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Gold Cross Ambulance becomes Mayo Clinic Ambulance

JEMS - News - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 02:00

As of April 1, an established and respected emergency medical service in the community has both a new name and look. Gold Cross Ambulance is now Mayo Clinic Ambulance.

Gold Cross Ambulance has been part of Mayo Clinic since 1994. The name change will clarify for patients and communities that Mayo Clinic provides their ambulance service, and will reflect the safe, high-quality care that continues to be available to them from Mayo Clinic paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs).

Ambulances, uniforms and building signage will be refreshed with a bold, consistent and highly visible design that aligns with the Mayo Clinic brand. The new look will roll out throughout 2019, first in Rochester, then in the other communities served by Gold Cross in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

“It will take us several months to update our entire fleet of ambulances. We have 70 ambulances serving communities across parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin, so we’ll take a phased approach to transitioning the fleet,” explains John Wald, M.D., a member of the Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service board of directors. “For a while, people may see both Gold Cross and Mayo Clinic ambulances in their communities – but it’s always the same Mayo Clinic paramedics and EMTs caring for them.”

The ground ambulance service is just one of five service lines that previously operated under the umbrella name “Mayo Clinic Medical Transport.” This name now has changed to “Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service,” which includes the five integrated services that Mayo Clinic provides to communities:

  • Ground ambulance (formerly Gold Cross, with 15 locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin)
  • Air ambulance (Mayo One helicopter and airplane)
  • Emergency communications (Emergency Communications Center)
  • Education and training (for Mayo Clinic paramedics, EMTs and other staff, as well as community first responders)
  • Community paramedicine (physician-ordered home care, currently offered in northwest Wisconsin)Mayo Clinic Ambulance serves more than 120 Midwest communities, including Rochester, Albert Lea, Austin, St. Cloud, Duluth/Superior, Little Falls and others across a 16,000-square-mile service area.
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Inside EMS celebrates 5 years, 250 episodes

FR1 and EMS Podcasts - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 17:44
Inside EMS celebrates 5 years, 250 episodes by FR1 and EMS1 Podcasts
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Number of EMS Professionals in Arkansas Declines a Second Year

JEMS - News - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 15:43

They are the first people to help someone when they get hurt, but their numbers keep falling.

Ambulance operators are worried after a new report showed that approximately 800 EMS professionals did not renew their licenses in the state of Arkansas.

Ken Kelley, President and CEO of ProMed Ambulance, said over the phone Wednesday that it is a significant number but not surprising, because the number of working paramedics and EMTs in the state has been in a long, steady decline. MORE

 

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Virginia Rescue Squad Looks to University Students to Fill Staffing Gap

JEMS - News - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 13:03

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Emergency medical units nationwide are facing a shortage of paramedics and it is only getting worse.

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad (CARS) is feeling the effects of that shortage, but the 100% volunteer organization is counting on University of Virginia students to continue filling the gap.

“There’s a 15% increase in demand and I’m concerned,” said Chief Noah Hillstrom, Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad.

Amidst a nationwide shortage of paramedics and emergency medical technicians, CARS is grateful for its indirect partnership with the University of Virginia. MORE

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Former California EMT, Firefighter Charged with Nearly 100 Counts of Child Molestation

JEMS - News - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 09:38

Salinas, CA (KSBW) - A Monterey County EMT was arrested for allegedly engaging in lewd acts with a child.

According to officials, Kevin Crane, 37, of Salinas, was arrested last week and charged with 98 counts.

Shock and dismay from coworkers and neighbors over the arrest of Crane who was an EMT with American Medical Response and a former volunteer firefighter with the Greenfield and Spreckels fire departments.

"I say 'hi' to him every time I wave I see him out here with his kids and I see him driving the ambulance around so it's a shock really is," said neighbor Stan Hurley. MORE

 

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Detroit EMTs Fired after Device Indicates Inadequate CPR

JEMS - News - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 09:21

Detroit (The Detroit News) — Two EMTs are out of their jobs after a controversial life-saving device indicated the pair didn't adequately deliver CPR during an emergency run in January that ended with a death.

Michael Morgan and partner Julian Holts were terminated by Detroit's fire administration last month after using a Zoll monitor-defibrillator, a device designed to detect and evaluate cardiac rhythm problems and heart attacks — and it reports out CPR feedback, which the union contends was used against the men in their dismissals.

The fire union, in a March 4 complaint, noted that the Jan. 4 run was the first in which the two-man crew deployed the Zoll monitor-defibrillator. Roughly 200 EMTs were trained on the device with two-hour training late last year, according to the fire union representing them. MORE

 

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Rhode Island Man Starts Fundraiser to Purchase New Ambulance

JEMS - News - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 12:25

TIVERTON, R.I. (WPRI) - The Tiverton Fire Department has been relying on ambulances from its mutual aid partners for months while its own remain out of service, and now one concerned resident is trying to raise money to purchase new ones for the town.

