Los Angeles Times: L.A. firefighter accused of ‘despicable act’ in protest over vaccine mandate

Los Angeles Times: L.A. firefighter accused of ‘despicable act’ in protest over vaccine mandate. “The LAFD member responded to receiving the non-compliance letter by dropping his pants and wiping his buttocks with the letter, leaving fecal matter on the document, before dropping it to the ground, according to the Stentorians of Los Angeles City, a group representing African American firefighters.”

NPR: ERs are now swamped with seriously ill patients — but many don’t even have COVID

NPR: ERs are now swamped with seriously ill patients — but many don’t even have COVID. “Even in parts of the country where COVID isn’t overwhelming the health system, patients are showing up to the ER sicker than they were before the pandemic, their diseases more advanced and in need of more complicated care. Months of treatment delays have exacerbated chronic conditions and worsened symptoms. Doctors and nurses say the severity of illness ranges widely and includes abdominal pain, respiratory problems, blood clots, heart conditions, and suicide attempts, among others. But there’s nowhere to put them all.”

British Heart Foundation: Leading charities and health organisations urge people to register their defibrillators on new database to help save lives

British Heart Foundation: Leading charities and health organisations urge people to register their defibrillators on new database to help save lives. “To help save more lives we, alongside Resuscitation Council UK, St John Ambulance and Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, we are urging people who look after defibrillators in places such as offices, communities, shopping centres and leisure centres, as well as in public places, to register them on a pioneering database called The Circuit: The national defibrillator network.”

WRAL: FEMA delivers help to struggling Wake County EMS

WRAL: FEMA delivers help to struggling Wake County EMS. “New state-of-the-art ambulances and trained EMS crews are arriving in Wake County on Friday. FEMA has assigned ambulances to 10 counties in North Carolina overwhelmed by calls during the pandemic, including Robeson, Franklin, Mecklenburg, New Hanover, Guilford, Brunswick, Graham, Macon, Pender and Wake counties.”

Washington Post: Thousands of D.C. health care workers remain unvaccinated amid flurry of religious exemption requests

Washington Post: Thousands of D.C. health care workers remain unvaccinated amid flurry of religious exemption requests. “The overwhelming majority of government and health-care workers in the District who have reported their vaccination status say they’ve gotten at least one shot, but District lawmakers have homed in on the city’s Fire & EMS Department, whose employees are among a relatively small group of government workers that are subject to the stricter requirements for health-care workers. About 267 of the department’s more than 2,000 employees have sought exemption from getting the vaccine, according to city officials — with the vast majority of them citing their religion. The 20 requests that have been reviewed so far were denied.”

Click Orlando: Fire rescue employees file lawsuit against Orange County over vaccine mandate

Click Orlando: Fire rescue employees file lawsuit against Orange County over vaccine mandate. “Forty-three employees with Orange County Fire Rescue filed a lawsuit Friday morning, suing the county over its vaccine mandate, documents show. The filing comes a day after a deadline set by Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings for county employees to have received at least one dose in a two-dose series from either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson.”

Savannah Morning News: Port Wentworth police have 96% vaccination rate as COVID deaths, incentives push others in Chatham

Savannah Morning News: Port Wentworth police have 96% vaccination rate as COVID deaths, incentives push others in Chatham. “Chatham County’s COVID-19 cases are trending downwards, including the area’s public safety departments, but that doesn’t mean the community should relax on COVID-19 precautions, first-responder agency officials say. After an August and September surge in infections largely attributed to the delta variant, most local police departments are now seeing minimal cases just as some are ramping up vaccine incentives for their employees.”

KUT 90.5: To Save Lives, Researchers Are Creating An Online Library Of Potential Flood Maps

KUT 90.5: To Save Lives, Researchers Are Creating An Online Library Of Potential Flood Maps . “Imagine it’s 2 in the morning, and you are one of the first responders to the scene of a flood. Your vehicle approaches water on the road. If you try to cross it, you could be washed away. So you stop and watch your headlights cut through the rain. You see there’s water around some nearby houses, but it’s dark and you don’t know how far it reaches or how deep it is. What you decide to do next could save lives — and put your own at risk. This situation is not hypothetical to Harry Evans. He says it could describe many floods he worked during his 30 years with the Austin Fire Department.”

Wildfire Today: Two water tender operators on the Dixie Fire died of COVID-19

Wildfire Today: Two water tender operators on the Dixie Fire died of COVID-19. “Two water tender operators have died of COVID-19 this month. They both worked for Brenda’s Fire Water based in Ramona, California. Two trucks with three drivers were dispatched from the company to the Dixie Fire in Northern California. They worked shifts to keep the water tenders working on the fire as much as possible.”

Raw Story: Florida fire chief dies from COVID-19 after virus sidelines 75% of department

Raw Story: Florida fire chief dies from COVID-19 after virus sidelines 75% of department. “A Florida fire chief has died from COVID-19 after the virus sidelined 75 percent of his department last month. Officials in Lake City said they do not know whether Fire Chief Randy Burnham, who died Sunday after battling the virus for several weeks, had been vaccinated. A fire department lieutenant in Lake City, 60 miles west of Jacksonville, is also currently hospitalized with COVID-19 and on a ventilator, according to Channel 4 news.”

EMS1: National EMS Museum publishes online archive of writings by late EMS visionary Jack Stout

EMS1: National EMS Museum publishes online archive of writings by late EMS visionary Jack Stout. “The National EMS Museum has published an online archive of the writings of late EMS visionary Jack Stout through a partnership between FirstWatch and the Academy of International Mobile Healthcare Integration (AIMHI). The Jack Stout Archive is an open-access collection of more than 100 of Stout’s articles and essays, digitized through funding from FirstWatch and AIMHI, according to a press release.”

ProPublica: The Broken Front Line

ProPublica: The Broken Front Line. “As the winter’s surge of coronavirus cases overwhelmed Los Angeles hospitals, EMTs like Michael Diaz were forced to take previously unthinkable measures. What lasting impact will the pandemic have on America’s first responders?”

EMS World: Database of Key 9-1-1 State Legislation Now Available

New-to-me, from EMS World: Database of Key 9-1-1 State Legislation Now Available. “Since 2012, the 9-1-1 Legislation Tracking Database has served as a resource for states looking to improve their emergency communications operations or gather insight into neighboring legislative efforts. It allows states to easily compare recently enacted—or modifications to existing—laws involving 9-1-1.”