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New Study Examines Lay Responders’ Ability to Stop Severe Bleeding

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 09:58

Does the American public feel empowered and equipped to stop life-threatening bleeding? A new study published in Prehospital Emergency Care finds that lay responders are not only willing to apply specialized dressings designed to stop severe bleeding, but that their confidence in doing so significantly increases after a brief education and practice session.

The study, sponsored by the American Red Cross and led by Craig Goolsby, MD, Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Education of the Uniformed Services University’s Department of Military and Emergency Medicine, observed 360 lay responders as they applied hemostatic dressings, which contain ingredients or special designs to promote quick clotting of blood. After a brief education with a standardized video and practice, more than half (56 percent) of the participants could correctly apply hemostatic dressings, and the number of participants willing to get involved and use the dressings more than doubled.

“Everyone should have the knowledge and skills to help in an emergency and save lives,” says Dr. Goolsby, also a member of the Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council. “It’s important to recognize that the immediate actions taken by members of the public before first responders arrive on the scene give victims a better chance at recovering from life-threatening, serious injuries and cardiac emergencies.”

Red Cross training courses – both online and in-person – make it easy for individuals to get the skills they need to prepare for the unexpected, from small accidents to major emergencies such as mass-casualty events.

For example, more than 1,000 people have been trained using the Red Cross First Aid for Severe Bleeding online course since its debut in November 2018. The Red Cross is offering this 30-minute online module, which instructs students on recognizing and controlling severe bleeding, for free in support of Stop the Bleed Month (May), EMS Week (May 19-25) and Stop the Bleed Day (May 23). To take advantage of this promotion, people should go to the First Aid for Severe Bleeding online course page, register and enter coupon code: STBFREE1219.

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Petition Seeks to Add EMS to Connecticut Fire, Police PTSD Bill

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 08:38

HARTFORD, Conn. (CTPost/WMUR) - A bill proposed Monday intended to support police and firefighters suffering with post traumatic stress disorder has been considered a long time coming — but many are upset that the bill leaves out emergency medical service personnel.

And that upset has been channeled into a petition, intended to garner signatures in support of adding EMS to the bill. The petition, started by Derrick Caranci, has gathered more than 4,000 signatures as of early Wednesday evening.

Legislative leaders unveiled the bipartisan proposal on Monday. The proposal, which provides police and firefighters suffering from PTSD up to one year of workers’ compensation coverage, would be made available to police officers, professional and volunteer firefighters and parole officers. 

Once the petition reaches the 5,000 signatures Caranci has set as the goal, it will be sent to the Connecticut State Senate, the Connecticut State House and the governor, according to the petition. MORE

Petition: Include EMS personnel to CT Senate Bill 164


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Appleton, Wisconsin Firefighter Shot, Killed on EMS Call

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 05:31

UPDATED 6:13 a.m. EDT

The Appleton Fire Department as well as various news outlets are reporting that the wounded firefighter has died.

Appleton firefighter killed in shooting, WBAY

Firefighter killed in downtown Appleton shooting,

Appleton firefighter killed in line of duty during shooting, NBC26

Firefighter killed, officer injured responding to a medical call in Wisconsin, 10News, CNN

Procession in Milwaukee for Appleton Firefighter killed in line of duty, FOX 11 News




APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A police officer and a firefighter have been injured in a shooting in Appleton, Wisconsin, and several others have been taken to a hospital.

Appleton police Officer Meghan Cash says first responders went to a downtown location following a call that someone needed medical assistance about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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Helicopter Crashes into Hudson River

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 15:06

NEW YORK (AP) — A helicopter crashed into the Hudson River near a busy Manhattan heliport Wednesday and partially sank, but not before the pilot was able to escape.

New York City Fire Department officials said the pilot was not seriously injured after the helicopter landed in the river at around West 30th Street. No other people were aboard.

A mobile phone video of the helicopter going down, taken by a WCBS TV editor, showed it descending into the river just feet from the helipad.

