This Week in EMS: The ICS Elephant...Developing Article Ideas...Tactical EMS Tips

This Week in EMS: The ICS Elephant...Developing Article Ideas...Tactical EMS Tips

News Feb 03, 2011

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Illinois First Responder Suffers Fatal Heart Attack Following Response

An Avon first responder suffered a fatal heart attack Tuesday after responding to a call during a blizzard.

Okla. Responders Battle Impassable Roads

Emergency responders spent as much time digging their vehicles out as they did actually responding to emergencies according to reports from Rogers County Emergency Management Director Bob Anderson.

Ariz. Shooting Timeline Details Rescuers' Response

Emergency medical crews were dispatched within 3 minutes and arrived on the scene 5 minutes later. Thirteen minutes after a gunman shot 19 people, medics were treating the victims.

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ICS: The Elephant in the Room

In the first installment of a new column that discusses EMS consequence management, we review the role of the Incident Command System within EMS. Whatever model of EMS service delivery your community utilizes, the day will come when you will interact on a large scale with multi-jurisdictional agencies. The proven method of working together successfully is NIMS and ICS.

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The Write Stuff--Part 2: Getting Started

In January we introduced The Write Stuff, a yearlong series about writing for EMS media. This month we'll cover how to develop article ideas.

Daily Tips

Tactical EMS Operations

This month, Wren Nealy from Cypress Creek EMS offers his top tactical EMS tips: "As a tactical medic you may be called upon to perform a remote assessment on a SWAT operator. Your abilities and judgment must be sound. This assessment will often be used by the tactical commander to decide if they should effect a rescue. Prepare your team for this situation now. It is not worth the risk of other lives to rush in and perform a recovery.

Featured EMS World Magazine Article

EMS, Law Enforcement and Active Shooters: How Nontactical Crews Can Support Special Operations

Over a weekend in October 2010, approximately 120 members of the San Francisco Bay Area EMS community gathered in Alameda County to train in an "active shooter" scenario with 29 SWAT teams from around the world, including the national police force from Israel, a special security detail from Bahrain and the Knights of Justice from Jordan.

EMS World Webcast Archives

Insights and Explanations of the New AHA Guidelines

View these archived presentations that will help make sense of the AHA's new 2010 Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Basic Life Support (CPR) and Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) for adult and pediatric patients.

Continuing Education

Infectious Diseases: Annual, Recurrent and Emerging

As EMTs and paramedics, we learn about many infectious and communicable diseases, some of which we see on a regular basis, like influenza, the common cold, croup or sexually transmitted diseases. Other infectious diseases, like epiglottitis, are more obscure. This article discusses influenza, pertussis and cholera.

This CE activity is approved by EMS World Magazine, an organization accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS), for 1.5 CEUs. After reading the article, download the test that accompanies this article or take the CE test online at

Product News

ZOLL Medical Receives 2010 North American Market Leadership Award

ZOLL Medical Corporation has received the Frost & Sullivan 2010 Market Leadership Award for the North American external defibrillator market. ZOLL was recognized by Frost & Sullivan as the company that has demonstrated excellence in capturing the highest market share within its industry.


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Nancy Perry, Editor
Crestline Coach attended the Eighth Annual Saskatchewan Health & Safety Leadership conference on June 8 to publicly sign the “Mission: Zero” charter on behalf of the organization, its employees and their families.
ImageTrend, Inc. announced the winners of the 2017 Hooley Awards, which recognize those who are serving in a new or innovative way to meet the needs of their organization, including developing programs or solutions to benefit providers, administrators, or the community.
Firefighters trained with the local hospital in a drill involving a chemical spill, practicing a decontamination process and setting up a mass casualty tent for patient treatment.
Many oppose officials nationwide who propose limiting Narcan treatment on patients who overdose multiple times to save city dollars, saying it's their job to save lives, not to play God.
While it's unclear what exact substance they were exposed to while treating a patient for cardiac arrest, two paramedics, an EMT and a fire chief were observed at a hospital after experiencing high blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, and mood changes.
After a forest fire broke out, students, residents and nursing home residents were evacuated and treated for light smoke inhalation before police started allowing people to return to their buildings.
AAA’s Stars of Life program celebrates the contributions of ambulance professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to their communities or the EMS profession.
Forthcoming events across the country will provide a forum for questions and ideas
The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) has released its 2016 Annual Report summarizing HCOHSEM’s challenges, operations and key accomplishments during the past year.
Patients living in rural areas can wait up to 30 minutes on average for EMS to arrive, whereas suburban or urban residents will wait up to an average of seven minutes.
Tony Spadaro immediately started performing CPR on his wife, Donna, when she went into cardiac arrest, contributing to her survival coupled with the quick response of the local EMS team, who administered an AED shock to restore her heartbeat.
Sunstar Paramedics’ clinical services department and employee Stephen Glatstein received statewide awards.
A Good Samaritan, Jeremy English, flagged down a passing police officer asking him for Narcan after realizing the passengers in the parked car he stopped to help were overdosing on synthetic cannabinoids.
Family and fellow firefighters and paramedics mourn the loss of Todd Middendorf, 46, called "one of the cornerstones" of the department.
The levy is projected to raise about $525,000 per year, and that money must be spent only on the Othello Hospital District ambulance service.