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EMScapades Cartoon - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:25
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Hotel Guard Describes Getting Shot Before Deadly Las Vegas Attack

JEMS - News - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 21:51

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The gunman who unleashed the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history first wounded an unsuspecting hotel security guard in a hallway who promptly radioed for help, according to a TV interview broadcast Wednesday with the guard and a hotel building engineer whose life he is credited with saving.

In his only public recounting of the Oct. 1 shooting that killed 58 people and wounded more than 500, guard Jesus Campos told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show that he was heading down the hall after calling for a maintenance worker when he heard "rapid fire" gunshots through the nearby doors of Stephen Paddock's suite in the Mandalay Bay.

"At first, I took cover. I felt a burning sensation. I went to go lift my pant leg up, and I saw the blood," Campos said. "That's when I called it in on my radio that shots had been fired."

He didn't say what time that was.

The hotel engineer, Stephen Schuck, who was sent to check a fire exit door that Campos found bolted shut, told DeGeneres that he didn't hear gunfire when he reached the opposite end of the 32nd floor hallway. Then, he heard what he thought was the sound of construction.

"I didn't know it was shooting. I thought it was a jackhammer," Schuck said. "And, you know as an engineer, I'm like, 'We're not working up here this late at night.' We wouldn't be doing that."

"It was, I believe, outside," he said, referring to gunfire that authorities say Paddock rained down from broken windows into a crowd of 22,000 at a country music festival. "It wasn't in the hallway yet."

Schuck said Campos leaned out from a door entrance and yelled for him to take cover.

"Within milliseconds, if he didn't say that, I would have got hit," Schuck said, describing bullets whizzing past his head.

Police later said more than 200 shots were fired into the hallway.

Campos, who walked into the interview with a cane, is recovering from a leg wound. Schuck wasn't injured. Both are on paid leave from their jobs, according to officials at MGM Resorts International, which owns the hotel.

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Hotel Guard Describes Getting Shot Before Deadly Las Vegas Attack

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 21:51

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The gunman who unleashed the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history first wounded an unsuspecting hotel security guard in a hallway who promptly radioed for help, according to a TV interview broadcast Wednesday with the guard and a hotel building engineer whose life he is credited with saving.

In his only public recounting of the Oct. 1 shooting that killed 58 people and wounded more than 500, guard Jesus Campos told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show that he was heading down the hall after calling for a maintenance worker when he heard "rapid fire" gunshots through the nearby doors of Stephen Paddock's suite in the Mandalay Bay.

"At first, I took cover. I felt a burning sensation. I went to go lift my pant leg up, and I saw the blood," Campos said. "That's when I called it in on my radio that shots had been fired."

He didn't say what time that was.

The hotel engineer, Stephen Schuck, who was sent to check a fire exit door that Campos found bolted shut, told DeGeneres that he didn't hear gunfire when he reached the opposite end of the 32nd floor hallway. Then, he heard what he thought was the sound of construction.

"I didn't know it was shooting. I thought it was a jackhammer," Schuck said. "And, you know as an engineer, I'm like, 'We're not working up here this late at night.' We wouldn't be doing that."

"It was, I believe, outside," he said, referring to gunfire that authorities say Paddock rained down from broken windows into a crowd of 22,000 at a country music festival. "It wasn't in the hallway yet."

Schuck said Campos leaned out from a door entrance and yelled for him to take cover.

"Within milliseconds, if he didn't say that, I would have got hit," Schuck said, describing bullets whizzing past his head.

Police later said more than 200 shots were fired into the hallway.

Campos, who walked into the interview with a cane, is recovering from a leg wound. Schuck wasn't injured. Both are on paid leave from their jobs, according to officials at MGM Resorts International, which owns the hotel.

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Shooting in Maryland Office Park Leaves 3 Dead, 2 Wounded

JEMS - News - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 20:35

EDGEWOOD, Md. (AP) — A man with a lengthy criminal past who showed up for work at a countertop company on Wednesday and shot five of his co-workers has been arrested, authorities said. Three of them were killed and two critically wounded.

