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Inside EMS: NAEMT president addresses paramedic education questions

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Patriots Fans Rescue Stuck Ambulance

JEMS - News - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 06:47

BOSTON (WCVB) - A group of fans helped push an ambulance out of the mud after it became stuck in Boston Common during the New England Patriots' parade.

 

 

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Emergency Room Delays Add to Florida EMS Woes

JEMS - News - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 05:57

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Florida (The Daytona Beach News-Journal) - David McLain awoke to a loud thud.

It came from another room in the house, but even before getting out of bed the South Daytona man knew what had happened.

His 80-year-old mother had fallen before. On this Friday morning in December, she collapsed with more worrisome conditions. She was unresponsive and struggling to breathe.

McLain’s fears quickly turned to relief when city firefighters arrived at his home off U.S. Highway 1 in response to a 911 call. Minutes later, an ambulance arrived. Paramedics loaded his mother into the van and rushed her, still short of breath and disoriented yet conscious and able to communicate, to the hospital.

That’s where Volusia County’s ambulance transport process hit a snag.

 

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South Carolina Community Paramedics Begin Home Visits for Addicts

JEMS - News - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 14:51

PICKENS Co., SC (WSPA) - In the midst of an opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, Pickens County is hoping one new program can help local addicts get clean.

In a special-called meeting Monday night, Pickens County Council heard testimony from Directors of two EMS agencies and one treatment service, asking for formal support of a new Community Outreach Paramedic Education Program, otherwise known as a "COPE" Program.

The program would allow a specially-trained paramedic and one para-support specialist to visit addicts within 3 days after an overdose to offer their support and services.

 

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At Least 10 Dead in Paris Fire

JEMS - News - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 10:47

PARIS (AP) — Paris' deadliest fire in over a decade killed at least 10 people Tuesday as flames engulfed a nine-story apartment building, sending residents to the roof and clambering across balconies to escape.

A 40-year-old woman who lived in the building, said to have a history of psychiatric problems, was arrested nearby and held on suspicion of having set the fire not long before. French police opened a criminal investigation for voluntary arson resulting in death.

Multiple neighbors said they heard the suspect and her neighbor, an off-duty firefighter, arguing over the woman's music before the fire broke out.

Police responding to the dispute stopped by the woman's apartment. The firefighter and his girlfriend told officers they were leaving to sleep elsewhere in peace and thought the neighbor had lost her mind and one day there would be an accident because of her, according to a police report seen by The Associated Press.

In an interview with Le Parisien newspaper, the 22-year-old firefighter said he returned to the building a few minutes later, shortly after midnight, hoping the woman had gone. Instead, he ran into her in the stairwell, which was already beginning to smell of smoke.

"She wished me good luck, telling me that I loved flames," he recalled in the interview.

Another resident later told him the woman put paper and wood in front of his apartment door, the firefighter told Le Parisien, which did not give his name.

Survivors described a chaos of smoke and flames, and the young firefighter said he ran upstairs to try and evacuate the building. One neighbor recalled clambering out of her eighth-floor apartment and over balconies to reach safety.

"I climbed across several balconies, with nothing beneath, and then was backed into a corner. There were people climbing hand-over-hand to get to where I was and escape the flames," said a resident identified only as Claire, her eyes wide with shock soon after her rescue.

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At Least 10 Dead in Paris Fire

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 10:47

PARIS (AP) — Paris' deadliest fire in over a decade claimed at least 10 lives Tuesday, sending fleeing residents to the roof and clambering across balconies as flames rapidly engulfed their nine-story apartment building.

A 40-year-old female resident of the building, said to have a history of psychiatric problems, was arrested on the street in the hours after the 1 a.m. blaze, as French police opened a criminal investigation into voluntary arson resulting in death.

Officials said the unnamed woman, who is in police custody, was drunk.

Multiple neighbors said they heard the suspect and her neighbor, an off-duty firefighter, arguing over the woman's music before the fire broke out, then heard the woman cry out: "So you're a firefighter? Here's a fire."

