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2 Men in a Truck Chase down Texas Church Shooter

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 09:53

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A former National Rifle Association instructor who grabbed his rifle and ran barefoot across the street to open fire on the gunman who slaughtered 26 people at a small-town Texas church was hailed as a hero Monday, along with the pickup truck driver who helped chase the killer down.

Stephen Willeford, 55, said he was at his Sutherland Springs home Sunday when his daughter alerted him that she'd heard gunfire at the First Baptist Church nearby. Willeford said he immediately retrieved his rifle from his weapon safe.

"I kept hearing the shots, one after another, very rapid shots — just 'Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop!' — and I knew every one of those shots represented someone, that it was aimed at someone, that they weren't just random shots," Willeford said Monday during an interview with television stations KHBS/KHOG in Fort Smith and Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Willeford said he loaded his magazine and ran barefoot across the street to the church where he saw gunman Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, and exchanged gunfire.

"He saw me and I saw him," Willeford said. "I was standing behind a pickup truck for cover. I know I hit him. He got into his vehicle, and he fired another couple rounds through his side window. When the window dropped, I fired another round at him again."

As Kelley sped away, Willeford said he ran to a pickup truck stopped an intersection and told the driver, "That guy just shot up the Baptist church. We need to stop him."

The driver, Johnnie Langendorff, said he had been driving to Sutherland Springs on Sunday to pick up his girlfriend when a man who'd been exchanging gunfire with Kelley suddenly landed inside his truck.

"He jumped in my truck and said, 'He just shot up the church, we need to go get him.' And I said, 'Let's go,'" Langendorff, a 27-year-old Seguin resident, told The Associated Press on Monday, adding that the ensuing pursuit eventually clocked speeds upwards of 90 mph.

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Gunman Kills 26 at South Texas Church

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 09:33

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A gunman dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a small South Texas church, killing 26 people in an attack that claimed tight-knit neighbors and multiple family members ranging in age from 5 to 72 years old.

Once the shooting started Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a town of about 400 people, there was likely "no way" for congregants to escape, said Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr. Officials said about 20 others were wounded.

"He just walked down the center aisle, turned around and my understanding was shooting on his way back out," said Tackitt, who said the gunman also carried a handgun but that he didn't know if it was fired. Tackitt described the scene as "terrible."

"It's unbelievable to see children, men and women, laying there. Defenseless people," he said.

Tackitt told CNN on Monday morning that the gunman's former in-laws attended services at the church "from time to time" but weren't in attendance Sunday.

Texas officials confirmed the suspect as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26. They said he lived in New Braunfels, which is about 35 miles north of the Sutherland Springs church. Sutherland Springs

A U.S. official told The Associated Press that Kelley didn't appear to be linked to organized terrorist groups. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to discuss the investigation.

Investigators were looking at social media posts Kelley made in the days before the attack, including one that appeared to show an AR-15 semi-automatic weapon.

Kelley received a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force for assaulting his spouse and child, and was sentenced to 12 months' confinement after a 2012 court-martial. Kelley served in Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until his 2014 discharge, Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said.

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Gunman Kills 26 at South Texas Church

JEMS - News - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 09:33

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A gunman dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a small South Texas church, killing 26 people in an attack that claimed tight-knit neighbors and multiple family members ranging in age from 5 to 72 years old.

Once the shooting started Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a town of about 400 people, there was likely "no way" for congregants to escape, said Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr. Officials said about 20 others were wounded.

"He just walked down the center aisle, turned around and my understanding was shooting on his way back out," said Tackitt, who said the gunman also carried a handgun but that he didn't know if it was fired. Tackitt described the scene as "terrible."

"It's unbelievable to see children, men and women, laying there. Defenseless people," he said.

Tackitt told CNN on Monday morning that the gunman's former in-laws attended services at the church "from time to time" but weren't in attendance Sunday.

Texas officials confirmed the suspect as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26. They said he lived in New Braunfels, which is about 35 miles north of the Sutherland Springs church. Sutherland Springs

A U.S. official told The Associated Press that Kelley didn't appear to be linked to organized terrorist groups. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to discuss the investigation.

Investigators were looking at social media posts Kelley made in the days before the attack, including one that appeared to show an AR-15 semi-automatic weapon.

Kelley received a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force for assaulting his spouse and child, and was sentenced to 12 months' confinement after a 2012 court-martial. Kelley served in Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until his 2014 discharge, Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said.

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Turning over a new leaf?

