Limbs cut above ankles at Kentucky Six Flags amusement park, officials say LOUISVILLE, Ky. Six Flags has shut down four thrill rides at parks around the country after a gruesome accident at an amusement park in Louisville.A 13-year-old girl's feet were severed just above the ankles Thursday as she rode the Superman Tower of Power ride, park officials said. The ride lifts passengers 177 feet straight up, then drops 154 feet, reaching a speed of 54 mph, according to the park's Web site.
PORTLAND, Ore. Unionized workers for the Portland area's largest ambulance service rejected a contract offer and authorized a strike, union leaders said Wednesday.But the union set no strike date, and the workers employer agreed to extend their contract 15 days to provide more time to bargain. With the contract extension, the earliest a strike could occur is July 16. "We're hopeful that the sides will continue to negotiate and come to an agreement," said Dr. Gary Oxman, Multnomah County health officer.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Now that Shelby County has secured more ambulances, it faces another problem - ambulance service provider Rural/Metro can't find the paramedics to staff them.A shortage of paramedics in Shelby County and around the Mid-South has made it difficult to hire the 22 additional paramedics and 22 EMTs needed to staff the contract's six additional ambulances, said Glenn Miller, the division general manager for Rural/Metro. The company employs about 30 paramedics to fulfill the current contract with six ambulances and three in reserves.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. Stroke victims calling 9-1-1 in San Mateo County will more quickly get to the local hospital best equipped to help them, saving precious hours or minutes in getting to the treatment that can prevent permanent damage or death.The stroke-care system, approved Tuesday by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, will direct the county's Emergency Medical Services to take stroke victims to one of four designated hospitals with certified stroke centers.
BOCA RATON, Fla. Firefighter and paramedic Shaun Fix said it takes a "bizarre mentality" to want stay in his field."While everyone else is walking away going, 'ew,' we're walking right into it," he said.The 44-year-old Emergency Medical Services Captain at Boca Raton Fire-Rescue was recently nominated for an All-Star Award by the television show America's Most Wanted. The award is for a first responder who goes above and beyond to keep his or her community safe. Fix remembers getting the phone call from someone with the TV show.
PECOS, N.M. Pecos mother Joellen Chavez says there are two main reasons why her son Isaiah, 2, is still alive today. One reason, she said, is "the man upstairs."The other is a cardiopulmonary resuscitation course she took 11 years ago.Chavez said both helped Isaiah survive an accident May 22 at her parents' house in Pecos. On that day, Chavez, 31, briefly lost track of Isaiah when she went to answer the front door. The toddler, who is the youngest of Chavez's five children, wandered into the backyard.
FOX CHAPEL, Penn. Ground was broken for a new emergency medical services headquarters in Fox Chapel on Memorial Day 2006, and by October, the building containing offices, living quarters and garage appeared ready for its grand opening.Eight months later, however, the 4,000-square-foot facility on Squaw Run Road next to McCahill Field remains vacant, apparently because the ambulances can barely fit through any of the three bay doors.
ABERDEEN, S.D. Nine men from Aberdeen Fire and Rescue jumped into the pool one-by-one Monday at the Aberdeen Family YMCA, provoking stares from a nearby aquacise class. While some of the firefighters and emergency medical technicians used the ladder, others created a bigger splash, sending water in every direction and producing laughs from their fellow employees.While the water rescue training wasn't unusual for the men, the location was.
The IAFC, the International Association of Fire Fighters and the IAFC Volunteer and Combination Officers Section are pleased to sponsor the third International Fire Fighter and EMS Safety Stand Down.Departments across the United States and Canada, as well as internationally, are preparing for the Stand Down (June 17-23, 2007) by planning schedules and discussing questions and concerns that department members may have.This year s theme is Ready to Respond.
TAMPA, Fla. On the day fire claimed the lives of nine firefighters in Charleston, S.C., Tampa's firefighters were training how to avoid similar catastrophes. Tampa Fire Rescue started the weeklong training Monday, focusing on survival and safety for firefighters, especially when one is trapped.Acting Capt. Luann Smith knows what a raging fire can do. The 21-year veteran was off duty when she went to Ybor City for a blaze that engulfed a building. No one was hurt during the fire.