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Two Dead in Truck-School Bus Collision in Poland

JEMS - News - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 05:21

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish media are reporting that a truck has collided head-on with a school bus, killing the driver and one of the children's caretakers and injuring several others on board.

The accident occurred Monday morning in Tyrowo, in northern Poland.

Police spokeswoman Anna Balinska told the private broadcaster TVN24 that the children were on their way to school when the accident happened. She said initial findings indicate that the truck moved into the oncoming traffic lane and hit the bus head on. She said the caretaker and the driver were killed on the spot. The driver of the truck was transported to a hospital by helicopter.

Balinska said the school bus was carrying seven children, three of whom were taken to a hospital for observation.

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Two Dead in Truck-School Bus Collision in Poland

JEMS - News - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 05:21

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish media are reporting that a truck has collided head-on with a school bus, killing the driver and one of the children's caretakers and injuring several others on board.

The accident occurred Monday morning in Tyrowo, in northern Poland.

Police spokeswoman Anna Balinska told the private broadcaster TVN24 that the children were on their way to school when the accident happened. She said initial findings indicate that the truck moved into the oncoming traffic lane and hit the bus head on. She said the caretaker and the driver were killed on the spot. The driver of the truck was transported to a hospital by helicopter.

Balinska said the school bus was carrying seven children, three of whom were taken to a hospital for observation.

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Two Dead in Truck-School Bus Collision in Poland

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 05:21

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish media are reporting that a truck has collided head-on with a school bus, killing the driver and one of the children's caretakers and injuring several others on board.

The accident occurred Monday morning in Tyrowo, in northern Poland.

Police spokeswoman Anna Balinska told the private broadcaster TVN24 that the children were on their way to school when the accident happened. She said initial findings indicate that the truck moved into the oncoming traffic lane and hit the bus head on. She said the caretaker and the driver were killed on the spot. The driver of the truck was transported to a hospital by helicopter.

Balinska said the school bus was carrying seven children, three of whom were taken to a hospital for observation.

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Car-Moose Collisions Down in Maine

JEMS - News - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 05:15

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — It's a pretty good time to be a moose in Maine.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Maine saw 287 car-moose collisions in 2017. That's down from 646 crashes in 2007, and a 32 percent decline from 2012.

Meanwhile, Maine biologists say moose calves appear to be showing strong survival rates in the northern part of the state.

Maine Department of Transportation data shows there have been 158 car crashes involving a moose so far this year.

Democratic Sen. Troy Jackson said his tiny community of Allagash has seen four moose collisions this summer.

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife moose biologist Lee Kantar said there is no specific reason for the drop. He said major factors for such crashes include visibility and driver inattention.

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Man Dies in Fall on New Hampshire Waterfall

JEMS - News - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 05:11

FRANCONIA, N.H. (AP) — Authorities in New Hampshire say a Connecticut man was killed when he fell down a waterfall.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says 23-year-old Zachariah Peterson, of Jewett City, Connecticut, was killed Saturday night. Authorities say Peterson and a friend were camping near a waterfall on Cannon Mountain. Police say Peterson slipped and fell about 250 feet around 11:15 p.m.

Officials say Peterson's friend pulled him from the brook. The man was able to stop a car to call for help. Emergency personnel responded to the area but Peterson died of his injuries.

Police say alcohol may have been a factor in the fatal accident.

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Man Arrested After Assaulting Paramedic in Philadelphia

JEMS - News - Sun, 09/23/2018 - 10:59

 

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Police have arrested the man they say assaulted a first responder in Center City.

Medics were responding to a call Friday night of a 41-year-old disoriented male at 11th and Spruce streets.

When they arrived, medics say the man who was believed to be intoxicated became abusive.

One medic was injured.

Read more at WPVI.

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Unending Disaster: Florence Floods Prompt New Evacuations

JEMS - News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 15:21

GALIVANTS FERRY, S.C. (AP) — With muddy river water still washing over entire communities on Friday, eight days after Hurricane Florence slammed into land with nearly 3 feet of rain, new evacuation orders forced residents to flee to higher ground amid a sprawling disaster that's beginning to feel like it will never end.

