Industry News

MUNDY TOWNSHIP, Michigan - The township fire department likely will find itself subject to a policy that prohibits it from responding to medical calls if an ambulance service can do it faster. The so-called "five-minute rule," proposed by Township Treasurer David Guigear, calls for firefighters to respond to medical calls only when it will take an ambulance or paramedic more than five minutes to respond. It faced strong opposition from residents, firefighters and Fire Chief Toney Romans.
Communications & Dispatch

Aug. 20--Stuart Platt was an accomplished paramedic with an unblemished record, until a Friday night in the spring of 2004 when everything fell apart. Now, the litany of mistakes that three government agencies said Platt made overseeing a fatal collision on April 16, 2004, in Gilbert threaten to end his 22-year career. State regulators have taken the rare step of trying to revoke Platt's certification, finding he contributed to the death of Citadel cadet Michael Cockrell, 19.
Industry News

When Security Aviation ran into legal trouble a year ago, 11 paramedic students would have had their training cut short had it not been for Valerie DeFrance. Rather than concede defeat and give up her classroom, DeFrance, an emergency medical technician (EMT) and paramedic from the Hope area, threatened the company's lawyers with a little legal action of her own.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

St. Lucie County Fire District officials changed their minds Wednesday and decided to seek proposals from any company willing to operate a helicopter for medical evacuations in St. Lucie County. In July, they said they would waive the normal requirements to speed the process in hopes of having a new air ambulance by Oct. 1, when Sheriff Ken Mascara no longer will pay a share of the helicopter that the county and the fire district own jointly.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Southside Fire and EMS has added a special-order ambulance meant for very obese patients to its fleet of emergency vehicles. It's getting great business. Southside is using the bariatric ambulance for anyone larger than 400 pounds. It has been used more than once a day since it was delivered in late June. The largest patient transported thus far weighed 730 pounds.
Major Incidents

A disastrous cave-in Thursday night killed three rescue workers and injured at least six others who were trying to tunnel through rubble to reach trapped miners, authorities said. Mining officials were considering whether to suspend the rescue effort. It was a shocking setback on the 11th day of the effort to find six miners who have been confined at least 1,500 feet below ground at the Crandall Canyon mine. It's unknown if the six are alive or dead. Read Full Story
Industry News

A former Vinton paramedic pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges of possessing child pornography. Dennis Vincent Thompson, 33, faces a preliminary sentence recommendation of 63 to 78 months in prison, plus the loss of computers found during an October search of his home. His sentencing is set for Nov. 13. Court documents said a federal investigation of a child porn Web site called illegal.CP, which was being operated from New Jersey, discovered Thompson among the site's subscribers.
News

PHOENIX - Authorities confirmed that more than a dozen Phoenix firefighters and one Mesa police officer are connected to a steroid investigation being conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.Mesa police confirmed Monday that one of their officers is under investigation, and Chandler police said they have been contacted by the DEA about the probe, though the names of specific employees have not come up.Phoenix Fire Chief Bob Khan said he wants to respect his employees rights but wants those who may have broken the law to account for their actions.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

MCKEESPORT - Not long ago, Barbara Procup of McKeesport was watching a cable news channel when she saw a segment on surgical oxygen masks for pets that some EMS teams are using to save dogs and cats that have suffered smoke inhalation during fires. "It really interested me and I thought it would be a good project for our McKeesport Joint Task Force," Ms. Procup said. She is treasurer of the group.
Airway & Respiratory

Aug. 13--The hottest PGA major championship on record forced more than 200 people to seek medical attention during the four-day event. The busiest day for medical crews was Sunday, when 70 people -- 64 with heat-related illnesses -- required help from EMSA paramedics and 23 more found first aid stations at Southern Hills Country Club by themselves.