New York Faces a Growing Number of Ambulance Company Closings
NEW YORK (WHEC) - Tonight, in our community, someone is going to call 911 because they need an ambulance.  But so many volunteer ambulance companies have closed in New York, the state's director of Emergency Medical Services worries if help will get to our neighbors on time. This is a problem that News10NBC has been exposing for you. MORE   (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 23, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

States Turn to Drones to Predict Avalanches, Spot Wildfires
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In Utah, drones are hovering near avalanches to watch roaring snow. In North Carolina, they're searching for the nests of endangered birds. In Kansas, they could soon be identifying sick cows through heat signatures. Public transportation agencies are using drones in nearly every state, according to a new survey by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. The report released Monday finds a sharp increase in their use over the last few years, showing that governments as well as hobbyists have rapidly adopted the technology. Photos: States Turn to Drones In 2016, the...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 23, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Source Type: news

Three Dead as Tornado Strikes Missouri Capital
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A "violent tornado" touched down in Jefferson City, causing heavy damage in Missouri's capital city as severe weather swept across the state overnight, causing three deaths and leaving many people trapped in the wreckage of their homes. The service reported that a "confirmed large and destructive tornado" was observed over Jefferson City at 11:43 p.m. Wednesday, moving northeast at 40 mph (64 kph). The capital city has a population of about 40,000 and is located about 130 miles (209 kilometers) west of St. Louis. "Across the state, Missouri's first responders once a...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 23, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

CMMI Announces Request for Applications for ET3 Model
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center) is excited to announce that the Request for Applications (RFA) for the Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) Model has been posted on our website at https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/et3/. Please note that the Innovation Center is not accepting applications at this time. However, this is an opportunity for potential applicants to review the RFA before the online application becomes available later this summer. The ET3 Model has generated a lot of great discussion and we at the Innovation Center have received many informative and thoughtful ques...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 22, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Operations News Source Type: news

The Science, Skill, and Luck, Behind Evacuation Order Calls
(THE CONVERSATION) Government officials order coastal evacuation even when it’s sunny at the beach with not a cloud in the sky and no hint of the ominous threat thousands of miles away other than from satellite images. People who know I study hurricane evacuations have often asked me to explain this curious decision. In the end, evacuation planning is part science, part skill based on experience, and part luck.   Who makes the call Evacuations are an example of the precautionary principle: protect people from harm before an event occurs. In the case of hurricanes, the harm is the storm surge – the rise in ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 22, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Jamaica Hospital Center EMS Week 2019
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center - Emergencies can happen at any time. Jamaica Hospital EMS responders such as Frank & Navindra are always prepared to answer the call of duty. It takes special people to sacrifice their lives to save others- join us in celebrating them during EMS Week.   (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 22, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: EMS Week News Source Type: news

900-lb. Man Pleads in Drug Case from Ambulance
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who weighs more than 900 pounds (410 kilograms) pleaded guilty in a federal cocaine conspiracy case Tuesday during a hearing that was held in a courthouse loading dock as the defendant lay on a stretcher inside an ambulance. U.S. Magistrate Judge David Novak said the court engaged in "some extraordinary procedures" Tuesday to deal with Kenneth Hicks' health issues and to "protect his dignity." Hicks, 48, stayed inside the ambulance and wasn't visible to several of his family members and reporters who attended the hearing. He was visible to Novak and a prosecutor...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 22, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Operations Source Type: news

37 Tornadoes Hit Four Midwest States
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A dangerous storm system in the Midwest produced dozens of tornadoes for the second consecutive day Tuesday, demolishing a racetrack grandstand and damaging buildings in a wild animal park in Missouri but sparing St. Louis, the biggest city in its path. Two deaths, both in Missouri, were blamed on the severe weather that started in the Southern Plains Monday night and moved to the northeast. Missouri and parts of Illinois and Arkansas were in the crosshairs Tuesday. By Wednesday, the storm will move into Great Lakes region, where it will weaken. But another storm system was gathering steam for later ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 22, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Clackamas Fire: EMS Week 2019
Clackamas Fire - EMS Strong: Stronger Together Clackamas Fire thanks all of our Firefighters, Paramedics and EMTs for their exceptional service provided to our community every day.     (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 22, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: EMS Week News Source Type: news

