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Hope Fades for Missing in Indonesia Quake

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 14:02

PALU, Indonesia (AP) — She lay inside a medical tent in the stifling midday heat, wincing in pain at the deep gashes and cuts that covered her body. But all Anisa Cornelia could think about was the love of her life — the man she was supposed to marry this month.

She had not seen him since a deadly tsunami smashed into the Indonesian city of Palu last week, separating the pair possibly forever as they strolled along a sandy beach at twilight.

"Where is my fiancé? Please, do you have any news?" the badly bruised 22-year-old pleaded as medical staff came to check on her in the courtyard of Palu's main hospital.

"Everyone is still searching for him," replied Dr. Andi Sengrengrele, pursing her lips in sympathy. "You have to be patient, OK?"

One week after a magnitude 7.5 quake spawned a deadly tsunami on the island of Sulawesi, countless people have yet to find their loved ones — both survivors and the dead.

As of Thursday, the government put the death toll at 1,424, with 113 people missing. Many families, though, never registered their losses with police. It's also unknown how many might have drowned, been swept out to sea or were swallowed up in two of Palu's neighborhoods where the quake turned the ground into quicksand-like soil.

Lisda Cancer, who heads the local police's Department of Victim Identification, said about 600 of the bodies buried in mass graves in Palu alone were unclaimed. Until Wednesday, authorities had been photographing them in hopes that relatives could identify them later.

"But we had to stop because the corpses we're recovering now have decayed too much," Cancer said. "They've become a public health hazard, and the new instructions are to bury them immediately."

The disaster has overwhelmed local authorities. On Thursday, a private ambulance brought the corpse of one man who had been found in the road to two hospitals, including the one where Cornelia was being treated. Both facilities turned them away.

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Hope Fades for Missing in Indonesia Quake

JEMS - News - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 14:02

PALU, Indonesia (AP) — She lay inside a medical tent in the stifling midday heat, wincing in pain at the deep gashes and cuts that covered her body. But all Anisa Cornelia could think about was the love of her life — the man she was supposed to marry this month.

She had not seen him since a deadly tsunami smashed into the Indonesian city of Palu last week, separating the pair possibly forever as they strolled along a sandy beach at twilight.

"Where is my fiancé? Please, do you have any news?" the badly bruised 22-year-old pleaded as medical staff came to check on her in the courtyard of Palu's main hospital.

"Everyone is still searching for him," replied Dr. Andi Sengrengrele, pursing her lips in sympathy. "You have to be patient, OK?"

One week after a magnitude 7.5 quake spawned a deadly tsunami on the island of Sulawesi, countless people have yet to find their loved ones — both survivors and the dead.

As of Thursday, the government put the death toll at 1,424, with 113 people missing. Many families, though, never registered their losses with police. It's also unknown how many might have drowned, been swept out to sea or were swallowed up in two of Palu's neighborhoods where the quake turned the ground into quicksand-like soil.

Lisda Cancer, who heads the local police's Department of Victim Identification, said about 600 of the bodies buried in mass graves in Palu alone were unclaimed. Until Wednesday, authorities had been photographing them in hopes that relatives could identify them later.

"But we had to stop because the corpses we're recovering now have decayed too much," Cancer said. "They've become a public health hazard, and the new instructions are to bury them immediately."

The disaster has overwhelmed local authorities. On Thursday, a private ambulance brought the corpse of one man who had been found in the road to two hospitals, including the one where Cornelia was being treated. Both facilities turned them away.

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Inside EMS: Mentoring and mental health: What's new in EMS?

FR1 and EMS Podcasts - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 13:13
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Mistake at Raleigh 911 Center Cost 15 Minutes in Sending Ambulance to Dying Man

JEMS - News - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 12:54

 

RALEIGH, N.C. — A Wake County EMS ambulance wasn't dispatched for 15 minutes following a 911 call in April as a man lay dying in a car dealership parking lot after suffering a heart attack, according to 911 calls and other emergency dispatch information obtained by WRAL News.

James Pasternak called the Raleigh-Wake Emergency Communications Center at 7:57 a.m. on April 5 as he rushed his father-in-law, 63-year-old Steven Tibbetts, a retired Wake County magistrate, to a hospital after Tibbetts became unresponsive.

"I’m driving in a car with my father-in-law. He has a pacemaker, and he is not – he just passed out. I’m trying to get him to WakeMed," Pasternak told the 911 dispatcher.

Read more at WRAL News.