According to Acting Fire Chief Bruce Reimels, one of the department's original rescues is operational again, but they are still borrowing an ambulance from Warren. The department announced in early February that all of their ambulances were out of service due to mechanical issues.

"The fact is we need an ambulance... working rescues so that the paramedics can do what they need to do," Tom Buchanan of Tiverton said. Buchanan recently started a GoFundMe page to try and collect donations for the department to purchase a new ambulance. MORE

 

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Worker Killed, Others Injured in Texas Chemical Plant Fire

JEMS - News - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 08:32

HOUSTON (AP) — A tank holding a flammable chemical caught fire at a Texas plant Tuesday, killing one worker, critically injuring two others and sending panicked employees fleeing over a fence to safety.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez confirmed the fatality in a tweet and said the two injured had been taken by helicopter to a hospital. The two injured were in critical condition, said Rachel Moreno, spokeswoman for the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office.

Authorities shut down a roadway near Tuesday's fire at a KMCO chemical plant in Crosby, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Houston, Gonzalez said. Fire crews battled the blaze for about 5½ hours before they extinguished it, according to the fire marshal's office.

All residents within a one-mile radius of the plant were ordered to stay indoors or shelter in place for about four hours. It was not immediately known how many residents were affected by the shelter in place. Crosby has about 2,300 residents. The fire sent a large black plume of smoke into the air.

The fire erupted about two weeks after a March 17 blaze at a petrochemical storage facility in Deer Park , located about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Crosby. That fire at a facility owned by Intercontinental Terminals Company burned for days and triggered air quality warnings. Crosby also is where an Arkema chemical plant was inundated by water during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Some chemicals eventually caught fire and partially exploded.

"It is disturbing and it is problematic that we're seeing this incident in a facility, especially on the heels of" the fire in Deer Park, said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, the county's top administrator.

Samantha Galle lives less than a mile away from the plant and said she heard and felt an explosion Tuesday.

"It shook everybody's house around here," the 23-year-old said.

Gonzalez said a transfer line at the KMCO plant ignited in the area of a tank of isobutylene — a flammable colorless gas used in the production of high octane gasoline — which then caught on fire.

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California Air Ambulance Bill Highlights Growing Cost of Medical Flights

JEMS - News - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 07:56

SAN DIEOGO (NBC San Diego) - The cost of healthcare is rising. Nowhere is that more true than in the rising costs of air ambulances.

A federal study conducted in 2017 found that the cost for medical flights nearly tripled from $15,000 in 2010 to $40,000 in 2016.

“It is costly, a very cost-intensive industry,” said Don Wharton, the director of business strategy for Reach Medical Air, one of the leading air ambulance providers in California.

Two Northern California families learned that fact the hard way. MORE

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Three Injured in FDNY Ambulance Crash

JEMS - News - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 09:11

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – An ambulance responding to a call went crashing into the front of a deli after it was struck by a car in in Washington Heights.

The incident happened Tuesday just after 8 p.m. near Saint Nicholas Avenue and 188th Street.

The ambulance was on its way to help someone in cardiac arrest. MORE

 

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It’s All Relative

EMScapades Cartoon - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 08:48
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Five Dead, 36 Hurt in Pedestrian Bridge Collapse in Mumbai

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 06:36

NEW DELHI (AP) — A pedestrian bridge connecting a train station with a road collapsed in Mumbai on Thursday, killing at least five people and injuring more than 30, police said.

Police officer Praveen Satpal said 36 injured people were hospitalized, some in serious condition. Some motorists who were driving under the bridge when it collapsed were among the injured, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

An audit of the bridge's safety was carried out last year, said Maharashtra state Education Minister Vinod Tawde. He told reporters that some minor damage was detected and had not been repaired before the collapse of the bridge.

Thousands of commuters have used the 39-year-old bridge daily to reach Mumbai's bustling Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station.

Maharashtra state's top elected leader, Devendra Fadanavis, ordered an inquiry into the collapse of the structure.

In 2017, a stampede broke out on a crowded pedestrian bridge connecting two railway stations in Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment capital, killing at least 22 people and injuring 32.

India's public infrastructure projects are substandard and collapse often in part because of corruption that leads to the construction of weak structure foundations and poor maintenance.

Rescuers ended their search operation at the collapsed bridge about two hours after it fell, Satpal said, adding that authorities were sure there was no one trapped because the rubble had been cleared away.

