Industry News

NORWICH,„UK„ ƒ A new„£800,000 ($1,618,860„USD)„ambulance depot intended to cut down on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has opened outside of„Norwich,„UK„ according to the BBC.„„The station located at the„Longwater„Business„Park was completed in early July and began operation on Sunday.The depot has an ambulance station, full service vehicle washing and stocking area, and medical storage.„„ All this has been done in an effort to cut down on the risk of patients contracting a MRSA infection.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

Monday afternoon was not a good time for a heart attack. At precisely 2:19 p.m., San Antonio ran out of ambulances. It's true. If you had gone into cardiac arrest at 2:20, sorry, not one of the city's 28 EMS units could have rushed to save your life. On the other hand, if you had scraped your nose in a fender-bender at 2:15, a wailing siren would have sped to your rescue. Don't know what caused the crisis--- Rain? Flooded streets? Bad timing? -- but whatever it was, our EMS system began to hemorrhage.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

RALEIGH -- The reports coming out of Daniels Middle School on Thursday morning were grim: multiple casualties with a gunman at large on the Oberlin Road campus. In the wake of this spring's Virginia Tech massacre, heavily armed Wake County emergency officials held a drill to practice responding to a similar mass shooting.
News

Sherwood's former ambulance provider sued the city and interim Mayor Bill Harmon on Tuesday in U.S. District Court over its canceled contract. The city signed a five-year exclusive contract with Arkansas Emergency Transport of Jacksonville in June 2005 but terminated the agreement Oct. 10, 2006, over an ambulance crew member's September arrest for public intoxication while on a medical call.
Communications & Dispatch

A strike vote by paramedics, EMTs and dispatchers with American Medical Response is threatening to cut ambulance service in 13 Bay State communities, leaving emergency planners grasping to come up with contingency plans. James Gabone, a labor relations representative for National Emergency Medical Services Association, which represents 1,000 AMR employees, said the strike is set for Monday at 7 a.m.
Industry News

A former treasurer of the Hecktown Volunteer Ambulance Corps was arraigned Tuesday on theft and forgery charges after she skimmed more than $2,500 from corps funds, police said. Colonial Regional police said Cheryl Oblick, of the 500 block of Georgetown Road, used 18 ambulance corps checks to pay personal bills between May 2006 and February 2007. Police also accused her of forging signatures on seven other checks.
Industry News

A 21-year-old man was arrested Tuesday and accused of making 292 false calls to 911 since July 1.Escambia deputies arrested Cheveon Alonzo Ford after a 911 call was made about 10 a.m. from a cell phone, the Sheriff's Office said.Ford told deputies he made the calls because he didn't have any minutes on his phone and "911 is a free call," the Sheriff's Office said in a news release.Global Positioning System coordinates were used to track the phone. Deputies arrested Ford at a home on Kelso Road.
Industry News

EDMONTON -- Alberta government declared a public emergency Tuesday to head off a strike over wages by about 400 Calgary paramedics. Employment Minister Iris Evans said the move prevents a strike or lockout while a tribunal works on a binding settlement for a dispute that has focused on wages. "The government is loath to get involved in the collective bargaining process until it appears that it's beyond resolution," Evans said after cabinet declared the public emergency.
News

Paramedics could walk away from their ambulances Thursday, but the province's industry minister says a strike will likely be headed off by the appointment of a special panel to resolve the dispute. Dozens of EMS workers, backed by other unions, had pickets at city hall yesterday just before union boss Bruce Robb officially delivered 72 hours strike notice to the city, setting the stage for a labour showdown that has forced the province to intercede.
Industry News

San Diego, July 24, 2007Early next month, thousands of EMS, fire and police personnel will journey to Baltimore for the 73rd annual APCO International Conference & Exposition, Aug. 5Ï9. The conference offers three unique opportunities for public safety communications professionals: