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October 4, 1999 | By Lauren Mayk, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
For years, emergency services in many South Jersey municipalities have been a patchwork of volunteers, backup plans and stretched budgets. In Westampton, the township just hired its first paid emergency medical technicians because volunteer squads could not handle the volume of emergency calls during the day. In Hainesport, two state police officers have handled the township's law enforcement since the Police Department was disbanded for...
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October 7, 1990 | By Peter J. Shelly, Special to The Inquirer
Kids clambered in and around, over and through ambulances and rescue trucks. They tried on oversize boots and helmets and took turns stretching out in the litters that lined the walls in most of the vehicles. It was a bright Sunday afternoon, and at the Plymouth Meeting Mall, the county was wrapping up its celebration of Emergency Medical Services Week. Members of the Plymouth, Ambler, Whitemarsh and Pleasant Valley ambulance squads had set up shop and were showing off their wares.
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March 19, 1992 | By Karen McAllister, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
Upper Merion supervisors are going to examine the volunteer fire and ambulance companies in the township to see how well they do their jobs and whether they can handle future needs. The Board of Supervisors voted Monday night to seek bids from consultants to conduct an expansive study of the township's emergency services. The bids will be accepted April 15 and the board will award a contract by May 18, said Township Manager Ronald G. Wagenmann. The company that is awarded the project will analyze the fire protection and emergency medical services now provided, future services needed and the most cost-effective way of providing the services and recommend sources of money.
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August 10, 1989 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester County's Department of Emergency Services will lay off four employees tomorrow because of cuts in state funding. Emergency Services has seven full-time workers and three part-timers, in addition to its 46 dispatchers. Two of the full-timers and two part-timers will be laid off, but the dispatchers will not be affected, said Tim Campbell, director of the department. The department also will significantly scale back its campaign to attract recruits for area volunteer ambulance companies, limit county evaluation of emergency response by individual ambulance companies, and reduce emergency medical training for ambulance crews, police and firefighters, Campbell said.
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October 22, 2002
Pennsylvania's volunteer fire and emergency services are in trouble - and that's a big deal, considering an estimated 90 percent of all the state's firefighters are volunteers. A new state report by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency paints a dire picture: In just two decades, the numbers of fire and emergency volunteers in the state have plummeted from an estimated 300,000 in 1976 to 70,000 in 1995, the year of the most recent survey. Almost certainly, fewer volunteers could be counted today.
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August 19, 2007 | By Bonnie L. Cook INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Plan all you want, but when disaster strikes, it's knowing the guy beside you at the scene that makes rescue work go smoothly, a Delaware County official said. "The time to make friends is not at the time of the incident," said Ed Truitt, the county's emergency services director. Unfamiliarity is not likely in the relatively small, 184-square-mile county, where rescue workers tend to know one another and routinely work together. Delaware County has a plan for disaster response.
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June 20, 1997 | By Nancy Petersen, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A consulting firm specializing in management of organizations in crisis will be in charge of the Chester County Department of Emergency Services for at least the next three months. The county commissioners announced the appointment of Phoenix Management Services Inc. during a news conference yesterday morning held just a few hundred feet from the department's offices in the basement of the county's Government Services Center. Commissioners Chairwoman Karen Martynick said the Chadds Ford firm would provide full-time "interim management services" for the next 90 days, giving the county time to conduct a national search for a department head.
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March 22, 2008 | By Edward Colimore INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The wife of the director of Chester County's Department of Emergency Services was one of five women arrested during a prostitution sting at a Center City hotel this week, news reports said yesterday. Theresa Atkins, 49, of the 100 block of Woodgate Lane in Paoli, was arrested Wednesday and charged with prostitution, according to the West Chester Daily Local News and Fox29 News. Her husband is Edward J. Atkins, 59, a retired Air Force colonel who has headed the department for about 10 years.
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April 16, 1999 | By Nancy Petersen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A federal lawsuit filed against the Chester County commissioners by a former employee in emergency services has been dismissed by the judge shortly before it was scheduled for trial. U.S. District Court Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter granted the county's motion for summary judgment Tuesday in a case brought last year by Catherine Parvensky-Barwell, who claimed that in 1996, she was fired from her job as training manager for the Department of Emergency Services because she complained that male co-workers made more money than she did. In addition to the commissioners, she also named as a defendant another employee of the department, John Weer, and accused him of manufacturing sexual harassment complaints against her that had no basis in fact.
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April 13, 1992 | By Alan Sipress, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The metal gurney rolled briskly through the door of the overnight emergency room. Dr. Susan Westmoreland took the stethoscope from around the neck of her lab coat and began to examine Teak's chest. He was a 120-pound fila, a rare and beautiful Brazilian breed with gold and black stripes and long, fleshy jowls meant to protect the dog's throat from the jaguars that roam the South American pampas. He was also deathly sick. He was weak, cold and low on oxygen because of shock.