Video footage from hovering TV news helicopters taken in the aftermath of the crash showed the helicopter capsized and mostly beneath the water, but kept from totally sinking by inflatable pontoons that deployed as the aircraft was about to hit the water.

It was tethered to rescue boats and the helipad pier.

Traffic was moving at a crawl on a busy road that passes by the scene.

A person who answered the phone at a lounge at the helipad said the pilot made an "emergency landing" and was the only one on board.


#FDNY members remain on scene of a helicopter crash in the Hudson River. The helicopter is tied to the pier at this time. The pilot is on land, and was the only person on board.

— FDNY (@FDNY) May 15, 2019



There are currently 2 non-life-threatening injuries reported on scene of a helicopter crash into the Hudson River - the pilot and one heliport worker injured by debris. #FDNY operations continue.

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Video: Oklahoma Firefighters Rescue Workers from Swinging Scaffold

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:40

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two window washers have been rescued from a scaffold above the roof of an approximately 850-foot (259 meters) skyscraper in downtown Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City Fire Capt. David Macy says the two were stranded shortly before 7:45 a.m. Wednesday outside the 50-floor Devon Tower and were pulled to safety about 8:30 a.m.

Macy said firefighters secured the scaffold with ropes as it dangled from a crane, 20-30 feet (6-9 meters) above the roof. Video from the scene showed the scaffold banging against sides of the building that extend above the roof and breaking windows.

Macy said paramedics evaluated both men and both refused treatment. He said the cause of the accident is under investigation.

The tower houses the corporate offices of Oklahoma City-based energy company Devon Energy Corp.



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National Association of EMS Educators names New Executive Director

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 07:45

Bryan Ericson, NAEMSE President, is pleased to announce that Stephen Perdziola has been appointed by the board of directors to the position of Executive Director effective May 2, 2019.

Stephen has been the NAEMSE business manager since 2007.  His responsibilities over the past 12 years have covered areas of finance, operations, payroll, auditing, symposium planning and staff management.  Bryan sated that Stephen was the logical individual to move into the Executive Director position.  He continued to say that Stephen has the experience, knowledge and personality needed to continue the mission of NAEMSE which is to Inspire Educational Excellence.

Prior to joining NAEMSE, Stephen worked as the Assistant Director for Community College of Allegheny County, the second largest community college system in Pennsylvania, for almost 10 years. 

"I could not be more honored to serve not only the NAEMSE board of directors, but also its membership in the role of Executive Director" stated Stephen.   He continued, "with a great board of directors and staff to work with, exciting things are on the horizon".

About the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE)
NAEMSE empowers the profession of EMS Medical Education through collaboration, education and innovation. The Board’s primary objective is to serve the NAEMSE membership and shape the future of EMS Medical Education. MORE 

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Dallas Tests Tiered 911 Response Plan

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 07:31

DALLAS ( - Calls for medical help to Dallas 911 this summer may not get ambulance response in a new test to save ambulances for the most serious medical emergencies.

In June and July, fire engines staffed with paramedics and lifesaving equipment will be sent to more minor calls instead of automatically sending more highly equipped ambulances.

The Tiered Response plan has been discussed in Dallas for years but was delayed due to upgrades in the software that will guide call takers, the need for rigorous training of those call takers on the changing software and high turnover among those call takers. MORE

Read: Tiered EMS Dispatch Software-Phase II Pilot Implementation

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Investigation Begins in Deadly Alaska Mid-Air Crash

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 06:52

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two sightseeing planes that crashed in Alaska collided at about the 3,300-foot (1,006-meter) level, the National Transportation Safety Board announced shortly after an elite team arrived Tuesday from Washington, D.C., to investigate the crash.

The two planes collided in mid-air Monday, killing six people, the Coast Guard said.

The larger plane, a de Havilland Otter DHC-3 with 10 passengers and the pilot, had descended from 3,800 feet (1158 meters) feet and collided with a smaller de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, carrying four passengers from the same cruise ship, the Royal Princess, and the pilot.

The federal investigation into the cause of the crash could take months, but a preliminary report is expected to be released within two weeks, said Peter Knudson, a spokesman for the NTSB.

