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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 Thursday, October 25, 2007

Firefighter Staffing at Issue

Staffing shortages have led to a controversial decision that pits EMS against firefighting.

Posted Thursday, October 18, 2007

AMR s Closing Creates Void in Mass.

At least two companies hope to fill the void left by the departure of American Medical Response (AMR) from Pittsfield, Mass.

Posted Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Governor Vetoes "Flawed" EMT Bill Fearing Background Checks Would Have Limited Public Disclosure

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill calling for California's 70,000 EMTs to undergo background checks.

Posted Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Pittsfield, Mass., AMR Laying Off 35, Closing

American Medical Response, one of two emergency medical response companies in Pittsfield, Mass., will close its local operation as of Dec. 31.

Posted Thursday, October 11, 2007

Proposed Bill Calls for EMT Background Checks

A top county medical administrator says the California bill calling for mandatory criminal background checks for EMTs will prevent regulators from punishing rogue rescuers.

Posted Monday, October 8, 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 Tuesday, September 25, 2007

ED Demand Grows in Denver Following CU Move

Emergency rooms across Denver are feeling the impact of the University of Colorado Hospital's move to Aurora three months ago. Now, they're preparing for a possible surge in pediatric patients as Children's Hospital prepares to also move to the city east of Denver.

Posted Monday, September 24, 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


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