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Posted: Feb 19, 2020

Minnesota county the first to map AED's for 911 callers

Any first responder knows in an emergency, time is of the essence. Bruce Bechtold is a former Stearns County deputy. He says cutting minutes or even seconds off response time can make all the difference. That was the case when his cousin Mark suffered a heart attack nearly a decade ago. "Firefighter just happened to be nearby with an AED and shocked him and he's alive today," said Bechtold.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11 Minneapolis
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Posted: Feb 19, 2020

Unions say rookie EMTs in New York City barely getting by on near-minimum wage

The Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) responded to more than 1.5 million medical emergencies last year, saving countless lives in the process. But many of these first responders — who endure high stress in a job where mere seconds may mean the difference between life and death — barely have anything left to save once they get their paychecks, according to unions representing them.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AM New York
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Posted: Feb 19, 2020

County in Maryland seeks to shorten ER wait times for ambulance patients

Just because you call an ambulance in Montgomery County, Maryland, that doesn’t mean you’ll skip the lobby wait in the emergency room. Maryland’s ER wait times — the time spent in the emergency room before being admitted to the hospital or being sent home — are the longest in the country: an average of 376 minutes, in the latest data, from 2017.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTOP-AM 1500 Washington
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Posted: Feb 19, 2020

Two teens arrested in deadly California library fire that killed two firefighters

VIDEO: Two 13-year-olds have been arrested and booked on suspicion of arson and manslaughter charges in a deadly fire on Tuesday that claimed the lives of two firefighters and destroyed the Porterville Library. Tuesday’s blaze started shortly after 4 p.m. The man killed has been identified as Fire Capt.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Visalia Delta Times
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Posted: Feb 18, 2020

Pasco City Council votes to add new fire station

The Pasco Fire Department is adding two new fire stations to the city in hopes to improve response times and firefighter safety. The new addition would be Pasco Fire Department's first new in nearly 20 years. Chief Bob Gear said with how much the City of Pasco has grown over the years the need for a new one is now.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2020 6:38:39 PM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
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