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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Senator Coons Delivers Video Message to the International Association of EMS Chiefs Urging Support for Bipartisan Bill to Establish National EMS Memorial

JEMS - News - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:57

WASHINGTON DC– U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) delivered a video message at the Leadership Summit of the International Association of EMS Chief’s in Washington D.C. In his message, Senator Coons noted that the commitment of EMS workers “exemplifies the finest traditions of the American spirit. This commemorative work is important because when we lose a service member on duty, the families, friends, and colleagues they leave behind have no nationally recognized place to acknowledge their loved ones and grieve.”

Earlier this year, Senator Coons re-introduced S. 1692 National Emergency Medical Services Commemorative Work Act, which would allow the National Emergency Medical Services Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work on federal land to pay tribute to the commitment and service represented by emergency medical services (EMS). The memorial would be constructed in the greater District of Columbia area.

This bill is a companion bill to H.R. 1037, a Bill to Establish a National EMS Memorial, introduced by Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) on February 14, 2017. H.R. 1037 is co-sponsored by Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA), Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Congressman Denny Heck (D-WA), Congressman William Keating (D-MA), Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA), Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI), Congressman Peter T. King (R-NY), Congressman James R. Langevin (D-RI), Congressman Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), Congressman David Loebsack (D-IL), Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA), Congresswoman Kathleen M. Rice (D-NY), Congressman Raul Ruiz (D-CA), and Congressman Timothy J. Walz (D-MN).

Senator Coons urged everyone to “email your Senators and Representatives…ask them to take a look at our Bill…at your Bill. Ask them to co-sponsor the bipartisan National Emergency Medical Services Commemorative Work Act to help build overwhelming support for this well-deserved and long overdue national memorial.”

"Every day, Americans continue to rely on the enduring ideals of commitment, service, and sacrifice embraced by the nation’s emergency medical service providers,” says Katie Orsino, Executive Director of the National EMS Memorial Foundation. “These same providers should be able to rely on us as a nation to remember this ongoing commitment and service to our country, and more importantly, the ultimate sacrifice already made by more than 650 members of the nation’s EMS personnel. We are very fortunate to have the bipartisan leadership of the members of Congress associated with this project; the entire EMS community appreciates the support of these Bills in both houses. The National EMS Memorial Foundation thanks you in advance for taking the time to reach out to your local members of Congress to sponsor and support this bill - It is time to remember.

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Citizen CPR Foundation and PulsePoint Award $20,000 Grant to Sonoma County EMS/Save Lives Sonoma

JEMS - News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 13:02

NEW ORLEANS (December 12, 2017)— It is with a shared vision, to save lives from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) by stimulating effective community, professional and citizen action, that the PulsePoint Foundation and the Citizen CPR Foundation announce Sonoma County EMS/Save Lives Sonoma as the inaugural winner of the 2017 PulsePoint Grant Competition. The announcement was made at the 2017 Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) Conference in New Orleans.

Three finalists were selected in advance of the ECCU Conference and invited to present their entries during the plenary session entitled: Innovation and Resuscitation - Leveraging Digital Strategies to Improve Survival Rates from SCA. A panel of three expert judges, Drs. Thomas Rea, Mohamud Daya and Tom Aufderheide, interacted with finalists on stage, reviewing the merits of their entries before awarding Sonoma County EMS with the grant for demonstrating a commitment to improving care and outcomes consistent with the mission of the Citizen CPR Foundation. The grant includes a complete PulsePoint Respond implementation, including first year costs, valued at more than $20,000.

The award-winning PulsePoint mobile app, now in more than 2,800 communities nationwide, alerts CPR-trained citizens of cardiac events in their vicinity through a free-to-download mobile app, so they may administer aid while professional responders are in route. The app also informs responders and emergency dispatchers of nearby public Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). Early application of bystander CPR and rapid defibrillation from an AED have proven to be crucial in improving a person’s chance of surviving SCA. PulsePoint is not limited to emergency responders or those with official CPR certification. It can be used by anyone who has been trained in CPR.

