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EMS Concealed Carry Law: 5 Things You Need To Know

EMS Concealed Carry Law: 5 Things You Need To Know

Support for EMS and firefighters to legally carry weapons on duty is steadily growing.

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S.W.O.R.D. Checklist for EMS Helicopter Landing Zones

S.W.O.R.D. Checklist for EMS Helicopter Landing Zones

— An easy checklist for EMS helicopter pilots, firefighters and landing zone coordinators.

EMS Helicopter pilots love…

the path of least resistance.

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Bad EMS Manager Mistakes That Make Good People Quit

Bad EMS Manager Mistakes That Make Good People Quit

It’s pretty incredible…

how many EMSers secretly hate their jobs.

And how many top-performers up and leave EMS and air medical.

At first glance, it makes no sense.

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Senate Advances Bill To Limit Huge Air Ambulance Costs To Patients

Senate Advances Bill To Limit Huge Air Ambulance Costs To Patients

— Montana senate panel advances bill addressing high air ambulance costs.

A bill to protect Montanans from extremely high air ambulance bills cleared a Senate committee with unanimous support Friday morning.

The amendment forces air ambulance providers and health plans to settle disputes over cost instead of billing patients directly. Many believe this is a positive step given some air ambulance companies’ willingness to pursue unpaid air medical bills with extreme vigor.

Letting air ambulance companies self-regulate via a fair market system has led to less to than positive results for many Montanans.

The new legislation would prevent patients from receiving huge bills from air ambulance providers that are not in-network with their insurance plans. At a hearing last month, several Montanans testified that they faced up to $60,000 in out-of-pocket costs after loved ones were transported by out-of-network air ambulance services.

A sampling of 19 air ambulance bills received by Montanans and reviewed by the interim committee this year shows the average cost per flight on an out-of-network air ambulance was $53,397.

The committee approved an amendment saying that if a court rules any part of the proposed law is invalid, any dispute over the cost and coverage of air ambulance services would take place between the air ambulance provider and the health plan.

The patient would be held responsible only for co-payments, co-insurance and deductibles.

Other states that have tried to regulate air ambulance costs have been sued (by air ambulance and insurance companies) for violating the federal Airline Deregulation Act, which prohibits states from interfering with airline fares and services.

Courts have ruled the act applies to air ambulance services, as well.

The bill will now go to the full Senate for a vote.


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How To Become A Flight Nurse

How To Become A Flight Nurse

“What is the best job on a medical helicopter?”

That’s one of the questions I get asked as director of EMS Flight Safety Network.

I always answer the same way.

Flight nurse is the best job.

Let me explain.

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How To Become A Flight Paramedic

How To Become A Flight Paramedic

— A Guide for EMTs, Paramedics And Others Who Want To Fly Air Medical

Imagine waking up tomorrow…

excited to go to work.

It almost sounds crazy, right?

Because most of us don’t think of work as something to get excited about. Or something to look forward to doing. Or something fun.
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Top 10 Reasons Your Best EMS Crews Quit

Top 10 Reasons Your Best EMS Crews Quit

“If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.” -Sir James Goldsmith

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EMS Helicopter Shopping: Dead Wrong

EMS Helicopter Shopping: Dead Wrong

Helicopter shopping is a dirty little secret in Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

A taboo event everybody knows happens, but nobody ever talks about.

Why?

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The 20-60-20 Rule of Helicopter EMS

The 20-60-20 Rule of Helicopter EMS

—Fly-along day is an exciting time for wannabe flight crews.

If you’re considering an air medical career, fly-along day makes a lot of sense.

See the blood. Feel the turbulence. Smell the fuel.

What better way to figure out if a flight medic, flight nurse or EMS pilot career is for you?

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10 Warning Signs of Ambulance Induced Divorce Syndrome (AIDS)

10 Warning Signs of Ambulance Induced Divorce Syndrome (AIDS)

And How To Keep It From Ruining Your Life

Sometimes really smart people

do really dumb stuff.

