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As father of a seven-year-old, the unthinkable tragedy in Newtown, CT hits me hard. Even so, I haven’t allowed myself to think about it too much; I don’t think I would deal well with the anxiety & pain. What the parents & relatives of these poor children & staff members must be going through must be beyond description. I can’t imagine what the first responders & backup among police, fire & EMS must have been thinking or feeling. Yet they faithfully performed their duties in the face of the unthinkable. My heart goes out to all involved & affected. Rest in peace.

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These firefighters responding to this horrible accident knew they had little time to treat & transport the patient, & There was no time to get a jack. So they tried the brute force approach. They lifted the car off the pinned cyclist themselves. Sometimes teamwork & a sense of urgency can do the job.

Thu Jan 05 09:12:13 PST 2012

Portland firefighters lift car off pinned bicyclist

Eight Portland firefighters lifted a 3,200-pound car off a fallen bicyclist who had gotten pinned underneath. View full article.

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Live Feed during report shows firetrucks leaving & traffic from an accident clearing up. Then it wasn’t.   » » » 
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Share a Safety Tip For Post-Hurricane Emergency Response

Hurricane Sandy & Co. have come & gone leaving much devastation in it’s wake. EMS teams continue to work heroically to provide emergency services, some unique (Read “NY med. staff carry sick babies down 9 flights of stairs during storm evacuation“), & help affected areas recover. Having said that, it’s important to put your safety first. If an emergency service provider gets injured, their lifesaving efforts will be severely compromised.

Do you have any tips for emergency response in a disaster area? Let us know in the comments.

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