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Controversial five-minute rule may become new policy

MUNDY TOWNSHIP, Michigan - The township fire department likely will find itself subject to a policy that prohibits it from responding to medical calls if an ambulance service can do it faster.

Posted Sunday, August 19, 2007

Hope all but extinguished at Utah mine

HUNTINGTON, Utah - A mine company attorney said Monday that safety experts believe drilling a bigger hole and sending a rescue capsule into the coal mine where six men have been trapped for two weeks is impossible because the mountain is too unstable.

Posted Sunday, August 19, 2007

Obese patients can ride in new, larger ambulance

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Southside Fire and EMS has added a special-order ambulance meant for very obese patients to its fleet of emergency vehicles.

Posted Thursday, August 16, 2007

Paramedic admits he possessed child porn

A former Vinton paramedic pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges of possessing child pornography.

Posted Thursday, August 16, 2007

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Rescue Service Gets Pet Oxygen Masks

MCKEESPORT - Not long ago, Barbara Procup of McKeesport was watching a cable news channel when she saw a segment on surgical oxygen masks for pets that some EMS teams are using to save dogs and cats that have suffered smoke inhalation during fires.

Posted Wednesday, August 15, 2007

CMS Proposes One Rule & Withdraws Another

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed a rule in the July 12 Federal Register that would require ambulance staff to sign a statement during transport if a Medicare beneficiary is mentally or physically unable to sign a claim form and has no representative available to do so.

Posted Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Two wheelchairs go over cliff along Bille Park trail

PARADISE-- Rescue personnel spent two hours Sunday rescuing a quadriplegic women after she took a 75-to-80 feet fall off a cliff alongside a park trail.

Posted Monday, August 13, 2007

EMT paddles to the rescue

Ambulance crews couldn't get to a pregnant woman in distress whose Flushing home was surrounded by flood water yesterday.

Posted Sunday, August 12, 2007

Hospitals Are Shutting Down Burn Centers

U.S. hospitals are increasingly shutting down their burn centers in a trend experts say could leave the nation unable to handle widespread burn casualties from a fiery terrorist attack or other major disaster.

Posted Thursday, August 9, 2007

Firefighters may sue over pride parade participation

Four San Diego city firefighters have filed a complaint with the state saying their superiors forced them to participate in last month's gay pride parade, where they became targets of obscene gestures and sexual comments.

Posted Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Evidence details fire official's actions before crash

HARRISON - A fire official responding to an accident averaged 79 mph on Harrison Avenue before colliding with a civilian vehicle at a school intersection, a Westchester County investigator says.

Posted Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Medical plane crash kills all 5 onboard

The airplane crew has been identified as flight nurse Brian Miller, 44, from Roswell; paramedic Deanna Palmer, 40, from Arizona; and pilot Ricky Byers, 56, from Texas.

Posted Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Paramedic featured in Studs Terkel book

Mr. Reardon's observations on life and death during his 15 years as a Chicago Fire Department paramedic were captured by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Terkel in his 2001 book, Will the Circle Be Unbroken? Reflections on Death, Rebirth and Hunger for a Faith.

Posted Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Paramedics bike around the towns

Paramedics on bicycles have been introduced in three Buckinghamshire towns in a bid to respond to emergency situations quicker.

Posted Monday, August 6, 2007

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Bridge search ends for day with no luck

MINNEAPOLIS - Divers spent a third fruitless day searching for victims of a deadly bridge collapse, finding no bodies inside a crushed car pulled earlier Saturday from the murky Mississippi River waters.

Posted Saturday, August 4, 2007

Former Louisville EMT helps rescue bridge victims

Another five seconds, and Jay Reeves figures he might have been a casualty in the Minneapolis bridge collapse that left at least four dead.

Posted Thursday, August 2, 2007

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Trapped, dying sent word to loved ones

The first moments after the Interstate 35W bridge collapse were harrowing - both for the victims and for those trying desperately to rescue them.

Posted Thursday, August 2, 2007

Police: More victims in submerged cars

MINNEAPOLIS - Divers checked submerged cars in the Mississippi River Thursday for a count of victims still trapped beneath the twisted steel and concrete slabs of a collapsed bridge. As many as 30 people were reported missing as the rescue effort shifted to recovery.

Posted Wednesday, August 1, 2007

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Ambulance squad independent and benefiting from technology

Spencer Rescue and Emergency Squad upgrades its services for STEMI patients by transmitting ECGs to the UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus in Worcester.

Posted Tuesday, July 31, 2007

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Negotiations Avert AMR Strike

AMR and NEMSA reached an agreement during contract negotiations on Sunday, which averted a strike that would have kept EMS professionals in three„New England streets off their ambulances on Monday.

Posted Monday, July 30, 2007


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