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New Orleans Officers Unable to Revive Handcuffed Man

JEMS - News - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 10:29

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man stopped breathing shortly after he was handcuffed by New Orleans police officers who tried unsuccessfully to save him using CPR and an opioid-overdose antidote, authorities said Wednesday.

The man died early Wednesday at a hospital, Police Chief Michael Harrison said. Speaking at a news conference, Harrison said three officers responded to calls Tuesday night about a screaming man and a break-in at a residence.

Officers spotted the man in a driveway and repeatedly told him to drop a knife he was carrying, according to the chief. Harrison said the man complied but continued to approach officers, who noticed he appeared to be bleeding from his mouth.

The man fell to the ground as the officers attempted to handcuff him and kicked at the officers, said Harrison. He said the man appeared to be under the influence of drugs.

"The officers then tried to hold his legs together to prevent him from kicking," Harrison said. "The officers, using no force, except the application of handcuffs, were able to successfully restrain him."

Harrison said that once the officers noticed the man had stopped breathing and one of them administered a drug to reverse a possible opioid overdose. They then tried to revive him using CPR, taking turns for about 10 minutes as they waited for an ambulance. They were aided by a nurse who lives in the area.

Autopsy reports were pending. Harrison said body-worn camera video and witness statements indicated officers acted appropriately. They remain on active duty.

The man wasn't immediately identified.

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Trapped in Sausage Mixer, North Dakota Man Amputates Arm

JEMS - News - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 09:44

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — A 69-year-old Vietnam vet who lost a hand after it got stuck in a meat mixer while he was making sausage at his North Dakota home says he had to slice off his left arm above the wrist with a butcher knife or risk bleeding to death

In his first public comments since the Aug. 17 accident, Myron Schlafman said he credits two police officers with saving his life by quickly applying a tourniquet before ambulance crews took him to the hospital.

"I've always appreciated life, but not as much as I do now," he told KFGO radio .

Schlafman said he was taking a chunk of meat out of the mixer in the garage of his Jamestown home when he accidentally stepped on a pedal to activate the machine.

"I just looked and knew I was in big trouble," said Schlafman, who is right-handed.

The bone was severed, but his arm was still caught by muscle, nerves and skin. He grabbed the knife, which was mercifully within reach, and cut himself free.

"If I would have hesitated, I would have stood right there and bled to death," he said.

In this Sept. 25, 2018 photo, Myron Schlafman stands inside his garage where he lost his forearm in an electric meat mixer in Jamestown, N.D. The Vietnam vet who lost a hand after it got stuck in a meat mixer while he was making sausage at his North Dakota home says he had to slice off his left arm above the wrist with a butcher knife or risk bleeding to death. (KFGO Radio via AP)

Schlafman spent nine days in the hospital and underwent three surgeries. He will be fitted with a prosthetic in a few months, after the stump on his left arm has fully healed.

"It would be very easy to sit back, feel sorry for myself and get depressed," he said. "I went through Vietnam. I can handle this."

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Information from: KFGO-AM, http://www.kfgo.com

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Nine Children Hurt in California Crash

JEMS - News - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 08:29

DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say nine children have been hurt when their van crashed into a tree in a Southern California coastal city.

The Orange County Fire Authority says the van smashed into the tree Wednesday afternoon in Dana Point.

The injured children are between 9 and 12 years old. Five youngsters suffered traumatic injuries, and four had minor injuries.

The driver refused transport to a hospital.

The van appeared to be towing a trailer carrying surfboards.

There's no immediate word where the van was headed or what caused the crash about 60 miles (97 kilometers) south of Los Angeles.

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Seven Officers Shot, One Fatally, in South Carolina

JEMS - News - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 06:23

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — A police officer was killed and six of his comrades wounded when a man opened fire from inside his home on deputies who came to serve a search warrant, authorities said. The shooting continued for hours as the man barricaded himself inside with children, firing from a distance at officers who came to help.

Authorities had to use a bullet-proof vehicle Wednesday to recover the wounded, and the shooter finally released the children as he was taken into custody, authorities said.

"Officers went there unknowing the firepower the suspect had," Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said at a news conference. "Fire was being shot all over. The way this suspect was positioned, his view of fire was several hundred yards. So he had an advantage. The officers couldn't get to the ones who were down."

The violence stunned people already dealing with record flooding from Hurricane Florence. Both the sheriff and police chief both cried as they spoke to reporters after the standoff.

The slain officer, Terrence Carraway, 52, of Darlington, had just been honored for his 30 years of service with the Florence Police Department.

"I want you to pray for the family who lost the bravest police officer I have ever known," said his chief, Allen Heidler.

