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.
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.
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.
Administration and Leadership

LIVERMORE, Maine For two years, NorthStar EMS paramedic Samantha Massey has worked 40 hours per week rescuing the injured and helping the sick in the Livermore area.After putting in her hours at that full-time job with the Franklin Memorial Hospital ambulance service, Massey does the same thing for 24 to 36 hours on a per-day basis at Winthrop Ambulance.
Industry News

FAIRFIELD, Calif. Solano County and San Francisco fire department officials on Thursday took separate steps to sideline a Northern California emergency medical technician who had remained on the job as an EMT-firefighter, despite his history of stalking women and a string of arrests for child sexual abuse, indecent exposure, spousal battery and vandalism. San Francisco Fire Department Chief Joanne Hayes-White reassigned Timothy Lee Gutierrez, 39, of Fairfield, to a desk job so he will have no contact with the public.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

Two men who tried to climb Mount Washington near the Wabash Tunnel found themselves stranded on a ledge when one of them weakened and could not finish the climb.City paramedics, firefighters and police closed the Wabash Tunnel, McArdle Roadway and a park-and-ride lot near the tunnel to undertake a difficult rescue of the men stranded on an almost cliff-face covered with trees.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

WASHINGTON The tuberculosis patient who triggered a global health scare by traveling to Europe and back with a rare form of the infection told the Senate on Wednesday that doctors knew he was planning to go abroad and never told him that he was a threat to others.