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Paramedics Test Direct Response Project

Paramedics in Simcoe County, Ontario, are involved in a project where paramedics determine if an eligible resident with suspected heart attack should go directly to a facility where they can immediately undergo an emergency angioplasty procedure.

Posted Wednesday, October 31, 2007

New Berlin Hopes to Hire 19 Paramedics; Some EMTs Take Offense

New Berlin, Wis., upgrades its rescue services, insulting EMTs in the process.

Posted Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Memphis F.D. Equips Recruits with LifeShirts; Equipment Transmits Wearer's Vital Signs

Memphis F.D. spends $300,000 to purchase 80 LifeShirts that wirelessly transmit heart and respiration rates and skin temperature in real time.

Posted Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Colorado Paramedic Named Best in State

EMSA names Paramedic JT Orta best in Colorado.

Posted Tuesday, October 30, 2007

New Mexico Responders Drill for Rail Accident

First Responders in New Mexico participated in a rail accident drill on Sunday.

Posted Tuesday, October 30, 2007

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Missouri Lags in Emergency 911 Coverage

Missouri's emergency communications officials say the state of E-911 in Missouri is embarrassing when compared with surrounding states.

Posted Monday, October 29, 2007

San Jose Fire Department s Pilot Program Sends STAR Cars Out On Non-Emergency Calls

In January, the San Jose (Calif.) Fire Department is changing its EMS response by expanding its use of Supplemental Transport Ambulance Resources, or STAR cars.

Posted Monday, October 29, 2007

Teenage LifeFlight Patient Helps Plot Landing Zones in Maine

As part of a school project, Chris Lirakis worked with LifeFlight officials to identify and plot potential landing zones throughout his hometown, doubling the number of areas where the helicopter can land in an emergency.

Posted Monday, October 29, 2007

Paramedic posts bond after being charged with child pornography possession

A 39-year-old city of Seminole paramedic has been charged with possession and Internet transmission of child pornography.

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 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

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 Sunday, October 28, 2007

VA Hospitals Often Divert the Sick: Florida Trying to Improve Efficiency

Diverting patients has become a fact of life in American health care. Critics say the problem may be more acute at VA facilities.

Posted Sunday, October 28, 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 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


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