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Connecticut EMTs Gather Most Detailed Overdose Data Yet

Paramedic Peter Canning walks through Hartford’s Pope Park. He picks up empty heroin baggies as he passes by athletic fields, a public pool and a picnic pavilion where a few people appear to nod off. The pavilion place is really the place to go,” Canning says. “The people are down there using right now, so we’ll leave them in peace.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSHU Public Radio

2 firefighters in critical condition after New Mexico explosion, 10 others injured

VIDEO: An explosion at the Roswell airport sent two local firefighters to hospitals in critical condition, and Wednesday night the community gathered to pray for those firefighters as investigators try to figure out exactly what happened. It was an emotional night in Roswell. Dozens of people came out, including other firefighters and their families hoping the two injured firefighters pull through.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRQE-TV New Mexico

‘I want to do this for her’; Brother of slain Bronx EMT joins FDNY EMS in her honor

Saving lives is in Joel Rosado’s blood, the same blood his sister shed in service to the city. Rosado, the brother of murdered Bronx EMT Yadira Arroyo is following in her footsteps. Rosado, 32, is graduating the FDNY EMS academy on Thursday and will be assigned to his big sister’s station, the Daily News has learned.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News

New Jersey paramedic fired for performing Reiki on patient wins $90,000 verdict

The paramedic faced a dilemma. After responding to the home of a woman with an open wound in February 2016, he was ordered by a doctor back at the hospital to drill a catheter into her arm. But the woman, a believer in alternative medicine, refused the treatment. Instead, the paramedic offered to perform Reiki, a Japanese healing technique based on “life force energy” that many doctors believe lacks scientific credibility.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHYY-FM

California: Motorcyclist killed in crash with fire engine, 3 firefighters hurt

A motorcyclist died after a collision with a fire engine in Orange on Wednesday, June 5, and three firefighters were injured. The crash happened near the intersection of Collins Avenue and Roberto Street, a dispatcher for the Metro Cities Fire Authority said. The motorcyclist was transported to a hospital, where the man was later pronounced dead, Orange Police Lt.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Orange County Register - Metered Site

Alabama: New partnership puts physicians in city ambulances to assist beach residents

The closest hospital to Alabama’s beaches is in Foley, which “can seem like an eternity” during an emergency along congested Alabama State Route 59. The trip is especially treacherous on summer weekends, when tens of thousands of motorists converge upon or leave the Gulf Coast. The state’s transportation director recently called it a “dangerous situation,” prompting him to elevate a new Intracoastal Waterway bridge atop the list of road construction priorities in Alabama.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AL.com

VIDEO: Woman rescued by chopper off Arizona mountain; basket carrying her spins out of control

A 74-year-old woman who was injured while hiking Piestewa Peak Tuesday afternoon was lifted from the mountain by helicopter, during which the basket she was in began spinning out of control. Video of the rescue — and the woman's wild ride — was captured by several local television news helicopter cameras.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Arizona Republic

Off-duty Maryland firefighter killed in apparent tractor accident

An off-duty Frederick County, Maryland, firefighter died after being pinned beneath a tractor in Montgomery County. The death of 60-year-old Drue Jones was confirmed in a tweet Tuesday from Frederick County Fire and Rescue Services. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said earlier that they were responding to a remote area of farmland in Dickerson.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTOP-FM Washington, D.C.

Ohio first responders closer to new PTSD claims; business groups still opposed

Ohio first responders are once again butting heads with the business community over workers’ compensation benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder. A fight that has repeatedly arisen over recent years is again heating up, after House lawmakers added a provision to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation budget allowing police, firefighters and emergency medical workers to file claims without a correlating physical injury.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Columbus Dispatch

New York's Kings Plaza Parking Garage Still Hazardous, Firefighters Say As They Draft Code Revisions

PHOTOS: As the seven-alarm fire engulfed Kings Plaza mall’s parking garage, radios used to communicate by firefighters kept going in and out. There were seven “May Day” calls from firefighters during the height of the fire that consumed over a hundred cars on Sept. 17, 2018, whose oxygen tanks were depleting as they were lost in the dense smoke.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bklyner

