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One Dead, 15 Injured in North Carolina Explosion

JEMS - News - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 12:29

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A gas explosion that partially collapsed a North Carolina building and set it ablaze Wednesday morning killed one person and injured more than a dozen others, police said.

Police cars blocked the streets near the explosion in downtown Durham and a thick, acrid smoke hung over the shopping district created from remodeled tobacco warehouses. At least two ladder trucks sprayed blasts of water into the smoldering rubble nearly two hours after the explosion.

Durham Police Department spokesman Wil Glenn said a contractor boring under a sidewalk hit a 2-inch gas line, triggering the explosion. One person was killed and 15 people were taken to area hospitals, Glenn said at a news conference. One firefighter was seriously injured, he said.

Jim Rogalski, a Duke University employee who works in an office directly across the street, told the News & Observer that roughly 100 people in the office watched as the explosion blew windows off the side of their building.

"People were sitting at their desks and ceiling tiles were falling," he told the newspaper. "Stuff flew off shelves. You could barely see for 25 feet from all the dust. People were screaming."

Blocks away, the blast shattered windows and blew at least one door off its hinges in the nearby Brightleaf shopping district. Ed Rains was on a nearby street and couldn't see the blast but heard it. "I thought someone had dropped a dumpster on the street," he said.

Students from the nearby Durham School of the Arts were evacuated and classes dismissed for the day.

Al Donaldson, a teacher at the school, was walking through a hallway when he heard a loud noise, sparking concern among faculty and students. He was in a school building about two blocks from the blast on the sprawling campus.

"There was a loud bang. It was concerning. We didn't know the origin at the time," he said. "I was in the hallway so I didn't so much feel it shake as experiencing a jarring sound."

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Failed Contract Leaves Tennessee County to Create Ambulance Service

JEMS - News - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 08:42

UNICOI COUNTY (WJHL) - Unicoi County leaders are considering creating their own ambulance service after a long-debated contract with their current provider abruptly fell through last week.  

On Tuesday, the Unicoi County Ambulance Committee met for the first time since MedicOne Medical Response told commissioners they would not be able to meet the staffing levels required under their new contract. 

MedicOne CEO Jim Reeves said in an email to commissioners that the company would continue to provide EMS service while local leaders decide what's next. 

Amid high stakes, the solution that seemed to stand out was a pitch to create an ambulance service from the ground up, an option that's been put on the back burner in the Town of Erwin for about a year, even after the locality received a grant to put towards the joint effort. MORE

 

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Detroit EMT Talks About Attacks on the Job

JEMS - News - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 06:33

DETROIT (WXYZ) — EMT’s have been under attack, and their job is to try and save lives, not have their lives put in danger.

Joshua Bradley is an EMT for the city of Detroit. He says after he was attacked over the weekend he’s now concerned for his life and the lives of other EMT's. He says more needs to be done to make sure his life and others won’t be put in harm so they can do their job.

"It’s scary for sure," Bradley said. "You’re trying to get home to your family, you’re trying to do your job, you're trying to help people." MORE

 

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Announcement of 2019 National EMS Weekend of Honor and Honorees

JEMS - News - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 18:58

Washington, D.C. – The National EMS Memorial Service (NEMSMS), the National EMS Memorial Foundation and the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride (NEMSMBR) will pay tribute to twenty-six EMS fallen from across the United States during the 2019 National EMS Weekend of Honor, scheduled May 17-19 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center located at 201 Waterfront St., Oxon Hill, MD 20745. The list of honorees from thirteen states can be found on the NEMSMS website.

There will be several activities during the three days including two events that the public and media are invited and encouraged to attend as a show of support for the selfless service and sacrifice of the twenty-six 2019 honorees. On Friday afternoon, May 17, 2019 the arrival and tribute ceremony of the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride will occur. The riders will be arriving at the National Harbor Plaza. Then on Saturday evening, May 18, 2019 the National EMS Memorial Service, a formal ceremony to honor fallen EMS and air medical professionals, will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.

The NEMSMS’s annual Line-of-Duty Death Seminar will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and is open to all who serve in EMS, Air Medical, Fire Service, or Law Enforcement and is offered at no cost to participants. Chaplains and other support personnel are also invited to participate. Registration is required and can be completed online.

The National EMS Weekend of Honor coincides with the beginning of National EMS Week, which will be May 19-25. Jana Williams, president of the National EMS Memorial Service shared her thoughts on the Service, “We are honored to commemorate the 26 first responders who have made the Ultimate Sacrifice in the service to others. As we prepare for this year’s Weekend of Honor, we will not only pay the respects of this great nation for their brave and selfless service but also show our support to their loved ones who have been left behind.”

