Avoid back injuries

Avoid back injuries. When using manual lifting devices, assure the weight being lifted is within the means of your crew, maintain proper posture and lift with your legs.

Posted Thursday, August 30, 2007

Safety is Priority One - NO Exception!

Safety is Priority One - NO Exception! An emergency incident is not your emergency. You have been called to mitigate someone else's unfortunate event. Assure the safety of you, your crew and the public prior to focusing on the incident.

Posted Thursday, August 30, 2007

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Hotlanta Highlights

During one of the hottest weeks so far this year in„Atlanta, the Fire-Rescue International conference was packed with activities, and the various events were packed with attendees. Here are„the highlights.

Posted Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Mike Lipkin_s 10 Strategies for ˙Keeping the FlameÓ

If there was a unifying concept behind this year_s Fire-Rescue International (FRI), it was support and safety.„ Keynote presenter Mike Lipkin walked the audience through 10 strategies for ˙keeping the flame,Ó noting that ˙when the fire dies down, the predators creep in.Ó

Posted Wednesday, August 29, 2007

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Skating on Thin Ice

Philadelphia Fire Department Paramedic Ken Lee was playing goalie during an ice hockey game on June 9, 2004 when an opposing player collided into him, causing him to lose his balance and fall on the ice hard enough to leave a mark on his mask. Within hours, Lee was in the critical care unit (CCU) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) -- attached to a machine to assist his heart and on the list to receive a transplant.

Posted Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Mercy Air opens second Victor Valley base

Without a local trauma center, High Desert residents have long depended on services from air ambulance companies to take patients with immediate care needs to hospitals down the hill.

Posted Wednesday, August 29, 2007

City emergency rooms crowded, but no worse

The city's 11 hospital emergency rooms continue to be crowded, often too full to accept patients, keeping ambulance crews off the streets where they are needed as they wait for beds to open up.

Posted Wednesday, August 29, 2007

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24-Hour Shifts May Endanger Patients and Employees

Austin/Travis County (Texas) EMS changed its work schedules after considering the eye-opening results of a study on its employees_ sleep/wake patterns while on duty.

Posted Tuesday, August 28, 2007

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The Human(e) Side of SSM

My first real exposure to System Status Management (SSM) occurred more than 10 years ago in a„California system. It was my good fortune to be a brand-new field supervisor, less than a week on the job, when SSM was implemented.

Posted Tuesday, August 28, 2007






 

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