Less than two hours later, Radee Labeeb Prince drove to a used car lot about 55 miles (90 kilometers) away in Wilmington, Delaware, and opened fire on a man with whom he had "beefs" in the past, wounding him, police said.

The shooting rampage set off a manhunt along the Interstate 95 Northeast corridor. Police cruisers were stationed in medians, and overhead highway signs displayed a description of Prince's sport utility vehicle and its Delaware license plate. The FBI assisted state and local authorities in the manhunt.

Prince was "apprehended a short time ago in Delaware by ATF and allied law enforcement agencies," the Harford County Sheriff's Office in Maryland tweeted Wednesday night.

"This is a person with no conscience," Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy said earlier. "He's desperate right now."

Authorities said it wasn't clear why Prince opened fire with a handgun on his colleagues.

The sheriff's office said Wednesday night on its Facebook page that the people who died were Bayarsaikhan Tudev, 53, of Virginia; Jose Hidalgo Romero, 34, of Aberdeen, Maryland, and Enis Mrvoljak, 48, of Dundalk, Maryland.

Prince is a felon with 42 arrests in Delaware. Court records showed he had been fired from a Maryland job earlier this year after allegedly punching a co-worker and threatening other employees. He also faced charges of being a felon in possession of a gun, was habitually late paying his rent, was repeatedly cited for traffic violations and was ordered to undergo drug and alcohol counseling in recent years.

The rampage began Wednesday about 9 a.m. at the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood, Harford County, Maryland, Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said. Deputies arrived in four minutes but Prince had already fled.

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Shooting in Maryland Office Park Leaves 3 Dead, 2 Wounded

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 20:35

EDGEWOOD, Md. (AP) — A man with a lengthy criminal past who showed up for work at a countertop company on Wednesday and shot five of his co-workers has been arrested, authorities said. Three of them were killed and two critically wounded.

Less than two hours later, Radee Labeeb Prince drove to a used car lot about 55 miles (90 kilometers) away in Wilmington, Delaware, and opened fire on a man with whom he had "beefs" in the past, wounding him, police said.

The shooting rampage set off a manhunt along the Interstate 95 Northeast corridor. Police cruisers were stationed in medians, and overhead highway signs displayed a description of Prince's sport utility vehicle and its Delaware license plate. The FBI assisted state and local authorities in the manhunt.

Prince was "apprehended a short time ago in Delaware by ATF and allied law enforcement agencies," the Harford County Sheriff's Office in Maryland tweeted Wednesday night.

"This is a person with no conscience," Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy said earlier. "He's desperate right now."

Authorities said it wasn't clear why Prince opened fire with a handgun on his colleagues.

The sheriff's office said Wednesday night on its Facebook page that the people who died were Bayarsaikhan Tudev, 53, of Virginia; Jose Hidalgo Romero, 34, of Aberdeen, Maryland, and Enis Mrvoljak, 48, of Dundalk, Maryland.

Prince is a felon with 42 arrests in Delaware. Court records showed he had been fired from a Maryland job earlier this year after allegedly punching a co-worker and threatening other employees. He also faced charges of being a felon in possession of a gun, was habitually late paying his rent, was repeatedly cited for traffic violations and was ordered to undergo drug and alcohol counseling in recent years.

The rampage began Wednesday about 9 a.m. at the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood, Harford County, Maryland, Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said. Deputies arrived in four minutes but Prince had already fled.

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The station food thief

EMScapades Cartoon - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:27
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New Fires Break out in California as Wine Country Fires Dim

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:48

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — As fire crews gain on wildfires burning for more than a week in Northern California's wine country, new fires broke out in other parts of the state, including northeast of Los Angeles.

Fire fighters are battling a blaze that sprang up overnight in the southern Bay Area Santa Cruz mountains, prompting evacuation orders and threatening 100 homes. The fire has torched about 125 acres.

At least one structure was destroyed, Rob Sherman, assistant chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, told KNTV news.

