• Steven Gaskin was arrested for pointing a gun at a police officers earlier this week.  Image credit:  Shreveport Police Department

Louisiana firefighter/medic arrested for pointing gun at police

A Louisiana firefighter/paramedic is facing multiple charges stemming from an incident earlier this week, in which he allegedly pointed a gun at police officers. Shreveport police say 38-year-old Steven Gaskin was driving while intoxicated on Wednesday afternoon. According to officials at the Shreveport Police Dept., Gaskin was inside his vehicle when he pointed a gun [...]

July 22nd, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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VIDEO: New three-pound fire ball acts as grenade when fighting fires

It's smaller than a soccer ball - only 3 pounds - but packs a powerful punch. When it comes in contact with extreme heat, this special ball automatically detonates. Makers of the "Elide fire ball" say they were inspired to come up with such a product after a devastating fire in 1997 that ripped through [...]

July 22nd, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Firefighters lauded for ‘great job’ after fire engine went up in flames while putting out house fire

July 22--The June 24 fire that destroyed the 23 Newbury St. beach home was devastating, but those involved expressed their gratitude recently to the emergency responders who worked to save lives and surrounding structures in the closely packed Seabrook Beach enclave. At 7:30 that morning a call came into the Seabrook Fire Department that brought out the men of "Shift 4," according to [...]

July 22nd, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Kayla Renee Dubois, 24, of Navarre, Florida, and Christopher Wimmer, 33 of Crestview, Florida, are accused of taking selfies with unconscious patients being taken to the hospital in ambulances. (WJHG-TV)

Florida paramedics engaged in ‘selfie war’ with unconscious patients arrested

A selfie war has led to two Okaloosa County paramedics being arrested and a total of five employees losing their jobs. The OCSO held a news conference Thursday in correlation with the investigation. According to the OCSO, two former Okaloosa County EMS paramedics were arrested for allegedly using their cell phones to take selfies with patients and [...]

July 22nd, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Cost of pre-exam training hurting search for firefighter candidates

July 22--Local fire departments have seen a drop in the number of recruits applying for open positions, and leaders said changes to training requirements could be behind the decrease. Training that recruits can afford -- including high school students using College Credit Plus program to pay for the classes -- and getting the word out [...]

July 22nd, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter medic Rob Gemmell sits with his surfboard after returning from work after recovering from a broken neck.
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Medic breaks neck while surfing, then drives himself to nearest ambulance station

Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter medic Rob Gemmell broke his neck while surfing several months ago.  The surfing enthusiast told the New Zealand Herald that he was about to step onto dry sand, after a few hours in the surf, when he got picked up by a large wave that pushed him straight onto his head. [...]

July 21st, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Dealing with Psychiatric Emergencies

By John Morse As first responders we often are in situations that involve people or patients with psychiatric issues.  Sometimes these people call us for help, sometimes others call on their behalf if they are needing help, and sometimes they are just a part of a situation. Statistically EMS providers deal with psychological disorders on [...]

July 21st, 2016|Blog, Fire News|0 Comments
  • The flag supporting their brother in blue was removed after Eric Hille was order to pull it down.  Image credit: Facebook

Cali firefighters ordered to remove pro-police flag in effort to prevent further violence

The flag showing support for their "Brothers & Sisters in Blues" was removed after Eric Hille was order to pull it down. Image credit: Facebook Following the murders of three police officers in Baton Rouge Sunday, a firefighter in California decided to hang a pro-police flag on the back of one of the [...]

July 21st, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Ailyea Langbaum was able to get to the patient and bring a ventilator that helped keep her breathing.  Image credit:  News 12 Westchester

Paramedic rescues woman on ventilator after crane collapse

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A paramedic is being hailed as a hero for coming to the aid of a woman on a respirator who was just minutes away from death after a construction crane collapsed across the Tappan (TAP'-uhn) Zee Bridge north of New York City. WCBS-TV reports an ambulette was carrying a 26-year-old woman home from a doctor's appointment Tuesday [...]

July 21st, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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200 firefighters battle brush fire in LA’s Hollywood Hills

Smoke from an 18-acre brush fire in California's Hollywood Hills was visible from central Los Angeles and snarled traffic along Highway 101. The fire, on a steep slope of west-facing terrain of moderate brush and grass, was reported at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said. It was 50 percent contained by the evening. Although no damage to structures was reported, [...]

July 20th, 2016|Fire News, Wildfire News|0 Comments
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