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Infants Among Five People Stabbed in Queens Daycare

1 hour 46 min ago

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

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.


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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 16:06


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4 Injured in Shooting at Business in Madison, Wisconsin

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 14:07

MIDDLETON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on report of active shooter at a commercial building in a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin (all times local):

1:50 p.m.

Officials say the suspect in a Wisconsin workplace shooting that injured four people has died after being shot by police.

Middleton Police Chief Chuck Foulke says there are no other suspects in the attack that occurred Wednesday morning at software company WTS Paradigm. Foulke says the suspect died after being shot by officers.

Foulke says officers were alerted to an active shooter situation at about 10:25 a.m. He says the suspect was taken to a hospital.

Foulke said all lockdowns in the area have been lifted. He didn't release details about the suspect or how the attack unfolded. He says officers are still interviewing witnesses.

Police are planning an update later Wednesday afternoon.


1:15 p.m.

Police in southeast Wisconsin are conducting a secondary search of an office building where four people were shot to make sure there are no additional victims or suspects.

Middleton police dispatcher Danielle Kimball says officers are still finding people who've been hiding since the Wednesday morning shooting at software company WTS Paradigm.

City Administrator Mike Davis says four people were wounded when the shooter opened fire around 10 a.m. Davis says the fifth person, believed to be the shooter, was also critically injured. Davis didn't elaborate.

Details about how the shooting unfolded haven't been released.

University Hospital in nearby Madison says it's treating four patients from the shooting. Two were in serious condition and one was critical. The condition of the fourth patient wasn't released.

St. Mary's Hospital says it's treating another patient for injuries that aren't life-threatening.


12:20 p.m.

A city official says four people have been shot, but none fatally, during a shooting at a software company near Madison, Wisconsin.

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Paramedics Still Assist Puerto Rican Kidney Patients a Year After Maria

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:19

VIEQUES, Puerto Rico (AP) — As weeks turned into months, the seats of the small plane began to empty out.

In the beginning, 15 passengers flew from Vieques to the Puerto Rican mainland — refugees from Hurricane Maria. The storm had ruined the only dialysis center on this tiny island, their home; without treatment, the kidney patients would die.

But the thrice-weekly trips have taken a toll on these frail patients. Five have died in this past year from causes ranging from heart failure to cancer, but advocates insist that the very flights that keep the patients alive have hastened their deaths.

The mortality rate is "a high number," said Angela Diaz, director of the nonprofit Renal Council of Puerto Rico. "We obviously cannot dismiss the fact that these are not appropriate conditions. It's vital that (the government) take action as soon as possible. ... As much as they want to avoid the topic, we have to talk about how we're still doing this one year after Maria."

As dire as the situation may be, it could get worse. A mobile unit, purchased by federal officials to provide dialysis on Vieques, is stuck more than 3,000 miles (4,800 kilometers) away, in California; the Renal Council, which is paying for the dialysis flights, says it will run out of money to do so by month's end.

"If they take away our flights, we will end up dying," said Elias Salgado, a 56-year-old renal patient who is diabetic and suffers from high blood pressure. "There are not many of us left."


The Vieques dialysis center was located in the island's only medical clinic. The building still stands, though it is heavily damaged and strewn with horse manure. Weeks after Maria hit, health officials declared it contaminated and ordered that it be demolished.

Other health services were moved to a temporary shelter, but dialysis could not be performed there.

At first, the Federal Emergency Management Agency assumed responsibility, flying the patients by helicopter to San Juan. After a month, FEMA withdrew to take on other missions; nonprofits, including ViequesLove and Americares, picked up the bill. For a while, the patients traveled by ferry — a more arduous trip because the boats sometimes break down or fail to leave on time, and there is no way to reserve seats. They would show up early, and hope for the best.

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New Program in New York Aims to Ease EMT Shortage Resulting from Replacing State Certification with National

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 16:15


PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WCAX) When you need them-- you need them in seconds.

"People don't call 911 because they are having great days. They call 911 at some of the lowest points in their life," said Bryse Taylor, a paramedic student.

"Basically it's like bringing the emergency department to the patient now, rather than picking up the patient and running them to the emergency department," said Bruce Barry, the paramedic program director.

It's alarming when you hear that there are only 113 paramedics serving five counties across the North Country-- that's over 6,500-square miles responsible for nearly 300,000 residents.

Now, the state of New York is changing certifications needed for prehospital care, which could put more strain on first responders.

Read more at WCAX.

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1 Dead, 11 Injured in Scaffolding Collapse at Madrid Hotel

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 13:53

MADRID (AP) — Scaffolding at a luxury hotel undergoing renovation in central Madrid collapsed on Tuesday, killing one construction worker and injuring at least 11 others, an official said.

