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Full Recovery from California Wildfires May Take Years

JEMS - News - 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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EMS Physicians Laud Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill Protecting Medical Treatment of Emergency Patients, Sponsored by Senators Bill Cassidy (Louisiana) and Michael Bennet (Colorado)

JEMS - News - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 12:12

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) applauds the Senate’s passage of the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2017. The House of Representatives unanimously passed a similar version of the bill (H.R. 304) in January. The Senate-approved bill included minor technical changes from the House version requiring the House to approve the Senate version of the bill before it becomes law.

This bipartisan legislation ensures emergency medical service (EMS) care providers, such as paramedics, are able to continue administering the appropriate life-saving emergency medications to patients, without needing to obtain physician permission and potentially delay critical patient care. Additionally, the bill facilitates and strengthens the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) oversight of EMS.

“This bill will protect Americans and enable our medical first responders to do their utmost to care for patients in their most vulnerable moments,” said Dr. Brent Myers, President of NAEMSP. “We want to extend our deepest gratitude to the bill sponsors Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) for their unwavering support.”

"EMS professionals work directly with physicians to respond to traumatic events," said Senator Michael Bennet. "This bipartisan bill will allow them to continue this important work while creating safeguards to track controlled substances, such as opioids. The bill also improves access to innovative treatments for opioid addiction. Physicians and other practitioners should have multiple tools at their disposal to fight this epidemic."

NAEMSP, a patient-centered organization of nearly 2,000 emergency medical professionals, led the industry response to the yet-pending federal regulations, working directly with the DEA and then members of Congress to put forward the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act.

“The Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act is a testament to the value of tenacious advocacy, from NAEMSP and our partners the American College of Emergency Physicians and National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, and of bipartisan leadership and collaboration,” said Dr. Ritu Sahni, Chair of NAEMSP’s Advocacy Committee. “We urge the House of Representatives and President Donald Trump to take immediate action to advance this bill.”

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Firework Factory Blaze in Indonesia Kills at Least 47

JEMS - News - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 09:42

TANGERANG, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police on Friday said they were questioning the owner of a fireworks factory that exploded into an inferno, killing at least 47 people working inside, and have identified one of the victims as a 14-year-old girl.

Investigators were trying to determine the cause of Thursday's fire at the factory in Tangerang, near the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, and said they didn't want to speculate before the investigation is completed.

Pramujoko, head of identification at a police hospital in east Jakarta, said one victim had been identified through dental records: a 14-year-old girl who police said was known as Surnah. The government has said it will investigate allegations of under-aged workers at the factory.

Pramujoko, who uses one name, appealed to the dozens of families waiting for loved ones to be identified to provide the dental information of their missing relatives.

Safety laws are inconsistently enforced or even completely ignored in Indonesia, a poor and sprawling archipelago nation where worker rights are often treated as a lower priority than economic growth and jobs. Most of the factory's 103 employees were young women earning about $3 a day.

"We are now intensively questioning witnesses including the factory owner and manager," said Tangerang police chief Harry Kurniawan.

As investigators tried to piece together what happened, relatives crushed by grief went to a police hospital's morgue in eastern Jakarta Friday morning to identify loved ones.

Officials said bodies were found piled at the rear of the factory and were burned beyond recognition.

"The condition of the corpses was hard to recognize," said Umar Shahab, who heads the medical and health division of the Jakarta police. "They can only be identified through DNA and dental data."

Survivors told authorities the fire started in a section of the factory where fireworks are dried.

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Firework Factory Blaze in Indonesia Kills at Least 47

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 09:42

TANGERANG, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police on Friday said they were questioning the owner of a fireworks factory that exploded into an inferno, killing at least 47 people working inside, and have identified one of the victims as a 14-year-old girl.

Investigators were trying to determine the cause of Thursday's fire at the factory in Tangerang, near the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, and said they didn't want to speculate before the investigation is completed.

Pramujoko, head of identification at a police hospital in east Jakarta, said one victim had been identified through dental records: a 14-year-old girl who police said was known as Surnah. The government has said it will investigate allegations of under-aged workers at the factory.

Pramujoko, who uses one name, appealed to the dozens of families waiting for loved ones to be identified to provide the dental information of their missing relatives.

Safety laws are inconsistently enforced or even completely ignored in Indonesia, a poor and sprawling archipelago nation where worker rights are often treated as a lower priority than economic growth and jobs. Most of the factory's 103 employees were young women earning about $3 a day.

"We are now intensively questioning witnesses including the factory owner and manager," said Tangerang police chief Harry Kurniawan.

As investigators tried to piece together what happened, relatives crushed by grief went to a police hospital's morgue in eastern Jakarta Friday morning to identify loved ones.

Officials said bodies were found piled at the rear of the factory and were burned beyond recognition.

"The condition of the corpses was hard to recognize," said Umar Shahab, who heads the medical and health division of the Jakarta police. "They can only be identified through DNA and dental data."