"Sonoma County EMS, through the leadership of the Save Lives Sonoma collaborative, has shown a commitment to strengthening the chain of survival and improving cardiac arrest outcomes throughout the county and beyond,” said Richard Price, President of the Californiabased 501(c)(3) nonprofit PulsePoint Foundation. “With broad community support and a track record of successful program implementation we believe PulsePoint Respond is a thoughtful and well-deserved addition to this Heartsafe Community.”

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CertaDose Wins Johnson & Johnson Innovation Award For Advancing Safety in Healthcare

JEMS - News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:52

Denver, CO and San Antonio, TX -- One of the most common mistakes made in emergency rooms is giving children the wrong dose of medicine. Emerging medical device start-up CertaDose, Inc. was recognized by Johnson & Johnson Innovation LLC as having a potential solution for this problem and named the winner of its QuickFire Challenge: Advancing the Safe Use of Healthcare Products

CertaDose was selected out of nearly 100 applicants from across the world, based on its potential to significantly reduce pediatric medication dosing errors and affect change in the practice of emergency medicine with its color-coded pediatric dosing system. The honor was presented to CertaDose founder and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Caleb Hernandez on Tuesday, November 28 in New York.

“Hundreds of thousands of children are injured and roughly 7,000 kids die each year from medical dosing errors. The healthcare industry recognizes that we have a problem, and we need a truly effective solution,” commented Dr. Hernandez. “The CertaDose system offers a simple, intuitive way to quickly and accurately administer medications to kids in need, and studies show our system reduces critical dosing errors. We are honored to have Johnson & Johnson Innovation recognize our company’s potential, and we look forward to making pediatric dosing errors a thing of the past.”

As part of the recognition, CertaDose will receive a research grant, entrance to a Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS site and mentoring from experts at Johnson & Johnson Office of the Chief Medical Officer.

Founded by Dr. Caleb Hernandez in Denver, Colorado, CertaDose is an early-stage medical device company headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. CertaDose’s first product is an U.S. Food and Drug Administration-cleared syringe for use with the administration of epinephrine to pediatric patients. Each syringe is labeled with easy to recognize color zones that match the industry standard Broselow® color system to help clinicians verify the correct dose during critical, time-sensitive situations. Users match the patient to a zone on the color scale, and administer the medication to the corresponding color on the CertaDose syringe. The patented syringe incorporates the right dose, the right concentration and the right route of administration of medication dosing, along with a color-matching technology that creates an easy-to-use system, focused on saving children’s lives by curbing critical medication errors.  

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Southern California Fires Grow as Crews Work to Protect Hillside Homes

JEMS - News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:35

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fifth largest wildfire in California history expanded, ripping through dry brush atop a coastal ridge while crews struggled to keep flames from roaring down into neighborhoods amid fears of renewed winds.

Firefighters protected foothill homes northwest of Los Angeles, making progress in residential areas while much of the fire's growth occurred to the north in unoccupied forest land, Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman Mike Eliason said Tuesday.

"There were a couple of flare-ups in the hills that put on a light show last night, but they were expected. For now the teams are fighting the fire on their own terms," he said, adding that shifting winds are always a danger.

Red Flag warnings for fire danger due to Santa Ana winds and a critical lack of moisture were extended into the week instead of expiring Monday afternoon as was initially forecast.

"It doesn't get much drier than this folks," the National Weather Service tweeted, adding that more than 80 observation sites in the region reported Monday relative humidity levels between just 1 and 9 percent.

Tens of thousands of people remain evacuated, including many from the seaside enclaves of Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria and the inland agricultural town of Fillmore.

Residents near a Carpinteria avocado orchard said the trees could end up saving their homes.

"You have a thick layer of leaves underneath the bottom and they are watered regularly, so it's like a sponge," Jeff Dreyer, who lives nearby, told KEYT-TV. "So the fire gets to the sponge full of water and it slows it down. It takes a long time for it to burn."

Poor air quality kept dozens of schools closed. As ash rained down and smoke blew through streets, regulators urged people to remain inside if possible and avoid strenuous activity.

