Florida EMS Training Criticized

first_imgMANATEE, Fla. — Chaos reigned on Halloween night after an SUV drove through a dead-end street and crashed into a Bradenton retention pond. The victims’ family and friends turned on the paramedics. There was a tense exchange near the pond, and Jones reportedly broke down in tears that night. Some classes offered by the Coast Guard cost about $100, although more specialized courses such as one offered by Dive Rescue International cost about $900. “Publicly, we would have praised him as a hero if he went in there and saved someone,” Leinhauser said. “But privately, he would have been in some trouble.” After a heated town hall meeting with the victims’ relatives, EMS officials vowed to give their paramedics better equipment such as a “throw rope” used to pull victims to shore. The cost of training is not an issue in Charlotte, said department spokeswoman Dee Hawkins. Jones could not be reached, and the county attorney’s office must sign off on any interviews he gives because of the potential of a lawsuit, Leinhauser said. In 2005, the city of Bradenton was sued by the family of a 33-year-old man who drowned in August 2004 while officers stood on the shore. But people who knew the Halloween accident victims Johnnie Schoolfield Jr., 25, and Theo Thomas, 22 just want to know: Why were the paramedics not trained or equipped to handle such an emergency? “He did everything the way he was supposed to,” Leinhauser said of Jones. But Jones’ decision not to attempt a rescue was made “by the book,” according to his supervisor, Capt. Larry Leinhauser of the Manatee County Emergency Communication Center. In Sarasota County, Assistant Fire Chief Paul Dezzi said that some paramedics are trained for water rescues and other emergencies, but primarily are used for routine medical calls. Two men from the vehicle were in the water, calling for help. As it sank, neighbors rushed over and dialed 911. Just as paramedics are not expected to run into burning buildings like firefighters would, they are not expected to jump into a pond if they are not trained in water rescue, Leinhauser said. A Manatee Emergency Medical Services lieutenant, Mark Jones, heard the call and sped to the scene; he was the first public official there. In that case, however, the officers seem to be backed by the Florida Supreme Court. There is case law that suggests emergency workers have no obligation to save a life, and a 1985 ruling indicates that government agency employees have no “duty” to save a life. But in a county with a Gulf of Mexico coastline, rivers, swamps, lakes and hundreds of retention ponds, the drownings in late October were not the first time public officials were criticized for not doing more to save someone. But after speaking with the paramedics, Poole returned with others to the pond. She noticed how murky the water was, how deep it seemed, how few lights were there and how far the vehicle must have been from the shore. Experts and local officials agree that a “gut instinct” can be a dangerous thing, especially in water rescues. At the vigil, blows were exchanged, police were called and the women ran away. Besides, he said, accidents like the one near Southeast High School are “so infrequent that it would not make sense.” His family sued, claiming the officers were negligent. Fegan’s family would not comment because the case is unresolved. When the ropes were announced at a town hall meeting in November, some people close to the family were happy to see even a small measure of change. Both men from the SUV drowned. When two Bradenton police officers arrived at the Manatee River that day, Edward Fegan was incoherent and bobbing in the water.center_img It seems like a simple matter, that people have a moral or civic duty to save someone’s life, especially if they are a police officer, paramedic or firefighter. It had been a bitter aftermath. At the meeting, Schoolfield’s mother, Joann Monts, accused the paramedics of watching the men “suffer.” Still, Manatee EMS officials are adamant that they will stick to emergency medicine instead of water rescues. Jones did not go into the water to help, and took no other action in an attempt to save the man. Neither did the ambulance crew that arrived next. When the neighbors tried to jump in, the paramedics held them back. But two months later, the woman who organized the meeting between officials and the family has taken a new view of the drownings. This sort of “cross-training” is embraced elsewhere in Southwest Florida, but Leinhauser said there is a reluctance to train paramedics in anything but their primary medical duties. Patrice Poole, who is friends with some of the family members and has worked in Palmetto, where they lived, to develop similar community forums, was as confused as everyone else. “I would love to talk,” said his mother, Elva. “Someday I will.” By then, one man had drowned. The other was alive, thrashing in the pond. There was a fight at a candlelight vigil for Thomas and Schoolfield, as their friends tried to attack two women believed to be riding in the vehicle who swam to safety and then fled the scene. Fegan eventually drowned. He was 20 feet away, but neither officer swam after him, according to the suit. But experts in