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Specialty Care Transport: When To Say No
Host Mike McEvoy speaks with Dr. Deb Funk, a New York emergency physician and director of a flight service and a ground-based critical care transport program. They discuss scope of practice for paramedics, anticipating patient complications, how to recognize when you're in over your head, the role of the service medical director, and strategies for resolving conflicts and disagreements about transfers.

EMS Hot Buttons
Host Mike McEvoy talks with Ridgefield (CT) Lt. Rom Duckworth about current crises, hot buttons, and controversies in fire-based EMS. They discuss the Field EMS Bill, the Affordable Care Act, community paramedics and mobile integrated health, the effects of declining volunteerism, and increased demands for training.

Small Town and Wilderness EMS
Mike McEvoy and his guest Chris Willis discuss of small town EMS and wilderness responses.

Engine Company EMS

Firefighter Down: Treating Cardiac Arrest

Firefighters are more susceptible to cardiovascular events than the average person because of their work environments and exertion levels, writes Robert C. Owens Sr.

Can Motorcycle Paramedics Be Used Effectively in Western EMS?

Motorcycle paramedics are a progressive and beneficial solution to reducing response times and improving patient care while also reducing operational costs, Ben Hunt says.

Fire-Based EMS Hot Buttons

Fire Service-Based EMS Toolkit Revised

The electronic toolkit originally released in 2010 to provide fire service leaders and fire union officials with the latest information and resources on Fire-Based EMS has been revised.

Fire-Based EMS: NEMSAC Issues National EMS Recommendations

The National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC) of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a March 2013 summary report of recommendations for EMS in the United States.

On the Road: Driving Tips

IN Firefighter Injured When Flying Ice Strikes Apparatus

A Wayne Township (IN) firefighter was hurt Tuesday when ice flew off another vehicle and struck the fire apparatus he was traveling in.

FL Fire Department Unveils New Fire Truck Simulator

Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue's Training Division recently took delivery of a state-of-the-art driving simulator.

Featured Fire EMS Articles

Washington, D.C., Mayor to Honor Firefighters for Bravery

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray is set to honor city firefighters for bravery with the Mayor's Meritorious Se...

Hartford Firefighter Jason Martinez Released From Hospital

Firefighter Jason Martinez, who was badly injured fighting a fire at 598 Blue Hills Ave. on Oct. 7 -- the same fire t...

Report Examines Suicide Among Australian Paramedics

A recent report from Australia examined mental health and suicide among paramedics.

New FDNY Chief of Department Named

Today, Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro announced the appointment of James E. Leonard ...

Fire Demolishes New $12.5 Million Treatment Center in Alaska

A major fire in Bethel Monday night demolished a sorely needed $12.5 million alcohol treatment center still under con...

CDC Issues Revised Interim U.S. Guidance for Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Potential Ebola Virus Exposure

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued today revised Interim U.S. Guidance for Monitoring and Mo...

USFA Shares Recommendations on PPE Selection and Use for First Responders Dealing with Ebola Hazards

The InterAgency Board (IAB) released on October 24 recommendations related to selection and use of personal protectiv...

Firefighters Respond to Train Fire at Rocky Mount (NC) Train Station

On October 24, dispatch informed Rocky Mount (NC) Fire Department units were notified by communications that an inbou...

Two Transported in Massachusetts Hazmat Situation

Crews responded to a Tier 2 Hazmat incident in Topsfield (MA) fire officials confirmed Saturday.

Six Treated After Moving Sidewalk Fire at Charlotte Airport

A fire that broke out on a moving sidewalk in a Charlotte Douglas International Airport concourse around 1 p.m. Satur...

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Active Shooter Training

The Firefighters Support Foundation unveils two new related training programs on rapid response procedures at active shooter incidents.

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FROM THE HOUSE OF MEDICINE

Long-Awaited CV Disease Updates Released

Four long-overdue updates to treatment and monitoring guidelines for cardiovascular disease have finally been released. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHBLI), in collaboration with the American College of Cardiology (ACA) and American Heart Association (AHA) released updates to cholesterol treatment guidelines, cardiovascular (CV) risk assessment, CV risk reduction, and obesity management guidelines on November 14, 2013

Ventilation Affects Post Arrest Neuro Outcomes

A recent study found both hypercapnia and hypocapnia lead to poor neurologic outcomes after cardiac arrest.

BUG WARS

Is Your Stethoscope Dirty?

A study published this year in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings compared contamination of physician hands to their stethoscopes.

Hand Sanitizers Not Readily Accessible

One in five U.S. healthcare facilities fails to have hand sanitizers at every point of patient care, according to a recent study.

DRUG ALERTS

IV Fluid Shortage: EMS Can Help

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) released an urgent call to action on March 20, 2014 describing immediate actions healthcare providers, hospitals, and EMS services can take to alleviate the current acute shortage of large volume intravenous solutions.

Drug Shortages: Are You Part of the Problem?

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report issued in October 2013 lists steps the agency has taken to alleviate drug shortages in the United States. If you read between the lines, there is a suggestion that buyers (not just hospitals, but fire and EMS) may share responsibility for drug shortages.

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