Officials handed out masks to those who stayed behind in Montecito, an exclusive community about 75 miles (120 kilometers) from Los Angeles that's home to stars such as Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bridges and Drew Barrymore. Actor Rob Lowe was among residents who evacuated over the weekend.

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Jefferson County, Colorado Selects NICE Inform for New Consolidated 9-1-1 Center Merging Eight Regional Centers

JEMS - News - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 23:00
Hoboken, N.J. – December 12, 2017 – NICE (Nasdaq: NICE) announced today that the Jefferson County Consolidated Communications Center Authority (JeffCom) will be deploying the full suite of NICE Inform communications recording and incident intelligence solutions to ensure the highest levels of service and public safety for residents of Jefferson County, Colorado.

The center, which will phase in during early 2018, merges eight regional Public Safety Answering Points (Arvada Fire, Arvada Police, Evergreen Fire, Golden Police, Jefferson County Sheriff, Lakewood Police, West Metro Fire and Wheat Ridge Police) into a single consolidated 9-1-1 center to better serve the citizens of Jefferson County. The 24/7/365 consolidated center will be the primary call-taking point for all of Jefferson County and will provide dispatch services for an additional fourteen police and fire agencies. Known as ‘The Gateway to the Rocky Mountains,’ Jefferson County covers a 774-square mile area and is the fourth most populous county in Colorado, with over 600,000 residents.

“NICE has enjoyed a very solid reputation with our various County agencies, even prior to our regionalization initiative, so it only made sense to bring NICE to the table,” said Jeff Streeter, Executive Director, JeffCom.

“The JeffCom consolidated center is a vital link between the citizens of Jefferson County and our emergency responders,” Streeter added. “We have an obligation to the community we serve, and also to our first responders, to provide quality of life and safety. Our goal is to provide excellence in customer service using technology and resources. We’re committed to ensuring excellence in every aspect of what we do, and NICE is helping us achieve this goal.”

“We applaud everyone at JeffCom for the work they’re doing to improve service and safety for the citizens and first responders of Jefferson County,” said Chris Wooten, Executive Vice President, NICE. “We look forward to supporting JeffCom in this mission, as we have for thousands of other emergency communications centers around the globe.”
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Life Link III Announces Marshfield Clinic Health System as New Consortium Member & Plans for New Base of Operations in Marshfield, Wisconsin

JEMS - News - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 23:00
Minneapolis, MN - Life Link III is pleased to announce that Marshfield Clinic Health System will be joining as a member of the Life Link III consortium and plans to establish a new base of operations in Marshfield, Wisconsin with initial coverage beginning in early 2018 with full operations ramping up in the following months. Marshfield Clinic Health System marks the tenth member of the Life Link III consortium, a unique model which focuses on collaboration across competing health care providers to advance access to critical care.

The Marshfield base will be a 24-hour operation, establishing Life Link III’s eighth base throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. This base of operations will be located in Marshfield, Wisconsin at the Marshfield Clinic Medical Center campus. Using a hangar, offices, and fuel system already in place, Life Link III will bring the highest quality air medical transport service to this region and surrounding communities.
“Life Link III will allow us to strengthen our ability to transport and care for patients at a critical time for their health care needs,” said Dr. Susan Turney, CEO of Marshfield Clinic Health System. “Partnering with this team of committed, trusted professionals gives our patients and families reassurance that their needs will be met as timely and efficiently as possible.”

Edward Eroe, President and CEO of Life Link III stated, “With the support of our Board of Directors, Life Link III is proud to welcome Marshfield Clinic Health System as our tenth Life Link III consortium member. Through our shared commitment of providing the highest level of patient care, we look forward to our partnership and serving the residents and surrounding areas of central and northern Wisconsin through our new base at Marshfield Clinic Medical Center campus.”

