Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

W. Va. ambulance authority halting non-emergency transports Editor's note: The fourth-place team in the Fourth annual JEMS Games was from Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority. Put your skills to the test by pitting yourself against fellow EMS providers in the JEMS Games, an annual competition based on clinical care skills. Download the 2008 flyer and join today!
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

AKRON, Ohio Goodyear blimp, make way. There's another aircraft that now calls the skies over Greater Akron home.University Hospitals Med-Evac recently relocated one of its two air medical transportation teams to Akron from Lorain County. The new location primarily responds to calls in the southern part of MedEvac's service area: Summit, Stark, Portage, Wayne and Medina counties.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

CARMEL VALLEY, Calif. When Melissa Cobbett of Carmel Valley saw a woman lying on the road in her neighborhood surrounded by onlookers Sunday afternoon, she knew exactly what to do.Cobbett, 30, and Kevan Strathmeyer, horse wranglers and summer camp counselors at Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley, had taken a cardiopulmonary resuscitation course June 9 at the Carmel Valley Fire District's Mid-Valley station in preparation for this summer's camping season.
Industry News

BOCA RATON, Fla. The clock was ticking; the paramedics didn't have much time.At three minutes, they stabilized a man complaining of chest pains. His lung was slowly collapsing.At six minutes, they turned their attention to a 3-year-old with a stake stuck through his neck. At 10 minutes, paramedic Brendan Branagan pulled a long plastic tube from his bag and stuck it down the throat of a man taking wheezing breaths."Time!" someone yelled from the back of the room.The drill was over.
Industry News

TRACY, Calif. The awards keep getting heaped upon a guy who insists he's just doing his job. It must mean he's doing his job really well. Tracy firefighter Michael Oliveri was named a recipient of the American Legion's Award of Merit on Monday, two weeks after he was given special recognition by the Tracy City Council for his life-saving actions on a flight to Modesto six weeks ago.Of the four award winners, Oliveri is the only firefighter.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

ARNOLD, Mo. When the EMTs of the Rock Community Ambulance District check their emergency vehicles for readiness, it goes something like this:Bandages? Check.Stretchers? Check.Stuffed animals? Check. Stuffed animals are another piece of equipment for paramedics when dealing with a frightened child or elderly person, said Margie Sammons, Rock Community administrator.
Administration and Leadership

NEW YORK In his heart, Dennis Smith says he would still like to be fighting fires. Jumping into a fire engine, rushing to the scene of the disaster, tending to the wounded, helping the stranded - these are the everyday challenges of a firefighter that Mr. Smith describes wistfully these days, and with such success long ago in his best-selling "Report From Engine Co. 82."
Industry News

Duty Death: William "Billy" Hutchinson; Mike Benke; Louis Mulkey; Mark Kelsey; Bradford "Brad" Baity; Michael French; James "Earl" Drayton; Brandon Thompson; Melven Champaign - [Charleston, South Carolina] WEST ASHLEY, S.C. Nine firefighters died Monday night in a fire that destroyed the Sofa Super Store in West Ashley.It was the worst single loss of firefighters since 9/11, according to a spokesman from the U.S. Fire Administration, which tracks fire deaths and injuries.
Industry News

KISSIMMEE, Fla. Firefighters responding to a call find a man in pain and surrounded by distressed relatives. Everybody's talking at once, but it's clear that no one at home speaks English. Rather than waste precious time waiting for a translator, the crew refers to their phonetic "cheat sheets" of key medical phases that help them quickly determine that the man is suffering chest pains."Voy a cuidarle bien" or "Voy/ah/kwee-DAR-lay/BEE+een" -- Spanish for "I'm going to take good care of you" -- they tell the man.
Administration and Leadership

ATHENS, Tenn. The new operator of McMinn County's ambulance service says it plans to improve and expand the system.Med-Trans of Tennessee Inc. won a recent bid for the service and will take over July 1 under contract with McMinn County. Owner Bruce Collins said he doesn't anticipate any problems hiring workers now employed by Woods Memorial Hospital."We had some initial staffing fears, but many of those currently on the service have applied for positions and we are taking the majority that has applied," Mr. Collins said.