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Life s Critical Five Minutes; Emergency Response Protocol Evaluated

In an effort to cut costs, Mundy Township (Mich.) firefighters now dispatched to life-threatening medical emergencies only when a paramedic unit or ambulance is unable to reach the scene in five minutes.

Posted Monday, October 15, 2007

EMS Providers Strain to Care for Obese Patients

As North Carolina waistlines expand, EMS providers are feeling the strain.

Posted Monday, October 15, 2007

Radio Coverage Improves in Miss.: First Responders Use handhelds to Communicate

The Jackson County (Miss.) Emergency Communications District recently invested $1.6 million to improve radio transmission sites throughout the county. As a result, first responders now can use their handheld radios to communicate with each other.

Posted Monday, October 15, 2007

County to Repeal EMS Ordinance

Ada County (Idaho) Commissioners on Monday are slated to repeal an emergency medical services ordinance that went into effect Jan. 1.

Posted Sunday, October 14, 2007

Tree Limb Impales Ambulance, Narrowly Missing Paramedic

Tree limbs were falling Friday all over the New Haven, Conn., region -- narrowly missing a very lucky American Medical Response paramedic.

Posted Sunday, October 14, 2007

N.C. Red Cross Gets Mannequins, Defibrillators for Training

The Coastal Carolina chapter of the American Red Cross has two-dozen new mannequins and defibrillators that will be used during first-aid training.

Posted Sunday, October 14, 2007

Resiliency Training Aims to Improve First Responders Coping Skills

Teachers and coordinators for prepare to train first-responders to not only cope better after disasters, but teach others to call upon their own natural coping mechanisms.

Posted Sunday, October 14, 2007

N.C. Health Department Drills for Epidemic

Burke County (N.C.) Health Department and emergency services officials gathered to plan for a potential disease outbreak.

Posted Sunday, October 14, 2007

Crash Severs a Vital Calif. Artery; Fiery I-5 Pileup Kills Three

The fiery Interstate 5 truck crash that killed at least three people south of Santa Clarita, Calif., has severed the state s main north-south transportation artery for an indefinite period.

Posted Sunday, October 14, 2007

Cooper: Rock Star Overseas EMT in Bellevue, Wash.

D.C. Cooper, a rock star in Asia and Europe, works as an EMT at the Bellevue (Wash.) Volunteer Fire Department to get back to reality.

Posted Sunday, October 14, 2007

Simulation on Friday will test response skills in south-central Kansas

A taste of terrorism is coming to Wichita. Explosions, fire and confusion will rattle downtown Friday morning as a three-day disaster simulation starts.

Posted Sunday, October 14, 2007

Also On Jems Thumb

Cervical Immobilization at the Expense of Proper Airway Management

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

Posted Thursday, October 11, 2007

Also On Jems Thumb

Cervical Immobilization at the Expense of Proper Airway Management

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

Posted Thursday, October 11, 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

Fast Help for a Failing Heart; Device Drains Fluid from Lungs Without Intubation

CPAP is replacing intubation on some ambulances.

Posted Thursday, October 11, 2007

N.C. Man Dies in Accident: Paramedics, Firefighters Failed to Find Wreck Down Embankment

Paramedics and firefighters initially missed finding a truck that ran off the highway down a steep enbankment in Charlotte, N.C. It s unknown if the lost time contributed to the driver s death.

Posted Thursday, October 11, 2007

Giant Steps: Former N.Y. Giant Walks Across America to Raise Money for 9/11 Rescue Workers

George Martin, the 54-year-old former N.Y. Giants defensive end is walking across America to raise a minimum of $10 million to help provide medical care for the surviving rescue and recovery workers who rushed to Ground Zero after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in Manhattan.

Posted Thursday, October 11, 2007

Developer Donates $3.3 Million to Design, Build Calif. Fire Station

Pulte Homes/Del Webb contributed $3.3 million to build, design and oversee the creation of the Apple Valley (Calif.) Solera Station No. 337, which will begin serving the Jess Ranch area.

Posted Thursday, October 11, 2007

Emerald Isle, N.C., EMS Gets New Digs

Emerald Isle (N.C.) EMS broke ground on the construction of a new 4,878-square-foot facility expected to be completed in July. The service currently operates out of an outdated and cramped converted beach house.

Posted Thursday, October 11, 2007

Homeland Security Has Aides Immunized Before Attending NASCAR Events

NASCAR fans might seem rabid, but are they actually contagious?

Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2007


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