San Antonio Fire Rolls Out New High-Tech Ambulances
  SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (KENS-TV)--There are new high-tech ambulances rolling down our streets. The top-of-the line technology includes an anti-theft system. On Wednesday, the San Antonio Fire Department showed off its 18 new EMS ambulances. Each one cost about $292,000. It is money well spent, according to Chief Charles Hood. "One of the finest ambulances any metro fire department has," he said. "Our priority is making sure they have great equipment. This is their equipment. It is purchased with their tax dollars. It is the best we could possibly buy." Read more at KENS-TV. (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - December 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Henry Ramos (KENS-TV) Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News News Videos Source Type: news

Man In Critical Condition After Being Hit By Ambulance
BALTIMORE CO., Md. (WJZ) — Emergency responders found themselves at the center of an emergency on a Baltimore County Road. (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - December 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kimberly Eiten (WJZ) Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News News Videos Source Type: news

Mental Health, Sleep Deprivation and Career Stress in EMS and Fire
The human brain is a marvelous, yet complicated system. Researchers spend entire careers studying what makes the brain act or react to certain experiences. A mental health issue stemming from life’s experiences has culturally been seen as a sign of weakness, but actually is part of a very complex architecture that’s unique from person to person. In order to gain an understanding of how stress plays a role in the lives of first responders, we need to start answering some hard questions: What leads to burn-out? What’s associated with PTSD? How is lack of sleep affecting the mental health states of first res...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Morgan K. Anderson, MPH Tags: Exclusive Articles Resiliency Operations Source Type: news

Firefighters Rescue Man Stuck in Grease Vent of Empty Chinese Restaurant
SAN LORENZO, Calif. (AP) — A man who authorities say was possibly trying to burglarize an abandoned Chinese restaurant has been rescued from the grease vent, where officials say he had been trapped for two days. The Alameda County sheriff's office says deputies and firefighters were called to the vacant building in San Lorenzo on Wednesday after someone heard cries for help. The office says that when officials arrived they found the grease-covered man stuck inside the metal vent. Sgt. Ray Kelly tells the San Francisco Chronicle the man was in generally good condition despite being exposed to the elements. Kelly says ...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Source Type: news

'Accidental Fentanyl Overdose is Not a Thing'
"Fake news" stories that tell tales of law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel being hurt or injured by touching or inhaling fentanyl are prevalent today. In this article from Emergency Medicine News, author Dan Runde, MD, fact checks these "stories" and addresses the fear these articles spread--fear that's promtping unnecessary expenditures on overprotecting first responders and medical personnel as well as potentiallty harming patients. Read more at Emergency Medicine News.   Editor's Take: JEMS was alerted to this excellent article in Emergency Medicine News by S...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Ada County (Idaho) Paramedics Unveil New Armored Ambulance
  BOISE (KTVB) — In the most dangerous situations, emergency responders across the Treasure Valley work hard to protect our communities. To best do their jobs though, they need the best equipment possible. Monday, Ada County Paramedics unveiled a brand-new vehicle to help them in unique situations -- a custom-made armored ambulance. The armored ambulance isn’t just a game changer for Ada County Paramedics, it's a new step for paramedic services across the country. Read more at KTVB. (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - December 11, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Joe Parris (KTVB) Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News News Videos Source Type: news

Clinical Performance Measures that Matter —Are You Ready?
Ask EMS professionals to define “quality in EMS” and you may get a tip of the head and an answer like, “Well, I’m not sure, but I know it when I see it.” In today’s healthcare environment, demonstrating quality is crucial. Payers are increasingly linking payment to outcome and quality, and becoming less interesting in paying for services that don’t add value or are quality-based.1 Historically, EMS has struggled operationalizing quality-based metrics. EMS Compass and the new National EMS Quality Alliance are attempting to get quality measures for EMS launched, and more importantly,...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 11, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Wayne C. Harbour, NRP Tags: Exclusive Articles Operations Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Keys Left in Ambulance Prior to Thief Leading Police on Chase
  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KOB 4) – Ambulance workers failed to follow their own policy when they parked the vehicle outside Presbyterian Hospital back in September, which enabled a suspect to steal the ambulance and lead police on a chase through downtown Albuquerque, according to police records. Police said David Neher stole an ambulance overnight on September 1 while it was parked outside of Presbyterian Hospital near Central and I-25. Surveillance video showed the suspect walk into the hospital parking lot and drive-off in the ambulance. Read more at KOB 4. (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - December 11, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Nathan O'Neal (KOB 4) Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News News Videos Category Source Type: news

