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Paramedics on and off the Streets: Emergency medical services in the age of technological governance

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 00:00
In Paramedics On and Off the Streets, Dr. Michael K. Corman PhD embarks on an institutional ethnography of the complex, mundane, intricate, and exhilarating work of paramedics in Calgary, Alberta.

Corman’s comprehensive research includes more than 200 hours of participant observation ride-alongs with paramedics over a period of eleven months, more than one hundred first hand interviews with paramedics, and thirty-six interviews with other emergency medical personnel including administrators, call-takers and dispatchers, nurses, and doctors. At the heart of this ethnography are questions about the role of paramedics in urban environments, the role of information and communication technologies in contemporary health care governance, and the organization and accountability of pre-hospital medical services. Paramedics On and Off the Streets is the first institutional ethnography to explore the role and increasing importance of paramedics in our healthcare system. It takes readers on a journey into the everyday lives of EMS personnel and provides an in-depth sociological analysis of the work of pre-hospital health care professionals in the twenty-first century. Web site:
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FUJIFILM SonoSite strengthens European organisation

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:28

The new European structure sees Torsten Walther promoted to European Sales Director, working with the local sales teams to ensure a comprehensive and responsive service for both new and existing customers. Torsten commented: “There have been many developments in POC ultrasound in the past 10 years, most notably the rise in ultrasound-guided interventions and emergency diagnostics. Our aim is to be at the forefront of these growth areas, providing technologically advanced and practical solutions that fit seamlessly into patient management for improved outcomes.”

Volker Keller, newly appointed as European Marketing Director, will have responsibility for ensuring that the company’s activities continue to reflect the four pillars on which FUJIFILM SonoSite is built – durability, ease of use, education and reliability. Volker added: “The requirements of an ultrasound system in a POC setting are very different from those of radiology departments; they must be small, portable, robust and start up quickly. These qualities are synonymous with the SonoSite brand, but we are equally dedicated to helping our customers get the most out of their equipment through education, training and the development of new applications which will ultimately contribute to better patient care.”

This strengthening of the European organisation is designed to reflect the success SonoSite already enjoys in the US market, where a recent KLAS report named it the most-used brand of POC ultrasound system in hospitals. With over 35 years of combined expertise in the healthcare market, Torsten and Volker have the experience and knowledge to help FUJIFILM SonoSite and its European customers drive forward new and innovative applications in POC ultrasound.

About FUJIFILM SonoSite, Inc.

SonoSite helped pioneer the concept of portable, point-of-care ultrasound, and it continues to be a world-leading manufacturer and innovator of bedside ultrasound systems as well as an industry leader in ultra high-frequency micro-ultrasound technology. Headquartered near Seattle, the company is represented by 26 subsidiaries and a global distribution network in over 100 countries. SonoSite’s portable, compact systems are expanding the use of ultrasound across the clinical spectrum by cost-effectively bringing high-performance ultrasound to the point of patient care. For more information, go to:

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Introducing Crestline’s Specialty Vehicles Product Showcase

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 14:35

Saskatoon, SK, Canada – Crestline Coach, a global leader in ambulance and specialty vehicle manufacturing, is actively inspiring and reinventing the Specialty Vehicle industry. Since 1975, Crestline has firmly established itself as a trusted industry leader and innovative manufacturer of high quality products. Crestline’s Specialty Vehicles Division offers the widest range of dynamic and customized solutions to meet the unique requirements of the EMS, Police, Fire and Health Care markets.

For nearly a decade, Crestline has worked closely with Turtle Top, US-based specialty vehicle and bus manufacturer, to design and produce state-of-the-art product solutions. Through this innovative partnership, Crestline is able to offer more than 90 years of combined experience and service. 

View Crestline’s brand new product showcase online by visiting: Crestline Specialty Vehicles eBook

To learn more about Crestline, visit or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or YouTube.