If you work EMS or air medical,

this isn’t news.

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An Open Letter To EMS Who Want To Fly

An Open Letter To EMS Who Want To Fly

It hurts me to write this.

For years, I’ve been the “EMS fly guy.” Not only because I’m good at getting people hired, but because it’s the number one question on the top of every paramedic, pilot and nurse’s mind:

“How do I get paid to fly on a trauma helicopter?”

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The Shocking Truth About Why You’re Not Flying Air Medical

The Shocking Truth About Why You're Not Flying Air Medical

 

And What To Do About It!

Photo of chicken seeing itself as an eagle in a mirrorAir medical is one of the most desired career paths for EMS professionals…

–and one of the most competitive.

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EMS Ambulance Service Honors Veterans

EMS Ambulance Service Honors Veterans

HAZARD, Ky. — An EMS agency recently rolled out a new ambulance design in honor of United States service men and women.

Perry County Ambulance said they have done previous ambulance designs to spread awareness for heart disease, autism, breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

The most recent design is meant to show their support for the community and all branches of the military.

“There are so many families in Eastern Kentucky that have sons and daughters that are fighting for our freedoms and this is just a small way of showing support for those people,” Jason Taylor, Perry County Ambulance director told WYMT.

Perry County EMS’ newest ambulance has a different message than the rest.

EMS Ambulance Honors Veterans

EMS Ambulance Honors Veterans

 


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Plane Crashes into Australian Shopping Mall

Plane Crashes into Australian Shopping Mall

MELBOURNE, Australia — An Australian pilot and four American tourists were killed when a light plane crashed into a shopping mall shortly after takeoff in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said.

The five were on board a twin-engine Beechcraft Super King Air.

The plane crashed about 45 minutes before the Direct Factory Outlet mall in suburban Essendon was scheduled to open to the public, Police Minister Lisa Neville said.

The U.S. Embassy in Canberra confirmed that four victims were U.S. citizens. 

The pilot was Max Quartermain, owner of the charter company Corporate and Leisure Travel.

The plane had taken off from Melbourne’s second-biggest airport at Essendon for a golfing trip to King Island, 255 kilometers (160 miles) to the south, officials said.

The mall adjoins the airport.

Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said no one outside the plane was injured.

“Looking at the fireball, it is incredibly lucky that no one was at the back of those stores or in the car park of the stores, that no one was even hurt,” Leane said.

The pilot reported a “catastrophic engine failure” moments before the plane crashed into a storage area at the rear of the mall, police said.

Police and paramedics rushed to the crash site, where firefighters doused the flames.

A witness who gave his name as Jason told Australian Broadcasting Corp. he was passing the mall in a taxi when the plane crashed.

“I saw this plane coming in really low and fast. I couldn’t see the impact but when it hit the building there was a massive fireball,” he said.

“I could feel the heat through the window of the taxi, and then a wheel — it looked like a plane wheel — bounced on the road and hit the front of the taxi as we were driving along,” he said.


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Patient Attacks EMTS and Smashes Ambulance Windows

Patient Attacks EMTS and Smashes Ambulance Windows

A man is facing assault charges after he became combative with EMTs and smashed an ambulance’s windows over the weekend.

VICTORVILLE, Calif. — The intoxicated man was picked up by the San Bernardino County Fire Medic Ambulance #305, which was forced to pull over when the EMTs feared for their safety.

“They [the EMTs] were able to get themselves out and lock the doors and lock him inside until we got here. He was throwing stuff around inside, then took a pair of scissors and that’s when he broke the windows out,” Victorville Sgt. Mark Smith told Victor Valley News.

“He started acting violent and combative with the EMTs in the back, they grew concerned about their safety and called us,” said Sgt. Mark Smith.

Deputies used pepper spray after several attempts to calm the patient down. The patient was transported to the hospital, but is expected to be booked on assault and vandalism charges.

EMTs suffered minor injuries during the assault; the ambulance was placed out of service.


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