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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 Sunday, August 19, 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 Sunday, August 19, 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 Thursday, August 16, 2007

Paramedic admits he possessed child porn

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

Posted Thursday, August 16, 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 Wednesday, August 15, 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 Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Two wheelchairs go over cliff along Bille Park trail

PARADISE-- Rescue personnel spent two hours Sunday rescuing a quadriplegic women after she took a 75-to-80 feet fall off a cliff alongside a park trail.

Posted Monday, August 13, 2007

EMT paddles to the rescue

Ambulance crews couldn't get to a pregnant woman in distress whose Flushing home was surrounded by flood water yesterday.

Posted Sunday, August 12, 2007

Hospitals Are Shutting Down Burn Centers

U.S. hospitals are increasingly shutting down their burn centers in a trend experts say could leave the nation unable to handle widespread burn casualties from a fiery terrorist attack or other major disaster.

Posted Thursday, August 9, 2007


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