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Law Enforcement, State Attorneys Review 10 Patients who Died in Sweltering Nursing Home

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:39

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Ten elderly patients died after being kept inside a nursing home that turned into a sweatbox when Hurricane Irma knocked out its air conditioning for three days, even though just across the street was a fully functioning and cooled hospital.

From the perspective of Florida Gov. Rick Scott and relatives of those at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, criminal charges are warranted. But under Florida law, a prosecution might be difficult. Two of three ex-state prosecutors contacted by The Associated Press had doubts as to whether Dr. Jack Michel, the home's owner, or any of his employees will be charged.

All agreed that any criminal prosecutions will hinge on whether the nursing home staff made honest mistakes or were "culpably negligent." Florida defines that as "consciously doing an act or following a course of conduct that the defendant must have known, or reasonably should have known, was likely to cause death or great bodily injury."

Hollywood police and the state attorney's office are investigating.

The home has said it used coolers, fans, ice and other methods to keep the patients comfortable — and that might be enough to avoid prosecution.

"There is a difference between negligence, which is what occurs when you are not giving a particular standard of care vs. culpable negligence," said David Weinstein, a former state and federal prosecutor now in private practice. "So if they are doing everything humanly possible given the circumstances and this all still happened it may be negligent and provide the basis for a civil lawsuit, but not enough for criminal charges."

Retired University of Florida law professor Bob Dekle, who prosecuted serial killer Ted Bundy as an assistant state attorney, said he doubted charges would be brought.

"I would rather be a defense attorney on this case than a prosecutor," Dekle said. "There are some cases that are better tried in civil court than criminal and this might be one of them."

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NTSB: Sleep Apnea a Factor in NYC Area Train Crashes

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:21

The engineers of two commuter trains that slammed into New York City-area stations in the last year were both suffering from severe sleep apnea and have no memory of the crashes, according to investigative reports and interview transcripts made public Thursday.

The National Transportation Safety Board said the common circumstances of the Sept. 29, 2016, New Jersey Transit crash in Hoboken, New Jersey, and the Jan. 4, 2017, Long Island Rail Road crash in Brooklyn warranted combining findings and recommendations in a single investigative report to be released early next year.

Neither engineer had been diagnosed with sleep apnea before the crashes, according to the documents. People with the disorder are repeatedly awakened and robbed of rest as their airway closes and their breathing stops, leading to dangerous daytime drowsiness.

NJ Transit engineer Thomas Gallagher told investigators he only remembered looking at his watch and the speedometer, blowing the horn and ringing the bell before his packed rush-hour train slammed into Hoboken Terminal at more than double the 10 mph speed limit.

A conductor standing on a platform told investigators he couldn't see the engineer through the cab window as the train rumbled into the station, indicating Gallagher may have slumped down or fallen.

Falling debris from the impact killed a woman standing on a platform. About 110 people aboard the train were hurt.

"The next thing I remember was a loud bang," Gallagher recalled, according to a transcript of his Oct. 1, 2016, interview. "I was getting hit with dust and dirt. I was thrown about the cab. I hit my head, the back of my head, I presume on the wall behind me. And then I had a period where I was going in and out of consciousness."

LIRR engineer Michael Bakalo told investigators he only remembered approaching Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn and then getting thrown from his seat. He said he wasn't aware of the impending crash. More than 100 people were hurt when the train crashed into a bumping post at the end of the tracks.

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Search for Survivors Continues in Mexico City

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 07:21

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A delicate effort to reach a young girl buried in the rubble of her school stretched into a new day on Thursday, a vigil broadcast across the nation as rescue workers struggled in rain and darkness to pick away unstable debris and reach her.

The sight of her wiggling fingers early Wednesday became a symbol for the hope that drove thousands of professionals and volunteers to work frantically at dozens of wrecked buildings across the capital and nearby states looking for survivors of the magnitude 7.1 quake that killed at least 245 people in central Mexico and injured over 2,000.

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said the number of confirmed dead in the capital had risen from 100 to 115. An earlier federal government statement had put the overall toll at 230, including 100 deaths in Mexico City.

