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Missouri Firefighter/Paramedics Ditch Ambulance to Get Patient to Hospital

JEMS - News - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 07:26

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (FOX 2 NOW) - A photo of two metro firefighter paramedics on the job is getting thousands of 'likes' and shares on social media. The men pushed a patient nearly a mile up an icy hill to get her to the hospital after their ambulance got stuck on ice.

It happened during Sunday morning's ice event. The two men, Jonathan Stillpass and Shaylor Taetz, both work for the Maryland Heights Fire Department. They said their ambulance lost traction on the ice Sunday morning and hit a guardrail. The two had no idea someone snapped the photo of them pushing the patient up the icy hill.

The two said the patient was very sweet and thankful for their help. They told Fox 2 it's been nice to read all of the positive feedback people have left on the photo, thanking them for their hard work. They said they are just happy the patient got the treatment she needed.

 

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Video: Paramedics in South Africa Rescue Baby in Storm Drain

JEMS - News - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 06:31

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Rescue workers in South Africa pulled a newborn baby from a storm drain in a four-hour operation that ended with whoops and cheers from onlookers.

Rescue Care Paramedics, one of the groups that helped to extricate the infant girl in Durban, says it is unclear why the baby was "dumped" and that police are investigating.

The group says emergency responders went to the scene on Monday after residents heard a baby crying from deep inside the concrete storm drain. It says the area was dug up and a chisel and hammer were used to break into the drain.

Video shows a rescuer lifting the baby to a colleague standing above a pit as people celebrate the successful rescue. South African media say the infant is being treated in a hospital.

 

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Nine Injured after Truck Strikes Crowd on California Sidewalk

JEMS - News - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 10:37

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Witnesses and emergency responders lifted a pickup truck off people trapped when a driver plowed into a crowd on a sidewalk in Southern California early Sunday, injuring at least nine, authorities said.

Police arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs after the truck crashed into a popular area of Fullerton filled with people leaving bars and restaurants shortly before closing time.

"It was a very chaotic scene," police Lt. Jon Radus said.

The Toyota Tacoma jumped the curb, struck people and then crashed into a tree, Radus said. Some of the victims were trapped under the truck.

"One of the girls was screaming, 'Help, help!'" bystander Sohrab Gill said. "I saw some blood coming out of her nose."

Injuries ranged from moderate to critical and the victims are between 18 and 49 years old, the Orange County Register reported.

Christopher Solis of Anaheim was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI causing great bodily injury. It wasn't known if he has an attorney.

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This story has been clarified to show police believe the suspect was under the influence of drugs, not alcohol.

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Nine Injured after Truck Strikes Crowd on California Sidewalk

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 10:37

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Witnesses and emergency responders lifted a pickup truck off people trapped when a driver plowed into a crowd on a sidewalk in Southern California early Sunday, injuring at least nine, authorities said.

Police arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs after the truck crashed into a popular area of Fullerton filled with people leaving bars and restaurants shortly before closing time.

"It was a very chaotic scene," police Lt. Jon Radus said.

The Toyota Tacoma jumped the curb, struck people and then crashed into a tree, Radus said. Some of the victims were trapped under the truck.

"One of the girls was screaming, 'Help, help!'" bystander Sohrab Gill said. "I saw some blood coming out of her nose."

Injuries ranged from moderate to critical and the victims are between 18 and 49 years old, the Orange County Register reported.

Christopher Solis of Anaheim was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI causing great bodily injury. It wasn't known if he has an attorney.

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This story has been clarified to show police believe the suspect was under the influence of drugs, not alcohol.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

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Istanbul Building Collapse Death Toll Rises

JEMS - News - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 09:35

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's interior minister says the death toll from a collapsed apartment building in Istanbul has risen to 21.

Minister Suleyman Soylu spoke late Saturday, saying those who made "mistakes" would be held accountable. The eight-story building in the city's Kartal district collapsed on Wednesday.

Rescue workers remain at the site and it is unclear how many more people are missing. The collapsed building had 14 apartments, 43 registered residents and three businesses.

Thirteen people pulled from the rubble have been hospitalized and seven remain in intensive care. Chief Doctor Recep Demirhan says that two are in very serious condition, according to Turkey's official Anadolu news agency.

Officials have said the top two floors of the building were built illegally using low quality construction materials.

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Istanbul Building Collapse Death Toll Rises

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 09:35

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's interior minister says the death toll from a collapsed apartment building in Istanbul has risen to 21.

Minister Suleyman Soylu spoke late Saturday, saying those who made "mistakes" would be held accountable. The eight-story building in the city's Kartal district collapsed on Wednesday.

Rescue workers remain at the site and it is unclear how many more people are missing. The collapsed building had 14 apartments, 43 registered residents and three businesses.

