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The two paramedics who noticed smoke from a Mercedes outside a central London nightclub told BBC about their experiences. "We can't have been inside for more than a few minutes and as soon as we got outside we smelt gas again," says one paramedic about the London car bomb packed with petrol, gas cylinders and nails.The two-man crew was responding to a call for a head injury at the nightclub when they noticed the car and a "funny smell of gas."
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

Pod systems for ambulances may increase the number of cases paramedics can handle and reduce the number of transports, as reported by CNN.com.
Industry News

GLASGOW, Scotland - A Jeep Cherokee trailing a cascade of flames rammed into Glasgow's airport terminal on Saturday, shattering glass doors just yards from passengers at the check-in counters. Police said they believed the attack was linked to two car bombs found in London the day before. Britainraised its terror alert to "critical" the highest possible level and the Bush administration announced plans to increase security at airports and on mass transit.
Airway & Respiratory

LOWELL, Mass. Mexican police call him "El Cerebro." The Brain. Ricardo Valdez, rogue chemist, spent 11 years in a U.S. prison for making a synthetic drug called fentanyl, which is like heroin times 50. And when he got out, he quickly set up shop in Mexico.He cooked another batch, 22 pounds, authorities claim -- enough to get 80 million people high if it didn't kill them and sent it across the border.The drug's trail is easy to trace.
Administration and Leadership

LAS CRUCES At midnight today, one contract will expire and another will begin.Ending will be the tenure of Southwest Ambulance, which has provided emergency transport services in most of Do a Ana County for the past four years. Beginning will be the county's contract with another company, the Colorado-based American Medical Response.What should be notable as the transition occurs?Nothing, company officials say.
Industry News

LONDON Police in London's bustling nightclub and theater district on Friday defused a bomb that could have killed hundreds after an ambulance crew spotted smoke coming from a Mercedes filled with a lethal mix of gasoline, propane and nails, authorities said.The bomb near Piccadilly Circus was powerful enough to have caused "significant injury or loss of life" - possibly killing hundreds, British anti-terror police chief Peter Clarke said.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

There's really never a good time for someone's heart to stop, but a welder at Super Steel Products Corp. went into cardiac arrest this week at the same time a first aid trainer was teaching the welder's co-workers how to perform CPR and use a defibrillator.Sabrina Kurban had trained employees at the northwest side steel fabrication plant to use an automated external defibrillator a few months ago and was back Tuesday morning for a CPR refresher class when a worker ran in and said there was a medical emergency.
Industry News

A mass casualty drill Wednesday turned into a minor disaster because firetrucks and ambulances couldn't reach "injured" survivors of a mock plane crash.American Medical Response ambulances and Colorado Springs firefighters didn't reach the "crash" scene on Peterson Air Force Base until an hour after the drill began.Doug McIntyre, a paramedic and disaster coordinator for AMR, said the delay was due to an escort's failing to accom- pany the five ambulances and firefighters taking part in the drill through a security gate.
Industry News

A top California ambulance executive, a leading fire chief and a union official representing rescuers blasted the Emergency Medical Services Authority on Wednesday, saying the regulator takes too long to investigate paramedic misconduct while cases pile up and languish for years.The three men -- all members of the state's Emergency Medical Services Commission, appointed by the governor and legislators -- leveled the searing criticism at EMSA and its director, Dr. Cesar Aristeiguieta, during a commission meeting in Sacramento.