Further south, crews with air support are racing to protect a historic observatory and communications towers from a growing brush fire on Mount Wilson northeast of Los Angeles. The blaze was initially estimated at around 5 acres (2 hectares). Officials say the observatory has been evacuated and the fire is not burning near foothill residences.

A week after fleeing wildfires in Northern California, tens of thousands of people are drifting back into their neighborhoods. Some will face the prospect of destroyed homes. All will face the possibility of lasting emotional damage.

The cluster of wildfires has been burning in Northern California's wine country for more than a week. The fires, the deadliest cluster in California history, have killed at least 41 people and destroyed nearly 6,000 homes.

"It's never going to be the same," said Rob Brown, a supervisor in Mendocino County, where all 8,000 evacuees were cleared to go home Monday. "You're going to have to seek a new normal."

The fires, the deadliest cluster in California history, have killed at least 41 people and destroyed nearly 6,000 homes.

The thousands of calls coming from concerned residents in neighboring Sonoma County "have shifted from questions about evacuation to questions about coping," Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane said.

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New Fires Break out in California as Wine Country Fires Dim

JEMS - News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:48

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — As fire crews gain on wildfires burning for more than a week in Northern California's wine country, new fires broke out in other parts of the state, including northeast of Los Angeles.

Fire fighters are battling a blaze that sprang up overnight in the southern Bay Area Santa Cruz mountains, prompting evacuation orders and threatening 100 homes. The fire has torched about 125 acres.

At least one structure was destroyed, Rob Sherman, assistant chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, told KNTV news.

Further south, crews with air support are racing to protect a historic observatory and communications towers from a growing brush fire on Mount Wilson northeast of Los Angeles. The blaze was initially estimated at around 5 acres (2 hectares). Officials say the observatory has been evacuated and the fire is not burning near foothill residences.

A week after fleeing wildfires in Northern California, tens of thousands of people are drifting back into their neighborhoods. Some will face the prospect of destroyed homes. All will face the possibility of lasting emotional damage.

The cluster of wildfires has been burning in Northern California's wine country for more than a week. The fires, the deadliest cluster in California history, have killed at least 41 people and destroyed nearly 6,000 homes.

"It's never going to be the same," said Rob Brown, a supervisor in Mendocino County, where all 8,000 evacuees were cleared to go home Monday. "You're going to have to seek a new normal."

The fires, the deadliest cluster in California history, have killed at least 41 people and destroyed nearly 6,000 homes.

The thousands of calls coming from concerned residents in neighboring Sonoma County "have shifted from questions about evacuation to questions about coping," Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane said.

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Bombing in Somalia

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 16:57

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Somalia Truck Bombing Kills Over 300, Many Still Missing

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 16:26

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — More than 300 people were killed in the weekend truck bombing in Somalia's capital and scores remained missing, authorities said Monday, as the fragile Horn of Africa nation reeled from one of the world's worst attacks in years.

As funerals continued, the government said the death toll was expected to rise.

Nearly 400 people were injured in the bombing Saturday that targeted a crowded street in Mogadishu. Somalia's government blamed the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab, though the Islamic extremist group has not claimed responsibility for the attack. A new statement by the SITE Intelligence Group said al-Shabab posted claims of responsibility as recently as Monday for other attacks on Somali and African Union forces — but not for Saturday's blast.

Still, analysts said there was little doubt the Islamic extremist group carried out the bombing, one of the deadliest in sub-Saharan Africa. "No other group in Somalia has the capacity to put together a bomb of this size, in this nature," said Matt Bryden, a security consultant on the Horn of Africa.

Nearly 70 people remained missing, based on accounts from relatives, said police Capt. Mohamed Hussein. He said many bodies were burned to ashes in the attack.

As the death toll rose to 302, overwhelmed hospitals in Mogadishu were struggling to treat badly wounded victims, many burned beyond recognition. Exhausted doctors struggled to keep their eyes open as the screams from victims and bereaved families echoed in the halls.

