New Documentary Features San Diego Fire-Rescue NFFF Video Focuses on Health and Safety of Firefighters

JEMS - News - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 20:21

When you’re the fire chief everyone expects you to have the answers. This includes your bosses in local government and most importantly the firefighters you lead. Fire chiefs tend to think they know where the fire is going, whether it’s the burning building threatening to take out the whole block or an internal crisis that presents a serious challenge for a department.

In a new National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) documentary featuring San Diego Fire-Rescue, Chief Brian Fennessy talks about one critical incident the department faced where he didn’t envision the difficult path it would take. The lessons learned from the June 24, 2015 stabbings of Firefighter/Paramedic Ben Vernon and Firefighter Alexander Wallbrett during an EMS response have now brought key changes to how the department addresses the psychological well-being of its firefighters and paramedics.

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“In my mind they get healed, it turns into a pretty good story and we recognized them publicly for the heroics and life goes on,” Chief Fennessy told the producers of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) video San Diego Fire-Rescue: Leadership So Everyone Goes Home. “Pretty naïve on my part. It certainly was not like that. Both suffered from varying degrees of PTSD, one very significantly.”

Another important attribute of firefighters and fire chiefs is quickly adapting to overcome the obstacles that prevent them from putting out the fire. In this case SDFD, working with other government agencies and the San Diego Fireman’s Relief Association, was able to put in place a counseling program to meet the needs of not just Vernon and Wallbrett, but the entire department.

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Explosion at Market in Russia Injures 10

JEMS - News - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 09:45

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — At least 10 people were injured Wednesday by an explosion at a supermarket in St. Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city and the site of a deadly subway bombing this year.

The Investigative Committee, the nation's top investigative agency, said a device containing 200 grams (7 ounces) of explosives went off at a storage area for customers' bags. It said the device was rigged with shrapnel to cause more damage.

No one has claimed responsibility for the explosion at a branch of the Perekrestok supermarket chain in the city's northwest Kalininsky district.

Alexander Klaus, the chief of the local branch of the Investigative Committee, said 10 people were hospitalized with injuries.

Andrey Kibitov, a spokesman for St. Petersburg's governor, tweeted that the injured were in satisfactory condition and one had been discharged from the hospital.

A criminal investigation was launched.

While officials stopped short of branding the explosion as a terror attack, the National Anti-Terrorism Committee that oversees anti-terror efforts in Russia said it was coordinating the search for suspects.

Viktoria Gordeyeva, a St. Petersburg resident who walked past the supermarket shortly after the explosion, said people were afraid to enter other stores in the area.

"There was no panic, but people were reluctant to enter a nearby drug store and a grocery store," Gordeyeva said.

Another local resident, Marina Bulanova, a doctor, heard the explosion and rushed to the market to help treat anyone who might be hurt. She said ambulance crews already had taken those injured to city hospitals by the time she got there.

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ZOLL Announces Keynote Speakers for Summit 2018

JEMS - News - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 13:28

CHELMSFORD, MASS.—ZOLL Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group Company that manufactures medical devices and related software solutions,  has announced the keynote speakers for its annual conference, SUMMIT 2018, which will take place May 8-10 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. The 2018 event marks the 21st anniversary of the ZOLL-hosted conference.

More than 700 EMS/Fire professionals are expected to attend the 3-day event, which features an educational curriculum combined with hands-on product training and support opportunities for emergency personnel. Top industry experts will discuss emerging trends in pre-hospital clinical care and share best practices on improving patient outcomes and operational efficiencies in EMS/Fire operations.

This year’s SUMMIT keynote speakers include actor Randolph Mantooth, law enforcement veteran Gordon Graham, and decorated former U.S. Navy SEAL and best-selling author Kevin Lacz.

Randolph Mantooth, broadly recognized for his portrayal as L.A. County firefighter/paramedic Johnny Gage on NBC’s television drama, EMERGENCY!, is a motivational speaker who has addressed fire service and EMS conferences and special events since 1986. First responders are touched by Mantooth's uplifting and heartfelt message, which draws upon his experiences on the show, and from more than 40 years of close relationships with firefighters, paramedics, and EMTs. He inspires first responders to rededicate their careers to their higher calling of caring for people and protecting the communities they serve.

