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Ambulance, car involved in crash in eastern Jefferson County - Kentucky

Sunday, February 8, 2015  LOUISVILLE, Ky. —A car and a private service ambulance were involved in a crash at the Gene Snyder Freeway and Brownsboro Road, according to MetroSafe.

The crash happened just before 12:30 p.m. Friday.

According to police, the ambulance was hit by a blue Dodge Charger as it drove through the intersection of Brownsboro Road and the Gene Snyder Freeway.

The driver of the car told police he didn't see the ambulance because a large truck blocked his view as he cut across two lanes of traffic.

The driver of the car was taken to Norton Brownsboro Hospital.

The driver of the ambulance was taken to another hospital.

Both drivers are expected to survive. 



Ambulance involved in serious crash on Brownsboro Road - Kentucky

Sunday, February 8, 2015  Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) -There was a serious crash involving first responders on Brownsboro Road--Highway 22--in eastern Jefferson County.

SKY11 was over the scene around 12:45 p.m. Friday.

From SKY11 you could see a blue car had crashed into a Yellow Ambulance. It happened on Brownsboro near the Gene Snyder freeway.

We're told one person in the ambulance had to be rescued.

From SKY11 the patient was taken out of the crashed ambulance and moved to another.

There is no word on the extent of any injuries. 




Sunday, February 8, 2015  We regret to pass on that Firefighter / Lt. Garry Rose, 67, of the McMechen Volunteer Fire Department died in the Line of Duty on Friday. Firefighter Rose was on an EMS call and was transporting a patient to Ohio Valley Medical Center. As he was wheeling the patient through the doors of the ER, he unfortunately collapsed inside of the emergency room-and shortly after collapsing, FF Rose was pronounced dead. The cause believed to a heart attack. He leaves behind a wife, his daughters, family and grandsons, Ethan, Broc, Logan, Heath and Zane. Our condolences to all affacted. RIP. 



Ambulance Involved in Crash Near Zeigler - Illinois

Sunday, February 8, 2015  FRANKLIN CO. -- A three-vehicle collision shut down Route 148 near of Zeigler Friday night.

Authorities got the call just before 11 p.m. Friday night.  The Franklin County Sheriff says a 2005 Toyota ran a stop sign and crossed into the path of the Jackson County Ambulance.The Toyota was then pushed into the northbound lane of Route 148, where it was hit by a 1998 Buick.

The driver of the Buick was airlifted to an Evansville Hospital with serious injuries. Two others were taken to the Herrin hospital.

The accident is still under investigation. However, the driver of the Toyota has been cited and could face additional charges. 



Florida SWAT Medic Wounded

Sunday, February 8, 2015  A Polk County (Florida) Fire Rescue SWAT Medic was shot last night during an incident. Fire-Rescue SWAT Medic John Mikula, 35, who was wounded during an armed standoff with a suicidal man, is expected to make a full recovery. FF/PM Mikula, who was shot in the shoulder, was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center. He has been with Polk County Fire Rescue for 10 years and worked as a SWAT Medic for approximately five. The suicidal man barricaded himself inside the building for hours Friday, exchanged gunfire with sheriff's SWAT members and then likely set fire to the building.

The chain of events actually started Thursday, when the man was being taken to the hospital by his mother--he had been threatening to harm himself. On the way to the hospital, the man jumped out of the car, fired a shot into the air with a handgun, and ran into the woods. Cops tried to locate him, but were unable to do so.

His mother learned her son had barricaded himself Friday afternoon at his business, Polk Plumbing. His mother called the sheriff's office, who told them, "I don't think he's going to come out alive".

Law enforcement attempted to negotiate with him, but he said, "I know how this is going to go," and said that when/if  officers broke in, he was going to blow the place up with chemicals, "and we're all going to die."

The sheriff's office called out the SWAT team and obtained a warrant to take him into custody. While deputies moved a vehicle out of the way, He opened fire, hitting a SWAT medic in the shoulder-as stated above. 

During the exchange of gunfire, the building erupted in fire, more shots were fired out and then it stopped as the fire burned. The business was destroyed except for the walls, and  the shooter was likely dead, No other injuries were reported. Glad it worked out for FF/PM Mikula and all others trying to stop this guy.




