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 Wednesday, Nov 26 
State representative lobbying for removal of Southeast Bullitt Fire chief (WDRB)
State Representative Steve Riggs sent a letter to the Bullitt County Sheriff Wednesday, voicing his support for a full investigation into Southeast Bullitt Fire Chief Julius Hatfield.

 Wednesday, Nov 26 
Why you don't want a high-tech ambulance if you're in cardiac arrest (PBS)
Emergency treatments delivered in ambulances that offer "Advanced Life Support" for cardiac arrest may be linked to more death, comas and brain damage than those providing "Basic Life Support."

 Wednesday, Nov 26 
EMS chief details response to unrest in Ferguson (EMS World)
Chris Cebollero, NREMT-P, chief of EMS for Christian Hospital in St Louis, MO, has been on the front lines of the tumult, both in the immediate aftermath of Brown's shooting and now again in this latest swell of unrest.

 Wednesday, Nov 26 
EMT-B: Georgetown-Scott County EMS, Georgetown (Scott) KY

 Wednesday, Nov 26 
EMT-P: NET Care Ambulance Service, Inez (Lawrence) KY

 Tuesday, Nov 25 
Embattled fire chief investigated for fraud, abuse of public trust (WDRB)
Bullitt County Sheriff's deputies searched the home and office of Southeast Bullitt Fire Department chief Julius Hatfield on Tuesday as part of an investigation into alleged insurance fraud and abuse of public trust. They are specifically looking into whether the fire department bilked insurance companies by inflating clean-up costs for automobile accidents to which firefighters responded, WDRB has learned.

 Tuesday, Nov 25 
Narcan price on the rise (EMS World)
The price of a life-saving drug that counteracts the effects of a heroin overdose has increased by 55 percent in the past three weeks.

 Monday, Nov 24 
November Certificate of Need Newsletter (Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services)
The November edition of the Kentucky Certificate of Need Newsletter.

 Monday, Nov 24 
Lexington government finalizes 3-year contract with firefighters union (Lexington Herald Leader)
Lexington and its nearly 500-member firefighters union have signed a three-year collective bargaining agreement that includes modest raises for firefighters and more money for tuition reimbursements for continuing education, city and fire union officials said Thursday.

 Sunday, Nov 23 
Bullitt Memories: Using hearses as ambulances (Louisville Courier Journal)
Until 1979, Bullitt County did not have an ambulance service. The solution was that the local funeral home director, whose hearse was the only suitable vehicle in town, would also provide the ambulance service.

 Sunday, Nov 23 
'Golden hour' vital for treating trauma patients (Bowling Green Daily News)
With time a crucial factor in medical emergencies, split-second decisions have to be made, and that sometimes results in a medical helicopter getting a call to carry a patient from here to a trauma center in Nashville or Louisville.

 Friday, Nov 21 
Bullitt fire chief sorry for racist comment (Louisville Courier Journal)
Southeast Bullitt Fire Chief Julius Hatfield says he "made a mistake" when he made a racist comment at the scene of a car accident in September - an incident that was caught on video by a Bullitt County Sheriff deputy's body camera. The video has recently spread nationally.

 Friday, Nov 21 
Kentucky on pace to set highway fatality record low (WLKY)
Kentucky is on pace to set a 65-year low for fatalities on the road.

 Thursday, Nov 20 
CDC Report: ER visits at record high, 96% needed medical care within 2 hours (EMS World)
The nation's emergency departments saw more than 136 million patient visits in 2011, the highest number ever recorded, compared with 129.8 million in 2010, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 Thursday, Nov 20 
Paramedic: Breathitt County Ambulance, Inc., Jackson (Breathitt) KY

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Kentucky Legislative Session: The 2015 Kentucky Regular Legislative Session is a short session limited to 30 days that begins with Part 1 on January 6. A break is scheduled to begin January 10 and Part 2 convenes on February 3. Feb. 6 is the last day for new bill requests. Feb. 13 is the last day for new Senate bills and Feb. 17 is the last day for new House bills. The legislature will not meet during the Veto Period of March 10 through March 20. The final two days scheduled are March 23 through March 24. The schedule may change.
   Read How a Bill Becomes Law to learn how a bill goes through the Legislative process, including how it can be changed and passed without any public knowledge.
Bills of interest to EMS:
  • Controlled substances, penalties and protocols for deaths relating to - BR 322: Nov 20-Prefiled by the sponsor.
  • Controlled substances, penalties and protocols for deaths relating to - BR 59: Nov 20-Prefiled by the sponsor.
  • Controlled substances, penalties and protocols relating to - BR 333: Oct 31-Prefiled by the sponsor.
  • Controlled substances, protocols relating to - BR 164: Oct 24-Prefiled by the sponsor.
  • Substance abuse, treatment of - BR 195: Sep 26-Prefiled by the sponsor.

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