Natural Disasters

EMS Reported Unprepared to Care for Children in Disasters

The American Academy of Pediatrics believes most licensed U.S. prehospital emergency medical service agencies are "significantly unprepared" to appropriately care for pediatric patients during a disaster.

Posted Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Specialized Disaster Team Undertakes First Mission for San Diego Fires

A unique team of Bay Area disaster specialists was dispatched on its inaugural mission last week to provide EMS in San Diego County.

Posted Monday, October 29, 2007

A School for Crisis Managers: Three Universities to Offer Homeland Security Classes at New Center

With the demand for emergency-management training skyrocketing, three Indiana universities and a high school will offer classes -- and one bachelor's degree -- in conjunction with the new Regional Public Safety Academy set to open late next month.

Posted Monday, October 29, 2007

Lauderhill Paramedic Cuts San Diego Vacation Short to Help Fire Victims

Lauderhill, Fla., Fire-Rescue Lt. Jeff Levy took time out of his San Diego vacation to pull an 11-hour shift working triage at the San Diego Chargers' stadium Wednesday for fire victims.

Posted Monday, October 29, 2007

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Scenes from the Wildfires

Kate Leidiger had an interesting first week on the job with Rural Metro. In addition to working long shifts with little downtime, the San Diego EMT also met Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and President George W. Bush.

Posted Friday, October 26, 2007

Bioterror Medicine: County Hones Response to Simulated Attack

Tuesday s drill tested Middlesex County s plans for the bulk distribution of medication to thousands of first responders in the event of a bioterror attack.

Posted Thursday, October 25, 2007

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AMR Manages SD EMS Response

Managing more than 300 out-of-county first responders and an increase in local 9-1-1 calls during a major natural disaster is a job San Diego_s AMR takes seriously.

Posted Wednesday, October 24, 2007

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Ambulance Strike Teams

The recent fires in California served as a testing ground for a new ambulance strike team concept. Prior to these fires, ambulance strike teams that included private providers had not been successfully deployed to an actual disaster. But the severity and ferocity of these massive fires required a unified system combining both fire-based and nonfire-based private provider resources.

Posted Tuesday, October 23, 2007

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Hot Topic: The Potential Health Effects of Climate Change

Climate change is a hot topic (pun intended) in public health circles. The problem is, while the science of climate change is well known, the health links are mostly theoretical.

Posted Tuesday, October 16, 2007






 

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