Wrought iron work on the sixth floor of the centrally located Ritz Hotel collapsed shortly after 4 p.m. (1400 GMT; 10 a.m. EDT), dragging the internal scaffolding down five stories along with the workers, according to the official from the emergency services.

Most of the workers emerged on their own and were treated for injuries ranging from minor to moderate, with two of them hospitalized in critical condition.

Firefighters rescued three people from the rubble with moderate injuries and were working to recover the body of the worker that was killed.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she wasn't authorized to be named due to internal rules, said the local Madrid police would be investigating the cause of the collapse, which emergency services called "an occupational accident" in a tweet.

An Associated Press photographer saw ambulances and firefighters working at the scene surrounded by dozens of onlookers. There were no signs of the collapse visible from the exterior of the building.

The Ritz Hotel, located near Spain's parliament and Madrid's famed Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums, had been closed for a full renovation since March.


AP photographer Paul White contributed to this report.

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Flood Victims Get Food and Water; Rain Spreads to Northeast

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 11:19

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Still stranded by Florence's epic floods days after the hurricane hit North Carolina, Wilmington residents lined up by the hundreds Tuesday for free food, water and tarps as officials struggled to open new routes to one of the state's largest cities.

The death toll from the storm rose to at least 32 in three states, with 25 fatalities in North Carolina, as remnants of the once-powerful Category 4 hurricane — now reduced to a rainy, windy mass of low pressure — dumped rain on the heavily populated Northeast.

Parts of southern New Hampshire and much of Massachusetts were under a flash flood warning, and a tornado warning was issued near Salem, Massachusetts.

In Wilmington, population 120,000, workers began handing out supplies using a system that resembled a fast-food restaurant drive-thru: Drivers pulled up to pallets lining a street, placed an order and left without having to get out.

Todd Tremain needed tarps to cover up spots where Florence's winds ripped shingles off his roof. "The roof is leaking, messing up the inside of the house," he said.

Others got a case of bottled water or military MREs, or field rations. An olive-drab military forklift moved around huge pallets loaded with supplies.

Four days after Florence blew ashore and began unloading more than 2 feet of rain that paralyzed much of North Carolina, Wilmington was still virtually cut off from the rest of the state, with just one road tentatively open as a supply route. Officials said they will open roads as flooding recedes and downed trees and power lines are cleared away. It's not clear when that might happen.

Items have been brought into the city by big military trucks and helicopters, which also have been used to pluck hundreds of desperate people from atop homes and other structures.

"Thank you," a shirtless Willie Schubert mouthed to members of a Coast Guard helicopter crew who picked up him and his dog Lucky from atop a house encircled by water in Pollocksville on Monday. It wasn't clear how long he had been stranded.

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Paramedic Chiefs of Canada Release Position Statement on Violence to Paramedics

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 02:05

Paramedics face staggering rates of physical violence, threats and intimidation when they arrive on scene. For years, it was considered just part of the job. As post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and injury rates rise, the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada are sending the message: violence to Paramedics will not be tolerated.

The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada (PCC) position statement outlines the situation, provides an assessment and statistics, and recommendations to deal with the serious issue of violence to Paramedics.

Violence against Paramedics is unacceptable. The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada (PCC) supports a zero tolerance position on physical and verbal attacks on paramedics and support staff.

Violence can include physical or verbal violence, bullying and threats, sexual assault and harassment. Physical violence most frequently includes pushing, punching, scratching, kicking, slapping, biting, or the use of weapons. Sources of violence include patients, family/friend, bystanders and colleagues.


Workplace violence experienced by Paramedic personnel has been linked to psychological injuries in the form of stress, anxiety and PTSD. It has not only a negative impact on the psychological and physical well-being of paramedic staff, but also affects their job motivation. Violence targeting paramedics serves to thereby jeopardizing the quality of patient care that the paramedic strive to deliver. It also leads to immense financial loss in the health sector.

There is no excuse for abusing Paramedics. The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada are encouraging Paramedic Services across the country to consider utilizing the below decal in all ambulances to raise awareness.

Position Statement:
Violence against Paramedics in Canada


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Bristol Hospital Selects ESO Health Data Exchange To Improve Community Health and Safety

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 19:13

BRISTOL, Conn. – Bristol Hospital has chosen ESO Health Data Exchange for its Emergency Center. The staff of the Bristol Hospital Emergency Center will have access to timely, actionable data on patients arriving by ambulance, creating near real-time insights for more accurate assessments and treatment options. Additionally, EMS agencies will have more clinical information regarding patient outcomes to help improve the overall patient experience.  