At least 42 people have died, included an elderly man whose body was found in a pickup truck that had been submerged in South Carolina, and hundreds were forced from their homes as rivers kept swelling higher and higher.

Leaders in the Carolinas warned residents not to get complacent as it became plain that additional horrors lie ahead before things get much better.

"Although the winds are gone and the rain is not falling, the water is still there and the worst is still to come," said South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster.

Speaking in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump said South Carolina is in for a "tough one" as flood waters continue to rise.

"They got hit, but the big hit comes days later and it will be the biggest they've ever had," said Trump, who visited North and South Carolina this week.

While most peoples' lights are back on in the Carolinas and Virginia and trucks are picking up mountains of storm debris in many areas, water draining toward the sea from inland areas is sending rivers over their banks across a wide region.

Rescuers wearing night-vision googles used helicopters, boats and big-wheeled military vehicles overnight to evacuate about 100 people from a southeastern North Carolina county where high water breached a levee and flooded a town.

And in South Carolina, emergency managers ordered about 500 people to flee homes along the Lynches River. The National Weather Service said the river could reach record flood levels late Saturday or early Sunday. Shelters are open.

In tiny Galivants Ferry, Audra Mauer said she lost her home two years ago when Hurricane Matthew hit and she's losing it again to Florence. No improvements were made to the area after Matthew, she said, and a frustrated Mauer has no faith any will happen now.

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Arkansas EMT Remembered for Life of Love and Service

JEMS - News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:34

 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark (Fox16) -- An Air Force Veteran turned first responder died in a car accident earlier this week.

Justin Lambert, 30, leaves behind a wife, baby girl who turns one in October and a band of brothers.

"Like our moral compass, he was the gravity that held us all together." Phillips said.

A strong bond Justin and Cheyenne Phillips had for 15 years.

"He was just that guy that made everybody better just for even knowing him," Phillips said.

After leaving the Air Force, Justin became EMT certified and began working for both MEMS and LifeNet this summer.

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Inside EMS: National recognition of first responders and humanizing industry personnel

FR1 and EMS Podcasts - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 08:29
Inside EMS: National recognition of first responders and humanizing industry personnel by FR1 and EMS1 Podcasts
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Infants Among Five People Stabbed in Queens Daycare

JEMS - News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 05:15

QUEENS, New York (CBS News) - Five people have been stabbed, including three infants, at a daycare center in Flushing, Queens, New York City Police told CBS New York on Friday. The police said a female suspect was in custody with self-inflicted wounds to her wrists, making a total of six injured people at the scene.

One of the wounded infants was in serious condition. Two additional adults were also injured, including the father of one of the wounded infants. The man was stabbed in the leg.

The other adult stabbed was a staff member at the daycare center.

 

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Advice for Treating Infectious Diseases in Patients Affected by Hurricane Florence

JEMS - News - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 16:02

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with federal, state, territorial, and local agencies in response to recent hurricanes. Clinicians assessing patients affected by Hurricane Florence should be vigilant in looking for certain infectious diseases, including leptospirosishepatitis Avibriosis, and influenza.

Background

Hurricane Florence made landfall in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, on September 14 causing widespread flooding. Natural hazards associated with the storms continue to affect many areas. Infectious disease outbreaks of diarrheal and respiratory illnesses can occur when access to safe water and sewage systems are disrupted, personal hygiene is difficult to maintain, and when people are living in crowded conditions, such as shelters.

Recommendations

These recommendations apply to healthcare providers treating patients affected by Hurricane Florence

  • Health care providers and public health practitioners in hurricane-affected areas should look for community and healthcare-associated infectious diseases.  
  • All healthcare providers should consider infectious disease etiologies in patients presenting with evidence of acute respiratory illness, gastroenteritis, renal or hepatic failure, wound infection, or other febrile illness. Some particularly important infectious diseases to consider include more common diseases such as influenza, and less common, such as leptospirosis, hepatitis A, and vibriosis.
  • For certain conditions, such as leptospirosis, empiric therapy should be considered pending results of diagnostic tests— treatment for leptospirosis is most effective when initiated early in the disease process. Providers can contact their territorial or state health department or CDC for consultation.
  • Local health care providers are strongly encouraged to report cases in patients for whom there is a high level of suspicion for leptospirosis, hepatitis A, and vibriosis to their local health authorities, while awaiting laboratory confirmation.
  • Confirmed cases of leptospirosis, hepatitis A, and vibriosis should be immediately reported to the territorial or state health department to facilitate public health investigation and, as appropriate, mitigate the risk of local transmission. While some of these conditions are not listed as reportable conditions in all states, they are conditions of public health importance and should be reported.

