AED-Bay Have you bought any AEDs on eBay recently? A Washington man has been accused of stealing AEDs and selling them on the popular Internet bidding site.
Each year, hundreds of family members, friends, EMS, political leaders and colleagues from EMS agencies from around the nation gather together to remember EMS personnel who have died in the line of duty and recognize the ultimate sacrifice they made for their fellow man. This year, there are 19 honorees (see names below).
The Fire Department of New York City (FDNY) has put together new social media guidelines for all employees following a string of high-profile incidents of staffers posting what was deemed offensive material online. The new policy came together after two people were fired, several others were disciplined, and the resignation of FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano’s son as an EMT—all for posting offensive material on social media and in one case images of patients with derogatory comments on a website.
In a profession where staffers are known to pack extra equipment into their belt loops, a few EMS and fire providers in Bethel Township, Ohio, are adding just a little more kick—firearms. For about a year, the Bethel Township Fire and EMS Department has allowed first responders to carry concealed weapons on emergency calls as a way to protect themselves in an area where having law enforcement respond to calls in a timely manner when needed can be a challenge due to reduced staffing.
Fighting Drug Abuse A Las Vegas paramedic partnered with a group of Brigham Young University engineering students to invent a new pill bottle in hopes of combatting drug abuse. The paramedic was inspired after witnessing too many deaths caused by drug abuse—in America, 100 overdose deaths occur every day.
On May 13, Rural/Metro announced that senior healthcare and service industry executive Scott A. Bartos, 49, has been selected to succeed Michael P. DiMino as president and chief executive officer. DiMino has left the company. He had served as president, CEO and director since 2010.
Many employers have found that former military personnel make excellent employees. Men and women who served as paramedics in the miliatry have a proven track record for sacrifice, commitment to duty and getting the job done, often in the most austere of environments. Unfortunately, when former service members attempt to transition from the military into civilian life, they find that their experience and expertise means nothing. Instead, they are forced to start over with their certification as EMTs, as though they had never worked in EMS.