Thirteen people pulled from the rubble have been hospitalized and seven remain in intensive care. Chief Doctor Recep Demirhan says that two are in very serious condition, according to Turkey's official Anadolu news agency.

Officials have said the top two floors of the building were built illegally using low quality construction materials.

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Approximately 100 Injured in Barcelona Train Crash

JEMS - News - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 08:48

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Two passenger trains rammed head-on into each other on a track near Barcelona on Friday, killing one person and injuring about 100 others, most of them slightly, authorities said.

The commuter trains collided in the evening between the towns of Sant Vicenc de Castellet and Manresa, northwest of Barcelona, emergency services for the region of Catalonia said in a tweet. Three of the injured passengers were in serious condition. Around 100 others escaped injury, officials said.

One train was heading to Barcelona and the other was going to Manresa, in northeastern Spain, when they ran into each other on the same track.

Images broadcast on Catalan public broadcaster TV3 showed the torn metal where the two trains slammed into each other, along with passengers who had evacuated on the side of the tracks.

Antonio Carmona, spokesman for state train operator RENFE, said "the information we have is that there was a frontal collision."

A passenger reported the crash at 6:20 p.m. (1720 GMT), emergency services said.

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Approximately 100 Injured in Barcelona Train Crash

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 08:48

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Two passenger trains rammed head-on into each other on a track near Barcelona on Friday, killing one person and injuring about 100 others, most of them slightly, authorities said.

The commuter trains collided in the evening between the towns of Sant Vicenc de Castellet and Manresa, northwest of Barcelona, emergency services for the region of Catalonia said in a tweet. Three of the injured passengers were in serious condition. Around 100 others escaped injury, officials said.

One train was heading to Barcelona and the other was going to Manresa, in northeastern Spain, when they ran into each other on the same track.

Images broadcast on Catalan public broadcaster TV3 showed the torn metal where the two trains slammed into each other, along with passengers who had evacuated on the side of the tracks.

Antonio Carmona, spokesman for state train operator RENFE, said "the information we have is that there was a frontal collision."

A passenger reported the crash at 6:20 p.m. (1720 GMT), emergency services said.

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Acadian Companies Promotes Asbel Montes to Senior Vice President

JEMS - News - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 11:05

February 8, 2019 — Asbel Montes has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Innovation at Acadian Companies.

Montes joined Acadian in 2009 and oversees Acadian’s revenue cycle management, contract management, business office process improvements and government relations for state and federal reimbursement policy initiatives. He has previously served as the vice president of Acadian Client Services and vice president of governmental relations.

He is a member of the American Ambulance Association, has served on its board of directors and is currently co-chair of the Payment Reform Steering Committee. Montes is also on the board of the Louisiana Ambulance Alliance.

Chairman & CEO Richard Zuschlag said, “Asbel is a respected thought leader on reimbursement initiatives within the industry and is a requested speaker at many conferences. He has also been asked to testify as an expert witness before federal and state health committees regarding ambulance reimbursement.”

Since 1971, Acadian Companies has been dedicated to providing the highest level of emergency medical care and transportation possible. The company has expanded to include a diverse suite of services designed to offer the very best support and education in health, safety, security, education and transportation.

 

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Fire at Brazilian Soccer Team Complex Kills 10

JEMS - News - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 07:08

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A fire tore through the sprawling training complex of one of Brazil's biggest soccer clubs Friday, killing 10 people and leaving three teenagers injured, firefighters said.

Firefighters were called in just after 5 a.m. to battle a blaze at the Ninho de Urubu training ground of the Flamengo soccer club in Rio de Janeiro's western region, a fire official told The Associated Press.

There was no word yet on the cause of the fire.

"Flamengo is in mourning" the team posted on its Twitter account.

The ages and identities of those killed were not released but the three injured were 14, 15 and 16 years old, the fire official said. The injured were taken to local hospitals and their conditions were not immediately known, said the official, who asked his name not be used due to his agency's rules.

Local media reported that the fire started in a dorm where youth soccer players sleep. The fire official said that could not be confirmed.

Messages to Flamengo officials were not immediately answered.

Aerial images from Globo TV showed firefighters walking through a charred area with smoke emerging.

Outside the complex, an Associated Press reporter saw two ambulances and a fire truck enter. The facility was closed, and no officials had come out to address media.

Family members, friends and neighbors were gathering outside in hopes of getting information.

Jefferson Rodrigues, who runs a small inn near the club, said he had reached a 15-year-old player he had befriended.

"I am very happy. I just spoke to Caix Suarez and he is alive," said Rodrigues, adding that the youth told him he ran when he saw the flames in the morning. "He lost his phone, and all of his things, but the important thing is he is alive."