EMScapades Cartoon - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 10:23
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Inside EMS Podcast: Tips to pass the NREMT exam

FR1 and EMS Podcasts - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 09:19
Inside EMS Podcast: Tips to pass the NREMT exam by FR1 and EMS1 Podcasts
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Intermedix and Rave Mobile Safety Expand Partnership to Enhance Incident Management for Higher Education

JEMS - News - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 21:39

NASHVILLE, Tenn. and FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – Intermedix and Rave Mobile Safety announced Tuesday a new partnership integrating the companies’ emergency notification and crisis information management platforms to increase incident management and communications efforts across higher education institutions.

“Regional collaboration and integrated communication are key components of effective emergency response—especially on our nation’s college campuses,” said Sam Klietz, senior vice president of business development at Intermedix. “The integration of eICS and Rave Alert is another example of our commitment to provide all emergency preparedness personnel with the tools they need when they are needed most.”

eICS for Higher Education, a web-based incident management system, provides emergency management teams at universities and colleges enhanced visibility into resource availability and response activities. eICS improves operational resiliency at college campuses by allowing users to document and manage events based on their needs and requirements, while simultaneously disseminating key details to local jurisdictions to create optimal situational awareness.

eICS also creates transparency from a government standpoint, by having the ability to connect and instantly share information with WebEOC, the industry-leading incident management software.

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Manhattan Bike Path Attack

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 10:40

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Shooting at Colorado Walmart Leaves 3 Dead

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 09:41

THORNTON, Colo. (AP) — A manhunt is underway in Colorado as authorities search for a suspect who walked into a suburban Walmart and immediately opened fire with a handgun, killing two men and a woman Wednesday night.

Thornton police said Thursday that they are searching for Scott Ostrem, 47. Ostrem fled in a car before officers arrived. Authorities used security video to help identify the suspect.

The shooting appears random and there are no indications that it was an act of terror, Thornton police spokesman Victor Avila said Wednesday night.

The motive was unknown, Avila said.

Two men died inside the Walmart, which is about 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Denver in a busy shopping center. The woman died later at a hospital.

Authorities did not immediately release any other information about the victims.

Aaron Stephens, 44, was in the self-checkout line when he heard a single shot followed by two more bursts of gunfire before people started running for the exits.

"The employees started screaming. Customers were screaming. They were running like crazy, and I ran out too because I didn't want to get killed," he said.

Guadalupe Perez was inside the store with her young son when she heard what she thought was a balloon popping. A Walmart employee told her someone was shooting, and then Perez saw people running away yelling, "Let's go. Let's go. Leave the groceries."

"You see all these things in the news and you go through it, it's scary," she said. "But thank God we're OK and nothing happened to us."

Investigators, including special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, were reviewing security video and interviewing witnesses.

Ragan Dickens, a Walmart spokesman, said the company is working with investigators.

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Shooting at Colorado Walmart Leaves 3 Dead

JEMS - News - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 09:41

THORNTON, Colo. (AP) — A manhunt is underway in Colorado as authorities search for a suspect who walked into a suburban Walmart and immediately opened fire with a handgun, killing two men and a woman Wednesday night.

Thornton police said Thursday that they are searching for Scott Ostrem, 47. Ostrem fled in a car before officers arrived. Authorities used security video to help identify the suspect.

The shooting appears random and there are no indications that it was an act of terror, Thornton police spokesman Victor Avila said Wednesday night.

The motive was unknown, Avila said.

Two men died inside the Walmart, which is about 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Denver in a busy shopping center. The woman died later at a hospital.

Authorities did not immediately release any other information about the victims.

Aaron Stephens, 44, was in the self-checkout line when he heard a single shot followed by two more bursts of gunfire before people started running for the exits.

"The employees started screaming. Customers were screaming. They were running like crazy, and I ran out too because I didn't want to get killed," he said.

Guadalupe Perez was inside the store with her young son when she heard what she thought was a balloon popping. A Walmart employee told her someone was shooting, and then Perez saw people running away yelling, "Let's go. Let's go. Leave the groceries."

"You see all these things in the news and you go through it, it's scary," she said. "But thank God we're OK and nothing happened to us."

Investigators, including special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, were reviewing security video and interviewing witnesses.

Ragan Dickens, a Walmart spokesman, said the company is working with investigators.

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Badger Medical Collar

JEMS - News - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 00:00
Storrs/Mansfield, Connecticut: Bariatric Collar LLC introduces the Badger Medical Collar to the public safety community. This device eliminates the frustration and difficulty of trying to cervically immobilize bariatric or larger patients, especially those who are difficult “to collar”. Badger Medical Collar goes beyond the bariatric patients – though its utility patent protection it offers cervical protection to “patients that are hard to collar”, tactical scenarios, helmeted patients, water rescues -- all contributing to saving scene time which is very important. The Badger Medical Collar fills a need in the EMS service that has not been addressed until now.