“We are fully committed to providing the best possible healthcare experience for our community,” said David Koscuk, Director of Emergency Medical Services for Bristol Hospital. “We are proud to take a leadership role by investing in first-of-its-kind technology that will help us more quickly and easily receive and share patient information between our emergency departments and our EMS partners.”  

Benefits for Bristol Hospital include: 

  • Ensuring continuity in the patient care record for greater efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Increasing timeliness of patient information being shared with emergency departments to improve patient outcomes;
  • Creating a digitally-driven record sharing ecosystem that provides easy access to important clinical information, eliminating the need for unnecessary paperwork; and
  • Sharing of data with EMS agencies to close the clinical loop and help improve patient outcomes in the field.

“Bristol Hospital is driving the future of healthcare in its community,” said Allen Johnson, Vice President of ESO Healthcare. “They are setting the standard for how emergency departments and EMS agencies can work together to leverage the power of data to create a much more complete patient picture that will be beneficial for all parties involved.”

Bristol Hospital is currently going through implementation and plans to be live with ESO Health Data Exchange in early 2019.

About ESO

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 14,000 customers throughout the U.S. The company’s healthcare, community 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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Massachusetts Governor Holds First of Its Kind School Active Shooter Symposium

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 18:19

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and high-ranking members of his administration joined the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at a symposium for police, fire, EMS and school officials from communities across the Commonwealth to discuss active shooter/hostile event responses (ASHER). The Massachusetts School Active Shooter Symposium, held at NFPA headquarters in Quincy, Mass., was the first of three programs taking place this month in the eastern and western parts of the state. It’s believed that Governor Baker is the first governor in the country to convene such a summit.

Governor Baker told responders and educators that, “engagement and determining what the best practices are, then practicing them and learning continually from each other’s experiences is how we prevent and minimize these types of tragedies.”


The day-long forum was co-hosted by Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety Daniel Bennett, State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey, and NFPA President/CEO Jim Pauley. Keynote speaker Michele Gay captivated the crowd with her candor and concerns about school safety. Gay, who lost her daughter, Josephine Grace, on Dec. 14, 2012, in the Sandy Hook School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, is one of the founders of Safe and Sound Schools.

“Without strong leadership and leaders putting money where their mouth is, it’s like pushing a giant boulder uphill,” Gay said. “Safety is something we all say we want—the mission statement for every single school in America says something about providing a safe and secure environment. But when it comes down to the realities of what it takes to keep people safe, we often turn away because it’s uncomfortable, expensive, or may cause us to get into arguments. We need community leaders to work together, and our policymakers to champion, endorse and support collaboration.”

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Toppled Trees, Swift Water, Have Killed Many During Florence

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 14:33

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Florence — which was once a hurricane and now is a tropical depression — is being blamed for at least 20 deaths in the Carolinas. Fourteen were in North Carolina. Officials in those states are still worried about what's to come, because it's still raining and rivers are swelling. Several of the people who died in recent days were swept up in stormwaters. Three small children have been killed, two from falling trees.

Here's a look at Florence's victims:


A 1-year-old boy was swept into rushing floodwaters Sunday when the car his mother was driving came upon rushing water. Dazia Lee told officials she drove around a barricade on a North Carolina road in Union County.

The water from a nearby creek had risen quick, and the current was swift. The water pushed her car off of the road and left her stuck in a group of trees, authorities said.

Lee was able to get Kaiden Lee-Welch out of the car, but the water caused her to lose her grip, she told Fox 46 WJZY .

"I was holding his hand, trying to hold him, trying to pull him up," she told the TV station. "I couldn't hold on anymore and he let go."

She described him as "the sweetest boy."

Little Kaiden's body was found Monday.

A family member who was outside the home Monday said the mother was in the town of Monroe to return her son's body to Charlotte. He said Lee was doing alright, but he also shed a tear after a visitor spoke with him.


Three-month-old Kade Gill, who was born on Father's Day, was in his mother's arms. They were sitting on the sofa when a tree crashed through the roof of the family's mobile home, killing the child.

"The tree had divided us," said father Olen Gill, who talked to The Gaston Gazette when he returned to the destroyed home with his wife after her release from the hospital. "I'm in the kitchen and she's in the living room on the couch."

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Clarion Fire & Rescue Announces Staff Promotions and New Hires

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 14:27

Fair Lawn, NJ (September 17, 2018) – Clarion UX’s Fire & Rescue Group, formerly PennWell Corporation, announces key organizational changes; including three promotions and three all-star new hires.

