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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 Sunday, October 28, 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 Sunday, October 28, 2007

New Cedar Falls Ambulance Building Reducing Response Times

A new emergency services building in southern Cedar Falls, Iowa, is reducing response times by three to four minutes.

Posted Sunday, October 28, 2007

New Salt Lake Trauma Center Ready for Action

The opening of the new Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, is expected improve trauma care.

Posted Sunday, October 28, 2007

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Examining Reports of Near-death Experiences

Are we so concerned with cervical immobilization in trauma patients that we neglect -- at a far greater cost -- proper airway management?

Posted Sunday, October 28, 2007

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Examining Reports of Near-death Experiences

Are we so concerned with cervical immobilization in trauma patients that we neglect -- at a far greater cost -- proper airway management?

Posted Sunday, October 28, 2007

Portland Union Calls EMS Personnel Nonsensical

The union representing about 500 Portland-area EMTs and paramedics called its members out of touch with reality when it abruptly disowned the bargaining unit last month.

Posted Thursday, October 25, 2007

Pretrial Publicity May Trigger Move in Paramedic s Trial

Three people charged with assaulting former Clinton-Hickman County (Ky.) paramedic John Snow will likely be tried in another county because of pretrial publicity. The assailants were angry with Snow for photographing victims injuries and posting them online.

Posted Thursday, October 25, 2007

High-Tech System Makes New Dakota County 911 Call Center Tick

New Dakota County (Minn.) Communications Center dispatch facility will debut $6.3 million in computer gear.

Posted Thursday, October 25, 2007

Washington Rescuers Train for WMD Air Strike

Rescuers from around Eastern Washington learned what to do when disaster strikes in recent classes that included a simulated WMD air strike.

Posted Thursday, October 25, 2007

Seminole Paramedic Indicted for Child Pornography

A Texas paramedic was indicted on charges of having child pornography images on his home computer.

Posted Thursday, October 25, 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 Thursday, October 25, 2007

Study Says Printers May Pose Health Risks

The results of a recently published study state the health effects of some laser printers could be similar to a drag on a cigarette.

Posted Wednesday, October 24, 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 Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Ambulance Got Lost, Took Dead Runner to Wrong ER

The ambulance transporting the only runner who died in the Chicago Marathon earlier this month got lost on the way to the hospital, had to flag down another ambulance to get directions and then ended up at the wrong ER.

Posted Wednesday, October 24, 2007

$175,000 Awarded to Family of Dropped Oklahoma Patient

A judge this week awarded $175,000 to the family of an Oklahoma woman dropped by ambulance workers.

Posted Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Another AED Save at Sky Harbor

For the second time in two weeks, police officers assigned to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport saved the life of a person using an AED.

Posted Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Senate Panel Frets Over Bioterror Preparedness Six Years After Anthrax Attacks

Six years after a series of deadly anthrax attacks on Capitol Hill and elsewhere, members of a Senate committee expressed concern Tuesday that the government still lacks a coherent strategy for preventing and combating exposure to Anthrax.

Posted Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Tri-State to Make Flu Shot House Calls in Wisconsin & Minnesota

Tri-State Ambulance paramedics will start making house calls this week to administer flu shots in between emergency calls. The service will be available to the homebound in some Wisconsin and Minnesota counties.

Posted Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Chelmsford, Mass., Officials Seek Residents to Serve on Ambulance Committee

Town officials are looking for seven residents to weigh in on whether a Fire Department-run ambulance service will work for Chelmsford, Mass.

Posted Tuesday, October 23, 2007


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