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On the Front Lines of the Drug Crisis, U.S. Law Enforcement is Split on Narcan

JEMS - News - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 12:36

BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) — The sheriff of Clermont County firmly believes it's a call of duty for his deputies to carry a nasal spray that brings people back from the brink of death by drug overdose. Less than 50 miles away, his counterpart in Butler County is dead set against it, saying it subjects deputies to danger while making no lasting impact on the death toll.

The divide over naloxone, the popular overdose antidote, between nearby sheriffs in two hard-hit counties in one of the hardest-hit states for drug deaths shows just how elusive solutions are on the front lines of the U.S. opioid crisis.

Some police officials cite lack of resources for obtaining, maintaining and tracking supplies and for training in when and how to use it. They worry about taking on new duties they say are better suited for medical workers, divert them from fighting crime and can put them in danger. They get support from some citizens weary of people who overdose repeatedly.

Police who do carry it say that development of a nasal spray called Narcan makes naloxone simple to administer, that the $75 two-dose kits are usually given to them by health departments or community organizations, that it's not a major burden to track and maintain supplies and that it's a natural extension of their mission to serve and protect.

In this Nov. 2, 2017, photo, medics with the Cincinnati Fire Department administer injectable naloxone to a man while responding to a possible overdose report at a gas station in downtown Cincinnati. The sheriff of Clermont County firmly believes it's a call of duty for his deputies to carry the drug. His counterpart in nearby Butler County says it subjects deputies to danger while making no lasting impact on the death toll. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Categories: EMS

Train Derails Near Seattle, At Least 6 Killed

JEMS - News - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 11:29

DUPONT, Wash. (AP) — An Amtrak train making the first-ever run along a faster new route hurtled off an overpass Monday near Tacoma and spilled some of its cars onto the highway below, killing at least six people, authorities said. The death toll was expected to rise.

Seventy-eight passengers and five crew members were aboard when the train moving at more than 80 mph derailed about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Seattle on a route that had raised safety concerns.

An official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press that preliminary signs indicate that Train 501 may have struck something before going off the track. The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke to on the condition of anonymity.

 

The Pierce County Sheriff's Office said several vehicles on Interstate 5 were struck by falling train cars and multiple motorists were injured. No fatalities of motorists were reported.

Chris Karnes was on the train, three or four cars back from the front. He said the only part of the train remaining on the tracks was the rear locomotive. Several cars were hanging over the overpass.

The possibility that the wreck was caused by something on the tracks fed into concerns voiced by local officials about the risk of high-speed trains crossing busy streets. The mayor of a town near the derailment had warned about the danger of an accident at a public meeting only two weeks ago.

Daniel Konzelman, 24, was driving parallel to the train on his way to work as an accountant in Olympia. He was about 30 seconds ahead of the train on the freeway when he saw it derail.

Categories: EMS

Firefighter Dies, Thousands More Take on California Blaze

JEMS - News - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:49

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — One of the thousands of firefighters battling a series of wildfires across Southern California has died, but authorities gave no hint of how.

San Diego-based Cory Iverson was assigned to the blaze northwest of Los Angeles, which has become the fourth largest in California history. Iverson, 32, was an engineer with a state fire engine strike team. He died Thursday.

Dozens of police and fire vehicles escorted a hearse carrying Iverson's flag-draped body to the county medical examiner's office in Ventura.

Iverson had been with the state since 2009, said Fire Chief Ken Pimlott of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean called for a moment of silence in Iverson's memory Thursday night at an informational meeting for residents of the rural town of Fillmore, near an eastern flank of the fire.

"As I was up in the canyon and I watched his fire brethren remove his flag-draped body from the canyon in the hills above where we sit right here, I couldn't help but think about his pregnant wife and his young daughter who will never see their husband and father again," Dean said.

It was the second death linked to the fire. A 70-year-old woman was killed in a car crash while evacuating as the fire raged last week. Her body was found inside the wrecked car along an evacuation route.

Pimlott did not provide any details about Iverson's death but said it was under investigation by an accident review team.

A return of gusty Santa Ana winds brought renewed activity to inland portions of the so-called Thomas Fire straddling coastal Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Pimlott said he was "deeply saddened" by Iverson's death but added that fire crews were continuing to focus on their mission.

