Fuel Mix-Up at Virginia Fire, EMS Leaves Service Scrambling
Facebook/Prince George County Fire and EMS Fire trucks and ambulances at Prince George Fire and EMS in Virginia needed to be drained after the wrong type of fuel was put in their tanks. PRINCE GEORGE, Va. – A fuel mix-up at Prince George Fire and EMS made fire and EMS vehicles not drivable for the day, according to reports. The Progress-Index reports it happened Monday when the company contracted to fuel up the vehicles inadvertently put diesel fuel into gasoline tanks and gasoline into diesel tanks. The county was left scrambling to get units back into service, according to the report. By the end of the da...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 10, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Operations Source Type: news

Tennessee Sending Nurses, Emergency Staff to Help Carolinas
Tennessee Department of Health photo Tennessee sent a team of 30 people to Columbia, South Carolina in response to Hurricane Dorian. There are already 129 ambulances there from the Volunteer State.   NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The State of Tennessee is sending emergency management and medical assistance to the Carolinas to support the response to Hurricane Dorian. According to a new release, a five-person incident management team was scheduled to travel to Columbia, South Carolina, on Friday. That team will assist local and state logistics and response efforts. It includes four staff members from the Tennessee...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 6, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Hurricane Evacuation of Nursing Home Residents Still an Unsolved Challenge
(THE CONVERSATION) Hurricane Dorian is bearing down on Florida, and Floridians young and old are preparing for the worst. And, others could follow Dorian, as the historical peak of the Atlantic season is approaching. While these storms can be terrifying, when a bad one is on the way, people usually have time to prepare. One key decision is choosing whether to flee to a safe location or ride out the storm in our homes. For frail, older people these often are life-and-death decisions. On Aug. 26, three nurses and a nursing home administrator were criminally charged in the heat-related deaths of 12 people in a Hollywood Hills...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 4, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News AP News Tag Operations Source Type: news

Paramedic, EMT Caught in St. Louis Shootout
Screen shot of KMOV report ST. LOUIS – A paramedic and an EMT were caught in the crossfire of two people firing gunshots at each other, according to reports. KMOV-TV reports it happened around 7:45 p.m. as the EMS crew was treating a patient in an unrelated case. At least 30 shots were fired, but none of the bullets hit anyone or the ambulance. Both the paramedic and the EMT were forced to dive for cover inside the rig. "When you hear gunfire outside of a medic unit or even outside your vehicle and you're trapped, what you're thinking is okay is a bullet gonna pierce the medic unit? That's what they were concern...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 3, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Operations Source Type: news

Coordinating a Ground-Air Intercept: Lessons Learned
This article discusses the steps in creating a ground-air EMS intercept standard operating procedure (SOP). The importance of simultaneously including all response agencies in developing the SOP is highlighted. Lessons learned in resolving SOP development, including misperceptions about when to dispatch air support, identifying landing zones, and the preference for direct ground-air EMS communication rather than using dispatch services are discussed. The article also forecasts how technology advances could further improve the ground-air intercept efficiency. Coordinating a Ground-Air Intercept Communication: Lessons Learne...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 3, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Training Exclusive Articles Operations Source Type: news

Eating Habits of EMS Workers to be Studied
Photo courtesy National Highway Traffic Safety Administration A new study at the University of Buffalo will look into the eating habits of EMS workers.   As former emergency medical services (EMS) workers, Dave Hostler and Brian Clemency know how challenging it can be to maintain a healthy lifestyle while working long shifts at odd hours. That’s why the UB researchers proposed a study aimed at understanding the nutrition practices of EMS workers. Their proposal was one of three selected for $5,000 in pilot funding by the National Association of EMS Physicians and the Emergency Medicine Foundation, two natio...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 29, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Operations News Source Type: news

