July 21, 2018


Thursday, July 19, 2018

** Australian man appears in court after slashing off-duty female paramedic


** A Melbourne man, accused of slashing the chest of a female off-duty paramedic Friday, appeared in court today on various charges including assault and intentionally causing serious injury. 9News (July 19) said Adam Bardic, 47, did not enter a plea but was given his next court date of October 11th to address the case. According to the news site, Bardic apparently attacked the woman with a box cutter as she loaded her young children into the car. He also stands accused of assaulting another couple with both an axe and a hammer, damaging a car, and breaking a glass door at a restaurant. In addition, he allegedly stole two laptops. By way of explanation, Bardic’s lawyer said his client suffered from psychiatric problems and was taking prescription drugs to treat his issues.

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Montreal, Quebec – After falling, elderly woman waits 8 hours on bathroom floor for paramedics

Fredericton, New Brunswick – City is fourth NB community to get advanced care paramedics

Ellsworth, Maine – Ambulance service agrees to pay Feds $17K to settle false reimbursement case

Waco, Texas – Jury decides on punishment for man who hit medic at MVA scene, cost provider his leg

Charleston, West Virginia – Man who stole ambulance pleads guilty

Worcester, Massachusetts – Man allegedly pulls switchblade on paramedics; arrested by police

Queensland, Australia – Mental health a daily battle for some first responders, Senate inquiry told


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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

** Lack of reliable air conditioning in Dallas, Texas ambulances making life very difficult for paramedics, patients during heatwave


** Despite excessively hot temperatures plaguing the city of Dallas, Texas, nearly half the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department EMS fleet of 40 units does not have working air conditioning. That is the word from NBC 5 (Scott Friedman/Jack Douglas Jr./July 12) which said city bean counters have also ordered 21 new ambulances containing the exact same make of air conditioning system as those in the faulty rigs. According to the news site, research indicates temperatures in the back of the ambulances have sometimes reached 80 degrees in the afternoon. A spokesman for the department said three of the problematic prehospital rigs have been pulled from service, but the remainder are still on the streets. The person said the maintenance division is working to resolve the issue.


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