Names have not been released for those killed or injured. However, Princess Cruises said all were Americans except for two passengers who had been missing and were from Canada and Australia.

Coast Guard Lt. Brian Dykens said Tuesday evening that his agency and the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad found two bodies near the crash site of the smaller plane involved in the collision, a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver.

Two U.S. Coast Guard 45-foot response boats drift through George Inlet as part of a search effort on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, near Ketchikan, Alaska, at the site of a collision between two float planes. Dive teams plunged into the icy cold waters of the southeast Alaska inlet Tuesday, searching an area the size of 24 football fields for two cruise ship passengers missing after two sightseeing planes collided. (Dustin Safranek/Ketchikan Daily News via AP)

The planes came down about a mile and a half apart, with some of the debris field on land, about 8 miles (13 kilometers) from Ketchikan, near George Inlet.

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Explosion at Georgia-Pacific Plant in Oklahoma

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 06:30

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say there has been an explosion at a paper plant in north-central Oklahoma.

Muskogee County officials say an explosion and fire were reported late Monday night at the Georgia-Pacific plant in Muskogee, about 50 miles (80.46 kilometers) southeast of Tulsa.

Muskogee County Commissioner Ken Doke says the building has been evacuated and all company staff has been accounted for.

Authorities are asking that the public stay away from the scene as first responders work.

No further information was immediately available.

Firefighters On The Scene Of Explosion At Georgia Pacific In Muskogee, NewsOn6/KOTV

UPDATE: Firefighters On The Scene Of Explosion At Georgia Pacific In Muskogee, NewsOn6/KOTV

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Seaplanes Collide in Alaska; At Least Four Dead, 10 Hurt

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 06:11

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A team of federal accident investigators is expected to arrive in Alaska Tuesday to try to piece together what caused a deadly midair collision between two sightseeing planes.

Four people were killed after the floatplanes carrying cruise ship tourists collided Monday near the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan, the Coast Guard said. Two others were missing, said Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios, a Coast Guard spokesman.

The Washington, D.C.-based investigative team from the National Transportation Safety Board is expected to arrive in Ketchikan Tuesday afternoon, agency spokesman Peter Knudson said. He said board member Jennifer Homendy also is traveling with the so-called "Go Team," which investigates major accidents.

The floatplanes collided under unknown circumstances, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said in an email to The Associated Press. Floatplanes have pontoons mounted under the fuselage so they can land on water.

The passengers were from the cruise ship Royal Princess and were on sightseeing flights, one of which was operated by flightseeing company Taquan Air.

Eleven people were inside Taquan's single-engine de Havilland Otter DHC-3 when it went down as it returned from Misty Fjords National Monument, which is part of the Tongass National Forest, the nation's largest. Ten people were taken to a Ketchikan hospital.

All patients were in fair or good condition, according to Marty West, a spokeswoman for PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.

Three people who died were among five people aboard the second plane, a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, according to Coast Guard Lt. Brian Dykens. It's unclear which plane carried the fourth victim, whose body was recovered during a Monday night search, Rios said.

Local emergency responders worked with state and federal agencies and good Samaritan vessels to help rescue and recover victims.

"It's been a long day and the crews have been working really hard to rescue people and recover the deceased," Deanna Thomas, a spokeswoman for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, the local government, said Monday evening.

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South Metro Fire Rescue PIOs: School Shooting Incident Management

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 13:12

South Metro Fire Rescue PIO - On May 7, 2019 South Metro Fire Rescue was faced with a tragedy when a shooting occurred at the STEM School in Highlands Ranch where one student was killed and 8 others were injured. 

In this Vlog, Connor and Eric take a few minutes to explain the how the incident was managed.

JEMS: Students Kill Classmate, Injure Eight at Colorado School


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Virginia Beach EMS Volunteer Honored for 50 Years of Service

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 12:55

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WTKR) - Bill Black walked into the Kempsville Volunteer Fire Department with family, friends and fellow volunteers celebrating his service.

More than 1,000 Virginia Beach volunteer EMS members work long hours to help the most vulnerable people in the city and ask for nothing in return.