Emergency responders conduct largest-ever search and rescue exercise; Mission involves 11 different agencies

Nebraska Task Force 1 (NE-TF1) is making history as one of eleven emergency response teams participating in the nation's largest civilian based search and rescue exercise ever done in the United States. Over 1,500 trained emergency responders will be stationed at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC), Indiana, for the exercise on June 1-7.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSLS-TV NBC 10

Montana firefighters to help fight Canadian fires

Hotshot crews from around western and central Montana are headed to Canada this week to help fight wildfires that have forced thousands from their homes. The Northern Rockies Coordination Center (NRCC) confirmed the Helena Hotshots, Bitterroot Hotshots, Lolo Hotshots, and the Flathead Hotshots are all being dispatched to Alberta on Wednesday, June 5.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVH-DT Helena

Fire Department, Coast Guard Team-up For First-of-its-kind Public Safety Drone Operation Over San Francisco Bay

Conducting search and rescue operations in one of the busiest waterways in the world commands the use of all the tools of the trade. That's why the Menlo Park Fire Protection District has teamed up with the U.S. Coast Guard to create a first-of-its-kind drone operation over San Francisco Bay. "Unmanned aerial systems," aka drones, have been added in the partnerships to complement commonly-used vehicles in the rescue fleet such as helicopters.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Menlo Park-Atherton Patch

Arizona mayor commits to giving firefighters raises, more resources

As the Phoenix population continues to increase, so do its residents’ calls for help. From 2012 to 2018, the Phoenix Fire Department saw an increase of nearly 35,000 calls, or about 100 more calls per day. Newly elected Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego is working side by side with her city’s first responders to ensure that this public safety need is met.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTAR-FM Glendale

High-tech helmets coming to Massachusetts firefighters

VIDEO: The Amherst Fire Department is getting rid of the old and bringing in the new. The department just purchased new high-tech helmets for firefighters to wear when they are on a call. These helmets are the latest gear for firefighters in Amherst. They are much different from the old helmets that have been around for hundreds of years in the United States.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Western Mass News

Louisiana city slashes greenhouse emissions, fuel consumption with solar panels on ambulances

The City of New Orleans has reduced carbon monoxide emissions from its fleet of emergency vehicles by 147 tons in the past year by installing solar panels on the top of 16 ambulances. The fleet of New Orleans EMS ambulances each have eight solar panels attached to the roof, and the solar energy collected maintains power to each ambulance’s vital systems while the vehicles idle.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGNO-TV ABC 26 New Orleans

Off-duty Philadelphia firefighter reportedly dies of heart attack during Jersey Shore triathlon

A man news reports say was an off-duty firefighter died Sunday morning while competing in a triathlon in Cape May County, officials said. CBS Philly reported the man was an off-duty Philadelphia firefighter. An employee at the Philadelphia Fire Department, who declined to be identified, confirmed that a firefighter had died at the event.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com

New 3D Fuel Modeling Helps Predict Fire Behavior

Land managers have a new tool in their firefighting arsenals that models forest fuels in three dimensions. These 3D fuel models have the potential to make firefighting and the management of controlled burns safer and less costly while helping to protect valuable natural resources. The 3D fuels modeling technique will benefit land managers by allowing firefighters to develop better strategies and helping predict future fire behavior.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Volunteer firefighters vanishing - North Carolina chiefs weigh-in on nationwide problem

As the number of fire calls increases year after year, the number of volunteer firefighters to answer those calls dwindles. Between retirements, scheduling conflicts and an overall loss in interest, Davidson County fire officials say local departments are short staffed and suffering, but wonder if there is a solution to this nationwide problem.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lexington Dispatch

With resources stretched thin, Texas volunteer fire department to become governmental entity

Officials with the Harris County Emergency Services District No. 9 announced at a May 28 meeting intentions to take control of the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department and begin offering fire and emergency medical services directly by year’s end. The move will unlock several advantages that will help the department, as a fully governmental entity, be more competitive in recruiting and maintaining fire fighters, which ESD Commissioner Tommy Balez said will be crucial for adapting to population growth.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Community Impact Newspaper