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CFD AMBULANCE, SUV COLLIDE AT BRYN MAWR, HARLEM - Chicago

Saturday, July 19, 2014  CHICAGO --
A Chicago Fire Department ambulance was involved in a crash on the city's Far Northwest Side. 

Two people were injured and transferred to local hospitals. Their injuries are not life threatening.

The ambulance collided with an SUV just before 4 p.m. Friday. Officials have not released any details as to what led to the crash, nor said if a patient was in the ambulance. 

   


 

Gang threatens to kill Jersey City police, EMTs

Saturday, July 19, 2014  JERSEY CITY — First responders throughout New Jersey are on high alert after a gang threated to shoot more police and EMTs to avenge a Bloods member who was shot dead after he killed a rookie officer.

An internal New Jersey State Police advisory warns that members of the gang may target EMTs in an effort to draw a response from officers.  The Bloods threated to “kill a Jersey City cop and not stop until the National Guard is called in,” the New York Post reports. 

“In addition to shooting a police officer, members of the BLOODS will attack and shoot Jersey City EMTs, because they know the police officers will respond immediately to their backup,” the advisory says.

The threat was made in response to the shooting of Lawrence Campbell, who shot and killed Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago in a drugstore parking lot around 4 a.m. Sunday.

Police were warned that gang members may be traveling from other states to New Jersey to carry out the threat.

The advisory was leaked when a police officer posted the alert on a Facebook page, nj.comreports. Mayor Steve Fulop said on a Geraldo Rivera’s WABC radio show that he will face disciplinary action.

"The police department gets tons of threats and 99.9 percent are not substantiated and not credible. However, we take it seriously," Fulop said.

However, Jersey City Public Safety Director Jim Shea said he believes the threat was taken out of context.

"What happened here is one member of our force put the threat out on social media,” he said, “where it was viewed by people who do not have the context to view it and judge it for what it is and they took it at face value.”

Bloods gunman Campbell killed rookie officer Santiago as he was responding to a report of an armed robbery at Walgreens. Instead of robbing the store, he lay in wait for police, telling a witness to watch the news because he was “going to be famous” the Associated Press reports.

Campbell, 27, shot Santiago in the head shortly after he and his partner arrived. Other officers returned fire at Campbell, killing him.  

   


 

CareFlight crash in New Mexico kills 3

Saturday, July 19, 2014  SANTA FE, N.M. — A helicopter owned by Bullhead City-based TriState CareFlight LLC crashed in eastern New Mexico early Thursday morning, killing three crew members.

The Santa Fe-based medical helicopter crashed at 2:48 a.m. in rugged, isolated terrain, New Mexico state police said.

Lynn Lunsford, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the helicopter registered to TriState CareFlight was carrying a pilot and two crew members when it went down near Newkirk.

Identities of the victims have not been officially released but one was reportedly identified as Rebecca Serkey, 36, a paramedic who had been a member of the CareFlight team for two years. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

The helicopter, an Agusta A109E Rotorcraft, was flying from Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe to Tucumcari to pick up a patient when it disappeared from radar at 2:48 a.m.

It went down near Newkirk along Interstate 40 about 135 miles east of Albuquerque and about 30 miles from Tucumcari.Ranch workers found the wreckage on the rocky, northern side of a mesa after authorities called and asked them to look around the area.

“It crashed and burned,” said ranch manager Phil Bidegain. “No survivors. ... Everything burned except for the very end of the tail.”

Bidegain said a ranch cowboy he called to help him look for the craft told him he was awakened by a sound but went back to sleep because he didn’t know what it was.

“When he got up he could see the flames,” Bidegain said.

Hospital spokesman Arturo Delgado confirmed all three people on board were killed. Their identities were not immediately released, but he said the crew was well-known at the hospital.

“These crew members were our colleagues, our friends and our neighbors,” the hospital said in statement. “Our hearts, and our prayers, go out to the loved ones of these extraordinary individuals, who were committed to saving lives every single day.”

