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The Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services Disaster Response Team of Louisville,

The Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services Disaster Response Team of Louisville, Kentucky?Captain KEVIN JOHNSON, DIANE BAGBY, KEITH VINCENT, JOE MARSHALL, and RHONDA LAYMAN?received the National Fire Protection Association?s 1998 Warren E. Isman Scholarship. The team received the scholarship for demonstrating the most significant accomplishments and effective leadership among competing teams. The team will receive $2,000 in cash to cover expenses to attend the International Hazardous Materi

St. Louis (MO) initiates 9-1-1 Plus medical response referral system

Emergency medical calls to the St. Louis (MO) Fire Department are now processed through the new 9-1-1 Plus emergency medical response referral system initiated in March. Under the new arrangement, calls for situations that do not require prehospital treatment will be transferred to a referral dispatcher, who will connect the caller with an alternative transportation source or response agency.

Prince William County (VA) Phoenix Club a community force

The Prince William County (VA) Phoenix Club, which inducted its first members in February 1994, is an exclusive organization for survivors of out-of-hospital sudden deaths who were revived by the intervention of bystanders or the County`s emergency medical services system. Members are inducted every February. A total of 21 members have been inducted since the Club`s inception; the 20 surviving members are leading productive lives.

THE MENTALLY ILL EMPLOYEE AND THE FIRE SERVICE

Captain Smith had never been a good employee but has now finally crossed the line. His quick temper and radical mood swings make him one of the most difficult supervisors to work with on the shift, and he has been disciplined numerous times for inappropriate behavior (e.g., swearing at subordinates, abusing sick leave, and even threatening the battalion chief). Despite numerous attempts to help Smith through counseling, referral to the employee assistance plan (EAP), time off, and even a day off

All types of emergencies constitute “workload”

I would like to thank Nicholas V. Cagliuso, B.S., EMT-D (Letters to the Editor, December 1997) for caring enough to respond to my article, "The Treadmill," which appeared in the August 1997 issue.

COMBI-CARRIER BACKBOARD/SPLIT-LITTER DEVICE

Hartwell Medical Corporation: Device splits to allow transfer of patients with suspected hip/pelvic fractures with a minimum of movement. Uses standard one-piece straps, is compatible with most immobilizers, and has recessed auto-lock latch. Also works like standard backboard. Sloping design of continuous head support surface improves positioning of patient in neutral alignment. (800) 633-5900.

CAPTAIN WILLIAM A. LOWE of the EMS division of the Clayton County (GA) Fire...

CAPTAIN WILLIAM A. LOWE of the EMS division of the Clayton County (GA) Fire Department; DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SAFETY DAVID W. NICHOLS of the Bedford County (VA) Department of Public Safety; and EMT CYNTHIA LEIGH of the Spring Lake (NJ) First Aid Squad were winners of the Yvorra Leadership Development Foundation`s 1997 scholarship competition. The organization is named for Deputy Fire Chief James G. Yvorra, who died in 1988 in the line of duty. For information on the 1998 scholarship competition, ca

REEVES MANUFACTURING, a Frederick, Maryland, medical service and equipment supplier, has agreed to

REEVES MANUFACTURING, a Frederick, Maryland, medical service and equipment supplier, has agreed to distribute exclusively the LifeGardTM R-500 PASS device, manufactured by the ANTENNA SPECIALISTS DIVISION of ALLEN TELECOM, INC.

Let fire suppression do its job

My comments address a few components of the August 1997 issue, primarily the Letters to the Editor submissions concerning "Fighting Fires with Words," (Editor`s Opinion, January 1997). I feel that the fire service is "positioned" and almost obliged to handle today`s many areas of concern mentioned--fire suppression, specialized rescue, public education, fire prevention, fire investigation, and so on.

MULTIPLE CASUALTY INCIDENT MANAGEMENT, PART 2

In Part 1 (December 1997), we established the organization needed to efficiently manage a multiple casualty incident.