August 19, 2018



Halifax, Nova Scotia – Paramedic staffing strained in Nova Scotia

Austin, Texas – EMS warns of teen Xanax use

DeKalb County, Georgia – Ambulance provider will pay for poor service, county says

Jamestown, South Carolina – Bedbugs force South Carolina EMS to move out of fire station

Paterson, New Jersey – City agrees to make good on EMT pay raises from a decade ago

ACT, Australia – Opposition claims fire and EMS put under pressure by lack of ambulances on roads

New South Wales, Australia – Man allegedly tries to punch paramedic, hits ambulance instead

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

** UK ambulances hit more than 200 people over six years


** Driver training may be in order for some ambulance services in England, with recently released stats showing EMS units have hit 207 people in the last six years. That is the word from The Overtake (Jess Owen/August 7) which said a Freedom of Information request ending in May 2018 found London Ambulance Service was responsible for 83 of the incidents. Yorkshire’s service followed with 50, while the North West, South East Coast, and East Midlands services had 22, 15, and 9 accidents respectively. West Midlands Ambulance Service, which had 9 incidents, said the number is small given its over one million call volume each year. A spokesman for the South East Coast Ambulance Service echoed the sentiment, saying most of the cases were the fault of the pedestrian involved. The East of England Ambulance Service, meanwhile, with only 3 incidents, also saw the only death from an ambulance strike. According to the newspaper, the person died in hospital after being hit by the EMS unit’s side mirror on an undisclosed date.

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania Drug overdose victim can’t avoid prison for fighting with, injuring EMT who saved him

New York, New York – Off-duty EMT busted for drunk driving

Salt Lake City, Utah – Dispatch error blamed for paramedics not responding after 911 was called

East of England, UK – First responders could drive some ambulances

Kent, UK – Regulator to examine bullying allegations at air ambulance

Northern Territory, Australia – Health Minister eyes paramedic protection amid ongoing abuse of first responders

ACT, Australia – ACT Minister sat on poor ambulance staffing figures for 100 days

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