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April 2, 2006 | Debra J. Miller, Debra J. Miller teaches English at a private high school in Los Angeles.
On Thursday, Oct. 8, 1964, the day the police decided my mother killed my father, I woke up late, the kind of late that snaps you out of your favorite dream, the one where you're wrapped in the arms of your favorite TV hunk--mine was Dr. Kildare--and he's just about to . . . when bang your unconscious tells you the sun is out, the lights are on all over the house and you're going to be late for school because nobody got you out of bed. We were a family of five. I was 14 and the oldest.
March 30, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Ten people were injured, one of them critically, in a head-on crash Sunday afternoon on Highway 126 on the outskirts of Fillmore in Ventura County, authorities said. Six victims were taken to hospitals after the 2:11 p.m. accident east of Hopper Canyon Road, a Ventura County Fire spokesman said. The collision, about five miles east of the Fillmore city center, involved four vehicles, he added. One woman was taken by helicopter to Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks in critical condition, the spokesman said.
July 14, 1998
After reading your excellent July 7 article about the danger ambulance attendants and drivers face on the streets of L.A. due to the lack of compliance with the law on pulling over to the right, I would like to express how it feels to be the patient in that ambulance. On the rainy night of Feb. 19, I had a stroke; after a very encouraging quick response to our 911 call, the nightmare trip to the hospital is fortunately partially blocked out due to my condition. At two major intersections cars failed to yield and when the ambulance had to put on its brakes, it was only due to their skilled response that I wasn't killed in a crash.
January 26, 2014 | By Lisa Zamosky
Few of us expect to find ourselves riding in the back of an ambulance, yet in 2012 nearly 600,000 people in Los Angeles County were transported to hospital emergency rooms. And that's just in response to 911 calls. But how does it work? Where do they take you? How much does it cost and who pays for it? Every city and county in Southern California has a slightly different way of handling emergencies. But Cathy Chidester, director of the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency, says most local areas operate under similar principles.
July 5, 1996
The Ventura Fire Department's recent announcement that it will provide emergency ambulance service is welcome news. This fills a serious community need. Many thanks to our firefighters and our City Council for recognizing a need and acting. ANNETTE LAZARUS Ventura
March 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A former paramedic was sentenced in Standish to between 40 months and 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old while she was being taken to a hospital. David Spresny, 43, was found guilty in January of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The girl, who was hurt in a traffic accident, said she was molested while strapped to a backboard in the ambulance.
July 13, 1996
I am very concerned about the closing of Westlake Hospital's emergency room. One thing that really disturbs me is the time required to get to Los Robles by ambulance. A few weeks ago I saw an ambulance on Hampshire Road with lights flashing and siren blaring, and even this didn't stop three cars from pulling out of the side street by Kmart right into the path of the ambulance. It just seems like this is a game to some people. They have no respect for life, not only the life of the person being "rushed" to the hospital (at 10 mph because of these uncaring drivers)
December 27, 1985 | United Press International
Policemen commandeered a city bus to rush a dying man to a hospital after an ambulance carrying him collided with a car, injuring eight people, police said Thursday. An ambulance carrying Simon M. Malkin, 72, who had suffered a heart attack and later died, crashed into a car that pulled into the emergency vehicle's path Wednesday, police said.
An 11-year-old boy known for knocking women off their electric golf carts was in Juvenile Hall on Tuesday after stealing a paramedic ambulance that was on an emergency call and leading authorities on a 90-minute chase through several desert communities. The Cathedral City ambulance crew had responded to a medical aid call Monday evening and when they went back to their idling ambulance to get a gurney, "there was no gurney. There was no ambulance," Fire Battalion Chief Doug Brown said.
Emergency ambulance fees would increase substantially if the Los Angeles City Council passes a plan aimed at recovering more of the cost of medical services. The higher fees--for everything from basic life support to traction splints--were proposed after a recent study found that the city charges less than the county for the same services.
November 18, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
An Orange County ambulance company has paid $3.05 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that it billed Medicare and other federal healthcare programs to transport patients who didn't need an ambulance, federal prosecutors said. The suit was filed on behalf of the United States by two former employees of Lynch Ambulance, which is based in Anaheim, under whistle-blower provisions of the federal False Claims Act, according to a written statement by the U.S. attorney's Central District of California office.
