EMS News Reports
Fired Fla. 911 dispatcher to get job back
Arbitrator says city is inconsistent in discipline of 911 call takers
The police dispatcher fired for failing to send help to a crash victim who was found dead hours later is getting her job back, along with a year's back pay.
Fla. city considers change to EMS system
Although a consultant says the city could bring in millions by breaking away from the county EMS system, fire officials say that's not the plan — at least not yet.
But clearly they are looking at changes to the current system. Steve Knight, the department's rescue division chief, says the vision is a hybrid.
Ohio critics: Competition between medical helicopters puts patients at risk
The skies above the Tri-State are getting crowded these days. While the number of flights into the local Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport have dropped precipitously, the number of medical helicopters circling the skies has grown exponentially.
Officials: Man behind Mass. EMT scam 'rarely taught' in full
A man has been indicted as the ringleader of a scheme that investigators say falsely re-certified hundreds of emergency medical technicians in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Leo Nault, 50, was indicted by a grand jury in Massachusetts for offering 16 refresher courses between 2006 and 2009 during which he 'rarely taught the course in full, and sometimes not at all.'
Pittsburgh officials prepare for worst of winter
As the first flakes of snow were forecast to fall in the region, Pittsburgh officials began putting the finishing touches on a snow-response plan to avoid a repeat of February's disaster.
Minn. paramedic guilty on drug charge
A paramedic accused of injecting himself with a painkiller while transporting a patient by ambulance has pleaded guilty of drug charges in northeastern Minnesota.
John Rudolph Ditzler, 41, of Virginia pleaded guilty Monday of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance.
EMS Week 2010
ACEP's 37th National EMS Week, May 16 – 22, 2010 was a time for medical providers and community members to come together and celebrate those who administer prehospital care. We covered the week with a contest and columns from our most popular writers.
Comcast sued over response to Fla. EMS call
The family of an 81-year-old Florida grandmother who died waiting for paramedics to arrive at her home has filed a lawsuit against Comcast over its handling of her emergency calls.
Memorial service planned for fallen Canada paramedics
A memorial service honoring the lives of two paramedics killed earlier this week when their ambulance plunged off a cliff will be held in two weeks.
Jo-Ann Fuller and Ivan Polivka died after their ambulance sunk into Kennedy Lake.
Mass. EMT scandal in hands of Attorney General
Police Chief Alan DeNaro has finished his investigation of 30 Haverhill firefighters implicated in the statewide EMT training scandal and his report has been turned over to the Attorney General's Office for possible criminal charges, Mayor James Fiorentini said.
UK 'super paramedics' nominated for award
A ground-breaking scheme by the Welsh Ambulance Service to put a new breed of super-paramedics on the roads has been nominated for a major national award.
In a UK first it has seen a network of highly-trained and equipped practitioners distributed across Wales, not just responding to emergencies but also making decisions about aftercare.
EMS Expo 2010 in Dallas
EMS1 was in Dallas reporting from EMS Expo 2010, with the latest news — including breaking news, hot products and useful tips from educational sessions.
AMR commended for response to San Bruno gas explosion
AMR was commended this week for its response during the gas explosion that ripped through a neighborhood near San Francisco that left seven dead and dozens injured earlier this month.
AMR responded with more than 36 ambulances and 72 crew members to the disaster in San Bruno on Sept. 9 within six minutes of the first 911 call. They were able to call for additional ambulance units from neighboring cities
Some EMTs in Ohio reluctant to draw blood for police
A law that takes effect Friday will allow emergency medical workers to draw blood from drivers who crash and are suspected of using drugs or alcohol.
Only physicians, registered nurses, qualified technicians, chemists and phlebotomists currently can take blood from drivers suspected of operating vehicles while under the influence.
Report: NC EMS worker swerved, overturning ambulance
An ambulance accident that sent three people to the hospital Tuesday happened as the driver overcorrected while changing lanes, according to a police report.
The driver of the ambulance, 22-year-old Benajamine Washburn, was driving in the left lane of northbound N.C. 68 at 12:17 p.m., the report said.