Oregon Gets a New Playbook for Responding to an Earthquake
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon has a new playbook for preparing and responding to a major earthquake that dictates what should be tackled over time versus a list of tasks to get done. The playbook provides a two-week blueprint for the state's response and expectations for prioritizing Oregon's recovery from what would be the deadliest natural disaster in the U.S. Oregon faces the threat of a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that would hit the 700-mile Cascadia Subduction Zone, rippling from the coastal counties and impacting much of the state and neighboring Washington. Emergency planners estimate coastal areas would ...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 11, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ben Botkin, The Statesman Journal in partnership with AP Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Texas Firefighters Rescue Over 100 Snakes from House Fire
CONROE, Texas (AP) — Firefighters in Texas have rescued more than 100 snakes from a home that caught fire over the weekend. Authorities say a Christmas tree may have sparked the blaze Saturday near Conroe, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of Houston. The snakes included pythons and boa constrictors. Authorities say that when firefighters arrived, they discovered a second-floor bedroom full of snakes and lizards. Firefighters from Caney Creek and other responders carefully brought the snakes outside to safety, though authorities say "a couple" lizards died in the fire. Houston TV station KTRK reports tha...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Record Count Reported for Mysterious Paralyzing Illness
By MIKE STOBBE NEW YORK (AP) — This year has seen a record number of cases of a mysterious paralyzing illness in children, U.S. health officials said Monday.It's still not clear what's causing the kids to lose the ability to move their face, neck, back, arms or legs. The symptoms tend to occur about a week after the children had a fever and respiratory illness.No one has died from the rare disease this year, but it was blamed for one death last year and it may have caused others in the past.What's more, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say many children have lasting paralysis. And close to half th...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: MIKE STOBBE Tags: Operations News Source Type: news

Winter Storm Creates a Busy Day for WV 9-1-1 Call Center
  BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) - When winter weather hits, the amount of accidents on the roads have the potential to increase, which means a busy day for 911 call centers. Director of JanCare Ambulance, Paul Seamann, and his team is working around the clock to make sure they are ready in any event. He said fortunately, the accidents are not as critical because the speeds are less. (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - December 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Taylor Neuman (WVNS) Tags: News News Videos Communications & Dispatch Operations Source Type: news

Wintry Storm Ices Roads Across Much of US Southeast
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A lingering storm kept dumping immobilizing snow, sleet or freezing rain across five southern states, leaving dangerously icy roads and hundreds of thousands of people without electricity. Authorities urged people to stay home Monday in areas where driving was dangerous. Accidents on snow-covered interstates caused major delays Sunday, hundreds of flights were canceled and drivers in North Carolina and Virginia got stuck in snow or lost control on icy patches. But the commuters' nightmare provided pre-winter thrills for kids and the young at heart, who were able to go sledding and build snowmen...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Worcester (MA) Firefighter Dies at Apartment Building Fire
  A Worcester firefighter has died in an early-morning fire inside an apartment building on Lowell Street in Worcester this morning. Read more at MassLive   Sources confirm the firefighter died from his injuries while battling the fire. Firefighters are still at the scene of 5-7 Lowell St. as of 8 a.m.   Initially, there were reports of a firefighter trapped in the building during the response. The street remains closed. The fire department is still fighting the fire inside the large building. According to WCVB, Firefighter Christopher Roy, 36, wa...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: MassLive Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Major Storm, Flooding Expected throughout Texas and Southeast U.S.
Extreme weather is expected across Texas and much of the Southeat this weekend as a major winter strom travels across the country after hitting California yesterday and throughout the night. Below are several notable reports to be aware of, comipled by JEMS from Associated Press reports, with several states already delcaring a state of emergency to ensure preparedness. TEXAS (Heavy rain, flooding, tornadoes in Houston region) HOUSTON (AP) — Houston authorities have activated their emergency operations center and the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch as a storm system could bring up to 10 inches ...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 7, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press (compiled reports) Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Tenn. Paramedic Killed in Crash Honored at Funeral
JACKSON, Tenn. (JACKSON SUN) -- It takes a special heart to serve in Emergency Medical Services, and Zachary Quinn Pruitt had a heart for service, according to the hundreds gathered for his funeral Wednesday afternoon.   Pruitt, 36, lost his life on Friday in an ambulance crash while helping transport a patient to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. At his service, family, friends and co-workers said Pruitt died doing what he loved — helping people. Medical Center EMS Operations Manager Paul Spencer was one of Pruitt's supervisors and said he was a hard worker with a big heart. "He was just a...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Cassandra Stephenson, Jackson Sun Tags: News News Videos Operations Source Type: news

