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Braun Ambulances Will Attend Pinnacle 2018

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Van Wert, OH–Braun Ambulances will be attending this year’s Pinnacle 2018 EMS Conference & Exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona. This will be the first time the ambulance manufacturer will attend the Pinnacle show. The event will take place at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort July 23rd-27th, 2018 and feature a variety of seminars, conferences, special meetings, bonus sessions, an exhibition in the Grand Sonoran Ballroom with over 70 exhibitors, and vehicle displays located outside. Braun Ambulances will be participating in the exhibition portion in Booth #30, as well as displaying two ambulances outside.

Pinnacle is a conference and event that allows EMS leaders, various departments, and healthcare leaders to network and learn from others in their field. The event starts Monday, July 23rd with breakfast and a day of power seminars from various speakers and presenters. Tuesday features power seminars on hot topics in EMS, special meetings, and the main conference and opening reception. The main conference events continue through Thursday, with bonus sessions finishing out the day on Friday.

Braun will have two ambulances on display at Pinnacle 2018 – a Braun factory demo unit and a custom unit from Gold Cross Mayo Clinic. Braun’s factory demo is an Express unit that features Techniq Chevron strip lighting, the EZ-Glide sliding door, mirrored stainless steel on the street and curb sides of the unit, blue and white LED dome lights, and the new MasterTech FleetConnect innovation. This is a particularly notable feature, having recently won a 2018 JEMS Hot Product award. The Gold Cross Mayo Clinic ambulance is a custom Express model with EZ-Glide sliding door, new Whelen Surface max lighting, custom layout with no CPR seat for added storage, custom exterior layout, and glove boxes on the street side near the rear of the unit.

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National Registry & CAPCE Partner to Facilitate Easy CE Recordkeeping

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A new web tool will save time and increase the accuracy of the continuing education records submitted to the National Registry during the recertification process.

The National Registry of EMTs (National Registry) and the Commission on Accreditation For Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) today announced a partnership that allows EMS personnel to import CAPCE-approved continuing education course records directly into their National Registry account. The website integration not only saves time and eliminates duplicate data entry, but it also increases the accuracy of information submitted to the National Registry during the recertification process.

“This system was designed and built by CAPCE and the National Registry with the goal of relieving the demands on our nation’s paramedics, AEMTs, EMTs, and emergency medical responders,” said Jay Scott, Executive Director of CAPCE. “We’re happy to provide validated continuing education data that will make the recertification process faster and easier.”

The new website functionality allows Nationally Certified EMS personnel to import CAPCE-accredited electronic transcripts—complete with the course name, completion date, and course sponsor—direct from the secure CAPCE database into their personal National Registry transcript

“We’re excited to provide a major time savings to our EMS personnel,” said Donnie Woodyard, Chief Operations Officer at the National Registry. “This also provides immediate validation to National Registry staff that the imported CAPCE courses are compliant during random and routine audits that we conduct.”

CAPCE’s Accreditation Management System (AMS) currently holds around 10 million records and is growing at a rate 1.2 million records per year.

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Wisconsin Bicyclist Ignores Barriers and Falls into Drawbridge Gap

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 14:15

MENASHA, Wis. (AP) — Police say a bicyclist who weaved past the gates blocking access to a bridge over a river in eastern Wisconsin escaped serious injury after falling into the gap that was created when the bridge started to rise.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation surveillance video shot July Fourth shows the woman ignoring the barrier and red flashing lights at the bridge in Menasha, and apparently not noticing that it was already cranking into action.

The woman and her bike then drop into the gap and she disappears.

In the following minutes, onlookers rush to her aid and the bridge operator stalls the bridge until the woman and her bicycle are extracted.


Police say the 37-year-old woman was taken to a hospital in Neenah where she was treated for facial injuries.

Related Article: Assessing and Managing Facial Trauma (Robert P. Girardeau, MSM-HCA, NRP, FP-C)

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California Beachgoers Describe Finding Crash Survivor

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:16

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A self-described beachcomber says it was her luckiest find yet: A woman who survived a 250-foot car plunge off a cliff and a week stranded on a remote California beach.

"We freakin' love that beach and we're so glad she's alive," Chelsea Moore said Monday as she described the afternoon last Friday when she and her husband found 23-year-old Angela Hernandez of Portland.

