Airway & Respiratory

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Pinned beneath the tires of a big rig, Steven Felldin did not die alone.A stranger was there to hold his hand, to comfort the suffering 26-year-old and assure him that help was on the way. And that stranger was there to hear him gasp a final message of love:"Tell my wife I love her." On Thursday, that stranger -- a man initially known only as Brian -- delivered the message to Felldin's 26-year-old widow, Leilani."I'm so glad you were able to find us," she said, embracing Brian.
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.
Industry News

TAVARES, Fla. The back muscles of paramedics and emergency medical technicians in Lake and Sumter will soon get sorely needed relief, thanks to a state grant. The state Department of Health recently awarded Lake-Sumter Emergency Medical Services $195,000 to purchase 36 pneumatic stretchers and accessories.By pressing several electric-powered buttons, emergency workers will control how the special stretchers go up or down, making it easier to load patients into and out of ambulances.
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.
Industry News

HARTFORD, Mich. The Keeler Township board may be asked to join a proposed authority that organizers hope will cost local governments less money. Keeler Township Supervisor William Kays said he's been meeting with representatives from the townships of Pokagon, Silver Creek, Wayne, Volinia and La Grange; the city of Dowagiac; and the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians about forming an areawide emergency-services authority.
Industry News

CHESAPEAKE, Va. A 27-year-old Chesapeake man has been fined $100 for impersonating a firefighter. James King of the 2800 block of Lambert Trail in the Deep Creek section of the city was convicted this week in Chesapeake General District Court, fined and ordered to pay $187 in court costs. Lambert also was given a suspended 60-day jail sentence, according to court records.
Industry News

DENVER In a time of widespread worry over pandemic flu and bioterrorism, the case of Andrew Speaker offered a prime chance for international health agencies to show how they would prevent the spread of a potentially deadly disease.Speaker carried a virulent form of tuberculosis by airplane to Europe, where U.S. and European officials tried to isolate him and ensure that he could not endanger others. He was stubborn and afraid, but he was just one patient -- as opposed to the thousands or millions of people a flu pandemic could drive to panic.
Industry News

DENVER The health scare hysteria surrounding an Atlanta man with a dangerous strain of tuberculosis bears little relationship to the reality of the low risk he poses to others, doctors treating the man at a Denver hospital said Friday.
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.