Gordon Graham, a retired 33-year California law enforcement veteran, reflects upon his background in police work, risk management, and as a practicing attorney who coaches first responders on risk management. Over the last decade, Graham has delivered more than 3,000 presentations to law enforcement groups, corrections personnel, fraud investigators, fire and EMS professionals, and civic organizations, as well as high-risk private sector organizations.

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Steven Knight Becomes Partner at Fitch & Associates

JEMS - News - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 13:24

PLATTE CITY, MO - Fitch & Associates, a leading public safety and health care consulting firm, has named Steven Knight partner, effective January 1, 2018. For more than three years, Dr. Knight has served as the firm’s Fire Service Practice Lead. In that role, he led numerous assessments of fire service operations in cities and counties across the country, including standards of cover reviews and strategic planning projects.  

Dr. Knight joined the firm after serving as the Senior Manager for Fire and EMS at the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Dr. Knight has more than two decades of experience in fire and EMS, having retired in 2013 from St. Petersburg (Florida) Fire Rescue as an Assistant Fire Chief. He has served as a subject matter expert for both the National Fire Academy and the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). He also served as a team leader and peer assessor for the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) and held multiple Fire Science and EMS academic appointments.

“Steve’s expertise and experience have been a real asset to our team and for our clients for the last three years,” said Jay Fitch, PhD, founding partner and president of Fitch & Associates. “We are thrilled to have him as a partner as our fire service practice continues to grow.”

Dr. Knight’s received a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire and Safety Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Public Administration from Troy State University and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Research and Measurement from the University of South Florida. A nationally recognized speaker and author, Dr. Knight has completed the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program at the National Fire Academy, earning the A. Don Manno Award for Excellence in Research from the National Society of Executive Fire Officers and the 2007 Outstanding Research Award from the National Fire Academy and United States Fire Administration. 

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9-1-1 Calls Provide Vivid Account of Washington State Train Derailment

JEMS - News - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 09:55

SEATTLE (AP) — Whimpering in pain, bleeding from head injuries and dazed by the enormity of the crash, victims in the Amtrak train derailment south of Seattle begged 911 dispatchers for help and said "tons of people" had been hurt.

Dozens of emergency recordings released Wednesday by South Sound 911 Dispatch provided a vivid account of what happened during the deadly Dec. 18 crash.

"My abdomen hurts really bad. I don't feel good," said a crying woman identified as Angela who was bleeding from her head and wailed in panic each time she couldn't find an answer to a dispatcher's questions. "I don't know how old I am off the top of my head. I'm sorry!"

Angela was in Car 5 with her 14-year-old son as the passenger train barreled through a curve at 78 mph (126 kph) in a 30 mph zone, derailing along both sides of the tracks and toppling some cars onto Interstate 5 below.

Angela begged for help and ordered her bleeding son to lie still because he had neck and back pain. He took a hit to his face. They got slammed into a table. She couldn't find her shoes.

"Everybody's getting off but I'm afraid to move my son," Angela said, adding that "tons of people are hurt!"

Authorities say it could take more than a year to understand how the inaugural run of the train carrying 85 passengers and crew members ended in disaster along a new 15-mile (24-kilometer) bypass route.

Friends Jim Hamre, 61, and Zack Willhoite, 35, died of brain and skull injuries. Benjamin Gran, 40, died of multiple traumatic injuries.

Another 911 caller said there were bodies everywhere. A dispatcher said there were at least 12 bodies on the tracks.

One man called seeking information about his wife after learning she hit her head while on the train. He said he was driving to the scene, but the dispatcher urged him to avoid the area so he didn't get stuck on the road.

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Deputy Recalls Rescuing 8-Year-Old Boy From Frozen Pond

JEMS - News - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 10:39

NEW HARMONY, Utah (AP) — A Utah sheriff's deputy said Tuesday he was desperate and numb from the cold as he punched and stomped his way into a frozen pond on Christmas Day to pull out an 8-year-old boy who had fallen through the ice while chasing his dog.

