From the Publishers Desk

Issue 5 and Volume 132.

From the Publishers Desk departments Portuguese Volunteers Same As in the United States Our editors do wander around the country, as most of our readers are aware. Last year they hit 17 spots from coast to coast. And this year it probably will be the same—with one exception, in that Jim Casey, has already logged one trip from continent to continent. At the invitation of the League of Portuguese Volunteer Firemen, Jim made a speech at the University of Coimbra (one of the oldest universities on the European continent) on the subject of the emergency medical service as it functions in the United States. Jim says it was almost a three-hour speech, complete with slides and an interpreter. And that the audience was very much impressed by our EMS and its equipment. It seems that in Portugal the ambulance service is just that—providing first aid and transportation only. But Portugal…

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