Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

FLINT, Mich.-- All Johnnie Wynn knew in the early hours of Sept. 23 was that his son needed emergency medical help, and needed it immediately.What Wynn, 79, said he got was a frantic argument with a police dispatcher and a delayed ambulance response. Had he gotten help sooner, Wynn said, it might have helped save the life of his son, Larry Wynn, 53.
Administration and Leadership

A recent appellate decision in Ohio illustrates that it's not only female EMS and fire department employees who sue for sexual harassment. Stephen Anderson, a terminated firefighter/EMT, sued the Ravenna Fire Department claiming that his discharge was in retaliation for complaining to his supervisors about sexual- and age-related harassment. (The appellate opinion doesn't state Anderson's age, but it appears he was older than most other firefighter/EMTs in the department.)
Administration and Leadership

North Philadelphia, early '90s, riding a tour with my buddy Bob on Medic 13, the busiest rig in the city. Medic 13's district matched any in the country for urban decay and desperation. On the first day of the four-day tour, as we drove deeper into the district from Bob's working-class neighborhood, the landscape descended step by step down into a Boschian vision of Hades. First a few vacant row houses, then more, until the inhabited buildings are far outnumbered by the burned and abandoned.
Administration and Leadership

It epitomizes sentimentality in its purest, sugariness form. It oozes so much sweetness, you_ll need insulin by the end of the last scene. It shamelessly tugs at your chordae tendineae (heartstrings) and will put a lump of edema in your larynx. It_s required viewing for anyone who possesses just a speck of a soul or smack of spirituality -- It_s a Wonderful Life. Thanksgiving has just ended, and you have until the end of December to bear witness to 133 minutes (sans commercials) of unabashedly damn fine, yuletide filmmaking.
Communications & Dispatch

Zdrastvuyte! (Hello)In October 2005, an EMS and Disaster Relief Professional Delegation of 24 emergency response personnel departed for„Russia as part of a People to People Ambassador program. Our mission was to learn more about the Russian culture and their response to emergency medical and disaster incidents.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

PITTSBURGH-- Pittsburgh soon could take a cue from a growing number of local trucking, ambulance and taxi companies that use GPS tracking devices to streamline gas-guzzling routes and catch employees slacking on the job.City police Chief Nate Harper wants to spend $200,000 to $300,000 to equip about 270 police vehicles with transmitters visible to 24 global positioning satellites orbiting 11,000 miles above the Earth.
Communications & Dispatch

"My mom needs help!" Susana Tupou was frantic as she raced across the street toward a neighbor mowing his lawn. Moments before, the 16-year-old had discovered her mother face-down on the living room carpet.The neighbor, Antonio Zamora grabbed his cellphone the only phone he had from his belt clip and punched in 911. The global positioning system linked to Zamora s phone should have sent information to California Highway Patrol dispatchers, showing his location in a subdivision of two-story homes in the northeast part of the city.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

Worcester, Mass., has signed a five-year contract with UMass Memorial Medical Center under which the hospital system will continue to provide ambulance service for city residents and UMass Memorial will reimburse the city $1 million to upgrade its dispatching operations and hire more dispatchers. Also, the city will allow UMass Memorial ambulances to return to neighborhood fire stations for the first time in about five years, a change that hospital and city officials said will improve emergency response times and that The Research Bureau has been calling for.
Administration and Leadership

I looked everywhere around the office for my coffee mug -- the one that Sammy had painted for me for my birthday when he was three years old -- but it was nowhere to be found. That wasn t unusual for me I m always losing stuff, and it usually turns up sooner or later. Sometimes in the milk crate between the seats on the rig, in a classroom or on the shelf I had checked three times before. But this time, it looked like the mug with the brightly painted primary colors was gone for good.