"The firefight in front of us continues to go on. The communities we are protecting are depending on us and we will not fail," he said at an afternoon news conference.

Categories: EMS

Illinois High School Student Brendan Gould Wins Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation's People Saving People Award

JEMS - News - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:30

Illinois high school student Brendan Gould has been named winner of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation’s People Saving People Award for saving his father’s life with CPR. The announcement and award presentation took place at the Citizen CPR Foundation’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update conference on December 8 in New Orleans, LA.

On February 6, 2016, Brendan, then 16, had been speaking with his father, Tom Gould, at their home in Barrington, when Tom suddenly collapsed, became unresponsive and stopped breathing. Brendan immediately called 911 and fortunately, CenCom 911 dispatcher Jeff Callaghan was trained in giving CPR instructions. After discerning that Tom was in cardiac arrest, Callaghan coached Brendan in giving “hands-only” CPR, instructing him to pump hard and fast on Tom’s chest.

As the 911 call recording reveals, Brendan was remarkably calm in his efforts to resuscitate his father. “My dad’s lips are turning purple,” Brendan told the dispatcher on the recording. “What do I do?”

"I thought I was talking to an adult," Callaghan said. "He was not frantic at all. He was amazing, no panicking."

Brendan started CPR and also directed his younger sister Grace to remain downstairs and be on the lookout for first responders. Her actions turned out to be crucial, since she was able to flag down police officer Rita Kelly and get help more quickly. When Kelly arrived, she took over CPR. The Barrington Fire Department arrived minutes later and they shocked Tom with a defibrillator five times before his heart began to beat normally again.

Categories: EMS

Massive Southern California Fire Now 4th Largest in State History

JEMS - News - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 10:20

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The colossal wildfire burning northwest of Los Angeles became the fourth largest in California history and authorities said it would likely keep growing and threatening communities as hot, gusty winds fanned the flames.

State officials said Thursday that the so-called Thomas Fire straddling coastal Ventura and Santa Barbara counties covered 379 square miles (982 square kilometers). That surpassed a blaze that burned inland Santa Barbara County a decade ago.

Some evacuations were lifted and the risk to the agricultural city of Fillmore was diminishing. But coastal enclaves to the west remained under threat as crews protected hillside homes in Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria.

Schools were closed and many roads remained shut down. The USA Water Polo Women's National Team match against the Netherlands scheduled for Saturday in Santa Barbara was moved to Orange County.

The National Weather Service said extreme fire danger conditions could last through the weekend due to lack of moisture along with a likely increase in wind speeds. Gusts were expected to top 35 mph (56 kph) by midday Thursday.

Firefighters made some progress Wednesday on corralling the fire, which continued to spread mostly into national forest land.

Since the blaze broke out on Dec. 4, it has burned destroyed 970 buildings — including at least 700 homes. Flames threatened some 18,000 buildings and prompted evacuations of about 100,000 people. Covering more ground than the city of San Diego, it was 30 percent contained.

To the south in San Diego County, firefighters came very close to containing another major wildfire a week after it broke out.

That fire burned down 157 structures, most in its destructive first hours.  It also killed 46 race horses at a training center, and left one of their trainers with serious burns.

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For complete coverage of the California wildfires, click here: https://apnews.com/tag/Wildfires.

Categories: EMS

ESO to Market TrackEMS System to Alert Hospitals of Incoming Critical EMS Patients

JEMS - News - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 23:00
AUSTIN, Texas, December 14, 2017 -- ESO Solutions, Inc., and Innovative Communications, LLC, (InnoComm) have announced a new partnership to market TrackEMS, a system that notifies hospitals of incoming critical patients in real time, as an ESO product offering, officials with the two companies said.

“With TrackEMS, paramedics and EMTs no longer need to interrupt patient care to give a radio report to the hospital about incoming patients,” said Allen Johnson, Vice President and General Manager of Analytics and Health Data Exchange at ESO. According to Johnson, TrackEMS allows delivery of critical patient information from the field directly to the hospital ED and cath lab. “This is a natural extension to EHR that saves time in both the prehospital setting and hospitals, as well as ensuring that information about critical EMS patients is available throughout the hospital,” he said.

TrackEMS will integrate with ESO’s industry-leading advanced ePCR, ESO Electronic Health Record (EHR), allowing EMTs and paramedics to enter data once and have it available in the prehospital and hospital electronic patient records.

