Archive | April, 2010

Cabell County Ambulance Involved in Crash

Posted on 28 April 2010 by wyoskibum

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  – A Cabell County EMS Ambulance, on the way to the hospital, has been involved in an accident.

The crash happened at the intersection of Hal Greer and 6th Avenue shortly before 2 p.m on Tuesday.

Police and witnesses say that the ambulance was heading south on Hal Greer when it was hit by a van traveling east on 6th Ave.

They also say the ambulance had its lights and siren on when it was hit.

The patient in the ambulance was transferred to another ambulance and taken on to the hospital.

The ambulance crew and the two people in the van were reportedly not hurt.

No word if anyone will be cited in the accident.

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Ambulance hits live wire from power pole

Posted on 28 April 2010 by wyoskibum

Ambulance hits power lineANAHEIM, CA – Two people were injured after a suspected drunken driver crashed his car into a power pole and a responding ambulance struck a live wire, Anaheim police said.

The crash occurred at 12:23 a.m. Tuesday when a black Toyota Corolla struck a wooden utility pole at East La Palma Avenue and Blue Gum Street, police said.

An ambulance struck one of the downed wires and caused a flash, said Anaheim police Sgt. Glenn Gate. Two occupants from the Toyota were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

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Former Newington Ambulance Treasurer Accused Of Embezzlement

Posted on 28 April 2010 by wyoskibum

NEWINGTON, CT — The former treasurer of the town’s volunteer ambulance corps has been charged with embezzling more than $100,000 from the group, police said Tuesday.

Frederick Seremet, 59, of Rosewood Drive, was charged with first-degree larceny and 40 counts of second-degree forgery. He posted $25,000 bail and was released. He is to be arraigned May 11 in Superior Court in Hartford.

Donald Brown, president of the Newington Volunteer Ambulance Corps board of directors, said in a prepared statement that the organization began a review of its financial records in August 2009.

That audit revealed “that throughout the year funds had been misdirected,” Brown said. A further investigation by Brown and the accountants determined that from early 2005 through late 2008 “a significant amount of money was misdirected.” The ambulance corps filed a complaint with Newington police Feb. 3.

Brown declined to answer questions beyond the corps’ written statement.

Andrew Urbanowicz of Enfield, Seremet’s lawyer, said: “My client’s prepared to address all of the allegations against him in court.”

The Newington Volunteer Ambulance Corps is a not-for-profit organization that relies on donations and billing the insurance companies of people who require its services. The operating budget is about $500,000 a year, according to information from the corps. It does not receive money from the town.

The corps provides basic ambulance service to Newington from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday and 24 hours on weekends and major holidays. American Medical Response provides ambulance service during the work day.

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New Brunswick paramedics injured when ambulance loses control, rolls in ditch

Posted on 28 April 2010 by wyoskibum

BURTTS CORNER, N.B., CANADA – Two paramedics were injured early Sunday while responding to a motor vehicle crash north of Fredericton.

RCMP say the two men had significant, but not life threatening injuries after they lost control of their vehicle and went into a ditch in Burtts Corner on Route 617.

Ambulance New Brunswick says one of the paramedics had returned home since the accident, while the second remained at the Dr. Everett Chalmers hospital.

The two paramedics were responding to a crash involving a single vehicle.

Police said local residents quickly called for help and provided first aid.

Ambulance New Brunswick says it has launched an internal investigation into the crash.

The RCMP were unavailable to provide further detail on the condition of the person involved in the single-vehicle crash.

However, the news release noted that another ambulance was sent to a separate accident where a single vehicle lost control while traveling in the Crow Hill area.

All four occupants of the vehicle in that accident incurred non-life threatening injuries.

The driver had to be extracted from the vehicle by the Keswick Valley volunteer fire department.

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Police Arrest NY Man For Fight In Ambulance

Posted on 28 April 2010 by wyoskibum

GOSHEN, N.Y. – Police said a 33-year-old being taken to a hospital was arrested after turning violent during the ride and assaulting the medics.
The man was being taken to a hospital in Orange County from a gas station in Chester, N.Y., early Friday morning. The workers in the ambulance told police that he turned violent, biting one EMT and bruising another.