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Richmond Ambulance Authority Aims to Prevent First Responder Suicides

JEMS - News - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 14:08

Richmond Ambulance Authority - The Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA) is hoping to help remove a dangerous stigma among first responders. For years emergency personnel have struggled with the notion that it’s weak to ask for help if you’re struggling with stress. The organization recently started circulating a new video in hopes of removing that stigma by communicating the importance of getting help and the strength it takes to reach out. While the video promotes programs that are available at RAA to help its providers, it also highlights resources available to any first responder. Studies have shown that first responders contemplate and commit suicide at rates higher than the national average.

 

A 2016 Fitch and Associates study found that 37% of first responders have contemplated suicide and 6.6% have attempted. 10 times the national average.

RAA launched a Peer Support program earlier this year. The program was created as another tool to help paramedics and EMTs deal with the day to day stresses that come with the job. Last fall staff members were led by James Hyde with Peer Support Central as he helped come up with ways to build RAA’s Peer Support team and teach a train the trainer course. Hyde has over 30 years experience. He has been a peer, directed Peer Support programs, and worked with first responders and military around the world as they built their own Peer Support programs.

RAA’s Peer Support program will help its providers cope with day to day stress both at work and at home. The well-being of RAA’s Paramedics and EMTs is a top priority and the Peer Support program is aimed at helping the organization achieve that goal. Stress related illnesses are also higher in the first responder community than they are in the general population. While that has been recognized, many agencies do not have any resources for their providers beyond an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). By creating a Peer Support team, RAA is doing more.

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Another Way To Say It

EMScapades Cartoon - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 08:51
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ISIS-Inspired Man Plotted Truck Attack at Maryland’s National Harbor

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 06:45

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — Federal prosecutors say a man inspired by the Islamic State group stole a U-Haul truck with plans to drive it into a crowd at National Harbor, the popular dining and entertainment hang out just outside of Washington, D.C.

The allegation was made in a court filing Monday as prosecutors in Maryland urged a judge to keep the defendant, Rondell Henry, 28, detained on a charge of driving a stolen vehicle across state lines.

Authorities say Henry admitted that he wanted to create "panic and chaos" and that his plans for a truck attack were modeled after a deadly attack in Nice, France in July 2016..

Prosecutors say Henry told officers he was "just going to keep driving and driving and driving" and didn't plan on stopping.

"For two years, the defendant has harbored 'hatred' (in his words) for 'disbelievers' who do not practice the Muslim faith," prosecutors wrote in a motion for detention filed on Monday. "Seeking out and watching videos of foreign terrorists beheading civilians and fighting overseas, the defendant considered these gruesome actions brave and wanted to emulate them."

Prosecutors said in a filing Monday that Henry walked off his computer engineering job on March 26 in the middle of the day "determined to walk down the extremist path." They said he recognized his four-door sedan would not "cause the catastrophic damage that he desired," so he drove around the D.C. area looking for a larger vehicle to steal. They said he found a U-Haul van and stole it, before driving around and "assessing target locations" he had already decided would attract substantial media coverage.

According to court documents, the early the next day he went to Dulles International Airport in Virginia to attack, but  "at that early hour, the airport lacked the large number of unloading pedestrians the defendant hoped to find."

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ISIS-Inspired Man Plotted Truck Attack at Maryland’s National Harbor

JEMS - News - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 06:45

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — Federal prosecutors say a man inspired by the Islamic State group stole a U-Haul truck with plans to drive it into a crowd at National Harbor, the popular dining and entertainment hang out just outside of Washington, D.C.

The allegation was made in a court filing Monday as prosecutors in Maryland urged a judge to keep the defendant, Rondell Henry, 28, detained on a charge of driving a stolen vehicle across state lines.

Authorities say Henry admitted that he wanted to create "panic and chaos" and that his plans for a truck attack were modeled after a deadly attack in Nice, France in July 2016..

Prosecutors say Henry told officers he was "just going to keep driving and driving and driving" and didn't plan on stopping.

"For two years, the defendant has harbored 'hatred' (in his words) for 'disbelievers' who do not practice the Muslim faith," prosecutors wrote in a motion for detention filed on Monday. "Seeking out and watching videos of foreign terrorists beheading civilians and fighting overseas, the defendant considered these gruesome actions brave and wanted to emulate them."

Prosecutors said in a filing Monday that Henry walked off his computer engineering job on March 26 in the middle of the day "determined to walk down the extremist path." They said he recognized his four-door sedan would not "cause the catastrophic damage that he desired," so he drove around the D.C. area looking for a larger vehicle to steal. They said he found a U-Haul van and stole it, before driving around and "assessing target locations" he had already decided would attract substantial media coverage.

According to court documents, the early the next day he went to Dulles International Airport in Virginia to attack, but  "at that early hour, the airport lacked the large number of unloading pedestrians the defendant hoped to find."

