Dispatcher-led CPR instructions improve cardiac outcomes | Study: Many firefighters have undiagnosed sleep disorders | Number of fires, firefighter injuries declining, data show
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November 19, 2014
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Dispatcher-led CPR instructions improve cardiac outcomes
When 9-1-1 dispatchers go over cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques with bystanders until first responders arrive, cardiac arrest survival increases from about 8 percent to more than 11 percent, data show. The American Heart Association recommendation to train dispatchers, measure bystander CPR outcomes and provide 9-1-1 centers with feedback has not been uniformly adopted across the U.S. HealthDay News (11/15)
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Study: Many firefighters have undiagnosed sleep disorders
Data on almost 7,000 firefighters from 66 U.S. fire departments showed 37% had been diagnosed with a sleep disorder and were more likely to have been involved in a car accident, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Researchers found more than 80% of firefighters who screened positive for a sleep disorder had not been diagnosed or treated. HealthDay News (11/13)
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Carriers reach accord on 9-1-1 emergency responses
The top four U.S. carriers agreed with emergency-responder groups on a plan that would provide improved and more specific 9-1-1 caller location for 40% of wireless calls within two years and 80% of calls within six years, CTIA announced Friday. The agreement will improve first responders' ability to locate 9-1-1 cellphone calls placed indoors. The carriers will provide 9-1-1 dispatchers with specific location data. Reuters (11/14)
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Ill. counties band together to make NG9-1-1 a reality
The Counties of Southern Illinois, a group of 15 counties, have banded together to research and implement next-generation 9-1-1 technologies. NENA turned the counties' effort into a national pilot project for its i3 architecture standard for vendors, which helped bring in significant grant funding. EmergencyMgmt.com (11/14)
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Thermal imaging cameras give Tenn. firefighters a safety edge
Firefighters in Hardin County, Tenn., carry new thermal imaging cameras to every fire, giving them better vision in smoky conditions and alerting them to differences in heat throughout a room. The department bought 10 of the cameras with a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. WBBJ-TV (Jackson, Tenn.) (11/17)
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NYC to transform old pay phones into Wi-Fi spots that can call 9-1-1 free
New York City's LinkNYC project will replace thousands of old-fashioned pay phones with free Wi-Fi stations that also allow people to make free phone calls, including to 9-1-1. Popular Science (11/18)
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