Hernandez had been driving to her sister's home in Lancaster, near Los Angeles, on July 6 when a small animal crossed in front of her, causing her to swerve and lose control of her car, she wrote from her hospital bed Sunday in a Facebook account.

"The only thing I really remember after that was waking up," Hernandez wrote. "I was still in my car and I could feel water rising over my knees. My head hurt and when I touched it, I found blood on my hands."

Hernandez said she broke a window of her car, jumped into the ocean and swam ashore. She fell asleep on the beach and realized what had happened after she woke up.

Moore, 34, and her husband Chad, 31, of Morro Bay were camping above an oceanside cliff in the rugged Big Sur area of Monterey County when they decided to climb down a cliff to a remote beach to find some good surfing and fishing spots — and a little adventure.

"We're avid beachcombers. We get excited about sea glass and abalone shells," Moore said.

Instead, they came on a car bumper and a short time later spotted a rusty and wrecked Jeep. Nobody was in it.

The couple took the license plate to show authorities. They also saw items scattered around that they also collected, among them, a poster for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Ohio, Moore said.

"In my head, I thought that maybe someone had died and we would give these items to the next of kin," she said. "We both agreed that there weren't survivors."

But just in case, they walked further along the beach.

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23 Injured after Lava Explosion Hits Hawaiian Tour Boat

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 06:17

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii tour boat operators plan to continue taking visitors to see lava, but will follow the Coast Guard's revised policy and stay farther away after an explosion caused molten rock to barrel through the roof of a vessel, injuring 23 people.

The Coast Guard prohibits vessels from getting closer than 984 feet (300 meters) from where Kilauea volcano's lava oozes into the sea. The agency had been allowing experienced boat operators to apply for a special license to get closer up to 164 feet (50 meters), but it stopped allowing those exceptions Monday morning.

A woman in her 20s was transported to Honolulu in serious condition with a broken thigh bone. The other 22 people injured were treated for minor burns and scrapes, including 12 who were treated at a hospital in Hilo.

Moku Nui Lava Tours Captain Kanoa Jones, whose boat was not involved in Monday's incident at Kilauea volcano, said not running the tours would only withhold income from local restaurants and other businesses dependent on tourism, he said.

"If we stop operating, it not only hurts us, it hurts the community," Jones said.

The Coast Guard, state and local officials were investigating what happened.

Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew West said the agency can't say whether it will change its safety zone rules until it finishes its investigation.

The county strictly limits access to the lava on land for safety reasons, making boat and helicopter tours the only options people have to witness volcanic spectacle in person. The ocean and aerial tours each cost about $250.

The restrictions have deterred many travelers from visiting the Big Island in general, and Puna near the volcano in particular.

Shane Turpin, the owner and captain of the vessel that was hit, said he never saw the explosion.

He and his tour group had been in the area for about 20 minutes making passes of the ocean entry about 500 yards — which is the length of five football fields — offshore, Turpin said.

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Medic-CE Receives Accreditation for Fire Continuing Education in the State of Florida

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 13:36

LEHI, Utah—July 16, 2018—Medic-CE, a leading provider of accredited online continuing education for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and fire professionals, is pleased to announce that its firefighter continuing education program has been accredited by the Florida State Fire College. This accreditation provides more options for firefighters in Florida to earn the continuing education credits they need.

“We are excited that the Florida State Fire College has provided accreditation for our firefighter courses," said Ryan Ewer, Medic-CE general manager. “Our focus is to provide high-quality, online training that allows firefighters and other emergency services personnel to stay updated on the information and skills they need as they serve our communities.”

Medic-CE’s fire continuing education program consists of four core topics: general firefighting skills, fire inspection, fire instruction, and fire investigation. Those who complete each of the courses that are currently available in this library can earn up to 12 hours of continuing education credits. All of these courses are available online, ensuring maximum flexibility for students to study at their own pace.

In addition to the firefighter continuing education program, Medic-CE is accredited by the state of Florida’s Bureau of EMS for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) continuing education. The two programs combined provide more than 250 hours of training that is specifically designed for EMS and fire professionals.

To learn more about Medic-CE and the firefighter continuing education training, please visit

About Medic-CE
Medic-CE, a Career Step company, provides accredited online continuing education for EMS and firefighting professionals. Founded in 2006, the company currently serves over 125,000 fire and EMS professionals and 250 fire/EMS/ambulance agencies. More than 250 hours of continuing education are available through the company’s powerful learning management system. Medic-CE also offers Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) Solution and the option for agencies to add their own in-house continuing education and instructor-led courses. More information is available at or 1-877-458-9498.

