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OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. All 90 of the Kissimmee Fire Department's operations workers began training this week to improve communication with Spanish speakers. Battalion Chief Eric Cruz is teaching a three-hour course for first responders.Personnel will learn Spanish words and phrases associated with responding to a fire or medical emergency.With about 42 percent of city residents identifying themselves as Hispanic or Latino, the department recognized the need for this type of training, officials said.
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ADAM"S COUNTY, Ill. The Adams County Sheriff's Department hopes to add a paramedic or emergency medical technician to its special response team. Chief Deputy Fred Kientzle, the SRT's commander, asked the Adams County Ambulance Service's governing board Tuesday to consider assigning a paramedic or EMT to the eight-member unit. The person would receive special medical training and be dispatched to high-risk law enforcement situations as needed.
Communications & Dispatch

YORK COUNTY, Pa. After about a year of relatively comfortable staffing levels, York County's 911 center is again well below its full complement of dispatchers. The center hovered near full staffing for about a year but began having problems in November, said Audrey Rychalsky, operations manager. With the unexpected departure of several dispatchers, the problem has gotten worse over the last few months, she said. The center is now down 11 of 66 dispatchers, she said.
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GEORGETOWN, Texas Stat Air 2 is greater Georgetown's newest aircraft alternative.Flight paramedics said it's a necessity in growing Williamson County."Anyone who drives in this area knows the traffic and construction," said flight paramedic James Green. "It's tough even for ambulance and fire trucks to get through. There's not much traffic in the air. We cruise 150 mph. We can make it to Austin in 12 minutes."
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

FORT VALLEY, Ga. The Peach County Commission took a load off the backs of its Emergency Medical Services personnel Tuesday.The County Commission approved buying two new hydraulic-powered stretchers after EMS Director Alonzo Ford wheeled one into the meeting room at the county courthouse and demonstrated how the device could be used by just one person.The battery-powered stretcher whirred as it easily lifted three EMS personnel and brought them back down.
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DAVIE, Fla. Passing through? Better drive carefully.Davie may soon impose fees on motorists cited in traffic accidents on state highways and county roads. Proponents say the fee would help recoup the cost of the town's police and fire services at a time municipalities are bracing for state-imposed tax cuts.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

TYLER MOUNTAIN, W. Va. For the past three years, the Tyler Mountain Volunteer Fire Department has conducted free, community classes in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.Recently, the fire department acquired eight new CPR mannequins, which are used to demonstrate the proper way to administer CPR to heart attack victims. "This brings us up to 16 mannequins. If you have one mannequin per two people, you can teach a whole class at once," Nasby said.
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LANSING, Mich. Dennis Palmer has spent three years trying to convince the city of Lansing that using a private ambulance service already located downtown will help patients get to the hospital faster. And so far, the city has responded by sticking with the use of ambulances from Lansing Township, East Lansing and other jurisdictions when the city runs out of ambulances of its own.
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KODIAK, Alaska Emergency medical kits are being returned to the Kodiak Island Borough s Bayside Fire Station by volunteer first responders after a stand down order issued last week by Bayside Fire Chief Bob Himes. A similar order is expected today for volunteers from the Womens Bay Volunteer Fire Department south of Kodiak city. I am working on an official statement to the service areas right now, Borough Manager Rick Gifford said this morning. We will ask Womens Bay to do the same thing.
Communications & Dispatch

Companions tried to get an ambulance to take her to another hospital LOS ANGELES In the 40 minutes before a woman's death last month at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital, two separate callers pleaded with 911 dispatchers to send help because the hospital staff was ignoring her as she writhed on the floor, according to audio recordings of the calls."My wife is dying and the nurses don't want to help her out," Jose Prado, the woman's boyfriend, told the 911 dispatcher through an interpreter.