June 30, 2016
ISSUE | PUBLIC SAFETY Take care of paramedics, EMTs The Pennsylvania legislature should amend the Heart and Lung Act to include paramedics and EMTs ("Bill adds to safety workers' benefits," Monday). The act, written in 1935, was intended to provide public safety personnel with full compensation while temporarily disabled from injuries sustained in the line of duty, but it excluded paramedics and EMTs because those job classifications did not exist at the time. In Philadelphia, paramedics and EMTs are considered essential personnel who, like firefighters and police officers, respond to fires, building collapses, explosions, active-shooter scenes, Hazmat situations, and other incidents with mass casualties, such as last year's Amtrak derailment.
June 28, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Philadelphia firefighters are looking to get their EMT and paramedic peers in the city's Firefighters and Paramedics Union the same disability coverage they enjoy. The Heart and Lung Act of 1935 compels employers of public-safety workers such as police and firefighters - but not EMTs and paramedics - to get their full pay and health coverage during time off for an on-the-job injury. With help from Rep. Frank Farry, a Bucks County Republican and volunteer firefighter, the union, Local 22, is pushing to extend those protections to emergency medical workers, making them "financially whole" while on disability leave.
April 28, 2016 |
Morton Schmerling, 61, a resident of Stone Harbor, N.J., for 38 years, who had been a staff emergency medical technician for several rescue squads, died after taking ill on the job. "He collapsed at work with the Upper Township Rescue Squad" in Seaville, N.J., on April 13, and died Saturday, April 23, at the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Pomona, N.J., his wife, Meg, said. Jay Potter, chief of the Upper Township squad, said Mr. Schmerling and others had responded to a medical emergency call.
April 21, 2016 |
Joseph M. Barr, 31, of Gloucester Township, a former emergency medical technician there and in other South Jersey towns, died of colon cancer Saturday, April 16, at home. Born in Camden, Mr. Barr graduated from Gloucester City High School in 2002 and from the Camden County training school for emergency medical technicians in 2003. Over the years, wife Jacqueline said, he was on the staff of emergency medical service units in Bellmawr, Gloucester Township, and Pennsauken, the Mount Ephraim Police Reserves, and the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Camden.
July 13, 2015 |
If all goes as ordained by New Jersey lawmakers, six months from now Camden will be served by a fleet of brand-new ambulances and emergency vehicles staffed by paramedics and medical technicians working for Cooper University Hospital. Cooper, a teaching hospital and a designated Level 1 trauma center, was authorized to take over these services in legislation signed by Gov. Christie last week. Will Camden residents needing emergency care be better off? They will be, Cooper officials promise and some EMTs cautiously hope.
February 16, 2015 |
Hello there One night after work in October 2011, Jason, his buddy Chip, and another friend figured they'd grab a beer at Mike's York Street Bar & Grill in Warminster - Jason's hometown. They were enjoying their beers when two women approached their bar stools. Maggie, a student at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, had been given an assignment by her introduction-to-communications professor: Invade a stranger's personal space. Write down what happens. Maggie and her friend Stefanie, who came with her for moral support, were looking for that stranger when Stefanie spotted her friend Chip.
March 27, 2014 |
THE PHILADELPHIA Civil Service Commission today will hear a pitch on how the Nutter administration plans to make staffing changes to ambulance runs - but not without resistance from the union that represents the city's firefighters and paramedics. Nutter is seeking approval from the Civil Service Commission to allow the Fire Department to implement a new deployment plan for 9-1-1 calls - one that replaces the two paramedics who are dispatched with one paramedic and one EMT. Paramedics receive more in-depth training than their EMT counterparts.
April 12, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Fire Capt. Art Hurtado was making an off-duty visit to a Home Depot store Wednesday when he encountered a horrific sight - a man had deliberately cut his own arms to the bone with handsaws. As others screamed, the veteran paramedic used materials from store shelves to stanch the bleeding. "I kind of MacGyver-ed it," Hurtado said Thursday, referring to the old TV drama about a secret agent who used whatever materials he could find to solve problems. The victim of the self-mutilation remained hospitalized in critical condition as investigators tried to determine why he hurt himself.
August 15, 2011 |
IT'S MY favorite thing - biking from the suburbs into the city. I call it my Cradle of Liberty Ride, and I'm convinced I can sell anyone on the merits of Philadelphia with just one ride. I travel through the Wissahickon along Forbidden Drive, onto Kelly Drive paralleling the Schuylkill, past Boathouse Row, the Art Museum, then onto Old City, most all of it on bike paths. It is arguably the most beautiful inner-city ride in the nation. And, on the last Sunday of July, it seemed no different, at least at first.