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Power Lines Fall, Injuring and Trapping Seattle Couple in SUV

JEMS - News - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 06:16

SEATTLE (AP) — A couple says they're lucky to be alive after dozens of power lines fell on the Seattle street they were driving on, with one wooden public utility pole striking their SUV.

"If it had hit the glass rather than the roof, it would have just come through," Tom Cook said in an interview with KOMO-TV . "And the firefighters said the same thing, had it hit to the left or the right, it would have come down on one of us."

He and wife Linda Cook were driving in their Ford Edge on Friday when wooden poles on the west side of the six-lane road started collapsing and one impaled their SUV.

The crash was so sudden that they said they didn't realize what had happened and called out to each because the pole that separated them blocked their view of each other.

"Seeing the photos of the vehicle, if I had seen those photos as a bystander or after the fact and I looked at the photos, I would have said somebody died in the car," Tom Cook said. Live wires were strewn all over the road that abuts Seattle's Museum of Flight and King County's Boeing Field airport.

 

It took about an hour for emergency crews to turn off the power and safely extract the couple from the vehicle.

They were taken to Harborview Medical Center and treated and released the same night. Tom Cook left with five stitches but otherwise they only suffered cuts and bruises.

Seattle City Light said it is investigating what happened and said the poles were fully inspected just three years ago.


Linda and Tom Cook, married 31 years, at home after surviving a highway utility pole crashing onto their car Friday, said they hurt "everywhere" but are happy to be alive, Sunday, April 7, 2019 in SeaTac. Just after the pole hit Linda joked to Tom, "I don't think we're going to trade this in." She added, "It's amazing, a couple inches either way and this would have been dramatically different." (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times via AP)

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Auburn Gymnast Severely Dislocates Both Knees in Floor Exercise

JEMS - News - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 19:28

BATON ROUGE (NOLA.com) - Senior Auburn gymnast Abby Milliet circled up her teammates. The NCAA Regional Semifinal in Baton Rouge was halfway over and one of their fellow Tigers was screaming in agony on the floor.

Senior Samantha Cerio severely injured both of her legs on her first pass as Auburn’s floor exercise anchor. Cerio’s routine uses a handspring double front on that pass, which requires a blind landing.

Graba wasn’t at liberty to discuss the extent of Cerio’s injuries, but sources with preliminary knowledge of the injuries said Cerio dislocated both of her knees and broke both of her legs. An update on Monday determined that she did not break her legs. She did dislocate both knees and tore multiple ligaments in both knees.  MORE

 

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Memorial Honors Those with 9/11-Related Illnesses

JEMS - News - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 10:37

LOWER MANHATTAN, New York (WABC) - The 9/11 Memorial and Museum in Lower Manhattan is designating a pathway to honor those affected by 9/11-related illnesses.

The pathway, called the 9/11 Memorial Glade, will be flanked by six stone monoliths that were installed Saturday.

The stones, weighing 13 to 17 tons each, point skyward to symbolize strength and determination through adversity. MORE

 

 

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Five Dead, Two Hurt in Illinois Fire

JEMS - News - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 10:14

GOODFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say three young children and two adults died in a central Illinois mobile home fire that neighbors called an "inferno."

The Woodford County coroner identified the victims of the blaze as 1-year-old Ariel Wall, 2-year-olds Rose Alwood and Damien Wall, 34-year-old Jason Wall and 69-year-old Kathryn Murray. Coroner Tim Ruestman says he pronounced them dead at 11:55 p.m. Saturday in a mobile home park in the village of Goodfield, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of Peoria.

Two others were treated and released from a Peoria hospital. Ruestman says all seven people were related. He says autopsies found the five deaths were fire-related.

Neighbors said they heard an explosion and screaming. The cause of the fire hasn't been determined. State and local authorities are investigating.

Trailer fire kills five people near Goodfield, Journal Star

Goodfield Deadly Fire, WMBD News

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Cincinnati Firefighters Rescue Crane Operator with Nearly Severed Arm 300 Feet Above the Ground

JEMS - News - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 09:09

CINCINNATI (AP) — A crane operator in Cincinnati had to call 911 for rescue after his arm was partially severed in an accident nearly 300 feet up in the air.

A fire official says the crane operator made the call after a cable sliced underneath his arm Friday.

Rescue crews used a basket to lower the worker.

Authorities say the man lost a lot of blood but was conscious and alert when he was brought down.

The accident happened at a construction site at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.


