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Report: EMS lacks terrorism training, equipment

The emergency responders who provide medical care at disaster scenes aren’t getting adequate training and don’t have the proper equipment to respond to terrorist attacks involving explosives or chemical or biological agents, a report out Friday says. Although they represent a third of the nation’s first responders, emergency medical services (EMS) providers have received only 4% of the $3.38 billion the Homeland Security Department doled out for emergency preparedness in 2002 and 2003. Without sufficient training and equipment, “when we have a major incident, we’re not going to have an effective medical response — and that’s critical to saving life and limb,” says Robert Bass, Maryland’s EMS director. “You get what you pay for.” Full Story

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