Trans-scare ambulance company that answered FDNY 911 calls declared bankruptcy Wednesday — taking 27 
ambulances out of commission in two of the city’s busiest boroughs.The FDNY, currently battling a 20-second jump in response times citywide for life-threatening emergencies, is experiencing its slowest response times in the Bronx.That borough lost 18 ambulances working with four hospitals when Transcare, a private company that worked within the city’s 911 system, started Chapter 7 proceedings Wednesday.

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Was it an act of compassion or a criminal breach of medical procedure?
Two FDNY paramedics are accused of lying about administering aid to a dying 71-year-old Dongan Hills man -- aid they didn't provide because they sympathized with the patient's wife, who didn't want him to be revived but couldn't find his "do not resuscitate" paperwork, sources familiar with the case said. The paramedics – Daniel Ornstein, 33, of the 100 block of Presentation Circle in Arden Heights, and Joseph Farrell, 39, of the 600 block of Castleton Avenue in West Brighton -- were responding to a "difficulty breathing" call at the man's house the morning of July 12, 2014, according to law enforcement sources. When they arrived, the man, who suffered from Lou Gehrig's Disease, was in cardiac arrest, and emergency medical technicians were performing CPR. The man's wife became upset, though stating that he had a do not resuscitate, or DNR, order, and didn't want to be brought back to life, sources said. She couldn't find the DNR paperwork though, and could only provide health care proxy paperwork, which the paramedics aren't allowed to accept, sources said. The paramedics wrote in official reports that Farrell administered an endotracheal tube to the patient, and Ornstein administered intravenous medications, but in fact they did none of those things, according to a criminal complaint against them. The man was ultimately pronounced dead, and at one point a supervisor arrived at the scene, sources said. The supervisor reviewed the paperwork and realized that paramedics had detailed treatment they never administered, and questioned them on it, sources said. "They admitted to it," one source familiar with the case said, adding that the paramedics admitted that they had sympathized with the wife. That supervisor, realizing he could face sanctions if the false reports came to light, reported the discrepancies himself, sparking a Department of Investigation probe that ended with Farrell and Ornstein's arrest Wednesday, sources said. The FDNY had initially meant to handle the matter internally, and had put the two paramedics on restricted duty, but the Department of Investigation pushed for criminal charges, the source familiar with the investigation said. The man's family declined comment on Thursday. Sources said they did not wish to be involved in the investigation, and had no complaints about the paramedics' response. Both men are charged with first- and second-degree offering a false instrument for filing, and second-degree falsifying business records, according to information from Acting District Attorney Daniel Master's office. The top charge is a class E felony, punishable by up to four years in prison if they're convicted at trial. They were arraigned and released on their own recognizance. FDNY spokesman James Long said Thursday that both Farrell and Ornstein have been suspended from the job. "We cannot comment further with an active investigation pending," Long said. Ornstein declined comment Thursday, and Farrell did not return a call seeking comment. In a statement Thursday, George Burbano, an executive board member of Local 2507, which represents the FDNY's EMTs and paramedics, said:

What is Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis?
A very rare skin disorder, Epidermodysplasia verruciformis is characterized by a susceptibility to human papilloma virus, and the growth of horrifying tree-bark-like warts over the body. The world at large first heard about this dreadful disease in 2007, when the case of Dede Koswara showed up on the internet with a similar disease. Dede was featured on shows on both Discovery and The Learning Channel. He has since undergone multiple surgeries to remove his warts, with pounds of them hacked off at a time. Unfortunately, the warts of both diseases are very aggressive, and grow back immediately. It is estimated that Dede will need at least two surgeries a year to maintain a reasonably normal appearance.

For National Emergency Medical Services Week, Staten Island University Hospital staged a competition that pitted local EMS providers against each other to test their skills. NY1's Amanda Farinacci filed this report. "Grandma" is a 70-year-old smoker with heart disease who is having trouble breathing. A call to 911 brings a team of paramedics and emergency medical technicians to assess her condition: "Grandma" is not a real patient, but the crews responding to her are real. For National Emergency Medical Services Week, Staten Island University Hospital staged a competition that pitted local EMS providers against each other to test their skills. Working on a remote-controlled mannequin, seven teams of four faced simulated patients with all types of life-threatening emergencies in the first annual so-called "Sim Lab Wars." While it's a friendly competition, the drill was meant to sharpen the skills of EMTs and paramedics. "Each call, you have to take it one step at a time and follow the process and do your size up and do your assessment and everything comes together," said paramedic James Martin. "[You're able] to get a hands-on feel for the patient without actually having a real patient," said Glenn Asadeda, the medical director for the New York City Fire Department. "It's one of the closest things that you can get to a real patient," Emergency room doctors watched the simulation and talked over the results with the teams after it was over. Teams were scored by a panel of five judges, They were graded in specific categories, such as how well they interacted with a patient and how well they followed protocols. The doctors say it was a rare opportunity to improve communication with the people who treat their patients before they arrive at the hospital. "It's imperative that what they're doing is translated to the emergency department when the patient is received, especially in a critically ill patient," said Paul Barbara, an emergency medicine doctor. "I try my best to take the medicine side outside to the streets and take the street side inside to the docs.

A 6-year-old boy's wish is coming true, thanks to some New York City first responders. Nathan Norman of Rustburg, Virginia, is battling spinal and brain cancer. Through the American Cancer Society, Frank Chiaramonte found out Nathan wanted Christmas cards from emergency workers. Chiaramonte, a cancer survivor himself, coordinated an effort to gather as much memorabilia from emergency workers as he could. He and his cousin are driving it down to Virginia for Nathan. "Once I beat cancer, I wanted to give back and help everybody that has cancer, from when they're first born to when they're 90," Chiaramonte said. "We want this kid to push forward and fight this and keep going as long as he could, and with our support, and things like this, it means a lot," said Joseph Scarpinito, a paramedic and a cancer survivor. Paramedics, firefighters and police officers donated items like patches, hats, uniforms and emergency gear.

