News Article | April 24, 2017
Dashcam video has captured the harrowing moment a little girl fell out the back door of a church bus in Arkansas. Ryan Ciampoli was driving behind the vehicle when its rear exit door suddenly swung open, with a 4-year-old clinging to the handle. Read: Driver Arrested in Death of Boy With Autism Who Was Left on Bus for Entire School Day The child tried to hold on, but quickly crumpled to the ground, where she laid, blocking traffic. Ciampoli slammed to a stop and ran to the child, his training as an EMT immediately kicking in. He bent over her and was thankful to see she was moving, but she was badly hurt. “She had a gash on her forehead and her teeth were broken in. It was very hard to see her in such pain,” he said. “She hit it hard right on her face, so her lips were bloody and bruised.” She had also broken her jaw. The girl was identified as Emily Rose Turner of Arkansas. Read: Driver Orders Everybody Off School Bus Minutes Before It Bursts Into Flames and Explodes He picked up the girl and cradled her in his arms as someone else called for an ambulance. Social media critics chided him for moving the girl, but Ciampoli said he had no choice. “This was the one time you do because of the moving traffic,” he said. Authorities are investigating what caused the door to swing open. Watch: 2 Kindergarteners Die After Being Hit by Tractor-Trailer at School Bus Stop
News Article | April 17, 2017
Accomplished Emergency Manager, consultant and author Joseph Pred has been named EMS Program Director at Unitek Education. Joseph Pred brings more than 20 years of EMS services, management and leadership experience to his role as EMS Program Director. In addition to expanding and improving the already successful academic programs at Unitek Education, Pred will focus on achieving the highest levels of academic excellence, student service, and graduate success. Most recently, Pred served as CEO of Mutual Aid Response Services (MARS) in San Francisco. The company provides consulting in emergency and risk management, EMS, curriculum development, safety, government relations, compliance and management. Pred also managed a team of 60 emergency staff, including EMTs, Paramedics, Nurses, Doctors and Dispatchers. In a prior role, Pred founded the Burning Man Emergency Service Department and then served as its Operations Chief for 13 years. The Burning Man ESD is a ground-breaking organization with more than 100 managers and 1,000 staff charged with planning and overseeing all emergency services for a temporary city of 68,000 with a very risk-tolerant and austere environment. The organization is widely regarded as a best-in-class structure for a mass gathering event. Over the course of his career, Pred’s credentials have included: Joseph Pred is an author of several books, including the highly regarded “Emergency Survival Manual,” from Outdoor Life magazine. The book covers 294 life-saving skills for emergency and disaster preparedness, such as floods and treating burns and broken bones. Pred also regularly speaks at conferences on matters of emergency management, public safety, and temporary mass gatherings. Notably he is speaking at the 2017 SXSW conference later this month. Unitek Education is a cutting-edge licensed vocational school that prepares students to become skilled EMT professionals to meet the rising demand for experts in this field. Unitek Education provides workshop-style training that emphasizes hands-on application of classroom knowledge to real-world challenges. Unitek Education programs include: EMT Boot Camp, EMT Refresher, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support Course, Basic Life Support Course, and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, among others.