“I’ve seen a lot of people who are very dedicated, but none who have successfully managed to run for so long,” says Kempsville Department of EMS Division Chief Kevin Lipscomb. MORE


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Georgia Facing Dangerous Shortage of Paramedics and EMTs

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 11:16

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. (WSB TV) - On the worst days of people’s lives, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics are often the first to show up.

Georgia is suffering from a shortage of emergency workers, which could cause people to wait for help when they do not have minutes to spare.

Channel 2 Action News spoke with several emergency workers who all said the same thing: They did not get into the job for the money. MORE 


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AMR Named in Rhode Island Lawsuit

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 09:46

TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) - The family of an 80-year-old woman who was killed during the 2016 Taunton rampage is suing the city and the ambulance company.

The suit claims Patricia Slavin could still be alive if emergency responders had arrived sooner. A Target 12 investigation after the rampage aired 911 calls that revealed confusion between responding agencies.

In May 2016, Arthur DeRosa was involved in a motor vehicle crash outside Patricia and Kathleen Slavin's home in Taunton. After, investigators say DeRosa entered their home and stabbed both of them repeatedly. DeRosa would go onto to the Silver City Galleria. MORE


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House Passes $19B Disaster Aid Bill

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 06:07

By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Friday passed a $19 billion disaster aid bill that would deliver long-sought relief to farmers, victims of hurricanes and floods, and rebuild southern military bases, as Democrats try to dislodge the legislation from a Senate logjam over aid to hurricane-slammed Puerto Rico.

The measure passed by a 257-150 vote over the opposition of most Republicans, who said it should also include the Trump administration's $4.5 billion request for stepped up humanitarian aid and law enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico border, which is facing a wave of migrants fleeing violence in Central America.

The House had passed an earlier $14 billion version of the measure in January, but the legislation has been held up in the Senate amid a fight between President Donald Trump and Democrats over aid to Puerto Rico. Trump is feuding with Democratic officials on the island and falsely claims that Puerto Rico has already received $91 billion in aid.

Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to urge Republicans to vote against the bill.

"House Republicans should not vote for the BAD DEMOCRAT Disaster Supplemental Bill which hurts our States, Farmers & Border Security," Trump tweeted. "We want to do much better than this. All sides keep working and send a good BILL for immediate signing!"

After the vote, Trump tweeted in praise of GOP solidarity, although 34 Republicans broke with his position and supported the disaster aid. "Great Republican vote today on Disaster Relief Bill. We will now work out a bipartisan solution that gets relief for our great States and Farmers. Thank you to all. Get me a Bill that I can quickly sign!"

Some of the Republicans who broke with Trump were from areas hit by the disasters, like Texas and Florida, and others were more moderate Republicans from the Northeast.

Disaster aid measures are usually among the few reliably bipartisan pieces of legislation left in an increasingly partisan Washington. But the pending measure faces several obstacles in addition to the battle over Puerto Rico, including an attempt by powerful Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., to boost Army Corps of Engineers harbor dredging efforts, of which the Port of Mobile in his state would be a major beneficiary. Shelby's relationship with White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney also appears strained.

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One Dead, Two Wounded in Shooting Near Trump Florida Resort

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 05:50

SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Police are investigating a shooting near one of President Donald Trump's resorts in Florida that left one person dead and two others injured.

Miami Dade Police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said that a call came in at 1:41 p.m. on Sunday stating that shots were fired at the Trump International Beach Resort Miami in Sunny Isles Beach. Sunny Isles officers responded to the scene and found several vehicles with bullet holes.

A 19-year-old woman was found inside one vehicle with a gunshot wound to the upper extremities, Zabaleta said. She was transported to a hospital and listed in stable condition.

Moments later another 911 call came in reporting a male shot inside a vehicle at a shopping center across the street from the hotel. Sunny Isle officers immediately responded and discovered the man with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. The victim has been identified as 43-year-old Mohammed Jradi, Zabaleta said. It appears that a stray bullet traveled from the property of the Trump International across the street, through the parking lot and struck Jradi, who was working. "We have spoken to family members and of course our heart and our deepest condolences go to the family," he said.