Joao Pedro da Cruz, a 16-year-old player in the Flamengo youth league, told G1 news portal that he decided not to stay the night at the facility Thursday because the team wasn't going to train on Friday. Instead, he went to a friend's house.

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Fire at Brazilian Soccer Team Complex Kills 10

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 07:08

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A fire tore through the sprawling training complex of one of Brazil's biggest soccer clubs Friday, killing 10 people and leaving three teenagers injured, firefighters said.

Firefighters were called in just after 5 a.m. to battle a blaze at the Ninho de Urubu training ground of the Flamengo soccer club in Rio de Janeiro's western region, a fire official told The Associated Press.

There was no word yet on the cause of the fire.

"Flamengo is in mourning" the team posted on its Twitter account.

The ages and identities of those killed were not released but the three injured were 14, 15 and 16 years old, the fire official said. The injured were taken to local hospitals and their conditions were not immediately known, said the official, who asked his name not be used due to his agency's rules.

Local media reported that the fire started in a dorm where youth soccer players sleep. The fire official said that could not be confirmed.

Messages to Flamengo officials were not immediately answered.

Aerial images from Globo TV showed firefighters walking through a charred area with smoke emerging.

Outside the complex, an Associated Press reporter saw two ambulances and a fire truck enter. The facility was closed, and no officials had come out to address media.

Family members, friends and neighbors were gathering outside in hopes of getting information.

Jefferson Rodrigues, who runs a small inn near the club, said he had reached a 15-year-old player he had befriended.

"I am very happy. I just spoke to Caix Suarez and he is alive," said Rodrigues, adding that the youth told him he ran when he saw the flames in the morning. "He lost his phone, and all of his things, but the important thing is he is alive."

Joao Pedro da Cruz, a 16-year-old player in the Flamengo youth league, told G1 news portal that he decided not to stay the night at the facility Thursday because the team wasn't going to train on Friday. Instead, he went to a friend's house.

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Teen Rescued from Building Collapse in Istanbul

JEMS - News - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 07:04

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish rescue workers on Friday pulled out a 16-year-old boy from the rubble of an eight-story apartment building in Istanbul two days after it collapsed, Turkey's interior minister said.

The teenager was immediately hospitalized, Suleyman Soylu told reporters at the scene. There was no information on his condition.

His rescue raised the number of people who have been pulled out of the wreckage to 14. Eleven bodies were recovered.

JEMS: Several Rescued from Istanbul Building Collapse

The building, in Istanbul's mostly-residential Kartal district on the Asian side of the city, crashed down on Wednesday. The cause of the collapse was under investigation.

Friends and relatives waited near the wreckage for news of their missing loved ones as emergency teams, aided by sniffer dogs, worked around the clock to reach possible survivors.

Officials have not disclosed how many people are unaccounted for, and it is not clear if rescuers hope to find any more survivors.

The building had 14 apartments with 43 registered residents.

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Teen Rescued from Building Collapse in Istanbul

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 07:04

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish rescue workers on Friday pulled out a 16-year-old boy from the rubble of an eight-story apartment building in Istanbul two days after it collapsed, Turkey's interior minister said.

The teenager was immediately hospitalized, Suleyman Soylu told reporters at the scene. There was no information on his condition.

His rescue raised the number of people who have been pulled out of the wreckage to 14. Eleven bodies were recovered.

JEMS: Several Rescued from Istanbul Building Collapse

The building, in Istanbul's mostly-residential Kartal district on the Asian side of the city, crashed down on Wednesday. The cause of the collapse was under investigation.

Friends and relatives waited near the wreckage for news of their missing loved ones as emergency teams, aided by sniffer dogs, worked around the clock to reach possible survivors.

Officials have not disclosed how many people are unaccounted for, and it is not clear if rescuers hope to find any more survivors.

The building had 14 apartments with 43 registered residents.

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Study Finds Uber Reduces Ambulance Use

JEMS - News - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 06:28

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (FOX 59) - First responders are sounding the alarm after learning some Hoosiers are calling for an Uber or Lyft instead of an ambulance during a suspected emergency.

A recent study by the University of Kansas found when Uber came to a city, ambulance usage dropped by at least 7 percent. The study read, "Many have now started to seek alternate, cheaper transport to the emergency room in the form of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft."

Brian Rasmussen can vouch for that. Over the past two years driving around the City for Uber, he has seen just about every type of person sit in his back seat.

Did UberX Reduce Ambulance Volume?
Leon Moskatel and David Slusky, University of Kansas

 

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Park Police Investigate Helicopter Buzzing Skaters on Reflecting Pool

JEMS - News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:41

WASHINGTON (ABC7) — When a group of skaters took advantage of the frozen surface of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool last week, a U.S. Park Police helicopter flew down and buzzed them off the ice.