The suspect opened fire on three Florence County deputies who had come to serve a search warrant around 4 p.m. Wednesday, Boone said.

Then, he shot four Florence city police officers, one fatally, as officers from all over swarmed in to help, Heidler said.

Boone credited his department's military equipment for enabling them to pull the wounded from the field of fire.

"Thanks to our MRAP, armored personnel carrier, we made sure all the officers that were shot were protected and brought for medical atttention," he said.

Officials refused to say why they were serving a warrant. They did not name the suspect. They also did not identify the wounded officers or describe their conditions.

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Seven Officers Shot, One Fatally, in South Carolina

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 06:23

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — A police officer was killed and six of his comrades wounded when a man opened fire from inside his home on deputies who came to serve a search warrant, authorities said. The shooting continued for hours as the man barricaded himself inside with children, firing from a distance at officers who came to help.

Authorities had to use a bullet-proof vehicle Wednesday to recover the wounded, and the shooter finally released the children as he was taken into custody, authorities said.

"Officers went there unknowing the firepower the suspect had," Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said at a news conference. "Fire was being shot all over. The way this suspect was positioned, his view of fire was several hundred yards. So he had an advantage. The officers couldn't get to the ones who were down."

The violence stunned people already dealing with record flooding from Hurricane Florence. Both the sheriff and police chief both cried as they spoke to reporters after the standoff.

The slain officer, Terrence Carraway, 52, of Darlington, had just been honored for his 30 years of service with the Florence Police Department.

"I want you to pray for the family who lost the bravest police officer I have ever known," said his chief, Allen Heidler.

The suspect opened fire on three Florence County deputies who had come to serve a search warrant around 4 p.m. Wednesday, Boone said.

Then, he shot four Florence city police officers, one fatally, as officers from all over swarmed in to help, Heidler said.

Boone credited his department's military equipment for enabling them to pull the wounded from the field of fire.

"Thanks to our MRAP, armored personnel carrier, we made sure all the officers that were shot were protected and brought for medical atttention," he said.

Officials refused to say why they were serving a warrant. They did not name the suspect. They also did not identify the wounded officers or describe their conditions.

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One Dead, Seven Injured in Texas School Bus Crash

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 06:14

MESQUITE, Texas (AP) — School officials say one child was killed and three others were injured after their school bus crashed in North Texas.

The Mesquite Independent School District says a bus carrying 42 students from Terry Middle School crashed Wednesday afternoon. Aerial video showed the bus lying on its side in a ditch with its rear half showing scorch marks.

Mesquite police say a power line struck by the bus ignited the fire, but the exact cause of the wreck remains under investigation.

Civilians joined police and fire crews to rescue the children. Police say one student was dead at the scene. The child wasn't identified. Three students, the bus driver and three officers were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

The 38 other students were returned to the school where counselors met them and their families.

Mesquite is a suburb just east of Dallas.

 

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One Dead, Seven Injured in Texas School Bus Crash

JEMS - News - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 06:14

MESQUITE, Texas (AP) — School officials say one child was killed and three others were injured after their school bus crashed in North Texas.

The Mesquite Independent School District says a bus carrying 42 students from Terry Middle School crashed Wednesday afternoon. Aerial video showed the bus lying on its side in a ditch with its rear half showing scorch marks.

Mesquite police say a power line struck by the bus ignited the fire, but the exact cause of the wreck remains under investigation.

Civilians joined police and fire crews to rescue the children. Police say one student was dead at the scene. The child wasn't identified. Three students, the bus driver and three officers were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

The 38 other students were returned to the school where counselors met them and their families.

Mesquite is a suburb just east of Dallas.

 

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Body Camera Video Shows Police and Paramedics Saving Boy's Life

JEMS - News - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 12:42

TEMPLE, Ga. - Temple Police officers are being hailed as heroes after two of their own helped save the life of a three-year-old boy.

Tuesday morning, officers heard the 911 call on the radio for a boy found unresponsive in a pool.

Officer David Yates and Lt. James Hollowood came to the home before paramedics, and were able to perform CPR.

Read more at FOX5 Atlanta.

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250 Patients Evacuated in Hospital Fire in Eastern India

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 11:33

KOLKATA, India (AP) — A fire broke out Wednesday in a pharmacy at a state-run medical college and hospital complex in eastern India, causing panic among around 250 patients who were evacuated to safe wards.

Dr. Nirmal Mazi, a doctor at the hospital, said no injuries were reported in the blaze.

Television images showed some of the patients being shifted with their saline drips. Some could be seen lying on the floor waiting for help.

