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The Omaha Fire Department is reviewing procedures that paramedics followed Sunday when they declared an Omaha man dead who was found to be alive less than two hours later.Eric B. Lindwall, 46, lived until Monday -- the day after he was taken in critical condition to Lakeside Hospital from his home at 15431 Douglas Circle.Omahapolice were called to Lindwall's home about 4:30 p.m. Sunday after a concerned neighbor reported that Lindwall's newspapers and mail had been accumulating.The officers arrived at 4:54 p.m.
Administration and Leadership

For years, our firm s attorneys have pointed out everywhere we go that ambulance accidents are the single biggest area of risk in EMS. The recent tragedy in Antwerp, Ohio, in which five -- yes, five -- people were killed, including two patients and three ambulance crew members, appears to be the single worst ambulance accident in modern EMS history. It s not a wake-up call we should get. But we did.
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DE SOTO - The Valle Ambulance District has fired its top administrator, a former paramedic who earlier this year raised the ire of the Mehlville Fire Protection District board by participating in a training class while on disability with Mehlville.The Valle board voted to fire Gary Cronin in a board meeting Aug. 23. No reason for the firing was disclosed, and neither Cronin nor the board's chairman could be reached for comment Thursday.The board appointed Joe Williams, a Valle emergency medical technician for more than 20 years, as interim administrator.
Administration and Leadership

For years, our firm s attorneys have pointed out everywhere we go that ambulance accidents are the single biggest area of risk in EMS. The recent tragedy in Antwerp, Ohio, in which five -- yes, five -- people were killed, including two patients and three ambulance crew members, appears to be the single worst ambulance accident in modern EMS history. It s not a wake-up call we should get. But we did.
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BIG BEAR CITY, California - A former paramedic chief for the Fire Department accepted undergoing drug treatment for violating his parole after a sheriff's deputy found methamphetamine in his vehicle during a traffic stop earlier this month.Richard Rolston, 48, of Big Bear City made news last year when he was arrested on suspicion of stealing 358 vials of morphine from the Fire Department between November 2004 and November 2005.He was sentenced in April 2006 to 16 months in prison.
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A staph scare in the Capital Region sparks concern, after a rare strain finds it way into the system of a local rescue worker! And NEWS10 has learned the Troy firefighter and EMT most likely contracted the illness while caring for sick or injured people.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

HESPERIA -- Without a local trauma center, High Desert residents have long depended on services from air ambulance companies to take patients with immediate care needs to hospitals down the hill. Mercy Air emerged as the contract company local safety officials use for such transport, and with the opening of Mercy Air Base 22 at the Hesperia Airport on Saturday, the company doubled its desert resources, said Mercy Air Program Director Roy Cox.
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The city's 11 hospital emergency rooms continue to be crowded, often too full to accept patients, keeping ambulance crews off the streets where they are needed as they wait for beds to open up. But data released yesterday show that the major logjams of a year ago have not gotten worse -- and in some cases have improved slightly. "It's still a very rough situation on a day-to-day basis," said Dr. Robert Bass, director of the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services Systems.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

VISALIA, California- After listening to a pitch to change ambulance services to a single provider, Tulare County supervisors told staffers to continue working on all options to address concerns over response times and the loss of service in rural areas.Those options include consolidation of services, a joint-powers authority or simply strengthening future county contracts to enforce performance standards.That is something supervisors currently are not able to do with the county's nine ambulance providers.
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In July 2006, Austin/Travis County (Texas) EMS changed its work schedules after seeing the results of a study in which EMS employees wore sleep/wake monitors on their wrists to determine their alertness levels and ˙micro sleepÓ periods (when people sleep briefly while appearing to be awake).