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MINNEAPOLIS - Divers spent a third fruitless day searching for victims of a deadly bridge collapse, finding no bodies inside a crushed car pulled earlier Saturday from the murky Mississippi River waters. Authorities said they had been unable to check at least one other car lying beneath another vehicle on the river bottom. They planned to return to work Sunday with sonar equipment to scan areas upriver and downriver.
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Another five seconds, and Jay Reeves figures he might have been a casualty in the Minneapolis bridge collapse that left at least four dead.The former Louisville and Fort Knox paramedic was about 100 yards away from the I-35W bridge, driving on a street that goes underneath the bridge when he saw debris and dust. If I would have been 5 seconds faster at that moment, I would have been underneath it, Reeves said in an interview this morning. Initially you think it s not happening. It s unbelievable.
Communications & Dispatch

The first moments after the Interstate 35W bridge collapse were harrowing - both for the victims and for those trying desperately to rescue them. "There's people pinned, severely injured. We couldn't move them," said Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan. "It was an obviously dangerous situation, (with) stuff still falling. "The decision was made to leave them." Some were trapped and dying - and little could be done, Dolan said.
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MINNEAPOLIS - Divers checked submerged cars in the Mississippi River Thursday for a count of victims still trapped beneath the twisted steel and concrete slabs of a collapsed bridge. As many as 30 people were reported missing as the rescue effort shifted to recovery.
Major Incidents

MINNEAPOLIS - It looked as though an earthquake had hit.From across the Twin Cities and from small towns beyond, rescue workers, doctors, nurses and construction workers flooded into downtown Minneapolis early Wednesday night, making their way past Twins fans at the Metrodome, past thousands of gawkers aiming their cell phone cameras at the crumpled steel frame and a bridge deck sliced into three pieces.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

Because the Spencer Rescue and Emergency Squad works so closely with the Police and Fire departments and the Spencer Emergency Management Agency, many people assume the ambulance service is a town department supported by taxpayers. Not so, said Gary D. Suter, executive director of the private, nonprofit emergency medical service off Route 9 behind the police and fire stations. Founded in 1959 by a group of businessmen, the squad has always been financially independent of the town, not spending any of the taxpayers' money, Mr. Suter said.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

You and your partner are just finishing up shift change with the off-going shift when you're dispatched to a local golf course for a person down. En route, you're informed that an elderly patient has collapsed on the golf course and appears not to be moving. On arrival, you find the patient lying on his side with his wife kneeling beside him. As you interview the man, he tells you he passed out while preparing to tee off on the eighth hole.
Administration and Leadership

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed a rule in the July 12 Federal Register that would require ambulance staff to sign a statement during transport if a Medicare beneficiary is mentally or physically unable to sign a claim form and has no representative available to do so. The proposal appears as part of the proposed Physician Fee Schedule Rule, which also includes a proposal that CMS announce the annual Ambulance Inflation Factor on the CMS Web site by mid-July each year, instead of waiting until each November to publish the AIF in the Federal Register.
Administration and Leadership

RALEIGH -- While the Triangle grows at a breakneck clip, the workers tasked with responding to emergencies are not keeping pace. Heads of Triangle EMS agencies are concerned with a population boom not matched by the available Emergency Medical Technicians. "The gap has taken a huge jump in the last couple of years," said Skip Kirkwood, the chief of Wake County's EMS agency. Wake County, Orange and Durham make up the difference by stretching available staff.