Tornadoes Damage Homes in Southern Plains
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A tornado touched down Tuesday near Tulsa International Airport, injuring at least one person and damaging about a dozen homes, amid powerful storms in the Southern Plains that brought a deluge of rain and powerful winds, closing an interstate and flipping campers at a raceway. Storms could bring more tornadoes and flash flooding to parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma on Tuesday.   Storms Monday evening flipped campers at Lucas Oil Speedway in Hickory County, injuring seven people, four of whom were taken to hospitals. The speedway's grandstand also was destroyed, forc...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 21, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Source Type: news

Dare County, NC EMS Offers Open Houses During EMS Week
Dare County - Open houses will be held on Thursday, May 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Station #1 located at 1632 North Croatan Highway in Kill Devil Hills and Station #3 located at 50346 NC Highway 12 in Frisco.  To celebrate EMS week May 19 - May 25 and demonstrate their service to the community, Dare County EMS will host open houses to display equipment, offer tours of facilities, perform blood pressure checks, and provide educational programs including Hands-Only CPR (non-certification course) and Stop the Bleed Program. EMS providers will be available to answer any questions about the County’s EMS system...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 21, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: EMS Week News Source Type: news

Pinellas County, FL 2019 EMS Professionals of the Year
pcctv1 - National Emergency Medical Services Week will be celebrated from May 19-25 this year.  In honor of the 45th annual National EMS week, The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners observes the occasion through a proclamation recognizing all of the people that dedicate their careers to saving lives in Pinellas County.  As a county, we also recognize the three individuals named Emergency Medical Services Professionals of the Year.  This year’s recipients exemplify Pinellas County’s strategic goal of delivering first-class services to the public and ensuring a safe community.  The ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 21, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: EMS Week News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

EMS Strong: Building a Resilient EMS Workforce
To handle the stress associated with working in EMS, paramedics and EMTs benefit from good physical, mental and emotional health. The greatest asset of any EMS agency is its people—the EMS practitioners and other personnel who are there for members of the community during their worst moments, and who ensure their patients receive high-quality, compassionate and lifesaving care.  However, “being there” for patients and their family members and friends during medical emergencies is inherently stressful. EMS practitioners often work in harsh environments; under difficult, unpredictable circumstances; wi...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 21, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: EMS Week News Source Type: news

Man Sets Himself on Fire Outside Alabama Walmart
ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — A man who set himself on fire outside a Walmart store in Alabama was reported in stable condition Friday at a Tennessee hospital. After the incident happened about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the man was taken to a hospital in Athens, Alabama, and then sent by helicopter ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, The Athens News Courier reported. VUMC spokeswoman Kristin Smart confirmed the man was alive and in stable condition as of Friday morning. Further details were not released. Authorities have not released the man's name. Investigators are trying to understand why he did it. At...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 21, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news

Presidential Proclamation on EMS Week 2019
During Emergency Medical Services Week, we pay tribute to our Nation’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers, whose selfless dedication and extraordinary efforts help save countless lives each day.  As the first link to emergency medical care, EMS personnel are a critical component of our healthcare system.  Day or night, faithful EMS first responders — many of whom are volunteers — intensively prepare for and stand at the ready to help their fellow Americans through chaotic and distressing situations. In the last year, our Nation has experienced some of the largest and most destructive wil...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 20, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: EMS Week News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