Africa's deadliest Islamic extremist group, al-Shabab has waged war in Somalia for more than a decade, often targeting high-profile areas of the capital. Earlier this year, it vowed to step up attacks after both the Trump administration and Somalia's recently elected Somali-American president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, announced new military efforts against the group.

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Somalia Truck Bombing Kills Over 300, Many Still Missing

JEMS - News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 16:26

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — More than 300 people were killed in the weekend truck bombing in Somalia's capital and scores remained missing, authorities said Monday, as the fragile Horn of Africa nation reeled from one of the world's worst attacks in years.

As funerals continued, the government said the death toll was expected to rise.

Nearly 400 people were injured in the bombing Saturday that targeted a crowded street in Mogadishu. Somalia's government blamed the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab, though the Islamic extremist group has not claimed responsibility for the attack. A new statement by the SITE Intelligence Group said al-Shabab posted claims of responsibility as recently as Monday for other attacks on Somali and African Union forces — but not for Saturday's blast.

Still, analysts said there was little doubt the Islamic extremist group carried out the bombing, one of the deadliest in sub-Saharan Africa. "No other group in Somalia has the capacity to put together a bomb of this size, in this nature," said Matt Bryden, a security consultant on the Horn of Africa.

Nearly 70 people remained missing, based on accounts from relatives, said police Capt. Mohamed Hussein. He said many bodies were burned to ashes in the attack.

As the death toll rose to 302, overwhelmed hospitals in Mogadishu were struggling to treat badly wounded victims, many burned beyond recognition. Exhausted doctors struggled to keep their eyes open as the screams from victims and bereaved families echoed in the halls.

Africa's deadliest Islamic extremist group, al-Shabab has waged war in Somalia for more than a decade, often targeting high-profile areas of the capital. Earlier this year, it vowed to step up attacks after both the Trump administration and Somalia's recently elected Somali-American president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, announced new military efforts against the group.

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H&H Medical Introduces the H*VENT Vented Chest Dressing

JEMS - News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:24

H&H Medical Corporation, a leading provider of emergency trauma products, is proud to announce the introduction of our newest product in our chest seal line, the H*VENT vented chest dressing.

Open chest wounds that develop into a tension pneumothorax, commonly referred as a sucking chest wound, can be life threatening if not treated immediately by the first responder. The H*VENT from H&H Medical Products is an innovative chest seal that treats not only the presence of air in the chest (pneumothorax) but also allows fluids such as blood to be released from the chest (hemothorax).

The unique six-port design of the H*VENT provides a fail-safe system where up to five ports can become obstructed and the H*VENT remains fully operational. This six-port design also allows for unique multidirectional drainage towards gravity allowing patients to be transported on their side.

And unlike other vented chest dressings that create openings by removing hydrogel, the H*VENT provides a complete seal around the wound area and its unique dome membrane design minimizes the risk of air or fluid from finding an alternate path. The large vent opening provides excellent visual monitoring of the wound, giving first responders quick indications of air or fluid leaving the chest as well as the operational status of the seal.

“The H*VENT vented chest dressing continues our work in creating innovative solutions to immediate trauma situations,” said Paul Harder, president of H&H Medical. “Everything we have learned from our other chest seal products, including the Bolin Chest Seal, Wound Seal Kit, and DualSeal chest seals, has been applied to the H*VENT. Now first responders have choices when considering how to respond to an open chest injury.”

The H*VENT will be available by December 2017 and will be packaged in individual units and in two-pack sets. For more information, visit http://www.hvent.com

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Journal of Emergency Medical Services Partners with Medic-CE to Debut JEMS CE Powered by Medic-CE

JEMS - News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:18

TULSA, Okla. – A new partnership between the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) and Medic-CE affords EMT professionals and paramedics easy access to accredited, virtual instructor-led training and self-paced continuing education (CE) courses on a customizable online platform. The complete catalog of JEMS CE Powered by Medic-CE courses are accredited in all 50 states through the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), and meet the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) National Continued Competency Program (NCCP) core requirements.  

JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman is excited about the partnership with Medic-CE. “JEMS always prides itself in being the leading provider of information for the improvement of patient care in the prehospital setting,” he says, “and this partnership provides state-of-the art CE programs and a platform that allows us to deliver both information and education that providers can use toward their state and national EMS certification.”

JEMS is thrilled to endorse Medic-CE and bolster their offerings by providing expert content from world-class speakers and industry influencers. “Most importantly, JEMS audience will now be offered CE credit for premium articles, webcasts, editorial digests and other exclusive content presented in JEMS multi-media channels,” said Senior Vice President and Group Publisher, MaryBeth DeWitt.

"We are excited to partner with the Journal of Emergency Medical Services, which is positioned in the industry as a leader in innovative clinical content," said Judson Smith, Medic-CE Vice President of Continuing Education.  Medic-CE’s dedication to high standards of content development and delivery, matches JEMS’s commitment to the industry as well.  Our online blended learning model enables this partnership to provide the very best continuing education to EMS providers all over the world through high quality and innovative continuing education courses and programs."

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The Passing of a Legend, Hero, Mentor & Inspiration: Chief Alan Brunacini

JEMS - News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 12:03

The sudden, unexpected death of Alan “Bruno” Brunacini Sunday hit me like a ton of bricks as I am sure it did many of my colleagues in EMS and the fire service. He was one of those bigger than life leaders that you thought would live forever.

He presented the eulogy at the funeral of James O. Page, the founder of JEMS and one of his closest friends. He made us laugh at a time when we all wanted to cry. He showed us hope at a time of great despair, when we thought our world was hopelessly changed and empty. He told us that life must go on, and it will go on, because of the legacy Jim left behind and the principles he taught us.

As I reflect on Bruno’s death, I again have faith that we'll be able to go on.

Friends and Mentors

I grew up admiring both Bruno and Jim. I never thought that either of them would become a friend and a mentor. The truth is, Jim and Bruno mentored anyone who was willing to be mentored.

They were both passionate about the same things: Safe, effective and efficient fire service operations and administration; high quality, professional EMS in the fire service—performed enthusiastically and as a major part of the job; doing whatever it took to meet the needs of the "customer," even if it meant boarding up windows, replacing door locks that had been forced open to care for them, or cooking them a meal; and, perhaps most important, being fully transparent with elected officials and the public about the men and women who worked for them.

Both always acknowledged their errors and detailed them in professional journals like Fire Engineering and JEMS, where they would discuss what they were going to do to make sure outdated procedures were changed so that a specific tactical error never happened again.  

Incident Command Innovations

Bruno, the long-tenured chief of the Phoenix Fire Department, invented and improved upon countless aspects of our work.

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California Fire Victims Return Home as Crews Gain Ground

JEMS - News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:47

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — With the winds dying down, fire crews gained ground as they battled wildfires that have devastated California wine country and other parts of the state over the past week, and thousands of people got the all-clear to return home.

While the danger from the deadliest, most destructive cluster of blazes in California history was far from over, the smoky skies started to clear in some places. People were being allowed to go back to homes in areas no longer in harm's way, and the number of those under evacuation orders was down to 75,000 from nearly 100,000 the day before.

Many began to take the first steps toward rebuilding their lives.

"This is my home I'm going to come back without question," said Howard Lasker, 56, who returned Sunday with his daughter to view their torched house in Santa Rosa. "I have to rebuild. I want to rebuild."

Although the weather was still hot and dry Monday, calmer winds and the possibility of rain later in the week should help crews tamp down fires, said Scott Rowe, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He predicted a quarter-inch (0.6 centimeters) would fall in Sonoma and Napa counties late Thursday.

"Any sort of moisture is welcome at this point," he said. "In terms of fire, the weather outlook is looking to be improving."

The blazes were blamed for at least 40 deaths and destroyed some 5,700 homes and other structures. The death toll could climb as searchers dig through the ruins for people listed as missing. Hundreds were unaccounted for, though authorities said many of them are probably safe but haven't let anyone know.