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Five Dead, 36 Hurt in Pedestrian Bridge Collapse in Mumbai

JEMS - News - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 06:36

NEW DELHI (AP) — A pedestrian bridge connecting a train station with a road collapsed in Mumbai on Thursday, killing at least five people and injuring more than 30, police said.

Police officer Praveen Satpal said 36 injured people were hospitalized, some in serious condition. Some motorists who were driving under the bridge when it collapsed were among the injured, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

An audit of the bridge's safety was carried out last year, said Maharashtra state Education Minister Vinod Tawde. He told reporters that some minor damage was detected and had not been repaired before the collapse of the bridge.

Thousands of commuters have used the 39-year-old bridge daily to reach Mumbai's bustling Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station.

Maharashtra state's top elected leader, Devendra Fadanavis, ordered an inquiry into the collapse of the structure.

In 2017, a stampede broke out on a crowded pedestrian bridge connecting two railway stations in Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment capital, killing at least 22 people and injuring 32.

India's public infrastructure projects are substandard and collapse often in part because of corruption that leads to the construction of weak structure foundations and poor maintenance.

Rescuers ended their search operation at the collapsed bridge about two hours after it fell, Satpal said, adding that authorities were sure there was no one trapped because the rubble had been cleared away.

All contents © copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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USFA: Connecticut On-Duty Death

JEMS - News - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 14:35

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter/Paramedic James "Woody" Woodman, 55, of the West Haven Fire Department on March 29, 2019.

Firefighter/Paramedic James “Woody” Woodman was a member of Recruit Class #15 at the Connecticut State Fire Academy. Only two days after being out of the academy, on October 5, 1999, Woodman was part of an ambulance crew transporting a child who had been struck by a vehicle to the Yale-New Haven Hospital. As they neared the hospital, the ambulance was broadsided by a bus and rolled over multiple times. Woodman sustained a traumatic brain injury that resulted in his living in a long-term care facility until his death on March 29, 2019. The child who was being transported and other crew members of the ambulance were seriously injured but have all made complete recoveries.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter/Paramedic Woodman at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/

To date, 10 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2019.  Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/ff_fatality_reports.html

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

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Man Steals North Carolina Ambulance, Rams Vehicles

JEMS - News - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 14:26

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WSOC) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are investigating after a man reportedly stole an ambulance and struck multiple vehicles in a parking lot. 

The crash happened Monday afternoon on Executive Center Drive. MORE

 

Wild video from a viewer of a man crashing an ambulance and then getting out and running! I’m live on this at 5 @wsoctv pic.twitter.com/a0vKZAQXxH

— Joe Bruno (@JoeBrunoWSOC9) April 1, 2019

 

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Air Ambulance Company Ends Search for Alaska Plane Crash Victims

JEMS - News - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 11:31

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The owners of an air ambulance that crashed in Alaska have ended a private search for the three employees on board.

Officials with Utah-based Guardian Flight say the search ended Wednesday after covering 7 square miles (18 square kilometers) of ocean floor and traversing more than 700 linear miles (1,127 kilometers) by ship.

Company spokesman Jim Gregory says searchers will continue to look along the shoreline.

Searchers earlier found most of the plane wreckage, including the cockpit voice recorder, over a large debris field in Frederick Sound.

The King Air 200 disappeared Jan. 29 flying to pick up a patient in the southeast community of Kake. The pilot, flight nurse and flight paramedic were Guardian Flight employees.

The Coast Guard searched hundreds of square miles before suspending its search Jan. 31.

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Marines Killed in Helicopter Crash in Arizona

JEMS - News - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 09:30

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Two Marine pilots have died in a helicopter crash during a training mission in southwestern Arizona, U.S. Marine Corps officials said Sunday.

The AH-1Z Viper crashed Saturday night while the pilots were conducting a training mission as part of a weapons and tactical instructor course, according to the Marine Corps. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Capt. Gabriel Adibe, a Marine Corps spokesman, said the helicopter crashed on the vast Marine Corps Air Station Yuma training grounds but no additional information was immediately available.

The names of the pilots who died have not been released pending notification of their families.

The station is located about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from Yuma and the 1,300-square-mile (3,367-square-kilometer) training ground is one of the world's largest military installations.

There have been several fatal crashes involving Marine Corps aircraft near Yuma over the years.

In 1996, a Marine electronic-warfare plane went down during a training mission on a gunnery range near the Gila Mountains, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of the Yuma station, killing all four people aboard. The crew was from the Marine base at Cherry Point, North Carolina, and was training at Yuma.

Two Marine pilots, a crew chief and a Navy corpsman died in a 2007 crash of a search-and-rescue helicopter near the Colorado River during a training mission. The crew members were attached to a headquarters squadron of Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma.