News Article | May 1, 2017
Update, May 2, 2017: This article has been updated to include a response from Amazon. Back in November, when the world was still reluctantly adjusting to the reality of a Trump presidency, some Americans started preparing themselves for the threat posed to women's health. Given the GOP stance on access to contraception, there was a well documented rush on IUD insertions and some health care providers began drafting suggestions for their clients on what to expect. Jeremy A., a 25-year-old former EMT and pharmacy technician, responded by ordering six boxes of emergency contraception—Opcicon One Step, a generic version of Plan B—off of Amazon just before Inauguration Day. "I bought it because I was concerned that the new Republican administration would make this type of medication harder to obtain for those who need it," Jeremy told me in an email. Emergency contraception, also known as the morning-after pill, has been available without a prescription (but behind the pharmacy counter) to adult women since 2009. Four years and one major court decision later, the age restrictions were lifted and the medication was moved to the retail aisles. (Though in reality, this didn't happen everywhere.) Jeremy intended to stock up before the new administration could undo the hard-won battle to make the medication accessible. Eleven days later, the package arrived from a vendor that sells pharmaceutical products. Like he does with every medication he buys, Jeremy checked the expiration date, which is legally required to appear on the outside of the box as well as whatever contains the medication itself. Instead, there was a sticker on the outside of the box, and under that, a patch where the date had been scratched off. The same was true for all the rest of the boxes in his order, as well, he wrote, as those friends had ordered. He reached out to the maker of the drug, who then instructed him carefully lift the cardboard circle covering the pill—without breaking the foil—to examine the wrapping of the individual pills. He found they were dated July 2016, six months before Jeremy had made the order. Jeremy isn't the only one to have discovered this. Several reviews for OpciCon from different vendors note that the expiration date—if they can find it—has long passed. Amazon's rules explicitly ban selling medication that has passed its sell-by date, so Jeremy reached out to Amazon and left a claim with the FDA. Amazon refunded his money and the product has since been taken down—but still appears in the Amazon store through other vendors, possibly of the same batch that expired in July 2016. Amazon hasn't contacted buyers, such as Jeremy's friends, who purchased the expired pills. Many of the negative reviews mention the same kind of tampering. "The biggest issue with an expired medication is that it may not work, and so with Plan B that could be a pregnancy," Dr. Jennifer Gunter, a San Francisco-based gynecologist and blogger told Motherboard via email. "It's sad that women feel they need to stock up and it sucks that people are trying to take advantage of that." Moreover, Gunter said consumers should never trust medication that has been tampered with, regardless of the date. "My issue with this is if a box is tampered with in any way, never ever use the medication. Ever. Tampering with medications is illegal and unethical and if they have tampered with one thing, what else have they tampered with? Do not buy medications from untrustworthy people! How do you know if it is counterfeit?" Gunter continued. Jeremy also reached out to the FDA, who, he wrote, is taking the matter "extremely seriously." Last month, he said, a government agent came to examine the boxes. But he's disappointed Amazon hasn't made more of an effort to reach out to buyers, considering how common the problem seems to be. The company sent me the following statement regarding the issue: "Customer safety is our highest priority. We monitor the products sold on our website for product safety concerns, and when appropriate, we remove a product from the website, reach out to sellers, manufacturers and government agencies for additional information to take the necessary actions. If customers have concerns on items they've purchased we encourage them to contact our Customer Service directly and work with us so we can investigate and take appropriate action." But if reproductive rights are abridged under the next few years, we can expect to see more of this: Shady vendors offering potentially dangerous solutions to women's health care, instead of safe access.
News Article | April 17, 2017
Church of Scientology Harlem Community Center hosts World Civil Defense Day program to encourage local residents to be prepared for whatever happens, through Volunteer Ministers and EMT (emergency medical technician) training. In honor of World Civil Defense Day March 1, the Church of Scientology of Harlem Community Center hosted an open house focusing on the skills needed to respond to natural and man-made disasters. The program featured James “Rocky” Robinson, founder of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps (BSVAC). Those attending watched a video about the partnership between BSVAC and the Scientology Volunteer Ministers in the relief effort following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. When everyone else was telling Robinson there was no way to get to Haiti to help the victims of the earthquake, Robinson received a call from the Scientologists telling him to go to Hanger 4 at JFK Airport along with his crew. The Scientology Volunteer Ministers had chartered a plane and invited the BSVAC on board. They flew the paramedics to Haiti along with medical supplies and Volunteer Ministers to provide the logistical support they needed to save hundreds of lives. After the video presentation, Robinson spoke of his trip to Haiti and explained his life’s mission. By providing jobs for youth, they become good members of society rather than choosing a life of crime or drug addiction. He offers youth the chance to become members of his ambulance corps. They can survive financially while carrying out a vital community service. Robinson told the audience how he makes sure they succeed: He gives them excellent training—and love. He spoke with pride of his “family,” which he says includes his BSVAC members and the Scientology Volunteer Ministers. Robinson has trained more than 1,000 EMTs in BSVAC’s 29 years. And he says there is no greater high than saving a person’s life. After a brief demonstration of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), Robinson encouraged the audience to get trained and prepared to save a life. Also speaking was Volunteer Minister Ayal Lindeman, EMT and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). He spoke about the practical tools contained in the courses of the Scientology Handbook—the textbook of the Volunteer Minister. It is the skills in these courses that make it possible for the Volunteer Minister to live by the motto “Something can be done about it.” Lindeman stated that first aid comes first in times of disaster and echoed Robinson’s desire to train more EMTs in Harlem. He said that a Volunteer Minister who is also an EMT is uniquely capable of handling emergencies, disasters and problems of life. Master of ceremonies Shyryllya Bradley Pickett, Community Center vice president, described some of the life skills training available through the Volunteer Ministers program. She screened video presentations on such topics as study and communication skills. Volunteer Ministers respond to natural and man-made disasters and help people cope with the personal disasters that ruin their lives. From drug addiction to broken families, illiteracy to unemployment, they offer effective help. This knowledge is available to anyone through online courses at the Volunteer Ministers website. View the article on the Scientology Newsroom.
