Archive | May, 2011

New HAZMAT Emergency Response Guide for iOS Now Available

Posted on 21 May 2011 by wyoskibum

Trumbull, Connecticut – Creative Custom Applications (CCA) announces the release of ERG Pro v1.0 for iOS. ERG Pro is an electronic Emergency Response Guide used to identify hazardous materials. Designed with the emergency responder in mind, ERG Pro is an easy to use solution.

Look up materials by either UN number or name. Once you have identified the material, ERG Pro provides valuable information on hazard class and division, corresponding guide number, and water reactive gases produced. Along with an image of the placard you would see, there also are quick links to the response guides and isolation tables.

The response guides provide emergency responders with information regarding potential hazards, public safety, and emergency response. The isolation tables help responders determine initial isolation distances and protective action distances.

ERG Pro is a valuable tool for law enforcement, fire fighters, EMT’s and Paramedics, or anyone who has the potential to deal with hazardous materials. This is a must have app when dealing with hazardous materials.

ERG Pro uses the 2008 data from the US Department of Transportation.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later
* 0.6 MB

Pricing and Availability:
ERG Pro 1.0 is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Medical category.

Creative Custom Applications has been providing quality custom software solutions for small businesses since 1989. CCA is now specializing in mobile applications for emergency responders and health care providers. Copyright (C) 2011 Creative Custom Applications. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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Former Merrimack EMT sentenced in training scam

Posted on 21 May 2011 by wyoskibum

MERRIMACK – A Concord man who admitted to scamming ambulance services in Massachusetts used to work as a paramedic at a private ambulance company in Merrimack.

Leo Nault, 51, pleaded guilty in Suffolk Superior Court this week to 16 charges of emergency services violations and three criminal conspiracy charges, said Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.

Nault admitted to creating fraudulent training records for EMTs, which led to dozens of emergency workers being certified without having completed the required training courses, Coakley said.

Eric Damon, president of Care-Plus Ambulance Service in Merrimack, said Nault worked for the company as a paramedic about three years ago.

Damon didn’t have the exact dates of Nault’s employment but said he wasn’t responsible for any training duties.

While Massachusetts authorities were investigating Nault and several co-defendants, though, gaps in New Hampshire’s recertification process came to light.

Department of Safety officials investigated 89 cases of fraudulent or incorrect training paperwork, said Perry Plummer, director of the state DOS Division of Fire Standards and Training and Emergency Medical Services. Most of those were unfounded, he said, but some EMTs were disciplined.

An ad-hoc committee worked throughout 2010 and in March, recommended a number of changes to the state’s recertification process that make it easier to find classes to be recertified and more difficult – and costly – to fake the paperwork, Plummer said.

The state requires EMTs to complete 24 hours of refresher training and a practical exam every two years.

“It was an eye-opener in this state,” Plummer said. “Rest assured, we are on top of it and making sure that our public is protected.

“We’ve been working hard on it to make sure we are clean on it in New Hampshire.”

Nault, while working as a paramedic in Haverhill, Mass., was approved to teach 18 refresher training courses from 2006-09. He rarely taught the full course and sometimes didn’t teach them at all, but then conspired with

other defendants to gather EMT signatures on the attendance records.

He submitted those records to the Office of Emergency Management, causing more than 200 EMTs to be falsely certified, Coakley said.

Following his guilty plea, Nault was sentenced to 2

1 ? 2 years in jail, which was suspended, a year of probation and a $16,000 fine, Coakley said.

 

“Nault undermined the state’s EMT certification process, and in doing so, put the public’s safety and health at risk,” she said.

Three other people have pleaded not guilty to charges they were involved in the scheme and are free on bail, Coakley said.

They are Victor Valdez, 46, of Malden, Mass.; Tonia Schofield, 52, of Billerica, Mass.; and Jeffrey Given, 41, of Haverhill, Mass.

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Ambulance stolen from Ky. hospital

Posted on 21 May 2011 by wyoskibum

FALMOUTH, Ky. – An ambulance stolen from a hospital in Kentucky has been located in Falmouth, but police are still searching for whoever stole the emergency vehicle.

 

Just after 9 p.m. Wednesday, Fleming county EMS officials called Lexington police to report one of their ambulances had been stolen from the hospital. The ambulance was parked outside the emergency room at St. Joseph Hospital after transporting a patient. The keys were still in the ignition, according to police.

Surrounding police agencies were notified to be on the lookout for the ambulance and a Pendleton county sheriff’s deputy on routine patrol spotted it on Highway 22 about five miles outside of Falmouth around 11p.m.

The ambulance, which did not suffer any damage, was returned to Fleming county EMS. The theft remains under investigation by the Lexington police department.

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Four hurt in Lenox ambulance crash

Posted on 21 May 2011 by wyoskibum

LENOX, Mass. – Four people, including an 83 year-old woman, were injured when Lenox Police say a driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed his pickup truck into the town’s ambulance.