In hard-hit Sonoma County, Sheriff Rob Giordano said authorities have located 1,560 of the more than 1,700 once listed as missing. Many of those names were put on the list after people called from out of state to say they couldn't reach a friend or relative.

Authorities said they will not let people return home until it is safe and utilities are restored. Pacific Gas and Electric Company said it expects to restore power and gas to the area by late Monday.

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California Fire Victims Return Home as Crews Gain Ground

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:47

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — With the winds dying down, fire crews gained ground as they battled wildfires that have devastated California wine country and other parts of the state over the past week, and thousands of people got the all-clear to return home.

While the danger from the deadliest, most destructive cluster of blazes in California history was far from over, the smoky skies started to clear in some places. People were being allowed to go back to homes in areas no longer in harm's way, and the number of those under evacuation orders was down to 75,000 from nearly 100,000 the day before.

Many began to take the first steps toward rebuilding their lives.

"This is my home I'm going to come back without question," said Howard Lasker, 56, who returned Sunday with his daughter to view their torched house in Santa Rosa. "I have to rebuild. I want to rebuild."

Although the weather was still hot and dry Monday, calmer winds and the possibility of rain later in the week should help crews tamp down fires, said Scott Rowe, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He predicted a quarter-inch (0.6 centimeters) would fall in Sonoma and Napa counties late Thursday.

"Any sort of moisture is welcome at this point," he said. "In terms of fire, the weather outlook is looking to be improving."

The blazes were blamed for at least 40 deaths and destroyed some 5,700 homes and other structures. The death toll could climb as searchers dig through the ruins for people listed as missing. Hundreds were unaccounted for, though authorities said many of them are probably safe but haven't let anyone know.

In hard-hit Sonoma County, Sheriff Rob Giordano said authorities have located 1,560 of the more than 1,700 once listed as missing. Many of those names were put on the list after people called from out of state to say they couldn't reach a friend or relative.

Authorities said they will not let people return home until it is safe and utilities are restored. Pacific Gas and Electric Company said it expects to restore power and gas to the area by late Monday.

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AMR Activates Disaster Response Teams from Across the U.S. to Help with Devastating Northern California Wildfires

JEMS - News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 14:12

SACRAMENTO ― American Medical Response (AMR) has deployed disaster response teams from California and across the United States in support of the disastrous wildfires plaguing Northern California. AMR is also mobilizing teams to provide emergency assistance through its agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). AMR’s National Command Center was activated on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 and will remain functional throughout the entire deployment.

Briefing and pass down with Sonoma County AMR and Stanislaus/San Joaquin Strike Team.

AMR’s California operations have already deployed 36 ambulances, including 4 critical care units, and 72 crews to support the Sonoma area. AMR California also deployed 12 ambulances and 24 crews to the Napa region. Current Sonoma Operations is deploying full staffing of 13 ambulances plus two additional surge units and Napa Operations is deploying full staffing of 8 ambulances plus two additional surge units.

In addition to the California-based resources and hundreds of AMR employees that have already responded to the disaster, AMR, in partnership with our disaster response network providers across the United States, have deployed additional resources: 100 ground ambulances, 200 crews (paramedics and EMTs) from across the United States, 15 paratransit vehicles, Operations Incident Management Team (IMT) and Communications team members.

To ensure AMR’s California 911 systems are not impacted, FEMA resources and personnel will be brought in from out of state, and AMR’s in-state resources will remain under the direction and control of local EMS agencies and the State of California.

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AMR Activates Disaster Response Teams from Across the U.S. to Help with Devastating Northern California Wildfires

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 14:12

SACRAMENTO ― American Medical Response (AMR) has deployed disaster response teams from California and across the United States in support of the disastrous wildfires plaguing Northern California. AMR is also mobilizing teams to provide emergency assistance through its agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). AMR’s National Command Center was activated on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 and will remain functional throughout the entire deployment.