Two Dead in Illinois School Bus, Truck Collision
DOWNS, Ill. (AP) — A semitrailer heading the wrong way on an interstate collided head-on with a school bus carrying members of an Illinois high school girls' basketball team, killing the truck driver and an adult on the bus, authorities said Thursday. Illinois State Police said eight girls on the bus were injured in the head-on crash Wednesday night on Interstate 74 near Downs, a village in central Illinois about 115 miles (185 kilometers) southwest of Chicago. Police said the bus driver and a coach also were injured. The girls' team was returning from a game at Champaign Central, Normal West High School athletic dir...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents Rescue & Vehicle Extrication Mass Casualty Incidents News Videos Operations Source Type: news

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Source: JEMS Operations - December 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ben Clincy, EMT-P Tags: Operations Comics Source Type: news

Look Up From Your Screen
One of the best things about being in the emergency services is the freedom we enjoy from a traditional office setting. Increasingly, though, our mobile devices are infiltrating our space and chewing up our time and attention. We can be sitting in the cab of an emergency vehicle anywhere, but still be tethered by our phone and tablets, unless we make a conscious choice not to be ruled by techno-diversions. As a member of the healthcare world, why not set an example to others and choose to heed the advice of experts to look up from the screens to which we all seem addicted? Here are three good reasons: 1. ...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kate Dernocoeur, NREMT Tags: Exclusive Articles Columns Operations Source Type: news

Stranded Man Rescued after Setting Fire on Mountain
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee official says a man stranded for three days on a mountain after crashing an all-terrain vehicle has been rescued after setting a fire to draw rescuers to his location. Walden Creek Fire Chief Tim Baker told news outlets that crews responded Monday evening to a report of a blaze on Bluff Mountain in Sevier County. He said it took volunteer firefighters about three hours to reach the man, who was suffering from hypothermia, a broken ankle and broken ribs. Baker said they got the injured man to an ambulance around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. State Division of Forestry crews battled the 20-ac...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press/WVLT (video) Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News News Videos Source Type: news

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Source: JEMS Operations - December 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Paul Combs Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Comics Source Type: news

Witnesses Rushed to Help Medic, Patient Killed in Nashville Ambulance Crash
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) - Cindy Debardelaben and her family were driving from Memphis to Sevierville when they came up on the crash on Interstate 40 near Charlotte Pike. "There was medical equipment adn supplies thrown all over the road," Debardelaben described. The equipment came from an ambulance that slid off the road moments earlier. Investigators said the ambulance crashed into a rock wall, ejecting Zachary Pruitt and Nyema Jackson. Pruitt was a medic and Jackson was a patient being transferred to Vanderbilt Medical Center. Both victims died at the hospital. Read more at WTVF Nashville. (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - December 3, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: WTVF Nashville Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News News Videos Source Type: news

Mental Health Training for Victim's Families Also Helping Las Vegas First Responders
  LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- As first responders work around the clock to protect people, it’s important that they take care of their own mental health. That’s what an upcoming training will focus on. It was created by TIP, the Trauma Intervention Program of Southern Nevada. TIP volunteers are often called to the scenes of tragedies to help victims and their families. This training offers that same kind of support for first responders. When first responders get the call, they know they have a job to do. “They're going to respond to thousands of horrific incidents in their career that normal humans don't hav...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 3, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: FOX5 Las Vegas Tags: News News Videos Resiliency Operations Source Type: news

