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South African Paramedics Robbed at Gunpoint

February 4, 2016

Medics are seen as easy targets in high-risk areas.

One Dead, Seven Wounded in Denver Shooting

February 1, 2016

Shooting and stabbing during motorcycle expos in Denver injures several.

Metropolitan EMS Plans Body Armor for Little Rock Medics

January 29, 2016

Vests for 220 uniformed personnel are expected to cost approximately$150,000.

Study: Medics Face Greater Risk of Assault

January 28, 2016

Drexel University study finds paramedics are at greater risk of assault than firefighters.

Homeowner Charged in Killing of Arkansas Firefighter/EMT

January 25, 2016

East Pulaski volunteer firefighter was shot and killed during an EMS call.

Arkansas Firefighter Shot, Killed on EMS Call

January 22, 2016

East Pulaski volunteer firefighter fatally shot; person in custody.

National EMS Mental Health Survey

January 21, 2016

Take a few minutes to provide data on this serious and increasing problem.

A paramedic recently attacked & stabbed on duty describes the hurdles of recovering from PTSD

How One Paramedic is Recovering from PTSD

January 15, 2016

EMS personnel face a lot of hurdles when recovering from traumatic experiences. Paramedic Ben Vernon, who was stabbed on duty during a routine call, writes about his recovery, explaining how those in EMS are "a different breed of people: the ...

Video: Woman Shoots at Birmingham Paramedics

December 29, 2015

Woman fired three rounds at Birmingham paramedics and stole their ambulance.

Fitness exercises for EMS responders

Tips and Exercises to Improve your Fitness for EMS Challenges

December 23, 2015

EMS is physical and it's important to stay strong and fit. Here's how to get started on a path to strengthening your body to meet the rigors of EMS. 

Mark E.A. Escott, MD, MPH, FACEP, on EMS provider PTSD and thoughts of suicide

EMS Providers Must Ask for Help with Emotional Trauma

December 22, 2015

I was 19 years old, desperate for help, but too proud to admit that I couldn't handle it.

Michael Touchstone, BS, EMT-P on EMS management

The Self Attributes of Effective EMS Managers

December 22, 2015

Do you possess attributes of a successful EMS supervising officer? NEMSMA President Mike Touchstone dissects the second of seven pillars of EMS officer competencies. 

JEMS editor-in-chief A.J. Heightman

EMS Agencies Need to Have EAP Resources to Address Stress and Reduce Suicides

December 21, 2015

Paramedics and EMTs can be a stubborn, proud breed of cat that does very little to help ourselves battle one of our worst demons: Stress.

Bill Strengthens New York Law on Violence against EMTs

December 21, 2015

Violence against EMS is now a felony with up to seven years in prison.

Emotional Trauma Life Support Course Developed

December 16, 2015

New course teaches skills for managing personal and patient emotional trauma

9/11 First Responders Fight for Health Care Extension

December 3, 2015

FDNY firefighters press Congress on re-authorizing the Zadroga Act.

Video: Pennsylvania Ambulance Stolen During Call

December 2, 2015

York man stole a White Rose ambulance from the scene of an EMS run.

Body Armor Saves Pennsylvania EMT

December 1, 2015

Woman with a knife lunged at crew screaming “I’m going to kill you.”

Seriously Injured Detroit EMT Describes Attack

December 1, 2015

Detroit EMT was one of two attacked by man with a box cutter.

Patient Assaults Pennsylvania EMTs

November 30, 2015

Easton EMS crew received injuries when patient became combative.

Philadelphia Firefighters Injured in Crash

November 30, 2015

Five Philadelphia firefighters are injured when their ladder truck crashes

Two Detroit EMTs, a patient they were transporting and two other people were hurt in ambulance crash.

Detroit EMTs Injured in Crash

November 18, 2015

Two Detroit EMTs, a patient they were transporting and two other people were hurt in ambulance crash.

Seriously Injured Detroit Medic Speaks Out

November 13, 2015

Adams and her partner Alfredo Rojas were attacked while on an EMS call.

Colorado Medic Killed in Ambulance Crash

November 9, 2015

Springfield medic was well known in the community and EMS.

Detroit EMT Describes Attack

October 22, 2015

One of two EMTs wounded in violent attack tells what happened while treating a patient.

Arrest in Violent Attack on Detroit Medics

October 21, 2015

After surgery, one paramedic is still listed in fair condition.

Detroit EMS Crew Slashed and Stabbed on Call

October 20, 2015

Two medics were assaulted by an armed man allegedly upset with the treatment a patient received.

Zadroga Act Expires

October 1, 2015

Benefits for those with 9/11 related illnesses will end.

Survey Reveals Alarming Rates of EMS Provider Stress and Thoughts of Suicide

Survey Reveals Alarming Rates of EMS Provider Stress and Thoughts of Suicide

September 28, 2015

Data suggests ways to reduce the impact of critical stress on EMTs and paramedics.

Compassion Fatigue: A Hidden Stress in Providers of Mobile-Integrated Healthcare

August 17, 2015

Compassion fatigue, also known as secondary traumatic stress disorder (STSD), is similar to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is usually found in caregivers.