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JAN 2019

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STATE BY STATE: NEWS, UPDATES AND HAPPENINGS IN EMS 12 JANUARY 2019 | EMSWORLD.com MARYLAND Investigation Leads to 'Welfare Check' Recommendations A federal investigation reviewing the 2016 fatal shooting of a Maryland fi refi ghter found that 9-1-1 public safety call takers did not warn fi rst responders that the possibility of guns had been reported at the scene, according to the Washington Post. Furthermore, volunteer fi refi ghters were not wearing a common uniform the night of the incident, the investigation found. These facts contributed to the fatal shooting of Prince George's County fi refi ghter John "Skillet" Ulmschneider on April 15, 2016. Ulmschneider answered a 9-1-1 call to check on a person's welfare. In light of the fi ndings, federal investigators recommended that police departments, not fi re departments, handle initial calls for a welfare check, and that public safety agencies request safety precautions when they are dispatched. The report was released Oct. 20, 2018 by the NIOSH Firefi ghter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program. heck dations vestigation reviewing the l shooting of a Maryland er found that 9-1-1 public ll takers did not warn fi rst t the possibility of ted at the scene, ton Post. eer fi refi ghters ing a common he night of the incident, the on found. ontributed to the fatal nce George's Co Skillet" U er . Ulm In light of the fi investigators re that police dep departments, h welfare check, a deral YLAND nvestigat to 'Welf Recomm A fed 201 fi re sa re g a F w u inv Thes shoot firefi ght n April 15 wered a 9 's welfar or a c safety agencies re when the report w by th In NORTH DAKOTA Three Killed in Air Ambulance Crash Pilot Todd Lasky, nurse Bonnie Cook, and paramedic Chris Iverson were killed Nov. 18 when their twin-engine Bismarck Air Medical plane crashed in a remote pasture shortly before takeoff in rural Morton County. The team was en route to Williston, N.D. to care for a neonatal patient. Addressing an estimated crowd of 1,500 gathered for the memorial service at Bismarck Event Center Nov. 26, Monsignor James Shea praised emergency responders as "heroes of the impossible." CALIFORNIA Controversial Rest Break Bill Passes California voters in November approved Proposition 11, which will require ambulance crews to remain on call through their rest and meal breaks. The measure passed by a margin of 60% to 40%, according to the Los Angeles Times. While supporters of the bill argued that mandatory rest breaks will unfairly raise costs for the industry and possibly lead to cutbacks in available ambulances, vocal opponents—led by labor unions—argue that overworked crews are entitled to rest breaks and that the bill would protect ambulance companies from lawsuits relating to back pay owed. WASHINGTON D.C. National EMS Memorial Approved President Trump signed H.R. 1037 into law Nov. 3, authorizing the National EMS Memorial Foundation to build a "commemorative work" in the District of Columbia. First introduced in February 2017 by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA), the measure has been the prime cause of the foundation. "While public safety offi cers from law enforcement and the fi re service have been recognized for their sacrifi ce with national memorials," the foundation's website declares, "the men and women of EMS have gone without recognition for too long. It is our mandate to fi nally give these silent heroes a fi tting memorial."

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