With cuts on his forearms, Washington County sheriff's Sgt. Aaron Thompson said at a news conference that rescuers believe the child was in the 37-degree water for about 30 minutes until the deputy rescued him.

"I couldn't feel anything. I didn't notice anything when I was doing it," Thompson said. "I knew that time was of the essence. I had a very short window to get that child out of the water."

Sheriff's Lt. David Crouse said the boy was hospitalized in Salt Lake City but he didn't have details on his condition. Thompson said deputies were hopeful.

The boy fell through the ice in the town of New Harmony, north of St. George.

After arriving at the scene, Thompson, who had served on a search and rescue dive team, began searching an area where a woman reported seeing the boy's hand flail about four minutes earlier.

The deputy stomped to break through the ice and work his way deeper, pounding with his hands and fists.

"As the ice got thicker, I couldn't break it with my arms and my fists anymore, so I had to jump up on top of the ice, putting my weight on it, and then pound on it to get it to break," he said.

When he went into the water, his toes brushed against reeds growing on the bottom of the pond and water reached his neck.

He swished his arms and legs around before finding the boy beneath the ice about 25 feet from the shoreline.

Thompson was treated for symptoms of hypothermia and released from a hospital Monday night. He said he lost the feeling in some fingers but sensation had returned by Tuesday.

He expects to return to work by early next week.

The Spectrum of St. George reported that Sheriff Cory Pulsipher praised the deputy.

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Priority Ambulance Promotes Terry Johnson to Southeast Regional President

JEMS - News - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:17

Priority Ambulance today announced the promotion of Terry Johnson to Southeast Regional President as part of the company’s operational leadership strategy to position the company for further growth. The Southeast region includes Priority Ambulance’s significant footprint in Georgia and East Tennessee.

“Since he joined the Priority Ambulance family of companies, I have been impressed with Terry’s tremendous leadership and innovative, dedicated approach to operations management,” said Priority Ambulance CEO Bryan Gibson. “Based on past performance and his incredible potential, I am confident that Terry will successfully lead our Southeast operations in Georgia and Tennessee to continued expansion and operational efficiency.”

In 2017, Priority Ambulance’s national family of companies more than doubled in size now serving more than 350,000 patients annually and expanded its footprint to include a nine-state network. To position the company for continued growth in 2018 and beyond, the company announced in November a shift in its operational team that would transfer operational oversight to newly-created Regional Presidents. This regional leadership ensures operational decisions are made efficiently, close to the customer, by those who live in the communities they affect.

The Southeast Division currently includes Central EMS and Puckett EMS in Georgia, which combine to be the largest private ambulance service in the state with 100 ambulances, as well as Puckett EMS in Southeast Tennessee and Priority Ambulance of East Tennessee in the greater Knoxville metro area.

Johnson’s background in improving corporate performance across a wide variety of industries through development, implementation, management of innovative systems and process improvement has led him to become a successful EMS leader.

Since 2013, Johnson has served as vice president of administration for Puckett EMS, a private ambulance service headquartered in Austell, Georgia, that provides emergency and nonemergency service to 14 counties in Georgia and Southeast Tennessee. During his tenure, Puckett’s Tennessee/North Georgia operation doubled by securing multiple 911 contracts.  The company’s revenue and EBITDA more than doubled in his time at the company. 

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Car Rams into Pedestrians in Melbourne; 19 injured

JEMS - News - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 09:18

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police said there is no evidence of a terrorist link to a car ramming attack Thursday in central Melbourne that left 19 people injured.

Police said the driver was a 32-year-old Australian citizen of Afghan decent who has a history of drug use and mental health issues. The man was known to police for historical minor assault and traffic offenses.

"We don't at this time have any evidence or any intelligence to indicate there's a connection with terrorism," said Victoria state police acting commissioner Shane Patton.

The streets outside the city's iconic Flinders Street railway station were crowded with Christmas shoppers late Thursday afternoon when a white Suzuki SUV ran a red light and sped up to slam into pedestrians crossing the road before crashing into a traffic barrier.