In 2012, seven Marines were killed when an AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter and a UH-1Y Huey utility helicopter collided in midair during a training exercise in a remote area of the Yuma training grounds. The crash site was in the Chocolate Mountains on the California side of the range.

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Seven Dead, Five Injured in Latest Industrial Accident in China

JEMS - News - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 09:03

BEIJING (AP) — At least seven people were killed and five injured Sunday when a container containing scrap metal exploded in the latest in a series of industrial accidents in eastern China.

The early morning blast in the city of Kunshan in Jiangsu province caused a fire that spread to a nearby workshop, the city government said on its microblog. The cause of the explosion is under investigation, it said.

China experiences frequent industrial accidents despite orders from the central government, including president and ruling Communist Party leader Xi Jinping to improve safety at factories, power plants and mines, on pain of prosecution. Skirting of safety regulations — sometimes with the collusion of corrupt local officials — is generally given as the cause.

In March, 78 people were killed in a blast at a chemical plan in the Jiangsu province city of Yancheng that had numerous safety violations, in one of China's worst industrial accidents in recent years. A massive crater was formed, windows blown out for kilometers (miles) around, vehicles crushed and local residents forced to evacuate.

Earlier, in November, at least 22 people were killed and scores of vehicles destroyed in an explosion outside a chemical plant in the northeastern city of Zhangjiakou, which will host competitions in the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Among the worst accidents was a massive 2015 explosion at a chemical warehouse in the port city of Tianjin that killed 173 people, most of them firefighters and police officers. That blast was blamed on illegal construction and unsafe storage of volatile materials.

While China has largely curbed major traffic accidents, a fire on a tour bus traveling along a highway in central China has left 26 people dead and as many as 30 injured. Investigators said a passenger was carrying flammable materials that ignited accidentally.

All contents © copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Seven Dead, Five Injured in Latest Industrial Accident in China

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 09:03

BEIJING (AP) — At least seven people were killed and five injured Sunday when a container containing scrap metal exploded in the latest in a series of industrial accidents in eastern China.

The early morning blast in the city of Kunshan in Jiangsu province caused a fire that spread to a nearby workshop, the city government said on its microblog. The cause of the explosion is under investigation, it said.

China experiences frequent industrial accidents despite orders from the central government, including president and ruling Communist Party leader Xi Jinping to improve safety at factories, power plants and mines, on pain of prosecution. Skirting of safety regulations — sometimes with the collusion of corrupt local officials — is generally given as the cause.

In March, 78 people were killed in a blast at a chemical plan in the Jiangsu province city of Yancheng that had numerous safety violations, in one of China's worst industrial accidents in recent years. A massive crater was formed, windows blown out for kilometers (miles) around, vehicles crushed and local residents forced to evacuate.

Earlier, in November, at least 22 people were killed and scores of vehicles destroyed in an explosion outside a chemical plant in the northeastern city of Zhangjiakou, which will host competitions in the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Among the worst accidents was a massive 2015 explosion at a chemical warehouse in the port city of Tianjin that killed 173 people, most of them firefighters and police officers. That blast was blamed on illegal construction and unsafe storage of volatile materials.

While China has largely curbed major traffic accidents, a fire on a tour bus traveling along a highway in central China has left 26 people dead and as many as 30 injured. Investigators said a passenger was carrying flammable materials that ignited accidentally.

All contents © copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Fort Worth MedStar Crew Risks Their Lives to Save Others at Major Crash

JEMS - News - Sun, 03/31/2019 - 22:24

On the evening of March 27, 2019, MedStar crew members Miguel Brito and Ryan Bader were enroute to a posting location when they drove up on a motor vehicle crash that had just occurred at 35W northbound ramp to 20 eastbound ramp in Fort Worth.

As they approached the scene they saw a small sedan fully engulfed in flames. They acted quickly and grabbed the fire extinguisher of the ambulance. They did their best to suppress the flames, enough so that they could began rapid extrication of the two unconscious adult patients in the vehicle and at this time noted fluids leaking from one of the vehicles.

They moved quickly to get one patient out as the flames approached. They dragged the patient to safety to the back of the scene, next to the ambulance, but they still had to get the second patient out of the car. They both worked rapidly to get the other patient out of the car. The patient was pinned under the dash.

In the midst of all this, one of the MedStar crew members suffered several minor lacerations to his arm and injured his back to get the trapped patient out of the car. They called for additional resources, and started to work quickly, providing lifesaving care to both patients.

Both extricated patients, and a third patient with minor injuries were transported to an area trauma center.

If it was not for the MedStar crew’s valiant efforts, the patients on would not have been given a chance to survive and would have likely burned alive in the car.

 

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