Briefing and pass down with Sonoma County AMR and Stanislaus/San Joaquin Strike Team.

AMR’s California operations have already deployed 36 ambulances, including 4 critical care units, and 72 crews to support the Sonoma area. AMR California also deployed 12 ambulances and 24 crews to the Napa region. Current Sonoma Operations is deploying full staffing of 13 ambulances plus two additional surge units and Napa Operations is deploying full staffing of 8 ambulances plus two additional surge units.

In addition to the California-based resources and hundreds of AMR employees that have already responded to the disaster, AMR, in partnership with our disaster response network providers across the United States, have deployed additional resources: 100 ground ambulances, 200 crews (paramedics and EMTs) from across the United States, 15 paratransit vehicles, Operations Incident Management Team (IMT) and Communications team members.

To ensure AMR’s California 911 systems are not impacted, FEMA resources and personnel will be brought in from out of state, and AMR’s in-state resources will remain under the direction and control of local EMS agencies and the State of California.

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Flirtey Partners with Pioneering Ambulance Service to Launch First Emergency Drone Delivery Program in United States

JEMS - News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 13:59

RENO, Nev. -- Flirtey, the leading drone delivery service, and REMSA, a community-integrated emergency medical services provider, today announced a partnership to launch the first automated external defibrillator (AED) drone delivery service in the United States.

Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of natural death in America, with more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cases each year, according to the American Heart Association. For every minute that a victim of cardiac arrest waits to receive defibrillation, their odds of survival decrease by about 10 percent. By using drones to deliver AEDs, Flirtey's technology will increase the odds of surviving cardiac arrest and ultimately save lives.

Through the partnership, when REMSA's 9-1-1 communications center receives a cardiac arrest call, in addition to dispatching an ambulance, a Flirtey drone, carrying an AED will soon also be dispatched to the scene of the emergency. Research shows that timely defibrillation drastically increases the odds of survival for cardiac arrest victims. By delivering an AED to the scene of a cardiac arrest within minutes of a 9-1-1 call being received, Flirtey and REMSA will decrease the time that passes between a 9-1-1 call being placed and the application of an AED to the victim, increasing their odds of survival.

"Our mission is to save lives and change lifestyles by making delivery instant and partnering with REMSA is another huge step towards this goal," said Flirtey CEO Matthew Sweeny. "We have the ability to deliver lifesaving aid into the hands of people who need it – why aren't we as a society doing it already? This is one of the most important uses of drone delivery technology, and we believe that by democratizing access to this lifesaving aid, our technology will save more than a million lives over the decades to come."

Emergency response times for ambulances can vary depending on their distance from the victim, traffic and call volume. Flirtey's delivery drones will be able to fly directly to the victim and deliver critical aid efficiently and with precision – allowing bystanders to begin administering care while they wait for paramedics to arrive.

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Get Ahead of Stroke Campaign Debuts App to Help EMS Assess Stroke Severity

JEMS - News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 13:48

Fairfax, Va. — The Get Ahead of Stroke campaign has debuted an app to help EMS first responders transport and triage patients quickly to stroke centers equipped to treat severe strokes.

Called Stroke Scales for EMS, the app is designed to assist first responders in assessing stroke severity in emergency situations and, in cases of severe stroke, transport patients to neuroendovascular-ready stroke facilities.

“Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability nationwide. This app will help first responders quickly and accurately identify cases of severe stroke so they can transport patients to appropriate treatment right away,” said Dr. Blaise Baxter, a neurointerventional radiologist and the President of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery.

To determine how to properly triage a patient experiencing a stroke, first responders and emergency personnel can use the app to assess the severity of the stroke through one of several “stroke scales.” These scales measure certain physical indicators that can point to a patient having a large vessel occlusion, including the ability to squeeze and release a hand, control eye movement, make facial expressions, feel a pin prick and more. Based on results from the stroke scale, the app recommends the type of facility where a stroke patient can receive appropriate treatment.

The app is available for download on the iOS App Store and Google Play.

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