VIDEO/PHOTO - A firefighter is expected to survive after an FDNY fire truck jumped a curb and slammed into parked vehicles in Brooklyn.
The accident happened just after 6 p.m. Wednesday at East New York Avenue and St. Marks Avenue in Brownsville.
Sources say the truck had been stopped at a traffic light on East New York Avenue when the driver suffered some sort of seizure.
The FDNY chauffeur's foot hit the accelerator and the truck veered left, slamming into a row of parked cars by a NYCHA project with such force, one of them went airborne.
"This is crazy," said eyewitness Vanessa Fernandez. "I've never seen an accident like this. I've seen my share of accidents but never like this."
FDNY Ladder 120 was heading back to the firehouse on Watkins Street, and did not have lights or sirens on at the time.
VIDEO - Colleagues, friends and family members of fallen Hanover firefighter Lt. Brad Clark took to the podium at Meadow Event Park today to share eulogies and memories of the deceased.
Lt. Clark was killed in the line of duty on Thursday after a tractor-trailer struck the firetruck that he and 3 colleagues were standing outside of while assisting a motorist on I-295 in Hanover.
But Clark was prepared for the possibility of his own untimely passing, and has previously penned a letter to be read at his memorial service “in the event that something were to happen.”
On Wednesday, his siblings closed out his memorial service by reading the letter, which addresses his wife, children, parents, extended family, colleagues, and friends.
“Well thank you for being here today. I’ve lost my celebrity death match against the Grim Reaper. Not the reason I would choose for all the people dear in my life to get together, but we’ll make the best of it,” the letter reads.
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Recently, the American Ambulance Association (AAA) reached out to local fire and emergency service leaders asking them to sign on to a newly proposed national EMS cost reporting system. The leaders of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), and the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association (Metro Chiefs) ask that fire service leaders not sign on to this effort.
This year, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-123). This legislation contained a provision which restored the Medicare Ambulance Add-On Payments (Add-On Payments). It also required the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop a data collection system to gather information on the costs of providing emergency medical services (EMS) throughout the nation.
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The city’s firefighters’ union might know before the end of the year whether an arbitrator will decide if a “minimum manning” clause can continue in its labor contract.
On Wednesday, the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, in Rochester, heard oral arguments from attorneys for the city and the Watertown Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 191.
Last January, state Supreme Court Judge James P. McClusky ruled in the city’s favor to block arbitration over the “minimum manning” clause, which requires that 15 firefighters must be on duty at all times.
It’s been the main sticking point during the city’s more than four-year contract stalemate with the firefighters’ union.
The union hopes to reverse the decision by Judge McClusky, who ruled that minimum manning violates public policy because elected officials should control the budget through managing the costs of employees. Judge McClusky also concluded that minimum manning is unenforceable.
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San Antonio is the first large metropolitan city in the nation to begin carrying whole blood inside ambulances and response trucks.
Patients suffering traumatic injuries and losing blood fast now have a much better chance of surviving. And local medics believe it's the biggest trauma response game changer in decades. The change allows medics to perform blood transfusions after trauma events, such as a shooting, stabbing or major crash, before the patient gets to the hospital.
"That's the whole blood right there. This is our temperature scan," said Lt. Josh Frandsen, a medic with the San Antonio Fire Department, while opening a small cooler with a bag of blood inside. On the top of it is paperwork to record temperatures every time the cooler is opened.
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