August 8, 2022


Friday, August 5, 2022

** Ukraine’s first lady raises funds to buy off-road ambulances for war torn country


** A fundraising effort led by the president of the Ukraine’s wife has raised $5 million in the last week to purchase 50 off-road ambulances for the war torn country. That is the word from the New York Times (Carly Olson/August 5) which said the drive, led by Olena Zelenska, is ongoing and aimed at addressing the need for a total of 400 EMS units. According to the newspaper, the undertaking began July 23rd at the Summit of First Ladies and Gentlemen which discussed postwar reconstruction. To date, 51 different countries have contributed funds, including Israel, the UK, the US, and Germany.

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Calgary, Alberta – Ambulance demand explodes over 3 year period in Calgary area

Okotoks, Alberta – EMS response times still a concern

Oahu, Hawaii – Oahu sees ambulance closures as struggles mount to staff emergency services

Santa Barbara County, California – New electric ambulance on the Central Coast

Lafayette, Indiana – Memorial procession held for former EMT paramedic

Victoria, Australia – Former Ambulance Victoria executive claims toxic work culture impacted her health

Tasmania, Australia – Community paramedics to boost patient care for Tasmanians

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Thursday, August 4, 2022

** Kentucky FBI agents arrest four police officers in death of paramedic Breonna Taylor


** Kentucky based FBI agents in Louisville have arrested four police officers in relation to the 2020 shooting death of paramedic Breonna Taylor while executing a search warrant.  That is the word from the Metro (Zachary Folk/August 4) which said the current and former law enforcement personnel have been charged with civil rights offences, unlawful conspiracies, unconstitutional use of force and obstruction. According to the news site, at least one of the four has already been acquitted on tags relating to firing a weapon into the apartments of Taylor’s neighbours. That same officer, Brett Hankison, has now been tagged with deprivation of fights. There is no word on upcoming court dates.

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