This Week in EMS: Tucson Helicopter Crash...Highway Safety...FEMA Grant Tips

EMS news

Sign up here to receive the EMS Weekly Recap in your e-mail.

Medevac Firm Temporarily Halts Service After Tucson Helicopter Crash

Colorado-based Air Methods Corp. has put its six LifeNet Arizona bases and seven helicopter crews on a safety stand-down, said Craig Yale, vice president of corporate development.

House Rejects Bill for 9/11 Workers

A bill that would have provided up to $7.4 billion in aid to people sickened by World Trade Center dust fell short in the House on Thursday, raising the possibility that the bulk of compensation for the bill will come from a legal settlement hammered out in the federal courts.

Indiana EMT Accused, Arrested in Patient Assault

An EMT accused of inappropriately touching a woman in an ambulance has been arrested after eluding police for nearly a week.

EMS Revisited

EMS Magazine Mar/Apr 1979: Round Table

Thirty years ago, an EMT described the emotional impact of losing a 16-year-old patient in an essay for EMS Magazine: Today, on the last day I was to ride with the paramedic unit as an observing EMT, a call came in. Our patient had a possible cervical fracture, several fractured ribs, a severely contused lung, a handicapped airway, and lacerations on his hands and forehead. He was 16 and died of cardiac failure in the emergency department two hours after we brought him in. I'm supposed to be writing my report now. I can't seem to concentrate on such a foreign piece of work when I can still smell the scent of his blood on my clothes. It's not the bloodiness that is upsetting. It's knowing that this was a particularly tragic accident which seems so senseless.

EMS Training Center

Highway Safety: Personal Vehicle Response

As we've all learned in EMS 101, our first duty is to protect ourselves and our second is to act as an advocate for the patient and protect them from further injury. If you come upon a scene that is unsafe, the book says "Don't go in!" So while you wouldn't even think about disarming a man with a knife, an accident or medical victim on a highway or roadway is different: the scene is safe. Or is it?

EMS Operations

Top Tips for Securing FEMA Grant Monies

FEMA is fiscally responsible for about 17,000 open grants and is programmatically responsible for more than two-thirds of those. In 2009, FEMA awarded and provided oversight for more than $10.6 billion in grants through approximately 50 programs to state, territorial and local communities, and critical infrastructure systems. In this Q&A, Elizabeth Harman, assistant administrator, FEMA Grants Program Directorate, offers some practical advice for grant applicants.

EMS Life

Introducing the Fit Responder Video Series: Part 1--Postural Correction and Neutral Spine Technique

Public safety sets our bodies up for a series of postural distortions that inhibit normal movement and encourage injury. Over the course of a few years our mechanical system actually forgets how to protect us from injury and "gives in" to the poor postural positions of our job. Check out this short video to see how you can re-learn neutral spine position and allow your body to rediscover its normal and efficient posture.

Case Studies

Integrity Ambulance Service Triples Coverage, Saves $100K/Year and Meets FCC Mandate with MOTOTRBO

Integrity Ambulance Service was facing the inability to expand operations due to limited coverage provided by an aging analog radio system. At the same time, the company was looking for a solution that would comply with the FCC mandate for businesses using 25 kHz land mobile radio systems to migrate to narrowband 12.5 kHz technology. A digital MOTOTRBO radio system with IP Site Connect, and a unique relationship with a local Motorola channel partner, allowed them to expand coverage throughout 20 counties, save the cost of opening new dispatch centers, and meet the FCC mandate through a cost-effective, phased migration to 12.5 kHz.

This content continues onto the next page...