Mancera also said two women and a man had been pulled alive from a collapsed office building in the city's center Wednesday night, almost 36 hours after the quake.

President Enrique Pena Nieto declared three days of mourning while soldiers, police, firefighters and everyday citizens kept digging through rubble, at times with their hands gaining an inch at a time, at times with cranes and backhoes to lift heavy slabs of concrete.

"There are still people groaning. There are three more floors to remove rubble from. And you still hear people in there," said Evodio Dario Marcelino, a volunteer who was working with dozens of others at a collapsed apartment building.

A man was pulled alive from a partly collapsed apartment building in northern Mexico City more than 24 hours after the Tuesday quake and taken away in a stretcher, apparently conscious

In all, 52 people had been rescued alive since the quake, the city's Social Development Department said, adding in a tweet: "We won't stop." It was a race against time, Pena Nieto warned in a tweet of his own saying that "every minute counts to save lives."

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FDA Issues Warning About Mixing Opioid Addiction Treatments With Other Meds

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 18:31

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration issued new warnings Wednesday about the dangers of combining medication for opioid addiction with anti-anxiety medicines and other drugs that also slow breathing and brain activity.

The FDA warned that mixing such drugs can cause difficulty breathing, coma or death, so it should be done with caution.

The agency said a growing number of people fighting opioid addiction with methadone or buprenorphine also take other prescription drugs that slow action of the central nervous system. The warning lists several dozen brand-name and generic drugs that could be risky, including Ambien and Lunesta for insomnia, Valium and Xanax for anxiety, muscle relaxers Soma and Zanaflex and antipsychotic drugs Abilify, Invega, Saphris and others.

The agency stressed that treating opioid addiction with medication can outweigh those risks and is crucial to curbing the U.S. opioid epidemic, along with counseling, rehabilitation and other support.

"Careful management of the patient and coordination of care is recommended," rather than denying use of methadone or buprenorphine, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb wrote in a statement issued with the warning.

The FDA recommends that doctors develop detailed treatment plans, warn patients on addiction treatments about the dangers of taking multiple drugs that depress brain activity, try tapering them off those other drugs and monitor them with blood and urine testing.

Buprenorphine and methadone work by binding to the same brain areas as opioids, reducing cravings and withdrawal without producing a high. The FDA is requiring makers of those two medications to update their package inserts with information about the risks of using them with other drugs.


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Mexicans Dig Through Collapsed Buildings as Quake Kills 225

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 09:36

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police, firefighters and ordinary Mexicans dug frantically through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings Wednesday, looking for survivors of Mexico's deadliest earthquake in decades as the number of confirmed fatalities stood at 225.

Adding poignancy and a touch of the surreal, Tuesday's magnitude-7.1 quake struck on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 earthquake that killed thousands. Just hours earlier, people around Mexico had held earthquake drills to mark the date.

One of the most desperate rescue efforts was at a primary and secondary school in southern Mexico City, where a wing of the three-story building collapsed into a massive pancake of concrete slabs. Journalists saw rescuers pull at least two small bodies from the rubble, covered in sheets.

Volunteer rescue worker Dr. Pedro Serrano managed to crawl into the crevices of the tottering pile of rubble that had been Escuela Enrique Rebsamen. He made it into a classroom, but found all of its occupants dead.

"We saw some chairs and wooden tables. The next thing we saw was a leg, and then we started to move rubble and we found a girl and two adults — a woman and a man," he said.

"We can hear small noises, but we don't know if they're coming from above or below, from the walls above (crumbling), or someone below calling for help."

A mix of neighborhood volunteers, police and firefighters used trained dogs and their bare hands to search through the school's ruins. The crowd of anxious parents outside the gates shared reports that two families had received WhatsApp messages from girls trapped inside, but that could not be confirmed.

Rescuers brought in wooden beams to shore up the fallen concrete slabs so they wouldn't collapse further and crush whatever airspaces remained.

