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The Rapid Response topic features expert analysis on recent news events. These in-depth articles also provide EMS agencies and leaders with top takeaways to learn from and relevant resources to bring back and implement within your own agency to always be prepared.

Practical takeaways from the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl parade shooting for initial treatment and safe transportation
A New York man collapsed on a sidewalk after police ordered him to exit an ambulance where he is alleged to have assaulted an EMS provider
Train your communities to identify, call out and respond to active threats
Local EMS leaders said that a recent pay increase may help, but they cited burnout, attacks and industry-wide staffing struggles
The Cool Branch Volunteer Rescue Department now has full-time and part-time EMTs and paramedics plus volunteers
Maryland physician describes the current pediatric bed crisis as “far worse than the worst days of the adult critical care bed crunch during COVID”
Broward Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Michael B. Kane: “Testing could not empirically establish that the fire station alerting system worked properly at the time”
The dangers to EMTs/medics are less well known to the general public than firefighting, even at times to the agencies where they work
Unprovoked killing of Lt. Alison Russo-Elling is a tragic reminder that EMS providers are putting their lives at risk for choosing to serve their community
Paid and volunteer firefighters worked together to answer hundreds of calls for rescues
Sevyn Schatzman-Chase was two days old when she stopped breathing; her mother dialed 911 and her father started chest compressions
Boulder Fire-Rescue Chief Mike Calderazzo said the goal is to bring response times down from a high of 11 minutes to about six minutes
A passenger from the Missouri Amtrak derailment shares details of the response involving nearly 20 local and state agencies
Focusing on swift triage, being good at the basics and having a plan for exfiltrating the wounded are essential steps to immediate lifesaving measures
Morgan County EMS says Keenan Blair’s death is being investigated
The CERA application is designed to connect police and EMS providers with teachers, students and others in life-threatening situations
The investment into Greenfield Ambulance’s partnership with Corinth EMS will remove confusion for dispatchers and better serve residents, officials say
House Bill 296 also calls for a change in regulatory authority but offers no help with staffing or ambulances
The union accuses local government officials of excluding EMTs, paramedics from offering input
In its first 18 days, the pilot program in Columbus handled 56 incidents, sending EMS providers to non-threatening calls that would otherwise go to police
Native Air moves its helicopters to Carlsbad Medical Center, crews will carry 2 units of blood, plasma on board
Violent incidents in NYC and Arkansas are grim reminders that medics are regularly threatened, attacked and harmed by the people they have been called to assist
What the ILCOR recommendations for managing infection risks during CPR and intubation of patients who may be infected with SARS-CoV-2 mean for EMS
The LAFD was dispatched to a report of several children experiencing symptoms after jet fuel fell on their school, demonstrating the need for information gathering/reporting and decon in a hazmat MCI
Roadway LODDs are tragic reminders of the importance of time, distance and shielding to reduce hot zone risk
Pennsylvania Turnpike crash underscores importance of MCI planning, unified command efforts and rehab services for long-duration events
Every community has a festival, fair or event that could be a target for violence, like the Gilroy Garlic Festival
From Sept. 1, 2018 to Jan. 10, there were more than 830 occurrences in which no ambulance was available in the 200 square-mile territory, according to county data
Dunwoody and Dekalb County signed a memorandum of understanding last fall to station more ambulances around the city