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CHIEF RODNEY PAUL MILLER, 32, of the Loganville, PA, Volunteer Fire Department in Seven Valleys, PA, died on April 27. Miller was diverting traffic off of Interstate 83 at Exit 8 in York County due to an earlier accident when he was struck by a vehicle. Miller was transported to York Hospital, where he died. The 32-year-old driver of the vehicle that struck Miller was charged with homicide by vehicle, DUI and other violations.
FIREFIGHTER DALE SCOTT QUEEN, 37, of the Oak Ridge Volunteer Fire Department in Hartselle, AL, died on April 29. While participating in a search for a bomb, Queen became ill. He was taken to the staging area, where his condition worsened. Queen was transported by ambulance to Decatur Morgan Hospital, where he died.
FIREFIGHTER GENE KIRCHNER, 24, of the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company in Towson, MD, died on May 2. On April 24, Kirchner and fellow firefighters were searching for a trapped person at a fire in a three-story house converted to apartments. Reports indicate Kirchner issued a Mayday call and fellow firefighters found him on the second floor. He was transported to Northwest Hospital and then transferred to Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore in critical condition. One occupant died in the fire.
WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER DANIEL DAVIDSON, 26, of the Sacramento Ranger District in Lincoln National Forest in Cloudcroft, NM, died on May 5. Davidson was working on a project near Mayhill when he collapsed. Immediate care was initiated and a helicopter was requested. Davidson was pronounced dead at the scene.
ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF STANLEY MARTIN JR., 71, of the Springfield, AL, Volunteer Fire Department died on May 6. Martin had been an apparatus operator at the scene of a structure fire during fire suppression. Shortly after the fire was extinguished, Martin experienced shortness of breath. An ambulance was requested, but Martin stopped breathing and collapsed. On-scene medical care was initiated and he was transported to Greene County Hospital, but was pronounced dead at the hospital.
FIREFIGHTER BRIAN WOEHLKE, 29, of the Wayne-Westland, MI, Fire Department died on May 8. While performing interior firefighting operations at a strip mall fire, Woehlke became trapped in debris after the roof collapsed. It took several hours to recover his body from the building.
—Jay K. Bradish
How to Navigate the Mobile Healthcare Landscape
As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ripples across the landscape and remakes the way EMS delivers out-of-hospital care, there’s pressure to embrace concepts like “community paramedicine” and “mobile integration” of healthcare services without even, in some cases, a clear idea of what they mean and how they fit.
At EMS World Expo’s Mobile Integrated Healthcare Summit in Las Vegas, NV, on Sept. 11, EMS executives and medical directors who are already making the transition to a mobile healthcare delivery model will come together to help agencies navigate this radical new environment.
Several significant sessions will prepare you for what’s to come:
• Laying a Foundation – How mobile medicine fits in the new healthcare landscape.
• The Medicine in What We’re Doing – EMS medical directors examine the new requirements of their job.
• How Do I Do This? Program Development & Implementation – Change starts with determining your community’s needs.
• Getting Along with Others – Learn to work with hospitals, primary-care physicians, ACOs, SNFs, home health, case managers, non-profit groups and others.
• The EMS Office Says We Can’t, What Now? Addressing Regulatory Issues – Do you need new laws or rules in your state to support your new activities?
Continue the discussion by participating in the Summit’s Lunch & Learn: Collaboration is Key: Implementing the Concept of “Mobile Integrated Healthcare Practice,” sponsored in part by Medtronic Foundation. Separate registration required.
This one-day exclusive event will be presented within the EMS World Expo Operations Track and is included as part of the core program registration. You can attend individual classes of interest or the entire program. EMS World Expo (EMSWorldExpo.com) will be held in Las Vegas, Sept. 8-12.