The Federal Aviation Administration said the cause of the crash wasn’t known, although the National Weather Service said there were low clouds and gusty winds in the area at the time.

“The combination ... likely led at least in part to that crash,” said Brian Guyer, a meteorologist at the NWS in Albuquerque.

The flight crew did not issue any sort of emergency call suggesting the aircraft was in trouble, Lunsford said.

John Cole, marketing director for TriState CareFlight, said that while the helicopter was based in Santa Fe he didn’t know where the crew members had their homes. He said TriState has 25 bases in four states — 12 in New Mexico, including Santa Fe.

Cole said the pilot had more than 10 years of experience flying both private and military aircraft. He said medical emergency pilots usually do not file flight plans — nor does the Federal Aviation Administration require them to — but all of TriState’s pilots are familiar with the regions in which they fly.


Cole said the helicopter was dispatched from Santa Fe because the aircraft that usually serves the Tucumcari hospital was responding to another call. Cole said a helicopter from another flight service provided transportation for the patient at Tucumcari. 

   


 

Pickup Truck Crashes Into Ambulance - Texas

Saturday, July 19, 2014  Two paramedics needed help themselves Friday morning after a pickup crashed into their ambulance.

It happened just before 1 a.m. along south RL Thornton Freeway near Beckley.

The CareFlite ambulance was traveling southbound at a normal speed without lights and sirens when it was hit from behind by a pickup truck.

The ambulance spun several times and went off the highway while the pickup crashed into the center wall.

The medics suffered minor injuries and are expected to be okay. The pickup driver was not hurt.

Dallas County sheriff's deputies took the pickup driver into custody and are investigating if he was impaired.

Southbound lanes of RL Thornton Freeway were closed for about 30 minutes for the crash investigation and cleanup. 

   


 

3 killed in N.M. medical helicopter crash

Saturday, July 19, 2014  NEWKIRK, N.M. — A medical helicopter flying to pick up a patient crashed into the side of a New Mexico hilltop early Thursday, bursting into flames and killing all three crew members on board, authorities said.

The helicopter was flying from Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe to Tucumcari when it disappeared from radar at 2:48 a.m.

It went down near Newkirk along Interstate 40 about 135 miles east of Albuquerque and about 30 miles from Tucumcari.

Ranch workers found the wreckage on the rocky, northern side of a mesa after authorities called and asked them to look around the area.

"It crashed and burned," said ranch manager Phil Bidegain. "No survivors .... Everything burned except for the very end of the tail."

Bidegain said a ranch cowboy he called to help him look for the craft told him he was awakened by a sound but went back to sleep because he didn't know what it was.

"When he got up he could see the flames," Bidegain said.

Hospital spokesman Arturo Delgado confirmed all three people on board were killed. Their identities were not immediately released, but he said the CareFirst crew was well-known at the hospital.

"These crew members were our colleagues, our friends and our neighbors," the hospital said in statement. "Our hearts, and our prayers, go out to the loved ones of these extraordinary individuals, who were committed to saving lives every single day."

The Federal Aviation Administration said the cause of the crash was unknown, although the National Weather Service said there were low clouds and gusty winds in the area at the time.

"The combination ... likely led at least in part to that crash," said Brian Guyer, a meteorologist at the NWS in Albuquerque.

He said there might have also been some rain as storms had moved through the area earlier.

Kansas City attorney and medical helicopter safety expert Gary Robb says the aircraft are also difficult to fly.

"Helicopters don't glide," he said. "You must pay attention every second. If you don't, they are dangerous."

He said helicopters crash at a rate 40 percent higher than small, fixed-wing aircraft. And medical helicopters crash at an ever higher rate.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

Bullhead City, Arizona-based TriState CareFlight LLC owned and operated the helicopter, said company marketing director John Cole, who was traveling to the crash scene and could not immediately comment further. 

   


 

Two Hospitalized After SUVs, Ambulance Collide - Chicago

Saturday, July 19, 2014  Two people were seriously injured following an accident involving two SUVs and an ambulance Friday afternoon.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Harlem and Bryn Mawr avenues.

