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Emerging Infectious Diseases
Mike McEvoy talks with Kathy West, a noted fire service and EMS infection control expert ( about hot topics in emerging infectious diseases including Ebola, enterovirus and influenza.

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.

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

North Carolina Fire Chief Found Dead After Calls

A 61-year-old North Carolina fire chief died recently following emergency responses.

FDNY Responded to Record Number of Emergency Calls in 2014

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro announced...

Chicago (IL) Fire Department Responds to 3-11 Alarm

On December 12, the Chicago (IL) Fire Department responded to what originally was a "cold box" call at Resu...

Man Dies Waiting for Ambulance in D.C.

An investigation has been launched into why it took more than 20 minutes for an ambulance to respond to a call about ...

FASNY Launches First-Ever Youth Recruitment Tool Kit

The “Youth Tool Kit” is a one-stop-shop for fire departments across the state to attract new members within a younger...

9/11 Health Center Not Testing For Prostate Cancer Despite Concern

Health authorities wanted prostate cancer to be included on the list of 9/11 cancers in 2013, but Mount Sinai Hospita...

Farewell for Fallen Philadelphia Firefighter

The melancholy skirl of bagpipes and tolling of a cemetery bell were the backdrop on a wintry Saturday as hundreds of...

Braun Ambulances Names New Regional Sales Manager

Braun Industries recently promoted Jerry Jones to Regional Sales Manager. The emergency vehicle manufacturer has deal...
Firefighters Extricate Driver from Pennsylvania Car Carrier Accident

Firefighters Extricate Driver from Pennsylvania Car Carrier Accident

Chris Haldeman captured photos of firefighters working at the scene of a car carrier rollover accident in Pennsylvani...

Washington Firefighters Rescue Woman from Burning Home

Firefighters rescued a woman who was trapped inside her burning home late in Lake Stevens (WA).



Active Shooter Training

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




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.


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.

Is Your Stethoscope Dirty?

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


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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