Jury Convicts Ex-Ambulance Treasurer of Theft, Insurance Fraud
Police Photos Ruth "Roxy" Rookstool, left, and Brian Eckert   A Bucks County, Pennsylvania jury has found a former Morrisville Ambulance Squad treasurer and operations supervisor guilty of stealing more than $100,000 from the squad and conspiring to commit insurance fraud. Ruth "Roxy" Rookstool, 59, of Morrisville, left a courtroom in handcuffs Tuesday in the custody of the Bucks County Sheriff’s Office after, in light of the guilty verdict on felony and misdemeanor counts, President Judge Wallace H. Bateman increased the woman’s bail to $100,000. Rookstool and ex-squad chief Bri...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 28, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Two Children Killed, 10 People Hurt in Dayton Crash
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Police in Dayton, Ohio say a suspect in a stabbing stole a police SUV and crashed it into a van carrying children, killing two of them. In all, 10 people, including the suspect, were sent to hospitals. WHIO-TV reports that Lt. Col. Eric Henderson says the suspect fled when officers responded Monday evening to a report of a stabbing on Xenia Avenue. He says the suspect abandoned that vehicle, fled on foot and at some point stole a Riverside police SUV. Henderson says police then got a call about a crash near the Dayton Metro Library, where officers arrested the suspect. The SUV had crashed into at ...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 27, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Mass Casualty Incidents AP News Tag Operations Source Type: news

Why Red Wyoming Seeks The Regulatory Approach To Air Ambulance Costs
Photo National Highway Traffic Safety Administration   Wyoming, the reddest of Republican states and a bastion of free enterprise, thinks it may have found a way to end crippling air ambulance bills that can top $100,000 per flight. The state’s unexpected solution? Undercut the free market by using Medicaid to treat air ambulances like a public utility. The issue has come to a head in Wyoming, where rugged terrain and long distances between hospitals forces reliance on these ambulance flights. Costs for such emergency transports have been soaring, with some patients facing massive unexpected bills as the fr...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 27, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Ambulances Vehicle Ops Patient Care Operations Source Type: news

New Radiation Detector Provides Accurate Measurement in Extremely High Dose Rates and Significant Detector Sensitivity for Search and Find Missions
Photo: Thermo Fisher Scientific The RadEye SPRD-ER Personal Radiation Detector in use in this provided photo.   TEWKSBURY, Mass. -- Emergency response personnel who require fast and highly reliable radiation detection and identification, such as police officers, firefighters and hazmat specialists, can now utilize a new high-sensitivity personal radiation detector capable of detection at high range and in challenging environments for both search and find missions and hot zone response. The Thermo Scientific RadEye SPRD-ER Spectroscopic Personal Radiation Detector is an all-in-one extended range unit for search, f...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 26, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Operations Press Releases Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Charges Expected in Florida Nursing Home Deaths
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Defense attorneys said Sunday that arrests are expected shortly in the case of a Florida nursing home where 12 patients died after its air conditioning power went out amid sweltering heat following Hurricane Irma in 2017. Lawrence Hashish told The Associated Press his client is one of three nurses, in addition to an administrator, expecting to be charged in connection with the deaths after Hurricane Irma, which blew through Florida on Sept. 10 of that year. The storm knocked out a transformer linking the main air-conditioning unit to the power grid at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywoo...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 26, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care AP News Tag Operations Source Type: news

Watch Now: The Unbox It Series: Hartwell Medical CombiCarrierII
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Source: JEMS Operations - August 23, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Videos Equipment Gear Operations Source Type: news

The Unbox It Series: Hartwell Medical CombiCarrierII
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Source: JEMS Operations - August 23, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Videos Equipment Gear Operations Source Type: news