Based in Charlottesville, VA, Innovative Communications, LLC, was founded in 2014 with a vision to develop a communication tool for EMS to simplify the way meaningful data gets from the incident site to the hospital. “We are thrilled to be part of the ESO team,” said InnoComm President and CEO Ed Cusick. “ESO’s reputation for quality and innovation, plus its rapid growth in the fire and EMS markets, make it a natural partner for TrackEMS.”

Learn more about TrackEMS here or by calling 866-766-9471.

TrackEMS is a trademark of Innovative Communications, LLC, used under license by ESO Solutions.

About ESO Solutions
ESO Solutions, Inc., is dedicated to improving community health and safety through the power of data. Since its founding in 2004, the company has been a pioneer in electronic patient care records (ePCR) software for emergency medical services, fire departments and ambulance services. Today, ESO serves more than 13,000 agencies throughout the U.S. The company's healthcare, public safety and technology experts deliver the most innovative software and data solutions on the market, including the industry-leading ESO Electronic Health Record (EHR); ESO Health Data Exchange (HDE), the first-of-its-kind healthcare interoperability platform; record management system (RMS) for fire departments; and ambulance revenue recovery/billing software. ESO is also playing a leading role in helping EMS provider organizations across the nation successfully transition to NEMSIS Version 3 and new state standards for electronic patient care reporting.
Categories: EMS

St. Charles Co. Seniors 'Fill the Ambulance' With More Than Two Tons of Food

JEMS - News - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 23:00
For thousands of families across our community, the holidays are a happy time; filled with parties, pageants and packages. Others, however, have a difficult time getting into the holiday spirit, because they're among the millions of Americans facing hunger. This week, residents at retirement facilities will partner with St. Charles County Ambulance District [SCCAD] Paramedics to ensure that pantry shelves in their community are fully stocked for those in need.

The initiative is called 'Fill the Ambulance with Food', and it's been going strong for eight years in St. Charles County. This year, three new senior living communities joined the program, bringing the total to 11. Collectively, the seniors make a big impact for local pantries.

"In addition to growing in terms of number of facilities, the quantity of donations at our long-standing partners seems to grow each year as well - this year, we collected 4,250 pounds of food!" said Judy Coyman, Director of Community Relations for Operation Food Search [OFS], a St. Louis-based hunger relief non-profit that helps SCCAD facilitate the drive each year. "We work with our partner food pantries in St. Charles County to ensure the seniors' donations stay right in their community."

On Wednesday, December 13, SCCAD Paramedics and OFS representatives canvassed the county, traveling to the 11 participating retirement communities to collect the donations seniors stockpiled over the last month.

"We've retained the 'Fill the Ambulance' name, but in reality, seniors' support of this program outgrew a single ambulance several years ago," said SCCAD Director of Community Relations Kyle Gaines. "Thankfully, the pantries are armed with a fleet of vans and trucks that can help get the donations onto pantries shelves, and ultimately, into the homes of individuals and families who need it."

'Fill the Ambulance' was developed in 2010, and since its' inception, has garnered more than five tons of non-perishable food donations. Retirement communities participating this year were: Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe, Twin Oaks at Stone Ridge, Lakeridge Senior Apartments, Park Place Senior Living, Garden Villas of O'Fallon, Breeze Park, Lake St. Charles, River's Edge, Windsor Estates of St. Charles, The Boulevard and Brookdale St. Peters.
Categories: EMS

Officer Honored for Adopting Baby from Opioid Addicted Mom

JEMS - News - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 17:32

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A routine call about an Albuquerque convenience store theft turned into a life-transforming moment for an officer who came across upon a pregnant woman he found using heroin.

That officer later volunteered to adopt the unborn baby.

Officer Ryan Holets and his wife, Rebecca, were honored Monday for adopting the baby girl they named Hope after the addicted mom agreed to let the couple raise her child. The baby is now 6-weeks-old and is recovering after being born with an opioid addiction.

"We're blessed," Holets said.

City officials called the officer's act selfless, said it gave the infant a chance at a new life and attracted international attention in an era of a rampaging opioid epidemic.

