Industry News

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.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

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.
Communications & Dispatch

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.
Administration and Leadership

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.
Airway & Respiratory

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio Three emergency medical workers and a council member of the Greater Miami Valley Emergency Medical Services Council have been honored for their service to the community.The three EMS workers received the 2007 Norma Dittrick Extra Measure of Service award for demonstrating professional integrity and competence, a commitment to EMS and improving the quality of prehospital care.The council member was presented the Tom Long Lifetime Achievement Award. Jacob King
Airway & Respiratory

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Pinned beneath the tires of a big rig, Steven Felldin did not die alone.A stranger was there to hold his hand, to comfort the suffering 26-year-old and assure him that help was on the way. And that stranger was there to hear him gasp a final message of love:"Tell my wife I love her." On Thursday, that stranger -- a man initially known only as Brian -- delivered the message to Felldin's 26-year-old widow, Leilani."I'm so glad you were able to find us," she said, embracing Brian.
Industry News

TAVARES, Fla. The back muscles of paramedics and emergency medical technicians in Lake and Sumter will soon get sorely needed relief, thanks to a state grant. The state Department of Health recently awarded Lake-Sumter Emergency Medical Services $195,000 to purchase 36 pneumatic stretchers and accessories.By pressing several electric-powered buttons, emergency workers will control how the special stretchers go up or down, making it easier to load patients into and out of ambulances.