A Fourth of July tragedy was averted in Queens Thursday when a boy was saved after falling into a pool, thanks to the quick thinking of a retired firefighter. The two-year-old was found unconscious in the pool at this house located at 65-28 Jay Avenue in Maspeth. Officials say the retired firefighter was nearby and sprang into action, performing CPR. "He went into action. He started doing exactly what he needed to do. By the time our units were there the care was already begun - and that is what's so important," said EMS Chief Anthony DeGennaro "The baby was originally completely blue. So when we took him to the back we assisted in ventilation. Then his skin started to perk up and he started to cry. That was music to our ears," said FDNY Paramedic Vanessa Tenorio. The child was resuscitated and rushed to Elmhurst Hospital.

New York's Bravest on Wednesday honored the memory of 10 members lost in the line of duty.
A ceremony was held at the Firefighter's Memorial in Riverside Park. Three wreaths were placed in front of the monument: One for the firefighters, one for EMTs and one for the department as a whole. The crowd stood in silence as the names of the 10 firefighters who perished this past year, were read out loud. The fire commissioner says the memorial is special because it was a gift from the people. "This memorial behind us stands as a testament to the memory of so many of our members,' said Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano. "Even as our hearts are once again heavy with sorrow as we remember their passing, and those that we honor, were also filled with pride as we recall their unflinching readiness to put themselves in harms way," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. This year's memorial honored seven EMTs, one firefighter, a fire marshal, and a paramedic.

It was graduation day for a group of New York City Fire Department Emergency Medical Service officers.
Four captains were promoted to the rank of EMS Deputy Chief and 52 EMTs were promoted to paramedic. They went through nine months of training to receive their advanced life support certification. The FDNY responds to 1.3 million 911 calls a year. More than half are advanced life support calls. "They've bonded together for nine months," said Abdo Nahmod, chief of EMS for the FDNY. "They've learned camaraderie, they've learned teamwork and they've learned how to work as teams to advance the patient care level being provided." "I spent some time as a paramedic, and then, of course, I moved to the officer rank, but again, the mandate was always the same. It has always been providing the best pre-hospital care, and it continues to be that, no matter what level we're at," said Deputy Chief Edward Bobb, a graduate. The graduates will be assigned to various units throughout the city.

FDNY EMS Chief spews a barrage of racist, sexist, anti-Semitic and anti-Asian comments in his Twitter account
He’s a bigot — and a blubbering crybaby.
EMS Lt. Timothy Dluhos, 34, uses an image of Hitler for his profile photo and “Bad Lieutenant” as his online name as he spews a barrage of racist, sexist, anti-Semitic and anti-Asian comments. The FDNY boss proudly posed with Mayor Bloomberg during a 2009 ceremony but hatefully calls Hizzoner “King Jew” and “King Heeb” on Twitter. Dluhos, who works at EMS Station 57 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, dropped to the ground sobbing Friday when The Post confronted him outside his Staten Island home. “There has got to be a lot worse out there than me,” he insisted. BOO-HOO! EMS Lt. Timothy Dluhos blubbers at his Staten Island home after being confronted with his vile tweets. J.C. Rice BOO-HOO! EMS Lt. Timothy Dluhos blubbers at his Staten Island home after being confronted with his vile tweets. “My life is ruined. Oh, my God,” Dluhos wailed. “I’m so sorry.” Yet the 12-year EMS veteran, who was promoted to lieutenant in 2006, seemed to delight in these hateful Twitter diatribes: * “I’m going to give up racial insults for Lent,” he tweeted Feb. 12. “Jesus that didn’t [last] too long. F--ken chinks can’t drive.” * While giving what he called a “hood tour” of the Bedford-Stuyvesant area he serves, he posted photos of a housing project, fried-chicken joints and a strip club. “Real nasty place,” he tweeted Feb 23. “I’ve been there.” * “Hahaha! I work with the coloreds,” he wrote in a Feb. 8 exchange. “For 12 years so that s--t just run off on me.” * “Too bad he didn’t have rabies or AIDS and too bad he didn’t bite King Heeb’s face off,” he tweeted on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, recalling when the groundhog Staten Island Chuck nipped Bloomberg at an event at the Staten Island Zoo. * “That’s how King Jew sees it. Ban all guns & shootings will go down in NYC. But it’s the criminals w/the guns,” he ranted Jan. 30. * A gold Nazi-era pin with a German U-boat and a swastika is “my most prized artifact,” he boasted on Jan. 30. * “He was a good boy who never done NUFFIN wrong. Unf--kenreal. He was a perp & died like a perp. Oh well,” he tweeted March 14, mocking the grieving mother of Kimani Gray, the 16-year-old boy who was killed by cops in Brooklyn on March 9. * He repeatedly Photoshopped an image of an unnamed black teen — putting a Hitler mustache on one photo and a surgical mask on another with the caption, “I’s be a doxter.” * “My son thinks he’s one of ‘those people,’ ” Dluhos wrote in a caption for a Jan. 29 snapshot of his toddler son wearing pants that sagged below his underwear. * “But at least I know my taxes go to the ‘undocumented’ citizens and lazy asses who do drugs all day,” Dluhos wrote March 15. * “Got an extra shift at my second job. Think this will buy me a new gun,” he said, referring to his side gig for Richmond County Ambulance. Photos show a sniper rifle and other firearms stashed in his home.

village ambulance employees were laid off
At a meeting Monday evening, the Village of Minoa announced it will turn over staffing of the village ambulance service to WAVES, a not-for-profit organization. WAVES has been overseeing operation of the ambulance service since earlier this year. WAVES will now staff the service as well. Right after village ambulance employees were laid off, WAVES interviewed them with the goal of putting some, if not all, on their payroll instead. The mayor says the decision was necessary since it’s not getting the same amount of money from the county that it used to. Village of Minoa Mayor Dick Donovan said, "It's the best deal we can come up with. It keeps a community-based ambulance owned by the village of Minoa with a staff of people from WAVES.