Police responding to the dispute between the neighbors, who both live on the third floor, had stopped by the woman's apartment earlier in the night. The firefighter and his girlfriend told officers they were leaving to go sleep elsewhere in peace and warned them that the neighbor had lost her mind and one day there would be an accident because of her, according to a police report seen by the Associated Press.

The blaze originated on the floor that the suspect and firefighter shared. Survivors described a chaos of smoke and flames. One neighbor recalled clambering out of her eighth-floor apartment over balconies.

"I climbed across several balconies, with nothing beneath, and then was backed into a corner. There were people using only the strength of their arms to get to where I was and escape the flames," said a resident identified only as Claire, her eyes wide with shock soon after her rescue.

Another, an off-duty police officer on the third floor, threw on clothes and rang doorbell after doorbell, trying desperately to save his neighbors.

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Explosion Kills One at New Mexico Strip Mall

JEMS - News - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 09:50

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An "improvised explosion" detonated in an alley behind a strip mall in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Monday and killed a man authorities believe was responsible for the device, police said.

Albuquerque Police Chief Michael Geier said at a news conference the blast didn't appear to be linked to any terrorist act but the FBI is investigating. The name of the man killed has not been released and police don't know if he was connected to the shopping center and have yet to determine a motive.

"There is no perceived threat to anybody else," Geier said in a news conference from the scene. "There is no connection to any terrorist act or any activity that we would need to protect the public from."

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also was at the scene.

Geier said no other suspects were under investigation.

He said no direct residents were near the blast but it had a radius of about 246 feet (75 meters) and could be heard around 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) away.

Businesses in the west side mall were evacuated after the explosion early afternoon explosion.

"Our initial concern was this was a gas leak or natural causes, but that was ruled out pretty quickly," Geier said.

He said the explosion destroyed a cement wall and dented a Dumpster behind the shopping center.

No other injuries were reported.

Police officers blocked off the mall, which includes a grocery store, pharmacy and other businesses.

Juan Pablo, a worker at one of the businesses, said the explosion rocked the building.

"I was in the backroom getting a phone for a customer right when I heard everything go off," Pablo told KOB-TV. "It shook the windows."

Firefighters happened to be at the location when they heard a loud noise and investigated.

The blast was being investigated by the Albuquerque Police Department bomb squad and agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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Neighbors Recall California Plane Crash

JEMS - News - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 09:34

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — A small plane shook homes and "sounded like a missile" as it broke apart and rained chunks of metal into a Southern California neighborhood, igniting a house fire that killed four people, witnesses said Monday.

The pilot, a retired Chicago police officer living in Nevada, also died Sunday. Investigators were collecting pieces of the plane that fell into homes across about four blocks in Yorba Linda, a community southeast of Los Angeles.

"The witnesses I've spoken with say that they saw the airplane coming out of the clouds — it was still in one piece — and then they saw the tail breaking off and then the wing breaking off and then something like smoke before the airplane impacted the ground," said Maja Smith, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board.

Those witnesses did not report an explosion while the twin-engine propeller-driven Cessna 414A was in the air, she said.

Antonio Pastini, 75, of Gardnerville, Nevada, was the only person aboard, Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Cory Martino said.

Authorities were trying to identify the people who died in the house, describing them only as two males and two females. Martino said DNA may be required because of the condition of the bodies.

Two other people were hospitalized with moderate injuries, he said.

Yorba Linda resident Dave Elfver said he was getting ready to go to a friend's house to watch the Super Bowl when he heard a whining sound "like a motorcycle going a hundred miles per hour."

"The whole house shook. I thought it was an earthquake, but the whining sound didn't make any sense."

Elfver, 75, said he ran to his backyard and saw a house engulfed in flames. He ran toward it along with a crowd of neighbors, and only then he saw an airplane wing in the street.

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Neighbors Recall California Plane Crash

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 09:34

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — A small plane shook homes and "sounded like a missile" as it broke apart and rained chunks of metal into a Southern California neighborhood, igniting a house fire that killed four people, witnesses said Monday.

The pilot, a retired Chicago police officer living in Nevada, also died Sunday. Investigators were collecting pieces of the plane that fell into homes across about four blocks in Yorba Linda, a community southeast of Los Angeles.