Four people were injured in the accident. Two refused treatment at the scene and another two were transported to Loyola Hospital in serious condition. The injuries are not believed to life-threatening.

It's not clear what caused the accident.






   


 

Ambulance rolls over in Kohler - Wisconsin

Saturday, July 19, 2014  One person was seriously injured in a rollover accident involving an Orange Cross ambulance Thursday morning in Kohler.

According to information from Orange Cross Ambulance Service, the ambulance was westbound on Highway PP in Kohler about 6:55 a.m. when a vehicle headed north on county Highway A drove into its path.

The vehicles collided at the intersection.

Both paramedics were able to crawl out through the back door of the ambulance and they helped the occupant of the car until the Sheboygan Fire Department arrived.

The driver, who has not been identified, was treated at the scene by the Sheboygan Fire Department and then transported by Flight for Life to Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah.

One of the paramedics, Chris Berlin, sustained minor injuries in the crash and was taken to St. Nicholas Hospital, where he was treated and released. Paramedic Alex Kasten was uninjured.

Kohler Police Department, which is investigating the crash, hasn't released any information. The Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office also responded to the scene.

Prior to the crash, the ambulance was driving to Sheboygan Falls with lights and sirens to respond to a medical emergency.

 

   


 

Two paramedics and firefighter injured in crash - Hawaii

Saturday, July 19, 2014  Two EMS paramedics and a Honolulu firefighter had to be taken to the hospital to get treated for injuries due to a crash.

Around 10:30 this morning, the three emergency responders were in an ambulance helping a patient who had a medical emergency when the ambulance crashed on the Atkinson exit-ramp at Ala Moana Center.

One paramedic was seriously injured in the crash. The other paramedic and firefighter had only minor injuries.

The patient was taken to the hospital in another ambulance.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. 

   


 

Video released of Thursday ambulance crash in Kohler - Wisconsin

Saturday, July 19, 2014  The woman injured in Thursday's crash pulled out from her stop sign because she thought the ambulance coming toward her would also stop, according to an accident report released Friday by the Kohler Police Department.

The name, age and hometown of the woman were redacted from the report, but the incident narrative states that she stopped at the four-way stop at Highway A and Highway PP, and then pulled into the intersection because she thought the ambulance coming toward her on Highway PP would stop despite its lights and sirens.

In a video of the crash, which was taken by Kohler Co. cameras and released along with the report, the ambulance plowed into the passenger side of the car and rolled over, coming to rest on the northwest corner of the intersection.

The woman was flighted to Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah. One of the paramedics in the ambulance sustained minor injuries and was treated and released from St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan.

According to information released by Orange Cross Ambulance on Thursday, the rig was westbound on Highway PP about 6:55 a.m. with lights and sirens, responding to a 911 call for medical assistance.

The driver of the ambulance was cited for failing to operate safely as an emergency vehicle operator. The woman in the car was cited for failure to yield to am emergency vehicle. 

   


 

First responders hurt in ambulance accident at Ala Moana - Hawaii

Saturday, July 19, 2014  HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

An ambulance crash at Ala Moana Center involved overworked paramedics on overtime. Two paramedics and a firefighter were hurt in the accident. Hawaii News Now has learned that one of the paramedics suffered a serious leg injury. The other had injured ribs.

First responders helping a patient with a medical emergency wound up in the hospital after the crash. Authorities said a 50-year-old worker at the construction site near Nordstrom was in critical condition around 9:45 a.m. on Saturday. The patient was loaded on the third-level and sources said a police officer in his vehicle was leading the rig out of the mall. The ambulance crashed on the way down the Atkinson ramp. The driver, a veteran paramedic, was seriously hurt, according to a spokesperson for the city's Emergency Medical Services division. The other paramedic and a firefighter who was assisting them in the rig suffered minor injuries.

Sources said the patient was in cardiac arrest, but the ambulance crew had stabilized him. Hawaii News Now learned that he went back into cardiac arrest and later died.