San Diego Fire Rescue Paramedic Engine Hit Head-On While En Route to Call
#1. Drivers get impatient when highway traffic is shut down in their direction of travel and frequently, particularly if impaired (e.g., under the influence of alcohol or drugs), they turn around and travel in the opposite direction to get off the highway. They therefore may not see a responding engine or ambulance proceeding up the left shoulder of the highway to access the scene.   #2. Fire apparatus and ambulances travel in the far left lane because motor vehicle codes call for drivers to “pull to the right and yield to approaching emergency vehicles.” That makes them vulnerable to impaired, wrong-way d...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 30, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Source Type: news

Important Technology, Mobility and Vehicle Options Every First Responder Must Know for 2019
RONKONKOMA, NY – As 2018 ends, it brings a series of goodbyes for some technology tools, mobility equipment and vehicle types that have become go-to favorites among first responders. To assist its first responder customers, Island Tech Services (ITS) (www.itsg.us.com), a leading provider of advanced technology, mobility and vehicle solutions, is providing information about upcoming End of Life (EOL) and End of Sales (EOS) for products and services that first responders should know. The company has also launched an EOL & EOS Support Service for customers to get quick answers to their EOL and EOS questions, av...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 29, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Island Tech Solutions (press release) Tags: Operations Press Releases Industry News Source Type: news

Passer-by Rescues Boy after SUV Skids into Indianapolis Pond
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a passer-by rescued a 4-year-old boy from a retention pond in Indianapolis after his family's SUV apparently slid from an icy bridge into the frigid water. The vehicle was one of two that drove into the pond Monday evening. Roads were icy after a wintry Midwest storm . The fire department says the boy's mother reported the SUV hit ice before plummeting down an embankment. The unidentified good Samaritan swam to the SUV and carried the small boy to medics before leaving. WRTV video (below) shows fire crews using a boat to rescue the mother and her 11- and 17-year-old daughters, who ...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 27, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News News Videos Source Type: news

NYC Driver Hits EMT and Patient in Thanksgiving Road Rage Incident
NEW YORK, N.Y. (NBC)--A driver has been accused of running down an EMT and a patient after getting in an argument in upper Manhattan, authorities say. Police say Kevin Green, 34, was taken into custody after the road-rage episode on West 151st Street near Amsterdam Avenue Thursday afternoon. It's not clear what spurred the argument, but the EMT was loading a patient with respiratory issues into an ambulance at the time. The patient's leg was broken, and the EMT was also hurt. Both were taken to Columbia University Medical Center for treatment. Read more at NBC New York. (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - November 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ray Villeda (NBC New York) Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Study Says: 65% of 7,000 Firefighters Haunted by Memories of Bad Calls
  MOLINE, Illinois (WHBF) - When disaster strikes, first responders are always the go to help. Those day to day calls can take a toll. (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - November 20, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Yukare Nakayama (WHBF) Tags: News Videos Resiliency Operations Source Type: news

LA Fire Department Video Shows Wildfire Helicopter Rescue
  LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Fire Department has released video of one of its helicopter crews rescuing people from a mountain peak as a huge wildfire bore down last week. The video was recorded Nov. 9 as LAFD Air Operations pilots David Nordquist and Joel Smith battled the Woolsey Fire, which was raging through the Santa Monica Mountains toward Malibu. The crew was making a water drop when it was requested to divert to Castro Peak to rescue two people. They headed that way despite dwindling fuel. With smoke darkening the sky, they hunted for a landing spot among antenna towers, service buildin...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 20, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News News Videos Source Type: news

Victims of Air Ambulance Crash in North Dakota Identified
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Authorities have identified the three people who died when an air ambulance plane crashed in western North Dakota. Morton County identified the victims as 48-year-old pilot Todd Lasky and 63-year-old nurse Bonnie Cook, both of Bismarck, and 47-year-old paramedic Chris Iverson, of Mandan. Lasky and Iverson worked for Bismarck Air Medical and Cook for CHI St. Alexius Health. They were onboard a twin-engine plane that crashed in a farm field shortly after takeoff from Bismarck late Sunday. It was flying to Williston to pick up a patient. There were no survivors. The Civil Air Patrol said an initial...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 20, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