Following an EMS call at a construction accident in 2012 where a bariatric patient fell off a scissor lift, Timothy Andrew Kussow, a Firefighter/EMT and Sculpture Professor, began working on a more effective solution to immobilizing bariatric patients. However, his initial research found that no viable options were available in the industry. After a long period devoted to product design and informal test trials, Mr. Kussow arrived at a final patented invention.

The patented Badger Medical Collar consists of a simple polyethylene foam tube with a series of cuts and a nylon fitting/connector. The unique features of the invention are ease-of-use and the elimination of “towel rolling.” Additional advantages of the Badger Medical Collar:
  • True "no neck" collar
  • Weather proof/tactical
  • Twist/tear to fit
  • Floatable - water rescue aide
  • Bed head padding accommodation
  • Open patient accessible
  • No hyper-extension/flexion
  • Unassuming design
  • Ambidextrous side lock
  • Rapid extrication collar for "bag & drag" patients
  • Patient position application flexibility
  • No blood or air flow restrictions
  • Feed through or saw to place design
  • Easy removable for surgical airway or interventions
  • Accommodates packing & dressings

Bariatric Collar LLC: Founded in 2015, Badger Medical Collar Dba Bariatric Collar LLC is manufacturing the Badger Medical Collar for retail and wholesale sales. For more information, visit www.badgermedicalcollar.com


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Haven Life Launches Emergency Services App, LifeLink, to Provide Protection Beyond Life Insurance

JEMS - News - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 21:34

NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ -- Some apps are amusing. Some are addictive. Some are distracting. But few are potentially life saving. This one is. Today, life insurance startup Haven Life announces the availability of LifeLink - a free-to-all mobile app* that, with the touch of a button, connects users with 9-1-1 and instantly shares an accurate location.

While emergency response teams do an incredible job saving lives, the reality is they are limited in their location-service technology because of an infrastructure that was established for landlines.

The FCC estimates that more than 70% of 9-1-1 calls come from mobile phones, most of which can't be precisely located. Available on iOS and Android devices, Haven Life's LifeLink, which is powered by RapidSOS' award-winning technology platform, addresses a safety concern that many Americans and their families face.

"As a husband and father of two, I can attest that family is everything," said Yaron Ben-Zvi, CEO and Co-Founder of Haven Life. "Since launching Haven Life, we've sought out ways to make life less hard outside of just financial protection. LifeLink is a transformative app that protects us, our partners, our children, our parents - anyone we love - no matter where we are."

Along with one-touch 9-1-1 dialing, LifeLink users can call emergency services on behalf of a loved one, transmitting their location and other relevant information directly to the dispatch center closest to them. With the Family Connect feature, users can share their location, see family members' real-time locations and easily and discreetly ask for help. And, in situations where users are unable to speak, text messages can be used to communicate with 9-1-1.

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A Look at Attacks Where Vehicles Have Been Used as Weapons

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:43

The attack on a bike path in New York City, which killed eight and injured 11 others, is the latest example of a driver who used a vehicle as a weapon. Some were orchestrated by extremist groups, others by unstable individuals with unclear motives. Radical groups have urged supporters to use any weapons at hand, including cars, a tactic that presents a major challenge for security forces around the world.

Here's a look at some other attacks:

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Aug. 17, 2017

A rented van veered into Barcelona's crowded Las Ramblas promenade, swerving along the walkway and killing 13 people. Armed with an ax, knives and false explosives belts, attackers then drove a second vehicle to the boardwalk in the resort town of Cambrils early the next day, fatally injuring one person. Five of those attackers were shot to death. Authorities said a cell of at least nine extremists plotted to combine vehicles and explosives in a direct hit on tourists. Islamic State claimed the group as its own.

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Aug. 12, 2017

A car slammed into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing 32-year-old legal assistant Heather Heyer. The driver of the car, James Alex Fields Jr., described as an admirer of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, was photographed with white nationalist demonstrators before the deadly crash. Fields is charged with murder and other offenses. Two Virginia state troopers also died in the crash of their helicopter, which was monitoring the rally.

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June 19, 2017

A van attack on a crowd of Muslim worshippers near two north London mosques killed a 51-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant and injured nine other people. The worshippers were spilling out of the mosques following Ramadan prayers. British authorities charged Darren Osborne, an unemployed man from Wales, with murder and attempted murder. Police characterized the incident as a terrorist attack directed at Muslims.

