IAFC Recommends Use of Mobile Technology to Activate Citizens and First Responders to Improve Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates
CHANTILLY, Va. —The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) supports the use of mobile technology for citizen response in conjunction with community cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) programs. In a Position Statement adopted May 9, the IAFC Board of Directors cited the PulsePoint mobile phone application (app) as a unique solution to increase survival from sudden cardiac arrest by bridging the gap between a cardiac arrest event and arrival of medical assistance. According to the Position Statement, “Applications such as PulsePoint offer a unique way to involv...
Source: JEMS Operations - May 22, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: International Association of Fire Chiefs Tags: Cardiac & Resuscitation Operations Source Type: news

Drone tests in Reno focus on Delivery of Emergency Medical Supplies
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The selection of the Reno-based drone operator Flirtey and its local partners for a national test program aimed at increasing the use of unmanned aircraft will be a "game-changer" for the delivery of emergency medical supplies in the region, backers of the effort say. The 10 sites the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Wednesday include projects ranging from monitoring crops and oil pipelines in North Dakota to applying mosquito-killing treatments in Florida. In northern Nevada, the focus will be on drugs and medical equipment. Flirtey drones already have delivered automated exter...
Source: JEMS Operations - May 11, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Operations Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

In Columbus, Ohio, EMS Week Gets Major Support from the Entire Community
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) was instrumental in establishing EMS Week when President Gerald Ford declared November 3–10, 1974 as the first National Emergency Medical Services Week. This annual observance continued until 1978,  and was then reinstituted by ACEP in 1982 with a week in September. In 1992, EMS Week was again moved to the third week in May, which is where it remains today. EMS Week is meant to highlight the great work that our EMS providers do daily, and to bring together local communities and medical personnel to honor these individuals. Because EMS Week is the perfect time t...
Source: JEMS Operations - May 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: David P. Keseg, MD, FACEP Tags: Operations Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Two International EMS Providers Are Saving Lives in 90 Seconds
Jerusalem - Gavy Friedson and Dovi Meyer are two United Hatzalah volunteer responders who currently live abroad. Friedson lives in the United States and works for the organization in the Washington D.C. area as a local representative there. Meyer currently lives and works in Sydney Australia and volunteers for the Sydney Hatzolah at the same time that he continues to dispatch for United Hatzalah in Israel from afar when called upon. Friedson, who often speaks all across the United States about his experiences as a volunteer EMT with the organization, was very active with the relief missions to both Texas and Florida f...
Source: JEMS Operations - May 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Raphael Poch, United Hatzalah Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Operations Source Type: news

Family Mourns Loss of EMT, Veteran, Killed In the Line of Duty in Iowa
  COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. (KMSP) - A family in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, is mourning the death of their son after he died in the line of duty as an EMT in Iowa. Their son spent eight years serving his country and then started serving his community as a first responder. Steve Werner’s mother said he was an adrenaline junkie who thrived on helping others. Whether it was his comrades on the battlefield, the patients he treated or his young family, the 34-year-old man was passionate about life. “We consider ourselves very, very lucky to be Steve’s mom and dad; we had a really good one, he was a go...
Source: JEMS Operations - May 7, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Christina Palladino, KMSP Tags: News Videos Operations Source Type: news

"Uneasy" EMS in the Big Easy (New Orleans)
As noted in the article below from the Times-Picayune, politics appears to have reared its ugly head in New Orleans with the ouster of well respected, educated and street smart EMSDirector/Medical Director, Dr. Jeff Elder.   The termination of Deputy EMS Director Carl Flores in addition to Elder raises a red flag about a system that needs solid, seasoned, street-smart leadership and advocacy to continue to provide a high quality service to the citizens and visitors to New Orleans.   New Orleans EMS has some of the finest EMS providers in the country and are extremely taxed by increasing call volume, yet they are ...
Source: JEMS Operations - May 3, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

EMS Crews, Israeli Military and Fire and Rescue Department Conduct Collaborative Drill Mimicking MCI Missile Strike on Military Base
Jerusalem, - On Monday, United Hatzalah volunteer EMS organization together with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Israel’s Fire and Rescue Department held a combined training drill which mimicked missile attack on a military base that resulted in a mass casualty incident (MCI). The drill was held in the live fire shooting range of Mitvach 24 near the town of Rishon LeZion  and included evacuation by IDF helicopter and logistical and practical cooperation between all organizations. During the drill, the teams collaborated to treat some dozen injured people inside the base, whose level of injuries differed from...
Source: JEMS Operations - May 3, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: United Hatzalah Tags: Training News Operations Source Type: news

Hands On Product Reviews May 2018
Feature-Filled AED Trainer With actual automated external defibrillators (AEDs) costing more than $1,000, CPR instructors are always looking for a reliable, low-cost AED trainer that realistically simulates an actual device. The new AED UltraTrainer from Prestan has all the features of a high-quality AED, without the shock of defibrillation electricity—or the sticker price. The standard “power” and “shock” buttons are accompanied by a “child” button which allows the trainer to mimic pediatric functions. Audio menus let you select scenarios and adjust settings for the CPR metronome,...
Source: JEMS Operations - May 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Fran Hildwine, BS, NREMT-P Tags: Columns Operations Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

The Role of CORE Interventions in Improving Health Outcomes and Reducing Acute Care Utilization
During home visits with patients, the CORE team aims to increase self-management, reduce acute care utilization and improve clinical outcomes. Photos courtesy Alicia Dinkeldein   The Community Outreach Resource Efficiency (CORE) program was created in 2012 as a division of Indianapolis (Ind.) Emergency Medical Services (IEMS) in partnership with Eskenazi Health. Since then, CORE has grown, and now has a team of two community paramedics, six community health workers, an EMT and a social worker. By leveraging this diverse and effective combination of expertise, the team can work with individuals who experience a combi...
Source: JEMS Operations - May 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Unnati Patel, MPH, CPH Tags: Patient Care Operations Mobile Integrated Healthcare Source Type: news

One Year Later, Dallas Fire-Rescue Paramedic Opens Up About Being Shot
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Source: JEMS Operations - May 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jack Highberger, NBCDFW Tags: News Videos Operations Source Type: news

In Brazil Firefighters Attempted to Save Man as Building Fell
SAO PAULO (AP) — They just needed 30 seconds more, a firefighter sergeant said. He had thrown a rope with an improvised harness to a man hanging from a burning building in Sao Paulo's old downtown, and the man managed to secure his leg and shoulders. But just as the sergeant's team was ready to tug the man away, the building collapsed like a pile of dominoes, pulling the man into a cloud of red-hot debris. Brazilian TV broadcast Tuesday's dramatic rescue attempt and the collapse of an abandoned government building that had been occupied by squatters. By the end of the day, only the man whose rescue failed was believe...
Source: JEMS Operations - May 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Sarah DiLorenzo and Peter Prengaman, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

4 Climbers Die in Swiss Alps After Unexpected Storm
GENEVA (AP) — An unexpected snowstorm coupled with high winds killed four climbers in the Swiss Alps and left five others in critical condition early Monday after they became trapped overnight and couldn't reach shelter, officials said. A total of 14 hikers from France, Germany and Italy were left stranded in the Pigne d'Arolla region, police in southwestern Valais canton said. Authorities deployed seven helicopters as part of rescue efforts. The climbers were caught off-guard by high winds, snow and bitter cold, and were forced to spend the night outdoors, Valais police spokesman Markus Rieder said. Several of those...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 30, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jamey Keaten, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Safety of Medical Helicopters Draws Scrutiny After Crash
The safety of helicopter ambulances is under scrutiny after three crew members were killed in a crash in a wooded area of northern Wisconsin this week. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, and the cause of the crash Thursday is not yet known. However, the conditions — late at night in a remote rural area — make it "the classic case" of a crash involving a medical helicopter, said Kevin Durkin, an aviation lawyer in Chicago. MEDICAL HELICOPTER CRASHES From 1990 through 2015, 217 people died in 81 fatal accidents involving medical helicopters, according to the NTSB. The worst year ...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 28, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: David Koenig, Associated Press Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Source Type: news

Crash of Medical Helicopter in Wisconsin Kills 3
HAZELHURST, Wis. (AP) — A medical helicopter crashed in a heavily wooded area in northern Wisconsin, killing all three people on board, authorities said Friday. Search and rescue crews located the Ascension Health Spirit helicopter early Friday, according to Oneida County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Dan Hess. The wreckage was found near Hazelhurst, a small town about 150 miles (241 kilometers) northwest of Green Bay. The three people killed were all flight crew members, Oneida County Medical Examiner Larry Mathein told Wausau television station WAOW-TV. No patients were on board. The victims' identities have not been rele...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 27, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

In Syracuse, N.Y., Poor Road Conditions Impact EMS Patient Care
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (CNYCentral)— Potholes are causing problems for ambulance crews around Syracuse, and they take significant precautions with their patients. "If we have a patient in the back if they have neck pain or back pain they're going to feel every bump every bounce every jolt," Ed Binns said. Binns is a manager at TLC Ambulance of Syracuse. He said a ride that is supposed to take people to safety could turn dangerous for the patient and the paramedics. Read more... (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - April 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: CNYCentral Tags: News Videos Operations Source Type: news

The Deep End of the Pool: A Reflection on the EMS Educator ’s Role in Teaching Emotional Coping Skills
My heart is in my stomach and there’s a lump in my throat. I just clicked the “end” button on my phone after receiving a call from a recent EMT student of mine. He called to tell me that he’s been using the training that I taught him in class. There was a hitch in his voice and a gravelly bottom to his tone. “I got dumped in the deep end of the pool,” he told me. I was surprised to hear from him because he had just called me the previous week to tell me about his first day off of orientation. He’d run a 3-year-old cardiac arrest on his very first day, and he wanted to talk about it...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 25, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Julia Smith, RN, EMT Tags: Training Operations Source Type: news

Mac ’s Ambulance Lift featured on Ford Transit Ambulance of the Future
LONG BEACH, Calif. — More details about the custom Ford Transit Ambulance built for Arab Health 2018 in Dubai, UAE are finally available. Dubbed “The Ambulance of the Future”, this unique design is the result of many companies working together to meet the needs of the customer, patient and industry. The ambulance was placed in a key location by the entrance and was seen by everyone entering and exiting the show. The Mac’s Ambulance Lift was a dynamic part of the show vehicle. Our contribution was awarded the “Export Achievement Certificate” from the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. C...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mac's LiftGate Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Source Type: news

Heavy Rains Ease, Rescue Efforts Improve After Hawaii Storm
HONOLULU (AP) — Heavy rains on Kauai let up on Monday, which helped emergency workers better rescue people stranded by flooding on the Hawaiian island. Forty people, mostly tourists, were stuck since Saturday night at a Red Cross shelter in an elementary school in the north shore town of Hanalei. Plans to airlift them out of the school, which was surrounded by water, were abandoned because severe weather grounded helicopters, said Coralie Matayoshi, CEO of American Red Cross of Hawaii. On Sunday night, another 21 people made their way to the shelter on personal watercraft and boats, she said. The shelter earlier had ...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

DQE Sentry Shield Powdered Substance Defense Kits Deliver Hazardous Opioid Exposure Protection
Opioid use in the United States is increasing dramatically. The effects of increased encounters with opioids on law enforcement and first responders can be deadly. According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, “Since fentanyl can be ingested orally, inhaled through the nose or mouth, or absorbed through the skin or eyes, any substance suspected to contain fentanyl should be treated with extreme caution as exposure to a small amount can lead to significant health‐related complications, respiratory depression, or death.” DQE developed the Sentry Shield line of personal protective kits to pr...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 11, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: DQE Tags: Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Ohio Health System Revamps Protocol for First Responder Opioid Exposure
COLUMBUS, Ohio (10TV) - The danger is growing for first responders coming in contact with deadly opiates as the drugs get stronger. On Sunday, a Columbus police officer was given Narcan and taken to the hospital as a precaution after possibly coming in contact with an unknown substance. Mount Carmel Health Systems recently changed their process. There is now a detailed protocol for gathering and communicating information. As soon as the unknown substance is determined, it's immediately relayed back to the responder’s agency. "So our folks step in 24/7 and are notified when there’s an exposure so ...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Shelby Croft, 10TV Tags: News Videos Operations Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

Dr äger Introduces New Technology to Protect Against Deadly Smoke-Borne Gases Known as ‘Toxic Twins’
Houston – Dräger announced a new patented ‘toxic twins’ alarm function on its X-am 5000 multi-gas monitor that measures CO and HCN against a combined threshold. The company has also published a whitepaper detailing the effects of the ‘toxic twins.’ In structural fires, smoke inhalation causes eight times as many deaths as burns because of toxic gases. Two of the most deadly are carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrogen cyanide (HCN) – known as ‘toxic twins.’ Together, they create a lethal chemical asphyxiant that can put firefighters and victims into cardiac arrest at ...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Dr äger Tags: Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Researchers Develop Virtual Reality Training to Help First Responders Manage Stress
AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) -- Imagine you are in an elevator. There is typical, boring elevator music playing as it climbs up to the top floor of a skyscraper. When the door opens, you are outside, 400 feet up and the only place to go is a thin wooden plank hanging over the edge. What do you do? “Only about half of the people who do this actually get out of the elevator,” said Matt Vogle, executive director at the National Mental Health Innovation Center at  the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The exercise is part of a virtual reality simulation designed to induce stress. “For most people, ...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ashley Michels, KDVR Tags: News Videos Operations Source Type: news

First Responder PTSD Bill Signed in Fla.
Fort Meyers, Fla. (WINK) - The community gathered to commemorate a bill that gives first responders access to treatment for PTSD. Governor Rick Scott signed bill SB 376 which extends workers’ compensation to first responders to treat PTSD. Those who protect and serve the community see people at their worst. Now they have access to benefits to help them cope and heal. Two years ago, Rob Popkin responded to a call that changed his life. As he arrived to the scene of a head-on collision on the Sanibel Causeway, he found one of his own men fighting for his life. “He asked me if he was going to die,”...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Janae Muchmore, Jessica Alpern, & Erica Brown, WINK Tags: News Videos Operations Source Type: news

Teen Survives 12 Hours in Los Angeles Sewer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 13-year-old boy was miraculously rescued Monday after falling into a river of sewage in Los Angeles, getting swept away and spending more than 12 hours in the toxic environment of the city's mazelike underground pipeline system. Jesse Hernandez had been playing with other children on wooden planks over an access portal to the sewer system during a family outing Sunday at a Los Angeles park. When a plank broke, Jesse fell about 25 feet (8 meters) and landed in fast-moving sewage, said Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. The other children immediately notified adults, w...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Source Type: news

EMS Response to the Mass Shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas
    The Las Vegas media often refers to the night of October 1, 2017, as “that awful night,” but the night didn’t start out awful at all. Dressed in cut-off jeans, flip-flops and cowboy hats, 22,000 moms, dads, kids and teens had all come out to enjoy the last of three full days of the Route 91 Harvest Festival, which featured performances by some of the top country-western singers, songwriters and entertainers. Seated in lawn chairs and on picnic blankets, spectators covered a 15-acre fenced-in space in the Las Vegas Village area, which was made available by MGM Resorts International. The out...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Janet Smith Tags: Major Incidents Operations Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Hands On Product Reviews April 2018
Compress the Heart, Save the Brain We know that the best outcomes for cardiac arrest have the patient return home neurologically intact. We also know that if bystander CPR isn’t in progress upon our arrival, the odds of that positive outcome are incredibly low. The new BigRed CPR Manikin from the American Red Cross provides visual feedback on correct compression depth, rate and release. When the student compresses correctly, a series of red LEDs illuminates along the path of the carotid arteries and the forehead reminding students that restoring and maintaining blood flow to the brain is the ultimate goal of high qua...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Fran Hildwine, BS, NREMT-P Tags: Columns Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Survey Measures EMS Personnel ’s Perceptions of Self-Driving Ambulances
Survey measures provider perceptions of self-driving ambulances You arrive on-scene to find a gunshot victim who’s bleeding profusely. You and your partner share a knowing look—you’ll need a second set of hands to work on this patient. Luckily you brought the automated ambulance to the scene. You and your partner jump in back with the patient as the ambulance drives itself to the closest trauma center, allowing the two of you to work as a team on a rapidly declining patient when normally one of you would have to drive. An artist’s concept of the exterior of a self-driving ambulance. Image courtesy...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Joseph R. Keebler, PhD Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Operations Source Type: news

Tesla, U.S. Officials Investigate Deadly Calif. Crash
DETROIT (AP) — A missing or damaged safety shield on the end of a California freeway barrier worsened the impact of a crash involving a Tesla SUV that killed a man last week, the electric car maker said on its website. The company also said in the statement that it doesn't know what caused the Model X to crash Friday on U.S. 101 near Mountain View, and it's also unsure if the SUV was operating on its semi-autonomous "Autopilot" system. Tesla said it's working with authorities to recover logs from the damaged SUV's computer. The SUV was traveling at "freeway speed" when it hit the barrier near Moun...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 29, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tom Krisher, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

2 Firefighters Who Died on Duty Memorialized in Pa.
YORK, Pa. (AP) — Two Pennsylvania firefighters who died in the line of duty last week were honored Wednesday in a memorial service that drew thousands of people. The event at the York Expo Center was for York firefighters Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony. The memorial included a last-bell ceremony, and "Taps" was played. The men were killed, and two others were injured, on March 22 when a large section of a wall at a former piano factory collapsed on them. The injured firefighters attended the memorial. Flanscha, 50, and Anthony, 29, had been looking for hot spots and searching for the cause of an earlier ...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 29, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Through Partnership With Lyft, Acuity Link Now Offers Full Suite of Medical Transportation Options for Healthcare Providers
YARMOUTH PORT, Mass. – Non-emergency medical transportation systems (NEMT) for hospitals and other medical care providers are expected to run more efficiently and provide expanded service options to patients thanks to a new partnership between Acuity Link and Lyft, the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S. As part of the partnership, Acuity Link’s HIPAA-compliant NEMT logistic management dashboard will now support Lyft’s ride-hailing functionality. With the added capability of Lyft, Acuity Link’s software is now one of the nation’s l...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 29, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Source Type: news

Acuity Link, Cataldo Ambulance Service partner to enhance Boston area non-emergency transport service
BOSTON – Acuity Link, a provider of software solutions used to automate and optimize non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT), and Cataldo Ambulance Service, the leading medical transportation provider in the Northeast U.S., have partnered to enhance the medical transportation operations for multi-level health care systems and patients. Cataldo will begin utilizing Acuity Link’s transportation logistics software to coordinate its non-emergency transportation operations, which h will provide improved efficiency, transparency and end-results for the health care entities serviced by the company and their pa...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 28, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Source Type: news

10-8 Emergency Vehicle Service New Life Line Ambulance Dealer
Life Line Emergency Vehicles is very excited to announce we have partnered with 10-8 Emergency Vehicle Service, LLC. to offer dedicated ambulance sales & service in Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia! 10-8 has been a premiere Upfitter of EMS, Fire and Police vehicles and just added a new Upfitter facility to accompany their large maintenance facility. 10-8 offers preventative maintenance at your station, warranty work, refurbishing of ambulances, fire apparatus and police vehicles. 10-8 is a firefighter owned & operated business in New Holland, PA. Started by Larry Martin and his wife Elva in 2006....
Source: JEMS Operations - March 28, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Source Type: news

Black Lightning Protects Law Enforcement Personnel from Accidental Fentanyl Exposure
Pittsfield, New Hampshire March 26, 2018 Atlantic Safety Products, Inc. is pleased to announce that their Black Lightning Nitrile Glove passed chemical permeation testing of fentanyl per ASTM Standard D 6978. The test is conducted for 240 minutes and there was no material breach during this time. Fentanyl and its analogues are designed to be absorbed into the body by means of ingestion, contact with mucous membranes, inhalation and via transdermal transmission. Two to three milligrams of the drug, approximately the amount of 5 to 7 grains of table salt, will induce respiratory depression or arrest and possibly deat...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Airgas Healthcare Receives Innovative Technology Designation from Vizient for INTELLI-OX
Airgas Healthcare, the specialized healthcare brand of Airgas, an Air Liquide company, announced that its INTELLI-OX portable medical oxygen cylinder has received a 2017 Innovative Technology designation from Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country. The designation was based on direct feedback from hospital representatives who interacted with the INTELLI-OX oxygen cylinder at the Vizient Innovative Technology Exchange in Denver. This is the first U.S. award received for the INTELLI-OX design. The INTELLI-OX integrated medical oxygen cylinder features an advanced d...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Airgas Communications Tags: Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

2 Firefighters Dead, 2 Injured in Building Collapse
YORK, Pa. (AP) — A section of a burned-out former piano factory in Pennsylvania collapsed Thursday a day after a fire, killing two firefighters and injuring two others who were looking for hot spots and investigating the cause of the blaze. Firefighters Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony died at a local hospital, York Mayor Michael Helfrich said in a statement Thursday, calling it a "tragic day in York's history."   Rescue personnel tend to a fellow firefighter after a wall collapse at the scene of a fire in York, Pa., Thursday, March 22, 2018. York officials said part of the four-story building fell on...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Denver (Colo.) Health Warns Public About Paramedic Frauds
DENVER (CBS4) – Denver Health Medical Center is warning residents to be on alert to a new telephone scam involving a caller who claims to be a paramedic. That scammer tries to obtain personal information. Wheat Ridge resident Mike McCarty got the call Tuesday and said the man on the other end of the line had a thick accent. (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - March 20, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Dominic Garcia, CBS4 Tags: News Videos Operations Source Type: news

Fatal Crash Marks First Death Involving Autonomous Vehicle
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A fatal pedestrian crash involving a self-driving Uber SUV in a Phoenix suburb could have far-reaching consequences for the new technology as automakers and other companies race to be the first with cars that operate on their own. The crash Sunday night in Tempe was the first death involving a full autonomous test vehicle. The Volvo was in self-driving mode with a human backup driver at the wheel when it struck 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg as she was walking a bicycle outside the lines of a crosswalk in Tempe, police said. Uber immediately suspended all road-testing of such autos in the Phoenix are...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 20, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jacques Billeaud and Tom Krisher, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Responsive Respiratory Adds New Store ‘N StayTM D/E Cardboard Cylinder Rack to Offering
St. Louis, Missouri – Responsive Respiratory Introduces Store ‘N Stay Cylinder Rack. The Store ‘N Stay rack is an economical alternative to a metal or plastic rack for the storage of cylinders in the patient’s home. The heavy-duty, moisture-resistant cardboard rack features a simple set-up with a pop-open and lock into place design for ease of use and durability. RRI President Tom Bannon explains, “The new Store ‘N Stay rack was designed to meet the needs of our customers who are currently purchasing our corrugated Tote ‘N Go carriers and prefer the simplicity and affordability ...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 20, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Intermedix Expands Operations Analytics Solution to Support Ambulance Agencies of Any Size
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Intermedix has announced three new delivery models of the company’s Optima Predict solution that can assist EMS agencies of all sizes and help them take advantage of powerful analysis, optimization and simulation capabilities in order to meet performance targets and make evidence-based decisions. Optima Predict applies powerful discrete event simulation to an agency’s historical data, giving emergency medical services, or EMS, teams the ability to determine optimal resource and facility locations, as well as understand the financial impact of operational decisions. “The purp...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 20, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Intermedix Tags: Operations Industry News Source Type: news

Code Green Campaign President Conducts Study on the Effects of Storytelling
Spokane, WA – J. Ann Marie Farina, President of The Code Green Campaign is conducting a study through Central Washington University to better understand the effects sharing one’s traumatic experiences via writing has on the mental health of first responders. All former or current first responders over the age of 18 are invited to participate.   Ann Marie is an undergraduate student in the department of psychology and is working with Dr. Sara Bender on the study. “Being able to conduct this study with Dr. Bender is a great opportunity for me as a student and for Code Green as an organization. This...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Code Green Campaign Tags: Operations Industry News Source Type: news

Pedestrian Bridge Collapse in Florida
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Source: JEMS Operations - March 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication Major Incidents Slideshow Source Type: news

Pedestrian Bridge Collapses in Miami, Several Killed, Many Injured
MIAMI (AP) — A new pedestrian bridge collapsed onto a highway at a Miami-area college Thursday, crushing at least five vehicles under massive slabs and killing several people, authorities said. Several people were seen being loaded into ambulances and authorities launched search and rescue missions. Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alejandro Camacho told CBS News that there were "several fatalities." Miami-Dade Fire Rescue tweeted that "multiple" people were injured when the Florida International University bridge collapsed. Authorities said they were working on confirming the numbers. The bridge was s...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Source Type: news

EMS Strong Announces 'Stronger Together' Campaign; Honors EMS Professionals
  WASHINGTON – The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), is proud to announce this year’s EMS STRONG campaign theme: STRONGER TOGETHER. The annual EMS STRONG campaign provides opportunities to recognize the emergency medical services (EMS) community, enhance and strengthen the profession on a national level, and expand and celebrate National EMS Week, May 20-26, 2018. The campaign brings together key organizations, media partners, and corporate sponsors that are committed to recognizing and fortifying the EMS...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: EMSSTRONG.org Tags: News Operations Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

6 US Soldiers in Mountain Warfare Training Hit by Avalanche
CAMBRIDGE, Vt. (AP) — An avalanche hit six Army soldiers undergoing mountain-warfare training near Vermont's highest peak Wednesday, sending five to the hospital. Rescuers worked to evacuate the six soldiers training at Smugglers Notch, a narrow pass at the northern edge of Mount Mansfield. The base of the notch is surrounded by steep cliffs on both sides. Five soldiers were taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening. The sixth soldier returned to duty. There is no word on what triggered the avalanche that hit about 1 p.m. The soldiers were bro...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Source Type: news

Investigators Examine Passenger Restraints in NYC Helicopter Crash
NEW YORK (AP) — Investigators recovered a flight data recorder and a GoPro camera Tuesday as they tried to determine the cause of a deadly helicopter crash in the East River and figure out whether passengers' harnesses hindered their escape from the sinking aircraft. The helicopter's five passengers drowned when it touched down in the river and capsized, medical examiners said. The pilot escaped. National Transportation Safety Board investigators picked over the damaged helicopter at a police hangar as one victim's family sued chopper owner Liberty Helicopters and others. The lawsuit spotlights the harnesses used in ...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 14, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jennifer Peltz and Ted Shaffrey, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Iowa Ambulance Agency Sends Special Response Team to Support St. Croix EMS Crews Post-Hurricane Maria
Special response team from Arkansas provides relief & support to local EMS crews after Maria’s devastation Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix, destroying power lines, uprooting trees, collapsing houses and beaching boats along the island’s shore. Photos courtesy Andrew Ney On Tuesday, Oct. 24, Pafford Medical Services Corporate Director of Operations Clay Hobbs asked me if I’d be interested in joining his company’s hurricane deployment assignment in St. Croix on the U.S. Virgin Islands. I jumped at the opportunity. Little did I know that I’d face ...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Andrew Ney, BA, NRP Tags: Major Incidents Operations Source Type: news

AMR Partners with FEMA in Unprecedented Hurricane Season
  EMS command center in Houston, Texas. Photos courtesy American Medical Response The year 2017 will undoubtedly go down as having one of the worst hurricane seasons to affect the United States. In the months from August through December, American Medical Response (AMR), along with other EMS agencies, responded to the call for help for back-to-back Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. AMR was activated for Hurricane Harvey on August 25, and was eventually demobilized from Hurricane Maria on Dec. 31, 2017. These federal EMS deployments yielded 128 consecutive days of providing medical resources across the three majo...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Randy Lauer Tags: Major Incidents Operations Source Type: news

Roanoke (Va.) Fire/EMS Addresses Impact of 9-1-1 Misuse
  ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Each day, dispatchers and Roanoke Fire/EMS deal with life and death emergencies, but not all the calls they get are for actual emergencies. When 911 dispatchers pick up a call -- they have to be ready for the worst. Often enough, those calls are less than critical. John Powers, Roanoke E911 System Coordinator, said, “A lot of times people will call 911 when they just don't know who else to call.” John Powers knows the problem well. He says they get calls here for stubbed toes, colds and toothaches, just to name a few. Often, those people end up getting a pricey ride to the ER. P...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Christian Heilman, WDBJ7 Tags: News Videos Communications & Dispatch Operations Source Type: news

Another Snowstorm Hits the Northeast, Threatens More Outages
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The second big storm to hit the Northeast in less than a week brought wet, heavy snow Wednesday to a corner of the country where tens of thousands of people were still waiting for the power to come back on from the first bout of wintry weather.   The nor'easter closed schools and government offices, grounded thousands of flights and raised fears of another round of fallen trees and electrical outages as it made its way up the East Coast. "I don't think I'm ready for this to happen again," Caprice Dantzler, 32, said as she walked through Philadelphia's snowy, rainy Rittenhouse Sq...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 7, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kristen De Groot, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Houston Gets $9.4M Grant to Update Flood-Prone Intersections
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston has been awarded $9.4 million to install red warning lights and high-water sensors in 40 flood-prone traffic intersections as recovery continues from Hurricane Harvey.   Mayor Sylvester Turner on Tuesday announced the federal grant. The city, the Texas Department of Transportation and Harris County will also help fund the more than $14 million project. Harvey made landfall in South Texas last August. Torrential rain swamped parts of Houston. Thousands of residents evacuated. Numerous vehicles were abandoned in high water. A Houston police officer drowned when his patrol car was trapp...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 7, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news