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A mass casualty drill Wednesday turned into a minor disaster because firetrucks and ambulances couldn't reach "injured" survivors of a mock plane crash.American Medical Response ambulances and Colorado Springs firefighters didn't reach the "crash" scene on Peterson Air Force Base until an hour after the drill began.Doug McIntyre, a paramedic and disaster coordinator for AMR, said the delay was due to an escort's failing to accom- pany the five ambulances and firefighters taking part in the drill through a security gate.
Equipment & Gear

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.
Administration and Leadership

Review of: Syrett J, Benitez J, Livingston W, et al: "Will emergency health care providers respond to mass casualty incidents?" Prehosptial Emergency Care. 11(1):49-54, 2007. The ScienceThis study was conducted in a medical center in upstate New York that was designated as a major receiving center in the event of a major biological terrorist event. The study was conducted through random anonymous surveys of healthcare professionals, which included emergency medicine physicians, nurses and EMS personnel.
Administration and Leadership

Review of: Syrett J, Benitez J, Livingston W, et al: "Will emergency health care providers respond to mass casualty incidents?" Prehosptial Emergency Care. 11(1):49-54, 2007. The ScienceThis study was conducted in a medical center in upstate New York that was designated as a major receiving center in the event of a major biological terrorist event. The study was conducted through random anonymous surveys of healthcare professionals, which included emergency medicine physicians, nurses and EMS personnel.
Administration and Leadership

More than a thousand first responders, including nearly 200 members of the New York City EMS system, arrived within 15 minutes of the first 9-1-1 call. Eventually, more than 400 EMS personnel responded to the massive 16-acre site. Eight EMTs and paramedics were among the 2,973 people who died when 38 buildings either collapsed or were damaged.
Mass Casualty Incidents

In the 17th century, the place we now know as„New York City was called„New Amsterdam. Founded by Dutch merchants to start trade, the place was named after the Dutch capital. This Dutch influence in the Big Apple is still present. Old Dutch city names remain, including Flushing, Harlem and„Brooklyn.„New York has become a world capital. And what about the Dutch?This article will provide a renewed acquaintance with the people who many assume to live between tulips. And how do you drive an ambulance wearing wooden shoes?Brief history
Major Incidents

When I awoke on Saturday morning and turned on the TV, I heard a news reporter explain that Hurricane Katrina, what was once a Category I hurricane that had crossed south Florida with minimal damage early in the week, was gaining steam and expected to hit land right over New Orleans as a Category IV or V—a tremendously powerful hurricane, she said, capable of great destruction and death throughout south Louisiana. I don’t know what possessed me, but I decided to stay behind to help the sick and injured in New Orleans.
Communications & Dispatch

Setting the Stage Moments earlier, a distraught man parks his Jeep Cherokee straddling a set of railroad tracks and facing north, pointed in the direction of an approaching southbound commuter train headed for L.A.'s Union Station. The driver exits his vehicle, pours gasoline in and around the SUV, and then flees.