The federal Education Department reported late Tuesday that 25 bodies had been recovered from the school's wreckage, all but four of them children. It was not clear whether those deaths were included in the overall death toll of 225 reported by the federal civil defense agency. Pena Nieto had earlier reported 22 bodies found and said 30 children and eight adults were reported missing.

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7.1 Magnitude Quake in Mexico Kills at Least 44

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 16:26

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 44 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust and thousands fled into the streets in panic.

The quake came less than two weeks after another quake left 90 dead in the country's south, and it occurred as Mexicans commemorated the anniversary of a 1985 quake that killed thousands.

Mexican media broadcast images of multiple downed buildings in densely populated parts of Mexico City and nearby Cuernavaca. A column of smoke rose from a structure in one central neighborhood in the capital.

Morelos Gov. Graco Ramirez reported on Twitter that at least 42 people had died in his state south of Mexico City.

Gov. Alfredo del Mazo told the Televisa news network that two people died in the State of Mexico, which also borders the capital: a quarry worker who was killed when the quake unleashed a rockslide and another person who was hit by a falling lamppost.

Rescue workers rushed to the site of damaged or collapsed buildings in the capital, and reporters saw onlookers cheer as a woman was pulled from the rubble.

Rescuers immediately called for silence so that they could listen for others who might be trapped.

Gala Dluzhynska said she was taking a class with 11 other women on the second floor of a building on the trendy Alvaro Obregon street when the quake struck and window and ceiling panels fell as the building began to tear apart.

She said she fell in the stairs and people began to walk over her, before someone finally pulled her up.

"There were no stairs anymore. There were rocks," she said.

They reached the bottom only to find it barred. A security final came and unlocked it.

The quake caused buildings to sway sickeningly in Mexico City and sent people throughout the city fleeing from homes and offices, and many people remained in the streets for hours, fearful of returning to the structures.

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Carnegie Hero Fund Commission Recognizes 18 Individuals

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 09:47

PITTSBURGH (AP) — An Army veteran who fended off a mentally ill man who tried to attack a chess class the veteran was teaching at an Illinois public library is one of 18 people being honored with Carnegie medals for heroism.

The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, based in Pittsburgh, announced the winners on Tuesday.

James O. Vernon, 75, was in a conference room at the Morton Public Library with 17 children and four women when 19-year-old Dustin Brown burst in with two large knives on Oct. 13, 2015.

"He actually ran into the room yelling, 'I'm going to kill some people,'" Vernon told the Pekin Daily News days after the attack.

The knives were hunting-type weapons with fixed blades about 5 inches long, Vernon said.

"I can't let this happen," Vernon told The Associated Press at the time.

Letting the children and women escape, Vernon then positioned himself between Brown and the door and fended off Brown until police arrived. He suffered two slashed arteries in his left hand and damaged a tendon in a finger.

Brown pleaded guilty but mentally ill to charges in the attack and unrelated child pornography counts. He's serving 32 years in prison.

The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission was founded and endowed by the late steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who was inspired by stories of heroism during a coal mine disaster that killed 181 people, including a miner and an engineer, who died trying to rescue others.

The commission investigates stories of heroism and awards medals and cash several times a year. It has given away $39.4 million to 9,971 awardees or their families since 1904.

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H&H Medical Announces Acquisition of Rights to SWAT-T Tourniquet

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 11:39

H&H Medical Corporation, a leading provider of emergency trauma products, is proud to announce the acquisition of the right to produce the SWAT-T elastic tourniquet from TEMS Solutions, LLC. The addition of this product will expand H&H Medical’s line of “Stop The Bleed” products available to military and civilian customers worldwide.

The SWAT-T was developed by a former Operator/Medic with 14 years’ experience in Operational Medicine - former USAF Pararescue Journeyman (Para-Jumper or PJ), Contractor DoJ/FBI SWAT Operations, National Registry Paramedic, and Emergency Medicine Physician. The SWAT-T proprietary elastic design gives the product the ability to treat a variety of injuries, minor to life-threatening. Along with the patented easy-to-use instructions printed on the product itself, the SWAT-T can be used on children, adults, and pets to control major bleeding.