Sunday, February 8, 2015  At approximately 23:00 on February 5, 2015 units were alerted to a cardiac arrest. Responding units included an engine (with 3,) BLS ambulance (with 2,) ALS unit (with 1,) ALS unit (with 1,) and a Battalion Chief, who was in the area. The printed dispatch information indicated that a subject was found unresponsive in a garage with a running car. Given this information, we started our 4-gas monitor during the response. Arrival found a patient in cardiac arrest, outside of an open garage. No running car.

During CPR, a non-specific odor was noticed, but no reading on the 4-gas (LEL, O2, CO, H2S) that was positioned just outside the garage. An investigation of the interior immediately after revealed approximately 300ppm CO at the doorway between the house and garage. Additional equipment was requested for assistance in ventilation. Entry was made in full PPE and SCBA, with a 4-gas and TIC. Natural gas was secured to the structure. All possible sources of CO were evaluated on the interior: cooking equipment, fireplaces, hot water heater, dryer, and HVAC. A consistent 300-400ppm CO was found throughout the house, no abnormal readings on the other sensors.

The structure was systematically ventilated from the basement to the second floor with the aid of two PPV fans. Once the structure was cleared during a recheck, the garage was entered and approximately 200ppm CO was found (all doors closed.) The TIC found no abnormal heating of either vehicle in the garage beyond ambient temperature (hood, front, tailpipe/exhaust.) A secondary look at one of the cars revealed a higher temperature in a front wheel-well, indicating a hotter motor. Further investigation led to opening a door on this car. The reading at the edge of the car door over-loaded the 4-gas (greater than 1000ppm.)

List any other info that was important for situational awareness. What were key indicators and factors to consider?
1. Location of incident (garage, neither car appeared to have been recently driven)
2. Running car (enclosed space, open upon arrival)
3. Time of day was strange for a running car in a residential garage
4. Audible alarm in the structure upon arrival (sounded like a “door open” alarm from an intercom system, which was present)
5. Possibly multiple exposed patients with several family members present at scene
6. Later information that patient last seen in the early afternoon, family gone all day.
7. Absence of explainable CO source inside structure
8. Unremarkable temperature changes to vehicles in garage with TIC

Lessons Learned
1. Trust your instincts. The immediate recognition that this could be an event related to CO led to the initial decision-making on the incident scene and likely saved a LOT of time.
2. Search for an answer. Without any reasonable CO source inside the structure, we returned to the garage which seemed to be the ONLY other option. Determining that a car had been run, possibly for an extended period of time would have explained the high levels of CO throughout the house AND the extremely high levels in the closed car.
3. Think broader than dispatch. Had we simply treated this as a cardiac arrest and nothing more, it is possible we never would have found the CO inside the house. This could be used in patient treatment as well as preventing further illness/injury to anyone else to enter the house.

Specific Recommendations
The use of a single-gas CO monitor on the EMS bag could have been essential for this incident. The EMS equipment was placed just inside the garage, where there was lighting. Had this incident been inside the garage or inside the house, our personnel could have been exposed 300+ppm of CO for an extended period of time without knowledge. If a 4-gas or other type of gas monitoring equipment had not been used, the responding crews would never have known. This time of year, houses are heated with multiple fuel sources and also well-sealed due to the cold weather. These both lead to an increased number of CO-related incidents, but many are never identified as such because no gas monitoring equipment is used or available. The use of a single-gas “point-of-contact” CO monitor could have rapidly identified and alerted the personnel to an imperceptible danger. We know the level of CO was greater than 1000ppm inside the car and due to the rate at which the level increased, it was likely much higher.



Cherry Point ambulance overturns following morning accident - North Carolina

Wednesday, February 4, 2015  NEW BERN, N.C. -Craven County Emergency Crews and Highway Patrol responded to a morning accident involving a Cherry Point ambulance Tuesday. 
It happened around 6:44 a.m. on US 70 at Thurman Road in James City.

Authorities said 54 year old William T. Robinson III of New Bern was operating a 1999 Ford Explorer pick-up truck when it collided with the left side of the Cherry Point Rescue Squad ambulance in the intersection. The ambulance, operated by 44 year old Sean Ford of Havelock, continued across the roadway, overturning after the collision.
Charges are pending in the incident. 



