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Rescuers set out last weekend in a massive operation to save hundreds of people stranded by Hurricane Ike's floodwaters in Texas. The storm destroyed thousands of homes, blew out windows in Houston and left many without power.
By some estimates, more than 140,000 of the roughly 1 million people ordered to evacuate tried to tough it out, frustrating emergency officials.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry called the resulting effort "the largest search-and-rescue operation in the history of the state of Texas."
Read more about it at Air, Water, Land Searches Underway in Texas.
In another major disaster, a commuter train collided last Friday with an oncoming freight train in California, causing the nation's deadliest rail disaster in 15 years. The incident left 25 people dead and 135 injured, with 81 transported to hospitals in serious or critical condition.
The commuter train engineer was blamed for running a stop signal, and investigators confirmed this week that he was text messaging while working on the day of the fatal collision.
Read more and view pictures at Two Dozen Killed in California Train Collision.
By participating in the tour in the Southwest U.S., EMS professionals will earn 30 CEU's and will receive a complimentary 3-day Conference Program pass, valued at $355, to EMS EXPO, Oct. 15-17 at the end point in Las Vegas.
The following recall was initiated August 28, 2008.
Product: LifePak CR Plus Automated External Defibrillator Product Number: 3200731-003 and 3200731-027. This device was manufactured from May 20, 2004 through August 11, 2007 and distributed from May 20, 2004 through December 4, 2007. Click above to read the full recall notice.
"There is no shortage of research or lack of co-workers to tell you that your chance of surviving a career in public safety without a back injury is slim to none," writes EMS fitness expert Bryan Fass. He suggests taking responsibility for yourself and preventing back injury with the following exercises.
A.T.S. Medical Services, Inc. provides emergency ambulance, non-emergency ambulance, Medicare, dispatch and staffing services to the Northern Illinois area.
Click for details and visit www.EMSResponder.com/jobs for additional listings including:
- Division Chief/EMS -- Boise, ID
- EMTs and Paramedics -- Cabell County and the city of Huntington, WV
- EMTs and Paramedics -- Baytown, Pasadena, Webster and Houston, TX
Featured Forum Thread:
"Can you give Atropine to someone allergic to peanuts?" asks forum member ParaMaybe. What about Atrovent?
Click above to read this medical discussion, or browse the forums at www.emsresponder.com/forums.
Following last month's article, South Carolina EMS Agency Institutes 'No Transport' Fee, we're asking our readers, Should patients be charged a fee if they call 911 for medical assistance but refuse transport?
Click to participate, and view previous polls at www.EMSResponder.com/polls.
Registration is open for EMS EXPO 2008. The conference takes place October 13-17 in Las Vegas, NV. Register now to guarantee your placement in limited classes.