Cold Emergencies
A. Remove the patient from the cold environment.
B. Protect the injured areas from pressure, trauma, and friction.
C. Perform initial assessment.
D. Administer high concentration oxygen.
E. Remove the clothing from the injured areas.
1. If patient has an early or superficial local cold injury:
a. Remove jewelry.
b. Splint and cover the extremity.
c. Do not rub, massage, or expose to the cold.
2. If patient has a late or deep local cold injury:
a. Remove jewelry.
b. Cover the exposed area with dry dressings.
c. Do not break blisters, rub or massage area, apply heat, rewarm, or allow the patient to walk on the affected extremity.
F. Transport, keeping the patient warm.
G. When an extremely long or delayed transport is inevitable (transport time in excess of 30 minutes) then active rapid rewarming should be done.
1. Immerse the affected part in warm water bath (not to exceed 105° F)

A ferry from New Jersey made a crash landing at a dock in NYC.
FDNY Paramedics and EMT's respond to the mass casualty incident
A ferry from New Jersey made a hard landing at a dock as it pulled up to lower Manhattan during Wednesday morning rush hour, injuring as many as 50 people, at least one critically, officials said.
The ferry crash happened near the South Street Seaport at about 8:45 a.m The Seastreak Wall Street ferry from Atlantic Highlands, N.J., banged into the mooring as it arrived at South Street around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. One person is in critical condition with head injuries. Police and fire officials said 30 to 50 people were injured. Some patients were carried out strapped to flat-board stretchers, their heads and necks immobilized. About a dozen passengers on stretchers were spread out on the dock, surrounded by emergency workers. A corner of the ferry is ripped open like a tin can. A passenger, Ellen Foran of Neptune City, N.J., said people tumbled on top of one another, hysterical and crying. Ferry company officials are at the scene.

New York City EMS Patient Care Protocols Keep your protocols in your pocket.
This application includes General Operating Procedures, Certified First Responder Protocols, BLS Protocols, ALS Protocols, Inter-Facility Transfer Protocols. This application is a stand alone application with no need of an internet connection. There is a search feature to search for protocol titles. This feature is located in the options menu.

The State Emergency Medical Services Council adopted the National Educational Standards to be used in NYS. With over 62,000 certified EMS providers in the State of New York, we need to assure that the transition moves forward as smoothly as possible.

Hurricane Sandy
* If you have become separated from your family, use your family communications plan or contact FEMA or the American Red Cross. * If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe. * If you cannot return home and have immediate housing needs. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345). * For those who have longer-term housing needs, FEMA offers several types of assistance, including services and grants to help people repair their homes and find replacement housing. Apply for assistance or search for information about housing rental resources. * Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges. Stay off the streets. If you must go out watch for fallen objects; downed electrical wires; and weakened walls, bridges, roads, and sidewalks. * Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company. * Walk carefully around the outside your home and check for loose power lines, gas leaks and structural damage before entering. * Stay out of any building if you smell gas, floodwaters remain around the building or your home was damaged by fire and the authorities have not declared it safe. * Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes. If you have any doubts about safety, have your residence inspected by a qualified building inspector or structural engineer before entering. * Use battery-powered flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles. Note: The flashlight should be turned on outside before entering - the battery may produce a spark that could ignite leaking gas, if present. * Watch your pets closely and keep them under your direct control. Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes. Use a stick to poke through debris. * Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it's not contaminated. * Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out. * Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury. * Use the telephone only for emergency calls. * NEVER use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, or similar areas, even when using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off.

Heroic Hatzolah Volunteer Hailed for Saving Girl’s Life
Five girls were injured, some critically, when a van jumped the curb Monday afternoon, crashing into them as they played on a driveway and neighborhood sidewalk, officials said. One of the victims, a 9-year-old, was found unresponsive after the crash. Jacob Goldmunzer, a volunteer paramedic from New Square, was hailed as a hero for the life-saving actions he took at the scene. The driver, Rachid Elasri, 42, of Spring Valley, was uninjured in the crash, officials said. He was being interviewed by Ramapo police investigators Monday evening. He had not been charged in connection with the crash and was said to have a clean driver’s record. The crash occurred at 3:43 p.m. on Bush Lane in the densely populated Ramapo village. The youngsters, said to be one 7-year-old and four 9-year-olds, were on the sidewalk when a 2002 Ford Econoline veered off the road and struck them, police said. They suffered injuries ranging from bruises and cuts to broken bones and a head injury. Three of the girls, the 7-year-old and two 9-year-olds, were the most seriously injured and were taken to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. One of the three was treated Monday and released. The 7-year-old, who suffered a compound fracture of the femur, was to remain in the hospital Monday night, as was one of the 9-year-olds, who suffered a head injury, officials said. Both girls suffered critical injuries, but were said to be in stable condition Monday evening. Two other victims were taken to Nyack Hospital, where they were released after treatment, officials said. Ramapo Police Chief Peter Brower said during a news conference that the crash might have been the result of a mechanical malfunction. He said the van had been impounded and was to be inspected by state officials for potential safety and equipment violations. The van is owned by Five Star Home Medical Supply, a Monsey business at 419 Route 59. A woman answering the company’s phone shortly after the crash confirmed one of their vans had been involved and said Five Star’s owner was at the scene. Several messages left for comment later in the evening were not returned.