The SWAT-T is being carried by Military (Conventional and Special Operations medical and non-medical personnel), EMS, Law Enforcement Officers, Contractors, Federal Agents, and prepared citizens (individually or as part of active shooter kits). The SWAT-T is carried by many first responders as their primary emergency response product, using it as a pressure dressing, all-purpose wrap, primary and/or back-up tourniquet.

“We consider ourselves very blessed that we have been able to take the SWAT-T from concept to the market in such a big way. It has proven itself in the literature and in the field, and it continues to save lives. It remains the most affordable solution that is proven to work, and has also proven to work in some situations where the others fail. We are delighted that the good people at H&H will take what we have started to the next level.” Says Dr. Blankenship – TEMS Solutions, SWAT-T inventor and president of TEMS Solutions.

“We are proud to add the SWAT-T to our complete product line of emergency trauma products and Stop the Bleed bleeding control kits,” said Paul Harder, president of H&H Medical. “The SWAT-T has been proven effective with numerous lives saved. We look forward to bringing the SWAT-T to more customers who want to be prepared when they need to respond.”

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Ada County Paramedics Launches New Website

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 11:33

BOISE, ID, September, 12, 2017 – Ada County Paramedics recently unveiled a newly designed website to provide a more-seamless online experience for patients, Ada County residents and Ada County Paramedics employees alike.

Ada County Paramedics’ Communication Specialist, Hadley Mayes, who managed the redesign, said being forward-thinking in healthcare as well as in the organization’s online presence is important for a public safety agency like Ada County Paramedics.

“We’re always striving for excellence, whether it be our patient care or through our many interactions with the community,” Mayes said, adding that she believes Ada County residents will find the new site easier to navigate, creating a better experience for the many people who visit the agency online.

The site boasts improved functionality, new technology, a more modern appearance and the agency is testing a “Live Chat” feature. Visitors can also find an updated blog, a patient survey and have the ability to securely enroll in the Vital Ride Ambulance Membership program online.

Mayes said the agency’s goal is to make any and all encounters with Ada County Paramedics a positive and professional experience no matter how residents interact with the organization.

“We want to continually improve and make ourselves even more available to the community we live in and serve.”

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PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Sets New Precedent for Emergency Care Using Mobile Technology

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 11:28

BOZEMAN, MT -- Stroke is a leading cause of disability and death in the U.S., with close to 800,000 cases each year. The outcome can be devastating, and every delay in care impacts a stroke survivor’s chance at a full recovery. To minimize those delays and make emergency communication more efficient, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington, has partnered with several local EMS services to begin using the healthcare communication platform, Pulsara. PeaceHealth Southwest is the first hospital on the west coast to use Pulsara, and the first in the nation to use the company's Prehospital Alerting Package.

The Prehospital Alerting Package allows EMS services to use Pulsara to provide vital information to the hospital for every patient being transported. American Medical Response, North Country EMS and Camas-Washougal Fire Department are all using Pulsara for more consistent communications with PeaceHealth Southwest’s care teams, with the aim of giving doctors necessary information to begin medical decision making sooner.

In many hospitals and EMS systems, members of the care team communicate time-sensitive details about a patient using radios, pagers, modem phones, and even fax machines. Coordinating care for a critical patient is complex by nature, and these outdated technologies — which can cause miscommunication and lead to important information being missed — complicate it even further.

In addition, communicating via these non-integrated technologies takes a lot of extra time. Before Pulsara was implemented in the community, first responders relied on two-way radios to communicate with PeaceHealth Southwest staff from the field. Communicating patient info on radios is slow and sometimes leads to information being misheard or not heard at all, causing confusion and miscommunication, Brooke Marling, paramedic field training officer with AMR, said in an article in The Columbian.

