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GEORGETOWN, Texas Stat Air 2 is greater Georgetown's newest aircraft alternative.Flight paramedics said it's a necessity in growing Williamson County."Anyone who drives in this area knows the traffic and construction," said flight paramedic James Green. "It's tough even for ambulance and fire trucks to get through. There's not much traffic in the air. We cruise 150 mph. We can make it to Austin in 12 minutes."
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

FORT VALLEY, Ga. The Peach County Commission took a load off the backs of its Emergency Medical Services personnel Tuesday.The County Commission approved buying two new hydraulic-powered stretchers after EMS Director Alonzo Ford wheeled one into the meeting room at the county courthouse and demonstrated how the device could be used by just one person.The battery-powered stretcher whirred as it easily lifted three EMS personnel and brought them back down.
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DAVIE, Fla. Passing through? Better drive carefully.Davie may soon impose fees on motorists cited in traffic accidents on state highways and county roads. Proponents say the fee would help recoup the cost of the town's police and fire services at a time municipalities are bracing for state-imposed tax cuts.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

TYLER MOUNTAIN, W. Va. For the past three years, the Tyler Mountain Volunteer Fire Department has conducted free, community classes in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.Recently, the fire department acquired eight new CPR mannequins, which are used to demonstrate the proper way to administer CPR to heart attack victims. "This brings us up to 16 mannequins. If you have one mannequin per two people, you can teach a whole class at once," Nasby said.
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LANSING, Mich. Dennis Palmer has spent three years trying to convince the city of Lansing that using a private ambulance service already located downtown will help patients get to the hospital faster. And so far, the city has responded by sticking with the use of ambulances from Lansing Township, East Lansing and other jurisdictions when the city runs out of ambulances of its own.
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KODIAK, Alaska Emergency medical kits are being returned to the Kodiak Island Borough s Bayside Fire Station by volunteer first responders after a stand down order issued last week by Bayside Fire Chief Bob Himes. A similar order is expected today for volunteers from the Womens Bay Volunteer Fire Department south of Kodiak city. I am working on an official statement to the service areas right now, Borough Manager Rick Gifford said this morning. We will ask Womens Bay to do the same thing.
Communications & Dispatch

Companions tried to get an ambulance to take her to another hospital LOS ANGELES In the 40 minutes before a woman's death last month at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital, two separate callers pleaded with 911 dispatchers to send help because the hospital staff was ignoring her as she writhed on the floor, according to audio recordings of the calls."My wife is dying and the nurses don't want to help her out," Jose Prado, the woman's boyfriend, told the 911 dispatcher through an interpreter.
Communications & Dispatch

PORTLAND, Ore. Portland's 9-1-1 center was overwhelmed early Sunday morning by three phone calls at once.Only three operators were on duty at the time two others had gone on break when a MAX driver called to report a house fire in Gresham. One operator was already taking a report on the non-emergency line about someone missing from an adult care home. The remaining two operators were immediately occupied with the fire call: One talked to the MAX driver while the other sent the fire trucks rolling.
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TOPEKA, Kan. As a nationwide television audience monitored his progress, a Topeka man who injured an ankle while hiking Clear Creek Canyon near Golden, Colo., was rescued from the side of a mountain Tuesday morning following an overnight ordeal. Rescuers lowered David Seals, 34, more than 600 feet down a mountain at about 9:30 a.m.The rescue closed US-6 highway for several hours Tuesday morning from Colorado 93 to Colorado 119, according to the Rocky Mountain News.
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A political battle is underway in Washington, and the implications for public safety in rural America must be recognized. Wireless service is critical to effective public safety and is relied upon by citizens and first responders, especially in rural and remote regions of the country. Yet despite the need for more wireless service in less populated areas, the Federal Communications Commission is considering a recommendation that could slow or stop the expansion of wireless service in areas where it is needed most.