January 9, 2013 |
ON A RECENT weekday, two paramedics sat on the cots they almost never have time to sleep on at their neighborhood fire station. Their shift had just begun, and they jokingly bet on how many runs they'd make that day. But before they could finish the thought, a bell rang. First run. Time to go. They hopped into their ambulance, hit the sirens and raced to the scene. Someone had reported a man who was high on drugs, and the paramedics persuaded him to climb in the ambulance and go with them to the hospital.
January 8, 2013
THE FIRE DEPARTMENT sends emergency responders to nearly every 9-1-1 call - without asking whether callers can afford the services. So who pays for that costly ambulance ride and that timely medical attention? If you have insurance - and paramedics correctly record your information - your insurance company does. If you are enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid, the federal government pays a certain amount, but city taxpayers cover the rest. And if you don't have any coverage, you get the bill - but taxpayers sometimes end up paying it. City Controller Alan Butkovitz released a report in March detailing inefficiencies with how the city collects payments for emergency medical services.
May 25, 2012 |
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER As a Philadelphia firefighter, the most frightening incident Lawrence "Larry" Amaker experienced was battling flames from a building with an earthen basement, sinking into the ground and stumbling over holes as he moved through. As a paramedic, his most gut-wrenching experience was handling the death of a 2-year-old child and confronting the man convicted of the killing, who remained at the scene and needed medical attention. But through these experiences, Amaker, 61, has learned to value every day. Now in his 25th year of service for the fire department, he received the 2012 "Paramedic of the Year Award" from the Philadelphia Fire Department during a ceremony Wednesday morning at the Fireman's Hall Museum.
January 25, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Actress Demi Moore was receiving medical treatment yesterday after paramedics rushed to her home near Benedict Canyon in the Los Angeles area on Monday night. Details of her condition were not clear, but a source confirmed that Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics were called to the home and treated a patient there. Moore, 49, who recently starred in the movie "Margin Call," announced last fall that she was ending her six-year marriage to actor Ashton Kutcher, 33. "Because of the stresses in her life right now, Demi has chosen to seek professional assistance to treat her exhaustion and improve her overall health," her publicist, Carrie Gordon, said.
January 20, 2012
A state court ruled Thursday that about 200 city paramedics belong to the Philadelphia Firefighters Union bargaining unit, a victory for International Association of Firefighters Local 22 and a blow to Mayor Nutter. In its decision, a three-judge panel of Commonwealth Court reversed a decision by the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, which had ruled that the city could separate the paramedics from the firefighters. The two groups have always organized as one unit. The appeals court said the two groups should be able to bargain as one because they have worked alongside each other for decades.
December 16, 2011
Chester authorities were trying to identify a black man whose body was found wrapped in plastic in a vacant lot early Friday afternoon, police said. Police were dispatched at 1:18 p.m. to the 100 block of Central Avenue where the body was found in an overgrown wooded area of the lot. Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene. The cause of death was not immediately available. Anyone with information can call Chester police at 610-447-8429 or Delaware County detectives at 610-891-4700.
November 21, 2011
Police were searching Sunday for the gunman or gunmen who killed a 46-year-old man in the Frankford neighborhood on Saturday. Authorities declined to identify the victim but said he was shot in the chest, back, and stomach around 10:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Ruan Street. Paramedics took the man to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police spokeswoman Jillian Russell said. - John P. Martin
October 13, 2011 |
Four years ago, City Controller Alan Butkovitz released a report revealing a Philadelphia EMS system in crisis: Sick people waiting too long for ambulances; paramedics dangerously overworked; and non-emergency calls overwhelming the system. The report echoed the pleas of paramedics who had long called for change, and recommended steps to relieve pressure on the stressed 911 system. Four years later, little has changed, Butkovitz said Wednesday as he released a follow-up audit that analyzed Fire Department data from 2009.
October 4, 2011
An 18-year-old man was shot to death Monday evening in Chester, police said. The victim was shot more than once shortly before 7 p.m. in the 900 block of McDowell Avenue, police said. The man, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. No arrests were reported. Anyone with information is asked to call Chester Police Detective Randy Bothwell at 610-447-8430 or Criminal Investigation Division Detective Robert Fuss at 610-891-4700. - Robert Moran
October 3, 2011
An 18-year-old man was shot to death Monday evening in Chester, police said. The victim was shot multiple times shortly before 7 p.m. in the 900 block of McDowell Avenue, police said. The man, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. No arrests were reported. Anyone with information can call Chester Police Detective Randy Bothwell at (610) 447-8430 or Criminal Investigation Division Detective Robert Fuss at (610) 891-4700. -Robert Moran