Compromise Reached in EMS Pay Dispute in Duplin County, N.C.
  WITN-TV DUPLIN COUNTY, N.C. – After struggling to keep emergency medical personnel on staff because of low wages, county commissioners approved a pay raise on Monday, just not as much as first responders hoped for. The Duplin County EMS Department proposed a 17 percent pay raise for all staff. On Monday, the county signed off on a 10 percent pay bump, saying it was a fair compromise, WITN-TV reported. The station reports the county has struggled to keep staff in the past because of low pay. With the pay raise, a Duplin County paramedic will be paid $16.44 an hour. Paramedics in nearby counties earn anywhere be...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 21, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Stealth Power Keeps Ambulances Rolling in NYC
Photo Stealth Power Stealth Power is working with the Fire Department of New York to reduce fuel consumption in their ambulances.   AUSTIN, TEXAS - Stealth Power, the leader in intelligent energy and idle reduction technology, is working with the Fire Department of New York City (FDNY) to reduce fuel consumption in their ambulances, cut operational costs and lower carbon emissions. The largest and busiest fire department in the US, FDNY responds to almost 2 million emergencies every year, serving more than 8.5 million people within a 302-square-mile area. For rapid response time, the department keeps more than 40...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 21, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Press Releases Operations Source Type: news

Woodstock at 50: EMS Response
Editor's note: Fifty years ago this week, “three days of peace and music” were underway at Max Yasgur's upstate New York farm. The 1969 Woodstock Festival had the potential to generate a medical disaster of epic proportions. Although the planning proved woefully inadequate, the festival came off with a minimum of death and injury.  For a look back at what happened, read "EMS at Woodstock," originally published in JEMS on April 28, 2010. (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - August 16, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents Exclusive Articles Patient Care Operations Source Type: news

17 Hospitalized in North Carolina Passenger Van Crash
HENRICO, N.C. (AP) — First responders in North Carolina say 17 people have been brought to the hospital with injuries ranging from critical to nonurgent after a multi-passenger van rolled over and crashed. Gaston Fire, Rescue and EMS posted in a Facebook news release that agencies responded to a crash report Thursday evening near Henrico, North Carolina, and found more than a dozen injured. It says 11 patients were in nonurgent condition, five were urgent and one was critical. Officials say one was victim was found trapped inside the van and responders used hydraulic rescue cutters and saws to remove them. At least f...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 16, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News AP News Tag Source Type: news

Former NASCAR Racer Dale Earnhardt Jr., Family and Crew Escape Plane Crash
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. was taken to a hospital after his plane crashed in east Tennessee. The NASCAR television analyst and former driver's sister, Kelley Earnhardt Miller, tweeted that "everyone is safe and has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation." Federal Aviation Administration officials said a Cessna Citation rolled off the end of a runway and caught fire after landing at Elizabethton Municipal Airport at 3:40 p.m. Thursday. FAA officials said the preliminary indication is that two pilots and three passengers were aboard. Carter County Sheriff's Office spokesman Thom...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 15, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Shootout Kills One California Officer, Wounds Two Others
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A man whose truck was being impounded suddenly grabbed a rifle and opened fire, killing a California Highway Patrol officer and wounding two others before he was killed, authorities said. Other drivers ran for cover and two people were slightly injured as dozens of bullets flew shortly after 5:30 p.m. Monday just off a freeway in Riverside, east of Los Angeles. "We don't know his motive for this crime," Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz said. KABC-TV reported that a man identified the shooter as his son, Aaron Luther, 49, of neighboring Beaumont. A CHP officer was doing paperwork t...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 13, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care AP News Tag Operations Source Type: news

One Dead in Wisconsin House Explosion
MANAWA, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in Wisconsin say a man was likely asleep when his home exploded, killing him. Waupaca County Sheriff Tim Wilz tells news outlets that the home was "totally obliterated" by the Sunday morning explosion. The sheriff's office identifies the victim as 64-year-old Mark Steven Zielke. Manawa Rural Fire Chief Rob Rosenau says debris was "scattered all over the place." Rosenau said he'd seen something like the scene "only on TV."   News outlets report the debris spread at least 500 feet (150 meters), damaging nearby properties. The cause of the explosion has ...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 13, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News AP News Tag Operations Source Type: news

