International News

SUICIDE IS INTERNATIONAL CRISIS

By IAED Staff One person commits suicide every 40 seconds somewhere in the world, according to a World Health Organization report published in Sept. 2014. The study, which is the first of its kind to chart suicide rates across the globe, found that an estimated 804,000 people killed themselves in 2012, which is partially attributed

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QUEENSLAND AMBULANCE ROLLS OUT GREEN-LIGHT TECHNOLOGY

By IAED Staff Twenty-seven Queensland Fire and Rescue Services and Queensland Ambulance Services vehicles from nine stations are now fitted with the technology to activate green lights in an emergency, allowing the vehicle to move safely through the junction without having to weave through heavy traffic. The process starts at the station. Crews push directional

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AED CAMPAIGN IS ‘SHOCKING’ SUCCESS

By IAED Staff London Ambulance Service (LAS), NHS Trust, is running a campaign to get defibrillators in public places across the capital. The “shockingly easy” campaign aims to get 1,000 extra defibrillators in shops, businesses, and gyms across the capital. As part of the campaign, LAS offers an accreditation program that includes advice, automatic alerts,

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DOG CALLED LUCKY IS TRUE TO NAME

By IAED Staff A woman walking her dog on the grounds of the Ambulance Service of New South Wales (NSW), Australia, headquarters drew the attention of staff when her 15-year-old dog, Lucky, fell more than five meters (16.4 feet) down a drain hole, according to the agency’s Facebook page. Three paramedics keen to help got

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AGENCY RECEIVES TOP COMMUNICATIONS AWARD

By IAED Staff The agency coordinating multi-agency response to a call reporting three people trapped in a corn syrup tank and overcome by fumes was honored for its actions with the APCO Australasia 2014 Communications Award. The award presented to the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) in Victoria, in southeast Australia, recognized the “direct and

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FLAGGED 9-9-9 CALLS INDICATE CRUCIAL INFORMATION

By IAED Staff When London Ambulance Service (LAS) medics respond to a 9-9-9 call at a flagged address, they carry out a risk assessment—either for guiding management of patient care or deciding whether it’s safe for responders to enter. Patient care management—the newest 9-9-9 flag added to the system—provides the control room and ambulance crew

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