August 23, 2013 | By Lisa Zamosky
After an outpatient procedure last summer, Sidney Fallender was expecting to go straight home. But when two nurses tried to get the 93-year-old Sherman Oaks resident on his feet, they discovered he was unable to walk on his own. "The doctor told her assistant to call the paramedics," Fallender recalled. He was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center by ambulance, less than a mile from his doctor's office, for possible emergency surgery. "A couple of weeks later I got a bill for the ambulance service in the amount of almost $1,000," he says.
July 15, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum and Ben Welsh
Following criticism from city fire commissioners and union leaders, the Los Angeles Dodgers are dropping a plan to staff home games with city firefighters and ambulances. The deal came under fire last week after LAFD officials acknowledged it required shifting on-duty units from other parts of the city and would result in some cost to taxpayers. Dodgers spokesman Steve Brener said that amid the criticism, the team decided it was better to instead contract with a private ambulance company.
July 12, 2013 | By Ben Welsh
The union representing rank-and-file Los Angeles city firefighters has called on the LAFD to end its agreement to provide ambulances at Dodger Stadium home games, an arrangement that has come under fire since officials acknowledged it required shifting on-duty units from other parts of the city and would ask taxpayers to foot part of the bill. Since spring, the LAFD has stationed three ambulances at Dodgers home games to provide medical care. The department planned to prevent the city from paying the cost by staffing the units with off-duty firefighters who volunteered to be paid overtime by the Dodgers.
July 10, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez and Kate Mather
As critically injured passengers lay on the runway near the wreckage of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, other passengers pleaded with emergency dispatchers to send ambulances to help the victims, according to 911 tapes released Wednesday. The tapes, released by the California Highway Patrol, offer new information on the initial chaotic moments of Saturday's crash at San Francisco International Airport that left two people dead and 182 injured.  The callers first spoke with CHP dispatchers and then were transferred to medical and fire dispatchers in San Francisco.
July 9, 2013 | By Ben Welsh
A draft contract for the Los Angeles Fire Department to continue providing medical care at Dodger Stadium came under criticism from fire commissioners after department officials disclosed that the arrangement has required shifting on-duty units from other areas and will ask taxpayers to foot part of the bill. Since spring, the LAFD has stationed three ambulances at Dodgers home games to provide medical care. The department planned to prevent the city from paying the cost by staffing the units with off-duty firefighters who volunteered to be paid overtime by the Dodgers.
April 13, 1989 | LESLIE WOLF, Times Staff Writer
Seven people were injured Wednesday when a fire truck and an ambulance, both speeding to aid an injured police officer, collided at a busy Mid-City intersection. Four firefighters, two Hartson's paramedics and a doctor who was riding in the ambulance were hospitalized after the spectacular crash, which occurred shortly before noon at 43rd Street and University Avenue. Hartson's spokeswoman Sharon Henry said both vehicles, emergency sirens blaring, apparently raced into the intersection at the same time and that the fire engine broadsided the ambulance.
June 19, 1989
A car driven by a suspected drunk driver crossed into opposing traffic lanes and hit an ambulance head-on Sunday morning in Van Nuys, injuring the driver of the car and two paramedics and a drug-overdose victim in the ambulance, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. Alvaro Hernandez, 32, of Sepulveda was in custody at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center jail ward on suspicion of felony drunk driving, Officer Roy McFall said. Hernandez suffered a broken nose and collarbone and multiple cuts in the accident, which occurred shortly before 2 a.m., McFall said.
June 28, 2013 | By Ben Welsh
The Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to temporarily continue staffing ambulances added to the Fire Department fleet earlier this year -- although it is unclear how the cost will be covered. Fire Chief Brian Cummings says more ambulances are necessary to handle an increasing number of requests for medical help, which now account for more than 80% of 911 calls. In May, Cummings added 11 ambulances by reassigning one firefighter per shift from 22 firetrucks across the city. That decision was challenged by labor groups and some members of the city Fire Commission, who criticized the fire chief's plan as poorly prepared, and expressed concern that the change could put firefighters at greater risk.
May 7, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum, David Zahniser and Ben Welsh, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to provide $1.6 million to reverse a controversial new staffing plan at the Fire Department, handing a victory to the employee union that had branded it as unsafe. Over the weekend, the department began shifting 22 firefighters a day from engines to ambulances as part of a plan to improve response times and address an increase in 911 medical calls. On a 12-0 vote, the council provided the money needed to add 11 ambulances to the agency's fleet through June 30 while keeping fire engines fully staffed.
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