FDNY Unveils EMS Week 2019 Poster
NEW YORK - Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro unveiled FDNY’s poster for National EMS Week on Thursday, May 16th at at FDNY Headquarters – 9 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn in celebration of national EMS Week, which began on Sunday, May 21. This year’s FDNY-developed poster’s theme is “EMS Strong: Beyond the Call.” The poster features EMT Ellis Olive, a 35-year-veteran of EMS, and EMT Mary Vanicky, a 31-year veteran of EMS, pictured treating an injured child in a playground. In 2018, FDNY responded to more than 1.5 million medical emergencies, and more than 1.8 million emergencies overall. The...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 20, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: EMS Week News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Funeral Details for Wisconsin Firefighter Killed on EMS Call
APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin fire chief is encouraging citizens to line a funeral procession route to honor a firefighter killed in the line of duty last week. JEMS: Appleton, Wisconsin Firefighter Killed, Police Officer and Others Wounded on EMS Call USFA: Wisconsin On-Duty Death The processional honoring Mitch Lundgaard begins at 1 p.m. Monday followed by a public visitation at Appleton Alliance Church. Appleton Chief Jeremy Hansen says the processional route will run from Brettschneider-Trettin-Nickel Funeral Chapel to the church. Lundgaard will be taken back to the funeral home following the 6 p.m. service, ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 20, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Source Type: news

One Dead, Two Injured in Indiana House Explosion
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An explosion leveled a home in southern Indiana early Sunday, killing one person, injuring two others and leaving several nearby homes uninhabitable, authorities said. Hours after the explosion shattered windows across a Jeffersonville neighborhood and sent debris flying onto roofs, lawns and cars, officials had not said what they believe caused the explosion. Indiana State Police, Jeffersonville police and firefighters were at the scene, along with crews from Vectren, a natural gas provider. Jeffersonville police Lt. Isaac Parker told The Courier-Journal that the house exploded just befor...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 20, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Muslim Detroit Paramedic Files Federal Discrimination Lawsuit
DETROIT – The city of Detroit and the Detroit Fire Department face a federal lawsuit on behalf of a Muslim paramedic who claims he is being unfairly targeted because of his religion. The Detroit News reports that the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations filed the complaint on behalf of Alaa Saade on Thursday. Saade alleges that his superior, EMS Captain Tim Goodman, had a “hit list” of minority employees to discipline until they were eventually terminated. Captain Goodman was fired in 2017 for posting to Facebook hundreds of racist, Islamophobic, xenophobic, and anti-Semitic comme...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 17, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

F-16 Crashes into California Warehouse
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A warehouse worker said he heard the deafening noise of an F-16 jet moments before it smashed through the roof of the building near a Southern California air base. "Next thing I know I just hear this explosion and turn around to the back of the building, and I just seen a burst of flames and just the ceiling started falling through every part of the building," Daniel Gallegos told KABC-TV. "I turned around, and my co-worker just told me to get out, so I just made a run for it." The pilot ejected and parachuted to safety before the Air National Guard fighter plane hit the w...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 17, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Source Type: news

Over 1,700 First Responders Participate in Operation Heat Shield III in Florida
MIAMI (CBSMiami) — South Florida law enforcement, emergency personnel, and other government agencies carried out simultaneous training exercises Wednesday, designed to keep the community safe and informed in case of a terror attack. Authorities are calling it ‘Operation Heat Shield III.’ Organizers say, “The drills will offer regional first responders a series of unique and realistic drills designed around real-world scenarios that test unified command capabilities.” The full-scale exercise kicked off late Wednesday afternoon and covered three counties, with training taking place at Port Miami...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 16, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

New Study Examines Lay Responders ’ Ability to Stop Severe Bleeding
Does the American public feel empowered and equipped to stop life-threatening bleeding? A new study published in Prehospital Emergency Care finds that lay responders are not only willing to apply specialized dressings designed to stop severe bleeding, but that their confidence in doing so significantly increases after a brief education and practice session. The study, sponsored by the American Red Cross and led by Craig Goolsby, MD, Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Education of the Uniformed Services University’s Department of Military and Emergency Medicine, observed 360 lay responders as they applied...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 16, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Source Type: news