By using its ‘One Call’ system, Life Link III will continue to work collaboratively with other air medical transport services to dispatch the most appropriate helicopter, whether it is Life Link III’s or another service. Stated Eroe, “This translates to doing what’s best for the patient on every transport.”
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Mass Shootings Aren't More Frequent, But They Are More Deadly, Data Suggests

JEMS - News - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:23

ATLANTA (AP) — It can sometimes seem as though mass shootings are occurring more frequently. Researchers who have been studying such crimes for decades say they aren't, but they have been getting deadlier.

In the five years since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, the nation has seen a number of massacres topping the death toll from Newtown and previous mass shootings, many of them involving rifles similar to the one used in Sandy Hook.

But Americans wanting to know why deadlier mass shootings are happening will get few answers. Is it is the wide availability of firearms? Is it the much-maligned "assault weapon" with its military style? Is it a failing mental health system?

"We're kind of grabbing at straws at this point in terms of trying to understand why the severity of these incidents has increased," said Grant Duwe, a criminologist who has been studying mass killings since the 1990s.

The federal government does little research on the matter, because a measure dating to the 1990s had the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention retreat from firearms research. Instead, a handful of academics, like Duwe, have toiled sometimes for decades with limited funding trying to better understand why these shootings happen and how to prevent them.

While mass shootings happen with regularity, they still remain so rare that there isn't enough information to draw conclusions with any certainty.

The profile of mass shooters — loners, depressed individuals, people who rarely smile or those who take to the internet to rant about a perceived insult or gripe — is so broad and common that it's impossible to pinpoint who might turn that anger into violence.

"There are lots of people who are isolated, don't have lots of friends, who don't smile and write ugly things on the internet and blame others for their misfortunes and don't want to live anymore and talk about mass killers and maybe even admire them," said Northeastern University professor James Alan Fox, who began studying mass shootings in the 1980s and has written six books on the topic.

Categories: EMS

Allina Health EMS Announces New Hires to Senior Leadership Team

JEMS - News - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:26

St. Paul, Minnesota. – Allina Health EMS announced today two new hires who have joined its senior leadership team. Joan Mellor will take on the role of Director of External Affairs, and Jim Soukup will join as the Communication Center Director for Allina Health EMS.

Mellor previously served as the VP Organizational Planning & Development with Evolution Health, the revolutionary Mobile Integrated Healthcare start-up based in Dallas, Texas. She also previously worked at the Medtronic Foundation, where she led the National Heart Rescue Program and helped to start the Allina Health Heart Safe Community Program two decades ago.

“During her extraordinarily career Joan has worked on many national health care programs and has led efforts to improve community health in India, China and in the United States. Her experiences will help guide us in the advancement of our mission here at Allina Health EMS,” said Brian LaCroix, President / EMS Chief, Allina Health EMS.

Mellor holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Marketing and Bachelor of Arts in French Language from the University of St. Thomas and completed a Policy Fellowship at the University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Jim Soukup is leaving his position as the Director of Emergency Communications in Durham County, North Carolina, a role he has served in since 2004, to join Allina Health EMS. In his prior role, Soukup oversaw a staff of 88 responsible for planning, organizing, and managing operations of a consolidated Emergency Communications Center engaged in providing the emergency and routine communications service to Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Units.

Under Soukup’s leadership, Durham County 9-1-1 department was named a Center of Excellence and he has led multiple successful renewal efforts. The Durham Emergency Communications Center is one of only four 9-1-1 centers to be accredited by the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch, the center for accreditation of law enforcement agencies (CALEA) and the A.P.C.O. Project 33 Training. Prior to his role at Durham County, Jim was the Director of Emergency Operations at Citrus County, Florida.

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Redivus Health Launches State of Kansas Initiative in Partnership With The University of Kansas Health System

JEMS - News - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:23

OLATHE, Kan. & KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Dec. 11, 2017) — Redivus Health announced today it will partner with The University of Kansas Health System to roll out the Redivus mobile clinical decision support platform to Kansas hospitals and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers starting this month. The initiative builds on a pilot program started earlier this year.

“The goal of the Kansas Heart and Stroke Collaborative is to improve the care and outcomes of rural Kansans with heart attacks and strokes. Our rural health system partners helped develop the protocols and tools to implement evidenced-based guidelines,” said Robert Moser, M.D., executive director, Kansas Heart and Stroke Collaborative. “It is our hope that the Redivus application will become a tool needed for rural health providers to utilize the right care at the right time.”

