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Ryan Fretz wears a blue jumpsuit while standing in front of an air ambulance.

Ryan Fretz Named 2021 Pilot of the Year by NEMSPA

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The National EMS Pilots Association announced the selection of Air Methods’ Ryan Fretz with ARCH Program as the 2021 Pilot of the Year. 

Biden Backs COVID Vaccine Mandate For Medics, Firefighters and Police as Controversy Roils Departments

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President Joe Biden Thursday endorsed local government mandates that require first responders to obtain COVID-19 vaccinations.
This October 2021 photo provided by Pfizer shows kid-size doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in Puurs, Belgium.

Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine More than 90% Effective in Kids

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Kid-size doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine appear safe and nearly 91% effective at preventing symptomatic infections in 5- to 11-year-olds.
Techs work 24/7 to make sure ambulances are fully stocked and ready to help save lives in Mecklenburg County.

Mecklenburg EMS Revamps How It Responds to 911 Calls

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To help manage resources during COVID-19 and a shortage of health care providers, Mecklenburg EMS is changing how it responds to 911 calls.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Officers respond to the scene of a fatal accidental shooting at a Bonanza Creek Ranch movie set near Santa Fe, N.M. Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021.

Sheriff: Alec Baldwin Fired Prop Gun that Killed Cinematographer

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Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a movie set and killed the cinematographer, authorities said.
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TX Police: Discharged Hospital Patient Steals Ambulance Before 100 MPH Chase

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A man discharged from the hospital stole an ambulance and led police on a 100 mph chase.
The photo shows the front of an ambulance with its emergency lights on.

Lawsuit Alleges 911 Dispatcher Hung Up on Spanish-Speaking Caller in Allentown (PA) Fire

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An Allentown man and his 14-year-old nephew died in a fire in July 2020 because a Lehigh County 911 dispatcher did not understand his pleas for help in Spanish and hung up the call.
Orange County FL Fire-Rescue

FL Battalion Chief Opposed to Vaccine Mandate Loses Job

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Battalion Chief Stephen Davis, a 14-year veteran of fire/rescue, “was terminated on the grounds of failure to follow a direct order,” OCFR spokesperson Lisa McDonald said.
Highland Hills blast

Investigators: Man Shot into Dallas Apartment, Causing Blast That Injured Firefighters

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Fire investigators believe a man shot into a Dallas apartment and hit a gas line, causing an explosion that injured seven people, including four firefighters.
The photo shows a white ambulance.

San Diego: Falck USA Now Meeting Expectations Prior to Launch

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San Diego's new ambulance provider has made great progress meeting city expectations, a City Council committee was told Wednesday.