Survivors told authorities the fire started in a section of the factory where fireworks are dried.

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Inside EMS Podcast: The opioid epidemic and first responder safety

FR1 and EMS Podcasts - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 12:42
Inside EMS Podcast: The opioid epidemic and first responder safety by FR1 and EMS1 Podcasts
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Cost of Response to Vegas Shooting Projected at $4M

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 17:21

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The costs of emergency police, fire and other services related to the Las Vegas shooting massacre were projected Wednesday at about $4 million and climbing.

The disclosure came amid pledges by the federal government to provide $1 million, and from the state of Nevada to pay $600,000 to defray costs stemming from the Oct. 1 Las Vegas Strip shooting that killed 58 people.

Las Vegas police Officer Laura Meltzer provided what she called a preliminary figure of $3.5 million for department costs associated with the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

"We still have a lot of resources devoted to the investigation," Meltzer said. "We still have people working overtime and around the clock on it."

Clark County administrators on Tuesday estimated fire department, coroner and social services costs at between $300,000 and $500,000, county spokesman Erik Pappa said.

"Over the long term, we expect it will be in the millions," he said.

Pappa noted that a facility dubbed the "The Vegas Strong Resiliency Center" opened Monday to serve as a one-stop resource for references and referrals for residents, visitors and responders affected by the shooting. He said it is expected to remain open for several years.

In addition to the dead, officials say nearly 550 people were injured when a 64-year-old high-stakes gambler and real estate investor with homes in Reno and Mesquite, Nevada, fired assault-style weapons out two 32nd-floor windows at the Mandalay Bay resort into a crowd of 22,000 people at an open-air country music concert across the street.

Police and the FBI have said they believe the shooter, Stephen Paddock, acted alone. They have not disclosed if they have discovered Paddock's motive.

The U.S. Justice Department last week announced a $1 million award from "justice assistance" funds to Nevada to help defray immediate costs of responding to the shooting.

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Cost of Response to Vegas Shooting Projected at $4M

JEMS - News - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 17:21

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The costs of emergency police, fire and other services related to the Las Vegas shooting massacre were projected Wednesday at about $4 million and climbing.

The disclosure came amid pledges by the federal government to provide $1 million, and from the state of Nevada to pay $600,000 to defray costs stemming from the Oct. 1 Las Vegas Strip shooting that killed 58 people.

Las Vegas police Officer Laura Meltzer provided what she called a preliminary figure of $3.5 million for department costs associated with the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

"We still have a lot of resources devoted to the investigation," Meltzer said. "We still have people working overtime and around the clock on it."

Clark County administrators on Tuesday estimated fire department, coroner and social services costs at between $300,000 and $500,000, county spokesman Erik Pappa said.

"Over the long term, we expect it will be in the millions," he said.

Pappa noted that a facility dubbed the "The Vegas Strong Resiliency Center" opened Monday to serve as a one-stop resource for references and referrals for residents, visitors and responders affected by the shooting. He said it is expected to remain open for several years.

In addition to the dead, officials say nearly 550 people were injured when a 64-year-old high-stakes gambler and real estate investor with homes in Reno and Mesquite, Nevada, fired assault-style weapons out two 32nd-floor windows at the Mandalay Bay resort into a crowd of 22,000 people at an open-air country music concert across the street.

Police and the FBI have said they believe the shooter, Stephen Paddock, acted alone. They have not disclosed if they have discovered Paddock's motive.

The U.S. Justice Department last week announced a $1 million award from "justice assistance" funds to Nevada to help defray immediate costs of responding to the shooting.

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Tom Metcalf Promoted to President, Acute and Brian LaDuke Joins Sarnova as President, Emergency Preparedness

JEMS - News - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 17:20

DUBLIN, Ohio – Sarnova Inc., parent company to four fast-growing business units: Bound Tree Medical, Cardio Partners, Emergency Medical Products and Tri-anim Health Services, announced today the creation of two major leadership roles at the company.

Tom Metcalf has been promoted to the new position of President, Acute, from his previous role as Senior Vice President of Acute & EMS Sales. Tom will be responsible for managing the leaders of Tri-anim Health Services’ sales, health systems, sales operations and product management teams and will assume full P&L responsibility for Sarnova’s Acute business. Throughout his six-year tenure at Sarnova, Tom has assumed larger responsibilities and transformed the company’s sales teams. Prior to joining Sarnova, Tom held sales leadership positions with GE Healthcare, Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson and other noted companies in the medical device space. 

Brian LaDuke joins Sarnova as President, Emergency Preparedness. In this newly created position, Brian will oversee the sales and product management teams and have full P&L responsibility for Bound Tree Medical, Cardio Partners and Emergency Medical Products. Prior to joining Sarnova, Brian served as a Vice President responsible for multiple divisions at Invacare Corporation with oversight of sales, marketing and operations. Through his leadership, he helped grow Invacare into a leading global provider of home and long-term care medical products.

