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Sudden Cardiac Events in Firefighters
Host Mike McEvoy talks to Drs. Stephanos Kales of Harvard Medical School and Denise Smith of Skidmore College in a lively and informative discussion on why firefighters, including some very young members, suffer sudden cardiac events.

EMS: Past, Present, and Future
Host Mike McEvoy interviews Stan Horan, a veteran paramedic who retired after serving for more than 30 years in King County (WA) Medic One.

Ice Rescue
Firemedically Speaking host Mike McEvoy is joined by Paramedic Guy Bull, currently serving with the George Washington University Ambulance Service covering the State of Kuwait.  With the onset of winter, Guy describes a simplistic ice rescue technique ( using a rope and backboard.  Rather than standing around waiting for additional support, any ambulance or fire service can immediately effect a thin ice rescue with minimal equipment.

Engine Company EMS

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.

Engine Company EMS: Polymer Fume Fever

Mick Messoline discusses another example of the dangers associated with a "food on the stove" scenario that firefighters and medics may encounter on the job.

Fire-Based EMS Hot Buttons

Study Request: EMS versus Athletic Trainers

The University of Minnesota is conducting a study to analyze the understanding of the Certified Athletic Trainers versus Emergency Medical Services professions.

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.

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

Maryland Boy Rescued After Fingers Caught in Escalator

Prince George (MD) first responders spent more than two hours trying to free a child's fingers from an escalator at I...

New Jersey Firefighter Seriously Injured in Duplex Fire

Eight people were displaced from a duplex in Little Falls (NJ) and two firefighters injured, one seriously, when a fi...

First Responder Biodetection Technology Guide Updated

A 2014 update to a detailed product guide listing biodetection technologies and sampling products is now available.

Pennsylvania Bill Would Waive Local Income Tax for Volunteer EMS and Firefighters

Drone Hindered Ohio Medical Chopper

A man is facing charges after deputies say he was flying a video camera-equipped drone that hindered the landing of a...

Study Request: EMS versus Athletic Trainers

The University of Minnesota is conducting a study to analyze the understanding of the Certified Athletic Trainers ver...

Los Angeles Firefighters Pay Tribute to Burn Treatment Pioneer

Hundreds of uniformed firefighters, nurses and former patients gather to honor Dr. A. Richard Grossman.

Rural-Metro Firefighters Battle Knox County (TN) Train Fire

Just before noon on Sunday, April 13, 2014, engineers aboard a moving Norfolk Southern freight train noticed that one...

DHS Releases Updated First Responder Biodetection Technology Guide

A 2014 update to a detailed product guide listing biodetection technologies and sampling products is now available.
Fire Chief Barksdale

Deputy Fire Chief Barksdale Selected for Fire Service Executive Development Institute for 2014 Session

The International Association of Fire Chiefs ( announced that Benjamin M. Barksdale, Deputy Fire Chief o...


A new training program on firefighters and EMS response to gunfire at emergency scenes.      

Response to Gunfire

This program addresses the types of gunfire events that first responders may find themselves at.




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.


Finally, an EMS Infection Control Reference

APIC, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has developed a free, downloadable Guide to Infection Prevention in Emergency Medical Services.

Ryan White: Back, But Not Without Issues

Katherine West and James R. Cross comment on medical facilities taking issue with certain provisions in the reinstated Ryan White Comprehensive AIDs Emergency Response Act and what responders need to know about it.


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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