In a news release sent to 22News, Lenox Police Chief Stephen O’Brien said that the truck collided with the Lenox ambulance on Main Street at about 5:30 Thursday morning.

O’Brien says that the driver of the truck, Matthew Bak, 20, of Cheshire, had fallen asleep at the wheel, crossed the center line, and crashed head-on into the ambulance, which was taking the 83 year-old woman to Berkshire Medical Center at the time.

The woman, who had been suffering from abdominal pain prior to the crash, suffered neck and back pain in the accident, and was brought to the hospital by another ambulance. Two EMT’s inside the ambulance were taken by a different ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center for minor injuries. They have since been released. Bak complained of back and neck pain, and was taken to the hospital by yet another ambulance.

Lenox Police are still investigating the crash, and O’Brien says that criminal and civil charges are pending.

Due to the damage caused in the crash, the town will be without its own ambulance until they can get a replacement. The Lenox Fire Department will continue to provide emergency medical services, but transportation will have to be provided by mutual aid ambulances.

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Paramedic Unit Stolen While on a Call

Posted on 21 May 2011 by wyoskibum

WOODBRIDGE, CT – On May 16 at approximately 5:30 p.m., personnel from the Woodbridge Police Department, along with a paramedic unit and ambulance from American Medical Response, responded to 3 Barberry Lane on a medical emergency call. While treating the patient inside the house, the Ford Expedition paramedic unit that was parked outside was stolen from the driveway.

At approximately 7:15 p.m., CT State Police Troop “A” in Southbury advised they had responded to a report of a person causing a disturbance in a store parking lot and had taken a suspect into custody who was in possession of the stolen paramedic vehicle.  This person was arrested by the CT State Police  for vandalizing private property as he had driven over several lawns in Southbury prior to going to the store parking lot.  The suspect was then turned over to Woodbridge Police to answer to charges involving the stolen paramedic unit.

Michael Issaev, age 22, of 8 Cedar Acres Rd, Woodbridge, was charged with larceny in the first degree and detained overnight at Woodbridge PD on a $25,000 bond.

During the night Issaev was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for medical treatment, and will be arraigned in New Haven to Superior Court in New Haven upon his release from the hospital.

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Trial date set for paramedic accused of shooting self

Posted on 21 May 2011 by wyoskibum

PENSACOLA, FL – A July 18 trial date has been set for a paramedic accused of shooting himself while at work earlier this year.

Brandon Richie, 28, of Pensacola is charged with workers compensation fraud and making a false report.

Richie initially reported that a man wearing a lime-green jacket emblazoned with NASCAR-type patches shot him Jan. 28, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said.

He admitted to investigators in February that his wound was self-inflicted and he made up the story about being shot, the Sheriff’s Office said.

He was shot at an EMS staging post in the 1100 block of West Hayes Street.

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Danville woman receives 30-month federal prison term for $3 million embezzlement

Posted on 21 May 2011 by wyoskibum

HARRISBURG, PA — A Danville woman was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment and ordered to pay nearly $2 million in restitution for embezzling more than $3 million from a fire department ambulance company in Mount Carmel.

Thea Tafner, 56, a former elementary school principal in the Line Mountain School District, pleaded guilty to stealing the money over a nine-year period while serving as chairperson for the American Hose and Chemical Fire Company, said U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith.

Chief U.S. Distict Court Judge Yvette Kane imposed the sentence today and ordered Tafner to pay the restitution.

While working for the fire company, Tafner managed the department’s finances and operations. Investigators said she opened an unauthorized and fraudulent bank account for the ambulance company, then directed Medicare payments into that account.

A total of $3.71 million was diverted into the account from Oct. 23, 2000 to Nov. 2, 2009, and about $1.81 million of that money was used by Tafner for personal gain.

Tafner was charged on Dec. 23, 2010, and she pleaded guilty on Jan. 7 and resigned from the school district.

The case was investigated by the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Prosecution was assigned to Christy H. Fawcett, an assistant U.S. attorney.

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Fatal Hill shooting probed; officer, paramedics injured en route

Posted on 21 May 2011 by wyoskibum

PITTSBURGH, PA – Shawntika Rice came to the Hill District on Saturday seeking answers about her son’s killing when the sound of a gunshot renewed her heartache.

She ventured out of her mother’s house and saw the lifeless body of Robert Butler-Peterson, 24, lying in the 2200 block of Bedford Avenue. Police said he was the victim of a drive-by shooting that happened about 4:30 p.m., and homicide detectives on Saturday night were questioning the occupants of a black car that witnesses said fled the scene.

Ms. Rice’s 17-year-old son, Rashee Coleman, was shot to death on nearby Memory Lane on April 23, and police are still seeking his killer. She and other relatives spent the afternoon handing out hundreds of fliers urging those with information to come forward to police. The warm reception they received was encouraging, she said, until the shooting.

“It’s just sad, these children have to come to their senses and realize this is not the way to solve a problem,” Ms. Rice, of Beechview, said, watching from behind a ribbon of yellow tape as police studied the scene. “This is another senseless murder.”