In New Mexico, where an estimated 5 percent of all babies are born addicted to opioids, the story also is drawing attention to an epidemic that continues to overwhelm hospitals, law enforcement and social workers.

"He's a hero," new Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said at a City Hall special ceremony.

The situation started to unfold in September when Holets and Officer Jonathan Kreamer found Crystal Champ, 35, and another man shooting heroin in a field near a convenience store. The officers approached the homeless couple and questioned them. Holets noticed the woman was around eight months pregnant.

"Are you pregnant? Why are you doing that stuff?" Holets was heard asking a barefoot Champ on his lapel camera footage. "You are going to kill your baby."

An emotional Champ told Holets the addiction was controlling her life and she would probably put her baby up for adoption.

"Do you know who's going to adopt your baby?" Holets asked.

According to police, Holets did not arrest Champ and the man, who was the baby's father. Instead, Holets helped pay for a place for them to stay.

Categories: EMS

Bombing Highlights NYC Subway System's Vulnerability

JEMS - News - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 17:26

NEW YORK (AP) — The crude pipe bomb that exploded beneath the streets of New York this week served as a chilling reminder of the vulnerability of the city's subway system, a 24-hour-a-day operation with 472 stations and more than 5 million daily riders.

While police say the nation's largest subway system has some of the tightest security possible that still allows busy New Yorkers to get where they're going, they acknowledge they can't be everywhere or anticipate every kind of attack, particularly in this era of lone-wolf terrorism.

"It's very difficult, and it's getting harder," John Miller, the New York Police Department's deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism, said on CBS's "This Morning." ''This is not the al-Qaida model, where a cell of people who are communicating with a base are an intelligence problem."

Instead, he said, the threat is coming from people "where the conspiracy is within the confines of their own mind."

Investigators say that appears to be what happened Monday, when a Bangladeshi immigrant indoctrinated into terrorism through internet videos strapped a bomb to his body and set it off in a busy passageway. He was the only one seriously hurt, suffering burns on his hands and torso.

Akayed Ullah, who's 27, was charged with federal terrorism-related offenses punishable by up to life in prison and was informed of the charges via video Wednesday as he lay in his hospital bed. He did not enter a plea and said little during the hearing, which lasted a little over 10 minutes.

It was the second lone-wolf terror attack on the city in six weeks. On Oct. 31, a man in a rented truck mowed down cyclists and pedestrians on a crowded bike path near the World Trade Center, killing eight people.

Categories: EMS

Senator Coons Delivers Video Message to the International Association of EMS Chiefs Urging Support for Bipartisan Bill to Establish National EMS Memorial

JEMS - News - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:57

WASHINGTON DC– U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) delivered a video message at the Leadership Summit of the International Association of EMS Chief’s in Washington D.C. In his message, Senator Coons noted that the commitment of EMS workers “exemplifies the finest traditions of the American spirit. This commemorative work is important because when we lose a service member on duty, the families, friends, and colleagues they leave behind have no nationally recognized place to acknowledge their loved ones and grieve.”

Earlier this year, Senator Coons re-introduced S. 1692 National Emergency Medical Services Commemorative Work Act, which would allow the National Emergency Medical Services Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work on federal land to pay tribute to the commitment and service represented by emergency medical services (EMS). The memorial would be constructed in the greater District of Columbia area.

This bill is a companion bill to H.R. 1037, a Bill to Establish a National EMS Memorial, introduced by Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) on February 14, 2017. H.R. 1037 is co-sponsored by Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA), Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Congressman Denny Heck (D-WA), Congressman William Keating (D-MA), Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA), Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI), Congressman Peter T. King (R-NY), Congressman James R. Langevin (D-RI), Congressman Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), Congressman David Loebsack (D-IL), Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA), Congresswoman Kathleen M. Rice (D-NY), Congressman Raul Ruiz (D-CA), and Congressman Timothy J. Walz (D-MN).

Senator Coons urged everyone to “email your Senators and Representatives…ask them to take a look at our Bill…at your Bill. Ask them to co-sponsor the bipartisan National Emergency Medical Services Commemorative Work Act to help build overwhelming support for this well-deserved and long overdue national memorial.”