How a Community Paramedics Program Can Help Keep Emergencies at Bay
Photo UnitedHealthcare The Milwaukee fire department is getting involved before an emergency happens. You might usually think of your city’s fire department as being first on the scene during an intense situation, with flashing lights and sirens. But what about a fire department that gets involved before an emergency happens? That’s exactly what’s happening in Milwaukee. Take Mary*, for example. She called 911 several times a week, due to issues related to her diabetes. In order to find a new solution, the Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) enrolled her in the Community Paramedics Program...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 12, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Patient Care Press Releases Source Type: news

Boston MedFlight Pilot Investigated for Allegedly Falling Asleep at Controls
BOSTON (CBS) – A MedFlight helicopter pilot is under investigation for allegedly falling asleep during a flight with a patient on-board. The FAA is investigating whether the Boston MedFlight pilot “fell asleep at the controls of a helicopter while conducting a flight to a Boston hospital from Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts on June 24.” Boston MedFlight says it investigated the incident in which a pilot overflew the designated helipad and determined that fatigue was a factor. MORE   (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - August 12, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Operations Source Type: news

EMTs Killed in West Virginia Ambulance Crash
SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Two first responders have died in a crash involving their ambulance and a semi-truck in West Virginia. Jan-Care Ambulance spokesman Paul Seamann tells WVNS-TV that the early morning crash involving one of the company's ambulances happened Saturday, killing the two emergency medical technicians inside. Authorities say the crash occurred in Nicholas County. Seamann says there was no patient on board and the two EMTs were returning to their station from a hospital-to-hospital transfer in Morgantown. The company is not releasing the names of the victims because their families have not yet been ...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 11, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops AP News Tag Operations Source Type: news

Video: FDNY EMS Response Crash
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Two ambulances collided in a violent wreck in the Bronx that injured multiple first responders. One of the emergency vehicles overturned after being struck near Brook Avenue and East 142nd Street Saturday afternoon. FDNY sources tell CBS2’s Matt Kozar that four EMTs were injured in the crash that took place just after 4 p.m. Both vehicles were rushing to a scene in the area after receiving a call about an intoxicated person who was acting violently just a block away from the crash. MORE   (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - August 11, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Videos Operations Source Type: news

FDNY Ambulances Crash in the Bronx
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Two ambulances have crashed in a violent wreck in the Bronx. One of the emergency vehicles overturned after being struck near Brook Avenue and East 142nd Street Saturday afternoon. Witness video taken at the scene captured the large accident scene at massive traffic backup as first responders rushed to help the people trapped in the FDNY ambulance. MORE   (Mott Haven, Bronx) Ambulance Overturned in Crash — Multiple people have been rescued from the two damaged emergency vehicles. It is unclear if anyone has been seriously injured. More video and updates: https://t.co/nTzi7CWXB9 #Cit...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 10, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Operations Source Type: news

Similar Street Names in Tennessee Confuse EMTs
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Source: JEMS Operations - August 6, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Grand Junction, Colorado Tests Paramedic Vehicle Program
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) - The Grand Junction Fire Department says they are testing a new program with paramedics next month. The way it is now, paramedics are assigned to ambulances, and respond to calls whether they are needed or not. The fire department says in September, they are going to test out giving paramedics their own vehicles, so they can directly respond to emergencies themselves. MORE   (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - August 6, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Videos Operations Source Type: news

Morrison, CO Tech Rescue
West Metro Fire Rescue - A look at the high angle rescue on Highway 74, west of Morrison, Colorado on Tuesday, July 9. Our technical rescue team, assisting Foothills Fire & Rescue, along with help from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, and Colorado State Patrol.  This was a complicated rescue that took a great deal of teamwork to get the patient successfully across Bear Creek and to a waiting ambulance. The patient was a motorcyclist, who crashed on the highway. She was transported to the hospital in stable condition.   "Whatever it takes to serve." https://www.westmetrofire.org https://www...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 5, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Videos Rescue & Vehicle Extrication Operations Source Type: news