EMS teams used to rely on a single, unsecure radio channel to contact PeaceHealth Southwest. If multiple medics were trying to call with patient information, they had to wait until the channel was clear, and could not legally provide the patient’s name or any other identifying information.

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Officials Break Ground on Monument Celebrating 9/11 EMS Responders

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 11:18

KEANSBURG, NJ -- Approximately 125 people attended the Sept. 10 groundbreaking ceremony here for the EMS Council of New Jersey’s (EMSCNJ) 9/11 memorial, which will feature a piece of steel beam from the World Trade Center. The monument -- the only one in the USA dedicated exclusively to all the emergency medical services personnel who responded that day -- will sit next to the borough’s existing 9/11 memorial on Beachway Avenue. EMSCNJ and Keansburg officials collaborated on the project.

Ceremony participants and guests included: EMSCNJ President Joseph G. Walsh, Jr. of Neptune; Keansburg Borough Mayor George Hoff; Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06); Assemblyman Declan J. O’Scanlon, Jr. (R-Dist. 13); Monmouth County Freeholder Serena DiMaso, who is also an active riding member of the Holmdel First Aid Squad; and Martin Nystrom of the 9/11 Tribute Center, a former Maplewood Volunteer First Aid Squad member who responded during 9/11.  

The 5-foot-long, 338-pound portion of rusty, twisted steel measures 34 inches wide and 29 inches high. It will be mounted on a massive rock that washed up in Keansburg after Super Storm Sandy, and be displayed between replicas of the Twin Towers. Its placement will be in direct line to where the towers stood across the Raritan Bay.

The 88-year-old nonprofit New Jersey State First Aid Council, doing business as the EMSCNJ, represents 20,000 EMS volunteers affiliated with nearly 300 EMS agencies throughout the state. It was among 1,132 organizations to be awarded an artifact from the Twin Towers rubble. Since taking possession of the steel beam in 2011 from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, EMSCNJ officials have been searching for an appropriate site for a memorial to honor the dozens of EMS responders who died Sept. 11, 2001, as well as the countless New Jersey EMS volunteers and responders from several states who pitched in to help that day and for weeks afterward.

Dedication of the finished memorial is planned for September 2018.

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LDV, Inc. Reinforces Commitment to Mobile Medical Vehicle Market

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 11:11

Burlington, Wis. -- LDV, Inc., an industry-leading specialty vehicle manufacturer, deepened its commitment today to the mobile medical vehicle (MMV) market through the creation of a MMV-specific team of employees and a dedicated blog on the company’s website. Leveraging 40 years of technical knowledge, product integration expertise and consultative skills in the specialty vehicle industry, the mobile medical team will primarily focus on delivering durability, reliability and aesthetics for an optimal patient experience. LDV, Inc.’s monthly blog updates will highlight best practices and serve as a source of knowledge for operators and purchasers of mobile medical vehicles. The blog can be found on the company’s website at

Built to comfortably provide mammography, dental, medical outreach and blood donation services, LDV, Inc.’s mobile medical vehicles deliver state-of-the-art technology and medical equipment, dependable chassis, body and interior components and ergonomic designs to provide customers complete confidence in the performance of their vehicle. Leveraging superior craftsmanship, LDV, Inc. is dedicated to providing the innovation and quality its customers need along with a wide range of expertise and capabilities through a team of responsive, customer-centric problem solvers.

“Our multi-faceted, MMV-dedicated specialists possess the specialty vehicle knowledge—both mobile medical expertise and vehicle manufacturing proficiencies— to form a team that will effectively provide guidance and assistance from vehicle conception to post-delivery support,” said Mary Lynch, Director of Marketing and Business Development at LDV, Inc. “After identifying post-sales support as a market weakness, we brought together this outstanding team of specialists, dedicated to providing high-quality support and durable vehicles that our customers can utilize for many years to come.”

