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Negotiations Avert AMR Strike

AMR and NEMSA reached an agreement during contract negotiations on Sunday, which averted a strike that would have kept EMS professionals in three„New England streets off their ambulances on Monday.

Posted Monday, July 30, 2007

New ambulance facility to cut MRSA opens

NORWICH,„UK„ ƒ A new„£800,000 ($1,618,860„USD)„ambulance depot intended to cut down on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has opened outside of„Norwich,„UK„ according to the BBC.„„The station located at the„Longwater„Business„Park was completed in early July and began operation on Sunday.

Posted Monday, July 30, 2007

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American Eurocopter selects Air Methods EMS products & completion services

DENVER, July 30 -- Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq: AIRM) announced today that American Eurocopter, LLC of Grand Prairie, TX, has selected Air Methods' Products Division (AMPD) to provide their single-engine emergency medical services (EMS) customers with medical interiors, avionics and airframe modifications, and equipment under an exclusive, long term agreement.

Posted Monday, July 30, 2007

EMS in race with growth

RALEIGH -- While the Triangle grows at a breakneck clip, the workers tasked with responding to emergencies are not keeping pace.

Posted Monday, July 30, 2007

Crafton Hills College graduates 67th paramedics class

Crafton Hills Collegegraduated 15 students with Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)-Paramedic certificates Thursday.

Posted Sunday, July 29, 2007

Shooting isn't real, but drill is crucial

RALEIGH -- The reports coming out of Daniels Middle School on Thursday morning were grim: multiple casualties with a gunman at large on the Oberlin Road campus.

Posted Friday, July 27, 2007

You Call, We Haul' policy has EMS system working in tight shoes

At precisely 2:19 p.m., San Antonio ran out of ambulances. It's true. If you had gone into cardiac arrest at 2:20, sorry, not one of the city's 28 EMS units could have rushed to save your life.

Posted Friday, July 27, 2007

Alberta takes steps to prevent paramedics strike

EDMONTON -- Alberta government declared a public emergency Tuesday to head off a strike over wages by about 400 Calgary paramedics.

Posted Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Woman accused of check forgery

A former treasurer of the Hecktown Volunteer Ambulance Corps was arraigned Tuesday on theft and forgery charges after she skimmed more than $2,500 from corps funds, police said.

Posted Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Man accused of 292 false 911 calls

A 21-year-old man was arrested Tuesday and accused of making 292 false calls to 911 since July 1.

Posted Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Towns scramble as ambulance strike looms

MASSACHUSETTS -- A strike vote by paramedics, EMTs and dispatchers with American Medical Response is threatening to cut ambulance service in 13 Bay State communities, leaving emergency planners grasping to come up with contingency plans.

Posted Wednesday, July 25, 2007

S.F. Emergency Dispatcher Wins State Award

A Santa Fe emergency dispatcher was the difference between life and death for a young man who was struck by lightning last summer while working on a house at Las Campanas.

It was just another day at the office for Melissa Sisneros, but it contributed to her recent award as New Mexico Emergency-Medical Dispatcher of the Year.

Posted Monday, July 23, 2007

2007 APCO International Conference and Exposition

Early next month, thousands of EMS, fire and police personnel will journey to Baltimore for the 73rd annual APCO International Conference & Exposition, Aug. 5Ï9.

Posted Sunday, July 22, 2007

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Floods strike Britain; Thames rising

Emergency workers rescued hundreds of trapped people Monday as water swallowed swaths of central England in the worst flooding to hit the country for 60 years. Officials said some rivers were still rising, with the western section of the rain-swollen River Thames on the verge of bursting its banks.

Posted Sunday, July 22, 2007

EMTs share life-saving skills with National Guardsmen

Most people train to be a paramedic in a five month course, but in a three-week class, members of the military and Kansas National Guard will not only learn everything a normal emergency responder will learn, but how to do it under fire.

Posted Thursday, July 19, 2007

Driver Who Struck Sunrise Paramedic Sentenced

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A driver accused of hitting a Sunrise fire-rescue paramedic with her car and fleeing the scene last year agreed to a plea deal Tuesday.

Posted Thursday, July 19, 2007

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ATV clubs to train in mock rescue

Representatives of all-terrain vehicle clubs from throughout the state will join first responders and LifeFlight officials later this month for training that will include a mock accident on a remote trail in the Moosehead Lake region.

Posted Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Nearly $1 Billion in Communications Grants

U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez and U.S. Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff announced today $968 million Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Grants to help state and local first responders improve public safety communications and coordination during a natural or man-made disaste

Posted Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Hypothermic Resuscitation Receives National Attention

Hypothermic resuscitation at the University of Pennsylvania is featured in this week's edition of Newsweek Magazine and on Newsweek.com. Click below to view the Newsweek clip which features Lance Becker, MD, a noted cardiac care specialist and frequent lecturer at Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) conferences sponsored by the Citizen CPR Foundation, and learn more about the the dramatic results being experienced when cardiac arrest patients are cooled to 34-degrees and then gradually rewarmed over a 24 hour period.

Posted Wednesday, July 18, 2007

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At least 189 dead in Brazil air crash

SAO PAULO, Brazil - The pilot of an airliner that burst into flames after trying to land on a short, rain-slicked runway apparently tried to take off again, barely clearing rush-hour traffic on a major highway. The death toll rose Wednesday to 189 and could climb higher.

Posted Tuesday, July 17, 2007


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