3 Killed When Air Ambulance Crashes in North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An air ambulance on its way to pick up a patient crashed shortly after taking off in North Dakota, killing all three people on board, and military officials involved in the response said the plane may have broken up in midair. The twin-engine Bismarck Air Medical airplane took off about 10:30 p.m. Sunday and crashed shortly after in a field about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Bismarck. Air traffic control officials lost contact with the plane about 11 p.m., county spokeswoman Maxine Herr said. CHI St. Alexius Health and Bismarck Air Medical said in a joint statement that the pilot, a par...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Blake Nicholson, Associated Press Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Source Type: news

NY EMTs Exhausted and Underpaid; Fighting for Higher Wages and More Resources
  ALBANY, N.Y. (WNYT) -- Long hours, low wages and limited sleep. It's a recipe for disaster -- especially for those whose job it is to save lives. Last year, this issue came to the forefront after a deadly crash involving an ambulance driver who fell asleep at the wheel. NewsChannel 13's investigation discovered there are multiple issues at play that are putting the entire emergency medical service industry at risk. Related JEMS Article: Evidence-Based Guidelines for Combatting Fatigue in EMS You make the call. A dispatcher sends an ambulance. However, what many in emergency medical service want you to know ...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Karen Tararache (WNYT News Channel 13) Tags: News News Videos Operations Source Type: news

Doctor and Paramedic Pull Woman from Burning Ambulance
CHICO, Calif. (KCRA) — As the Camp Fire bore down on Paradise, doctors and nurses at Feather River Hospital began evacuating patients. For one pediatrician, his work continued even after he evacuated the hospital. David Russell made his rounds Thursday morning as he would any other day. Then came word of a growing fire moving toward Paradise. The blaze ignited around 6:30 a.m. last week in the Camp Creek Road area near Highway 70 in the Feather River Canyon. About 52,000 people were forced to evacuate. "I was dispositioning my patients as far as if they could continue care, if they needed to be discharged,"...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Max Resnik (KCRA) Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News News Videos Source Type: news

Community Ambulance Mourns After Tragic Accidental Shooting in Las Vegas
A tragic accidental shooting involving two members of the EMS family, AEMTs from Community Ambulance in Henderson/Las Vegas, Nevada, has the ambulance company and the entire EMS community in mourning. Both were off-duty at the time of the accident, attending a birthday party at a friend’s residence. The two AEMT's were both struck by the same bullet that was accidentally discharged from a handgun. Ryan Nelson died as a result of his wound and Eric Thyr continues to receive critical care at University Medical Center Trauma Center in Las Vegas. Brian Anderson, general manager of Community Ambulance, told JEMS, “...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Resiliency Operations Source Type: news

Icy Roads Cause 5 Deaths as Wintry Weather Blows East
BYHALIA, Miss. (AP) — A pre-winter storm slammed parts of the South and lower Midwest, causing five deaths on slippery roads and stranding travelers for more than eight hours on an icy Arkansas interstate. The wintry weather was barreling eastward Thursday, with snow and ice expected from Ohio and the Appalachian Mountains through Washington, D.C., New York and New England. Snow fell as far southeast as central Alabama, which got a dusting. While wintry precipitation is unusual in the Deep South so early in the season, forecasters said the overnight trace missed setting a record for earliest snow by about two weeks. ...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Adrian Sainz and Jeff Amy, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Crews Rescue Injured Hiker Stuck Overnight on South Mountain in Phoenix
  PHOENIX (ABC 15 Arizona)- As temperatures dropped below 50 degrees Wednesday night, a 25-year-old man sat atop South Mountain with an injured ankle, waiting to be rescued. According to Phoenix Fire Department’s Captain Rob McDade, the man was hiking South Mountain last night when he injured his ankle. It is unknown exactly how long the man was exposed outdoors. Read more at ABC 15 Arizona. Related Article: Identifying and Managing Accidental Hypothermia   (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - November 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ABC 15 Arizona Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News News Videos Source Type: news

