May 30, 2015 |
A Department of Homeland Security official said Thursday his agency was surveying the security vulnerabilities of all Philadelphia buildings and facilities near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where Pope Francis will appear twice in September. William Ryan, protective security adviser in Philadelphia, said his agency was examining building exits, screening employees, and searching for hazardous materials to get ready for the papal visit Sept. 26 and 27. He said the agency would make security recommendations for the hotels and other buildings it surveys.
June 9, 1991 |
When Pine Hill officials appear in Superior Court on Thursday to answer charges of interfering with the operation of the local rescue squad, it may be a moot issue. By then, officials say, there may be a new squad providing ambulance service or emergency medical services may be handled by the fire department. Last month, at the request of the Pine Hill First Aid Squad Inc., a restraining order was placed against borough officials, prohibiting them from interfering with the day-to-day operation of the squad.
November 19, 2006 |
The Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council has honored four emergency services workers from Chester County. The four were among 20 workers from across the state honored by the council, an agency of the Pennsylvania Health Department. They are volunteer James R. Goss, dispatcher Jerry V. Moore Jr., nurse Leo Scaccia, and administrator Stephen S. Webb. Goss, who won a Bronze Star as a Navy medic in Vietnam in the late 1960s, was cited as Chester County emergency medical services citizen of the year.
June 25, 2015 |
TRENTON - The budget introduced and advanced by New Jersey Democrats on Tuesday includes $2.5 million for Cooper University Hospital to take over emergency medical services in Camden. As reported last week, it also includes $2.5 million for Newark to help that city establish its own EMS operations. The Democrats' spending plan totals $35.3 billion and is expected to head to the floor of each house for a full vote Thursday. Paramedic services in Camden are currently provided by Virtua Health, which operates in every town in Camden and Burlington Counties.
June 28, 2014 |
Sometimes, a Good Samaritan turns out to be anything but. That's how Delores Cantz feels about an episode in March, when the 82-year-old slipped and fell while dancing at a party in Warminster. Cantz said that after the fall she got up and walked to a side room, where - to her surprise - a crew from the nonprofit Warminster Volunteer Ambulance Corps was waiting to evaluate her and take her to a local hospital. She refused what she thought was an unneeded emergency-room visit.
January 18, 1995 |
After 14 years serving Ridley Township, Milmont Fire Company's ambulance needed almost as much work as the patients it served. "It had developed a little cancer here and there," said volunteer firefighter Frank Kennedy. "It was time to get a new one. " When the department went to replace it last year, it received $8,000 toward the purchase from the county's Intercommunity Health Coordination office, which oversees the county Division of Emergency Medical Services. Never again.
February 13, 2008
MAYOR NUTTER'S announcement yesterday that he wants to add $3.8 million to the upcoming city budget to improve the response of emergency medical services personnel reminded us of something. Oh yeah - that's what city government's supposed to do: protect its residents. It's not protection when, according to a city-controller report, there's only a 60-percent chance that an ambulance will reach you within nine minutes of a 911 call. That's endangerment. Nutter's action to mend life-threatening gaps in the undermanned and overworked emergency medical services safety net looks promising: five more service units, money for 40 new medics and overtime pay, supplies and equipment.
May 18, 2006 |
More than a year ago, a report on the nation's emergency medical services found that woefully inadequate funding and training had left few responders equipped to respond safely and effectively to terrorist attacks or other catastrophes. Little has changed since New York University's Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response released "Emergency Medical Services: The Forgotten First Responders" in April 2005. Its highlights: Of the country's 900,000 emergency medical technicians (EMTs)
September 16, 1992 |
The Police and Fire Medical Association, claiming the city "arbitrarily" slashed $95,000 from this month's benefits payment, planned today to file a lawsuit. The money had been owed to the city for past ambulance and paramedic services it provided to members of the association, an HMO-style medical plan that operates a full-service clinic for some 30,000 police and firefighters, their families, and retirees, said the mayor's chief of staff, David L. Cohen. The deduction, part of a get-tough policy by the cash-starved city that earlier this year saw the late Frank Rizzo's widow billed $305 for the failed efforts of paramedics to save his life, came after the association ignored repeated requests to pay up, Cohen said.
July 8, 2015 |
Gov. Christie signed legislation Monday allowing Cooper University Hospital to take control of emergency medical services in Camden, a bill that drew criticism from the city's longtime paramedic-services provider. The measure, which some critics complained was fast-tracked by lawmakers and bypassed regulations, was passed without debate last month in both houses despite opposition from Virtua Health System, which operates the services in every town in Burlington and Camden Counties. Supporters have said the law will allow better coordination between EMS services and the hospitals that receive those patients, including follow-up care for patients who live in Camden.