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A Look at Attacks Where Vehicles Have Been Used as Weapons

JEMS - News - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:43

The attack on a bike path in New York City, which killed eight and injured 11 others, is the latest example of a driver who used a vehicle as a weapon. Some were orchestrated by extremist groups, others by unstable individuals with unclear motives. Radical groups have urged supporters to use any weapons at hand, including cars, a tactic that presents a major challenge for security forces around the world.

Here's a look at some other attacks:

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Aug. 17, 2017

A rented van veered into Barcelona's crowded Las Ramblas promenade, swerving along the walkway and killing 13 people. Armed with an ax, knives and false explosives belts, attackers then drove a second vehicle to the boardwalk in the resort town of Cambrils early the next day, fatally injuring one person. Five of those attackers were shot to death. Authorities said a cell of at least nine extremists plotted to combine vehicles and explosives in a direct hit on tourists. Islamic State claimed the group as its own.

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Aug. 12, 2017

A car slammed into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing 32-year-old legal assistant Heather Heyer. The driver of the car, James Alex Fields Jr., described as an admirer of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, was photographed with white nationalist demonstrators before the deadly crash. Fields is charged with murder and other offenses. Two Virginia state troopers also died in the crash of their helicopter, which was monitoring the rally.

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June 19, 2017

A van attack on a crowd of Muslim worshippers near two north London mosques killed a 51-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant and injured nine other people. The worshippers were spilling out of the mosques following Ramadan prayers. British authorities charged Darren Osborne, an unemployed man from Wales, with murder and attempted murder. Police characterized the incident as a terrorist attack directed at Muslims.

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Truck Driver Kills 8 on New York Bike Path

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:33

NEW YORK (AP) — A man in a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists along a busy bike path near the World Trade Center memorial on Tuesday, killing at least eight and seriously injuring 11 in what the mayor called "a particularly cowardly act of terror."

The driver was shot in the abdomen by police after jumping out of the truck with what turned out to be a fake gun in each hand and shouting what witnesses said was "Allahu Akbar," Arabic for "God is great," authorities said. The man underwent surgery and was in critical condition but was expected to survive.

Officials who weren't authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on the condition of anonymity identified the attacker as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov and said he is from Uzbekistan and came to the U.S. legally in 2010. The officials said Saipov has a Florida driver's license and may have been staying in New Jersey, and a family friend described roots he had in Ohio, where he lived years ago and was a commercial truck driver.

The ride-hailing service Uber confirmed late Tuesday night that Saipov was one if its drivers. The company said he passed a background check and had been actively driving on the platform for more than six months. He has since been banned from the Uber app.

"We are horrified by this senseless act of violence," the company said in a statement. "Our hearts are with the victims and their families. We have reached out to law enforcement to provide our assistance."

The driver in Tuesday's attack barreled along the bike path in a rented Home Depot truck for the equivalent of about 14 blocks, or around eight-tenths of a mile, before slamming into a small yellow school bus. The mayhem and the burst of police gunfire set off panic in the neighborhood and left the pavement strewn with mangled bicycles and bodies that were soon covered with sheets.

"I saw a lot of blood over there. A lot of people on the ground," said Chen Yi, an Uber driver.

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Truck Driver Kills 8 on New York Bike Path

JEMS - News - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:33

NEW YORK (AP) — A man in a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists along a busy bike path near the World Trade Center memorial on Tuesday, killing at least eight and seriously injuring 11 in what the mayor called "a particularly cowardly act of terror."

The driver was shot in the abdomen by police after jumping out of the truck with what turned out to be a fake gun in each hand and shouting what witnesses said was "Allahu Akbar," Arabic for "God is great," authorities said. The man underwent surgery and was in critical condition but was expected to survive.

Officials who weren't authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on the condition of anonymity identified the attacker as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov and said he is from Uzbekistan and came to the U.S. legally in 2010. The officials said Saipov has a Florida driver's license and may have been staying in New Jersey, and a family friend described roots he had in Ohio, where he lived years ago and was a commercial truck driver.

The ride-hailing service Uber confirmed late Tuesday night that Saipov was one if its drivers. The company said he passed a background check and had been actively driving on the platform for more than six months. He has since been banned from the Uber app.

"We are horrified by this senseless act of violence," the company said in a statement. "Our hearts are with the victims and their families. We have reached out to law enforcement to provide our assistance."

The driver in Tuesday's attack barreled along the bike path in a rented Home Depot truck for the equivalent of about 14 blocks, or around eight-tenths of a mile, before slamming into a small yellow school bus. The mayhem and the burst of police gunfire set off panic in the neighborhood and left the pavement strewn with mangled bicycles and bodies that were soon covered with sheets.

