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BROWARD COUNTY, Fla Miramar is receiving state money to continue its Community Emergency Response Team.Grants, financed through the Department of Homeland Security, were awarded to four cities in Broward County to help train volunteers for CERT programs. They learn techniques including treatment of broken bones and search-and-rescue skills so they can assist themselves and others after an emergency situation such as a hurricane, tornado or flood.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

DANVILLE, Ky. A 69-year-old mother who loved to smile and couldn't get enough of Sam's Club pressed her Phillips Lifeline medical alert button for help -- she was having a heart attack.Lifeline associates responded over a speaker, but Christine Talley of Danville couldn't answer. The medical alert service tried to contact relatives and left phone messages. But if relatives aren't contacted, Lifeline representatives are supposed to contact emergency help immediately. That didn't happen, said Jim Talley, 41, of Danville.
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NEW ORLEANS, La. Grand opening ceremonies will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. for the $1 million, 4,000-square-foot emergency operations center and terminal building at the Slidell Municipal Airport at the end of Airport Drive north of Interstate 12. Designed by Sizeler Architects of New Orleans and built by Mickey O'Connor General Contractor Inc. of Belle Chasse, the state-of-the-art glass and steel structure contains reinforcement crossbars, an angle-vaulted roof, and is designed to withstand the most severe weather conditions.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

NATIONAL Almost daily, Lt. Matthew Partyka flies into the most dangerous spots in Iraq to pick up someone who has been shot or injured in an accident.There is always the threat of enemy fire and explosions from homemade weapons, but it is the landings that make the job exceptionally dangerous."At our most critical point, we are going out to where the patient is. . . . The wind from the helicopter is kicking up a lot of sand and we lose sight of the landing spot," said Partyka during a telephone interview from Iraq.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn With a seal of approval from the Shelby County Commission, the enhanced ambulance contract through service provider Rural/Metro awaits the go-ahead from the county's participating municipalities.Millington officials said they plan to participate in the more expensive county-wide $2.88 million contract but have not yet confirmed their source of funding.
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PITTSBURGH, Penn Continuing education usually conjures images of stuffy classrooms, flickering fluorescent lights and naps snuck on propped elbows.The Pittsburgh Mercy Health System is trying to avoid those frights this weekend by holding continuing education classes for regional emergency medical services at Cooper's Lake Campground in Slippery Rock. It's the first time they've done it, and "I hope it won't be the last," said Jeff Wess, manager of prehospital services at The Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh.
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PUEBLO, Colo. The Beulah Ambulance District has been an all-volunteer operation for 30 years, but as the community grows, some in the area now hope to establish a taxing district in order to hire an administrator and ensure 24-hour service.Pueblo County commissioners conducted a public hearing on the district's service plan this week, but didn't make a decision pending a similar hearing before the county's planning commission Tuesday.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

KENNEWICK, Wash. Roger Wright credits Northwest MedStar for saving his life. About two years ago, a MedStar aircraft flew him to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center after doctors at Richland's Kadlec Medical Center referred him there. A cyst on Wright's brain stem had burst a day earlier.A weeklong stay in the intensive care unit nursed him back to health. But he shudders to think what would have happened in absence of the air ambulance service run by MedStar, which is part of nonprofit Inland Northwest Health Services and has a base in Richland.