Initiative Announced To Protect EMTs And Paramedics From Assaults
Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes is supporting legislation that would increase penalties for assaults against paramedics and EMTs. Under the proposed law, those types of assaults would be assigned to an Assistant DA in the Investigations Bureau, who will review and prosecute the cases. The legislation would also change the definition of second-degree assault from serious physical injury to just physical injury.Some EMTs, including one who says she suffered a neck sprain and emotional trauma when a patient punched her in the face, causing her to fall out of the ambulance. "I think they should make it felony assault because what happened to me was a felony assault, and when I see it happen to my co-workers, I feel they need justice for what happened to them," said Betty Higdon, an EMT. "I've had glass bottles thrown at me from building roofs, amongst other things," said Shaya Gutleizer, an EMT. "We've been threatened. I've been pushed around." According to the EMT union, there have been 51 assaults so far this year.

Before touching any patient who has been subdued using a Taser, insure that the police officer has disconnected the wires from the handheld unit.
1. Place one hand on the area where the probe is embedded and stabilize the skin surrounding the puncture site.
2. Place second hand firmly around the probe.
3. In one fluid motion, pull the probe straight out from the puncture site.
4. Repeat procedure for second probe.
5. Cleanse puncture sites and bandage as appropriate.
6. Suggest patient be evaluated within 48 hours by MD.
7. If no tetanus within 5 years, advise patient to obtain tetanus within 48 hours.
• When a probe is embedded in a potentially vulnerable region (ie face, neck, groin or female breast) do not remove. • If potential for complications exist, contact on-line medical control or transport to appropriate hospital.

The Waiting Room takes viewers into Oakland's Highland Hospital, a safety-net hospital fighting for survival while weathering the storm of a persistent economic downturn. Stretched to the breaking point, Highland is the primary care facility for 250,000 patients of nearly every nationality, race, and religion, with 250 patients--most of them uninsured--crowding its emergency room every day. The film offers a raw, intimate, and often uplifting look at how patients, staff and caregivers cope with disease, bureaucracy, frustration, hope and hard choices during one typically hectic day.

Police are asking for help in finding a man wanted for a slashing at a Brooklyn bodega.
Investigators say the man slashed a clerk's face at a store near the corner of Broadway and Gates Avenue in Bushwick on Thursday morning. People on scene said the man got angry when the clerk refused to let him use food stamps to buy beer.NYC EMS crews tended to the patient at the scene. Police say the man left the store, came back and cut the clerk's face with a sharp object, then fled the scene.

Police say two separate shootings took place in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn early Saturday morning.
The NYPD says a man is in custody in connection with the shooting of a livery cab passenger early Saturday morning. Police say the man is not cooperating with them and has not yet been charged. Investigators say a man with a gun walked up to a livery cab after it stopped near Utica Avenue and Avenue M in Flatlands, shortly before 2:30 a.m. They say when the man tried to reach in and steal something, the driver struggled with him and the gun went off. A 23-year-old man in the back of the cab was hit.FDNY EMS Paramedics stabilize the patient on scene.He was taken to Kings County Hospital in critical condition.


A spokesperson for FDNY revealed a plan today that demonstrates that public and private city services can indeed pool collective resources for the greater good.

Cabs like this one, outfitted with GPS, an AED and specialized emergency lighting, will soon help shrink FDNY's response times.

At a news conference held at FDNY headquarters, Major-Captain John Brokem the dildo announced that the FDNY EMS would be training hundreds of city cab drivers in basic first aid and CPR, and outfitting their vehicles with GPS, an AED and specialized emergency lighting.

"By doing this, we instantly double the number of available transport units for the citizens and visitors in the City of New York," he said.

"This should effectively cut in half our response times, based on the study done by Fishbine and Unity Consulting."

The initial model would have Emergency Transport Livery Units (ETLU) first in the midtown- Upper West Side neighborhoods, where citizens calling 911 for an ambulance would be more accepting of using cabs for transport.

Based on the results of the pilot program, other boroughs would be enrolled over time.

Not all who attended the press conference were happy with the announcement. Mike Pounsan, representative for the Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics and Fire Inspectors Local 2507, indicated that the move was not likely to help.

"There's no need for these cabbies to run around the city picking up patients. They have better things to do. Besides, the way that most of these folks drive, no lights are necessary.

"To me, this is a drain on a valuable resource. What's next — maybe FDNY EMS units get painted yellow?"

The pilot program begins April 1 and is scheduled to run through the end of June.


FDNY takes $120M ambulance hit

Department had tried to sell the mountain of debt to collection agencies but found no takers
The FDNY is writing off $120 million in EMS ambulance services provided each year to uninsured patients, a top official yesterday told the City Council.

"If a person doesn't have insurance, in most cases they do not pay," Assistant Commissioner Steve Rush testified at a council budget hearing.

"We offer to those patients charitable payments, which is a reduced fee, but most of them elect not to take advantage of it. There's only so far you can go."

Rush added that the department had tried to sell the mountain of debt to collection agencies but found no takers.

"They are no longer interested," Rush said. "It's a very difficult debt to collect on."

The unpaid ambulance bills represent 32 percent of the $380 million that it costs taxpayers annually to run the fleet of ambulances.

EMT Who Allegedly Ignored Dying Woman Arrested for Shoplifting

A New York City emergency medical technician accused of failing to help a dying pregnant woman in a Brooklyn restaurant has been arrested on shoplifting charges on Long Island.

Melissa Jackson was arrested for allegedly trying to swipe about $50 with of goods from a WalMart.

Jackson and another EMT, Jason Greene, were accused of failing to help 25-year-old Eutisha Revee Rennix after she became ill while working at a Brooklyn restaurant on Dec. 9., 2009 The EMTs were waiting in line for their food and later said they were "on break" and not on duty.

Greene was shot and killed last July in a fight outside a SoHo club.

Last October, Jackson was charged with official misconduct, a misdemeanor. She was also put on 30 days leave by the FDNY.