Three Family Members Killed in California Sea Cliff Collapse
ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) — Three women killed when a Southern California sea cliff collapsed were members of a family gathered on a beach to celebrate one of them having survived breast cancer, authorities and relatives said Saturday. Anne Clave, 35, and her mother, Julie Davis, 65, died at hospitals after tons of sandstone were unleashed Friday at Grandview Beach, the San Diego County Medical Examiner said. A family email obtained Saturday by KNSD-TV identified the third victim as Elizabeth Cox, Clave's aunt. The victims were part of a family gathering celebrating Cox surviving breast cancer, the email said. Cox died ...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 5, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News AP News Tag Operations Source Type: news

Seven Hurt in Navy Jet Crash in Death Valley
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Crews are searching for the pilot of a U.S. Navy fighter jet that crashed in Death Valley National Park, injuring seven people who were at a scenic overlook where aviation enthusiasts routinely watch military aircraft speeding low through a chasm dubbed Star Wars Canyon, officials said. The crash sent dark smoke billowing in the air, said Aaron Cassell, who was working at his family's Panamint Springs Resort about 10 miles (16 kilometers) away and was the first to report the crash to park dispatch. "I just saw a black mushroom cloud go up," Cassell told The Associated Press. "Typical...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 1, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News AP News Tag Operations Source Type: news

Five Injured in Gas Explosion at Pennsylvania Home
WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — An explosion believed to have been caused by a gas leak reduced a western Pennsylvania home to a pile of rubble and injured five people, authorities said. The blast just before 4 p.m. Wednesday near a high school in North Franklin Township was widely felt around the area, the (Washington) Observer-Reporter reported. Washington County Director of Public Safety Jeff Yates told the paper that three township firefighters, the homeowner and a neighbor were injured. Officials said none of the injuries appeared life-threatening. Firefighters had been in the area investigating a gas smell in the neighb...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 1, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News AP News Tag Operations Source Type: news

Videos: Fire, EMS, and Police Vehicles Involved in New Jersey Crash
Skyler Fire - Dump truck crashes into fire truck, ambulance, and state police cars on 280 in West Orange, New Jersey   THEMAJESTIRIUM1 - Here you will see a MVA involving a dump truck that crashed in emergency services units already on scene of another MVA on Route 280 in West Orange, New Jersey.   (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - July 31, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Videos Operations Source Type: news

Kansas Paramedics Train to Work with SWAT Team
LENEXA, Kan. (KSHB, 41 Action News) From a barricade to a hostage situation, and from escorting a dignitary to making a high-risk arrest, the SWAT team responds to it all. And in Johnson County, when one of the six SWAT teams serving the county responds, a paramedic is on board. The role is called a tactical paramedic. Because the number of SWAT calls has increased in Johnson County over the past three years, Johnson County Med-Act is training three more paramedics to handle the SWAT responsibilities. By the end of September, Johnson County Med-Act will have a total of 12 tactical medics. MORE   (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - July 30, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Preventing Overuse Hand, Arm, and Shoulder Injuries in EMS
Introduction An EMS provider’s job involves frequent lifting and moving of patients, stretchers, and many other objects. The provider is required to help patients in the act of standing, moving, and transferring on a daily basis. Nearly every provider has experienced having to strain to lift a bariatric patient or overexerting to raise a stretcher when his or her partner is helping someone else. Lifting puts a lot of stress on an EMS provider’s body. Orthopedic specialists often see EMS workers for lifting-related injuries. In 2016, a CDC study found that over 20,000 EMS workers were seen in emergency departmen...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 30, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Robert Devich, BS, NRP Tags: Exclusive Articles Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Operations Source Type: news

Ambulance, Fire Engine Involved in New Jersey Pile-Up
WEST ORANGE, N.J. (NBC New York) - At least a half-dozen vehicles, including a state police SUV, an ambulance and a fire engine, appear to have been involved in a huge wreck in New Jersey, based on footage of the scene from Chopper 4.  Emergency crews responded en masse to Interstate 280, near exit 9, in West Orange after a call about the accident came in shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday. New Jersey State Police said that two troopers were outside their patrol cars investigating an earlier crash on the eastbound side of the highway when the dump truck came barreling in and hit both of them. Both were taken to a hospital....
Source: JEMS Operations - July 30, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Operations Source Type: news