In this photo made video from the Australian Broadcasting Corp., a white SUV vehicle is stopped after allegedly striking pedestrians, Thursday, Dec. 21, 20217, in Melbourne, Australia. Local media say over a dozen people have been injured after a car drove into pedestrians on a sidewalk in central Melbourne. (Australian Broadcast Corp. via AP)

While police had earlier said 14 people had been injured, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed that 19 people had been taken to hospitals. The four listed in critical condition are believed to include a preschool-aged child, Australian media reported.

Andrews described the incident as "an act of evil and an act of cowardice, perpetrated against innocent bystanders."

Witnesses described a horrific scene.

"I was crossing Flinders Street on the way to the train station. I heard an engine rev behind me and heard a thump," one man identified only as David said on ABC TV.  He said he turned around saw "people literally getting thrown into the air as it hit them."

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Engineer in Wash. Train Crash May Have Been Distracted

JEMS - News - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 23:10

SEATTLE (AP) — Experts say it's possible the engineer on an Amtrak train that derailed as it hurtled into a curve at more than twice the speed limit was distracted for an extended period of time before the train plunged off an overpass and onto a busy interstate, a key factor in the investigation.

Authorities on Wednesday reopened two southbound lanes of Interstate 5 - the Pacific Northwest's main north-south arterial - that had been closed since Monday's accident as federal investigators focused on whether the engineer's attention was diverted by a second person in the cab, or by something else.

Three men were killed Monday south of Seattle when the train barreled into a 30 mph zone at 80 mph. Southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near DuPont had been closed at the accident ever since.

A conductor in training who was familiarizing himself with the new route was in the locomotive with the engineer at the time. A federal official who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity said authorities want to know whether the engineer lost "situational awareness" — didn't realize where he was.

Rail-safety experts say that while it is fairly common to have two people in a cab, investigators will look into whether that may have distracted the engineer.

"What interactions were the conductor and the engineer having and did that distract the engineer from his focus on where they were on the route?" said Keith Millhouse, a rail-safety consultant who was former board chairman of Metrolink, Southern California's commuter rail system.

Millhouse said the two could have been having discussions that caused the engineer to not realize where he was on the route.

"My guess is there were probably distractions not only immediately prior to the accident but in the minutes leading up to the accident," he said.

Investigators had not yet interviewed the train engineer and other crew members — all of whom were hospitalized — as of Wednesday morning, a National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said. Experts say investigators will want to talk to them as soon as possible while the event is still fresh in their memory.

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8 Americans, 2 Swedes, 1 Canadian Dead in Mexican Bus Crash

JEMS - News - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 22:48

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Driver negligence and speed caused a bus crash in southern Mexico that killed eight Americans, two Swedes, one Canadian and a Mexican tour guide as they traveled from cruise ships to visit nearby Mayan ruins, officials said Wednesday.

Quintana Roo state prosecutors said a preliminary manslaughter investigation indicated the driver lost control of the bus and when he tried to get back on the narrow highway, the bus flipped, struck a tree and landed in vegetation along the roadside.

"Due to a lack of care the driver lost control of the bus' steering to the right, leaving the asphalt," state prosecutor Miguel Angel Pech Cen said at a news conference. He said evidence found at the scene indicated the driver was going too fast.

The state government said that in addition to the 12 people killed, three Canadians, four Brazilians, four Americans and two Swedes had to be hospitalized for treatment of injuries. The two Swedes were transported to the United States for treatment. Seven other people were slightly injured in Tuesday's accident and returned to their cruise ship.

By Wednesday afternoon, only four tourists — one Brazilian and three Americans — remained in local hospitals, the state prosecutor's office said.

A state government statement early Wednesday said the bus driver was injured and taken into custody. But Pech Cen later said the driver was not in custody. He said the driver was transported from the scene for medical treatment. They knew the driver's identity and would get a statement from him, but were not sure if he was in a hospital or still at home, the prosecutor said. He did not elaborate on the conflicting government statements.

The Swedish and Canadian governments confirmed the deaths of their citizens, but the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City confirmed only that there were "multiple" American deaths and several injuries. A statement said the embassy had staff on the ground assisting victims and loved ones.

