CHARLTON, Mass. A few local communities have it, some are in the throes of planning for it and Charlton is about to get it: staffed fire and EMT service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, starting July 1. A significant advance in the plan for around-the-clock staffing came with the May town meeting approval of a $1.3 million fiscal 2008 fire department budget. The vote provided a 16.6 percent increase over this year, primarily in salary and equipment.
NEW YORK About 5,000 active and retired FDNY employees are receiving medical treatment for injuries and illnesses connected to the World Trade Center attacks, according to a Fire Department document. "That is an absolutely staggering number, and it's a number that speaks volumes," said Andrew Carboy, a lawyer who represents more than 200 firefighters in a negligence suit against the city. "That's half of what the force was on 9/11." The FDNY had about 11,000 members on Sept. 11, 2001.
MIAMI Claiming they were pushed into a corner by a pending county law, Surfside commissioners voted in favor of a resolution to withdraw the town's fire-rescue services from Miami-Dade County and switch over to Miami Beach.The switch will not take effect immediately, and conceivably may not happen at all, though it does seem likely. It was presented at Tuesday's commission meeting as a preemptive step in the event the county commission passes a proposed ordinance that would prevent municipalities from opting out of the county's fire and rescue service district.
AUSTIN, Texas When Adrianna Kruger saw a man swim into the water Saturday at the Barton Creek greenbelt in Southwest Austin screaming that his son had disappeared, the former lifeguard had a feeling that she might be called upon to perform CPR. Sure enough, when 5-year-old Riley Yarbrough was pulled from the water with a bleeding head wound, Kruger, 21, breathed life back into the unconscious, blue-skinned boy.
Fitchburg, Mass. Leominster's Finance Committee Chairman Dennis Rosa said he would caution cities who want to create a city-run ambulance service as a financial solution."If I was looking at another community that didn't have (a city-run ambulance) service, I wouldn't have such high hopes that I was going to put an ambulance service together and start getting positive revenue," Rosa said this week. "I would be looking at it as a superior service to provide for our residents."
PITTSBURGH, Penn. A mobile medical training center outfitted to treat everything from bee stings to heart attacks is helping change how the United States Golf Association keeps spectators safe. Hidden behind green fencing, the blue, 46-foot-long trailer has been collecting data at the end of each day from the three medical tents spaced through Oakmont Country Club for the U.S. Open, said Linda Reiger, an emergency medical services specialist at UPMC St. Margaret hospital near Aspinwall.
ATLANTA, Ga. The decision by DeKalb County's lone trauma center to opt out of the state trauma network will have deadly consequences, the doctor who oversees it said Thursday."People are going to die in the back of the ambulance on the way to Grady, that's the bottom line," said Dr. William Hardcastle, DeKalb Medical's chief of trauma.
LITCHFIELD, N.H. A Londonderry rescue worker responding to a request for mutual aid from Litchfield for a car accident on Wednesday discovered that one of the victims was his mother, said a fire rescue official.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. Carbon County will get $2 million from the state to upgrade the county's 911 equipment and capabilities, county commissioners announced Thursday.The county 911 Communications Center on Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning has gotten new computers, emergency dispatcher's consoles and a computer-aided dispatch system totaling about $1.3 million. The state Emergency Management Agency will reimburse the county $2,011,392 for improvements that have been completed and for two improvements that are continuing.
GREENSBURG, Pa. Sewickley Township auditors are on the verge of auditing the books of the township's nonprofit ambulance service, after months of squabbling between the two sides. The audit is scheduled for Monday at the Herminie office of Joe Fiore, a member of the ambulance service's executive board. "We don't know if (the dispute) is resolved," said township auditor Thomas Byrnes. "They want to show us a confidentiality agreement. It depends."