"Every day, Americans continue to rely on the enduring ideals of commitment, service, and sacrifice embraced by the nation’s emergency medical service providers,” says Katie Orsino, Executive Director of the National EMS Memorial Foundation. “These same providers should be able to rely on us as a nation to remember this ongoing commitment and service to our country, and more importantly, the ultimate sacrifice already made by more than 650 members of the nation’s EMS personnel. We are very fortunate to have the bipartisan leadership of the members of Congress associated with this project; the entire EMS community appreciates the support of these Bills in both houses. The National EMS Memorial Foundation thanks you in advance for taking the time to reach out to your local members of Congress to sponsor and support this bill - It is time to remember.

Categories: EMS

Citizen CPR Foundation and PulsePoint Award $20,000 Grant to Sonoma County EMS/Save Lives Sonoma

JEMS - News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 13:02

NEW ORLEANS (December 12, 2017)— It is with a shared vision, to save lives from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) by stimulating effective community, professional and citizen action, that the PulsePoint Foundation and the Citizen CPR Foundation announce Sonoma County EMS/Save Lives Sonoma as the inaugural winner of the 2017 PulsePoint Grant Competition. The announcement was made at the 2017 Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) Conference in New Orleans.

Three finalists were selected in advance of the ECCU Conference and invited to present their entries during the plenary session entitled: Innovation and Resuscitation - Leveraging Digital Strategies to Improve Survival Rates from SCA. A panel of three expert judges, Drs. Thomas Rea, Mohamud Daya and Tom Aufderheide, interacted with finalists on stage, reviewing the merits of their entries before awarding Sonoma County EMS with the grant for demonstrating a commitment to improving care and outcomes consistent with the mission of the Citizen CPR Foundation. The grant includes a complete PulsePoint Respond implementation, including first year costs, valued at more than $20,000.

The award-winning PulsePoint mobile app, now in more than 2,800 communities nationwide, alerts CPR-trained citizens of cardiac events in their vicinity through a free-to-download mobile app, so they may administer aid while professional responders are in route. The app also informs responders and emergency dispatchers of nearby public Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). Early application of bystander CPR and rapid defibrillation from an AED have proven to be crucial in improving a person’s chance of surviving SCA. PulsePoint is not limited to emergency responders or those with official CPR certification. It can be used by anyone who has been trained in CPR.

"Sonoma County EMS, through the leadership of the Save Lives Sonoma collaborative, has shown a commitment to strengthening the chain of survival and improving cardiac arrest outcomes throughout the county and beyond,” said Richard Price, President of the Californiabased 501(c)(3) nonprofit PulsePoint Foundation. “With broad community support and a track record of successful program implementation we believe PulsePoint Respond is a thoughtful and well-deserved addition to this Heartsafe Community.”

Categories: EMS

CertaDose Wins Johnson & Johnson Innovation Award For Advancing Safety in Healthcare

JEMS - News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:52

Denver, CO and San Antonio, TX -- One of the most common mistakes made in emergency rooms is giving children the wrong dose of medicine. Emerging medical device start-up CertaDose, Inc. was recognized by Johnson & Johnson Innovation LLC as having a potential solution for this problem and named the winner of its QuickFire Challenge: Advancing the Safe Use of Healthcare Products

CertaDose was selected out of nearly 100 applicants from across the world, based on its potential to significantly reduce pediatric medication dosing errors and affect change in the practice of emergency medicine with its color-coded pediatric dosing system. The honor was presented to CertaDose founder and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Caleb Hernandez on Tuesday, November 28 in New York.

“Hundreds of thousands of children are injured and roughly 7,000 kids die each year from medical dosing errors. The healthcare industry recognizes that we have a problem, and we need a truly effective solution,” commented Dr. Hernandez. “The CertaDose system offers a simple, intuitive way to quickly and accurately administer medications to kids in need, and studies show our system reduces critical dosing errors. We are honored to have Johnson & Johnson Innovation recognize our company’s potential, and we look forward to making pediatric dosing errors a thing of the past.”

As part of the recognition, CertaDose will receive a research grant, entrance to a Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS site and mentoring from experts at Johnson & Johnson Office of the Chief Medical Officer.