Petition Seeks to Add EMS to Connecticut Fire, Police PTSD Bill
HARTFORD, Conn. (CTPost/WMUR) - A bill proposed Monday intended to support police and firefighters suffering with post traumatic stress disorder has been considered a long time coming — but many are upset that the bill leaves out emergency medical service personnel. And that upset has been channeled into a petition, intended to garner signatures in support of adding EMS to the bill. The petition, started by Derrick Caranci, has gathered more than 4,000 signatures as of early Wednesday evening. Legislative leaders unveiled the bipartisan proposal on Monday. The proposal, which provides police and firefighters sufferin...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 16, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Appleton, Wisconsin Firefighter Shot, Killed on EMS Call
UPDATED 6:13 a.m. EDT The Appleton Fire Department as well as various news outlets are reporting that the wounded firefighter has died. Appleton firefighter killed in shooting, WBAY Firefighter killed in downtown Appleton shooting, WeAreGreenBay.com Appleton firefighter killed in line of duty during shooting, NBC26 Firefighter killed, officer injured responding to a medical call in Wisconsin, 10News, CNN Procession in Milwaukee for Appleton Firefighter killed in line of duty, FOX 11 News     EARLIER:  APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A police officer and a firefighter have been injured in a shooting in Applet...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 16, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Helicopter Crashes into Hudson River
NEW YORK (AP) — A helicopter crashed into the Hudson River near a busy Manhattan heliport Wednesday and partially sank, but not before the pilot was able to escape. New York City Fire Department officials said the pilot was not seriously injured after the helicopter landed in the river at around West 30th Street. No other people were aboard. A mobile phone video of the helicopter going down, taken by a WCBS TV editor, showed it descending into the river just feet from the helipad. Video footage from hovering TV news helicopters taken in the aftermath of the crash showed the helicopter capsized and mostly beneath the ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 15, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Video: Oklahoma Firefighters Rescue Workers from Swinging Scaffold
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two window washers have been rescued from a scaffold above the roof of an approximately 850-foot (259 meters) skyscraper in downtown Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City Fire Capt. David Macy says the two were stranded shortly before 7:45 a.m. Wednesday outside the 50-floor Devon Tower and were pulled to safety about 8:30 a.m. Macy said firefighters secured the scaffold with ropes as it dangled from a crane, 20-30 feet (6-9 meters) above the roof. Video from the scene showed the scaffold banging against sides of the building that extend above the roof and breaking windows. Macy said paramedics evaluated ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 15, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News News Videos Operations Source Type: news

National Association of EMS Educators names New Executive Director
Bryan Ericson, NAEMSE President, is pleased to announce that Stephen Perdziola has been appointed by the board of directors to the position of Executive Director effective May 2, 2019. Stephen has been the NAEMSE business manager since 2007.  His responsibilities over the past 12 years have covered areas of finance, operations, payroll, auditing, symposium planning and staff management.  Bryan sated that Stephen was the logical individual to move into the Executive Director position.  He continued to say that Stephen has the experience, knowledge and personality needed to continue the mission of NAEMSE which...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 15, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Industry News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Dallas Tests Tiered 911 Response Plan
DALLAS (NBCDFW.com) - Calls for medical help to Dallas 911 this summer may not get ambulance response in a new test to save ambulances for the most serious medical emergencies. In June and July, fire engines staffed with paramedics and lifesaving equipment will be sent to more minor calls instead of automatically sending more highly equipped ambulances. The Tiered Response plan has been discussed in Dallas for years but was delayed due to upgrades in the software that will guide call takers, the need for rigorous training of those call takers on the changing software and high turnover among those call takers. MORE Read: Ti...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 15, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