the field of emergency response say it is more complicated than that, and that by trying improperly to save one life a paramedic could endanger even more. The same is true in Charlotte County, where eight staffers are trained as “firemedics” and can be called on to administer life-saving drugs, fight fires or pull someone from the water. The Florida Highway Patrol, which is investigating the accident, has not released its findings yet. “Don’t become part of the problem,” said Robert C. Krause, a paramedic and industry consultant. “That’s the first rule. If he goes in the water and something happens, now you have two victims.” While most paramedics in Southwest Florida are not specifically trained for water rescues, some are. These jack-of-all-trades first responders are given special training in different areas. In fact, had Jones or other paramedics dived in, they could have faced disciplinary action for violating a county policy that says paramedics should not act beyond their training, Leinhauser said. But in Manatee, officials are stopping short of the more extensive training that Sarasota and Charlotte counties provide for their EMS workers. There, some staffers are trained not just to treat injuries and administer medicine, they are prepared to attempt rescues at fires or in potential drownings. Jones and other Manatee EMS employees are not trained in water rescue, and did not have the proper equipment, such as a rope or flotation device, with them to attempt a rescue, Leinhauser said. “I went back and began to understand what the paramedics were up against,” she said. “At first, I questioned it. I wanted to know why they didn’t do more. But the deaths of Schoolfield and Thomas did result in some changes. Every department vehicle will be equipped with “throw ropes” or flotation devices, and paramedics will be heading soon to a Bradenton field to learn the right way to throw them. “But it was dark, the water was murky, they were far away. They had to make a fast decision. 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MLB coronavirus: Blue Jays President Marko Shapiro wants 4-week second spring training

first_img LIVE TV Arnold Dsouza First Published: 24th March, 2020 13:07 IST Last Updated: 24th March, 2020 13:07 IST MLB Coronavirus: Blue Jays President Marko Shapiro Wants 4-week Second Spring Training Toronto Blue Jays President has offered a solution for the MLB coronavirus shutdown and issued the league demands being met with the players’ union over wages. SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By WATCH US LIVEcenter_img The MLB suspended news broke almost 10 days back due to the coronavirus pandemic. The MLB coronavirus shutdown put baseball fans across the globe into meltdown. Toronto Blue Jays president Marko Shapiro has now requested a minimum of four weeks for a second spring training session if baseball is set to begin later this year following the MLB coronavirus shutdown. However, fans are keen to know the answer to the question ‘When will MLB season start’? amid the spread of the COVID-19. ALSO READ: Will Wait And Watch For A Month Before Any Decision: IOA After Canada Pulls Out Of OlympicsMLB Coronavirus shutdown: MLB suspendedThe WHO (World Health Organisation) deemed coronavirus a ‘pandemic’ as the deadly bug was spreading like wildfire all across the globe. In order to contain the spread of the COVID-19, the MLB suspended news was issued. Here is the official statement which caused the MLB coronavirus shutdown for an indefinite period. MLB suspended: Shapiro solution amid MLB Coronavirus shutdownThe MLB and the players’ union have to agree on a number of elements if the season relates to a shortened or cancelled campaign, Shapiro said. However, the MLB coronavirus shutdown has another key component regarding the pitchers. The pitchers have to stretch out and that process necessitates having to set a date for the start of the campaign. According to Shapiro, there’s no point for pitchers to prepare at this point with so much of the MLB news up in the air. Therefore, a four-week gap is a minimum set of time needed for pitchers to get into their groove.ALSO READ: IOC Has Sought Update On Health And Preparations Of Olympic-bound Athletes This Week: BatraWhen will MLB season start?The answer to the question “When will MLB season start?” still remains unclear. However, Boston Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy has revealed that games could be carried out in empty stadiums until the effectiveness of the coronavirus is slowed down. ALSO READ: Khabib Nurmagomedov Reveals Fans Have Been Saying His Name Wrong All Along: Watch COMMENT MLB suspended: Toronto Blue Jays president holds a conference Toronto Blue Jays president Marko Shapiro was keen on discussing some logical issues over the MLB coronavirus shutdown. According to Ben Nicholas Smith, the two major points of emphasis from Blue Jays president Shapiro were over the league agreements with the players’ union and any season which would be preceded requires a minimum of a four-week ramp-up period.ALSO READ: Not Bound By Australia Or Canada; Will Take Decision At Right Time: IOA President FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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