Cardiac & Resuscitation

AUSTIN, Texas When Adrianna Kruger saw a man swim into the water Saturday at the Barton Creek greenbelt in Southwest Austin screaming that his son had disappeared, the former lifeguard had a feeling that she might be called upon to perform CPR. Sure enough, when 5-year-old Riley Yarbrough was pulled from the water with a bleeding head wound, Kruger, 21, breathed life back into the unconscious, blue-skinned boy.
Administration and Leadership

Fitchburg, Mass. Leominster's Finance Committee Chairman Dennis Rosa said he would caution cities who want to create a city-run ambulance service as a financial solution."If I was looking at another community that didn't have (a city-run ambulance) service, I wouldn't have such high hopes that I was going to put an ambulance service together and start getting positive revenue," Rosa said this week. "I would be looking at it as a superior service to provide for our residents."
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

PITTSBURGH, Penn. A mobile medical training center outfitted to treat everything from bee stings to heart attacks is helping change how the United States Golf Association keeps spectators safe. Hidden behind green fencing, the blue, 46-foot-long trailer has been collecting data at the end of each day from the three medical tents spaced through Oakmont Country Club for the U.S. Open, said Linda Reiger, an emergency medical services specialist at UPMC St. Margaret hospital near Aspinwall.
Administration and Leadership

MIAMI Claiming they were pushed into a corner by a pending county law, Surfside commissioners voted in favor of a resolution to withdraw the town's fire-rescue services from Miami-Dade County and switch over to Miami Beach.The switch will not take effect immediately, and conceivably may not happen at all, though it does seem likely. It was presented at Tuesday's commission meeting as a preemptive step in the event the county commission passes a proposed ordinance that would prevent municipalities from opting out of the county's fire and rescue service district.
Communications & Dispatch

ALLENTOWN, Pa. Carbon County will get $2 million from the state to upgrade the county's 911 equipment and capabilities, county commissioners announced Thursday.The county 911 Communications Center on Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning has gotten new computers, emergency dispatcher's consoles and a computer-aided dispatch system totaling about $1.3 million. The state Emergency Management Agency will reimburse the county $2,011,392 for improvements that have been completed and for two improvements that are continuing.
Industry News

GREENSBURG, Pa. Sewickley Township auditors are on the verge of auditing the books of the township's nonprofit ambulance service, after months of squabbling between the two sides. The audit is scheduled for Monday at the Herminie office of Joe Fiore, a member of the ambulance service's executive board. "We don't know if (the dispute) is resolved," said township auditor Thomas Byrnes. "They want to show us a confidentiality agreement. It depends."
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

Roanoke, Va. An out-of-state ambulance was damaged and a member of its crew hurt during a vehicle fire Saturday night near the entrance to the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital emergency room, officials said. Roanoke Fire-EMS spokeswoman Tiffany Bradbury said the fire started inside a Greenbrier, W.Va., ambulance about 8 p.m. The parked ambulance was in the process of transporting a patient to Roanoke."EMS crews noticed the fire and pulled the attendant and patient out of the ambulance," Bradbury said.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

NEW ORLEANS, La. Samantha Gambino is having so much fun getting Fit as a Firefighter, she said she hopes the summer camp will be extended throughout the entire summer.The Slidell 10-year-old is one of 60 youths, ages 8-12, from throughout the parish who spent the past week learning how good choices can lead to healthier lifestyles as part of a free pilot program for overweight children.