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"That's a negative, Whiskey-6, fire on scene, saying it's going to be a DOA. Check your call notes, please."I have just been denied a back up request, and toss the mic down in disgust. I've already read the call notes. Apparently the dispatcher on the phone with the caller asked if the patient was breathing. Show More Summary

Uniform and Appearance Changes?

An e-mail from a reader: SCC,Word from a friend that the Department is about to change a whole bunch of uniform specs:They already outlawed the shorts thank god. Now, no more knit hats in winter or baseball caps in summer. It's the saucer...Show More Summary

New Idea - Raise Fees!

Really, where do they come up with these brilliant thinkers? Chicago homeowners have managed to avoid suburban-style garbage collection fees, but those “spoiled” days may be coming to an end, the newly elected chairman of the City Council’s Black Caucus said.“I hate to say it. Show More Summary

005 Boss Speaks Up

And will probably get launched in short order: I know mike Pigott takes a beating on the blog but he stood up for his guys big time at compstat today!!!!!Sup said he thought the 10 hour days were great for 5, Pigott said i disagree, our spike in crimes are right around the time the guys are hitting the 9-10 hour mark. Show More Summary

Where’s Ambulance Driver?

I’ll be speaking at the 2015 EMSAAC Conference at Loew’s Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego on May 27, and then at the Connecticut EMS Expo at the Mohegan Sun Casino on May 29-30. If any of my readers are in the area, you should totally check these conferences out. This will be my first...

Casino Deal Coming?

From the comments: SCC:I was at the sergeant’s union meeting Thursday night.You may have heard the radio commercials that state the City of Chicago wants its own casino.It turns out that all 5 public safety unions’ (FOP 7, Fire Local 2 and the 3 PBPA Units) met with the City this week. Show More Summary

Another $62 Million Pissed Away

No money, remember? Ending a costly court fight that City Hall blundered into, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has paid more than $62 million to settle a dispute with the private operators of four city-owned parking garages downtown,...Show More Summary

Bloody Weekend So Far

And once again, the indiscriminate gunfire claims a child: A 4-year-old girl playing outside a South Side party was shot in the head Friday evening after someone opened fire from a passing car. The sun hadn't yet set on the traditional...Show More Summary

Inside EMS Podcast: Rumors of the Demise of Volunteer EMS Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

On this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the latest EMS news and events, including the case of the Aurora FD EMT who was referred to as “the department bicycle” by a Lieutenant on an open mike. On our Guest Table segment, we have Nancy Magee, who counters some of...

Is The First Amendment Dead In The Town of Paradise Valley Arizona?

Town of Paradise Valley, AZ—In arguably the most expensive real estate in the State of Arizona they are proposing the most draconian camera drone ban ever! The town’s council will be voting on this draft ordinance during their May 28, 2015 meeting. Show More Summary

40 Winks Catches 40 hours

Well, 42.5 under the 4-and-2. Is he eligible for an appeal?

Weed to be (Nearly) Penalty Free

When the Department says "no more weed arrests," they mean it: Police won’t be able to arrest Illinoisans for having small amounts of marijuana if a bill passed by lawmakers gets Gov. Bruce Rauner’s signature.On Thursday, the Illinois...Show More Summary

More Millions

Rahm found at least $54 million for this: The 606, a 2.7-mile-long park on the former train tracks, is set to open June 6, and Paige and others believe it could have a dramatic effect on the surrounding communities. While buzz and excitement...Show More Summary

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