Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

On Saturday, June 7, a Fire Department of New York (FDNY) ambulance crew, operating as paramedic unit 57V3, stopped to assist a driver involved in a motor vehicle collision they encountered while transporting another patient to a hospital. They ended up having to seek cover when threatened with a weapon by the vehicle_s driver. This same crew, minutes after being threatened by the gun-wielding driver, reversed their course and treated the perpetrator after he sustained mortal gunshot wounds in a gun battle with police.
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The radio in the emergency medical vehicle crackled - the stifling heat had overwhelmed someone on Lexington Street. Capt. Charles Cheelsman turned on the vehicle's lights and sirens and hit the accelerator. Cars swerved to get out of the way as he sped toward Lexington Market. When he got there, he found Murdis Ferguson, 52, drooping in a plastic chair. She had been walking with a friend, Celeste Gross, also 52, when she was overcome by the heat.
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Butte County has a superb emergency medical system that ought to be retained, the owner of a local ambulance company said this week. If the county calls for bids and awards an ambulance contract to some big out-of-state corporation, local ambulance service likely won't be as effective nor as compassionate as it is now, said Byron Parsons, president and chief executive officer of First Responder Emergency Medical Services.
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Eight people escaped serious injury when their sightseeing helicopter crashed into the Hudson River just north of the Lincoln Tunnel yesterday afternoon, authorities said.Witnesses said the aircraft was heading south over the river in the late afternoon when it made a loud booming noise before going down in the waters between New Jersey and New York, its rotors shattering and smoke pouring out.
Airway & Respiratory

PARAMEDICS on emergency calls will be asked to decide whether patients should be treated at home instead of being taken to hospital.The controversial plans, aimed at speeding up paramedic response times, means patients who need hospital treatment may also be transported by car rather than ambulance.Last night, unions raised concerns people could be left waiting even longer to be seen by medics and raised fears too much responsibility was being placed on paramedics shoulders.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

In a room that resembles the belly of the "Star Trek" Enterprise, dozens of people work 24 hours a day, seven days a week as lifelines for people in distress. At the Combined Transportation Emergency and Communications Center in Central Austin, dispatchers with the Austin Fire Department, the Police Department and Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services are constantly taking calls.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

Queensjurors yesterday got a chilling account of how a vibrant mother and wife died - after FDNY medics allegedly used outdated batteries for a defibrillator. Toni Ann Joline, 40, was returning from a wedding with her mother early on the morning of Aug. 12, 2000, when a truck crashed ahead of them and halted traffic on the Van Wyck Expressway. Suddenly, Joline passed out. An ambulance responding to the accident was flagged down and two emergency medical technicians began to tend to her, her lawyer, Marc Reibman, said.
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The Fourth of July celebration in Boston is one of the biggest events of the year for Boston EMS (BEMS), attracting an audience comparable to the population of a mid-sized city, all of which crowds onto the Charles River Esplanade, neighborhood rooftops and city bridges. This year, approximately 500,000 people gathered to watch the Boston Pops Orchestra and the city s fireworks display, which was also being broadcast on national TV.

Superior Ambulance in Roseville is offering free training to become an emergency medical technician to people who meet the requirements and pass a pre-employment interview.Sandra Ratliff, of the human resources department at Superior, said it's not an entirely altruistic offer."There's an expectancy of growth (in the need for EMTs and paramedics) over the next 10 years of 27 percent," Ratliff said, and there's already a shortage. By helping to train EMTs, Superior hopes that "We can recruit right from our classes."
Administration and Leadership

Lexington KY- In March of last year, New York City paramedic Deborah Reeve died of mesothelioma, an asbestos-related form of cancer. There is little doubt she was first exposed to asbestos on Sept. 11, 2001, when she responded to the scene at Ground Zero.There is equally little doubt that she continued to be assaulted by the substance sometime during the next eight months when she was assigned to the morgue, where she helped medical examiners do body-part identification.