News Article | April 19, 2017
-- Electricians have often asked, "Why doesn't an EMT manufacturer make corrosion-resistant tubing that won't rust?" Now with aluminum EMT, contractors have their wish and can put away their rigid conduit threaders and reamers.Aluminum EMT is the perfect material choice for indoor or outdoor, damp, wet or exposed environments. With Bridgeport's line of Listed Zinc Alloy EMT connectors and couplings, contractors can quickly install a lightweight, corrosion-resistant EMT system that won't rust.The Bridgeport zinc solution, with aluminum EMT, provides countless advantages for the contractor: inherent corrosion resistance, lighter weight, no dissimilar metal concerns, easy fabrication, and a pleasing appearance. The Listed fittings also make for easy inspections.Bridgeport's Zinc Die Cast Fittings Listed for Use with Aluminum EMT are part of Bridgeport's full range of electrical solutions that can be found in the" – a completely stocked selection of quality electrical fittings and innovative product solutions available from major electrical distributorships across the U.S. and Canada.A complete list of fittings approved for use with aluminum EMT can be found here For more information about Bridgeport's solutions that help contractors become more productive on the job site, contact: Bridgeport Fittings, Inc., 705 Lordship Blvd., Stratford, CT 06615; Tel: (203) 377-5944; Fax: (203) 381-3488; or visit Bridgeport's Website at http://www.bptfittings.com and click on the Literature Library.
News Article | April 20, 2017
Kevin Berg is executive vice president of production at CBS Network Entertainment Group. He's been responsible for the launch and success of the CSI and NCIS franchises, Blue Bloods, Elementary, and more. But as a young man growing up in Massachusetts, Berg was aimless. He took a year off after high school to work at one of the region's many chair factories. He didn't want to do it forever, so he enrolled at Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) and studied communications. After college, he did a brief stint at a Boston radio station, then headed to Los Angeles. After knocking on doors, he ended up with a job with an award-winning director. Now a success in his field, Berg also has become a philanthropist. He served five years as a member of the Board for the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a leading charitable organization. And he's involved with Save the Children and several community impact projects. He's also helped countless people start careers in the industry. He's known for answering cold calls and taking chances on people. Berg embodies MWCC's mission to prepare individuals for lives of fulfillment, leadership, and service in a diverse and global society. Chong Keun Chu came to America from Seoul, Korea, in 1975. Unsure of how exactly to make his dream a reality, he got a job doing manual labor in Texas. In 1978, he heard about the opening of a new college: Brookhaven College. Chu enrolled in a non-credit painting class. His teacher recognized his talent and passion. He encouraged Chu to enroll as a credit student. Chu took his advice. Eventually, he transferred to Southern Methodist University with a full scholarship. Chu has embraced his heritage and identity in his art. It's redefined him as a Korean-American artist. Now, his art has been featured more than 30 times at numerous galleries nationally and internationally. In 1995, he published the Korean drawing book, From Trash to Treasure. It introduced the American art education system to Korean art students and their parents. In 2006, Chu was the American Continental Curator of the third Gong-Ju International Art Festival in Korea. Closer to home, he and his wife created art for two Dallas Rapid Transit stations. Chu's been a full-time professor of fine art at Brookhaven since 2002, and donates his artwork to college fundraising projects. Jonathan Mark Lane, an alumnus of Big Bend Community College (Washington), was a teacher and wrestling coach at Frontier Middle School when, in 1996, he found himself facing down a 14-year-old student who had a hunting rifle. The student shot and killed his teacher and two other students, and severely injured another student. Lane risked his life to confront and disarm the student and save the lives of 16 students. He received the Carnegie Hero Award, the Rotary International Paul Harris Award, and several others. He was invited to testify before a committee at the U.S. House of Representatives regarding school shootings, and a made-for-television show called Hero's Welcome, airing in 2006, highlighted his actions. Lane continued to be an educator, serving as a principal before entering public service. He served on the Moses Lake City Council for 11 years and was elected mayor in 2010. He's served as a trustee at Big Bend Community College and established the Lane Family Scholarship fund at the college to support low-income students. He's currently president of the Washington State Association of College Trustees. Emad Rahim's life today is a far cry from where he started out. He was born in a concentration camp in the Killing Fields of Cambodia. His father and brother died there. Rahim's mother strapped him to her back and risked landmines and soldiers to get to a refugee camp in Thailand. They were awarded sponsorship to America, but there were more setbacks. While living in Brooklyn during the height of the crack epidemic, Rahim walked into a drug deal gone wrong. He