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July 4, 2015 | By Tom Avril and Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writers
Two weeks before New Jersey legislators, without debate, voted overwhelmingly to have Cooper University Hospital take over paramedic services in Camden, a state panel of emergency medicine professionals recommended against the move. Two panel members say they and others objected to the plan because it never went through the normal state Department of Health process to vet such a major change. The Virtua health-care system, a competitor of Cooper, has had the job for 38 years. A dozen other members of the New Jersey EMS Council declined to comment, did not return reporters' calls or e-mails, or said they were not present for the vote at the group's quarterly meeting June 10. The advisory group, which includes physicians, emergency officials, and other experts, reports to the Department of Health.
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June 26, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
In a Statehouse that has elevated dithering to an art form, it's worth examining any bill that hurtles through the Legislature like a speeding ambulance. As with most supposed emergencies in Trenton, this one turns out to be political and pecuniary in nature. The legislation in question is designed primarily to grant Camden's ambulance and paramedic services by fiat to the city's own Cooper University Hospital, which, probably not coincidentally, is chaired by South Jersey Democratic boss George Norcross.
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June 17, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - South Jersey Democrats are fast-tracking a bill that would give Cooper University Hospital control over paramedic services in Camden, currently run by a rival hospital, in a move that critics say circumvents state regulations. Committees in the Assembly and Senate on Monday each advanced the legislation, sponsored by two Camden County Democrats, Assemblyman Gilbert "Whip" Wilson and Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Perez. The legislation, introduced last week, is expected to reach the floor of each house for a vote before lawmakers break for summer at the end of the fiscal year, June 30, by which time they must pass a balanced budget.
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June 3, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delaware County has filed a lawsuit against 19 Pennsylvania telecommunication providers, alleging that the county has been shorted $41.4 million in 911 fees over the last six years. Filed Monday in Delaware County Court, the suit accuses the providers of withholding fees collected from customers and earmarked for county emergency services. Among those named are Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc., Windstream Communications Inc., and Comcast Phone of Pennsylvania. The suit, filed more than a month after the county began making its concerns public, largely targets carriers that serve large businesses with multiple land and wireless lines.
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May 21, 2015 | Stu Bykofsky, Daily News Columnist
IN THE CLOSING scenes of 1972's "The Candidate," Bill McKay (Robert Redford), victorious Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, pulls his campaign guru out of a victory party and into a quiet hotel room, with the press banging at the door. Leaning back against a desk, with a deeply somber expression, McKay asks, "Marvin, what do we do now?" It's unlikely that scene was repeated last night at Vie after former City Councilman Jim Kenney crushed beat five rivals to ascend to Democratic candidate for mayor with a small percentage of the total of registered Democrats, most of whom didn't vote.
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April 30, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
The morning after Paul Jordan was expelled from a Montgomery County fire company, he returned to the firehouse. He pulled out a gun, ordered his former colleagues to sit on the floor in the basement, and fired a shot into the wall just inches from one firefighter's head, Mark Logan, president of the LaMott Fire Company, recalled. "He said, 'Some will leave. The others will leave in bags, including myself,' " Logan testified at a preliminary hearing Tuesday. Jordan, 25, of Philadelphia, wiped tears from his eyes as Logan recounted the March 31 hostage-taking.
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April 9, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Terence Farrell, chairman of the Chester County Board of Commissioners, sent a text message to the county's 911 center that read: "Help! I'm trapped. " He said he was hiding from burglars in his home. Farrell sent the fake message Tuesday to test a new system that will allow residents in Chester County who are not able to call 911 in an emergency to text for help. Chester County became the first in the five-county Pennsylvania region to allow residents to text for help when it launched its Text-to-911 system Tuesday.
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August 7, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
When you call 911 from a mobile phone but do not know your exact location, a complex array of technologies is supposed to lend a hand, automatically transmitting a good estimate of your position to a dispatcher. But when a 14-year-old Philadelphia boy was drowning June 29 in Ocean City, N.J., an accurate electronic location showed up on dispatchers' screens for only two of the four calls seeking help, according to police data. The two callers pinpointed by the automated system were unsure where they were.
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July 22, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
With four years separating Medford Township from a fiscal crisis that nearly put it in default, not to mention an embarrassing sex scandal involving its former mayor, town leaders are preparing to host the latest in a series of workshops called the Local Government Institute designed to educate residents about how local government works. Starting in September, elected officials, board members, emergency management leaders, and others will discuss the workings of their boards and agencies in biweekly sessions open to the public.
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June 14, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edward J. Atkins, 65, of Paoli, a decorated Vietnam War veteran who later became the director of emergency services for Chester County, died Monday, June 9, of a stroke at Paoli Hospital. Mr. Atkins' life was centered on family, and on serving his country and county. He grew up in Yardville, N.J., and in 1966 enrolled in Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., graduating in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. While at Stevens, Mr. Atkins enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program, and when he finished training was both honored as a distinguished military graduate and commissioned a second lieutenant.
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