"The witnesses I've spoken with say that they saw the airplane coming out of the clouds — it was still in one piece — and then they saw the tail breaking off and then the wing breaking off and then something like smoke before the airplane impacted the ground," said Maja Smith, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board.

Those witnesses did not report an explosion while the twin-engine propeller-driven Cessna 414A was in the air, she said.

Antonio Pastini, 75, of Gardnerville, Nevada, was the only person aboard, Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Cory Martino said.

Authorities were trying to identify the people who died in the house, describing them only as two males and two females. Martino said DNA may be required because of the condition of the bodies.

Two other people were hospitalized with moderate injuries, he said.

Yorba Linda resident Dave Elfver said he was getting ready to go to a friend's house to watch the Super Bowl when he heard a whining sound "like a motorcycle going a hundred miles per hour."

"The whole house shook. I thought it was an earthquake, but the whining sound didn't make any sense."

Elfver, 75, said he ran to his backyard and saw a house engulfed in flames. He ran toward it along with a crowd of neighbors, and only then he saw an airplane wing in the street.

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Shooting Places University of Maryland Medical Center on Lockdown

JEMS - News - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 09:27

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore hospital went on lockdown Monday after a 24-year-old employee was critically wounded by a gunman near an ambulance bay at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Lt. Col. Kevin Jones of the Baltimore Police Department said the shooter was arrested with a loaded pistol a few blocks away from the hospital. He said the gunman knows the victim — shot in the face and buttocks — but details about a motive were not immediately available.

Police later said 26-year old Jamar Haughton of Baltimore is charged with attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, and several firearm-related charges.

"We just know that they are known acquaintances. We do not know exactly what the relationship is," Jones told reporters outside the trauma unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

The chaotic gun violence happened outside the Baltimore hospital shortly after 7 a.m. Monday. After a brief lockdown, the city medical facility resumed normal operations.

Physician-In-Chief Thomas Scalea said the shooting victim was on life support. He declined to say what the employee's job was other than they worked at the school of medicine. The person's identity was not disclosed.

"This one is as close to home as it has ever been," said Scalea outside the Shock Trauma Center that deals with hundreds of gunshot victims each year.

Jones described the shooting outside the hospital as an "isolated" incident that appeared to be targeted. "At no time was the general public at risk," he said.

Baltimore was able to chip away at its violent crime scourge in 2018, but still exceeded 300 homicides for the fourth year in a row. In 2017, the 342 homicides in the city of roughly 612,000 inhabitants yielded a homicide rate of 56 per 100,000 people, a rate the FBI called well above that of any other large U.S. city.

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Mexico Pipeline Fire Death Toll Rises to 126

JEMS - News - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 09:22

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials say the death toll from a Jan. 18 fire at an illegally tapped pipeline has risen to 126 after more people died of their injuries.

Sixty-eight people died at the scene in the town of Tlahuelilpan in the central state of Hidalgo. The fire erupted after residents gathered to collect gasoline from a leaking tap in a field and a geyser of gasoline ignited.

A total of 81 people were taken to hospitals. In the two weeks since the blast, 58 of them have died and two recovered and were released.

The government of Hidalgo state said Tuesday that 21 injured people remain in hospitals.

The government has launched an offensive against fuel thieves who drill almost 15,000 illegal taps into government pipelines each year.

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Mexico Pipeline Fire Death Toll Rises to 126

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 09:22

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials say the death toll from a Jan. 18 fire at an illegally tapped pipeline has risen to 126 after more people died of their injuries.

Sixty-eight people died at the scene in the town of Tlahuelilpan in the central state of Hidalgo. The fire erupted after residents gathered to collect gasoline from a leaking tap in a field and a geyser of gasoline ignited.

A total of 81 people were taken to hospitals. In the two weeks since the blast, 58 of them have died and two recovered and were released.

The government of Hidalgo state said Tuesday that 21 injured people remain in hospitals.

The government has launched an offensive against fuel thieves who drill almost 15,000 illegal taps into government pipelines each year.