Police said the ambulance pulled over, but the man broke several windows and damaged the inside of the vehicle.

He was charged with assault and criminal mischief.

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Crash with Fort Drum ambulance takes woman’s life

Posted on 28 April 2010 by wyoskibum

Leray, NY — A crash between a Fort Drum ambulance and a pickup truck today claimed the life of a woman in the town of Leray, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said.

The ambulance was attempting to meet with a town of Philadelphia ambulance for what deputies called a “advanced life support intercept.”

About 11:45 p.m., the ambulance and truck collided at the intersection of Route 11 and Holmes Road, deputies said.

The driver of the truck was airlifted to a hospital with what were described as not life-threatening injuries. An elderly woman passenger in the truck was taken to a hospital but died from her injuries, deputies said. Their names are being withheld until family members are notified.

The ambulance driver and a passenger riding with him suffered minor injuries, deputies said.

Deputies are looking to identify possible witnesses traveling in a late-model Chevrolet pickup truck towing a flat-bed trailer and a small, red, late-model car.

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MAST will be no more as ambulance service is set to join Fire Department

Posted on 28 April 2010 by wyoskibum

KANSAS CITY, MO – Farewell, MAST. Hello, city-run ambulances.

At the stroke of midnight today, the Metropolitan Ambulance Services Trust and its approximately 350 employees will officially transform into part of the Kansas City Fire Department.

Beginning with Fire Department-emblazoned ambulances fanning out to fire stations at 7 a.m. Sunday, noticeable changes will occur to the outside and inside of the organization.

Leaders said they were confident they could deliver the same or better patient care while saving the city money.

The merger has been more than six months in the planning. The process has gained national attention, with write-ups in trade publications and out-of-state emergency responders observing committee meetings.

It has also been contentious.

MAST has been the city’s ambulance provider since 1979. The firefighters union proposed a consolidation twice without success, but then it went through the third time. Some employees and residents pushed petitions to leave MAST alone, and multiple MAST executives and board members resigned.

Some components of the merger will take years to implement. Others will literally happen overnight.

“This is a system that gives the greatest economic efficiency for emergency services and is a model that brings about the greatest effectiveness,” Fire Chief Smokey Dyer said.

On the streets

One of the first changes people will see is where ambulances are — or aren’t.

Before, all on-duty ambulances roved the streets, and the closest ambulance was sent to an incoming call. Now ambulances will be assigned to 15 fire stations.

Remaining on-duty ambulances will be deployed based on call volume. But instead of idling outside QuikTrips and grocery stores, they’ll spend downtime at fire stations, a move hoped to improve comfort and safety for ambulance crews.

A new city ordinance dictates that ambulance response times must remain just as fast as before. However, the way those times are tallied will be stricter.

MAST previously allowed slow response times to be thrown out of the data if they resulted from circumstances such as an ice storm or a caller giving the wrong address. Response times now will be tallied just like fire trucks’ times, Dyer said, with no such exceptions.

Ambulance and fire dispatchers will stay put for now. But plans call for consolidating them in early 2011 at the former MAST headquarters, 6750 Eastwood Trafficway.

Former MAST Memberships, which residents purchased to reduce out-of-pocket ambulance costs, now will be called KCFD Family Memberships. Membership costs are expected to remain unchanged, at least for now.

Cross-training

Eventually, Dyer said, the department won’t be divided into ambulance workers and firefighters.

New cadets will graduate from the fire academy qualified for both jobs, with the next class starting May 10.

“We have to take raw talent in the door and then teach them the basic skills for all of those missions,” Dyer said.

Unlike the Fire Department, which offers paid training through the academy, MAST ambulance workers previously had to find and undergo outside emergency medical training before applying for their jobs.

Dyer said the new combined training would be good for morale, teamwork and also diversity, because forcing ambulance workers to find and pay for training resulted in mostly white, financially privileged employees.