was shot in the leg. His mother decided to relocate the family to Syracuse. There were other struggles: an abusive stepfather, poverty, dyslexia and discrimination. Rahim got through high school with the help of a mentor. At New York's Onondaga Community College, he began taking on leadership roles. He went on to earn multiple graduate degrees in business and a doctorate in management. Along the way, he became a husband and father. Now, Rahim serves as an endowed chair and professor at Bellevue University. He founded the Project Management Center of Excellence at Bellevue, and Venture Connect at Morrisville State College. He's been a Fulbright Scholar and a TedX speaker. He uses his own story to inspire and motivate students. He works with community organizations to combat racism and foster diversity. He received a congressional award for civic engagement and was recognized by the United Nations as an Empact 100 Honoree. His story was turned into a short documentary and was part of the Syracuse Theater production, Tales from the Salt City. Karen Trovato's inventive nature began early. The daughter of an IBM engineer, she earned an amateur radio license when she was 9 years old and enjoyed helping her father with technical projects and his own inventions. It left a mark on her. Trovato studied math at Dutchess Community College in New York—one of the few women studying in that field. She continued her schooling and eventually earned her Ph.D. in computer science and robotics from the University of Amsterdam. She spent 36 years working at Philips Research North America, developing around 50 inventions. She developed algorithms that led to the self-parking car. In 2005, she was named Inventor of the Year by the New York Intellectual Property Law Association. Her work resulted in 40 issued patents in the U.S. and over a hundred worldwide. But of her many inventions, it's her work in healthcare that really keeps her going. She invented the Electronic Pill in 2007 after becoming interested in Michael J. Fox's struggle with Parkinson's disease. The remote-controllable pill delivers medication at the most optimal time. This invention spun out of Philips and became the Medimetrics company, offering Intellicap. She's currently working on devices that reach and treat lung cancer without surgery. Trovato also values community service. She's a trained EMT and volunteered weekly for the Peekskill Ambulance Corps for years. And she works with the American Association of University Women to introduce girls to science, math, technology and engineering. As the voice of the nation's community colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), delivers educational and economic opportunity for 12 million diverse students in search of the American Dream. Uniquely dedicated to access and success for all students, AACC's nearly 1,200 member colleges provide an on-ramp to degree attainment, skilled careers and family-supporting wages. Located in Washington, D.C., AACC advocates for these not-for-profit, public-serving institutions to ensure they have the resources and support they need to deliver on the mission of increasing economic mobility for all. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/outstanding-community-college-alumni-to-be-honored-by-national-association-300442154.html
News Article | April 21, 2017
SEOUL, South Korea, April 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- KEPCO and 19 outstanding Korean SMEs together will participate in the Korean Pavilion at the Hannover Messe held in Hannover, Germany for 5 days from April 24 to April 28. The outstanding technology capabilities of Korean companies will be shown off to the global market. KEPCO is pursuing SME accompanied growth businesses. As a public company which was established to supply electric power, it is responsible for power transmission, power transformation, power distribution and sales, and is making efforts to provide assistance to SMEs through support, such as overseas marketing. It is also providing diverse programs and services to develop and support overseas market development of SMEs. According to KEPCO officials, the company composed the Korean Pavilion and participated together with 19 outstanding Korean SMEs (KST Plant, DONGNAM Petroleum Ind., S&S INC, HanKwang, DongBang Electric Industrial, Seondo Electric, KP ELECTRIC, SuNAM, NTEK SYSTEM, Costal, QIT, EYECAPKOREA, BISTEL, EMT, Namsung Ind. Shinsung Industrial Electric, Bosung Powertec, ITS, SIGNET) in this event as part of diverse businesses to assist domestic companies in overseas market penetration, and it anticipates SME accompanied growth to become more activated through participation in Hannover Messe. The Hannover Messe is World's Biggest industrial fair which comprehensively covers diverse fields, such as industry automation, energy, digital factory where top global companies participate every year. It is used as a networking market for showing off new technology, and known as a location where new technology can first be seen. The Korean SMEs' participating in this Hannover Messe will show off diverse products in energy and new business, starting with power equipment and materials, in the Korean Pavilion, such as Power Transformer, Vacuum Circuit Breaker, Superconducting Wire and EV Charger. The Korean Pavilion is located at Hall13 C31 from April 24 to 28 during this event, many visits by buyers who have interest on the outstanding technology and products of Korean companies are expected.
