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ALS SKILLTRAINER 200

Laerdal Medical Corporation: Adult-size manikin incorporates all the necessary skills to teach scenario-based ACLS courses and provide hands-on practice. Supports CPR, precordial thump, bilateral breathsound auscultation, defibrillation, ECG monitoring, six basic and 17 modified rhythms, and variable pulse strengths. (800) 431-1055.

VISICAD(TM) FOR FIRE COMPUTER-AIDED DISPATCH SYSTEM

American Tritech: Windows-based system incorporates vehicle routing, high-resolution mapping, graphical reports, and a fire and EMS triage system. Built around Windows NT(TM) platform and SQL Server(TM) database. (619) 453-7000.

National Fire Academy EMS management courses offered in Florida

Through the joint efforts of the National Fire Academy (NFA), the Florida State Fire College (FSFC), and the Florida office of EMS, 16 EMS educators from Florida community colleges and EMS training centers were able to take the NFA Management of Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) course in their home state, at FSFC in Ocala in June. The successive course, Advanced Leadership Issues in EMS (ALIEMS), will be offered to the same audience at the end of this month.

HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY and LAERDAL MEDICAL CORPORATION announced plans to develop a strategic

HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY and LAERDAL MEDICAL CORPORATION announced plans to develop a strategic alliance to strengthen the "chain of survival" for cardiac arrest patients. This includes joint initiatives on distribution, product development, and training, which are aimed to support caregivers` ability to repond early to patients both inside and outside the hospital and to expand public access to early defibrillation.

FIRE AND EMS INFORMATION NETWORK

The Fire and EMS Information Network is a free fire-related site on the Internet dedicated to the fire and EMS community. Viewership is currently more than 40,000 and increases approximately 10 percent per week; more than 40 countries have visited to date. The site recently has received national recognition for its content.

AER-O-LITE(TM) AFFF CLASS B FOAMS

National Foam: 3 percent, 3 percent Cold Foam, and 6 percent AFFF foams available. Do not create incidents reportable under Superfund Act. Containment of foam will allow it to evaporate. With advanced notice, treatable by local sewage and water treatment plants. (610) 363-1400.

CODEMASTER 100 PORTABLE DEFIBRILLATOR/MONITOR

Hewlett-Packard Medical Products: Designed for paramedics and ACLS teams. Charges from 0 to 360 joules in less than five seconds on fully charged battery. Battery capacity gauge. (800) 934-7372, ext. 1033.

EYEGLASS HOLDER

Scott Health & Safety Products: Retains user`s prescription lenses behind facepiece. Four self-adjusting suspension rings suspend frame over nose bridge. Usable with AV-2000 facepiece on Air-Pak 2.2/4.5 and Air-Pak Fifty SCBA. (704) 282-8400.

FIRST RESPONSE TO MEDICAL EVENTS

One of the fastest growing aspects of fire department operations is primary response to emergency medical care requests. Fire service organizations across the country are implementing first-responder emergency medical programs that supplement private or third-party ambulance transport services. The main reason these services are being rendered is to provide the public with prompt medical care in times of emergency. These services also provide the community with more value for the tax dollars ex

WORLDWIDE HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE SERVICE SEEKS PERSONNEL AND SUPPORT

Global Response Service, a newly formed international humanitarian organization, is seeking personnel and other support to enable it to provide fire-rescue-EMS services around the world. In making the appeal, Battalion Chief Robert G. Boudoures, of the San Francisco (CA) Fire Department, who also serves as director of operations for Global Response Service, explains that volunteers are needed for 60- and 90-day assignments in "troubled areas of the world."