Communications & Dispatch

GLEN CARBON, Ill. After years of planning, the growing village of Glen Carbon finally has its own ambulance service to handle emergencies.This month, the Glen Carbon Fire Protection District, which consists primarily of the village with small chunks of surrounding municipalities, launched an ambulance service with 13 employees and two new vehicles. "I think it's a long overdue event," said Glen Carbon Police Chief David Bradford. "It's a giant step and is going to improve service delivery in the village."
Industry News

MOUNT DIABLO, Calif. A 17-year-old Livermore boy was seriously injured Monday night in Mt. Diablo State Park when he tried to fake a fall for a camera and then actually fell 75 feet onto rocks, a park ranger said Tuesday. The teenager was on Sentinel Rock, a vertical formation near Rock City popular for its views, when he moved outside the handrail, lost his footing and fell into a crevice and became wedged between rocks, San Ramon Valley Fire District Battalion Chief Mike Brown said.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

PITTSBURGH Pittsburgh paramedic Jon Atkinson had no time to finish donning his breathing gear when he heard a firefighter scream that he'd found a stricken child inside the inferno of 6429 Winslow St.Without thought to his own safety, Mr. Atkinson hurled himself up a ladder, past flames and smoke that swirled from broken windows, and onto the porch roof. He came down again just as fast, clasping in his arms a tiny boy who wasn't breathing when the firefighter slung him out through the second-floor window.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

BEDFORD COUNTY, Tenn. Bedford County Emergency Medical Service is already seeing some benefit from its new Unionville station, reducing emergency response time in the fast-growing Unionville area. BCEMS Director Chad Graham told the service's board on Monday night that in May, the first full month of operation for the new station, response time within the Unionville area averaged six minutes. That is within the American Heart Association's recommended 4-6 minute response guideline for cardiac emergencies.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

SEATTLE Chris Nefcy helped develop a life-saving machine. Years later, his was one of the lives saved.Nefcy, an electrical engineer and software programmer, was working at Providence Hospital in the 1980s, analyzing EKGs and writing a program that would give physicians a faster and easier way to analyze heart data.At that time, defibrillators were used only by physicians and trained specialists. They were not the compact, portable, easy-to-use instruments we know today.
Communications & Dispatch

PORTLAND, Maine The cities of Portland and South Portland have reached a preliminary agreement on combining their emergency 911 call centers.Under the proposal, which recently received tentative approval from both city councils, the two centers in South Portland and Portland will merge into one larger center in Portland by October 2008.
Industry News

ROSELAND, Ill. Attorneys for a man who says he was beaten by a Chicago Fire Department paramedic two years ago released a videotape Monday that shows the man cowering as he takes blows to his face. Other Fire Department personnel allegedly stood and watched throughout the beating, which happened in July 2005 outside Roseland Community Hospital.The paramedic on the tape was reportedly upset that Robert Cole, 43 who had called for an ambulance after feeling dizzy changed his mind on the way to the hospital and decided he didn't want medical attention.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

WASHINGTON - Stacy Friedman didn't think her sister's job was particularly risky.As a flight nurse for Airlift Northwest, her sister, Erin Reed, tended seriously ill or injured patients being transported by helicopter.Then on Sept. 29, 2005, the helicopter that carried Reed, 48, another nurse, Lois Suzuki, 47, and pilot Stephen Smith, 59, crashed into Puget Sound. All three were killed.It was dark and raining at the time, but the cause of the accident was never determined.
Industry News

WEST LAWN, Pa. - Real estate agent Liliana Gomez told sales manager Larry Kitchen about a duck she saw peering down a storm drain on her way to work at GMAC Real Estate Premier Network in Wyomissing, and the two drove back to look.Five baby ducks had falled into the drain on State Hill Road in Spring Township. The mother paced nervously. Soon medics from the Western Berks Ambulance Association were working to retrieve the ducklings, attracting attention amidst rush-hour traffic.