The Redivus Health cloud-based mobile application delivers actionable, step-by-step clinical guidance to doctors, nurses and paramedics during high-mortality, time-critical healthcare events. The subscription service provides evidence-based guidance for treating cardiac arrest, stroke and sepsis.

This unique partnership brings together a Kansas-based software company with the state’s only academic medical center to benefit communities state-wide. Of the 131 hospitals in the state of Kansas, 84 are Critical Access Hospitals, which are facilities with
25 beds or fewer serving rural areas.

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Pipe Bomb Explodes in NYC Subway, 4 Injured

JEMS - News - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 09:37

NEW YORK (AP) — A man with a pipe bomb strapped to his body with Velcro and zip ties set off the crude device in the subway near Times Square on Monday, injuring him and three other people at the height of the morning rush hour.

All four were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries in what the mayor and police labeled an attempted terror attack.

The explosion happened in a long underground passageway that runs a full city block under 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. The 7:20 a.m. blast caused smoke to fill the passageway, which was crowded with Monday morning commuters.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill labeled it an attempted terror attack.

"Thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals," de Blasio said.

The suspect was identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah.

Law enforcement officials said he was inspired by the Islamic State group but had apparently not had any direct contact with the group. The officials said he lives in Brooklyn and may be of Bangladeshi descent. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the blast.

Authorities said the bomb was a low-tech explosive device. They were investigating how it was made, and combing through surveillance footage that captured the blast on video.

A video posted on social media showed the security footage. In it, a man walks through the crowded pedestrian tunnel and the bomb suddenly going off in a plume of white smoke. Through the smoke, the suspect is then seen sprawled on the ground as bystanders flee.

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Ben Epps Promoted to Vice President of Operations at Excellance, Inc.

JEMS - News - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:00
I am pleased to announce the promotion of Ben Epps from Operations Manager to Vice President of Operations. Ben has been with Excellance for seven (7) years and has worked in materials handling, Production (weld and paint), used unit sales and Quality Assurance.

The management responsibilities Ben will gain include Engineering, Quality Assurance and Facility Maintenance.

During his tenure at Excellance, Ben has coordinated many facility and operations improvement projects that have helped improve quality, production flow, profitability and corporate communication.

Ben’s education at the University of Alabama and his seven years of experience at Excellance allow him to bring a strong work ethic and company focus to his new position.

Charlie Epps

Excellance, Inc.

President Contact:Amanda Dyar
Head of PR & Marketing
amanda@excellance.com Email:amanda@excellance.com Web site:http://www.excellance.com
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In Deadly New Mexico High School Shooting, Gunman Disguised Himself as a Student

JEMS - News - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 13:15

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — A 21-year-old gunman who disguised himself as a student to get into a New Mexico high school where he killed two students had caught the attention of U.S. investigators more than a year ago, authorities said Friday.

William Atchison, a former student at small-town Aztec High School, had legally purchased a handgun at a local store a month ago and planned the attack, authorities said. He left a message on a thumb drive found on his body that detailed his plan to wait until the students got off buses and made their way to class.

He walked into the school with them and went into a second-floor bathroom to "gear up." Atchison's plan was to shoot up a classroom and then kill himself.

"Work sucks, school sucks, life sucks. I just want out of this (expletive)," he wrote.

More lives could have been lost had Francisco I. Fernandez not walked into the bathroom, authorities said. That's when the gunman shot Fernandez. Atchison walked out into the hallway and encountered the second victim, Casey J. Marquez, and killed her.

The gunman then walked up and down the hall, firing randomly, before killing himself, authorities said.

"This is an act of cowardice," San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen said.

Authorities said the shooter did not have a criminal record, much less a traffic ticket. The only contact with law enforcement was what they described as a generic message on an online gaming forum in 2016 in which he talked about what weapons might be used in a mass shooting.