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Philadelphia Conference Focuses on EMT Safety and Violence

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 11:06 / Photo by THOM CARROLL via PHILLYVOICE Read more at   Medics Tell Their Stories

A report from looked at an impending conference at Drexel University that will deal with how to keep responders safe from violence on the job. The report includes some reflection from San Deigo (CA) Firefighter/Paramedic Ben Vernon, who previously wrote for JEMS about his experience surviving a deadly attack while on duty and the aftermath.

The conference, taking place Monday and Tuesday in Philadelphia, will include officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the International Association of Firefighters and various city fire departments, among others. One goal is to develop a system-level checklist designed to better protect firefighters and paramedics on the job, and departments in n Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Diego are expected to implement the checklist later this year.

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FDA Drug Shortages Task Force Applauded by EMS Physicians

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 10:41

Last week the Food and Drug Administration announced the formation of a Drug Shortages Task Force aimed at alleviating nationwide shortages of life-saving drugs.

The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) and other medical groups representing physicians and medical professionals across the country are throwing their support behind the new FDA task force, which was created at the urging of Congress.

The NAEMSP, an organization of more than 1,500 physicians and EMS professionals who advocate for all levels of EMS care providers, has been actively engaged on drug shortages issues in Washington since shortages of essential emergency medications spiked in 2011.

“Currently EMS agencies, emergency departments and hospitals across the nation are severely restricting use of IV fluids, pain medications, anti-nausea medications, sedatives, and airway management medications due to supply shortages,” said NAEMSP President and JEMS editorial board member Brent Myers, MD, MPH, FAEMS, in a press release issued today from the NAEMSP.  “As the leading organization for EMS Physicians, NAEMSP has prioritized our advocacy efforts around ending drug shortages and this week’s FDA Drug Shortage Task Force announcement shows great potential.”

NAEMSP members met with legislators on Capitol Hill during the group’s Government Relations Academy Fly-In in April this year, sharing insight with key members of Congress regarding the effects of drug shortages on out-of-hospital emergency care.

Following these meetings, NAEMSP submitted letters to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, urging the elevation of this issue with appropriate action.

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Chicago Paramedics Hurt When Man Throws Brick Through Ambulance Window

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 08:59 Read more at Medics Hospitalized

Two medics were wounded Thursday in an attack on the South Side of Chicago.

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Paramedics Plus Crew Recognized for Rescuing Driver from Burning Vehicle

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 13:23

Three Paramedics Plus, Alameda County (California) medics received recognition for their brave acts back in May. On Tuesday, May 15,  a Paramedic Plus crew consisting of Paramedics Henry Nguyen and John Pita and EMT Carlos Hawkins were en route back from operating in Oakland. to their deployment center at the end of their shift. The crew came across a vehicle collision with an occupant in a vehicle that was rapidly being engulfed in fire.  

Arriving ahead of other first responders, the crew quickly assessed the scene, attempted to extinguish the flames with their own vehicle fire extinguisher, and then successfully extricated the driver as the vehicle was becoming fully engulfed in flames. The quick and selfless act of the crew undoubtedly saved the life of the occupant and demonstrated their commitment to public service and the willingness to place themselves in harm’s way to save another human being.

"Their actions that day undoubtedly saved a life and its was very nice of our local EMS authority to give them the recognition for a task bravely performed," said Paramedics Plus California COO Rob Lawrence.

At the Paramedics Plus, San Leandro HQ on Tuesday July 11, Alameda County EMS Director Travis Kusman presented Henry, John, and Carlos with letters of commendation for their selfless deed. 

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MEDIC Addresses Problems Encountered with Terra Star Chassis

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 13:18

Mecklenburg EMS Agency (Medic) is the EMS provider for all 540 square miles of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina including the city of Charlotte. The Agency has a fleet of 72 ambulances, 64 of which provide ALS coverage while the other 8 are dedicated to non-emergency transports.

Two years ago Medic began transitioning its ALS fleet to ambulances built on the Dodge 5500 chassis. Thirty such vehicles have already been introduced into the system; the remaining 34 vehicles date back to model year 2012 and are built on the Terra Star chassis by Navistar.

