San Antonio to send paramedics to check on frequent 9-1-1 callers | Denver-area emergency responders swap ambulance for station wagon | Evolving duties in health care create identity challenge for EMS
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September 10, 2014
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San Antonio to send paramedics to check on frequent 9-1-1 callers
San Antonio fire officials plan to begin a six-month pilot program in October aimed at reducing the number of frequent 9-1-1 callers. The Mobile Integrated Healthcare program, which is similar to ones being tested in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, will have five specially trained paramedics check in with frequent 9-1-1 callers. KENS-TV (San Antonio) (9/8)
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Denver-area emergency responders swap ambulance for station wagon
The South Metro Fire Rescue Authority in the Denver area has begun using a station wagon instead of an ambulance for nonemergency medical calls that require only at-the-scene treatment. The unit responds with a nurse practitioner who can prescribe medication and perform tests. Kaiser Health News (9/5)
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Commerce secretary replaces FirstNet Board members
Five FirstNet Board members with expiring terms have been replaced, along with public safety representatives Charles Dowd and Paul Fitzgerald. New appointees include Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank and Sheriff Richard Stanek of Hennepin County, Minn. With the new appointments, the board "has the right combination of public safety, wireless network, and state, local and federal government expertise," said Lawrence Strickling, assistant secretary of Commerce for communications and information. Urgent Communications (9/4)
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U.S. emergency management system faces challenges
The U.S. emergency management system is being stretched to the limit and needs technology, infrastructure and equipment upgrades to improve response times, according to Tara Sonenshine of George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs. Sonenshine adds that urban sprawl and traffic congestion present challenges and that better publication on communicating with 9-1-1 dispatchers is needed. The Hill/Contributors blog (9/8)
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GPS becomes an important part of rural emergency response
GPS training is helping rural emergency responders, often volunteers, improve response times and lower Insurance Service Office ratings that keep insurance costs down for property owners. For example, a Fredericktown, Mo., Boy Scout troop helped volunteer firefighters map the location of almost 300 fire hydrants in that area, so first responders can have that GPS information when they respond to an emergency. High Plains Journal (Dodge City, Kan.) (9/8)
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HeartMap challenge in Tucson, Ariz., offers prizes for finding AEDs
The HeartMap Tucson Challenge is a scavenger hunt offering cash prizes for participants who locate automated external defibrillators in the area so emergency dispatchers can create a database showing the sites. Fire department Capt. Barrett Baker noted the devices come from many manufacturers and may be found in many locations. Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) (9/5)
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NENA announces NG9-1-1 Data Preparation Webinar for September 24
NG9-1-1 Data: Spatial Data Importance in a Comprehensive Approach
Wednesday, September 24 | 3PM Eastern (live) or On-Demand $50 for NENA Members | $85 for Non-Members
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With so much focus being directed at the development of the ESINet and other functional elements of the NG9-1-1 environment, this presentation will aim to provide a practical perspective on data preparation prior to its use in an actual NG9-1-1 deployment. Getting GIS data ready for use in an NG 9-1-1 geospatial call routing environment will be emphasized but the retention/use of existing traditional data will also be highlighted as a critical concern. The role of NENA standards and guidelines currently under development will also be tied into this work. Examples of processes and techniques underway in many locations today will be highlighted.
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