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
Leaders want to provide first responders with guidelines to follow when handling calls relating to human trafficking.
The study will assess Florida's Division of Emergency Management's response to Hurricane Irma and determine the lessons learned.
The state funding will provide 120,000 doses for first responders, including Pittsburgh park rangers.
The budget cut allowed the department to cross-staff, using firefighters to staff ambulances due to medical calls outnumbering fire calls.
Starting next year, the insurer will reimburse treatment that doesn’t require the emergency department.
One of the two Northern California wildfires have been fully contained due to cooler temperatures and light rain.
Kenneth Scheppke challenged longstanding traditions in patient care that have not withstood current scrutiny.

EMTs and other first responders who treated the wounded on scene of the Vegas shooting could be at risk for post-traumatic stress.

All EMS, fire, and law enforcement agencies in the county will participate in the drill along with 100 volunteers portraying victims of the shooting.
As the state begins facing the effects of the opioid crisis, medical professionals, law enforcement and prosecutors join the national discussion on possible solutions to the epidemic.
Only one of three in the country, the "rapid extrication team" assists in rescuing injured firefighters while local crews battle the forest fires.
The paramedic-staffed chase car would respond to ALS calls in a timelier manner and help alleviate several local fire departments' calls.
Las Vegas and Orlando massacres set a solemn tone for the normally festive event.
In a project to raise grant funding that began a year ago, the Richmond Ambulance Authority and VCU Health teamed up to provide 35 of Richmond’s Public Schools with Bleeding Control (BCON) equipment. 
Mercy Health's new two-story, 29,000 square foot center features a Level 1 trauma center, an expanded surgical area, and more comfortable patient and visitor access.