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Court-Ordered HIV Testing of Defendants

As of November 1, 2007, New York State Criminal Procedure Law Section 210.16 will require testing of criminal defendants, indicted for certain sex offenses, for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), upon the request of the victim/survivor.

This law also amends New York State Public Health Law (subdivision 1 of section 2805-i) by adding a new paragraph that specifies that health care facilities providing treatment to victims/survivors of a sexual offense must:

1. offer and make available "appropriate HIV post-exposure treatment therapies in cases where it has been determined, in accordance with guidelines issued by the commissioner, that a significant exposure to HIV has occurred," and
2. inform the victim/survivor that "payment assistance for such therapies may be available from the New York State Crime Victims Board pursuant to the provisions of article twenty-two of the executive law."

The New York State Department of Health has been requested to provide guidance for the following scenarios.

1. The court must order HIV-related testing of the defendant when the result would provide medical or psychological benefit to the victim/survivor.
* Medical and Psychological Benefit Guidance for Defendant Testing, NYS DOH AIDS Institute, (10/07) can be found at
* This guidance also addresses what type of test should be ordered and whether follow-up testing would be medically appropriate.
2. The court should designate a county public health officer to conduct the test.
* For test site locations:

HIV/AIDS Laws & Regulations
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FDNY EMT David Taranto charged with third-degree sexual abuse

An FDNY EMT fondled a female car crash victim and tried to insinuate himself into a romance with her in the days following the wreck, police allege.

Police say David Taranto, 31, of the 200 block of Kiswick Street in Midland Beach, took liberties with a middle-aged female who had gotten into a crash on West Cedarview Avenue and Kensico Street in Richmond on May 16.

The woman was shaken up in the crash, and once she was in an ambulance, Taranto took his stethoscope, placed it underneath her shirt, and cupped her breast in his hand, according to a law enforcement source familiar with the case.

He told her she had a "beautiful body," the source said, and accompanied her to the hospital, staying with her for three hours.

At one point, the source said, he took her cell phone and called his own number with it. Over the next few days, he called her and sent her texts, inviting her to his house, the source said. She told him that she was uncomfortable with the contact, and contacted authorities, the source said.

Police arrested Taranto yesterday afternoon, charging him with a single count of third-degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor, said Peter N. Spencer, a spokesman for District Attorney Daniel Donovan.
FDNY spokesman Steve Ritea said Taranto, who’s a seven-year EMT veteran assigned to Staten Island, has been suspended without pay for 30 days following the arrest.

NYC Police say a man has died following a fight outside of a pool hall in Brentwood.It happened early Sunday morning just before 2am at the Fiesta Pool Hall on Suffolk Avenue. Police say they got a 911 call about a fight outside the business and when they arrived, they found a man with head trauma.

A second man, Ramiro Garcia, was also injured and taken to the hospital by FDNY EMS where he is listed in critical condition.

Bloomberg Defends FDNY Cuts, Says "People Are Afraid Of Change
Mayor Bloomberg defended his proposal to save $55 million by closing 20 engine and ladder companies in the five boroughs. On his weekly radio address today, Bloomberg said response times and fire deaths are at a new low, and New Yorkers are only protesting because "people are afraid of change."

The Mayor added "firefighting has changed over the last century," and "a lot of this gets ginned up by people pandering to small constituencies." When asked who is responsible for the funding shortfall, Bloomberg said "Albany is the one that cut all our money." What do you say?

What's your reaction to Mayor Bloomberg defending his plan to close fire companies? Given the improvement in fire safety statistics, do you trust the decision won't jeopardize lives? Are you pointing the finger of blame at Albany or City Hall?

An emergency medical technician who pleaded guilty to official misconduct after posting a picture of a strangling victim on his Facebook page is now surrendering his license.Under a plea deal, Mark Musarella, 48, agreed to complete 200 hours of community service, give up his license and agree not to reapply for a new one in the future.

Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan says Musarella also waived his right to appeal.

Musarella has also been fired from his job at Richmond University Medical Center.

Authorities say Musarella took a picture of 26-year-old Caroline Wimmer's body after she was strangled in 2009. It is considered a violation of general regulations for EMS workers.

15th victim has died after a tour bus crashed on a New York City highway
The bus slid into a sign pole that sheared it end to end in a gruesome scene of blood, jumbled bodies and shattered glass.

A 16-year-old girl was shot in the face early Sunday morningoutside her apartment building.

It happened around 1:30 a.m. outside the Seth Low Houses on Belmont and Christopher Avenues in Brownsville.

The girl was taken to Brookdale University Hospital by FDNY paramedics where she is listed in critical but stable condition.

John Peruggia the jackass gets fired

The chief of the Fire Department of New York's Emergency Medical Service Command has been replaced amid investigations into the city's response to a blizzard that stranded ambulances and created a backlog of more than 1,000 emergency calls.Abdo Nahmod, who has been overseeing the department's Emergency Medical Dispatch, will take over the post from John Peruggia, who held the top job for six years

A baby delivered inside the lobby of a snowbound Brooklyn building died after an emergency call for a woman in labor brought no help for nine excruciating hours.
A blizzard baby delivered inside the lobby of a snowbound Brooklyn building died after an emergency call of a woman in labor brought no help for nine excruciating hours.

The baby's mother, a 22-year-old college senior, was recovering Tuesday night at Interfaith Medical Center, where her newborn was pronounced dead at 6:34 p.m. on Monday. That was 10 hours after the first 911 call from the bloody vestibule on Brooklyn Ave. in Crown Heights.

"No one could get to her. Crown Heights was not plowed, and no medical aid came for hours," said the student's mother.

By the time a horde of firefighters and cops finally trooped to her aid through snow-covered blocks, the baby was unconscious and unresponsive, sources said.

