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.
HILLSBOROUGH, N.J. In a classroom filled with inspirational posters and plastic containers of crayons, the students kept their three-ring binders open and followed the instructor."This presentation is not designed to make you terrorism experts," said Hillsborough police Officer James Maguire IV, the township's Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator.
JAMES CITY, Va. Time may be saved if the James City County Fire Department adds new landing zones.A medical emergency at home often means waiting impatiently for an ambulance to squeal down your street and take you to the hospital. But what if a helicopter could land in a nearby lawn and whisk you away?In vast, rural James City, where the swelling population has led to an increase of ill and injured patients needing to be airlifted, fire department officials are working to expand their list of makeshift landing areas.
Newark, N.J. When Gov. Jon Corzine suffered life-threatening injuries in a Garden State Parkway crash last month, emergency personnel bypassed closer hospitals to fly him to a Level I trauma center in Camden where they believed he would get optimal care.New Jersey cardiac experts are now looking at creating a similar system for heart attack patients, saying they sometimes languish at hospitals lacking the resources to provide quick assessment and life-saving interventions like angioplasty.
TAVARES, Fla. The first call came in just after 10:30 a.m. Thursday. An elderly man at Florida Hospital Waterman phoned 911 saying he wanted better service from the hospital.It wasn't exactly a serious situation, but it showed that Tavares' new emergency communications center was working smoothly."We're up and running and everything is going great," police Chief Stoney Lubins said Friday.
AURORA, Colo. An Aurora emergency operator erroneously transferred a frantic call to the Denver 911 system to report the drownings of two siblings before realizing the address of the tragedy was in her city. The call-taker caught her mistake within a minute and summoned Aurora firefighters to the apartment building where the sister and brother were found in the pool, Michael Bedwell, the city's manager of public safety communications, said Thursday.