Skating on the reflecting pool ice is prohibited, but many are questioning the pilot’s enforcer tactics.

In a statement, Park Police said the pilot’s actions appeared to be inappropriate. An internal investigation has been started.

 

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Man Arrested after Vandalizing U.S. Flag on FDNY Ambulance

JEMS - News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:05

EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan (WABC) - A man is under arrest after officials say he vandalized an American flag that was proudly displayed on an FDNY ambulance in Manhattan.

The incident happened Jan. 25 around 2:30 p.m. in the East Village and was caught on video.

 

The ambulance was parked on East 9th Street and Second Avenue. When paramedics returned to the vehicle, they found the flag had been cut in two pieces and was thrown on the street.

 

 

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Several Rescued from Istanbul Building Collapse

JEMS - News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 08:07

ISTANBUL (AP) — A 5-year-old girl was rescued from the rubble of the eight-story apartment building in Istanbul on Thursday, raising the number of survivors of the collapsed structure to 13. At least three people have been found dead.

The girl, Havva Tekgoz, was pulled from the debris about 18 hours after the building in the mostly residential Kartal district, on the Asian side of the city, collapsed. She was carried to a waiting ambulance on a stretcher with her neck in a brace, as one person in a crowd of onlookers chanted "God is great!"

Overnight, emergency services also rescued a 9-year old boy.

Photos: Istanbul Building Collapse

Authorities haven't disclosed how many people remain unaccounted for. The building had 14 apartments with 43 people registered as residents.

Murat Kurum, the environment and urbanization minister, told reporters at the scene that some apartments had guests at the time of the collapse, without providing details.

Kurum said the emergency teams are still "receiving sounds" suggesting signs of life from the under the rubble.

Istanbul Gov. Ali Yerlikaya said earlier that three of the injured were in serious condition.

"All our prayers, all our hearts are with them," Yerlikaya said in reference to people who may still be trapped. "We are continuing with our search and rescue efforts so that we can deliver good news (about survivors)."

The cause of the collapse was under investigation but officials said the top three floors had been illegally built.

Authorities evacuated seven surrounding buildings and one was under serious risk of collapse. The rescue operation was interrupted three times over fears that it might fall and harm rescuers, Yerlikaya said.

CCTV footage shows moment multi-storey building collapses in Istanbul, Global News

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Several Rescued from Istanbul Building Collapse

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 08:07

ISTANBUL (AP) — A 5-year-old girl was rescued from the rubble of the eight-story apartment building in Istanbul on Thursday, raising the number of survivors of the collapsed structure to 13. At least three people have been found dead.

The girl, Havva Tekgoz, was pulled from the debris about 18 hours after the building in the mostly residential Kartal district, on the Asian side of the city, collapsed. She was carried to a waiting ambulance on a stretcher with her neck in a brace, as one person in a crowd of onlookers chanted "God is great!"

Overnight, emergency services also rescued a 9-year old boy.

Photos: Istanbul Building Collapse

Authorities haven't disclosed how many people remain unaccounted for. The building had 14 apartments with 43 people registered as residents.

Murat Kurum, the environment and urbanization minister, told reporters at the scene that some apartments had guests at the time of the collapse, without providing details.

Kurum said the emergency teams are still "receiving sounds" suggesting signs of life from the under the rubble.

Istanbul Gov. Ali Yerlikaya said earlier that three of the injured were in serious condition.

"All our prayers, all our hearts are with them," Yerlikaya said in reference to people who may still be trapped. "We are continuing with our search and rescue efforts so that we can deliver good news (about survivors)."

The cause of the collapse was under investigation but officials said the top three floors had been illegally built.

Authorities evacuated seven surrounding buildings and one was under serious risk of collapse. The rescue operation was interrupted three times over fears that it might fall and harm rescuers, Yerlikaya said.

CCTV footage shows moment multi-storey building collapses in Istanbul, Global News

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West Virginia Deputy 911 Director Suspended Over Facebook Post

JEMS - News - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 10:33

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — An emergency services director in West Virginia says a deputy director has been suspended after a post on social media about a proposed border wall drew outrage.

News outlets report Raleigh County 911 director John Zilinski says in a statement that deputy director Mark Wilson was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

Wilson's Facebook post shows a photo of a man in front of decapitated heads on a wall. The caption reads, "Be thankful Donald Trump is building the wall! Mine would look more like this." The photo shows the heads of people who are dark skinned and of non-European descent.

Trump has requested $5.7 billion to build about 235 miles (375 kilometers) of steel barriers along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Wilson didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday.

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