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2 EMTs are injured in West Brighton, New York

A tow truck slammed into an FDNY ambulance driving the wrong way down a West Brighton street yesterday afternoon, flipping the vehicle over.

Posted Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Hurricane Dean: Local emergency workers on alert

Though their help ultimately may not be needed, several local emergency aid workers said they will remain on standby as Hurricane Dean continues on its path inland.

Posted Tuesday, August 21, 2007

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Paramedic, Former Medic Killed in N.M. Plane Crash

Five people, including a paramedic and a former paramedic/firefighter turned nurse, died Aug. 5 when an air ambulance crashed in the mountains near„Ruidoso,„N.M. Also killed was a patient, her mother and the pilot.

Posted Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Atlanta becomes a template for improving EMS

When Atlanta's emergency medical system needed rescuing, Mayor Shirley Franklin started performing CPR -- in more ways than one.

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 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

Fire District Flips, Will Seek Bids on Copter

St. Lucie County Fire District officials changed their minds Wednesday and decided to seek proposals from any company willing to operate a helicopter for medical evacuations in St. Lucie County.

Posted Sunday, August 19, 2007

Hope paramedic resuscitates training program, wins national EMT award

When Security Aviation ran into legal trouble a year ago, 11 paramedic students would have had their training cut short had it not been for Valerie DeFrance. Rather than concede defeat and give up her classroom, DeFrance, an emergency medical technician (EMT) and paramedic from the Hope area, threatened the company's lawyers with a little legal action of her own.

Posted Sunday, August 19, 2007

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 Sunday, August 19, 2007


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