The FBI said the posting was flagged and investigators talked with the gunman at his home in Aztec, where he lives with his parents. At the time, he did not own any weapons other than an airsoft pellet gun and said he had no plans for an attack and just liked to troll sites online.

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Flames Engulf Semi-Rural San Diego Area

JEMS - News - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:12

FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — Retirement communities built on golf courses, thoroughbreds in race horse stables and other usually serene sites were engulfed by flames as the San Diego area became the latest front in California's wildfire fight.

The fire broke out Thursday amid dry, hot, windy conditions across the region that would be extreme for any season, but are especially stunning just two weeks from winter.

It exceeded 6 square miles (16 square kilometers) in a matter of hours and burned dozens of houses as it tore through the tightly packed Rancho Monserate Country Club community in the small city of Fallbrook, known for its avocado orchards and horse ranches. Three people were burned while escaping the flames, said Capt. Nick Schuler of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Winds subsided significantly early Friday morning, but forecasters said they would return later in the day. The resurgence was expected to be less widespread than on Thursday.

The fire was on the eastern border of the Marine Corps' vast Camp Pendleton, where base Fire Chief Thomas Thompson told Fox5 San Diego that the lack of wind should help the firefight. Marine and Navy aircraft will join the battle, he said.

Meanwhile, firefighters in Ventura — 130 miles (209 kilometers) to the north — tried to corral the largest and most destructive fire in the state, which has destroyed 430 buildings. The so-called Thomas Fire has grown to 180 square miles (466 square kilometers) since it broke out Monday. Fire crews made enough progress against large fires around Los Angeles to lift most evacuation orders.

The fire 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of San Diego, driven by winds above 35 mph (56 kph), razed rows of trailer homes in the retirement community, leaving charred and mangled metal in its wake.

It wasn't immediately known what sparked the fire next to State Highway 76, but strong winds carried it across six lanes to the other side.

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AMR Joins Buffalo Bills as Official Ambulance Provider

JEMS - News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 23:00
BUFFALO, N.Y.--- Pegula Sports and Entertainment today welcomes American Medical Response (AMR), as the Official Ambulance Provider of the Buffalo Bills. Through the growth of its partnership with the Bills, AMR will continue to expand its services as a leader of 911 emergency and non-emergency inter-facility transportation throughout Erie and Niagara Counties. AMR’s highly experienced team of more than 500 paramedics, EMTs and support staff currently serve more than 20 hospitals and 100 nursing homes from Niagara Falls to Springville.

“AMR has a proven track record of setting the standard for medical transportation, patient care, and safety throughout Western New York,” said Erica Muhleman, PSE’s executive vice president of business development. “This is an organization of caregivers who truly make a difference through respectful treatment of patients, customers and employees, and continually provide outstanding care at New Era Field.”

AMR is trusted by the Bills organization to service all emergency transportation needs during home games. On Sunday, AMR will unveil two specially branded ambulances prior to the Bills’ 1:00 kickoff against Indianapolis. The ambulances will be stationed at New Era Field on game days, and also provide service throughout Western New York every other day of the week.

”We are thrilled to enhance our partnership with the Buffalo Bills,” said Thomas Maxian, Regional Director of AMR Western New York. “By linking our brands together, we can utilize the broad appeal of the Bills to promote public health and execute initiatives like training the public in CPR.”

About American Medical Response
American Medical Response, Inc., America’s leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 28,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, RNs and other professionals work together to transport more than 5 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. AMR is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado. For more information about AMR, visit www.amr.net and follow @AMR_Social on Twitter.
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San Diego Contends with Homelessness, Hepatitis Outbreak

JEMS - News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:18

SAN DIEGO (AP) — For Christine Wade, the tent she shared with six children, pitched in an asphalt parking lot, was far better than their previous home — a shelter where rats ate through the family's bags of clothes.

"It's peaceful here," Wade, 31 and eight months pregnant, said in an October interview at the campground.

A tent, of course, is not a home. But for these San Diegans, it is a blessing.