Active Shooter Training in Florida Goes on Without Ballistic Protection for Hillsborough County Paramedics
Hillsborough County, Fla. (WFLA) - It looked real. 16 first responder agencies swarmed Pizzo Elementary School, training together to deal with a simulated active shooter situation.  Law enforcement wore ballistic protection, Hillsborough paramedics did not. “It was and is never our intent to send any type of medical personnel into any type of scene where there is a threat,” Sheriff Chronister explained. A powerpoint presentation about this plan obtained by 8 On Your Side states, “Hillsborough Fire Rescue personnel will not have ballistic protection.” MORE   (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - July 30, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Operations Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Diamond Bar, CA Crash
LOUDLABS NEWS - DIAMOND BAR - LASD and LACFD received multiple calls of a two car traffic accident with one vehicle over the side. Once units arrived on scene they located a pick-up truck that over the side down a ledge with one person trapped inside.  Firefighters were able to get the victim out of the truck and into a awaiting ambulance. The victim was transported to a local hospital in unknown condition. They did not locate the second vehicle until they were cleaning up the scene and they saw tire marks going off the cliff on the other side of the street.  Firefighters that were left on scene still immediately...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 29, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Videos Rescue & Vehicle Extrication Source Type: news

Video: Nine Hurt in Roof Collapse at Houston Construction Site
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Fire Department says nine workers were taken to hospitals after they were injured when part of the roof of a building under construction collapsed. Firefighters responded to the roof collapse Monday morning at a hotel under construction north of downtown Houston. Video from local TV stations showed firefighters using a ladder from a truck to bring down some injured workers on stretchers.   Houston Fire Department firefighters respond and investigate a collapsed mid-rise building under construction on 3400 block of North Main Street on Monday, July 29, 2019, in north Houston. (Yi-C...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 29, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Operations Source Type: news

EMScapades, July 29, 2019
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Source: JEMS Operations - July 29, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ben Clincy Tags: Operations Comics Source Type: news

Firefighters, Medics, and Patient Injured in California Ambulance Crash
TURLOCK (CBS13) — An ambulance transporting a patient to a Modesto hospital was struck by another vehicle Thursday evening in Turlock, injuring firefighters and medics. Police said the crash happened around 9:30 p.m. in the area of N. Golden State and W. Monte Vista. The area is closed indefinitely. According to officials, three firefighters and two AMR medics were in the ambulance with the patient at the time of the crash. Four of the personnel were injured and transported to an area hospital along with the patient after the crash. MORE   (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - July 26, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Source Type: news

Man Steals Texas Ambulance for Food and Cigarettes Run
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KHOU 11) - A man in his 60s was taken into custody early Thursday morning after he allegedly stole an ambulance to make a food and cigarette run. The ambulance was stolen from outside Cypress Creek Hospital, which is a mental health facility, deputies with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said. Authorities were able to electronically track the ambulance a couple miles south of there at a gas station on W. Richey at Ella. MORE   (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - July 26, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Source Type: news

Care from the Air
What if you need blood, blankets, tourniquets or other key medical supplies at your 3 a.m. incident or MCI? Already occurring on the campus of WakeMed Hospital System in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the University of Maryland, it may soon be possible to have UPS station a few drones in your supply yard, activate them remotely by an incident commander or supervisor's cell phone, launched, and delivered instantly to latitude/longitude locations in minutes. Rather than have an employee wake up, dress and drive to your supply station, load urgently needed supplies or medications into an SUV and drive them to your location&mdas...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 25, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Exclusive Articles Operations Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival Shooting, After Action Report
This comprehensive AAR details the mass casualty incident (MCI) timeline, the response timeline, training the department had already invested in, and more. Some of the report's 93 recommendations include: Provide additional training, including live exercises on MCI, for leadership at the rank of lieutenant and above, regardless of assignment. Maintain monthly meetings with key stakeholders in the tourism industry. Provide response training to hotel and casino industry stakeholders as well as community partners, schools, churches and those supporting critical infrastructure. Supply officers with training and equipment to m...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 25, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News Terrorism & Active Shooter Mass Casualty Incidents Operations Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Ambulance Crash Closes Interstate in Ohio
CINCINNATI (WCPO) - The scene of a crash involving an ambulance has been cleared from the roadway, according to transportation officials. Northbound Interstate 75 had been closed at the Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway for a serious accident at about noon on Tuesday. All lanes and the ramp from I-75 to Galbraith Road are reopen to drivers. MORE   (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - July 24, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Source Type: news