Mr. Butler-Peterson’s relatives, distraught and sobbing, convened on the street but declined to comment. He was shot in the back and pronounced dead at the scene, Pittsburgh police Cmdr. Thomas Stangrecki said.

Officers, who were told to be on the lookout for a black vehicle, found one matching the description shortly later on Webster Avenue. Cmdr. Stangrecki said the gunfire came from the vehicle, but it was too early to offer a motive for the violence.

The shooting drew additional officers into the neighborhood for “crime scene control,” the commander said.

An officer and two paramedic supervisors were injured when a police cruiser heading to the shooting scene from Liberty Avenue collided with a paramedic chief’s sport utility vehicle at 26th Street in the Strip District.

All three were in stable condition at UPMC Mercy as of late Saturday.

The names of the injured were not released Saturday night, but sources identified the officer involved as Logan Hanley, on the force since September 2009.

The cruiser flipped onto its side and the officer was pulled from the wreckage. The badly damaged vehicles were a minor spectacle, coming to rest nose to nose on a curb.

Traffic was tied up in the area for hours as investigators cordoned the area and remained on the scene well into the night.

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Paramedics Injured When Car T-Bones Ambulance

Posted on 21 May 2011 by wyoskibum

PHOENIX, AZ — Three Phoenix fire paramedics were injured when their ambulance was hit by a car while driving a patient to the hospital.

According to Phoenix Fire Capt. Tony Mure, fire paramedics were transporting a man who electrocuted himself while working on a roof air conditioner. “They quickly started treating the patient and used a series of ground ladders to get him to the ground and continued to do chest compressions and CPR,” Mure said.

The hard part was over, but the danger wasn’t.  The ambulance with a crew of five traveled to Phoenix Baptist Hospital with lights and sirens blaring, but just as they turned left into the emergency room entrance, a Toyota Camry failed to yield. “They were t-boned and hit by a car going Westbound, which hit the back passenger side corner of the ambulance; that threw everybody in the back of the ambulance around because they were actively doing chest compressions, maintaining airways,” Mure said.

One of the three fire fighters injured will require a cat scan for a head injury, Mure said.Mure said the patient in his 30s did not survive, but appears to have died from the electrocution and not the accident.

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Cranberry EMS director held for court on sex assault charge

Posted on 21 May 2011 by wyoskibum

PITTSBURGH, PA – It started as a celebration of the news that his wife, pregnant with their first child, was going to have a girl. It ended, according to testimony Friday, with Steve Frank Tedesco Jr. — the executive director of the Cranberry ambulance service — sexually assaulting a sleeping 19-year-old man.

The 19-year-old took the witness stand Friday at a preliminary hearing before District Judge David Kovach of Cranberry. The Post-Gazette does not identify victims of alleged sexual assaults.

His faced flushed with embarrassment, the teenager recounted his shock when he said he was awakened about 4:30 a.m. when he felt the assault by Mr. Tedesco, 29, of Cranberry.

“I was very disturbed,” he said.

Throughout the hour of testimony, Mr. Tedesco kept his eyes averted, staring at the legal pad of his attorney, Michael Zunder of Butler. His wife, who said following the hearing that she supported her husband, watched from the back row of the courtroom. Their baby is due in July, she said.

Mr. Tedesco, a paramedic who had volunteered as a township firefighter, has been suspended indefinitely without pay from both his job and his volunteer post after charges were filed in connection with the March 5 incident.

The 19-year-old also testified that Evans City police recorded a telephone conversation between him and Mr. Tedesco in which Mr. Tedesco apologized.

Judge Kovach ordered Mr. Tedesco held for court on charges of rape of an unconscious victim, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, indecent assault of an unconscious person and three counts of furnishing alcohol to minors.

According to testimony, Mr. Tedesco had joyfully announced the news that his wife was pregnant with a girl. The teenager, with whom he had been friends for more than a year, proposed a party to celebrate. Two other teenage friends were invited, and a bonfire and pizza sleep-over was planned for Friday night, March 4, at one of the teen’s homes in Evans City.

The teenager said he became “heavily intoxicated” after a couple of hours of drinking beer and hard lemonade and, around midnight, everyone decided to sleep in the game-room of the house.

He said he awakened to find his underwear and gym shorts pulled down and Mr. Tedesco performing oral sex on him.

The next day, he and his mother and girlfriend accompanied him to the Evans City police department.

During cross-examination, Mr. Zunder began building a case around the presumption that the incident was consensual.

He questioned the teenager about “flirtatious” text messages and emails the man had sent to the defendant. The teenager said the messages were “joking around.”

Mr. Zunder also questioned the teenager as to why he sat on Mr. Tedesco’s lap at one point during the bonfire. “Because I didn’t have a chair,” he responded, adding that he had plopped down on Mr. Tedesco’s lap for “a minute or two” after his chair broke and Mr. Tedesco invited him to his lap.

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