Like other major cities all along the West Coast, San Diego is struggling with a homeless crisis. In a place that bills itself as "America's Finest City," spiraling real estate values have contributed to spiraling homelessness, leaving more than 3,200 people living on the streets or in their cars.

Most alarmingly, the deplorable sanitary conditions help spread a liver-damaging virus that lives in feces, contributing to the deadliest U.S. hepatitis A epidemic in 20 years.

"Some of the most vulnerable are dying in the streets in one of the most desirable and livable regions in America," a San Diego County grand jury wrote in its report in June  — reiterating recommendations it gave the city over the past decade to address homelessness.

San Diego has struggled to do that. Two years ago, Mayor Kevin Faulconer closed a downtown tent shelter that operated for 29 years during winter months. He promised a "game changer" — a new, permanent facility with services to funnel people to housing.

But it wasn't enough.

The result? Legions of Californians without shelter. A spreading contagion. And an extraordinary challenge to the city's sunny identity that threatens its key tourism industry.

For now, San Diego again is turning to tents. The campground where the Wades lived served 200 residents but was only temporary; this month, officials are opening three industrial-sized tents that will house a total of 700 people.

There are plans afoot to build housing. But to deal with the immediate emergency, the city had to take $6.5 million that had been budgeted for permanent homes to operate the giant tents.

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Fires Rage in Southern California, Major Freeway Closes

JEMS - News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 09:58

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities closed a major freeway Thursday as flames from the largest and most destructive Southern California wildfire jumped lanes and churned toward coastal and mountain communities northwest of Los Angeles as crews kept an eye on unpredictable winds.

A more favorable wind forecast still called for potentially dangerous gusts, but ones not likely to approach historic levels forecasters had feared, according to the National Weather Service.

"This is good news for the fire crews as the winds will not be driven quite as vigorously," a weather service statement said.

Calmer overnight conditions helped crews protect the Ventura County resort town of Ojai (OH'hi), where most of the 7,000 residents were under new evacuation orders following a big burst of wind late Wednesday. Evacuations were also ordered for the first time in Santa Barbara County, where the coastal city of Carpinteria was under threat.

Officials closed U.S. 101 for more than a dozen miles along the coast, cutting off a major route between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties for several hours as fire charred heavy brush along lanes.

Southern California has been hit hard by four major fires that have put tens of thousands of people under evacuation orders and destroyed nearly 200 homes and buildings, a figure that is almost certain to grow.

Millions of cellphones buzzed loudly Wednesday night from San Diego to Santa Barbara with a sound that usually means an Amber Alert, but this time meant a rare weather warning for strong winds making extreme fire danger.

Officials hope the electronic push will keep the region alert and the death toll from the week's fires at zero.

Melissa Rosenzweig, 47, was briefly back home Wednesday after evacuating from her Ventura house, which has been spared so far while most on her street had burned in the largest and most destructive of the region's fires. She and her husband were about to evacuate again, hoping they will get lucky twice as the new winds arrive.

Categories: EMS

Scottsdale City Council unanimously Selects Maricopa Ambulance as Ambulance Service Partner

JEMS - News - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 11:44

The Scottsdale City Council unanimously voted to select Maricopa Ambulance as its ambulance service partner on December 4 following a competitive bid process. Pending final negotiations, the three-year contract will begin in February 2018 with the option for two additional three-year renewals.

“The City of Scottsdale conducted a thorough, competitive bid process that enabled the selection of the best possible service for the community,” said Maricopa Ambulance CEO Bryan Gibson. “We are proud to be trusted as Scottsdale’s emergency ambulance service provider. We look forward to partnering with the City of Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Fire Department, the Phoenix Regional Fire Department Dispatch Center and other partners in the medical community and law enforcement to develop a comprehensive, effective EMS system that will protect and promote the health and safety of this community.”

As part of the ambulance service agreement, Maricopa Ambulance will dedicate 14 new American-made Ford ambulances to the Scottsdale EMS system, as well as a quick response vehicle for Scottsdale system supervisors equipped with advanced life support equipment. Each ambulance will be equipped with solar panels to reduce the carbon footprint and advanced safety features, including lane departure/collision avoidance technology, StreetEagle safe driving performance monitoring and Opticom technology that communicates with traffic lights to clear traffic.

