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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

Also On Jems Thumb

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

FDNY's Top Chief Urges Safety Fixes

A top New York City fire official called on the federal government yesterday make "a concerted, long-term effort" to protect first responders.

Posted Thursday, September 20, 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

Bees Interrupt 911 Service in Texas Town

"All circuits are busy now. Please try your call again later." It's not what you want to hear when you call 911. But that is what happened Tuesday afternoon for many Hays County, Texas, residents.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Paramedic charged with drug theft

Minn. paramedic is charged with theft of a controlled substance after police say she stole narcotics out of her ambulance.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Some Fear Ambulance Rotation Will Fatigue Firefighters

The City Council approved an agreement Tuesday to put city firefighters on two MedStar ambulances to help the emergency transport service with a staffing shortage.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Wisconsin Emergency Personnel Balk at Reorganization Plan

The quaint image of the volunteer fire department is being blown apart in Mequon, Wis., where an outsider who was hired as chief is taking aim at a department he says has one supervisor for every 1.8 subordinates.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

EMS icon dies

Charles Sawkins, a thirty-six year member of Rural/Metro and an icon in the local EMS community died yesterday.

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007

State probing medical process used by AMR

Colorado State health officials are investigating an incident involving a patient treated by American Medical Response, and the ambulance company has agreed to temporarily stop using a procedure unless directed by a doctor.

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Firefighter's family gets $12 million in his death

Jurors awarded $12 million Tuesday to a St. Louis firefighter's family and will consider additional damages against the maker of breathing equipment they said killed him while fighting a blaze in 2002.

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007

How Much Training Is Enough?

We know that training students in clinical procedures is a difficult issue. Even if we ignore the problem of too many students competing for too few procedures, concerns about liability, supervision, reimbursement and technical problems remain.

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007

How Much Training Is Enough?

We know that training students in clinical procedures is a difficult issue. Even if we ignore the problem of too many students competing for too few procedures, concerns about liability, supervision, reimbursement and technical problems remain.

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007


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