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The basics of cervical stabilization

The basics of cervical stabilization

By Arthur Hsieh Imagine this scenario: You arrive on the scene of a motor vehicle crash. Based on the obvious damage to the two vehicles, you recognize that this is a moderate speed event. One driver remains in his vehicle, with EMTs surrounding him. You can see that one EMT is holding manual stabilization of […]

Three Reasons Not to Use Normal Saline or Crystalloids in Trauma

Three Reasons Not to Use Normal Saline or Crystalloids in Trauma

You’re responding to a gunshot wound. When you arrive, you find a young man has been shot in the chest, and has significant hemorrhage. As you load him into the ambulance, your partner tells you he is spiking a 1-liter bag of 0.9% sodium chloride, also known as normal saline (NS). You’re curious, because the […]

Fire Safety and Evacuation Requirements for Hospital Buildings

Fire Safety and Evacuation Requirements for Hospital Buildings

by Kimon Pantelides, MSc, GIFireE, MIAAI Fire Safety Officer at University College London The evacuation of a hospital requires special consideration based on the premise that persons residing or visiting hospitals (other than abled bodied staff and visitors) might not be readily mobile and are likely to have some sort of ailment that requires hospital […]

Moditech Rescue Solutions CRS: An innovation in extrication

Moditech Rescue Solutions CRS: An innovation in extrication

Moditech Rescue Solutions BV is a company specialized in automotive data for the worldwide rescue industry and also the company which launched the Crash Recovery System (CRS). CRS is a system used from the Fire & Rescue Services as well as from Road Assistance all around the world and helps rescuers to perform a safer […]

Should there be an international standard for vehicle extrication?

Should there be an international standard for vehicle extrication?

F&R asked three different professionals active in the rescue industry what their thoughts were on standardising extrication procedures internationally. Jaap de Geus, registered nurse, ambulance paramedic and registered senior SAVER instructor for Falck, Netherlands Yes, working with an international standard has a lot of benefits. First of all we speak the same (extrication) language. By […]

The singularity of immediate management and broader psychosocial support of massive disaster victims

The singularity of immediate management and broader psychosocial support of massive disaster victims

Researches have shown that professions as firefighters, policemen, soldiers, EMTs and Paramedics and generally who ever is employed in law enforcement and rescue services is more likely to develop PTSD that the rest of the population. Vice versa there is a higher possibility to have contact with people that are under shock in ambit of […]

Insight and firefighting, the Emergency Services Show 2015

Insight and firefighting, the Emergency Services Show 2015

By Apollo Gerolymbos, Senior Insight Analyst at London Fire Brigade A few days ago, I attended day one of The Emergency Services Show 2015 at the NEC Birmingham. I decided to write this up for a number of reasons (in no particular order): firstly, it was a great experience that I would like to share, secondly it got me thinking about how […]

Compatibility in Hydraulic Rescue Tools…myth or reality?

Compatibility in Hydraulic Rescue Tools…myth or reality?

By John S. Retsios One of the most common questions I am asked to answer as a technician and trainer in the use of hydraulic rescue tools is whether there is compatibility of couplings between different companies. This is a very interesting question which I wish to answer analytically through this article. Every company of […]

Hellenic Fire Brigade History

Hellenic Fire Brigade History

Edit by John S. Retsios,Translated by Maria Kox Lee In 1833, that is as soon as the Greek nation was founded, the responsibility of fire safety was passed on to prefect governors (nomarhes) (decree 26/4 – 8/5/1833). Furthermore each municipality was responsible to provide staff «forest rangers» and the means to suppress and extinguish fires. Finally, the regiments of Army Trench Diggers (skapanes) […]

Greek Security Forces and their history

Greek Security Forces and their history

The Greek nation construction as it has being formed up until now, has made an effort to organize the safety of it law abiding citizens as well as their assets, by creating various services and corps serving specified purposes. Whether the above mentioned purposes have being achieved or not, is not to be analyzed presently, […]