News Article | May 7, 2017
EUREKA, CA, May 07, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Wayne Caldwell, CFP, Premier Financial Group's former President and current Chairman of the Board, has donated $5,000 to the North Coast Paramedic Program at the College of the Redwoods to purchase two electrocardiogram (ECG) monitors. These monitors represent the latest in lifesaving technology and are used to provide hands-on experience and practice that improves EMT students' confidence and proficiency. Though Wayne Caldwell and Premier Financial Group have long been committed to giving back to the community -- through donations to St. Joseph Hospital, the Eureka Symphony, annual financial literacy scholarships, and support for many local non-profits -- the donation to the North Coast Paramedic Program at College of the Redwoods had a very personal catalyst. In early 2016, Wayne Caldwell experienced a serious heart event that required intervention. The responding Humboldt County paramedic, Kelly Wilson, used advanced ECG 12 Lead monitors to diagnose, treat, and inform the cardiologist, St. Joseph's ER, and cath lab before leaving Caldwell's home. The monitors also transmitted vital information while en route to St. Joseph Hospital, all resulting in an almost-perfect outcome. After a very successful recovery, Caldwell reached out to Wilson to express his gratitude and extend an offer of support to the Paramedic Program. Wilson, the program's primary instructor, noted that she would like to replace outdated cardiac monitors with the same, updated equipment that was used to save Caldwell's life. After a discussion with College of the Redwoods' program Director Douglas Boileau, Caldwell provided a $5,000 donation to purchase two new ECG 12 Lead monitors, just in time for the entering paramedic class to utilize. Wilson noted that the new monitors represent an "exponential upgrade" in training for EMT students at North Coast Paramedic Program; their enhanced expertise benefits the public, as well. Caldwell stated, "My and Premier's donative interest has always been to help create long-term solutions. The combination of St. Joseph's Cardiac Cath Lab, paramedic/EMT training on how to coordinate and work with the Cath Lab, and now having current ECG monitors to train new EMT students seems like a strong, winning combination." About Premier Financial Group: For more than 26 years, Premier Financial's team of Certified Financial Planning professionals and wealth advisors have worked with individuals, families, foundations, and company retirement plans to provide investment management and financial planning services. As SEC Registered Investment Advisors, we are fiduciaries to our clients, whether providing investment management, retirement planning, tax guidance or estate planning. (707) 443-2741. http://www.PremierFinancial.com Premier Financial Group is a company specializing in financial planning, company retirement plans, retirement planning, estate planning guidance, and tax planning guidance.
