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Most people train to be a paramedic in a five month course, but in a three-week class, members of the military and Kansas National Guard will not only learn everything a normal emergency responder will learn, but how to do it under fire.Russell Clark, who is an E-6 Staff Sgt. and a full-time MICT paramedic with Butler County Emergency Services, said there are 15 students in the current class from various states.
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Fire-Rescue Captain Spent 16 Days In HospitalFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A driver accused of hitting a Sunrise fire-rescue paramedic with her car and fleeing the scene last year agreed to a plea deal Tuesday.In February 2006, Capt. Steve Grimstead was assisting with the ground transport of a victim shot at a gas station located off West Commercial Avenue and Nob Hill Road when he was struck. Firefighters were about to place the shooting victim in an air rescue helicopter.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

Hypothermic resuscitation at the University of Pennsylvania is featured in this week's edition of Newsweek Magazine and on Newsweek.com. Click below to view the Newsweek clip which features Lance Becker, MD, a noted cardiac care specialist and frequent lecturer at Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) conferences sponsored by the Citizen CPR Foundation, and learn more about the the dramatic results being experienced when cardiac arrest patients are cooled to 34-degrees and then gradually rewarmed over a 24 hour period.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

Representatives of all-terrain vehicle clubs from throughout the state will join first responders and LifeFlight officials later this month for training that will include a mock accident on a remote trail in the Moosehead Lake region. The emphasis for the mock disaster and training set for July 28 is on improving safety on the trails, according to Jim Lane, ATV Maine trail vice president.
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SAO PAULO, Brazil - The pilot of an airliner that burst into flames after trying to land on a short, rain-slicked runway apparently tried to take off again, barely clearing rush-hour traffic on a major highway. The death toll rose Wednesday to 189 and could climb higher.The TAM airlines Airbus-320 flight that originated in Porto Alegre in southern Brazil on Tuesday cleared the airport fence at the end of the runway and the busy highway but slammed into a gas station and a TAM building, causing an inferno.
Administration and Leadership

A strong earthquake struck northwestern Japan on Monday, causing a fire and radioactive water leak at the world's largest nuclear plant. At least seven people were killed and hundreds injured in the 6.8 magnitude quake that collapsed wooden houses, ripped apart roads and buckled seaside bridges.Flames and billows of black smoke poured from the Kashiwazaki nuclear plant the world's largest in terms of power output capacity. It took two hours to extinguish the fire in an electrical transformer, said Motoyasu Tamaki, a Tokyo Electric Power Co. official.
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A Flagstaff, Ariz., girl drowned in Padre Bay after carbon monoxide from the motor of a boat poisoned her Saturday morning in Lake Powell. Megan Evans, 7, was swimming with her friend, Kayleen Tubbs, also 7, near two 30-foot cabin-cruiser boats on the shoreline near their campsite, according to the National Park Service. Kayleen's mother was showering, using water heated by the boat motor, when she noticed her daughter unconscious in the water.
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Knoxville (WVLT) - The incentive is up to $10,000, Rural Metro's signing bonus is now bumped from $6,000.Calls from as far away as New York are coming in.So far, Rural Metro says they've hired eight new EMS professionals in the past five days.Call volume is up, and Knoxville s not getting any smaller.Read full story