Flight Paramedic Crash Survivor Tells Harrowing Story of Survival
  PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- A violent air ambulance crash into the side of a mountain in a remote area of Pinal County. It happened in December of 2015. The impact killed the pilot and the flight nurse on board. Now, for the first time since that horrific night, Derek Boehm, who was a flight paramedic at the time, is sharing how he "survived the odds" with CBS 5 anchor Preston Phillips. Surviving the crash was nothing short of miraculous. Boehm was the only one to make it out alive after his helicopter crashed into the Superstition Mountains at more than 100 miles per hour and, would you believe it, he cred...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 14, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Preston Phillips (3TV/CBS5) Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News News Videos Resiliency Source Type: news

Rescue Chief Temporarily Suspended After Investigation into Ambulance Crash
  WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) -- The Rescue Chief for Westmoreland County Emergency Services has been temporarily suspended following a CBS 6 Problem Solvers investigation into a fatal September 17 crash involving one of the department’s ambulances. According to an email sent to all emergency services staff Tuesday morning, the county is conducting an internal review on the events of the day of the crash, along with standard operating procedures of the department. The email stated, “Effective immediately, Jeff Beasley will be temporarily suspended as Rescue Chief for Westmoreland County E...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 14, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Laura French (WTVR) Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News News Videos Source Type: news

Cinematographer Charged in First Responders' Assault in Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An Oscar-nominated American cinematographer was charged Wednesday with assaulting public officials in Poland after he allegedly attacked paramedics and police who were called to a hotel where he had been seen staggering. Matthew Libatique, 50, was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on the 2010 film "Black Swan" and was the cinematographer for the new remake of "A Star is Born" that Bradley Cooper directed and co-stars Lady Gaga. The alleged offenses occurred early Tuesday in the city of Bydgoszcz, where Libatique was an honorary guest at the Camerimage international ...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 14, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Hospital RN Returns the Favor after Wildfire Near-Death Experience
The Adventist Health Feather River Hospital, a small, beautiful community hospital that served the needs of the community of Paradise in Butte County was destroyed by the “Camp” Wildfire that consumed 117,000 acres and burned more than 40 Paradise residents to death. Registered Nurse Allyn Pierce was trapped by a fire surrounding his Toyota pickup, trapped in traffic, after leaving the hospital where he manages the intensive care unit. He thought, “I think I’m done!” He told the New York Times that he just kept thinking, “I’m going to die in melting plastic.” Pierce, fearing ...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Tags: News Resiliency Operations Source Type: news

Dogs and Portable Morgues: Search Intensifies in Fire Zone
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities moved to set up a rapid DNA-analysis system and bring in cadaver dogs, mobile morgues and more search teams in an intensified effort to find and identify victims of the deadliest wildfire in California history, an inferno that killed at least 42 people. Five days after flames all but obliterated the Northern California town of Paradise, population 27,000, officials were unsure of the exact number of missing. But the death toll was almost certain to rise. "I want to recover as many remains as we possibly can, as soon as we can. Because I know the toll it takes on loved ones,&qu...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Martha Mendoza and Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Tampa Father Dies After Ambulance Breaks Down
  TAMPA, Fla. (WFTS ABC Action News) — A local father died after his ambulance broke down and it took nearly an hour to get him to the hospital. The ABC Action News I-Team uncovered that this failure is part of a record of repair problems and an even bigger problem putting the public at risk. When Richard Bateman, a 50-year-old father who traveled the world playing with heavy metal bands, collapsed in his living room on Septemeber 5, his wife Amy called 911. A Tampa Fire Rescue engine and ambulance arrived within minutes. But when they tried to drive him to the hospital, the ambulance...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Adam Walser (WFTS ABC Action News) Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News News Videos Source Type: news

Safety is Third, Not First, and We All Know It Should Be
It’s about 4:00 a.m. on your first overnight shift of the cycle. You had a busy day running errands, watching your child’s Christmas play, sitting down for dinner with the family before arriving to shift at 7:00 p.m. You’ve had a busy night with back-to-back calls, and haven’t made it back to the station since checking your truck at shift change. You almost make it back to the station when you’re dispatched to yet another call: a reported single motor vehicle crash (MVC) in a rural part of your district. You and your partner are the first unit to arrive on scene of an overturned vehicle on a b...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Christopher Davis, MD, NRP, FAWM Tags: Exclusive Articles Operations Source Type: news

