at Southern Berks Regional Emergency Medical Services

A new board will take over at Southern Berks Regional Emergency Medical Services in wake of an ongoing state probe into financial mismanagement at the nonprofit ambulance company.

Posted Friday, September 28, 2007

Drill Aims to Help School Prepare for the Worst

On Sunday, emergency teams in New Jersey will drill for a catastrophic chemical release at a local high school.

Posted Friday, September 28, 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 Thursday, September 27, 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 Thursday, September 27, 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 Thursday, September 27, 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 Thursday, September 27, 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 Thursday, September 27, 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 Thursday, September 27, 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 Wednesday, September 26, 2007


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