Fire & EMS
Written by Len Garis and Joe Clare
A 911 call comes in and soon police, fire and ambulance services are independently speeding to the scene of a major car crash. Is this the best use of these expensive and limited emergency resources? This is the very question raised by a new study published by Oxford University Press that analyzed more than 100,000 calls for service over a three-year period for emergency service providers in British Columbia.
Written by Lee Sagert
I was writing this column in late November when coverage of the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination permeated newscasts.
Written by Lee Sagert
I could hardly believe my eyes in July as I watched the breaking news on CNN . . . Airliner crash in San Francisco . . .
Written by Rob Grimwood
In recent years, there has been a lot of discussion about the role of the fire department in pre-hospital care.
Written by Lee Sagert
It’s 6:50 a.m. An elderly man awakes with crushing chest pain and dials 911. As he fights to catch his breath and cope with the pain, nothing is more important to him than receiving aid; he needs help now and he needs it fast.
Written by Lee Sagert
They call me the fireman
Written by Lee Sagert
Anyone who has worked in fire/EMS can attest to the harmful effects this profession can have on our minds, bodies and spirits.
Written by Laura King
Last spring, a council committee in Peterborough, Ont., on the advice of the city’s fire and EMS chiefs, agreed to stop sending firefighters to non-life-threatening medical emergencies. Like most Canadian municipalities, Peterborough was looking for ways to cut costs and best use resources.
Written by Lee Sagert
As I write this, I am helping to train eight new paramedic/firefighter recruits. The challenge is enormous because the training encompasses both fire and EMS procedures. However, the greatest challenge is breeding a culture of dual-role service to new recruits from various backgrounds. These new hires are very enthusiastic and proud of their decisions to choose careers as firemedics.
Written by Lee Sagert
Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” –Henry Ford

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