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4 Dead, Several Injured, in Active Shooter Incident in Maryland Warehouse

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 15:42

ABDERDEEN, Md. (AP) — An employee at a Rite Aid warehouse opened fire at work Thursday, killing three people before taking her own life, authorities said. Several other people were wounded.

The suspect was a 26-year-old temporary employee at the Rite Aid distribution center in northeastern Maryland, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler told a news conference. She lived in neighboring Baltimore County. Her name was not immediately released.

It appears only one weapon, a handgun, was used and no shots were fired by responding law enforcement officers, Gahler said. The shooter used a 9 mm Glock that was registered in her name, he said. He said authorities don't know her motive. She died at a hospital from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, he said.

Krystal Watson, 33, said her husband, Eric, works at the facility and told her told her that the suspect had been arguing with somebody else near a time clock after a "Town Hall meeting."

"And she went off," she said.

"She didn't have a particular target. She was just shooting," Watson said as she drove away from a fire station where relatives tried to reunite with loved ones.

"She didn't aim. She just shot," Watson said.

Area hospitals reported receiving five patients from the incident.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore said it was treating four patients with gunshot wounds. Two were in stable condition and two who were seriously injured.

A spokesman for a health system that includes Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware, said one patient was being treated there. Christiana Care Health System spokesman Hiran Ratnayake said the person was in serious condition.

Gahler said the call about shots fired came in at about 9:06 a.m. and deputies and other officers were on the scene in just over five minutes.

He said the suspect had reported for the work day as usual, and around 9 a.m. the shooting began outside the business and continued inside.

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4 Dead, Several Injured, in Active Shooter Incident in Maryland Warehouse

JEMS - News - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 15:42

ABDERDEEN, Md. (AP) — An employee at a Rite Aid warehouse opened fire at work Thursday, killing three people before taking her own life, authorities said. Several other people were wounded.

The suspect was a 26-year-old temporary employee at the Rite Aid distribution center in northeastern Maryland, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler told a news conference. She lived in neighboring Baltimore County. Her name was not immediately released.

It appears only one weapon, a handgun, was used and no shots were fired by responding law enforcement officers, Gahler said. The shooter used a 9 mm Glock that was registered in her name, he said. He said authorities don't know her motive. She died at a hospital from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, he said.

Krystal Watson, 33, said her husband, Eric, works at the facility and told her told her that the suspect had been arguing with somebody else near a time clock after a "Town Hall meeting."

"And she went off," she said.

"She didn't have a particular target. She was just shooting," Watson said as she drove away from a fire station where relatives tried to reunite with loved ones.

"She didn't aim. She just shot," Watson said.

Area hospitals reported receiving five patients from the incident.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore said it was treating four patients with gunshot wounds. Two were in stable condition and two who were seriously injured.

A spokesman for a health system that includes Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware, said one patient was being treated there. Christiana Care Health System spokesman Hiran Ratnayake said the person was in serious condition.

Gahler said the call about shots fired came in at about 9:06 a.m. and deputies and other officers were on the scene in just over five minutes.

He said the suspect had reported for the work day as usual, and around 9 a.m. the shooting began outside the business and continued inside.

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Sutton Ambulance Service to Close in Central Illinois

JEMS - News - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:56

 

TAYLORVILLE (WRSP) — The city of Taylorville is scrambling to figure out what’s next after the decades-old ambulance company announced it was closing.

Sutton Ambulance Service has been the city’s main source for first responders for 49 years.

Their last day of operation is October 1.

Read more at WRSP.

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Children Killed at Dutch Train Crossing

JEMS - News - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 07:31

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A train slammed into an electric cargo bike in the Netherlands on Thursday, killing four young children and leaving two other people critically injured, authorities said.

Police spokeswoman Dianne van Gameren said the victims were "primary school age" and some of them came from the same family. Their identities were not released.