“These organizational changes come as a direct result of the success we are experiencing as a company,” said Jeff Prestel, CEO. “The new organization structure is a natural next step in our journey to become the best company in specialty medical sales and distribution.”

About Sarnova:

Sarnova is the leading national specialty distributor of healthcare products in the emergency medical services (EMS) and acute care markets. The company is comprised of four major business units:  Bound Tree Medical, Cardio Partners, Emergency Medical Products and Tri-anim Health Services. Sarnova is a company of Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic investor focused exclusively on the health care industry. For more information, visit www.sarnova.com.

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International Association of Fire Chiefs Partners with Intermedix and Esri to Build the National Mutual Aid System

JEMS - News - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 17:16

REDLANDS, Calif. and NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The International Association of Fire Chiefs, the international fire service leader, Intermedix, the global leader of health and safety solutions, and Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, announced on Thursday the agreement to build the National Mutual Aid System or NMAS.

The NMAS will be the next generation version of the IAFC’s Mutual Aid Net tool built in 2008. The NMAS will use Esri’s ArcGIS, a powerful location intelligence platform, and Intermedix’s WebEOC, a crisis information management software, to manage and track emergency services resources during mutual aid responses.

During large-scale emergencies and disasters, it is critical for response personnel to have easy access to a mutual aid system for managing their resources. WebEOC will allow IAFC to manage information sharing, event reporting and task management in a central, web-based environment that allows IAFC to effortlessly connect to partner agencies and organizations during response efforts.

The use of spatial data to identify and respond quickly and effectively is also paramount. Esri’s ArcGIS platform brings mutual aid management data into a location context, integrating that information into spatial analysis technology that emergency responders around the world use every day. 

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2 Killed on Grambling State Campus; Shooter at Large

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 09:33

GRAMBLING, La. (AP) — A student and his friend were fatally shot at a university in Louisiana after an altercation that began in a dorm room and ended in a courtyard, authorities said Wednesday.

The shooter remained at large.

Lincoln Parish Sheriff's spokesman Stephen Williams said detectives joined campus police investigating the double homicide at Grambling State University after getting 911 calls starting at 12:04 a.m.

The historically black university in northern Louisiana has an enrollment of nearly 5,000 students.

"It was an altercation that started inside one of the dorm rooms and spilled out into the courtyard," Williams said. "We're interviewing witnesses."

Grambling State media relations director Will Sutton told news outlets that one of the victims was a Grambling senior, Earl Andrews, and the other was Monquiarius Caldwell. Both were 23 and from Farmerville, Louisiana.

Andrews' aunt, Mattie Boyette, told KSLA.com that she had no idea why anyone would want to shoot him.

"He was here at Grambling, good student, good kid. He just wanted an education. He just wanted to better himself," Boyette said.

"His momma, his sister and his brother, he was the apple of their eye," she said.

Authorities did not immediately release any information about the suspected shooter.

The deadly shootings happened during the school's homecoming week. KSLA.com reports that Sutton said it was too early to say whether any homecoming events would be affected.

A Grambling State student was wounded last month in a separate shooting on the campus. Sutton told news outlets then that a student let another person into a dorm and there was a fight that ended with a student being shot in the left arm on Sept. 21.

No suspects have been named in any of the shootings.

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2 Killed on Grambling State Campus; Shooter at Large

JEMS - News - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 09:33

GRAMBLING, La. (AP) — A student and his friend were fatally shot at a university in Louisiana after an altercation that began in a dorm room and ended in a courtyard, authorities said Wednesday.

The shooter remained at large.

Lincoln Parish Sheriff's spokesman Stephen Williams said detectives joined campus police investigating the double homicide at Grambling State University after getting 911 calls starting at 12:04 a.m.

The historically black university in northern Louisiana has an enrollment of nearly 5,000 students.

"It was an altercation that started inside one of the dorm rooms and spilled out into the courtyard," Williams said. "We're interviewing witnesses."

Grambling State media relations director Will Sutton told news outlets that one of the victims was a Grambling senior, Earl Andrews, and the other was Monquiarius Caldwell. Both were 23 and from Farmerville, Louisiana.

Andrews' aunt, Mattie Boyette, told KSLA.com that she had no idea why anyone would want to shoot him.

"He was here at Grambling, good student, good kid. He just wanted an education. He just wanted to better himself," Boyette said.

"His momma, his sister and his brother, he was the apple of their eye," she said.

Authorities did not immediately release any information about the suspected shooter.

The deadly shootings happened during the school's homecoming week. KSLA.com reports that Sutton said it was too early to say whether any homecoming events would be affected.

A Grambling State student was wounded last month in a separate shooting on the campus. Sutton told news outlets then that a student let another person into a dorm and there was a fight that ended with a student being shot in the left arm on Sept. 21.

No suspects have been named in any of the shootings.

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