The crash comes as a deal between the city and the medics' union to ease a staffing shortage and reduce mandatory overtime has stalled. The two paramedics on duty were in the middle of a second eight-hour shift, according to sources. The rig is based at Kuakini Medical Center and is one of the busiest city ambulances on the island.

The city wants to reduce chronic vacancies which lead to back-to-back shifts by changing the length of the shift from eight to 12 hours. The move would mean the city's 22 ambulances could be run with one-third less staff each day, allowing other medics to have much-needed time off, but sources said the United Public Workers union is holding up the negotiations.

One of the first responders has been a paramedic for more than 30 years. The other has worked for 11 years.

An EMS spokesperson declined to comment on the overtime issue and the negotiations. 

   


 

MAN FACES CHARGES FOR THREATENING TO SHOOT MEDICAL HELO

Monday, July 14, 2014  A man faces multiple charges, including a felony, after threatening to shoot at the crew of a medical helicopter for flying too low over his property.

The incident happened at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Mercy West Hospital in Green Township.

Investigators say the crew of a UC Health Air Care helicopter was making a "routine patient transfer" from another hospital when Leonard Pflanz, 56, got out of his vehicle and began yelling at the pilot of the aircraft.

"Through the conversation he ended up making some threats to the pilot that he was going to shoot at the helicopter if he would land that low again over his house (on Philloret Drive), " said Cpl. Daniel Vath with Green Township Police Department.

Witnesses told officials from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office a similar account of what transpired.

The alleged threat grounded the helicopter for a time, keeping the crew from responding to other calls, according to the sheriff's office.

Sheriff Jim Neil said the patient transported by the helicopter was already inside the hospital when Pflanz arrived.

Pflanz is charged with misconduct at an emergency and aggravated menacing, both misdemeanors. He also faces a felony charge of disrupting public service.

The suspect was arrested and transported to the Hamilton County Justice Center. He's expected to be arraigned Monday at 9 a.m.

   


 

2 EMS MEMBERS, 1 FF INJURED WHEN HAWAII

Sunday, July 13, 2014  Two EMS paramedics and a Honolulu firefighter had to be taken to the hospital to get treated for injuries due to a crash.

Around 10:30 this morning, the three emergency responders were in an ambulance helping a patient who had a medical emergency when the ambulance crashed on the Atkinson exit-ramp at Ala Moana Center.

One paramedic was seriously injured in the crash. The other paramedic and firefighter had only minor injuries.

The patient was taken to the hospital in another ambulance.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

   


 

2 Fla. ambulance thefts in 4 days prompts changes

Friday, July 11, 2014  By Dan Scanlan
The Florida Times-Union

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A 54-year-old man who said he was tired of waiting at Baptist Medical Center South was arrested late Wednesday after a city rescue unit was stolen and found in front of his Mandarin home, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

This is the second time this week that a Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department unit has been taken from a hospital and abandoned nearby, according to police and fire officials.

It started Saturday with a theft at St. Vincent’s Medical Center that was initially deemed the first in years.

“That moment represented a true anomaly,” fire department spokesman Tom Francis said. “We had not had any apparatus stolen in almost 50 years.”

It occurred just after 2 a.m. at St. Vincent’s emergency room at 1 Shircliff Way, according to the police report. Paramedics had just taken a patient there and were inside finishing paperwork when the unit, which was left running, was taken.

The unit was tracked to the 3200 block of St. Johns Avenue, undamaged and nothing taken.

In the latest heist, Ezickel Ford was charged with auto theft. The Sheriff’s Office said the rescue unit was stolen from its parking spot in front of Baptist South at 14550 Old St. Augustine Road. Police tracked it to the 6400 block of Cordial Drive, finding Ford seated nearby on the front steps.

He told police that “the rescue door was open and it was running and I just wanted to go home,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Francis said rescue units must remain running when they get to accident scenes or emergency rooms so the air conditioning stays on to keep patients and electronic equipment cool. So the personnel attached to both were not disciplined.