Current ambulance workers will be able to sign up for specialty training to build awareness on topics such as hazardous materials, fire behavior and building construction.

Leadership

Dyer remains at the top of the newly blended organization’s chain of command.

Deputy Chief Paul Berardi, who formerly led the Fire Department’s professional development bureau, will lead the new medical bureau.

Other ambulances duties and operations are being distributed throughout the Fire Department. Ambulance workers will report to the deputy chief of the emergency operations bureau, like firefighters.

Before becoming Kansas City fire chief, Dyer led the Lee’s Summit Fire Department, including its ambulance service. He said that Berardi did not have ambulance experience but that he was chosen for his management skills in education and development.

Budget savings

The merger should save money because it eliminates paying two sets of senior managers and two sets of support employees, Dyer said.

No facilities are to be abandoned or built, Dyer said.

However, plans for the new Station 39 at 47th Street and Sterling Avenue will be modified to house a static ambulance, he said.

The Fire Department will continue to get revenue from providing ambulance services to small communities and training other area ambulance workers, Dyer said.

MAST used to contract with multiple communities outside of Kansas City but most recently has covered only three of those.

With the merger, ambulance service is being discontinued to Avondale but will continue to Riverside and the South Platte Fire Protection District.

Diminishing reserves

As operational changes fall into place, at least one major administrative issue has yet to be resolved: How much cash will transfer from MAST to the city?

Due to last-minute loose ends, the asset transfer won’t happen until May 1.

But MAST’s reserve fund, envisioned to help bolster pensions for MAST workers with years of previous service, has been shrinking. It is down to about $7 million, acting city manager Troy Schulte said Friday.

Recent moves depleting the fund included roughly $700,000 in severance packages paid to departing MAST executives and $1.6 million in extended liability insurance coverage that MAST board members approved Tuesday. The only City Council members on the board, Cindy Circo and Melba Curls, opposed the purchase as unnecessary because liability will be covered by the city.

Ambulance workers coming from MAST will be able to choose between joining the city’s pension program or a defined contribution plan, Dyer said.

Except for the departing executives, nearly all of MAST’s employees — from ambulance drivers to billing specialists — are staying, Dyer said. He said fewer than a handful resigned or retired early because of the merger.

All will be allowed to stay in their current homes unless they move, in which case they must move into Kansas City, where fellow city employees are required to reside.

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Police Cruiser, Ambulance Wreck Responding To Shooting

Posted on 28 April 2010 by wyoskibum

Raleigh, NC — A police vehicle and an ambulance collided while en-route to a shooting in southeast Raleigh early Saturday morning.

The victim, who was shot in the leg, was transported to the hospital with non-serious injuries.

Raleigh Police say the police cruiser and a Wake County EMS ambulance were on the way to the scene on Basswood Drive when the two crashed two blocks from the scene

The occupants of the cruiser and ambulance complained of soreness but had no major injuries. There was no word on the cause of the wreck or if charges will be filed.

Police took four people into custody after the shooting and were questioning them.

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aramedics forced to abandon ambulance after man pulls a knife

Posted on 24 April 2010 by wyoskibum

LAWRENCE, KS – Two Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical paramedics had to abandon their ambulance near downtown Friday afternoon when police say a man being transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital pulled a knife on them.

Two Lawrence Douglas County Fire & Medical paramedics had to abandon their ambulance near downtown Friday afternoon when police say a man being transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital pulled a knife.

The man was being transported to LMH for undisclosed medical reasons when he became upset at the ambulance crew, Fire Medical Chief Mark Bradford said. The crew jumped out of the ambulance after pulling north onto Louisiana Street from Sixth Street.

According to Lawrence Police Sgt. Bill Cory, said the man was detained inside the ambulance and no one was injured in the ordeal. He was later transported to LMH.

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Collision with ambulance kills woman

Posted on 24 April 2010 by wyoskibum

A Sullivan County, Ind., woman died Thursday afternoon when her car collided with a Knox County ambulance at the intersection of U.S. 41 and County Road 300N, just north of Sullivan.