Founded by Dr. Caleb Hernandez in Denver, Colorado, CertaDose is an early-stage medical device company headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. CertaDose’s first product is an U.S. Food and Drug Administration-cleared syringe for use with the administration of epinephrine to pediatric patients. Each syringe is labeled with easy to recognize color zones that match the industry standard Broselow® color system to help clinicians verify the correct dose during critical, time-sensitive situations. Users match the patient to a zone on the color scale, and administer the medication to the corresponding color on the CertaDose syringe. The patented syringe incorporates the right dose, the right concentration and the right route of administration of medication dosing, along with a color-matching technology that creates an easy-to-use system, focused on saving children’s lives by curbing critical medication errors.  

Categories: EMS

Southern California Fires Grow as Crews Work to Protect Hillside Homes

JEMS - News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:35

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fifth largest wildfire in California history expanded, ripping through dry brush atop a coastal ridge while crews struggled to keep flames from roaring down into neighborhoods amid fears of renewed winds.

Firefighters protected foothill homes northwest of Los Angeles, making progress in residential areas while much of the fire's growth occurred to the north in unoccupied forest land, Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman Mike Eliason said Tuesday.

"There were a couple of flare-ups in the hills that put on a light show last night, but they were expected. For now the teams are fighting the fire on their own terms," he said, adding that shifting winds are always a danger.

Red Flag warnings for fire danger due to Santa Ana winds and a critical lack of moisture were extended into the week instead of expiring Monday afternoon as was initially forecast.

"It doesn't get much drier than this folks," the National Weather Service tweeted, adding that more than 80 observation sites in the region reported Monday relative humidity levels between just 1 and 9 percent.

Tens of thousands of people remain evacuated, including many from the seaside enclaves of Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria and the inland agricultural town of Fillmore.

Residents near a Carpinteria avocado orchard said the trees could end up saving their homes.

"You have a thick layer of leaves underneath the bottom and they are watered regularly, so it's like a sponge," Jeff Dreyer, who lives nearby, told KEYT-TV. "So the fire gets to the sponge full of water and it slows it down. It takes a long time for it to burn."

Poor air quality kept dozens of schools closed. As ash rained down and smoke blew through streets, regulators urged people to remain inside if possible and avoid strenuous activity.

Officials handed out masks to those who stayed behind in Montecito, an exclusive community about 75 miles (120 kilometers) from Los Angeles that's home to stars such as Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bridges and Drew Barrymore. Actor Rob Lowe was among residents who evacuated over the weekend.

Categories: EMS

Jefferson County, Colorado Selects NICE Inform for New Consolidated 9-1-1 Center Merging Eight Regional Centers

JEMS - News - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 23:00
Hoboken, N.J. – December 12, 2017 – NICE (Nasdaq: NICE) announced today that the Jefferson County Consolidated Communications Center Authority (JeffCom) will be deploying the full suite of NICE Inform communications recording and incident intelligence solutions to ensure the highest levels of service and public safety for residents of Jefferson County, Colorado.

The center, which will phase in during early 2018, merges eight regional Public Safety Answering Points (Arvada Fire, Arvada Police, Evergreen Fire, Golden Police, Jefferson County Sheriff, Lakewood Police, West Metro Fire and Wheat Ridge Police) into a single consolidated 9-1-1 center to better serve the citizens of Jefferson County. The 24/7/365 consolidated center will be the primary call-taking point for all of Jefferson County and will provide dispatch services for an additional fourteen police and fire agencies. Known as ‘The Gateway to the Rocky Mountains,’ Jefferson County covers a 774-square mile area and is the fourth most populous county in Colorado, with over 600,000 residents.

“NICE has enjoyed a very solid reputation with our various County agencies, even prior to our regionalization initiative, so it only made sense to bring NICE to the table,” said Jeff Streeter, Executive Director, JeffCom.

“The JeffCom consolidated center is a vital link between the citizens of Jefferson County and our emergency responders,” Streeter added. “We have an obligation to the community we serve, and also to our first responders, to provide quality of life and safety. Our goal is to provide excellence in customer service using technology and resources. We’re committed to ensuring excellence in every aspect of what we do, and NICE is helping us achieve this goal.”