The accident happened in the southern town of Oss, 100 kilometers (62 miles) southeast of Amsterdam, at a rail crossing close to one of its railway stations. The crossing has warning lights and red-and-white barriers to keep pedestrians off the tracks when trains pass.

Police said the electric vehicle belonged to a children's day care center and was taking children to school when the collision happened.

The vehicle involved was an electric cargo bike, which has a large wooden or plastic box mounted to the frame in front of the rider. They were formerly used for transporting goods but are now very popular among Dutch parents for carrying young children. The driver stands on a platform behind a large container and steers using bicycle-like handlebars.

The two critically injured victims, a child and the woman operating the vehicle, were taken to a local hospital.

ProRail, the company responsible for rail infrastructure in the Netherlands, said the cause of the collision is under investigation.

"This is a very dark day, terrible for the next of kin and those involved," said ProRail CEO Pier Eringa. "There are no words to describe this."

Eringa said initial investigations suggested that the barriers at the crossing were working correctly at the time of the accident.

"Our thoughts are with the families who lost their children in the terrible accident in Oss," a visibly upset Dutch Queen Maxima told reporters during a visit to the northern region of Friesland.

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Trinity EMS Paramedic Receives ALS Provider of the Year

JEMS - News - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 01:00
NorthEast EMS Region III held their annual dinner and awards ceremony on Thursday, September 20th. The packed event was held in the ballroom at Haverhill Country Club.   Trinity EMS long-time Paramedic, Steven Miller, was nominated by a group of ER nurses from Holy Family Hospital. Steve, a Haverhill, MA resident, was surrounded by family and friends when he was awarded the "ALS Provider of the Year". “Trinity is so proud and honored to have such wonderfully talented people working with and for our organization”, said Trinity President John Chemaly. “Each and every day they our employees get thrown into difficult situations, all the while they are pleasant, working hard and delivering 5 star patient care.”   About Trinity EMS: Founded by John Chemaly and Gary Sepe in 1991, Trinity E.M.S. has grown to be one of the largest emergency medical services provider in the region. Trinity currently maintains 13 municipal 911 contracts with over 300 employees and 75 vehicles working out of ten (10) locations throughout the Greater Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire. (TrinityEMS.com)

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New Spinal Motion Restriction Consensus Statement from ACS-COT, ACEP and NAEMSP

JEMS - News - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 17:57

OVERLAND PARK, KS (September 19, 2018) – The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) is proud to announce the publication of a joint position statement on spinal motion restriction developed in collaboration with the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). Published online in Prehospital Emergency Care, “Spinal Motion Restriction in the Trauma Patient – A Joint Position Statement” offers guidelines for using spinal motion restriction in trauma victims.

NAEMSP, ACS-COT and ACEP created the guidelines based on expert consensus. The joint position statement is not meant to be definitive, but rather a guide for EMS personnel, EMS medical directors, emergency physicians, trauma surgeons and nurses based on the available peer-reviewed, published evidence.

“While this document is not meant to be the ultimate authority on this topic, it represents a collaborative, peer-to-peer effort between NAEMSP, ACS-COT and ACEP to build a consensus around improving care for trauma patients,” says Brent Myers, NAEMSP president.

The statement has been endorsed by twelve organizations, including The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST); The Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST); The Western Trauma Association (WTA); The National Association for State EMS  Officials  (NASEMSO);  The  National  Association  of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT); Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center; The Pediatric Trauma Society (PTS); The National Association of EMS Educators   (NAEMSE);   The   American   Pediatric   Surgical Association (APSA); The Society of Trauma Nurses (STN); The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA).

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Minivan Driver Killed in Collision with Ambulance in Virginia

JEMS - News - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 16:36

 

KING GEORGE COUNTY, Va. (WTVR)-- The driver of a Nissan van was killed in a collision with a Westmoreland County ambulance, a Virginia State Police spokesperson said. The name of the woman killed in the crash has not yet been released.

The crash was reported Monday, September 17, at 6:46 p.m. at the intersection of Route 301 and Ridge Road in King George County.

Read more at WTVR.

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1 Dead in Shooting Near Pennsylvania Court

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 16:06

 

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