Cardiac & Resuscitation

LEWISTON, Maine -- It took under eight minutes for an ambulance to arrive at a Livermore Falls (Maine) home after a 911 emergency medical call for a man was made in January, according to times presented by police to selectmen Monday.The ambulance arrived about five minutes after the crew was alerted, according to reports from Androscoggin County Sheriff Guy Desjardins and Livermore Falls police Chief Ernest Steward Jr.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

DALLAS -- A Dallas Fire-Rescue proposal could affect when an ambulance charges through intersections with its lights flashing and sirens blaring and whether noncritical patients are transported to the hospital in an ambulance.The plan released Monday spells out how Dallas Fire-Rescue intends to address the city's increasing emergency medical call load.Its recommendations include the institution of a medical priority dispatch system, an alternative transportation program and a more in-depth screening process for recruits.
Administration and Leadership

JEMS.com Editor s Note: Read Dr. Bryan Bledsoe s take on how far EMS has come in 30 years in his Thursday column.NEW YORK -- At first, Bill Amaniera thought it might be his imagination. "I noticed the same woman in a few different stores looking at me like she was going to say something," he recalled recently. "I finally asked her, 'Do I know you?' Then she asked if I was an EMT. Well, then I figured she was a patient."
Administration and Leadership

Although the majority of fire and EMS grant opportunities are offered by the federal and state governments, numerous smaller corporate grants are available—and often go unnoticed. These grants won’t provide the type of funding required for big-ticket items, such as new apparatus or additional staff, but for smaller projects or bridging a budgetary gap, they may well do the trick.
Patient Care

For a first-time grant writer, the grant application process can be downright frustrating. Departments that have chosen not to pursue grant funding have often said frustration is the reason why they don’t apply. To simplify the process and take the frustration out of it, all you need are five simple steps. Before we reveal what those steps are, let’s get started with a brief discussion of the basics.
Administration and Leadership

We spend a great deal of time developing and implementing recruitment programs but often don't have a good plan for what to do with new members when they join. This lack of planning causes a churning of new members, a lack of interest and wasted effort by recruiters when the new members decide to leave. Although volunteering in„EMS may not be for everyone, a good volunteer program can help ensure that new recruits learn about the best parts of your organization and make helping others a big part of their lives.
Communications & Dispatch

The city of„Baltimore began stationing a supervisor in the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) Emergency Medical Resources Center (EMRC) in early 2007 and later in its own dispatch center to strategically direct ambulances to specific hospital emergency departments during peak times.
Communications & Dispatch

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If you're a woman thinking about a career as a police officer, firefighter or medic, Yumika Smith would like to meet you Saturday.Smith, a 27-year-old police officer, will be at the door greeting attendees at "Women in Emergency Services Career Fair," a joint job fair for Charlotte's police, fire and medic departments."You're a counselor, a doctor, a minister," Smith said of her work. "If you love being a public servant, you will love this job."
Administration and Leadership

I recently spent an entire afternoon assembling a home gym and treadmill for my wife. I must admit that after opening the two enormous boxes containing what seemed like 5 million pieces, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with the task that lay ahead. As I’m certain any man would, I had confidently told my wife, “No biggie, dear. I’ll have this thing up and running in no time.” This was, of course, the first of many miscalculations I made that day.