Based on the foundation built as a specialty vehicle market leader, LDV, Inc. has established itself as a leading mobile medical vehicle manufacturer with a strong foundation in vehicle design and customization. Having developed a well-respected brand in other industries through

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A Global Anti-Human Trafficking Event

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 11:07

On October 14, a fundraising and awareness event called #WalkForFreedom will take place in hundreds of cities across 50 nations.

The purpose of the walk, operated by a global anti-human trafficking organization called A21, is to raise awareness about the millions of men, women, and children who are still trapped in slavery today. By fundraising and rallying thousands of people around the cause, the belief is that this event will be the catalyst for the rescue and restoration of human beings who are being exploited as commodities.

Walk For Freedom is distinctly recognized by its participants who are in single-file lines, wearing black shirts and yellow bandanas across their mouths. You’ll see these lines in places all over the world–from in front of the Eiffel Tower in France, to along the Hollywood Walk of Fame in America.

“We are utterly convinced that slavery can be eradicated in our lifetime. Walk For Freedom is definitely one of the most impacting things that we do at A21. It is a tangible, practical, and doable thing for every single person. All of us can put our feet on the pavement and use our steps to make a difference,” says Christine Caine, A21’s Founder.


More information about Walk For Freedom and A21 can be found on our website: and

A21 Overview:

We are a nonprofit organization fueled by the radical hope that a world without slavery is possible. We are the abolitionists of the 21st century. Our mission is to end human trafficking. Our operational strategy, and the heart cry of our organization, is to Reach, Rescue, and Restore lives.

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3 Die in New York City Bus Collision

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 10:28

NEW YORK (AP) — A city bus and a tour bus collided and spun around in a New York City intersection on Monday, leaving three people dead, including a pedestrian, officials said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said he was shocked by the "sheer destruction," and noted that "one of those who was lost was simply walking down the sidewalk" as the crash came "out of nowhere."

The pedestrian was killed along with the tour bus driver and a passenger on the city bus. Sixteen other people were hurt, some of them seriously, in the crash at 6:15 a.m. in the Flushing, Queens neighborhood, city officials said at a briefing.

A building that houses a number of retail stores, including a fried chicken restaurant, also sustained a "very substantial" impact, and experts were working to make sure it was secure, de Blasio said.

The hospitalized city bus driver was being interviewed by investigators, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota said.

Though the investigation has just begun, "These buses spun around. That requires an enormous amount of speed," Lhota said.

"We want to make sure we understand what happened and prevent this from ever happening again," Lhota said.

Signage on the tour bus showed it was from the Dahlia Group, Inc., based in Flushing. A person answering the phone there declined to comment; there was no immediately response to an emailed comment request.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records show that a Dahlia bus was also involved in a fatal crash in Connecticut in February 2016.

One of the company's buses was driving through a snowstorm to reach the Mohegan Sun casino when it overturned on Interstate 95 in Madison, east of New Haven. Thirty-six people were hurt in addition to the person who died.

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Bomb on London Subway Leaves 22 Wounded

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 09:32

LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of London police embarked on a massive manhunt Friday, racing to find out who placed a homemade bomb on a packed London subway train during the morning rush hour. The explosion wounded 22 people and ignited a panicked stampede to safety.

Witnesses described seeing a "wall of fire" as the bomb — hidden in a plastic bucket inside a supermarket freezer bag — went off about 8:20 a.m. while the train was at the Parsons Green station in southwest London.

It was not a large explosion, and British police and health officials said none of the injured was thought to be seriously hurt. Yet police said it was a terrorist attack, the fifth in Britain this year.

Six hours later, the Metropolitan Police force said there had been no arrests, but hundreds of detectives, aided by intelligence agents, were looking at surveillance camera footage in the subway, carrying out forensic work and speaking to witnesses.

The site of the blast is in a leafy, affluent part of the city, not near any of London's top tourist sites. British media reported that the bomb included a timer. It's not clear whether the device was intended to explode when it did.

Police were alerted when commuters reported a noise and a flash aboard the District Line train. Commuter Lauren Hubbard was on the train when she heard a loud bang.

