BASS LAKE, Calif. If you get lost in the foothills of Madera County, Sgt. Chuck Bump will be out looking for you.If your boat starts sinking on Bass Lake, he's the one who will lead efforts to save you.When it comes to rescue missions in this area popular for its recreational attractions, nobody has been closer to the action than Bump, who coordinates the Sheriff's Department's lake patrol, dive team and mountain search efforts.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. For the children at Guatemala's Hospicio San Jose de la Monta a, finding transportation is no small accomplishment. The children are HIV-positive, and offers of assistance can be hard to come by. But with the help of Louisville Metro EMS and local volunteers, the orphanage in Santa Lucia Milpas Altas will receive one of three retired ambulances that will be driven to Guatemala next week. The vehicle will take the children to medical appointments and be used for other outings.
MENLO PARK, Calif. Menlo Park Fire District leaders have long clamored for ways to improve ambulance service within their boundaries.They've reached a point where they're entertaining the idea of opting out of San Mateo County's ambulance system and creating their own program."We are not particularly happy with the service," district board President Ollie Brown said. "Because we're at the end of the county, the coverage is not fully here."
BEDFORD, Va. The call that sent members of the Bedford Fire Department and Bedford Lifesaving Crew to the National D-Day Memorial last week was a drill, fortunately. Bedford Memorial Hospital is required by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, a national accrediting organization to hold a mass casualty drill each year. The drill held this year, three months in the planning, had to involve community emergency responders.
HUDSON, Ohio An alarm shrills, like a buzzer ending a basketball game.Tina Maier dumps her hefty paramedic textbook. Bob Carleton climbs into the driver's seat of an ambulance. Bo Marshall and John Montgomery scurry into the back."Guys ready?" calls Carleton, blaring the siren and switching on the lights. This is why they volunteer.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. A medical transport plane carrying six members of the University of Michigan Survival Flight team back to Michigan went down in Lake Michigan on Monday shortly after the pilot signaled an emergency, authorities said. There was no word on survivors. As many as a dozen divers were searching water that was 60 feet deep, and five to 10 more divers were standing by, Milwaukee Fire Chief Doug Holton said.
CHICAGO Chief Emergency Officer Cortez Trotter abruptly resigned Thursday, leaving Chicago with vacancies or lame-ducks in three jobs crucial to the city's ability to handle a disaster or terrorist attack.Trotter's resignation from the $167,700-a-year job was delayed until after the mayoral election. Starting Friday, he will start work as vice president and director of Midwest operations for James Lee Witt Associates, the firm started by the man who directed FEMA during the Clinton administration.
PITTSBURGH, Penn. A consultant's look at the city of Pittsburgh's firefighting and ambulance services could reignite debate about the structure of two lifesaving bureaus whose workers have been at odds.The Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority voted yesterday to pay Virginia-based System Planning Corp.'s TriData division $74,000 to study the Emergency Medical Services Bureau, on top of as much as $194,000 it is getting to review the Fire Bureau.
NEWARK, N.J. At home in Pompton Lakes one cold day last January, Louis Milone suddenly realized he couldn't move his left side. Soon his words began to slur. His wife immediately called 911.When the ambulance arrived, crew members asked Christine Milone where she wanted her husband to be taken."I told them Chilton, mostly because it was the closest hospital and we were scared, not knowing what was wrong with him," she recalled, referring to Chilton Memorial Hospital in Pompton Plains.
HILLSBOROUGH, N.J. In a classroom filled with inspirational posters and plastic containers of crayons, the students kept their three-ring binders open and followed the instructor."This presentation is not designed to make you terrorism experts," said Hillsborough police Officer James Maguire IV, the township's Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator.