Two Attacks on FDNY EMTs Sees Union Demanding Help from the City

JEMS - News - 3 hours 31 min ago


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Three EMS workers were attacked while trying to save a life in Brooklyn, and the FDNY says the person who attacked them is related to the person they were trying to save.

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San Antonio Fire Rolls Out New High-Tech Ambulances

JEMS - News - 3 hours 52 min ago


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.

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Heart Left On Southwest Flight Makes It To Destination In Time To Save Lives

JEMS - News - 4 hours 1 min ago

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — You’ve heard of luggage and other personal items being left behind on a flight, but what about a human heart?

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Virginia EMT Suspended after Alleged Racist Comments, Receiving National Attention

JEMS - News - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 18:39

PATRICK COUNTY, Va. (WSLS) - There’s national media attention on Patrick County this week after reports of racist comments allegedly made by a first responder on a white supremacist podcast.

Now, local leaders are calling for the EMT to be fired.

Alex McNabb is on unpaid leave with the JEB Stuart Volunteer Rescue Squad, as the Virginia Department of Health investigates his conduct.

Read more at WSLS.

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Man In Critical Condition After Being Hit By Ambulance

JEMS - News - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 18:25

BALTIMORE CO., Md. (WJZ) — Emergency responders found themselves at the center of an emergency on a Baltimore County Road.

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$80,000 EMS Medicine Fellowship Awarded to Dr. Benjamin Nicholson

JEMS - News - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 13:47

OVERLAND PARK, KS – The National Association of Emergency Services Physicians (NAEMSP) is pleased to announce Dr. Benjamin D. Nicholson, Department of Emergency Medicine, Boston Medical Center, as the recipient of the NAEMSP/Stryker EMS Medicine Medical Director Fellowship.

The 12-month, $80,000 fellowship covers training and education costs to pursue a career as a clinically focused EMS medical director who is board-certified in EMS medicine. The opportunity was created to expand the commitment of academic institutions to EMS medicine as a subspecialty and graduate a fellow with a passion for EMS leadership on a national level.

Nicholson began his career as a volunteer EMT-B, has served as a flight paramedic, was the inaugural resident board member of the Air Medical Physician Association and has worked with the African Federation for Emergency Medicine’s Out-of-Hospital Emergency Care Committee. He plans to use the fellowship to help reach his goals of expanding the responsible use of ultrasound in prehospital and disaster settings and develop out-of-hospital care internationally.

“This fellowship is an important avenue to advancing NAEMSP’s mission of improving out-of-hospital emergency medical care. We look forward to following Dr. Nicholson’s career and continued accomplishments,” noted NAEMSP President J. Brent Myers, MD, MPH, FAEMS.

The fellowship will be presented at the 2019 NAEMSP Annual Meeting January 7-12 in Austin, Texas.

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Rescuers Meet Woman Saved in Car Crash Two Years Later

JEMS - News - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 13:23

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. – Marenna Ward’s life changed on Aug. 6, 2016, when she was involved in a catastrophic motor vehicle crash that left her with a permanent traumatic brain injury (TBI). A little more than two years later, she met and thanked the first responders from Paramedics Plus and Livermore/Pleasanton, Tracy and Alameda Fire Departments who saved her life.

On Aug. 6, Ward was traveling with her mother and sister to San Francisco Airport to catch a flight to Germany when a 4-foot solid I-beam detached from a work truck on Interstate 580 as they traveled over the Altamont Pass. The vehicle in front of Ward’s car caught the beam, which flipped it upright. The beam traveled horizontally towards Marenna who was riding in the passenger seat and struck her in the face and left side of her head.

The blunt force of the impact left Ward with major head injury trauma that initially rendered her unconscious. She had a splintered fracture to the left temporal side of her head and facial trauma. Paramedics Plus, Alameda County’s 9-1-1 provider, and crews from Livermore/Pleasanton and Tracy Fire Departments quickly arrived on the scene.

The crews extracted the cars’ passengers and transported them to the Eden Trauma Center within an hour of the accident. Ward was quickly moved into the operating room to undergo life-saving neurosurgery. She was able to walk upright three days later and she was discharged to rehabilitation only six days after her accident.

“One of the trauma nurses told my mom later on that I was 60 seconds away from not making it into surgery, so if you guys had not done what you did for me and the timing, I would not be here,” said Ward about the first responders. “I want to thank every single person and every single pair of hands that played a part in giving me every opportunity to recover from the accident.”

“We knew we had a very critical patient and that we had to get on and off the scene quickly because time was a big factor,” said Joe Fagaundes, paramedic for Paramedics Plus. “It’s amazing to see her today and to see good outcomes.”

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Unhealthy Fear

EMScapades Cartoon - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 10:24
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Indianapolis EMS Reveals 30% of Scooter Accidents Happen While Drunk

JEMS - News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 10:44

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - There have been several dozen people injured on scooters.

Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services have taken them to the hospital with a variety of injuries.

What has some people shocked is the number of people getting hurt riding scooters while drunk.

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Inside EMS: NAEMT President-elect Matt Zavadsky talks all things EMS

FR1 and EMS Podcasts - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:45
Inside EMS: NAEMT President-elect Matt Zavadsky talks all things EMS by FR1 and EMS1 Podcasts
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Shooting at Christmas Market in France Leaves 3 Dead, 12 Wounded

JEMS - News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 17:40

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — A man who had been flagged as a possible extremist sprayed gunfire near the famous Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg on Tuesday, killing three people, wounding up to a dozen and sparking a massive manhunt when he got away. France immediately raised its terror alert level.

It was unclear if the market — a popular gathering place and the nucleus of an al-Qaida-linked plot in 2000 — was the intended target. The assailant got inside a security zone around the venue and opened fire from there, Mayor Roland Ries said on BFM television.

The market, France's largest, is set up around the city's cathedral during the Christmas season.

Authorities did not give a motive for the shooting, though prosecutors said they had opened a terrorism investigation. Strasbourg, located in eastern France, is home to the European Parliament, one of several places put on an emergency lockdown after the shooting.

The prefect of the Strasbourg region said the man identified as the alleged gunman was on a watch list of potentially radicalized people. Authorities did not name him publicly or provide details such as his age and nationality.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, who traveled to Strasbourg, said the suspect had convictions in France and Germany for crimes unrelated to terrorism and served time in prison. He did not elaborate.

Hours before the shooting, French gendarmes went to the suspect's home to arrest him, but he wasn't there, Stephane Morisse of police union FGP said. They found explosive materials during a search, he said.

Many of Europe's deadliest terror attacks in recent years took place in France. In response to Tuesday's shooting, the government decided to take the country's attack risk up a level on the official threat index and to send security reinforcements to Strasbourg, Castaner said early Wednesday.

Strasbourg, a city about 500 kilometers (310 miles) east of Paris on France's border with Germany, promotes itself as the "Capital of Christmas" and the market set up around the local cathedral is a holiday tradition. Two years ago, a Tunisian man drove a hijacked truck into a busy Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 people in the German capital.

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Firefighters Rescue Man Stuck in Grease Vent of Empty Chinese Restaurant

JEMS - News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 17:39

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 the unidentified man was taken to a hospital, and deputies will decide later whether to book him into jail or issue a citation.

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'Accidental Fentanyl Overdose is Not a Thing'

JEMS - News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 17:08
"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 Seth Hawkins, MD, the executive editor of Wilderness Medicine, who commented: "I would be fascinated by the phenomenon of #fakenews in EMS and law enforcement if it was not so damaging to our operations, and disheartening about our ability to follow actual medical science and evidence. So let's say again: FIRST RESPONDERS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT DO NOT NEED TO FEAR SKIN CONTACT WITH OPIOIDS. Repeat as needed. Add hand claps between words if that helps."

Hawkins goes on to suggest that readers share this information with others, concluding, "Our jobs as emergency responders and law enforcement are hard enough with real risks, we don't need to be creating fake ones."

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Meth Playing Bigger Role in US Drug Overdose Crisis

JEMS - News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 02:00

NEW YORK (AP) — A bigger share of U.S. drug overdose deaths are being caused by methamphetamine, government health officials reported.

The number of fatal overdoses involving meth more than tripled between 2011 and 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday. The percentage of overdose deaths involving meth grew from less than 5 percent to nearly 11 percent.

Meth is not the main killer among illicit drugs. Fentanyl was involved in the highest percentage of fatal overdoses in 2016, followed by heroin and cocaine. Meth was fourth.

But it was only eighth as recently as 2012.

It's not clear why meth overdoses are growing, but some people who had been abusing opioid pain pills or shooting heroin have turned to meth, a stimulant, to offset the downer effects of those drugs, said Theodore Cicero, a Washington University researcher who has studied the rise of meth use among people who use opioid drugs.

Meth is most often smoked, snorted or injected. Chronic use has been tied to sleeplessness, paranoia and other mood and mental health disorders. And the effect of high doses on the body can include convulsions, rapid heart rate and other heart problems.

"It's a very dangerous drug to mess around with," Cicero said.

Meth has become more prevalent in certain states — including West Virginia, which has the nation's highest overdose death rate.

Brandon Kirk, a 31-year-old former pharmacy school student, abused prescription opioid painkillers for years but went into recovery earlier this year. In a recent interview, he said it's become increasingly difficult to get opioid painkillers in that part of the state.

"It's flooded with methamphetamine," he said.

The CDC report looked at death certificates on 64,000 U.S. overdose deaths in 2016 and compared them with the five previous years. Many of the people who died had used multiple drugs — fentanyl was often in the mix.

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Shooting at Christmas Market in France Leaves 1 Dead, Several Wounded

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 17:40

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting at a Christmas market in Strasbourg (all times local):

11:50 p.m.

A witness in France has told the BBC that one of the people shot and killed in the city of Strasbourg was a Thai tourist who suffered a head wound and didn't respond to efforts to revive him.

Peter Fritz said after the gunfire near a Christmas market: "We tried our best to resuscitate him. We applied CPR. We dragged him into a restaurant close by."

He says the man was in his 30s and his wife appeared to be unharmed but in shock.

Fritz says it took more than 45 minutes for an ambulance to arrive. He said an emergency doctor advised by telephone "that any further efforts would be futile."

Fritz said of the victim: "He is still here in this restaurant but we have abandoned all hope for him."


11:35 p.m.

Residents of central Strasbourg describe hearing a series of gunshots and screaming in the street during an attack near a Christmas market that killed four people.

Resident Yoann Bazard said by telephone he heard "two or three shots" and the screams before he went to a window and saw people running Tuesday night.

The 27-year-old said: "After that I closed the shutters. Then I heard more shots, closer this time."

Bazard continued: "There were two or three episodes like that....As it got close, it was really shocking. There were a lot of screams."

Freelance journalist Camille Belsoeur says he was at a friend's apartment on the same street and at first mistook the gunfire for firecrackers.

Belsoeur said: "We opened the window . I saw a soldier firing shots, about 12 to 15 shots."

He says other soldiers yelled for people to stay indoors and shouted 'Go home! Go home!'" to those outside.


11:20 p.m.

Two French police union officials say four people have died after a gunman started shooting near Strasbourg's Christmas market and the suspect was wounded, but is still at large.

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Ada County (Idaho) Paramedics Unveil New Armored Ambulance

JEMS - News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 17:23


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.

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Keys Left in Ambulance Prior to Thief Leading Police on Chase

JEMS - News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:50


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.

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Gunman Fires at Mass in Brazil Cathedral, Kills at Least 4

JEMS - News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:07

Story updated at 3:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A man opened fire in a cathedral in southern Brazil after Mass on Tuesday, killing four people and wounding four more before taking a bullet in the ribs in a firefight with police and then shooting himself in the head, authorities said.

The shooting happened right after the midday service had ended at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Campinas, a city about 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of Sao Paulo.

"It's so sad," said Wilson Cassante, a press officer with the archdiocese. "It's hard to imagine the pain this has caused."

Hours after paramedics were seen taking bodies and injured out of the church, authorities identified the shooter as 49-year-old Euler Fernando Grandolpho from Valinhos, a nearby city in the densely populated state of Sao Paulo.

Grandolpho, a systems analyst, was not a member of the church, authorities said. According to public records, he had held various jobs with government entities, including a stint as an assistant to the prosecutor in the public ministry in Sao Paulo.

Authorities said they had not determined a motive. A backpack found near the dead gunman had his identification but no note or other clues, police investigator Jose Henrique Ventura told reporters outside the church.

"Thanks to the intervention of police, something much bigger was avoided," Ventura said, adding that the four injured were in stable condition.

Danielle Coutinho told EPTV that she was sitting in the church chatting after Mass when gunfire began. A man sitting close to her was shot as she and others ran.

"I saw people getting shot. I can't get it out of my head," she said in tears. "It was horrible."

Brazil has long struggled with gun violence, and is routinely the world leader in total homicides, though mass shootings are rare. Last year, nearly 64,000 people were killed. President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, a former army captain, campaigned on promises to crack down on violence, in part by loosening gun laws so more civilians could arm themselves.

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Gunman Fires at Mass in Brazil Cathedral, Kills at Least 4

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:07

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Authorities say an armed man entered a cathedral in southern Brazil and opened fire during Mass, killing at least four people before killing himself.

Police tell The Associated Press that the incident happened Tuesday afternoon at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Campinas, a city about 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of from Sao Paulo.

Globo News showed paramedics on the scene.

Globo reported that firefighters say the man entered while Mass was being celebrated and went to the front of the church. He then began shooting two handguns, killing four and injuring several others. Authorities say he then shot himself.

The motive isn't clear. Authorities have yet to release the name or age of the suspect.

While Brazil leads the world in total annual homicides, mass shootings are relatively rare.

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Lift Assist

EMScapades Cartoon - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:55
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