Communications & Dispatch

July 29, 2007About 1,000 employees of a private ambulance company that serves 40 communities in Maine, New Hampshire, and Eastern Massachusetts are threatening to strike tomorrow if union and company negotiators cannot reach contract agreement today.
Communications & Dispatch

Typically, organizations that don't plan are destined to fail. Prior to executing an agency's path or direction, it's necessary to develop a clear strategy to implement its plans. To achieve this, organizations should consider„employing a customer-centered, master-planning process.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

Monday afternoon was not a good time for a heart attack. At precisely 2:19 p.m., San Antonio ran out of ambulances. It's true. If you had gone into cardiac arrest at 2:20, sorry, not one of the city's 28 EMS units could have rushed to save your life. On the other hand, if you had scraped your nose in a fender-bender at 2:15, a wailing siren would have sped to your rescue. Don't know what caused the crisis--- Rain? Flooded streets? Bad timing? -- but whatever it was, our EMS system began to hemorrhage.
Administration and Leadership

Although it_s common to find a single course in EMS management, the detail and academic rigor associated with EMS management education appears inadequate when compared with other public safety degrees, such as fire science and criminal justice. However, our profession is about to take the next step in preparing the workforce and leadership of the future.„
Communications & Dispatch

A strike vote by paramedics, EMTs and dispatchers with American Medical Response is threatening to cut ambulance service in 13 Bay State communities, leaving emergency planners grasping to come up with contingency plans. James Gabone, a labor relations representative for National Emergency Medical Services Association, which represents 1,000 AMR employees, said the strike is set for Monday at 7 a.m.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

A Santa Fe emergency dispatcher was the difference between life and death for a young man who was struck by lightning last summer while working on a house at Las Campanas. It was just another day at the office for Melissa Sisneros, but it contributed to her recent award as New Mexico Emergency-Medical Dispatcher of the Year.
Administration and Leadership

The broken pavement was still radiating the stored heat of the July day, mixing with the cooler night breezes spinning off Lake Erie. Saturday night in the summer, perhaps the only time this crumbling once-upon-a-town felt like it had a little life left in it, had the ability to produce a little bit of energy, even if that energy was random and mostly negative.
Administration and Leadership

The broken pavement was still radiating the stored heat of the July day, mixing with the cooler night breezes spinning off Lake Erie. Saturday night in the summer, perhaps the only time this crumbling once-upon-a-town felt like it had a little life left in it, had the ability to produce a little bit of energy, even if that energy was random and mostly negative.