“We applaud everyone at JeffCom for the work they’re doing to improve service and safety for the citizens and first responders of Jefferson County,” said Chris Wooten, Executive Vice President, NICE. “We look forward to supporting JeffCom in this mission, as we have for thousands of other emergency communications centers around the globe.”
Categories: EMS

Life Link III Announces Marshfield Clinic Health System as New Consortium Member & Plans for New Base of Operations in Marshfield, Wisconsin

JEMS - News - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 23:00
Minneapolis, MN - Life Link III is pleased to announce that Marshfield Clinic Health System will be joining as a member of the Life Link III consortium and plans to establish a new base of operations in Marshfield, Wisconsin with initial coverage beginning in early 2018 with full operations ramping up in the following months. Marshfield Clinic Health System marks the tenth member of the Life Link III consortium, a unique model which focuses on collaboration across competing health care providers to advance access to critical care.


The Marshfield base will be a 24-hour operation, establishing Life Link III’s eighth base throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. This base of operations will be located in Marshfield, Wisconsin at the Marshfield Clinic Medical Center campus. Using a hangar, offices, and fuel system already in place, Life Link III will bring the highest quality air medical transport service to this region and surrounding communities.
“Life Link III will allow us to strengthen our ability to transport and care for patients at a critical time for their health care needs,” said Dr. Susan Turney, CEO of Marshfield Clinic Health System. “Partnering with this team of committed, trusted professionals gives our patients and families reassurance that their needs will be met as timely and efficiently as possible.”


Edward Eroe, President and CEO of Life Link III stated, “With the support of our Board of Directors, Life Link III is proud to welcome Marshfield Clinic Health System as our tenth Life Link III consortium member. Through our shared commitment of providing the highest level of patient care, we look forward to our partnership and serving the residents and surrounding areas of central and northern Wisconsin through our new base at Marshfield Clinic Medical Center campus.”


By using its ‘One Call’ system, Life Link III will continue to work collaboratively with other air medical transport services to dispatch the most appropriate helicopter, whether it is Life Link III’s or another service. Stated Eroe, “This translates to doing what’s best for the patient on every transport.”
Categories: EMS

Mass Shootings Aren't More Frequent, But They Are More Deadly, Data Suggests

JEMS - News - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:23

ATLANTA (AP) — It can sometimes seem as though mass shootings are occurring more frequently. Researchers who have been studying such crimes for decades say they aren't, but they have been getting deadlier.

In the five years since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, the nation has seen a number of massacres topping the death toll from Newtown and previous mass shootings, many of them involving rifles similar to the one used in Sandy Hook.

But Americans wanting to know why deadlier mass shootings are happening will get few answers. Is it is the wide availability of firearms? Is it the much-maligned "assault weapon" with its military style? Is it a failing mental health system?

"We're kind of grabbing at straws at this point in terms of trying to understand why the severity of these incidents has increased," said Grant Duwe, a criminologist who has been studying mass killings since the 1990s.

The federal government does little research on the matter, because a measure dating to the 1990s had the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention retreat from firearms research. Instead, a handful of academics, like Duwe, have toiled sometimes for decades with limited funding trying to better understand why these shootings happen and how to prevent them.

While mass shootings happen with regularity, they still remain so rare that there isn't enough information to draw conclusions with any certainty.

The profile of mass shooters — loners, depressed individuals, people who rarely smile or those who take to the internet to rant about a perceived insult or gripe — is so broad and common that it's impossible to pinpoint who might turn that anger into violence.

"There are lots of people who are isolated, don't have lots of friends, who don't smile and write ugly things on the internet and blame others for their misfortunes and don't want to live anymore and talk about mass killers and maybe even admire them," said Northeastern University professor James Alan Fox, who began studying mass shootings in the 1980s and has written six books on the topic.

Categories: EMS

Allina Health EMS Announces New Hires to Senior Leadership Team

JEMS - News - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:26

St. Paul, Minnesota. – Allina Health EMS announced today two new hires who have joined its senior leadership team. Joan Mellor will take on the role of Director of External Affairs, and Jim Soukup will join as the Communication Center Director for Allina Health EMS.

Mellor previously served as the VP Organizational Planning & Development with Evolution Health, the revolutionary Mobile Integrated Healthcare start-up based in Dallas, Texas. She also previously worked at the Medtronic Foundation, where she led the National Heart Rescue Program and helped to start the Allina Health Heart Safe Community Program two decades ago.

“During her extraordinarily career Joan has worked on many national health care programs and has led efforts to improve community health in India, China and in the United States. Her experiences will help guide us in the advancement of our mission here at Allina Health EMS,” said Brian LaCroix, President / EMS Chief, Allina Health EMS.