Investigation Begins in Deadly Alaska Mid-Air Crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two sightseeing planes that crashed in Alaska collided at about the 3,300-foot (1,006-meter) level, the National Transportation Safety Board announced shortly after an elite team arrived Tuesday from Washington, D.C., to investigate the crash. The two planes collided in mid-air Monday, killing six people, the Coast Guard said. The larger plane, a de Havilland Otter DHC-3 with 10 passengers and the pilot, had descended from 3,800 feet (1158 meters) feet and collided with a smaller de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, carrying four passengers from the same cruise ship, the Royal Princess, and the pilot. ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 15, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Operations Source Type: news

Explosion at Georgia-Pacific Plant in Oklahoma
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say there has been an explosion at a paper plant in north-central Oklahoma. Muskogee County officials say an explosion and fire were reported late Monday night at the Georgia-Pacific plant in Muskogee, about 50 miles (80.46 kilometers) southeast of Tulsa. Muskogee County Commissioner Ken Doke says the building has been evacuated and all company staff has been accounted for. Authorities are asking that the public stay away from the scene as first responders work. No further information was immediately available. Firefighters On The Scene Of Explosion At Georgia Pacific In Muskogee, N...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 14, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Source Type: news

Seaplanes Collide in Alaska; At Least Four Dead, 10 Hurt
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A team of federal accident investigators is expected to arrive in Alaska Tuesday to try to piece together what caused a deadly midair collision between two sightseeing planes. Four people were killed after the floatplanes carrying cruise ship tourists collided Monday near the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan, the Coast Guard said. Two others were missing, said Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios, a Coast Guard spokesman. The Washington, D.C.-based investigative team from the National Transportation Safety Board is expected to arrive in Ketchikan Tuesday afternoon, agency spokesman Peter Knudson sai...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 14, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

South Metro Fire Rescue PIOs: School Shooting Incident Management
South Metro Fire Rescue PIO - On May 7, 2019 South Metro Fire Rescue was faced with a tragedy when a shooting occurred at the STEM School in Highlands Ranch where one student was killed and 8 others were injured.  In this Vlog, Connor and Eric take a few minutes to explain the how the incident was managed. JEMS: Students Kill Classmate, Injure Eight at Colorado School   (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 13, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News Terrorism & Active Shooter Mass Casualty Incidents News Videos Source Type: news

Virginia Beach EMS Volunteer Honored for 50 Years of Service
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WTKR) - Bill Black walked into the Kempsville Volunteer Fire Department with family, friends and fellow volunteers celebrating his service. More than 1,000 Virginia Beach volunteer EMS members work long hours to help the most vulnerable people in the city and ask for nothing in return. “I’ve seen a lot of people who are very dedicated, but none who have successfully managed to run for so long,” says Kempsville Department of EMS Division Chief Kevin Lipscomb. MORE   (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 13, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Source Type: news

Georgia Facing Dangerous Shortage of Paramedics and EMTs
CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. (WSB TV) - On the worst days of people’s lives, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics are often the first to show up. Georgia is suffering from a shortage of emergency workers, which could cause people to wait for help when they do not have minutes to spare. Channel 2 Action News spoke with several emergency workers who all said the same thing: They did not get into the job for the money. MORE    (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 13, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

AMR Named in Massachusetts Lawsuit
TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) - The family of an 80-year-old woman who was killed during the 2016 Taunton rampage is suing the city and the ambulance company. The suit claims Patricia Slavin could still be alive if emergency responders had arrived sooner. A Target 12 investigation after the rampage aired 911 calls that revealed confusion between responding agencies. In May 2016, Arthur DeRosa was involved in a motor vehicle crash outside Patricia and Kathleen Slavin's home in Taunton. After, investigators say DeRosa entered their home and stabbed both of them repeatedly. DeRosa would go onto to the Silver City Galleria. MORE  ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 13, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

House Passes $19B Disaster Aid Bill
By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Friday passed a $19 billion disaster aid bill that would deliver long-sought relief to farmers, victims of hurricanes and floods, and rebuild southern military bases, as Democrats try to dislodge the legislation from a Senate logjam over aid to hurricane-slammed Puerto Rico. The measure passed by a 257-150 vote over the opposition of most Republicans, who said it should also include the Trump administration's $4.5 billion request for stepped up humanitarian aid and law enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico border, which is facing a wave of migrants fleeing ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 13, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Source Type: news

