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5 ways to protect your ambulance from theft

Articles about ambulance theft pop up frequently enough on EMS1.com to convince me that theft is an actual problem that could happen anytime and anywhere. With the potential for catastrophic injury or death as well as a financial loss of more than $200,000, it seems like preventing ambulance theft should be a high priority for …

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Drones in Fire Departments: The Step-by-Step Process to Create a Drone Program

Given the size of the city of L.A., the potential bureaucratic hurdles required to actually launch something so new were significant. In this article, we’ll share the step-by-step process that was followed for the LAFD’s drone program approval to be expedited, so that the department could have UAVs at their disposal to help with the …

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Crisis Intervention by Social Workers for Fire Departments

Originally, social workers were developed in these fire departments to address the needs of firefighters themselves. However, their functions have expanded to address the needs of customers served by the fire department, both at the scene and during the postintervention period. Using principles of crisis intervention and trauma theory, social workers and social work students …

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Cold Nose, Warm Paws: Therapy Dogs Help Firefighters With Stressful Calls

First responders see and experience hundreds of traumatic situations during a career, which can have a lasting impact. To help crews with processing some of those tough calls, West Metro has added two new “family members” – certified therapy dogs. At West Metro Station 1, Captain, a 2-year-old Goldendoodle, has earned his place with the …

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Neb. Chief dies in crash en route to fire with ‘zero-visibility conditions’

Elwood Volunteer Fire Department Chief Darren Krull, 54, died in a collision Thursday, according to a report from the Nebraska State Patrol. Two vehicles responding to a fire southeast of Elwood were involved in the crash at about 5:10 p.m. A truck hauling water struck the other vehicle head-on, which was a Ford Expedition driven …

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Study: Reflective markings may reduce drivers’ ability to see first responders at night

A study from the Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI) shows that very reflective markings may decrease drivers’ ability to see first responders working near vehicles at night. The study aims to help improve first responder safety at incident scenes. Secondary crashes, including struck-by incidents, are a leading cause of line-of-duty deaths among emergency responders. Warning …

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