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Boats, Helicopters Deployed for Rescues in Australia Floods

JEMS - News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 14:20

SYDNEY (AP) — Emergency workers are using boats and helicopters to rescue people from flooded parts of northern Australia where forecasts call for more heavy rainfall.

More than 1,100 people had been rescued from their homes on Sunday night and evacuation efforts were continuing Monday.

Queensland state Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk told reporters Monday that more rain in Townsville and the surrounding area over the next two days could cause flash flooding.

The floodgates of the city's dam were opened earlier to prevent the Ross River from breaking its banks, flooding some suburbs.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill had described the rainfall as a "one-in-100-year event" and said Monday, "We're not out of the woods yet."

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Boats, Helicopters Deployed for Rescues in Australia Floods

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 14:20

SYDNEY (AP) — Emergency workers are using boats and helicopters to rescue people from flooded parts of northern Australia where forecasts call for more heavy rainfall.

More than 1,100 people had been rescued from their homes on Sunday night and evacuation efforts were continuing Monday.

Queensland state Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk told reporters Monday that more rain in Townsville and the surrounding area over the next two days could cause flash flooding.

The floodgates of the city's dam were opened earlier to prevent the Ross River from breaking its banks, flooding some suburbs.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill had described the rainfall as a "one-in-100-year event" and said Monday, "We're not out of the woods yet."

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Train Slams into Pickup on Tracks in New Hampshire

JEMS - News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 14:17

CHARLESTOWN, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire say an Amtrak train carrying 74 people slammed into a pickup truck shortly after the driver got out.

Police in Charlestown said the truck had gone over a guardrail and had landed on the railroad tracks on Sunday night. The driver had suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital. Shortly afterward, the Amtrak Vermonter train hit the man's vacated truck.

Police say passengers were removed from the train and taken by bus to the Bellows Falls, Vermont, Amtrak station.

Scattered debris from the crash struck a firetruck, injuring one person inside who was taken to a hospital.

The accident was still under investigation.

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This story has been corrected to show that only one train hit the truck, not two.

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At Least Six Dead in Avalanche in Italian Alps

JEMS - News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 14:09

ROME (AP) — Rescuers on Monday located the bodies of four skiers in Italy's Alps, a day after they went missing, raising the death toll in recent avalanches in the country to six.

The Valdostano Alpine Rescue aircraft, searching for two British and two French skiers who had gone skiing on Sunday in the Veny valley near the resort town of Courmayeur, spotted three of the bodies in early morning. Later in the day, the Italian news agency ANSA quoted Valdostano Alpine Rescue rescue official Paolo Comune as saying searchers had found the body of the fourth skier, a Polish native who resided in Chamonix, France.

On Sunday, two Italian skiers were killed by avalanches — one in the Valle d'Aosta region, the other in the Alto Adige (South Tyrol) region.

Authorities had warned that avalanche danger was high in the Italian Alps over the weekend.

A helicopter of the Valdostano Alpine Rescue corp leaves an helipad in Aosta, Italy, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, to reach the spot where the bodies of three skiers where found. Rescuers have found the bodies of three skiers in Italy's Alps and are searching for a fourth, raising the death toll in recent avalanches in the country to at least five. The Valdostano Alpine Rescue aircraft on Monday, searching for two British and two French skiers who were reported missing a day earlier, spotted three bodies. Dogs were helping in the search. (Thierry Pronesti/ANSA Via AP)

In a non-avalanche fatality, an Italian snowboarder died in a fall in a crevasse Sunday in an off-piste area in the Valtellina Alpine area of Lombardy.

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EMS Physicians Honored with Professional and Research Awards at NAEMSP 2019

JEMS - News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 11:17

Overland Park, KS – The National Association of EMS Physicians® (NAEMSP®) celebrated outstanding professional achievements and research abstracts during the NAEMSP® 2019 Annual Meeting held January 7-12, 2019, at the JW Marriott Austin in Austin, Texas.

RJ Frascone, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, received the Ronald D. Stewart Award for his tireless work on improving EMS response to cardiac arrest, leading some of the most innovative work in resuscitation science over the past decade. This award is presented to a person who has made a lasting, major contribution to the national EMS community. 

