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First Responders Train for Chemical Accidents on Railways

In rail cars converted to classrooms and tank cars outfitted for demonstrations, Norfolk Southern, along with chemical and railway experts from across the country, taught first-responders how to recognize tanks carrying dangerous chemicals, how to protect themselves, and ways to respond to emergencies.

Posted Sunday, September 23, 2007

Paramedics Stand at the Ready on Southeast Texas Sidelines

Look in the ambulance at the end of the stadium some Friday night, and there's no telling what you might find: torn-up shoulders, busted ankles, painful hernias. And that's just the paramedics.

Posted Sunday, September 23, 2007

British Fire Service Donates to Chernobyl

West Yorkshire, England, fire service donates essential firefighting gear to aid emergency services near Chernobyl in the Ukraine.

Posted Sunday, September 23, 2007

Board OKs 9-1-1 requests

The Tyrone Township, Mich., Board voted 4-3 on Tuesday to allow Livingston County 911 dispatchers to honor a caller's request for ambulance service only.

Posted Sunday, September 23, 2007

Hypothermic Baby Rescued

Paramedics rescued a 14-month-old baby from mounds of garbage in its Milwaukee home. The baby needed 21 minutes of CPR and had a body temperature of 84 degrees when he arrived at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin last week.

Posted Thursday, September 20, 2007

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Legal Insanity

With tort reform in certain states and tightening of worker s compensation laws, personal injury attorneys are looking at other targets, and EMS is coming under the crosshairs.

Posted Thursday, September 20, 2007

Also On Jems Thumb

Legal Insanity

With tort reform in certain states and tightening of worker s compensation laws, personal injury attorneys are looking at other targets, and EMS is coming under the crosshairs.

Posted Thursday, September 20, 2007

FDNY's Top Chief Urges Safety Fixes

A top New York City fire official called on the federal government yesterday make "a concerted, long-term effort" to protect first responders.

Posted Thursday, September 20, 2007

Two Clinics Open to Treat Ground Zero Patients

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces two free medical clinics for 9/11 workers.

Posted Thursday, September 20, 2007

Chertoff Stresses IED Preparations

.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff touts the ways the federal government is raising understanding of improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Posted Thursday, September 20, 2007

CDs Help Schools Build Safety Web Sites

Pennsylvania s Attorney General urges all school districts to compile data for crisis responders.

Posted Thursday, September 20, 2007

Forklift Frees Ailing 900-Pound Man

Firefighters cut a hole in a house in Lansing, Mich., and used a forklift to extricate a 900-pound man from his second-floor bedroom after a visiting nurse became worried about his health.

Posted Thursday, September 20, 2007

OSHA Fines Fire Department in Deaths

State regulators fined the Charleston (S.C.) Fire Department and a furniture store Thursday for violating safety standards in a blaze that killed nine firefighters.

Posted Thursday, September 20, 2007

Vote May Get Ambulance District Rolling

New Brewerton, N.Y., service would mean shorter waits for help, but higher taxes.

Posted Thursday, September 20, 2007

Salt Lake County Paramedics Get New Devices to Aid Heart Attack

Salt Lake County paramedics are being equipped with new devices to speed treatment of heart attack sufferers - and South Jordan is leading the way.

Posted Thursday, September 20, 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

Wisconsin Emergency Personnel Balk at Reorganization Plan

The quaint image of the volunteer fire department is being blown apart in Mequon, Wis., where an outsider who was hired as chief is taking aim at a department he says has one supervisor for every 1.8 subordinates.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Bees Interrupt 911 Service in Texas Town

"All circuits are busy now. Please try your call again later." It's not what you want to hear when you call 911. But that is what happened Tuesday afternoon for many Hays County, Texas, residents.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Paramedic charged with drug theft

Minn. paramedic is charged with theft of a controlled substance after police say she stole narcotics out of her ambulance.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

In EMS, Perception Is Everything (1)

In March, I found myself cruising west over the South Carolina Midlands toward the Georgia line. It was a misty day, eerie, with small patches of clear sky only at the peak of the rolling hills. From the CD player, Glen Campbell was wailing in his best Jimmy Webb mode; and as I crossed the Savannah River, I found that Gov. Sonny Perdue was glad I had "Georgia on my Mind."

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007


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