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Watching someone dive off a cliff, professional daredevil or not, can make you queasy. Or terrified.

Now add in the fact that the equipment malfunctions.

Matthew Gough’s parachute opened backwards and got twisted and tangled. He smacked into the cliff wall, started tumbling, & hit the ground at 40 mph. He survived with only minor injuries.

Sources: Gizmodo.com

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MONOC recently released a PSA on the effectiveness of lights & sirens & how care is still needed to avoid collisions & injury. It turns out that lights & sirens are not nearly as effective in warning drivers & pedestrians as one might think. This means that the available response time is very small.

MONOC suggests care & vigilance even while driving with lights & sirens. As for speed & aggressive driving, they show how it  may result in more patients than those in the back of the ambulance. They even go as far as to suggest regular driving without lights & sirens in certain select cases.

For references & a free copy, visit MONOC.org.

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Chris Solomons, an emergency medical dispatcher at Yorkshire Air Ambulance HQ, arrived at work around 7am. He had begun feeling chest pains & unwell in general while driving, & barely managed to arrive. He called over a fellow paramedic, who, with another colleague, assessed his status. It quickly became apparent that he was suffering from a massive heart attack. A few minutes later, Chris went into cardiac arrest. What follows is a display of true heroism by all involved in providing Chris with emergency medical care as soon as possible.

The whole episode was filmed by a BBC cameraman. This cameraman was present to film the team as part of a series called Helicopter Heroes. And heroes he got.

Read Chris’ full story here

Sources: First Responder Network, Arrhythmia Alliance, BBC

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A study  shows that EMTs and Paramedics are almost twice as likely to be involved in fatal driving accidents when compared to overall traffic accident fatalities involving workers. A cause seems to be rollovers due to the top-heavy construction of most ambulances.

The study used data from the Fire Protection Research Foundation, the CDC & the National Institute for Safety & Occupational Health.

Read full article:  Study: EMT’s face greatest risk on road

Sources: WishTV, ParamedicTV

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