Two fire districts in southern Arizona will become the first in the area to put to use new methods to help sick or injured children.
Golder Ranch Fire and Northwest Fire District's firefighters will train to use the Handtevy Pediatric Emergency Standards.
The standards will allow for firefighters to act quicker and more efficiently when it comes to treating the smallest patients.
"As we're even en route to the call the dispatchers are giving us information that we have a little one on scene that's having trouble breathing, they can give us the age so we know that they are five years old, so we can use all our Handtevy information to dose out medication even before we get on scene," said Adam Jarrold, with the Golder Ranch Fire District.
In the past firefighters made decisions for treatment based on the weight of the child, but with the standards, firefighters will now get the age of the child and then make treatment decisions based off the weight range that child can be.
KGUN 9 Tucson
For years, most of the Santa Fe Fire Department’s work has not been fighting fires but delivering emergency medical services. It’s finally working on a long-awaited reorganization to better reflect that.
When Fire Chief Paul Babcock took over the department in the fall, he made it a priority to create a new EMS division alongside the operations and support services divisions. He is in budget discussions to fill out staffing to oversee emergency response, training and data management, as well as outreach and diversion services to some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.
The division’s head, Assistant Chief Greg Cliburn, started with the department as a firefighter/EMT in 1998, and became the medical officer in 2014.
“Our call volume has gone up. The health-care system locally has become richer and more complex,” Cliburn said. “I’m excited. I’ve advocated for this pretty much throughout my time as the medical officer.”
Cliburn says the number of calls for service has risen from about 8,000 a year two decades ago to about 16,000 a year now.
Santa Fe New Mexican
The sky was turning orange and the embers were flying from the Camp Fire when Oney and Donna Carrell and Donna’s father sped away from their Paradise home.
“I thought, ‘Oh, well, the house is done,’ ” Oney Carrell said.
A few days later, they learned otherwise. The Carrells’ home survived the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history with a couple of warped window frames, a partially charred down spout and a stubborn smoky smell inside.
Most of their neighborhood was destroyed. A guest house in their backyard, where Donna’s father lived, was reduced to ashes, along with a couple of sheds. Yet their beautifully restored 1940 Studebaker sat untouched in the garage.
The arc of destruction the Camp Fire carved through Paradise was seemingly random: Why were some houses saved and others incinerated? As millions of Californians brace for another wildfire season, a McClatchy analysis of fire and property records shows the answer might be found in something as simple as the roofs over their heads — and the year their house was built.
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If the state of Alabama doesn’t update state law regarding the public employees retirement system, it may end up having a negative impact years down the road for the Vestavia Hills Police and Fire departments, leaders from both departments said.
In the 2012 legislative session, the Alabama Legislature changed the way employees were classified, with employees starting their jobs on or after Jan. 1, 2013, classified as Tier 2 employees and everyone else as Tier 1. With that came a change in retirement benefits, with Tier 2 employees receiving a lower monthly benefit into their pension, not being able to convert sick time into the pension and having to be 56, with 10 years of service, before receiving retirement benefits. Tier 1 employees can retire after 25 years of service at any age, or at age 60 with at least 10 years of service.
“It’s a disaster waiting to happen,” Police Chief Dan Rary said.
Rary and Vestavia Hills Fire Department Battalion Chief Shawn Jackson said they want the Legislature to pass a law allowing municipalities to opt back into Tier 1 benefits. It should not be mandatory, Rary said, but cities need the option to take care of their employees.
Lower Burrell Council is exploring a local tax incentive for city firefighters to boost their thinning ranks and properly reward their community work.
Councilman Joe Grillo is looking at city firefighters forgoing the city’s earned income tax or other possibilities. A course for young firefighters is also under consideration.
“It’s a great thing to offer firefighters,” Grillo said.
He is not sure exactly what type of tax incentive will be offered as he and the solicitor are reviewing the possibilities before city council takes up the measure.
Act 172 of 2016 gives municipalities the option to offer a real estate or earned income tax credit to active members of volunteer fire companies and nonprofit emergency service agencies.
Each municipality may choose to offer an earned income tax credit, a real estate tax credit, or both, according to the Pennsylvania Governor’s Center for Local Government Services.