This Week in EMS: National EMS Memorial Service...Orlando FD Patient Transport Plan...Pediatric Disaster Preparedness

This Week in EMS: A Recap for June 19 - 25, 2010

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Responders Ready for EMS Memorial

On Saturday, June, 26, EMS personnel who gave the ultimate sacrifice while performing their duties will be honored in Colorado Springs, CO, and, for the first time, the National EMS Memorial Service will be streamed live.

Orlando Mayor Backs Fire Department Transport of Patients

After years of resisting, Orlando has reversed its position on using firefighters to transport sick and injured residents to the hospital.

Fla. Town Ends ALS Contract: Providers Not Trained

A contentious agreement between Collier County and North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District about who can provide advanced life support on emergency calls is 90 days from being canceled.

Lucky Clover Found On UK Impaled Crash Survivor

Paramedics found a four-leaf clover stuck to the back of a young driver who survived a crash in Northumberland which left him speared through the chest by a fence post.

EMS Training Center

Pediatric Disaster Preparedness

When members of the National Commission on Children and Disasters last took stock in May, they weren't very happy. In a report delivered to the president and Congress, the NCCD measured federal progress toward recommendations the commission made in a 2009 interim report to better protect children in disasters. They found things weren't going as well as they'd hoped.

EMS Academy Launches Third EMT Class

The St. Paul, MN-based EMS Academy, which was started one year ago, offers summer employment to low-income St. Paul youth, who are paid to attend the EMT certification program that will hopefully lead to a career in emergency medicine.

EMS Revisited

The Maturing of EMS Management

As part of EMS Magazine's 10th anniversary celebrations in the Jan/Feb 1982 issue, William L. Newkirk, MD, discussed the evolution of EMS management from the 1970s to the early 1980s. "EMS managers were often low in the management hierarchy," says Newkirk. "Indeed, managing EMS was often a training period for administrators because it was a good place to learn from mistakes before entering inpatient management and important work. Then, almost overnight, EMS got hot."

Prehospital Profiles

Cross Training Ensures Top Care for Benton County Residents

If you need care in eastern Washington, you would be well served to have Benton County Fire Protection District #2 respond to your pleas for help. All members of the department--comprised of a mix of career (4), volunteer (35) and resident (6) firefighters, the only such ALS provider in eastern Washington to be classified as a combination department with both paid and volunteer members--are cross trained in EMS, minimally as EMT basics, although about half are trained as EMT intermediates and several are paramedics.

New This Month: Reading Room

Author Interviews and Writing Advice

Don't miss our Q&A with Joseph Clark, author of My Ambulance Education, in which Clark, who is a professor in the University of Cincinnati's Department of Neurology, recalls his early career as an EMT.

Editorial Spotlight: Health and Safety Week 2010

Safety, Health and Survival Week is a collaborative program sponsored by the IAFC and the IAFF. The theme of this year's Safety Week, which runs June 20-26, is Fit for Duty. EMSResponder's Safety Week coverage includes content focusing on personal health and wellness issues and agency best practices.

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