Communications & Dispatch

TAVARES, Fla. The first call came in just after 10:30 a.m. Thursday. An elderly man at Florida Hospital Waterman phoned 911 saying he wanted better service from the hospital.It wasn't exactly a serious situation, but it showed that Tavares' new emergency communications center was working smoothly."We're up and running and everything is going great," police Chief Stoney Lubins said Friday.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

SIERRA MADRE, Calif. A voice from the police scanner airwaves echoed through Fire Station No. 1 Friday morning, welcoming Sierra Madre as the last city in Los Angeles County to have its own paramedic programs. The announcement from a dispatcher in the Verdugo Fire Communications Center in Glendale, which serves 11 San Gabriel Valley cities, was greeted with applause by the roughly 75 people gathered at the Sierra Madre fire station for inauguration of the city's new paramedic program.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

SIERRA MADRE, Calif. A voice from the police scanner airwaves echoed through Fire Station No. 1 Friday morning, welcoming Sierra Madre as the last city in Los Angeles County to have its own paramedic programs. The announcement from a dispatcher in the Verdugo Fire Communications Center in Glendale, which serves 11 San Gabriel Valley cities, was greeted with applause by the roughly 75 people gathered at the Sierra Madre fire station for inauguration of the city's new paramedic program.
Administration and Leadership

Congress is currently crafting its 13 appropriations bills for fiscal year 2008, and House leaders hope to get its versions of those bills passed before the July 4th recess. So the time is right for the EMS community to contact its members of Congress and convince them to move on the primary initiatives identified by national EMS organizations.
Administration and Leadership

Fire service reportedly derails intention for single private ambulance contractThe federal government is wrestling with the question of how to best prepare for the massive deployment of EMS resources for large-scale disasters.On April 4, the General Services Administration posted a notice stating that the Federal Emergency Management Agency would issue a request for proposals in May for the national deployment of ambulances in the event of a federally declared disaster.
Communications & Dispatch

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. The Salvation Army kicked off the first day of hurricane season with a dedication ceremony for its new emergency mobile canteen.The state-of-the-art van, rolled out at a Friday noontime ceremony in front of the City Hall Annex, replaces a unit used by the charity for two decades. Local volunteers drive the canteen to scenes where disaster-relief teams are deployed, such as fires or storms. There, they serve beverages, snacks and meals to both emergency personnel and victims.
Administration and Leadership

For complicated reasons that I still cannot fully explain, after 10 years out of EMS field practice, I decided I wanted to go back. In addition to being a full-time firefighter and paramedic, I had given a great deal of time and effort to the local volunteer fire department I helped start in 1973. I left amidst a political sandstorm in 1992.
Administration and Leadership

If you are a public EMS agency, such as an ambulance district or fire department, how well is your operation protected from being privatized? While privatization is probably not a topic you think about on a daily basis, it's one you should be prepared to face, should the issue ever be raised in your community about turning EMS operations over to a private ambulance service.
Administration and Leadership

If you are a public EMS agency, such as an ambulance district or fire department, how well is your operation protected from being privatized? While privatization is probably not a topic you think about on a daily basis, it's one you should be prepared to face, should the issue ever be raised in your community about turning EMS operations over to a private ambulance service.