Last year Medic started to notice a trend developing among the agency’s older Terra Star chassis. Engine issues were increasing in frequency and common themes were developing. When two engines from vehicles purchased in the same model year required premature replacement within months of each other, it was apparent something was very wrong.

It didn’t take much research to find a number of articles depicting issues being experienced by customers operating chassis manufactured by Navistar. The issues all seemed to stem from what was deemed to be a faulty emissions system design. The more research done by the agency’s Fleet Supervisor, the more familiar stories popped up about defective diesel particulate filters, fuel in the engine oil, broken rocker arms, and failed compression tests.

Medic’s fleet department consists of five master mechanics, each of which has thousands of hours of experience maintaining and repairing Terra Star chassis. When the research was shared with the team, they quickly realized that the issues Medic was experiencing weren't unique to the Agency’s vehicles and something had to be done before vehicle reliability became an issue.

Conversations initially started with the local service provider, Rush Truck Center in Charlotte, who also sold Medic the majority of their Terra Star chassis. Progress was slow, with little acknowledgment that there was a systemic issue with the engines. Late last year a meeting was finally arranged at Rush that included a Senior Product Support Consultant from Navistar. In that meeting it was finally acknowledged that the engines were indeed an issue and significant steps would be necessary to improve reliability of the Agency’s fleet.

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U.S. DOT Appoints National EMS Advisory Council Members

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 13:14

The U.S. Department of Transportation has appointed 24 leaders from EMS, healthcare, and other stakeholder communities to serve on the National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC). Chosen from more than 100 nominations, members of the council will provide advice and recommendations to both the Department of Transportation and the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS.

Among the members of the council are 11 new members and 13 returning from the previous term. Each member was chosen to serve a two-year term representing a specific sector of the EMS community. The appointments reflect the addition of a member representing EMS quality improvement professionals.

The next meeting of NEMSAC is expected to be held later this year. The meeting will be open to the public and details will be released as soon as it is scheduled. To learn more about NEMSAC and to sign up to receive email updates, visit

The members appointed to NEMSAC, along with the sectors they represent, are:

Kathleen Adelgais, MD, MPH - Pediatric Emergency Physician 
Golden, Colorado

Mary Ahlers, MEd, BSN - EMS Educators
Cincinnati, Ohio

Shawn Baird, MA - Private EMS
Portland, Oregon

Cherie Bartram - Call Taker/Dispatcher
Richmond, Michigan

Richard Bradley, MD - Emergency Physicians
Houston, Texas

Steven Diaz, MD, FACEP, FAAFP - Hospital Administration
Augusta, Maine

Eric Emery - Tribal EMS
Rosebud, South Dakota

Mary Fallat, MD - Trauma Surgeons
Louisville, Kentucky

Val Gale - Local EMS Service Administrator
Gilbert, Arizona

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Official: 911 Issues Delayed Response to Florida School Shooting

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 22:10


SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — In the crucial first minutes after a gunman began shooting students and staff at a Florida high school, law enforcement's response was hampered by quirks in the local 911 system that caused many calls from inside the school to be transferred, the chairman of a commission investigating the massacre said.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, chair of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, said Wednesday that the dual dispatch system used by the city of Parkland delayed getting responding police officers and sheriff's deputies timely information during the Feb. 14 shooting that left 17 dead and 17 wounded.

Parkland, where the school is located, gets police service from the Broward Sheriff's Office, and fire and paramedic service from the neighboring city of Coral Springs, which also has a police department. Cellular 911 calls from Parkland go to Coral Springs. Those callers needing police are transferred to Broward County's 911 center. Almost all calls from Stoneman Douglas were from cellphones, which had to be transferred. That added about 30 seconds before each reached a dispatcher — if the call wasn't disconnected.

Coral Springs is one of two Broward cities that aren't part of the countywide 911 system. Gualtieri believes that needs to end.

"The problem is that you have not one truly consolidated 911 center in Broward County," Gualtieri said. "People who call 911 and need help immediately, the person who took the call cannot get them the help they need." He said that is not unique to Broward — it is a problem nationwide, particularly with cell calls to 911.

After testifying before the commission, Shawn Backer, deputy chief of the Coral Springs Police Department, told reporters it is too early to say whether the bifurcated system created any significant delays in the response. He said Broward sheriff's deputies and Coral Springs officers who responded to the school were quickly able to establish communications.