Through a variety of projects including leading the Pan-Asian Prehospital Education and Registry (PAPER) project, Hidehara Tanaka, MD, PhD, Kokushikan University, Tokyo, Japan, has introduced principles of effective physician leadership for pre-hospital care as espoused by NAEMSP across all of Asia. His efforts were recognized with the Keith Neely Outstanding Contribution to EMS Award which honors an active or past member of NAEMSP who has provided significant leadership to the association. 

Ritu Sahni, MD, MPH, FAEMS, Lake Oswego, OR, received the Friends of EMS Award in recognition of his work implementing legislation with a direct impact on the practice of EMS medicine. This award is presented to an individual or organization furthering NAEMSP’s mission by helping to influence or implement national public policy.

Scott Bourn, PhD, RN, FACHE, Securisyn Medical, Highlands Ranch, CO; and Michael Redlener, MD, FAEMS, Mount Sinai Health System EMS, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West Department of Emergency Medicine, Chicago, IL received the President’s Award for directing NAEMSP’s first year-long EMS Quality Improvement & Safety Coursewhile also piloting its new learning management system.

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Five Dead, Two Injured when Plane Crashes onto California Home

JEMS - News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 07:26

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — Five people died and two others were injured after a small plane apparently came apart, raining debris across a Southern California neighborhood and igniting a house fire before landing in a backyard, authorities said Sunday.

Photos: Yorba Linda, CA Plane Crash

The male pilot, who was the only person in the twin-engine plane, and four people in the Yorba Linda house that caught fire died Sunday, Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Cory Martino said at a news conference Sunday night. He says the deceased occupants of the home were two males and two females. No other identifying information such as names or ages was immediately released.

The Cessna 414A took off from the Fullerton Municipal Airport about a dozen miles west of the blaze, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.

A two-story house burst into flames after being struck by the main cabin and one engine of the plane, sending panicked neighbors into the streets. The second engine dislodged and fell onto the street, creating a large hole in the asphalt, according to Eliott Simpson, an aviation accident investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board.

"It was a boom. It sounded like something exploded. It shook our house," said John Wolbart, who lives a block away.

He said he ran to the burning house and saw a woman come out with singed hair.

The wounded were taken to a hospital with burn injuries, said Pokey Sanchez, an assistant chief with the Orange County Fire Authority. A firefighter was also treated for a minor injury.

Clint Langford, who lives about a half-mile away, said he was in his living room when he heard a low rumbling.

"It's the eerie, low rumbling sound that keeps getting lower and louder. It was scary," he said. "And then all of a sudden boom. It shook the house."

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Five Dead, Two Injured when Plane Crashes onto California Home

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 07:26

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — Five people died and two others were injured after a small plane apparently came apart, raining debris across a Southern California neighborhood and igniting a house fire before landing in a backyard, authorities said Sunday.

Photos: Yorba Linda, CA Plane Crash

The male pilot, who was the only person in the twin-engine plane, and four people in the Yorba Linda house that caught fire died Sunday, Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Cory Martino said at a news conference Sunday night. He says the deceased occupants of the home were two males and two females. No other identifying information such as names or ages was immediately released.

The Cessna 414A took off from the Fullerton Municipal Airport about a dozen miles west of the blaze, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.

A two-story house burst into flames after being struck by the main cabin and one engine of the plane, sending panicked neighbors into the streets. The second engine dislodged and fell onto the street, creating a large hole in the asphalt, according to Eliott Simpson, an aviation accident investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board.

"It was a boom. It sounded like something exploded. It shook our house," said John Wolbart, who lives a block away.

He said he ran to the burning house and saw a woman come out with singed hair.

The wounded were taken to a hospital with burn injuries, said Pokey Sanchez, an assistant chief with the Orange County Fire Authority. A firefighter was also treated for a minor injury.

Clint Langford, who lives about a half-mile away, said he was in his living room when he heard a low rumbling.

"It's the eerie, low rumbling sound that keeps getting lower and louder. It was scary," he said. "And then all of a sudden boom. It shook the house."

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