In this image take from video, Cincinnati Fire Department rescue a worker after his arm was partially severed in an accident nearly 300 feet up in the air, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Cincinnati. A fire official says the crane operator made the call after a cable sliced underneath his arm. (WCPO via AP)

 

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— Cincy Fire & EMS (@CincyFireEMS) April 5, 2019

 

 

At 280 ft or more above the ground the rescue operations will be slow... AC Lakamp is in command of current operations with both of the city’s Heavy Rescue teams and District Ones Dist Chief Arnold. pic.twitter.com/Krz0eStWe6

— Cincy Fire & EMS (@CincyFireEMS) April 5, 2019

 

 

Fire Department members stand at the ready while some work remotely to prepare the victim to his descent to care. Treatment has already began at the top with member providing care under the watchful eye of the fire department medical director on the scene... pic.twitter.com/d3uhU52G1j

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Patient Fights Detroit Medics, Steals Ambulance

JEMS - News - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 07:33

DETROIT (WDIV) - Police recovered a stolen ambulance Sunday night on Detroit's west side.

According to authorities, the ambulance was recovered near the intersection of Plymouth Road and Woodmont Avenue. The ambulance was initially called to Prevost Street on reports of a man who overdosed. While they were taking him to a hospital, the patient fought with the paramedics. 

The patient managed to get gain control of the ambulance and took off. Police used GPS to track down the ambulance, where they found the man still sitting in the front seat.

He has been taken into custody.

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Three Dead in Phoenix Truck, Fire Engine Collision

JEMS - News - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 06:02

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say three people are dead and three firefighters seriously injured after a pickup truck and a fire engine collided at a west Phoenix intersection.

Phoenix police say one of the victims of Sunday morning's crash was a baby that was about 6 months old.

They say a man in the truck was pronounced dead at the scene and a woman and the child both were both pronounced dead at a hospital.

It wasn't immediately clear if the man, woman and child were all related and police didn't release their names.

They say the fire engine was responding to an emergency call at the time of the crash, but no other details were immediately released.

Police say three firefighters are hospitalized in stable condition.

 

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More Precious Than Gold

EMScapades Cartoon - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 11:27
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Body Recovered after Another Grand Canyon Visitor Dies

JEMS - News - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 10:13

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Another visitor has died at Grand Canyon National Park after a man fell 400 feet (122 meters) over the South Rim, authorities said Thursday.

Park rangers responded to a call shortly before noon Wednesday that someone had fallen over the rim. The park's helicopter and technical rescue team recovered the body of a 67-year-old man.

The name and hometown of the man wasn't immediately available.

The National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner are investigating the death, park officials said.

A spokeswoman said it was the first over-the-edge death this year at Grand Canyon National Park, which had 17 fatalities last year.

Two people died at the Grand Canyon late last month in separate incidents that included one man stumbling over the edge of the rim while trying to take pictures at Grand Canyon West, a popular tourist destination on the Hualapai reservation outside the boundaries of the national park.

Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S., drawing nearly 6.4 million visitors last year. Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai reservation gets about 1 million visitors annually.

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Man Killed by Rotor in Florida Helicopter Crash

JEMS - News - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 10:04

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 72-year-old Florida man was killed when the rotor of a helicopter trying to make an emergency landing on a busy highway struck a pickup truck.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the helicopter crashed into a pole while making a hard landing in Tampa on Thursday afternoon.

The agency says Deodat Persaud Gangsapersaud was in a pickup truck being driven by his 35-year-old son Ryan Anthony Persaud when the rotor struck the vehicle. His son wasn't injured but was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Troopers say 38-year-old pilot Bryan Messick and 21-year-old co-pilot Joshua Wells weren't injured.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister says Messick was "highly trained" and that the helicopter had just been serviced.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

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New York Avon Ambulance Ends Service

JEMS - News - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 08:37

AVON, N.Y. (WHEC)- An ambulance service is shutting down just days before it runs out of money.

After 60 years of service, Avon Rotary-Lions Ambulance is closing Saturday at 7 p.m. 

If you've been watching News10NBC for the past week you know we've been investigating the financial crisis facing ambulance services that answer the 911 calls in our community.

News10NBC is exposing the ambulance system's money problems. MORE

 

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D.C. Firefighter Arrested and Fired after Fighting Back Against Patient

JEMS - News - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 06:08

WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) -  A DC firefighter has been arrested and charged with assault after police say he attacked a patient on a gurney inside George Washington Hospital. 

DC Fire and EMS says 26-year-old Theodore Mobley allegedly got into a verbal argument and physical altercation with a female patient at the hospital after transporting the person Tuesday following a medical call. 

Mobley has been charged with simple assault.

DC Fire and EMS says Mobley joined the department in 2011.

They released the following statement on Mobley’s arrest Wednesday: 

“While this incident reflects poorly on the DC Fire and EMS Department, it does not represent our committed members who are providing exceptional and compassionate pre-hospital care to the hundreds of patients who call us for help each and every day.”

 

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