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Calif. dept's argue over who rescued 2 injured hikers

The Pasadena Fire Department says the LA County Fire Department tried to take all the credit for the rescue

By Brian Charles
Daily News of Los Angeles

ALTADENA, Calif. — There's a tale associated with the Eaton Canyon rescue of two injured hikers.

And, like most stories, the details depend upon who is writing the history.

Full story: Calif. dept's argue over who rescued 2 injured hikers

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Anne Krippner Akers Falaschi Anne Krippner Akers Falaschi Thursday, November 29, 2012 5:30:37 PM This is so atypical! There are several instances when there are multiple jurisdictions involved or where no jurisdiction can be determined. Personally, I knew of a physician that was in a motorcycle accident, laying beside the road with 2 fx femurs - waiting until it could be figured out at the dispatch level....he laid there for 4 hours! Ridiculous behavior from those that are supposed to be professionals and should have patient consideration the #1 concern with egos be damned! Why not share credit in a press release issued by any department? This is all about politics and money, not the treatment of a human being in great need/distress! Shame on them!
Steve Jacobi Steve Jacobi Thursday, November 29, 2012 6:26:21 PM Every hero wants their 15 minutes of fame. It is not about the patient but about who gets the most face time with the media and who gets their name mentioned more times in the news. Screw the fact that one of the patients was in critical condition since that is not as important as who gets the hero title. Of course the health care professionals who provided care at the hospital have nothing to do with "saving a person's life". Anybody in EMS ever consider "team work" and leave the hero crap for the TV shows?
John Thompson John Thompson Thursday, November 29, 2012 7:06:04 PM Several years ago, the Skiff 99, on Highway 99 (Pacific Coast Hiway), between Everett and Marysville, Washington caught fire. The distance from Everett to Marysville is about five miles. The tavern was in the middle. After frantic calls to the fire departments on either side it was determined that this was a "no departments land" that belonged to the Mount Baker National Forest. It burned to the ground. The Chevron station next door closed forever the next day. The lumber yard on the other side started building their own massive water tank and fire suppression equipment was installed. Representatives from both departments did watch it burn.

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