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Commuters Rush to Train Wreckage to Help Survivors in Wash. Derailment

JEMS - News - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 10:00

DUPONT, Wash. (AP) — A neurosurgeon and an Eagle Scout. A college student and military medics.

Commuters and emergency workers alike rushed to help survivors when an Amtrak passenger train derailed Monday south of Seattle and hurtled off an overpass onto a busy interstate below.

Oregon Health & Science University neurosurgeon Dr. Nathan Selden was headed to Seattle with his college-aged son when they came upon the deadly wreck near DuPont, Washington.

It was the first mass casualty event Selden had seen, and he was amazed to see that one infant involved in the wreck seemed miraculously unharmed.

At least three people were killed and other were badly injured, authorities said. Selden was ushered to a medical triage tent to help tend to survivors as his son started running supplies from the firetrucks to the medical tents.

The most severely injured people had already been taken to hospitals by the time he arrived, Selden said, and the victims he assessed had sprains, open wounds, skull and pelvis fractures and other injuries.

He applauded the first responders as skilled, dedicated and compassionate. Trained professionals and untrained helpers worked together "amazingly well," he said.

"We were very close to the trains and it was a chaotic scene but a scene of complete purpose. Everybody knew what the goal was," Selden said.

Daniel Konzelman was also driving nearby with a friend when they saw the derailment. They pulled over and rushed to the wreckage, running along the tracks and over the bridge to reach the scene.

Some train cars had their roofs ripped off or were turned upside down. Others were turned sideways on the bridge. Konzelman, 24, and his friend clambered into train cars to look for victims.

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On the Front Lines of the Drug Crisis, U.S. Law Enforcement is Split on Narcan

JEMS - News - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 12:36

BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) — The sheriff of Clermont County firmly believes it's a call of duty for his deputies to carry a nasal spray that brings people back from the brink of death by drug overdose. Less than 50 miles away, his counterpart in Butler County is dead set against it, saying it subjects deputies to danger while making no lasting impact on the death toll.

The divide over naloxone, the popular overdose antidote, between nearby sheriffs in two hard-hit counties in one of the hardest-hit states for drug deaths shows just how elusive solutions are on the front lines of the U.S. opioid crisis.

Some police officials cite lack of resources for obtaining, maintaining and tracking supplies and for training in when and how to use it. They worry about taking on new duties they say are better suited for medical workers, divert them from fighting crime and can put them in danger. They get support from some citizens weary of people who overdose repeatedly.

Police who do carry it say that development of a nasal spray called Narcan makes naloxone simple to administer, that the $75 two-dose kits are usually given to them by health departments or community organizations, that it's not a major burden to track and maintain supplies and that it's a natural extension of their mission to serve and protect.

In this Nov. 2, 2017, photo, medics with the Cincinnati Fire Department administer injectable naloxone to a man while responding to a possible overdose report at a gas station in downtown Cincinnati. The sheriff of Clermont County firmly believes it's a call of duty for his deputies to carry the drug. His counterpart in nearby Butler County says it subjects deputies to danger while making no lasting impact on the death toll. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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Train Derails Near Seattle, At Least 6 Killed

JEMS - News - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 11:29

DUPONT, Wash. (AP) — An Amtrak train making the first-ever run along a faster new route hurtled off an overpass Monday near Tacoma and spilled some of its cars onto the highway below, killing at least six people, authorities said. The death toll was expected to rise.

Seventy-eight passengers and five crew members were aboard when the train moving at more than 80 mph derailed about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Seattle on a route that had raised safety concerns.

An official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press that preliminary signs indicate that Train 501 may have struck something before going off the track. The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke to on the condition of anonymity.


The Pierce County Sheriff's Office said several vehicles on Interstate 5 were struck by falling train cars and multiple motorists were injured. No fatalities of motorists were reported.

Chris Karnes was on the train, three or four cars back from the front. He said the only part of the train remaining on the tracks was the rear locomotive. Several cars were hanging over the overpass.

The possibility that the wreck was caused by something on the tracks fed into concerns voiced by local officials about the risk of high-speed trains crossing busy streets. The mayor of a town near the derailment had warned about the danger of an accident at a public meeting only two weeks ago.