Patient in Cherry Point ambulance wreck dies - North Carolina

Wednesday, February 4, 2015  Troopers said the patient who was inside a Cherry Point ambulance, on the way to the hospital when it wrecked, has died. 

Emergency workers told WITN an ambulance coming from Cherry Point had a patient on board with in cardiac distress around 7:10 a.m. when it collided with a pickup truck along Highway 70, westbound.

Craven County Emergency Services Director Stanley Kite says multiple people were taken to the hospital after the crash on Highway 70 at Thurman Road in the James City area. That is near the Carolina Colours subdivision.

Kite says three Cherry Point crew members were on board, some performing CPR on the patient when the ambulance and the pickup collided. The ambulance flipped on its side, while a witness says the truck had significant damage to the front bumper. 

Troopers say the pickup truck, driven by William Robinson II, 54 of New Bern, was crossing US 70 at the Thurman Road intersection. There is a traffic light at that intersection.

The ambulance, driven by 44-year-old Sean Ford of Havelock was westbound on the four-lane highway with lights and siren activated. 

The Highway Patrol has not said whether the pickup truck had a green light at the intersection, but do say charges are pending the completion of the investigation. 

Troopers said the name of the patient will be released after the investigation is completed. 



Patient dies following ambulance accident on Hwy. 70 - North Carolina

Wednesday, February 4, 2015  NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY - A Cherry Point ambulance is involved in a serious accident Tuesday morning, and state troopers say the patient inside the ambulance died following the crash.

It happened at about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Thurman Road, near the Carolina Colours entrance in New Bern.

According to NC Highway Patrol, Sean Ford was driving a Cherry Point Rescue Squad ambulance with its lights and sirens on.  He was heading westbound on Hwy. 70 when William T. Robinson, III, of New Bern, was crossing Hwy. 70 from Thurman Road in his 1999 Ford pickup truck.

Robinson's truck collided with the left side of the ambulance near the intersection, according to troopers, and the ambulance continued across the roadway and overturned after the wreck.

Stanley Kite, the head of Craven County EMS, said four people were in the ambulance, including the driver, two medics and the person being transported.  While troopers say the patient died following the crash, Kite says the EMS employees are expected to be okay.  The name of the patient is not being released at this time.

At last check, the driver of the pickup truck, Robinson, was in the Emergency Room.

Highway Patrol says charges are pending, but they did not clarify who will be charged.

Troopers are still investigating the accident. 



Metro EMT injured in a summer crash returns to work - Kentucky

Tuesday, February 3, 2015  LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Two emergency medical technicians had to be rescued from a crumpled ambulance following an accident this summer. Privately their co-workers feared they might not make it out with their lives. That's why this day was a major milestone as one of those injured in the accident returned to work.

The crash on River Road killed the driver of the other car and sent the ambulance out of control into some construction equipment. It's taken more than seven months of recovery and struggle, but finally one of those EMTs is well enough to get back to the job he loves.  

Thousands of times in his 20 years as a EMT, Jon Johnson has prepared his ambulance for his shift. Monday, was not like every other time.

"Nerves," Johnson said, "ready to go back, but just nervous about it. It's been so long since I've been on the ambulance, it's just a matter of coming back, making sure everything is together, making sure I'm ready."

On June 23, 2014, Johnson's co-workers weren't sure this day would ever happen.

"I probably thought I would be attending a funeral. To me, it's a great day because he is back to work," said Col. Lee Dennison. "We were worried about him."

Months of rehab, two steel plates and eight screws later, Johnson is ready for duty.

"He has asked to have another person with him," Dennison said, "so we have accommodated him for that because we wanted to make sure he's ready."

Johnson is easing back into the job he loves.

"I love caring for people," said Johnson. "I love helping the community, being there, taking care of everybody."

There were days when Johnson thought maybe he'd have to find another way to fill that love. But when it comes down to it, this is where he thinks he's supposed to be.

"There's nothing I'd rather be doing than doing this," said Johnson.

Johnson's partner, who was also injured in the crash, is still going through rehab.



Marion officials remind motorists of Move Over law amid ambulance crashes - Florida

Saturday, January 31, 2015  By Dave D'Marko, Marion County Reporter

OCALA -- Two ambulance-related crashes in less than a week have forced Marion County Fire Rescue officials to issue a reminder about Florida's Move Over law.