Details of the tragedy emerged as the abominable snowstorm continued to wreak havoc across a city still digging out from the wintry blast. Some of the other blizzard horrors include:

- In Queens, a woman tried to reach 911 operators for 20 minutes Monday and then waited for three hours for first responders to arrive. By then, her mom had died, state Sen. Jose Peralta's office said.

Laura Freeman, 41, said her mother, Yvonne Freeman, 75, woke her at 8 a.m. because she was having trouble breathing. When the daughter couldn't get through to 911, she enlisted neighbors and relatives, who also began calling.

One of the callers reached an operator at 8:20 a.m., but responders stymied by snow-clogged streets didn't reach the Corona home until 11:05 a.m., said Peralta, who wants the death investigated.

"The EMS workers walked down the block trudging through snow," Freeman said. "They tried. I could tell by the look on their faces. I really would just like [Mayor] Bloomberg to admit that there were casualties."

- A woman in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, was forced to spend the night with her dead father after the medical examiner's office took more than 24 hours to claim his body. Ismael Vazquez died at 10:31 a.m. on Monday, and the 82-year-old man's body remained in his bed until 1 p.m. yesterday. His daughter kept vigil in the living room.

"This is New York City, and I'm a New Yorker, and this is not the first storm we've ever had," said Florence Simancas, 51, holding back tears. "Somebody dropped the ball ... big-time."

- A Brooklyn woman was left sobbing at a Bay Ridge bus stop yesterday when the driver said there was no way to get her to a doctor's appointment in Bensonhurst.

"Please help. I have a doctor's appointment that is important and I can't get nowhere," 64-year-old Ludmila Kowalow said. "I don't know what to do," she added, throwing her hands in the air.

A 76-year-old Bay Ridge heart attack victim nearly died when an FDNY ambulance became stuck in a snowbank, but he was rescued by a gang of good Samaritans lugging him through the unplowed streets on a sled fashioned from a gurney.

"My husband could be dead right now," said Lucy Pastore, whose husband, Salvatore, was in stable condition at Lutheran Medical Center. "The mayor acts like this is a minor inconvenience. Makes me sick."

Still, nothing approached the tragedy of the newborn on the busiest day for 911 calls since Sept. 11, 2001.

The pregnant woman was walking from her home to the nearby hospital in the still-swirling snow when she ducked into the building lobby, unable to make it any farther.

The young woman had not told her family she was pregnant - she didn't want to disappoint relatives - or that she and her college boyfriend had decided to put the child up for adoption.

An 8:30 a.m. 911 call was made, with the caller saying the birth wasn't imminent, a Fire Department source told the Daily News. The call received a low priority, and the city unsuccessfully tried twice to contact the caller during the next few hours, the source said. A second, more urgent 911 call at 4:30 p.m. reported the woman was bleeding and the baby was crowning - and the call was upgraded to level two, the source said.

An hour later, the NYPD contacted the FDNY/EMS to report the baby had been delivered but was unconscious. Cops cut the umbilical cord and tried to revive the newborn, police source said.

The call was then upgraded to level one - highest priority - and an FDNY crew arrived in 12 minutes, sources said. EMTs were on the scene at 6 p.m.

"The mayor was spouting nonsense to say Crown Heights was plowed. It wasn't," the woman's mother said. "No one could get to her ... any other day she would have gotten to a hospital."

The city medical examiner will do an autopsy today on the baby.

The New York City fire department commissioner is reminding New Yorkers to only call 911 with life-threatening injuries, as it needs to concentrate its resources on emergencies.

Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano says the department has been slammed with non-emergency calls following Sunday's massive snowstorm.

He says the system is already taxed and that dozens of ambulances and fire trucks have become stuck on the treacherous roads.

"The streets are unpassable," said Cassano. "Our calls really are backed up and we want to make sure we can get the people who need to be transported to the hospital and life-threatening emergencies."

The FDNY says an additional firefighter was added on all 198 engine companies.

A New Jersey EMS task force is also being put together to send 15 ambulances to the city.

FDNY EMTs Save McDonalds Customers By AccidentEMTs Robert Fredette and Andres Miranda from Station 4 were on lunch break at around 2 a.m. on Dec. 20, when they decided to go to McDonald's on Cliff and Fulton streets in Manhattan.

Immediately when they walked in the door, their carbon monoxide (CO) meters started ringing, showing levels of 120 p.p.m. (they evacuate at 35 p.p.m.). They went back outside, to shut off the meters, and reentered the restaurant, again receiving the high reading.

They called dispatch and asked for the local fire company to respond as they evacuated approximately 10 people from the store. Luckily, the pair had found the condition in before any of the employees or patrons showed any symptoms, and none needed treatment.

EMT Fredette said at one point he walked up a few steps to go to the upstairs portion of the restaurant and his meter went over the limit. "I've never had that happen before, to that level," he said.

When asked how it felt to know the saved many lives, EMT Fredette said, "It feels great; they could have gotten really sick or died. It's nice to know we could help.

EMT Who Allegedly Ignored Dying Pregnant Woman Faces Criminal ChargesAn emergency medical technician who is accused of not aiding a pregnant woman who died inside a Brooklyn Au Bon Pain restaurant last year was arraigned Tuesday on charges stemming from the incident.

Melissa Jackson, 23, turned herself in to authorities this morning and was charged with official misconduct. She faces up to two years behind bars.

Another EMT involved in the incident, Jason Green, was shot and killed in an unrelated incident in July.

Witnesses say Jackson and Green, who were off-duty, refused to step in as Eutisha Rennix, 25, was dying of an asthma attack.

Jackson's lawyer maintains his client did nothing wrong and actually called the 911 dispatcher directly.

Both Rennix and her unborn child died at the hospital.