Mazi said 10 fire engines brought the fire under control, but the smoke was still billowing from the building in Kolkata, the West Bengal state capital.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Fire accidents are common in buildings in India because of poor quality of electrical wiring and other safety standards.

Last month, a devastating fire in a commercial building gutted hundreds of shops and business offices in the city.

In 2016, a fire at a private hospital in the eastern city of Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Orissa state, killed 23 people. Most of the victims were patients being treated at a hospital's intensive care unit who were using ventilators and suffocated after the fire spread to the ICU.

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250 Patients Evacuated in Hospital Fire in Eastern India

JEMS - News - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 11:33

KOLKATA, India (AP) — A fire broke out Wednesday in a pharmacy at a state-run medical college and hospital complex in eastern India, causing panic among around 250 patients who were evacuated to safe wards.

Dr. Nirmal Mazi, a doctor at the hospital, said no injuries were reported in the blaze.

Television images showed some of the patients being shifted with their saline drips. Some could be seen lying on the floor waiting for help.

Mazi said 10 fire engines brought the fire under control, but the smoke was still billowing from the building in Kolkata, the West Bengal state capital.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Fire accidents are common in buildings in India because of poor quality of electrical wiring and other safety standards.

Last month, a devastating fire in a commercial building gutted hundreds of shops and business offices in the city.

In 2016, a fire at a private hospital in the eastern city of Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Orissa state, killed 23 people. Most of the victims were patients being treated at a hospital's intensive care unit who were using ventilators and suffocated after the fire spread to the ICU.

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Man Rescued From Cave in Missouri

JEMS - News - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 10:41

KISSEE MILLS, Mo. (AP) — A man was rescued after being stuck in a cave in Taney County.

KOLR-10 reports that Central Taney County Fire District Training Officer Jeff Romines says that three men were in a cave on Tuesday near Devil's Tea Table Road when one became too tired to get out. He says the men were about 30 feet (9.14 meters) into the cave.

Romines says two men stayed to help keep the stuck man calm.

Crews used a harness to remove the man from the cave.

Central Taney County Fire tweeted at 9:12 p.m. that all three were out of the cave and doing well and that the Taney County Ambulance District was "checking them out."

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Crash, Flip, and Sideswipe: 1 Day, 3 Damaged Rigs

JEMS - News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 11:04

Yesterday was one of those days. JEMS editors keep an eye on the news, and today we found three stories from around the U.S. of ambulances involved in incidents with other motor vehicles.

Although it doesn't necessarily point to an uptick in ambulance-related MVCs or injuries of personnel, it underscores the daily reminder of the inherent risk involved in the work we do.

Stay aware of your surroundings. Drive safe. Stay safe.

 

Car Driver Injured After Crash With Ambulance in Wilmington, Del.

WILMINGTON, Del. (WPVI) -- A car driver was injured after a crash involving an ambulance on Monday morning in Wilmington, Delaware.

Read more at WPVI.

 

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Vegas Hockey Team Helps Honor First Responders for Shooting Response

JEMS - News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 10:36

 

Twenty-one Community Ambulance employees who were on scene when gunfire erupted at the Route 91 Harvest festival were honored in Henderson Monday morning.

As their names were called for to collect his or her Medal of Valor, they shook hands with several members of the Vegas Golden Knights, including Jonathan Marchessault, Nate Schmidt and Max Pacioretty.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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'Let's Go': New Video Shows AMR MedicWest Crew Rush to Vegas Shooting

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 09:52

 

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) - In a newly-released video from inside an AMR and Medicwest Ambulance, two first responders got the news: "There's been a shooting and dozens are hurt."

Without hesitation, and without being assigned to the call, Jodie was recorded during 1 October saying, "Let's Go."

"'Let's Go!' those are our people," Regional Director for AMR and Medicwest Scott White said. "They run to the danger, not away."

The video was taken just five minutes after the shooting started.

Read more at FOX5 Las Vegas.

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'Let's Go': New Video Shows AMR MedicWest Crew Rush to Vegas Shooting

JEMS - News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 09:52

 

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) - In a newly-released video from inside an AMR and Medicwest Ambulance, two first responders got the news: "There's been a shooting and dozens are hurt."

Without hesitation, and without being assigned to the call, Jodie was recorded during 1 October saying, "Let's Go."

"'Let's Go!' those are our people," Regional Director for AMR and Medicwest Scott White said. "They run to the danger, not away."

The video was taken just five minutes after the shooting started.

Read more at FOX5 Las Vegas.

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