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Vicious circle ensnares volunteer responders

Being a first responder like a firefighter or emergency medical responder has its perks. Then there is reality. The compensation for putting your life on the line and saving others doesn't match up.

Posted Monday, August 20, 2007

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 Monday, August 20, 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 Monday, August 20, 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 Friday, August 17, 2007

Paramedic admits he possessed child porn

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

Posted Friday, August 17, 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 Thursday, August 16, 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 Wednesday, August 15, 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 Tuesday, August 14, 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 Monday, August 13, 2007






 

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