Maricopa ambulances will be staffed with EMTs, who will work closely with the Scottsdale Fire Department paramedic first responders to provide advanced life support equipment and supplies and provide ride-along services to firefighter paramedics.

The Scottsdale leadership team at Maricopa Ambulance are experienced local EMS professionals. Scottsdale EMS Director Tim Young has more than 25 years of experience at the Phoenix Fire Department, as well as direct experience running operations in the City of Scottsdale ambulance system with a private service. Young will manage day-to-day operations of the Scottsdale EMS system with assistance from four paramedic supervisors.

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LifeCare Ambulance to Offer Annual Fellowship In Partnership with Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

JEMS - News - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 23:00
Battle Creek, Mich. – LifeCare Ambulance Service (lifecareems.org/) has formed a partnership with Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed, http://med.wmich.edu/) to provide an annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) fellowship to medical students in the emergency medical field. Established in 2016 from donations by the LifeCare board of directors and management team, with matching funds from LifeCare Ambulance Service, the fellowship enables a WMed student to work with LifeCare Ambulance conducting EMS research or implementing a community benefit program. Upon completion, the student will write and potentially publish a research paper, and present their findings at regional or national conferences, including the National Association of EMS Physicians annual meeting (http://www.naemsp.org).

“Our primary goal is to improve medical service to the communities we serve,” says LifeCare Ambulance CEO, Ron Slagell. “A student who is interested in the emergency medical field or looking at pre-hospital care as part of their medical practice is the perfect candidate. It’s also an extremely relevant specialty. In Michigan, for example, all EMS personnel work under the direction of an EMS physician in their county who establishes protocols, procedures and monitors quality.”

This year’s recipient, Raphael Szymanski, will research emergency cardiac arrest treatment and analyze the use of mechanical CPR devices for patients in cardiac arrest and the impact on patient’s resuscitation. He will review data, up to five years’ history, tracking items like response time, age, bystander CPR and patient outcomes to make statistical analyses.

“There’s not a lot of research formally published regarding pre-hospital emergency medical care and services,” continues Slagell. “We’re looking to help change that and make a greater impact on the care our patients receive.”

More about the LifeCare EMS Fellowship
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Calif. Lawmakers Review Failures of Emergency Warning Systems in October Wildfires

JEMS - News - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 10:19

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The failure of cellphone and other privately owned systems crippled emergency-warning efforts during California's deadly October wildfires, and the state lacks authority to order those companies to strengthen their systems against disasters, the state's top emergency manager said Monday.

Mark Ghilarducci, director of the state Office of Emergency Services, was among several who testified at a legislative hearing investigating the failures of emergency-warning systems during the recent Northern California fires.

The fires killed 44 people and destroyed nearly 9,000 homes and other structures. Ghilarducci called it the largest loss of homes in any California disaster since the 1906 quake in San Francisco.

The fires spread at night as many victims slept, knocking out cellphones, land lines, internet and cable television in some areas as cell towers and other equipment burned, hampering alert services that relied on texts, social media and broadcast.

Lawmakers described neighbors, police and firefighters knocking on doors and honking car horns to waken and warn residents.

"We know that particularly the elderly and the vulnerable lacked those important minutes to evacuate," said Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, a Democrat from Santa Barbara.

One problem is that most emergency alert systems operate on privately owned phone and other communications systems, Ghilarducci said. Financial concerns may keep those companies from expanding and strengthening their networks to withstand disasters, he and lawmakers said.

"The government does not really have authority over that to ensure that that redundancy and resiliency is put in place," Ghilarducci said.

Burned cellphone towers crippled one system increasingly used by public-safety agencies: Nixle, which requires users to sign up to get text alerts, said Sen. Mike McGuire, a Healdsburg Democrat.

McGuire said two things would have made a big difference in Napa County, which was among those hit hardest by the fires.

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