"I saw a lot of blood over there. A lot of people on the ground," said Chen Yi, an Uber driver.

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United Hatzalah and IDF 669 Unit Hold Collaborative Training Drill in Multiple Locations

JEMS - News - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 09:48

On Monday evening, the IDF’s elite search and rescue unit known as 669 held an active drill in cooperation with United Hatzalah EMS personnel and Israel’s Search and Rescue Units. Volunteers from Beit Shemesh, Rehovot, Ramla and Lod, joined together with the helicopter evacuation unit of 669 in order to practice emergency evacuations under a variety of conditions in the field.

The drill took place in two locations simultaneously, simulating the need for multiple extraction points during a time of crisis. The EMS personnel were required to treat the “victims” in the field and prepare them for transport by helicopter, a process far more complex than regular ambulance transport.

Chapter head of United Hatzalah in Mevaseret, Ophir Ben Yitzchak said: “This drill was held to help hone our skills in treating patients in the field as well as preparing them for emergency evacuation via helicopter. We ran drills utilizing stretcher carries and placing patients in the helicopter. The IDF 669 unit drilled continued care of the patient as well as receiving patients from local EMS personnel and treating them mid-flight. I headed one of the emergency evacuation sites while Dotan Ram headed the other. The drill succeeded in achieving all of the goals we set out for ourselves and the cooperation between all of the forces in the field went smoothly.”

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Aladtec to Offer In-Booth Demonstrations at the American Ambulance Association’s Annual Conference & Tradeshow 2017

JEMS - News - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 21:28

Formed in 1979, the American Ambulance Association (AAA) represents hundreds of ambulance services across the United States that participate in emergency and nonemergency care and medical transportation. Members are encouraged to attend the annual meeting to share best practices and build strategies for industry challenges.

Attendees will take part in ambulance executive-specific leadership sessions, learn innovative ideas for hiring, managing, and retaining employees, and hear about the newest developments in reimbursement and ambulance policy.

Along with educational opportunities, there will be a trade show on the 14th and 15th at which companies will display the latest and greatest products and services available to ambulance services.

One vendor at the tradeshow this year is Aladtec. They offer an online employee scheduling and workforce management software system by the same name. Their staff will man booth #214 and demonstrate how cloud-based Aladtec works. It is an integral tool for scheduling and managing employees.

Aladtec is more than just a staff scheduling software. It has many features to provide solutions for other challenging administrative tasks. There’s document storage, a member discussion area, customizable reports, a member database, and an optional Time Clock kiosk. One of the most popular and appreciated features Aladtec has is the Forms section. A service’s forms can be created, submitted, reviewed, and maintained within the Aladtec system. This allows 24/7 access to all forms, customers save money in associated paper/printing costs, reduce the risk of human error, and their forms won’t be lost or misfiled.

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Full Recovery from California Wildfires May Take Years

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Sun, 10/29/2017 - 09:56

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — It will take at least months and likely years to fully recover from devastating wildfires that ripped through Northern California earlier this month, destroying at least 8,900 structures and killing 42 people, Sonoma County officials said Saturday.

"We don't control these things, and it makes you realize how small you are in the world when something like this happens," Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano said. "I don't think we understand the level at which it is going to impact lives, and the community will be different."

Giordano spoke before hundreds of people gathered at a college in Santa Rosa, one of the hardest-hit cities, for a memorial service to honor the lives lost in the deadliest series of wildfires in California history. The fires sparked Oct. 8, eventually forcing 100,000 people to evacuate.

Before a bell rung 42 times to commemorate the dead, Giordano and other officials praised the ordinary and extraordinary acts of heroism by first responders and community members as the firefight raged on for more than a week. Some firefighters worked days on the front line, refusing to take breaks, while sheriff's dispatchers continued taking calls even as the fire came close to taking out their building.

"The night of Oct. 8, we were all tested," Santa Rosa fire Chief Tony Gossner said.

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and five members of Congress spent Saturday attending the memorial, touring the fire ravaged areas and gathering advice from federal, state and local officials on what Congress can do to aid the recovery efforts. In a briefing in Santa Rosa, officials asked them to ease red tape that will make it easier to erect temporary housing and to ensure the Environmental Protection Agency has the resources it needs to clean up any hazardous material before it infiltrates the water supply.

The EPA has assessed 740 properties so far, while the Federal Emergency Management Agency has given out $6 million worth of rental and other assistance to displaced Californians, officials said. Officials estimate the cleanup of debris and other hazardous materials will last into early 2018. The losses are estimated to be at more than $1 billion.

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