One Dead, Two Wounded in Shooting Near Trump Florida Resort
SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Police are investigating a shooting near one of President Donald Trump's resorts in Florida that left one person dead and two others injured. Miami Dade Police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said that a call came in at 1:41 p.m. on Sunday stating that shots were fired at the Trump International Beach Resort Miami in Sunny Isles Beach. Sunny Isles officers responded to the scene and found several vehicles with bullet holes. A 19-year-old woman was found inside one vehicle with a gunshot wound to the upper extremities, Zabaleta said. She was transported to a hospital and listed in stable condi...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 13, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news

Three Dead, Four Injured in Virginia Gas Station Explosion
BUENA VISTA, Va. (AP) — Authorities say three sets of remains have been discovered at Virginia gas station where an explosion occurred. Virginia State Police said in a news release Saturday that the number of people who died in Friday morning's explosion had increased from two as the investigation continued. Authorities said previously that four people were injured. The explosion at the South River Market several miles north of Buena Vista. Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Rick Garletts says the remains of the dead were taken to the medical examiner for identification, which may take several days. He says the fir...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 13, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Trauma News Patient Care Source Type: news

Man Injured after Device Explodes Outside California Diner
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — A man suffered serious injuries to his hands and face Friday after a device he was holding exploded near a Southern California diner, police said. Fullerton police Lt. Jon Radus said authorities received a call around 8:50 a.m. about the explosion in the city some 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles. Initially, police were told it could be an electrical box and evacuated nearby businesses, he said. Investigators later determined the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device and found a second improvised explosive device in the area, he said. "We believe they were h...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 13, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news

Virginia Rescue Squad Members Bike in Honor of Fallen EMS Personnel
BLACKSBURG, Va. (WSLS) - In a few days, Lora Lattanzi, a volunteer emergency medical technician at Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad, will participate in the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride from Boston to Washington D.C.   "My goal in this is to help bring awareness to first responders. To have fun and to survive. I don't feel like I have trained quite as much as I should have for a ride of this length," Lattanzi said. And she says the cause is something near to her heart. MORE   (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 13, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Source Type: news

Arrival of the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride Kicks off the National EMS Weekend of Honor
OXON HILL, MD - On Friday, May 17, at approximately 4:00 p.m., the families, friends, and colleagues of EMS and air medical professionals who lost their lives in the line of duty as well as EMS legacy personnel who have died of natural or non-employment-related causes will gather to cheer the National EMS Memorial Bike Riders as they roll into The Plaza at National Harbor. The riders began their journey in Boston last Saturday and have traveled over 500 miles in a variety of weather in honor of their fallen colleagues. The NEMSMBR East Coast riders will be joined by the NEMSMBR Southern Route in Annapolis, MD. Together the...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 13, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: National EMS Memorial (press release) Tags: News Press Releases Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Videos: Car Crash and Building Collapse in Brooklyn
New York City Fire Department - FDNY drone deployed at scene of car into a building with partial collapse at 496 Avenue P in Brooklyn 05-07-2019   LOUDLABS NEWS NYC - 5.6.19 | by Adam Balhetchet | MIDWOOD, Brooklyn - A car crashed into a building causing it to collapse. It happened around 11:30 pm Monday, at Ave 5 & East 5 St. According to FDNY, the driver self-extricated and was treated for injuries at an area hospital. The crash caused the building to partially collapse. Our footage on NY1, CBS2, NBC4, FOX5, ABC7, & PIX11   (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 10, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News News Videos Operations Source Type: news

Wisconsin Paramedic Accused of Going to Training Drunk and Armed
ELM GROVE, WI (WISN) - An Elm Grove paramedic is facing criminal charges. He's accused of showing up for a training session drunk, armed with a loaded handgun.   (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 10, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

