EMS Squadcast: Response Times & Drug Shortages

EMS Squadcast: Response Times & Drug Shortages

Podcast Jan 25, 2013

EMS Squadcast host Tim Perkins broadcasts from the EMS World Expo 2012, held October 31–November 2 in New Orleans, LA. In this second episode he chats with Matt Zavadsky, director of public affairs for Medstar Mobile Healthcare in Ft. Worth, TX, about response times, the drug shortage and Matt's recent column for EMSWorld.com.

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Tim Perkins has been in EMS for more than 20 years. He started as a teenager at a rural volunteer fire department in Central New York, got his paramedic education in Baltimore, and has worked as an administrator in the Syracuse, NY, and Richmond, VA, areas. Tim has also been a frequent contributor to EMS World Magazine since 2005 and is a member of the editorial advisory board.

EMS personnel and firefighters have been attending workshops to improve their mental health and may be provided a first responder employee assistance program by the county.
The gunman, William Atchison, who is now dead, shot and killed students Casey Marquez and Francisco Fernandez.
Fire, EMS, and law enforcement personnel helped 45 elementary and middle school students from families in need shop with $100 gift cards at a supermarket for the holidays.
Live music, meals, showers, and trailers for sleeping at Creek Fire Camp provide relief for firefighters battling the wild flames.
Illinois teen Brendan Gould wins the group’s ‘People Saving People’ award.
The 9-1-1 emergency service company continues to expand its reach throughout New York state's Erie and Niagara Counties.
EMS, fire, and law enforcement personnel will be upgrading to radios with the capability to utilize vehicle GPS locating for more efficient dispatching.
The statewide service will allow residents who are hearing-impaired or in scenarios where phone calls would endanger them to safely communicate with dispatchers.
Reno County District Court is suing three of the four owners of the Haven Community Ambulance Service for its poor payment arrangements for employees.
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency awarded hospital workers, first responders, and the coroner's office with a $5 million grant to purchase naloxone kits.
New Hanover Regional Medical Center's AirLink helicopters are now carrying two units of blood on their helicopters during every patient transport flight.
Over 120,000 people utilize the Aladtec software system for online employee scheduling and workforce management.

Baltimore City Police have arrested 35-year-old Daniel Greene for the murder of a Baltimore County volunteer firefighter, 31-year-old Jon Hickey.

"A unified approach and operating procedure is critical," says Kevin Murphy, assistant chief of the Stoney Point Fire Department.
Denison Fire Rescue is proud to embrace Hanna Lindemuth as their first female crew member.