A 31-year-old man had collapsed near the finish line of the New York City triathlon, in which thousands of racers defied the sweltering heat to swim, bike and run.Race Director Bill Burke says the London man was treated by NYC EMT's on scene and was rushed to the hospital to the ER.Eleven other people also were hospitalized, but didn't appear to have serious injuries.

Do you know your heat exhaustion protocols?

Angus Pascall was EMT by day, vicious sex stalker at night.A decorated EMT was charged Wednesday with a series of sick sex crimes - including an attack on an 11-year-old in an elevator he commandeered with his Fire Department key.WATCH THE VIDEO

FDNY Graduates Newest Batch Of EMTs
Hundreds gathered at LaGuardia Community College on Sept. 20 to cheer as 34 paramedics and 87 EMTs graduated from the EMS Academy.

"You are all the best - the future of the FDNY's Emergency Medical Service," said Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano. "I speak for the entire city when I say that we can all sleep a little easier knowing you're out there protecting the city."

The graduates speak 17 languages, including Spanish, Cantonese, Ukrainian, Serbian, Armenian and Polish.

"Your enthusiasm reflects your commitment to the FDNY," said Chief of Department Edward Kilduff. "This is a difficult program, and you deserve our congratulations."

The class valedictorians included Paramedic Benjamin Friedman, EMT Jesse Lipton, EMT William Morrocco and EMT James Paulson.

"I applaud the dedication of these men and women," said Chief of EMS John Peruggia. "You are the backbone of the Emergency Medical Service, a critical component to the system."Among the graduates was EMT Ryan Blackwell, whose father, Firefighter Christopher Blackwell from Rescue 3, was among the 343 FDNY members killed on Sept. 11, 2001.

Four of the graduates also served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Paramedic James Bresnahan served in Iraq with the Marines Corps; EMT David Kojac served in Baghdad, Falluja and Al Asad with the Marine Corps; EMT Phillip Browning served in the National Guard; and EMT Ruben Licona served in the Navy.

The members will be assigned to units throughout the five boroughs.

"I'm excited to graduate and excited to start my career," said Paramedic Eric Ozechowski.

NY1 VIDEO: Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano presided over the graduation ceremony


FDNY EMT Worker Accused Of Ignoring Dying Woman Killed In SoHo

An EMT worker who made headlines last year for allegedly refusing to help a dying, pregnant woman was killed Sunday morning in a shooting in Manhattan.
Police say Jason Green, 32, was shot in the face around 2 a.m. at the corner of Vandam and Hudson Streets in SoHo.

He was pronounced dead at New York Downtown Hospital.

Investigators say he was leaving the Greenhouse club at the time.
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Representatives for the Varick Street establishment said those involved in the shooting were not customers.

The New York City Fire Department confirms Green was one of two EMT workers who were suspended in connection with the December death of a woman who worked at a Downtown Brooklyn Au Bon Pain.

Officials say Green and Melissa Jackson were off duty when Eutisha Rennix collapsed, and instead of helping, told onlookers to call 911.

Rennix and her unborn child died shortly thereafter at a hospital.

It’s unclear what the circumstances were surrounding the shooting.

No arrests have been made.

Police Release Video Of EMT's Alleged Killer

Two Wounded In East Harlem Shooting

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The shooting happened shortly before 1:30 a.m. at Second Avenue and 122nd Street.

Police say the teenager was shot in the leg and is in critical condition.

A 19-year-old man who was shot in the back is also recovering.Both were treated on by NYC paramedics

FDNY Begins Diverting Ambulances From St. Vincent's
As St. Vincent's Hospital prepares to close, some patients will be sent to other hospitals.

As of 10 a.m. today, the New York City Fire Department is only taking psychiatric patients to the Greenwich Village facility.

Fire officials say all other patients will be taken to different hospitals.

The hospital says it will continue to care for walk-in patients for now.

The hospital's board voted Tuesday to close inpatient services after a six month attempt to save the institution, which is estimated to be $700 million in debt.

The move ends the hospital's acute care, rehab and behavioral health services.

Outpatient services like cancer care and HIV and AIDS treatment will be saved.

There is still no official closing date for the 160-year-old facility.

In response to the impending closure of Saint Vincent's, many local hospitals are expanding their hours and services to accommodate its patients and staff.

Bellevue, a seven-minute ride away from St. Vincent's, says it has already seen an increase in patients. NYU Langone Medical Center just next door to Bellevue, has already made some changes.

"We've already seen a significant impact at Bellevue in their emergency department, so we're up about 13 percent compared to last year,” said Alan Aviles, president of the Health & Hospitals Corporation.

"Our emergency department, unfortunately, is small and overcrowded, but we do have a certificate of need on file with the Department of Health right now in order to expand it,” said NYU Langone Medical Center’s Dr. Andrew Brotman.

The New York Daily News reported Thursday that at least two health care companies, Mount Sinai Medical Center and Continuum Health Partners, are still in talks to take over the emergency department and community clinics.

A spokesperson from Continuum released a statement saying that its hospitals are prepared to take on the extra needs of the community by expanding the hours and services at its existing facilities.

Beth Israel and Roosevelt Hospital will also allow for immediate, temporary admitting privileges for St. Vincent's patients.

Additionally, Continuum has initiated a temporary hiring freeze and will work to place St. Vincent's workers in any job vacancies.

Both Mount Sinai and Continuum had bids to take over the entire hospital, but pulled out to avoid taking on the West Village institution’s $700 million in debt.

Local leaders and residents say they worry the hospital’s closure will leave a dangerous gap in medical care for the Greenwich Village area.

In response, Governor David Paterson said the state will begin seeking grant applications for the development of a new urgent care facility in the neighborhood.

"While I am disappointed that St. Vincent's will close its inpatient services, I am committed to ensuring that the health care needs of the community it serves continue to be met. This project will help maintain access to needed urgent care services in Greenwich Village," said the governor in a released statement. "I am confident that the other providers in the area will come forward with resourceful proposals to ensure that St. Vincent's patients continue to receive timely and high quality care."