Daniel Konzelman, 24, was driving parallel to the train on his way to work as an accountant in Olympia. He was about 30 seconds ahead of the train on the freeway when he saw it derail.

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Firefighter Dies, Thousands More Take on California Blaze

JEMS - News - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:49

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — One of the thousands of firefighters battling a series of wildfires across Southern California has died, but authorities gave no hint of how.

San Diego-based Cory Iverson was assigned to the blaze northwest of Los Angeles, which has become the fourth largest in California history. Iverson, 32, was an engineer with a state fire engine strike team. He died Thursday.

Dozens of police and fire vehicles escorted a hearse carrying Iverson's flag-draped body to the county medical examiner's office in Ventura.

Iverson had been with the state since 2009, said Fire Chief Ken Pimlott of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean called for a moment of silence in Iverson's memory Thursday night at an informational meeting for residents of the rural town of Fillmore, near an eastern flank of the fire.

"As I was up in the canyon and I watched his fire brethren remove his flag-draped body from the canyon in the hills above where we sit right here, I couldn't help but think about his pregnant wife and his young daughter who will never see their husband and father again," Dean said.

It was the second death linked to the fire. A 70-year-old woman was killed in a car crash while evacuating as the fire raged last week. Her body was found inside the wrecked car along an evacuation route.

Pimlott did not provide any details about Iverson's death but said it was under investigation by an accident review team.

A return of gusty Santa Ana winds brought renewed activity to inland portions of the so-called Thomas Fire straddling coastal Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Pimlott said he was "deeply saddened" by Iverson's death but added that fire crews were continuing to focus on their mission.

"The firefight in front of us continues to go on. The communities we are protecting are depending on us and we will not fail," he said at an afternoon news conference.

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Illinois High School Student Brendan Gould Wins Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation's People Saving People Award

JEMS - News - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:30

Illinois high school student Brendan Gould has been named winner of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation’s People Saving People Award for saving his father’s life with CPR. The announcement and award presentation took place at the Citizen CPR Foundation’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update conference on December 8 in New Orleans, LA.

On February 6, 2016, Brendan, then 16, had been speaking with his father, Tom Gould, at their home in Barrington, when Tom suddenly collapsed, became unresponsive and stopped breathing. Brendan immediately called 911 and fortunately, CenCom 911 dispatcher Jeff Callaghan was trained in giving CPR instructions. After discerning that Tom was in cardiac arrest, Callaghan coached Brendan in giving “hands-only” CPR, instructing him to pump hard and fast on Tom’s chest.

As the 911 call recording reveals, Brendan was remarkably calm in his efforts to resuscitate his father. “My dad’s lips are turning purple,” Brendan told the dispatcher on the recording. “What do I do?”

"I thought I was talking to an adult," Callaghan said. "He was not frantic at all. He was amazing, no panicking."

Brendan started CPR and also directed his younger sister Grace to remain downstairs and be on the lookout for first responders. Her actions turned out to be crucial, since she was able to flag down police officer Rita Kelly and get help more quickly. When Kelly arrived, she took over CPR. The Barrington Fire Department arrived minutes later and they shocked Tom with a defibrillator five times before his heart began to beat normally again.

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Massive Southern California Fire Now 4th Largest in State History

JEMS - News - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 10:20

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The colossal wildfire burning northwest of Los Angeles became the fourth largest in California history and authorities said it would likely keep growing and threatening communities as hot, gusty winds fanned the flames.

State officials said Thursday that the so-called Thomas Fire straddling coastal Ventura and Santa Barbara counties covered 379 square miles (982 square kilometers). That surpassed a blaze that burned inland Santa Barbara County a decade ago.

Some evacuations were lifted and the risk to the agricultural city of Fillmore was diminishing. But coastal enclaves to the west remained under threat as crews protected hillside homes in Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria.

Schools were closed and many roads remained shut down. The USA Water Polo Women's National Team match against the Netherlands scheduled for Saturday in Santa Barbara was moved to Orange County.

The National Weather Service said extreme fire danger conditions could last through the weekend due to lack of moisture along with a likely increase in wind speeds. Gusts were expected to top 35 mph (56 kph) by midday Thursday.