Mellor holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Marketing and Bachelor of Arts in French Language from the University of St. Thomas and completed a Policy Fellowship at the University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Jim Soukup is leaving his position as the Director of Emergency Communications in Durham County, North Carolina, a role he has served in since 2004, to join Allina Health EMS. In his prior role, Soukup oversaw a staff of 88 responsible for planning, organizing, and managing operations of a consolidated Emergency Communications Center engaged in providing the emergency and routine communications service to Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Units.

Under Soukup’s leadership, Durham County 9-1-1 department was named a Center of Excellence and he has led multiple successful renewal efforts. The Durham Emergency Communications Center is one of only four 9-1-1 centers to be accredited by the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch, the center for accreditation of law enforcement agencies (CALEA) and the A.P.C.O. Project 33 Training. Prior to his role at Durham County, Jim was the Director of Emergency Operations at Citrus County, Florida.

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Redivus Health Launches State of Kansas Initiative in Partnership With The University of Kansas Health System

JEMS - News - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:23

OLATHE, Kan. & KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Dec. 11, 2017) — Redivus Health announced today it will partner with The University of Kansas Health System to roll out the Redivus mobile clinical decision support platform to Kansas hospitals and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers starting this month. The initiative builds on a pilot program started earlier this year.

“The goal of the Kansas Heart and Stroke Collaborative is to improve the care and outcomes of rural Kansans with heart attacks and strokes. Our rural health system partners helped develop the protocols and tools to implement evidenced-based guidelines,” said Robert Moser, M.D., executive director, Kansas Heart and Stroke Collaborative. “It is our hope that the Redivus application will become a tool needed for rural health providers to utilize the right care at the right time.”

The Redivus Health cloud-based mobile application delivers actionable, step-by-step clinical guidance to doctors, nurses and paramedics during high-mortality, time-critical healthcare events. The subscription service provides evidence-based guidance for treating cardiac arrest, stroke and sepsis.

This unique partnership brings together a Kansas-based software company with the state’s only academic medical center to benefit communities state-wide. Of the 131 hospitals in the state of Kansas, 84 are Critical Access Hospitals, which are facilities with
25 beds or fewer serving rural areas.

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Pipe Bomb Explodes in NYC Subway, 4 Injured

JEMS - News - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 09:37

NEW YORK (AP) — A man with a pipe bomb strapped to his body with Velcro and zip ties set off the crude device in the subway near Times Square on Monday, injuring him and three other people at the height of the morning rush hour.

All four were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries in what the mayor and police labeled an attempted terror attack.

The explosion happened in a long underground passageway that runs a full city block under 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. The 7:20 a.m. blast caused smoke to fill the passageway, which was crowded with Monday morning commuters.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill labeled it an attempted terror attack.

"Thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals," de Blasio said.

The suspect was identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah.

Law enforcement officials said he was inspired by the Islamic State group but had apparently not had any direct contact with the group. The officials said he lives in Brooklyn and may be of Bangladeshi descent. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the blast.

Authorities said the bomb was a low-tech explosive device. They were investigating how it was made, and combing through surveillance footage that captured the blast on video.

A video posted on social media showed the security footage. In it, a man walks through the crowded pedestrian tunnel and the bomb suddenly going off in a plume of white smoke. Through the smoke, the suspect is then seen sprawled on the ground as bystanders flee.

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Ben Epps Promoted to Vice President of Operations at Excellance, Inc.

JEMS - News - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:00
I am pleased to announce the promotion of Ben Epps from Operations Manager to Vice President of Operations. Ben has been with Excellance for seven (7) years and has worked in materials handling, Production (weld and paint), used unit sales and Quality Assurance.

The management responsibilities Ben will gain include Engineering, Quality Assurance and Facility Maintenance.

During his tenure at Excellance, Ben has coordinated many facility and operations improvement projects that have helped improve quality, production flow, profitability and corporate communication.

Ben’s education at the University of Alabama and his seven years of experience at Excellance allow him to bring a strong work ethic and company focus to his new position.

Charlie Epps

Excellance, Inc.

President Contact:Amanda Dyar
Head of PR & Marketing
amanda@excellance.com Email:amanda@excellance.com Web site:http://www.excellance.com
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