Deanna K. Mills, 66, of Hymera, Ind., was pronounced dead at the scene from suspected head and internal injuries, according to Indiana State Police.

The ambulance, which was not using its lights or siren, was making a nonemergency transfer of a patient to an Indianapolis hospital. Four people — the patient, the driver, a paramedic and a nurse — were in the ambulance, which was traveling in the passing lane at the time of the wreck.

The patient, Gerald Coleman, 86, of Vincennes, Ind., was flown to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for suspected internal injuries suffered during the wreck and for his original health issue. The other three were taken to Sullivan County Community Hospital for treatment of nonlife threatening injuries.

The ambulance driver was Eric Constant, 22, of Indianapolis; the paramedic was Chris Brackman, 32, of Decker, Ind.; and the nurse was Tammy Robinson, 43, of Wheatland, Ind.

The preliminary investigation by state police indicates that Mills, who was traveling west on County Road 300N, failed to stop at the intersection and drove into the path of the 2002 Ford ambulance, which was traveling north on U.S. 41.

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Police Investigate Crash Involving Ambulance

Posted on 21 April 2010 by wyoskibum

Susquehanna Township, Pa. – Police in Susquehanna Township are investigating a morning crash involving three vehicles, including an ambulance.

According to police, around 8:45 on April 19, two cars were trying to stop because of traffic congestion in the area of 22-322 East near mile marker 199.8. An ambulance was unable to stop and struck a car, which was pushed forward into another stopped vehicle.
Police say the ambulance, owned be Centre LifeLink EMS, Inc., was transporting a patient from Centre County to Philadelphia. One person involved in the crash was taken to the hospital with a minor injury, and one of the vehicles had to be towed away.

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Woman sentenced for theft from ambulance service

Posted on 21 April 2010 by wyoskibum

DEER LODGE, MT — A 31-year-old Deer Lodge woman who pleaded guilty to stealing about $150,000 from the Powell County Ambulance Service has been given a 20-year suspended sentence.

Michelle Boese was sentenced Friday by District Judge Ray Dayton. She was also ordered to pay $155,000 in restitution and was fined $20,000.

Boese pleaded guilty in November to forging checks totaling nearly $157,000 and charging $3,700 worth of gasoline to the ambulance company’s fuel account. Boese was treasurer for the ambulance service from December 2007 to September 2009.

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Man accused of trying to get inside ambulance

Posted on 21 April 2010 by wyoskibum

HOBE SOUND, FL — A 56-year-old man was taken into custody by deputies after he attempted to enter a Martin County Fire Rescue ambulance at an emergency scene Sunday, according to an arrest affidavit.

Michael Anthony Canovai of the 11400 block of Southeast Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, was charged with burglary of an authorized emergency vehicle and resisting arrest without violence. He was being held Monday at the Martin County Jail in lieu of $10,500 bail.

Paramedics were treating an unconscious woman in the same block of Canovai’s home, a deputy said. He watched Canovai walk up to the ambulance and press buttons on the keypad on the back door, the deputy said. Canovai walked away from the ambulance, but began to run when the deputy ordered him to stop, according to the affidavit. A deputy and a sergeant took Canovai into custody.

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EMT injured after car hits ambulance

Posted on 18 April 2010 by wyoskibum

PATERSON, NJ — An emergency medical technician sustained minor injuries Saturday after the ambulance he was loading a patient into was struck by another vehicle.

According to the ambulance report, the incident began with a call at 5:23 a.m. for assistance at 478 River St. Firefighters/EMTs Anthony Tomosello and Marco Miranda responded and were loading a patient, a 21-year-old woman whose identity was not released, onto a stretcher when a car hit the ambulance.

“They tried to get out of the way and pulled the stretcher away,” said fire Capt. Pedro Garced. “The vehicle struck the rear left side of the ambulance.”

The woman and Miranda were not injured. But Tomosello was struck in the legs with the stretcher.

“He complained of right ankle and knee pain,” said Garced.

Tomosello and the patient were transported to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center where Tomosello was treated and released.

The condition of the woman was unknown Saturday, and the driver of the car was not identified.

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