Since each rescue unit has a tracking system, dispatchers can trace the vehicles. But now that two have been stolen, the fire department will institute new fail-safe mechanisms to eliminate this “criminal activity that individuals believe they have the right to participate in,” Francis said.

 

   


 

Pa. man runs ambulance off road, spits in EMS provider's face

Friday, July 11, 2014  By Steven Henshaw
Reading Eagle

BERNVILLE, Pa. — The Bernville man charged with assaulting a paratransit ambulance driver outside St. Joseph Medical Center was involved in another road rage incident along Route 183 in October, Bern Township police said.

The suspect, Jonathan R. Eshbach Jr., 20, of the 300 block of Main Street, surrendered to authorities Tuesday night, police said. He was taken to the county sheriff's department to await arraignment, police said.

Eshbach faces charges of aggravated and simple assault and related offenses from the St. Joseph incident on Monday afternoon.

In the October case, Eshbach is accused of ripping the side mirror off a vehicle after an encounter at Route 183 just south of West Leesport Road, according to court records.

According to police, Eshbach was driving his father's truck south on Route 183 at a point where two lanes merge to one. From the right lane, he tried to enter the left lane, and eventually edged so close to another car that he struck the mirror.

He cut in front of the other vehicle and continued driving until a stop sign at the Route 222 interchange. There, according to police, Eshbach got out of the truck, approached the car and shouted at the driver before breaking off the side mirror.

Eshbach was charged with criminal mischief, hit-and-run, careless driving and other offenses. A nonjury trial is scheduled for next month in Berks County Court in that case.

In Monday's incident at St. Joseph, ambulance driver Jason Schrammel of LifeStar Response, Bethlehem, was on his way to the hospital to pick up a patient. LifeStar vehicles provide wheelchair transport, typically for patients going home or to another facility such as a nursing home. The ambulance was not staffed by a paramedic or emergency medical technician.

LifeStar officials were unavailable for comment.

According to police:

Schrammel exited Route 222 at Route 183 and a car registered to Eshbach cut him off. After twice braking in front of the ambulance and forcing the driver to move onto the shoulder, Eshbach followed the ambulance into the hospital parking lot, eventually forcing Schrammel to stop.

A fight ensued, and Eshbach spit in Schrammel's face and punched him. Defending himself, Schrammel kicked Eshbach twice in the ribs and punched him before hospital security intervened. Schrammel suffered an injury to his wrist.

Eshbach was able to get in his car and drive away. 

   


 

Paramedic chased by man with knife in Dartmouth apartment - Canada

Thursday, July 10, 2014  By Haley Ryan

A Halifax paramedic found himself in a scary situation Saturday evening when a man he had helped revive pulled a knife and chased him out of a Dartmouth apartment.

Halifax Regional Police say the paramedic was working on an unconscious man inside an apartment in the 200 block of Wyse Road around 6 p.m.

Staff Sgt. Bill Morris said once the man started breathing again he became “very aggressive” and pulled a knife on the paramedic, who called for police assistance.

“If they don’t feel safe they’re going to call, like the general public,” Morris said.Officers arrived and arrested the man, who is due in Dartmouth provincial court on Monday. He is charged with assault with a weapon, uttering threats and breaching a court order.

“It was handled but it is still concerning, especially for the paramedic,” Morris said Sunday. “Anytime a weapon is pulled on a member of emergency services … it’s very concerning.

“We’re there to help people,” Morris added.

In an email, the spokeswoman for Emergency Health Services Nova Scotia said they are very relieved the paramedic wasn’t hurt but the paramedic occupation, like all first responders, “carries inherent risk.”

Stacey Brown said the paramedic supervisor responded to the call alone, which is common for supervisors on a support unit. EHS workers don’t carry weapons, Brown said, and are trained in “non-violent crisis intervention.”

Brown said if medical communications officers suspect there could be danger on any call, paramedics wait for police before responding but “some situations are unpredictable.” 

   


 
 
 

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