Firefighters made some progress Wednesday on corralling the fire, which continued to spread mostly into national forest land.

Since the blaze broke out on Dec. 4, it has burned destroyed 970 buildings — including at least 700 homes. Flames threatened some 18,000 buildings and prompted evacuations of about 100,000 people. Covering more ground than the city of San Diego, it was 30 percent contained.

To the south in San Diego County, firefighters came very close to containing another major wildfire a week after it broke out.

That fire burned down 157 structures, most in its destructive first hours.  It also killed 46 race horses at a training center, and left one of their trainers with serious burns.


For complete coverage of the California wildfires, click here: https://apnews.com/tag/Wildfires.

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ESO to Market TrackEMS System to Alert Hospitals of Incoming Critical EMS Patients

JEMS - News - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 23:00
AUSTIN, Texas, December 14, 2017 -- ESO Solutions, Inc., and Innovative Communications, LLC, (InnoComm) have announced a new partnership to market TrackEMS, a system that notifies hospitals of incoming critical patients in real time, as an ESO product offering, officials with the two companies said.

“With TrackEMS, paramedics and EMTs no longer need to interrupt patient care to give a radio report to the hospital about incoming patients,” said Allen Johnson, Vice President and General Manager of Analytics and Health Data Exchange at ESO. According to Johnson, TrackEMS allows delivery of critical patient information from the field directly to the hospital ED and cath lab. “This is a natural extension to EHR that saves time in both the prehospital setting and hospitals, as well as ensuring that information about critical EMS patients is available throughout the hospital,” he said.

TrackEMS will integrate with ESO’s industry-leading advanced ePCR, ESO Electronic Health Record (EHR), allowing EMTs and paramedics to enter data once and have it available in the prehospital and hospital electronic patient records.

Based in Charlottesville, VA, Innovative Communications, LLC, was founded in 2014 with a vision to develop a communication tool for EMS to simplify the way meaningful data gets from the incident site to the hospital. “We are thrilled to be part of the ESO team,” said InnoComm President and CEO Ed Cusick. “ESO’s reputation for quality and innovation, plus its rapid growth in the fire and EMS markets, make it a natural partner for TrackEMS.”

Learn more about TrackEMS here or by calling 866-766-9471.

TrackEMS is a trademark of Innovative Communications, LLC, used under license by ESO Solutions.

About ESO Solutions
ESO Solutions, Inc., is dedicated to improving community health and safety through the power of data. Since its founding in 2004, the company has been a pioneer in electronic patient care records (ePCR) software for emergency medical services, fire departments and ambulance services. Today, ESO serves more than 13,000 agencies throughout the U.S. The company's healthcare, public safety and technology experts deliver the most innovative software and data solutions on the market, including the industry-leading ESO Electronic Health Record (EHR); ESO Health Data Exchange (HDE), the first-of-its-kind healthcare interoperability platform; record management system (RMS) for fire departments; and ambulance revenue recovery/billing software. ESO is also playing a leading role in helping EMS provider organizations across the nation successfully transition to NEMSIS Version 3 and new state standards for electronic patient care reporting.
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St. Charles Co. Seniors 'Fill the Ambulance' With More Than Two Tons of Food

JEMS - News - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 23:00
For thousands of families across our community, the holidays are a happy time; filled with parties, pageants and packages. Others, however, have a difficult time getting into the holiday spirit, because they're among the millions of Americans facing hunger. This week, residents at retirement facilities will partner with St. Charles County Ambulance District [SCCAD] Paramedics to ensure that pantry shelves in their community are fully stocked for those in need.

The initiative is called 'Fill the Ambulance with Food', and it's been going strong for eight years in St. Charles County. This year, three new senior living communities joined the program, bringing the total to 11. Collectively, the seniors make a big impact for local pantries.

"In addition to growing in terms of number of facilities, the quantity of donations at our long-standing partners seems to grow each year as well - this year, we collected 4,250 pounds of food!" said Judy Coyman, Director of Community Relations for Operation Food Search [OFS], a St. Louis-based hunger relief non-profit that helps SCCAD facilitate the drive each year. "We work with our partner food pantries in St. Charles County to ensure the seniors' donations stay right in their community."