5 Injured after Detroit Ambulance and Police Car Collide
  DETROIT (WXYZ) - Four first responders and one civilian are recovering after a crash involving a Detroit ambulance and a police car on the city’s west side. It happened Saturday night near Linwood and Chicago Boulevard. Investigators say the vehicles collided as they were responding to separate calls and the police car ended up hitting a house. Inside of the EMS truck was also a civilian who was rescued from a fire. Read more at WXYZ. (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - November 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: WXYZ Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News News Videos Source Type: news

Rescues, Not Firefight, Prove Emotional for Firefighters
CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Casey Peck had never prayed so hard. His fire engine was trapped with dozens of cars and panicked people as an inferno roared through the Sierra Nevada foothills town of Paradise on Thursday, hot enough to peel the firetruck's paint and melt its hoses, blowing relief valves designed to withstand 900 degrees and immolating nearby vehicles. Four people fleeing their flaming cars pounded on the firetruck's doors and were pulled inside, including a nurse from a nearby hospital with her pant leg on fire. The firefighters pressed fire-resistant blankets against the truck's windows to provide insulation...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Don Thompson, Associated Press Tags: News Resiliency Operations Source Type: news

The Critical Role EMS Plays in Fighting the Flu
Influenza has been impacting public health on a global scale since the beginning of recorded history. Influenza, also known as the “flu,” has numerous organizations committed to public health research, developing vaccines, and educating best practices preparing for the upcoming flu season. By gaining an understanding of the flu through history, virology, and how it impacts our society, we can have a better appreciation for the commitment that’s involved with combating the flu. What Is Influenza (and What’s Not)? The eyes of an epidemiologist can twitch for a variety of reasons, one of them being whe...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Morgan K. Anderson, MPH Tags: Exclusive Articles Operations Source Type: news

Paws of War Launches Nations First Mobile Veterinary Clinic Exclusively for Veterans and First Responders
New York, NY –  Paws of War’s latest mission is to help veterans and first responders get the veterinary care they need for their pets that they may be having difficulty obtaining. On November 8, 2018, they will roll out the “Vets for Vets” program, which is a custom-designed RV that has been outfitted to be a mobile veterinary clinic. The mobile clinic, staffed by a veterinarian, will be on the move providing care to many veteran pets. “This is the first of its kind,” explains Robert Misseri, co-founder of Paws of War. “It’s exclusively for the pets of our disabled v...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 7, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Paws of War (press release) Tags: Resiliency Operations Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

1 Dead, 2 Injured as Storms, Possible Tornados Hit South
CHRISTIANA, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say severe storms sweeping across the South on Tuesday have killed a person and injured at least two others, knocking down trees and leaving thousands without power. The weather disrupted Election Day voting in some places, forcing citizens to use paper ballots instead of electronic voting machines. In Tennessee, Rutherford County EMS spokesman Patrick Miller told news outlets that crews responded to a collapsed home where one person was confirmed dead. He said two others were injured when a nearby mobile home rolled over. Possible tornados touched down in Tennessee, Louisiana and M...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Texas Newlywed Killed in Helicopter Crash after Wedding
UVALDE, Texas (AP) — A newlywed couple died when the helicopter they were flying in hours after their wedding crashed into a hill in the rugged terrain of southwest Texas. William Troy Byler and Bailee Raye Ackerman Byler, both 24, were killed in the crash shortly after midnight Sunday about 10 miles (16 kilometers) northwest of Uvalde and about 80 miles (129 kilometers) west of San Antonio, said Steven Kennedy, justice of the peace for Uvalde County Precinct 1. The 76-year-old pilot, Gerald Douglas Lawrence, also was killed, according to Kennedy on Monday. The newlyweds were seniors at Sam Houston State University i...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Operations Source Type: news

French Rescue Teams Find Body in Collapsed Buildings
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — France's interior minister arrived in Marseille Tuesday at the site where two buildings collapsed into rubble, killing at least one man. The southern city's fire brigade confirmed on its Twitter feed Tuesday the discovery of a man's body in the ruins. Officials warned up to eight people are still unaccounted for in the incident, which took place Monday morning. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said "air pockets" under the debris meant there's "hope to locate and find someone that can be saved." Castaner said 120 police officers and 80 firefighters took part in the res...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Mass Casualty Incidents Operations Source Type: news