"I looked around and this wall of fire was just coming towards us. You just run," said Hubbard, who fled the above-ground station with her boyfriend.

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HCEMS Emergency Medical Professionals Deploy to Florida

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 14:29

HCEMS Paramedic supervisors Lt. Brian Bricker, Lt. Billy Burnette and Lt. David Burdett, deployed for possible 14 day mission.  Lt. Burdett acted as the team leader. Other agencies making up the Region III team were Cheatham County EMS, City Of Bartlett Fire Department EMS, Memorial Hospital EMS,  and Puckett EMS.  The Region III team deployed on Friday, September 8 from Chattanooga as part of Tennessee’s Hurricane Irma response to help local, state, and federal officials in Florida deal with the impact of Hurricane Irma, the second catastrophic hurricane to strike the United States this season.

Tennessee’s Hurricane Irma teams had a total of 151 members to include: a 40-person nurse strike team; five ambulance strike teams with 57 members; three urban search and rescue teams with 40 personnel; two healthy incident management teams with 10 personnel; and a four-member team of emergency management officials.

“We were privileged to have the opportunity to provide emergency equipment and services to local, state and federal officials and helping the people of Florida before, during and following the destruction of Hurricane Irma,” said HCEMS Lt. Brian Bricker. “The coordinated efforts of each government agency, health care institution and team member was quick, organized and effective.”

“We anticipated a longer stay in the Florida area; however, the coordinated preparedness and immediate response to the disaster by many agencies led to less need,” said Lt. David Burdette. “The recovery continues in Florida and our team here in Chattanooga Region III will be available as needed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Florida community as they begin the process of rebuilding their communities.”

The ambulance strike teams were developed as a voluntary program by the Tennessee Department of Health EMS to assist in local, state and regional disasters.   Hamilton County Emergency Medical Service is part of Tennessee’s Region III Team.  Captain Eric Ethridge of HCEMS acts as the Region III Ambulance Strike Team Coordinator.  Captain Ethridge said “I am glad to have all of the Tennessee Ambulance Strike Teams home today, but especially proud of our team and glad Region III was able to assist the citizens of Florida.”  Captain Ethridge also stated “This was an effort supported by many departments within each agency that provided assets to the deployment.  Many behind the scenes people made this possible.”

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Israeli Team Assisting Florida Keys Residents Save Dozens on Tuesday, To Continue Rescue Operations in the Area For the Duration of Mission 

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 10:15

Jerusalem - On Tuesday, the Israel Rescue Coalition and United Hatzalah first response teams divided up into two groups with one headed to Key West, and the other headed to Naples.

In Naples, the team walked into pandemonium. Houses were completely destroyed and people were without food, water and electricity. The team was warned by local officials that there were groups of looters who had no hesitation to shoot at first responders. Luckily, the group did not encounter any of these groups. They worked with community centers that were taking in displaced people who had stayed in the city during the hurricane but were forced to evacuate their homes due to a lack of power, water and food. They joined clean up efforts and helped feed some 500 people at a local Chabad house after clearing the damage that the house had sustained during the hurricane. In one location, Psychotrauma responders helped calm a man who had been stuck in an elevator for some time while emergency crews worked to extricate him.

In the Florida Keys, the situation was far more dire. Key West and many of the surrounding Keys had been without water or electricity since Saturday, and in spite of an evacuation order for the area, many people had decided to find shelter in the safety of their own homes. The highway leading to the Keys had flooded and there was no way in or out for many people who were trapped there.

“One such person, a military veteran named John, lives by himself in the city of Marathon in the central Keys,” said Tamar Citron, a veteran Search and Rescue volunteer from Israel who is part of the IRC and United Hatzalah team. “John suffers from a respiratory condition that requires him to receive oxygen on a regular basis. Once the hurricane hit, he like all the residents who were still on the Islands were unable to leave. He took shelter from the storm in his bathroom and has spent the last four days without water, electricity or telephone reception. When we got to him he barely had any drinking water or food left.”

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