On Wednesday, December 13, SCCAD Paramedics and OFS representatives canvassed the county, traveling to the 11 participating retirement communities to collect the donations seniors stockpiled over the last month.

"We've retained the 'Fill the Ambulance' name, but in reality, seniors' support of this program outgrew a single ambulance several years ago," said SCCAD Director of Community Relations Kyle Gaines. "Thankfully, the pantries are armed with a fleet of vans and trucks that can help get the donations onto pantries shelves, and ultimately, into the homes of individuals and families who need it."

'Fill the Ambulance' was developed in 2010, and since its' inception, has garnered more than five tons of non-perishable food donations. Retirement communities participating this year were: Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe, Twin Oaks at Stone Ridge, Lakeridge Senior Apartments, Park Place Senior Living, Garden Villas of O'Fallon, Breeze Park, Lake St. Charles, River's Edge, Windsor Estates of St. Charles, The Boulevard and Brookdale St. Peters.
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Officer Honored for Adopting Baby from Opioid Addicted Mom

JEMS - News - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 17:32

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A routine call about an Albuquerque convenience store theft turned into a life-transforming moment for an officer who came across upon a pregnant woman he found using heroin.

That officer later volunteered to adopt the unborn baby.

Officer Ryan Holets and his wife, Rebecca, were honored Monday for adopting the baby girl they named Hope after the addicted mom agreed to let the couple raise her child. The baby is now 6-weeks-old and is recovering after being born with an opioid addiction.

"We're blessed," Holets said.

City officials called the officer's act selfless, said it gave the infant a chance at a new life and attracted international attention in an era of a rampaging opioid epidemic.

In New Mexico, where an estimated 5 percent of all babies are born addicted to opioids, the story also is drawing attention to an epidemic that continues to overwhelm hospitals, law enforcement and social workers.

"He's a hero," new Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said at a City Hall special ceremony.

The situation started to unfold in September when Holets and Officer Jonathan Kreamer found Crystal Champ, 35, and another man shooting heroin in a field near a convenience store. The officers approached the homeless couple and questioned them. Holets noticed the woman was around eight months pregnant.

"Are you pregnant? Why are you doing that stuff?" Holets was heard asking a barefoot Champ on his lapel camera footage. "You are going to kill your baby."

An emotional Champ told Holets the addiction was controlling her life and she would probably put her baby up for adoption.

"Do you know who's going to adopt your baby?" Holets asked.

According to police, Holets did not arrest Champ and the man, who was the baby's father. Instead, Holets helped pay for a place for them to stay.

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Bombing Highlights NYC Subway System's Vulnerability

JEMS - News - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 17:26

NEW YORK (AP) — The crude pipe bomb that exploded beneath the streets of New York this week served as a chilling reminder of the vulnerability of the city's subway system, a 24-hour-a-day operation with 472 stations and more than 5 million daily riders.

While police say the nation's largest subway system has some of the tightest security possible that still allows busy New Yorkers to get where they're going, they acknowledge they can't be everywhere or anticipate every kind of attack, particularly in this era of lone-wolf terrorism.

"It's very difficult, and it's getting harder," John Miller, the New York Police Department's deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism, said on CBS's "This Morning." ''This is not the al-Qaida model, where a cell of people who are communicating with a base are an intelligence problem."

Instead, he said, the threat is coming from people "where the conspiracy is within the confines of their own mind."

Investigators say that appears to be what happened Monday, when a Bangladeshi immigrant indoctrinated into terrorism through internet videos strapped a bomb to his body and set it off in a busy passageway. He was the only one seriously hurt, suffering burns on his hands and torso.

Akayed Ullah, who's 27, was charged with federal terrorism-related offenses punishable by up to life in prison and was informed of the charges via video Wednesday as he lay in his hospital bed. He did not enter a plea and said little during the hearing, which lasted a little over 10 minutes.

It was the second lone-wolf terror attack on the city in six weeks. On Oct. 31, a man in a rented truck mowed down cyclists and pedestrians on a crowded bike path near the World Trade Center, killing eight people.

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