A 5-year-old boy was also grazed by a bullet. He was treated at the scene by fire rescue and released.

Homicide detectives from the Miami Dade Police Department were called in and detained several people for questioning. Several firearms were also seized at the scene.


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Three Dead, Four Injured in Virginia Gas Station Explosion

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 05:38

BUENA VISTA, Va. (AP) — Authorities say three sets of remains have been discovered at Virginia gas station where an explosion occurred.

Virginia State Police said in a news release Saturday that the number of people who died in Friday morning's explosion had increased from two as the investigation continued. Authorities said previously that four people were injured.

The explosion at the South River Market several miles north of Buena Vista.

Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Rick Garletts says the remains of the dead were taken to the medical examiner for identification, which may take several days.

He says the fire is being treated as a criminal matter since the cause is unknown and will remain that way until criminal activity is ruled out.



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Man Injured after Device Explodes Outside California Diner

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 05:29

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — A man suffered serious injuries to his hands and face Friday after a device he was holding exploded near a Southern California diner, police said.

Fullerton police Lt. Jon Radus said authorities received a call around 8:50 a.m. about the explosion in the city some 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles.

Initially, police were told it could be an electrical box and evacuated nearby businesses, he said. Investigators later determined the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device and found a second improvised explosive device in the area, he said.

"We believe they were his," Radus said, adding that police would seek to have the 59-year-old man criminally charged.

The man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries to his fingers, face and throat, Radus said. Police declined to provide the man's name.

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Virginia Rescue Squad Members Bike in Honor of Fallen EMS Personnel

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 05:16

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WSLS) - In a few days, Lora Lattanzi, a volunteer emergency medical technician at Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad, will participate in the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride from Boston to Washington D.C.  

"My goal in this is to help bring awareness to first responders. To have fun and to survive. I don't feel like I have trained quite as much as I should have for a ride of this length," Lattanzi said.

And she says the cause is something near to her heart. MORE


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Arrival of the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride Kicks off the National EMS Weekend of Honor

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 04:00

OXON HILL, MD - On Friday, May 17, at approximately 4:00 p.m., the families, friends, and colleagues of EMS and air medical professionals who lost their lives in the line of duty as well as EMS legacy personnel who have died of natural or non-employment-related causes will gather to cheer the National EMS Memorial Bike Riders as they roll into The Plaza at National Harbor. The riders began their journey in Boston last Saturday and have traveled over 500 miles in a variety of weather in honor of their fallen colleagues. The NEMSMBR East Coast riders will be joined by the NEMSMBR Southern Route in Annapolis, MD. Together they will be led by law enforcement and fire/EMS vehicles as they proceed to The Plaza. Bagpipe and drum corps along with honor guards from around the United States will also be there to welcome the riders.

Each of the nearly 200 participants and support teams will be carrying dog tags inscribed with the names of 75 individuals they have ridden in memory of over the past seven days. The riders will present their dog tags to the awaiting families, friends or colleagues. A short ceremony will follow the dog tag presentations. A team from HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response will also be on hand at the event.

The Ride is tough no matter how experienced and accomplished of a rider you are, weather can make it more difficult. Brian Shaw, president of the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, when asked shared his insight into why they ride. “Participants in the National EMS Memorial Bike Rides honor the lives of EMS providers who were perhaps their friends, family or co-workers by pedaling their bicycles over many miles of challenging terrain.  A challenge that no matter how hard or grueling is a reminder that we are here and able to complete this task and shall never forget those that have left us all too soon.”

The National Weekend of Honor is organized and hosted by the following volunteer–staffed organizations: National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, National EMS Memorial Service, and the National EMS Memorial Foundation. The lives of 26 air medical and EMS providers who died in the line of duty in 2018 will be honored and celebrated on Saturday evening at the National EMS Memorial Service. More information on the specific event times and locations, as well as the program for the event and a list of honorees, can be found on the memorial service website.

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