Navicent Health Medical Center Profiles Pediatric Ambulances
MACON, Ga. (WGXA) - As an intensive care unit on wheels, Navicent Health Medical Center's pediatric ambulances serve all across the midstate. When the green, blue and red ambulances pull up, experts say they're prepared. Instead of a regular ambulance, the pediatric ambulances are equipped with a full team. And when they arrive at the hospital, the child in need is already in the care of the Navicent team. MORE   (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - July 23, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Operations Source Type: news

New Jersey Nursing Home Evacuated in Heat Wave
VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) — Residents of a southern New Jersey nursing home have returned to their rooms after a malfunctioning air conditioning system forced them to be evacuated for several hours during the weekend heat wave. Officials say 183 residents of Voorhees Care and Rehabilitation were evacuated Sunday afternoon while repairs were made. Most were taken across the street to Eastern High School, while some went to other medical facilities. Residents returned to the center around 8 p.m. Sunday. Officials say at least one patient was taken to a hospital, though it wasn't clear if that case was heat-related. Officials...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 23, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News AP News Tag Operations Source Type: news

USAR Training with Colorado Task Force 1
West Metro Fire Rescue - Members of Colorado Task Force 1 (CO-TF1) spent a week in early June in Indiana, training in earthquake rescue. They joined about a dozen other urban search and rescue teams from the U.S. and also Canada and Australia.  At the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, they were able to test themselves in several skill sets- recon, search (canine and technical), collapse rescue, confined space operations, high angle rescue, water rescue operations, hazmat operations, communications, and medical- to name a few. Task force members work for fire agencies all over Colorado's Front Range. West Metro is the...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 22, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Operations Source Type: news

Four Injured in South Carolina Ambulance Crash
FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WBTW) – An ambulance was involved in a crash that sent four people to the hospital Sunday evening. Florence County Emergency Medical Services tell News13, an EMS ambulance was responding to the report of a traffic incident near Lake City that involved a motorcycle around 7:40 p.m. While on their way to this incident the ambulance collided with a passenger vehicle at the intersection of Ron McNair Blvd. and Thomas Street in Lake City. MORE   (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - July 22, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Operations Source Type: news

EMT and DEA Agent Injured in Georgia Ambulance Crash
CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - A DEA agent and an [EMT] were rushed to the hospital Friday afternoon after a head-on crash, Clayton County EMS officials confirmed. It happened along Tara Blvd. near Main Street around 1:30 p.m. Clayton County police said the crash involved an SUV and an ambulance. The SUV and ambulance appeared to been involved in a head-on crash. The ambulance was not on an emergency run at the time of the crash and was not transporting a patient. MORE   (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - July 22, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Operations Source Type: news

Five Dead, Three Injured in Texas Crash
VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — Authorities say five people have been killed and seven injured in a three-vehicle accident in South Texas. The Department of Public Safety says the crash happened around 11 a.m. Saturday on U.S. 59, 5 miles (8 kilometers) northeast of Victoria. Sgt. Ruben San Miguel says investigators are trying to determine why a northbound van hit the left rear of a northbound semi pulling a flatbed trailer. The van then struck a southbound pickup truck. Five people in the van died at the scene — the female driver, two men and two children. Five others in the van were injured. The pickup driver and a pa...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 22, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News AP News Tag Operations Source Type: news