Meanwhile, nurses and staffers from St. Vincent's held a rally Thursday to protest the hospital's closing.

They say they're not only concerned about losing their jobs, but also for their patients.

"This community has to know, when you have that difficulty breathing, when you have that chest pain, do not go to an urgent care center, it means your life, you need a full service hospital here in Manhattan, at St. Vinny's and nothing less will do," said St. Vincent's nurse Barbara Cane.

"I really would like to help St. Vincent's stay open and care for this community. I think if we get together strong enough we can stop this," said St. Vincent's nurse Rosemary Rogers.

"I'm here to support the hospital but I think it's a done deal and I think it's a criminal done deal," St. Vincent's nurse Dorothy O'Neill.

About 150 people turned out for the rally, including dozens of neighborhood residents.

Also affected by Tuesday's decision to close up shop are the hospital's 345 residents and interns.

They now have to find somewhere else to finish their training programs. Some are just two months away from finishing.

About 40 of them have already been uprooted once when Mary Immaculate Hospital and St. John's Queens Hospital closed last year.

The Committee of Interns and Residents has been working with all the residents and interns since the problems began at St. Vincent's.

Long Island College Hospital EMTs Fired for Online Postings

Ben Duchac

Franco Colon

Two goofball emergency medical technicians played Chatroulette and lost.

The pair had goofed around in their gas masks and flirted with girls in online chat rooms inside their ambulance between 911 emergency assignments and posted photos of it online before getting fired for their capers.

Medics Ben Duchac and Franco Colon of the Long Island College Hospital EMT corps took pictures of their antics. And Duchac posted the images on the photo-sharing Web site Flickr.

The EMTs were in their parked ambulance when they signed on to the Web site ChatRoulette, in which random strangers chat.

One of the images shows a laptop screen chat between a sexy brunette and the two medics wearing their gas masks.

In another, captioned "Franco Likes Safety," Colon steers with his left hand while texting with his right. It's not clear if the ambulance is moving.

"I made a mistake," Duchac told The Post. "It was unprofessional."

"The EMTs involved in this incident were immediately terminated once we became aware of their actions," said hospital spokeswoman Zipporah Dvash

Hospital Workers Rally State To Keep St. Vincent's Open

Elected officials, nurses and hospital workers rallied in front of cash-strapped St. Vincent’s Hospital today.

They are urging state officials to keep the Greenwich Village hospital open.

St. Vincent’s is currently $700 million in debt.

Governor David Paterson had given the hospital a month to develop a viable rescue plan. But the month is almost over and a task force made up of hospital officials, lawmakers and labor leaders has not been able to come up with a solution.

Workers say not only is this a crisis for the actual employees, but it is also a major problem for the community.

"The nurses need to rally because we need to be together. This has been a very stressful situation for all of us for the last couple of months,” said St. Vincent's Nurses Association President Eileen Dunn.

“I've been employed here for the last 20 years, so basically I grew up here at St. Vincent's; it's a family," said another hospital worker. "It's sad what's going on. But the real issue is the impact it's going to have on the community."

Union employees have already agreed to a 10 percent pay cut for the next four months and non-union workers have agreed to slice salaries as much as 25 percent.

The hospital has already laid off 300 unionized workers.

A previous deal to buy the hospital and phase out its emergency care facilities was abandoned after much criticism.

EMTs accused of ignoring dying pregnant woman Eutisha Rennix back on job after 30-day suspension
FDNY EMT Jason Green, 32, and Melisa Jackson, 23, returned to work after a 30-day suspension.

Two EMTs accused of ignoring a dying pregnant woman because they were on a break returned to work Thursday proclaiming their innocence.

Smiling and laughing, Jason Green and Melisa Jackson reported to FDNY headquarters at the end of their 30-day suspension for abandoning Au Bon Pain worker Eutisha Rennix.

"I'm relieved I still have a job," said Green as he hugged a co-worker and playfully swatted another on the shoulder outside Metrotech in downtown Brooklyn.

"This whole thing's been stressful," said Green. "I'm just hanging in there."

The dispatchers, who still face a criminal probe, were grabbing a bagel at a nearby Au Bon Pain when a worker told them 25-year-old Rennix was having trouble breathing. Rennix, who was six months pregnant, had collapsed and was in the back of the store.

Jackson called a fellow dispatcher to report the incident, but witnesses said she and Green did not try to help Rennix themselves. The mom and her premature baby died hours later.

Green, 32, and Jackson, 23, denied they left the coffee shop and insisted they did all they could to help.

"Hopefully, the truth will be unveiled, and me and Melisa will have our names cleared," said Green.

The Department of Investigation and the Brooklyn district attorney's office are probing the incident. The Fire Department has yet to interview the EMTs, but Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said he could not comprehend a member of the FDNY not stopping to help.

"We help, that's what we do - no matter what," Cassano said. "When you raise your right hand and take that oath, that's what you're pledging to do."

Rennix's co-workers were outraged that the pair was allowed to return to work.

"A girl is dead. I think they should still be off," said Tarsheen Brown, 29. "I asked them for help and they just looked at me like I was stupid."

Regional EMS Council of NYC

Ambulance Committee meeting

475 Riverside Drive
Orthodox Room- Ground Floor
New York New York 10115
Time:5:00 PM

Contact Information:
Organization:Regional EMS Council of NYC
Name:Marie Diglio
Phone Number:212-870-2301

12-year-old boy found slasheda 12-year-old boy was found slashed Saturday night in Queens.

Investigators say the boy was found just before 10 p.m. where the Jackie Robinson Parkway intersects with Cypress Hill Street.

He had several slash wounds.He was treated & trasported by NYC EMS to a Queens hospital

,where he is said to be in stable condition