News Article | May 1, 2017
One person was killed and three others were wounded in a "heinous" stabbing spree carried out by a student at the University of Texas in Austin, authorities said. Kendrex J. White, 21, was armed with a large hunting knife when officers tackled him on campus after he allegedly stabbed four people Monday afternoon as he "calmly" walked among students, police said. No motive was released by authorities. Read: Limping Man on the Loose After Shooting EMT Who Was Treating Gunshot Victim: Police More photos from the scene: pic.twitter.com/XZpymHUvgt Photos posted to social media showed a man with a bandana around his head, and a knife sheathed in a belt holster, being handcuffed by officers. The attack occurred near Gregory Gym, according to the Austin Police Department. Student Rachel Prichett said she was standing in line at a food truck when a man with a large knife approached someone behind her. "The guy was standing next to me," she told The Associated Press. "He grabbed him by the shoulder and shoved the knife in it. I just started running as fast as I could. Another witness told the Austin American Statesman that a man in a bandana "comes up and stabs the knife into the table and looks all of us in the eye... He pulls the knife out without saying anything and turns around to stab some guy in the back of the neck," said the witness, who asked not to be identified. Classes and campus events were canceled Monday afternoon. Authorities declared the college was safe following the suspect's arrest. "Our prayers go out to those affected," Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said, calling the attacks "heinous." University Police Chief David Carter said the stabbings were within a one-block area as the assailant "calmly walked around the plaza." Read: 5 Teens Allegedly Stabbed by Straight-A High School Student, Who Then Stabbed Himself Student Ray Arredondo was walking to his car, he said, when panicked people began running toward him. "They were just screaming, 'Run! Get out of here!''' he told the wire service. The attack comes just three days after a former student carrying a machete and other knives attacked students at Transylvania University in Kentucky. One student was hospitalized. The University of Texas, which has 51,000 students, is one of the nation's largest. It is blocks from downtown Austin and the Texas Capitol building. Watch: Mother Charged with Murder After Stabbing 5-Month-Old to Death: Cops
News Article | May 1, 2017
Dallas Police walk a neighborhood a block away from a shooting in Dallas, Monday, May 1, 2017. Authorities said a Dallas paramedic has been shot while responding to a shooting call. (AP Photo/LM Otero) DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on the Dallas shooting that left a paramedic critically injured (all times local): Dallas police say a shooting that critically wounded a paramedic started as a dispute between two neighbors. Interim Police Chief David Pughes said the suspected gunman was found dead in a Dallas home Monday as officers searched the neighborhood following the paramedic's shooting. Investigators say the paramedic was among those responding to a shooting reported in the neighborhood east of downtown around 11:30 a.m. Authorities say that as emergency responders treated a civilian who'd been shot, another person approached, opened fire and critically injured the paramedic. Pughes says officers at the scene were told that the suspected shooter and the person found shot in the street were neighbors who'd had a dispute. He says officers were told "it was just a simple dispute between two neighbors that escalated into a shooting." A second person also was found dead in the home, though no details have been released about that person. Dallas' mayor says two bodies have been found in a local home, including the body of a person suspected of shooting a paramedic. Mayor Mike Rawlings said during a news conference Monday that a police robot found the bodies as authorities scoured a Dallas neighborhood following the shooting. Authorities say the paramedic was shot and critically wounded while helping a shooting victim. Rawlings says the paramedic is out of surgery and in intensive care. The mayor says the civilian is also in intensive care, but no other details were released. The mayor says the threat is over in the neighborhood. Authorities are searching a Dallas neighborhood for a suspect who they believe shot and critically injured a paramedic who was helping a shooting victim. Dozens of police vehicles have swarmed the largely residential area east of downtown. Police say they believe the suspect is still in the vicinity. A 33-year-old woman told The Associated Press that her mother lives in the neighborhood and saw SWAT teams arrive Monday, though she didn't hear any gunfire Brenda Salazar says she was already headed to visit her mother, but called after hearing about the shooting on the radio. She says her mother told her she didn't hear any shooting but "saw the SWAT guys and police setting up and going into the neighborhood." While waiting in the shade of a gas station sign across the street from a police barricade, Salazar says her mother was OK and is watching the news, "but this stuff happens here all the time." Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement saying his prayers were going out to all of those affected. Authorities are scouring a Dallas neighborhood for a suspect after a paramedic and a civilian were shot. The city released a statement saying emergency responders were treating the civilian late Monday morning when another person approached, opened fired and critically injured the paramedic. Dozens of police vehicles have swarmed the largely residential area and blocked off much of the neighborhood just east of downtown Dallas. Officials believe the suspect is still in the vicinity. The city says the paramedic is in critical but stable condition at Baylor University Medical Center. Details about the civilian's condition haven't been released. No details have been released about the shooter or what may have sparked the shooting. Dallas paramedic is in critical condition after being shot while responding to a shooting call, and that the scene remains active and dangerous. The city released a statement saying officers were responding to a shooting around 11:30 a.m. Monday when a Dallas Fire-Rescue EMT Unit was struck. Dallas police say a paramedic was hit and is hospitalized in critical condition. Authorities say the shooting occurred near the Dolphin Road Fire Training Academy east of downtown. Dozens of police vehicles have swarmed the mostly residential area. Police spokesman Warren Mitchell says "the entire area is still active and very dangerous." No details have been released about the shooter or what may have sparked the shooting. The Dallas Police Association tweeted earlier Monday that officers responding to an active shooter were "pinned down" by gunfire.