Industry News

Jersey City, N.J. A mechanic working in a Jersey City Medical Center garage was crushed to death Saturday morning when the ambulance he was working on apparently rolled over him.A co-worker, looking through a window, saw 65-year-old Shokry Guirgius was trapped under an ambulance in the garage for the Jersey City Medical Center Emergency Medical Services vehicles, located at Central Avenue and Prospect Street, and called for help. Central Avenue was closed off in both directions.
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ORLANDO, Fla. Two Orange County parents were arrested on child-abuse charges after telling authorities they accidentally left their 3-year-old daughter in a stroller while they rode Pirates of the Caribbean at Walt Disney World. A Magic Kingdom patron alerted park management about 4:45 p.m. Saturday after spotting the girl in a stroller parked in the sun, according to a report released Monday by the Orange County Sheriff's Office.The girl was hot, turning red, covered in sweat and appeared to be "lifeless," the report states.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. Milisha Thompson did not die from the toxic level of cocaine in her system.The struggle she had with Oklahoma City police and the Taser shocks they delivered didn't kill her, either.Instead, Thompson, 35 - a schizophrenic homeless woman who passed away in the back of an ambulance May 19 - died of all of the above. And then some.
Communications & Dispatch

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. A bus carrying people home from a family reunion crashed on an interstate in southern Kentucky early Monday while passengers were asleep, killing one person and injuring 66 others, officials said.Police said it appeared the driver had dozed off. State Police Trooper Steve Pavey said the bus veered off the right side of the highway, struck a concrete culvert and stopped when it rammed a concrete bridge pillar.
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BROWARD COUNTY, Fla Miramar is receiving state money to continue its Community Emergency Response Team.Grants, financed through the Department of Homeland Security, were awarded to four cities in Broward County to help train volunteers for CERT programs. They learn techniques including treatment of broken bones and search-and-rescue skills so they can assist themselves and others after an emergency situation such as a hurricane, tornado or flood.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

DANVILLE, Ky. A 69-year-old mother who loved to smile and couldn't get enough of Sam's Club pressed her Phillips Lifeline medical alert button for help -- she was having a heart attack.Lifeline associates responded over a speaker, but Christine Talley of Danville couldn't answer. The medical alert service tried to contact relatives and left phone messages. But if relatives aren't contacted, Lifeline representatives are supposed to contact emergency help immediately. That didn't happen, said Jim Talley, 41, of Danville.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

NATIONAL Almost daily, Lt. Matthew Partyka flies into the most dangerous spots in Iraq to pick up someone who has been shot or injured in an accident.There is always the threat of enemy fire and explosions from homemade weapons, but it is the landings that make the job exceptionally dangerous."At our most critical point, we are going out to where the patient is. . . . The wind from the helicopter is kicking up a lot of sand and we lose sight of the landing spot," said Partyka during a telephone interview from Iraq.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn With a seal of approval from the Shelby County Commission, the enhanced ambulance contract through service provider Rural/Metro awaits the go-ahead from the county's participating municipalities.Millington officials said they plan to participate in the more expensive county-wide $2.88 million contract but have not yet confirmed their source of funding.
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NEW ORLEANS, La. Grand opening ceremonies will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. for the $1 million, 4,000-square-foot emergency operations center and terminal building at the Slidell Municipal Airport at the end of Airport Drive north of Interstate 12. Designed by Sizeler Architects of New Orleans and built by Mickey O'Connor General Contractor Inc. of Belle Chasse, the state-of-the-art glass and steel structure contains reinforcement crossbars, an angle-vaulted roof, and is designed to withstand the most severe weather conditions.