MILWAUKEE, Wis. 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.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. The near deaths -- and miraculous saves -- of two athletes at the National Senior Games has focused attention on what cities do to protect people who gather in large numbers.The city of Louisville and the organizers of the "senior Olympics" decided to pool public and private resources to be ready in case any of the 30,000 spectators or 12,000 athletes (who range from 50 to more than 100 years old) suffered a cardiac arrest.
HOOD COUNTY, Texas Hood County officials issued a disaster alert shortly before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday due to severe flooding.The alert stated that residents were seeking refuge on rooftops as floodwaters engulfed homes.Shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday, Hood County News Online reported that Granbury Lake Harbor residents were being rescued by boat and that some had climbed trees or cut holes in their roofs to escape floodwaters. The report also stated a call had been issued for all available firefighters and paramedics to assist with the rescues.
Two people suffered serious falls at Devil's Lake State Park on Saturday and had to be rescued by an ambulance rope rescue team.Shortly after 6 p.m., a 15-year-old girl fell 40 feet while climbing on the park's East Bluff, said Lt. Jennifer Hanson of the Baraboo District Ambulance Service. The girl, who had been climbing in an area that had not been designated as safe, had deep cuts on her face and forehead that required stitches but were not life-threatening.
FAYETTE COUNTY, Tenn. Fayette County Emergency Medical Services has 10 full-time paramedics.Five of them recently interviewed for jobs paying upwards of $47,000 a year with Rural/Metro ambulance service in Shelby County, said Sam McKnight, Fayette's EMS director."I can't be mad at them when they're offering that kind of money. That's more than I'm making," McKnight said. Starting pay for a paramedic in Fayette is about $35,000 a year, depending on the numbers of hours clocked, McKnight said.
SHEET HARBOUR, Nova Scotia A rural hospital struggling with a shortage of emergency-room nurses is relying on paramedics to help out.The Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital in Sheet Harbour will have only one registered nurse and one licensed practical nurse on shift. But when demand is up, paramedics stationed down the road will respond. "It's just a sign of the pressure that we're under," said Sheila Martin of the Capital District Health Authority, which oversees the hospital.
PITTSBURGH, Penn. Neighbors on Margery Drive in O'Hara have dropped their lawsuit opposing a new garage for Parkview Emergency Medical Service, clearing the way for the facility to be ready this fall. Eric Schmidt, Parkview chief, said he expected to receive a township building permit in about two weeks for the 1,300-square-foot garage to be built in the rear of the service's base at Fox Chapel Road and Margery Drive.
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. The proverbial cat didn't get rescued from a tree, but the firefighters of Station No. 11 did respond to a fuel spill, suicide attempt and bogus medical call.On Wednesday, I got to experience something many kids, and probably adults, wish they could do. Hang out with firefighters. Ride in a firetruck with sirens and horns blazing.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. Shokry Guirguis took his job fixing ambulances seriously, but the Edison resident was always ready with a quick joke and a smile, according to his co-workers at Jersey City Medical Center. "He had a way of making a situation better. He had a keen sense of humor when joking with staff," said Christopher Rinn, the emergency medical squad director. "More than a coworker, he was a father figure to many young staffers."
FITCHBURG, Mass. Looming layoffs will either force the fire chief to close the Summer Street fire station or pull an engine from the central fire station.The department currently has one ladder and four engines: one at Summer Street, one at the Oak Hill station, and two at the central station. But the department will lose an engine after five layoffs and four retirements go into effect this Sunday, Fire Chief Kevin Roy said. Roy reiterated Tuesday what he said during the fire department's budget hearing with the city council Monday night.