BASS LAKE, Calif. If you get lost in the foothills of Madera County, Sgt. Chuck Bump will be out looking for you.If your boat starts sinking on Bass Lake, he's the one who will lead efforts to save you.When it comes to rescue missions in this area popular for its recreational attractions, nobody has been closer to the action than Bump, who coordinates the Sheriff's Department's lake patrol, dive team and mountain search efforts.
HUDSON, Ohio An alarm shrills, like a buzzer ending a basketball game.Tina Maier dumps her hefty paramedic textbook. Bob Carleton climbs into the driver's seat of an ambulance. Bo Marshall and John Montgomery scurry into the back."Guys ready?" calls Carleton, blaring the siren and switching on the lights. This is why they volunteer.
MENLO PARK, Calif. Menlo Park Fire District leaders have long clamored for ways to improve ambulance service within their boundaries.They've reached a point where they're entertaining the idea of opting out of San Mateo County's ambulance system and creating their own program."We are not particularly happy with the service," district board President Ollie Brown said. "Because we're at the end of the county, the coverage is not fully here."
BEDFORD, Va. The call that sent members of the Bedford Fire Department and Bedford Lifesaving Crew to the National D-Day Memorial last week was a drill, fortunately. Bedford Memorial Hospital is required by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, a national accrediting organization to hold a mass casualty drill each year. The drill held this year, three months in the planning, had to involve community emergency responders.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. A former Smithsburg Ambulance chief was dropped from a lawsuit recently filed by the mother and fianc of a woman who died from pregnancy complications while the chief was taped making jokes and saying, "...they get what they deserve." Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell signed an order Monday dismissing the complaint against Jason Tracey.
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. Bloomington-Normal residents are expected to still have paramedic-level ambulance service after Sept. 1, and some rural agencies are starting their own ambulance services ahead of that date. Officials with Lifeline Mobile Medics, the countywide paramedic service, announced March 1 the organization will stop taking emergency calls Sept. 1. That has left many small towns looking for ambulance coverage and the Twin City fire departments upgrading to paramedic-level service.
CHICAGO Chief Emergency Officer Cortez Trotter abruptly resigned Thursday, leaving Chicago with vacancies or lame-ducks in three jobs crucial to the city's ability to handle a disaster or terrorist attack.Trotter's resignation from the $167,700-a-year job was delayed until after the mayoral election. Starting Friday, he will start work as vice president and director of Midwest operations for James Lee Witt Associates, the firm started by the man who directed FEMA during the Clinton administration.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. A medical transport plane carrying six members of the University of Michigan Survival Flight team back to Michigan went down in Lake Michigan on Monday shortly after the pilot signaled an emergency, authorities said. There was no word on survivors. As many as a dozen divers were searching water that was 60 feet deep, and five to 10 more divers were standing by, Milwaukee Fire Chief Doug Holton said.
PITTSBURGH, Penn. A consultant's look at the city of Pittsburgh's firefighting and ambulance services could reignite debate about the structure of two lifesaving bureaus whose workers have been at odds.The Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority voted yesterday to pay Virginia-based System Planning Corp.'s TriData division $74,000 to study the Emergency Medical Services Bureau, on top of as much as $194,000 it is getting to review the Fire Bureau.
NEWARK, N.J. At home in Pompton Lakes one cold day last January, Louis Milone suddenly realized he couldn't move his left side. Soon his words began to slur. His wife immediately called 911.When the ambulance arrived, crew members asked Christine Milone where she wanted her husband to be taken."I told them Chilton, mostly because it was the closest hospital and we were scared, not knowing what was wrong with him," she recalled, referring to Chilton Memorial Hospital in Pompton Plains.