Promotions include the elevation of Bobby Halton to Vice President, Education Director/Group Editor, Ted Billick to Group Publisher, and Nanci Yulico to National Sales Manager – Events. “These well-deserved promotions will allow Bobby, Ted and Nanci to expand their leadership roles across the Fire & Rescue portfolio which now includes EMS Today and JEMS. We recognize that there are critical synergies between these industries and by aligning our team, it will allow us to better serve these markets and customers,” said Fire & Rescue Group Senior Vice President Eric Schlett.

New additions bringing their expertise to Clarion UX’s Fire & Rescue Group include: Lauren Ocoma, Vice President, Marketing, Meghan Vitti, Senior Marketing Manager and Chris Marinaro, Key Accounts Manager. Schlett added, “Since joining Clarion Events, we are continuously strengthening our group by adding new resources and talent that can provide expertise to our customers, events and brands. Chris’s lifelong passion and knowledge for the Fire Industry makes him an invaluable resource for our team and our customers. Lauren and Meghan’s previous tradeshow and event marketing experience will help us expand our customer reach and align our brands to create more synergies throughout our marketing and an overall better customer experience for those we serve.”

Below are bios for each:

Bobby HaltonVice President, Education Director/Group Editor
As Vice President, Education Director Bobby takes on the critical responsibility of advancing the group’s content in our existing markets, in addition to working with the management team to find niche opportunities that closely align with the first responder market. In this role, Bobby will continue to lead the content and education for the Fire & EMS group whether in print, in person or online (digital). Bobby’s unique background as a firefighter, instructor, author and “Renaissance man” will ensure that we are best positioned to serve our audience with the high quality and respected content they have come to rely on to do their job while saving lives and property.

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Input Requested: Development of CPR LifeLinks Implementation Toolkit

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 14:18

More than 350,000 people experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the U.S. each year; less than half of them receive bystander CPR before professional first responders arrive, even though early CPR is known to greatly increase an individual's chances of survival. 

CPR LifeLinks, jointly led by the NHTSA Office of EMS and the National 911 Program, is a national initiative to help communities save more lives through the implementation of telecommunicator and high-performance CPR programs. Your review and input of the draft CPR LifeLinks Implementation Toolkit - the core component of the initiative - is requested by October 1st. 

What is Happening Now
Created with a panel of 20 public safety leaders, the draft CPR LifeLinks Implementation Toolkit is a how-to guide for EMS and 911 agencies interested in implementing programs to improve cardiac arrest survival rates in communities across the nation.

How You Can Help
The Office of EMS and National 911 Program request your feedback to ensure the Implementation Toolkit:

  • Shares actionable information for implementing CPR improvement programs
  • Clearly identifies and explains core components of a CPR improvement effort
  • Sets realistic training protocols and guidelines that can be practiced by a wide range of EMS and 911 professionals

Please submit recommendations for specific edits and/or additional content by using the spreadsheet template provided. The draft document and comment form can be downloaded from the project page.  

Submit your feedback to by end of day October 1st, 2018.

Coming Soon:
In an upcoming webinar, learn about CPR LifeLinks directly from the project team and hear how a fire department and emergency communications center in Bend, Oregon, are partnering to improve cardiac arrest survival rates in their communities with telecommunicator and high-performance CPR training. Register now

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Survey Finds 2M US Teens Are Vaping Marijuana

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 10:33

A school-based survey shows nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students have used marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening concern about the new popularity of vaping among teens.

E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine, but results published Monday mean 2.1 million middle and high school students have used them to get high.

The devices are generally considered a less dangerous alternative to regular cigarettes, despite little research on their long-term effects including whether they help smokers quit.

The rise in teenagers using them has alarmed health officials. Last week, the Food and Drug Administration gave the five largest e-cigarette makers 60 days to produce plans to stop underage use of their products.

Nearly 9 percent of students surveyed in 2016 said they used an e-cigarette device with marijuana, according to Monday's report in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. That included one-third of those who ever used e-cigarettes.

The number is worrying "because cannabis use among youth can adversely affect learning and memory and may impair later academic achievement and education," said lead researcher Katrina Trivers of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Students who said they lived with a tobacco user were more likely than others to report vaping marijuana.

It's unclear whether marijuana vaping is increasing among teens or holding steady. The devices have grown into a multi-billion industry, but they are relatively new.

It was the first time a question about marijuana vaping was asked on this particular survey, which uses a nationally representative sample of students in public and private schools. More than 20,000 students took the survey in 2016.

A different survey from the University of Michigan in December found similar results when it asked for the first time about marijuana vaping. In that study, 8 percent of 10th graders said they vaped marijuana in the past year.

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