One Marine Killed, Six Hurt in California Training Crash
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — One Marine is dead and six others have been injured after their light armored vehicle rolled over during training at Camp Pendleton in Southern California. Authorities say the cause of the Thursday morning rollover at the sprawling camp north of San Diego is under investigation. The military says the six injured Marines were taken to a hospital and they weren't seriously hurt. The name of the Marine who was killed wasn't immediately released. The Marines are from the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division. In April, the military identified a Marine Raider who die...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 10, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Operations Source Type: news

Detroit Fire and EMS Now Required to Wear Body Armor
DETROIT (WXYZ) — After years in the works Detroit Fire and EMS will now be wearing body armor. The new policy started today. The firefighter association president is conflicted about the new change. Mike Nevin says the job is dangerous. EMS and fire assaults happen frequently, so bulletproof vests are a welcome addition. But the problem he says is that they shouldn't necessarily need them in the first place. MORE   (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 9, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Arkansas Fire Department to Train Firefighters as Paramedics
CONWAY, Ark. (FOX 16) - Soon, the firefighters in Conway will double as paramedics. Recently Conway's fire chief, with the help of the city made a big push and commitment to more services to the people of Conway. Part of that is staffing paramedics so the department can do more while out on a call.  "There are a lot of times where we do show up and we are the first on scene," explained one Conway fireman studying to be a paramedic. The department's goal is to have a certified paramedic every time a fire truck is called out. This should be a reality in the next three to five years. Each firefighter who is wor...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 9, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Training News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Unfair Pay Leads to Staffing Shortage in Washington Ambulance Service
YAKIMA, Wash. (KOMO) - "We were told that we were replaceable," said EMT Dwight Derby. But, it appears replacing the EMT's and paramedics at Advanced Life Services in Yakima hasn’t been that easy; that’s according to Derby who said he's been an EMT with ALS since 2001. "I’ve seen about 200 people have come and left this company since then, and they didn’t leave just because they didn’t like the job that they were doing. They left because they felt like they weren’t treated fairly," said Derby. MORE   (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 9, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

North Carolina Paramedics Injured in Crash
GASTONIA, N.C. (WCNC) - Two Gaston County paramedics were hurt after crashing into a car while responding to an emergency. The incident happened just before 8 p.m. on April 30 at the intersection of East Long Avenue and North Broad Street in Gastonia. According to a Gastonia Police crash report, a Gaston County EMS ambulance was heading east on East Long Avenue with lights and sirens activated. Police said a car traveling in the same direction failed to yield. MORE   (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 9, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Source Type: news

Female Firefighters at Risk of PTSD and Suicidal Thoughts
The study found that almost one in three (30%) female firefighters indicated that they had considered or attempted suicide compared to one in seven (15%) male firefighters.  Being single increased the risk of experiencing suicidal thoughts in both genders, previous research has indicated that having a life partner may be a protective factor for suicide. PTSD Symptoms and Suicidal Ideation in US Female Firefighters N Noor, C Pao, M Dragomir-Davis, J Tran, C Arbona  The research also found that PTSD symptoms were more common among female firefighters, with one in five (20%) female firefighters indicating that the...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 9, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Resiliency Source Type: news

Fourth Body Recovered from Waukegan Explosion Site
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Crews have recovered the body of another victim of an explosion at a northern Illinois silicone plant that left four workers dead. Waukegan Fire Marshal Steve Lenzi says the body was recovered late Tuesday from the rubble of the AB Specialty Silicones factory in Waukegan, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Chicago. The identity of the victim hasn't been released. The Lake County Coroner's Office on Tuesday identified two of the victims of Friday's blast as 57-year-old Jeff Cummings of Kenosha, Wisconsin and 53-year-old Byron H. Biehn of Brighton Township, Wisconsin. Officials previously ide...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 9, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Source Type: news