A Marion County Fire Rescue ambulance was taking a patient to the hospital last Friday in Ocala when a van slammed into it at the intersection of Pine Avenue and 10th Street, sending the ambulance hurdling on its side toward a gas station. The paramedic in the back who was treating a patient was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

Three days later, a car crashed into a Marion County Fire Rescue ambulance along State Road 200. There was a patient inside the ambulance at the time of the crash.

The crashed brought back vivid memories for Brent Murray, a Marion County firefighter and paramedic.

Murray was already in the back of one ambulance that was T-boned by a horse trailer when he was nearly hit again a few weeks later while rushing a critically injured crash victim to Shands Hospital, in Gainesville.

"A car pulled in front of us, and the person who was driving — my partner — had to swerve to avoid missing him," Murray said, adding that the ambulance went up on two wheels at one point during the incident.

Murray thought he was lucky to avoid a second crash, but less than an hour later on the way back from the call, a driver slammed into the ambulance.

"As a result of being T-boned, we rolled and, almost in a NASCAR-type fashion, starting rolling faster and faster," Murray said.

Murray was seating a seatbelt in the front seat and escaped without major injuries, but his partner in the back underwent surgery because of the crash.

"The welding actually failed, and the stretcher came loose along with all the other equipment," Murray said.

Since those crashes, Murray has switched over to driving fire engines. Despite being larger and louder, though, Murray said he still sees people who don't obey Florida's Move Over law. He said he even sees other motorists speed up to get ahead of him when he's out on calls.

"It's a shame that it does happen, but it really does remind us that every time we go out there, we really are putting our lives on the line just to respond to a call," Murray said.




Ambulance crashes into snow bank, rolls over - New York

Saturday, January 31, 2015  AURORA, N.Y. (WKBW) - An ambulance crashed into a snowbank off of Rt. 400 in the Town of Aurora late Thursday night.

The Trans Am ambulance was transporting an accident victim from Olean to ECMC when the driver lost control around 8:30 p.m. on the icy roadway. After hitting a snow bank, the vehicle rolled onto its side.

Three EMS personnel were uninjured and the patient onboard suffered no additional injuries.

Rural Metro picked up the patient and brought the patient to ECMC.




Ambulance with patient tips onto its side on Route 400 - New York

Saturday, January 31, 2015  A Trans Am ambulance, carrying an accident victim from Olean to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo on the icy Route 400 at about 8:25 p.m Thursday in the Town of Aurora, struck a snowbank and rolled onto its side, according to East Aurora-Town of Aurora Police.

None of the three Trans Am medical personnel on the ambulance was injured, and there appeared to be no further injuries to the patient onboard, according to Police Lt. Shane M. Krieger.

The patient was transported from the roll-over scene to ECMC by Rural/Metro Medical Services ambulance.

Police were assisted at the scene by the South Wales and Holland fire companies.

The northbound lane of Route 400 was temporarily closed for about two miles between Olean Road and the entrance to Route 20A because of the accident. 



Ambulance dinged in Manatee County fender bender - Florida

Friday, January 30, 2015  MANATEE — Florida Highway Patrol troopers reported a crash involving an ambulance in Bradenton at 12:52 p.m. Wednesday in the 3600 block of Cortez Road, Bradenton.

FHP troopers said a Bradenton woman driving an ambulance northbound in the parking lot of 3631 Cortez Road W. was responding to a medical issue. The ambulance tried to pass another vehicle stopped southbound in the lot and its right side struck the rear of the second vehicle.

No charged were listed, and no injuries were reported.

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Video: Final moments of ambulance crash into truck captured by road camera in Oman

Friday, January 30, 2015  Tragic final moments have been captured by a road camera showing the ill-fated ambulance crashing into the truck in the accident which claimed four lives.

Three on board the ambulance, one Filipino male nurse, one national medical orderly and national driver, died on spot.

Late in the evening, the patient who has inside the ambulance in the accident also succumbed to accident injuries.

After the accident the social networking site posts claimed that accident occurred when the ambulance driver tried to avoid a hitting a cat crossing the road. The picture of the killed cat in the accident spot was also circulated in the social media.

Royal Oman Police also late in the evening said that the accident occurred while driver tried to avoid hitting an animal crossing.



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