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N.J. Shuts Down Ambulance Squad

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 15:44
CourierPostOnline Read more at CourierPostOnline   Editor's Note: It's important to note that the Delran Emegency Squad is made up of staff of volunteer members as well as paid staff. It isn't mentioned in this local news article. From the Delran Emegency Squad website: "The Delran Emergency Squad was founded in the year of 1939. The squad has two previous addresses of 8 Alden Ave., and 1819 Underwood Blvd. Our current address is 900 Chester Ave. The squad has five ambulances, one rehab unit, and three SUVs. The station is comprised of volunteer members, and a paid staff for day time services (6am to 6pm Monday thru Saturday). Volunteers cover all nights, Sundays, and holidays. The squad is also a state-wide training facility."

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Ambulances in Charlotte, N.C., Experience Widespread Engine Failure

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 12:33

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For months, NBC Charlotte has been reporting on engine issues affecting about half of Medic’s ambulance fleet. New maintenance records obtained by NBC Charlotte showed some ambulances are breaking down with patients inside.

The records showed several cases in which ambulances had to be towed back to Medic because they weren’t drivable anymore. The ambulances were dealing with mechanical issues such as stalling, engine problems or losing power. ...

Maintenance records showed dozens of ambulances affected by engine-related issues between 2017 and 2018 -- all while responding to calls, on scene or even transporting patients.


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Pinellas (FL) Paramedic Stayed by Child's Side in Hospital After Near Drowning

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 16:26

Video: ABC Action News

A photo showing a Pinellas County (FL) paramedic looking over a three-year-old girl after she was saved from a near-drowning incident has gone viral on social media.

Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue posted a photo of Firefighter-Paramedic Doug Higley waiting for the parents of the child to arrive at a local emergency room, according to a local report. The photo shows Higley sitting beside the child as she lay in a hospital bed.

More HERE.


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Public Health Concerns After Couple Poisoned in UK

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 02:02


AMESBURY, England (AP) — British officials investigating a second poisoning case with the nerve agent Novichok in southwest England said Thursday they suspect the victims were not directly targeted but sickened as a result of the March attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter.

Police say specialists have determined that a British couple in their 40s who visited the city of Salisbury were poisoned by the same lethal toxin — developed by the Soviet Union — that almost killed Sergei and Yulia Skripal in the same English city in March.

The new victims are now both critically ill in the same hospital that treated the Skripals. British Prime Minister Theresa May has blamed Russia for the first poisoning attack — an assertion the Kremlin denies.

The unexplained poisoning of two British citizens with no immediately apparent link to Russia has raised public health concerns in Salisbury, where a massive decontamination effort took place after the Skripals were poisoned.

Police have cordoned off a home in nearby Amesbury and other places that the latest victims visited, including a church, a pharmacy and a park in Salisbury, near where the Skripals were found.

"The working assumption would be that these are victims of either the consequence of the previous attack, or something else, but not that they were directly targeted," security minister Ben Wallace told the BBC. "That is part of the anger I feel about the Russian state (in the Skripal case) ... that they chose to use clearly a very, very toxic, highly dangerous weapon."

Britain's interior minister said the nerve agent was the same variety as that used against Skripal and his daughter, but it's not clear whether the two samples came from the same batch.

"What we are clear on ... is that this is the exact same nerve agent from the Novichok family," Home Secretary Sajid Javid said. "We cannot attribute this to the same batch at this point. Scientists will be looking into that. I am also told that may not even be possible."

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FBI Releases Study of Pre-Attack Behaviors of Attack Shooters

Sun, 06/24/2018 - 17:21

On Thursday, June 21, the FBI released a study of the pre-attack behaviors of attack shooters. The report, which covers active shooter incidents in the United States between 2000 and 2013, examines specific behaviors that may precede an attack and that might be useful in identifying, assessing and managing those who may be on a pathway to violence.

Mental health-related behaviors and interpersonal interactions were the top two concerning behaviors cited by those interviewed, yet the report indicates that most people responded by communicating directly to the active shooter (83%) or doing nothing (54%). In only 41% of cases was the concerning behavior reported to law enforcement.

Despite a small sample size, the report presents a compelling argument to support efforts to provide improved patient navigation to mental health resources available in the community, as well as supporting community efforts to break down the stigma of recognizing when a loved one might require intevention.

The report originates from the agency's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), with significant gratitude given to the BAU's Behavioral Threat Assessment Center. The full report can be accessed here.

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