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.
Communications & Dispatch

HAGERSTOWN, Md. A former Smithsburg Ambulance chief was dropped from a lawsuit recently filed by the mother and fianc of a woman who died from pregnancy complications while the chief was taped making jokes and saying, "...they get what they deserve." Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell signed an order Monday dismissing the complaint against Jason Tracey.
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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. Bloomington-Normal residents are expected to still have paramedic-level ambulance service after Sept. 1, and some rural agencies are starting their own ambulance services ahead of that date. Officials with Lifeline Mobile Medics, the countywide paramedic service, announced March 1 the organization will stop taking emergency calls Sept. 1. That has left many small towns looking for ambulance coverage and the Twin City fire departments upgrading to paramedic-level service.
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LONGMONT, Colo. Jesse Hodgson was uneasy as the ambulance sped to a motorcycle wreck at Weld County roads 13 and 32 on Mother s Day.He didn t know why.Hodgson, a paramedic and firefighter with the Mountain View Fire Protection District, had responded to countless calls like this one during his 13 years with the department.He never felt uneasy.Full Story: First responders face worst fear
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

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.
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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.