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Monday, November 24, 2014

1st Battalion Paramedic Awarded EMS Provider of the Month for October

By Battalion Chief Mark Davis

Congratulations to Lieutenant Paramedic (LTP) Robert Furst (A-Shift Float) for being chosen by MCFRS's EMS Division as EMS Provider of the Month for October 2014. Lieutenant Furst was the primary care provider on a critically ill and combative patient. His work, along with his crew's efforts provided a successful outcome. In the photos below you will notice that in addition to a certificate, the EMS Provider of the Month also receives a beautiful challenge coin.

In addition to his normal duties as a Float Lieutenant on the A-Shift in the 1st Battalion, LTP Furst also serves as a back-up EMS Duty Officer and as a guest lecturer at the County's training academy. 

Excellent work LTP Robert Furst!







Friday, November 21, 2014

Graco Recalls 11 Models of Strollers Due to Fingertip Amputation Hazard

Normally we post these types of recalls from CPSC via our Twitter or Facebook platforms.  But, this one is so large and impacts one of our most vulnerable populations, infants/toddlers, that I felt I should post additionally here.

If you have a stroller of any kind, please take a moment to read below from our partners in safety at the CPSC and take the needed steps if you find you are in possession of one of these strollers.  As well, feel free to share this and help spread the word.

BD

Recall Summary

Name of product:
Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate Model Strollers and Travel Systems
Hazard:
The folding hinge on the sides of the stroller can pinch a child’s finger, posing a laceration or amputation hazard.
Units
About 4.7 million in United States, about 202,000 in Canada, and about 10,300 in Mexico
Description
This recall includes eleven Graco and Century-branded strollers with model names Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate.  All models are a single-occupant stroller with an external sliding fold-lock hinge on each side and a one-hand fold release mechanism on the handle. Strollers with a manufacture date from August 1, 2000 to September 25, 2014 are included in the recall. Model numbers and the date of manufacture are printed on the white label located at the bottom of the stroller leg just above the rear wheel. The model names and numbers included in the recall are:
Aspen
      
6947MAN
6954AMB
7403ANM
7414BKL
7453UVB
7454WNN
 
       
Breeze
      
34950
6904N8
6904TN8
6907JUN
7404M7
7404TM7
7433BER
6904BUG
6904NV
6904YL
6907ZOU
7404NCB
7431PUR
7464CEL
6904LAZ
6904TLQ
6907CYP
6932AR
7404P8
7432PUR
7464KSB







Capri - Century Branded Literider
    
6901DZ
6901FRN
6901MP
    
       
Cirrus
      
35233
6956COR
6956MLL
7426CUB
7438JET
7456NGS
 
6919MV
6956MAC
7416HX
7435WNN
7456GKG
7463CUB
 
6919TMP
6956MIC
7416THX
7438GIN
7456MON
  
       
Glider
      
35206
6974CYP
6987FMT
6S00MRG3
7441SAV
7446STA
7S00SBN3
1755545
6974HAB
6987FMT3
6S01JAV3
7441SAV2
7448WLS2
7S00WAV3
1757978
6983THE
6987SFJ3
6S02SFS3
7441SPT
7459KYW2
 
6937N6
6984SAR
6999TRI
7441FLT
7445UNN
7S00KWD3
 
       
Kite
      
6837COE
      
       
Literider 
      
1759206
1834721
6712NPB
6903RG
6927HE
6942MP
7304TOP2
1759753
1834725
6712PWC3
6912GMP
6927HK
6955G9
7305ALB2
1760521
1843722
6712SFT
6916BLW
6927LV
6989N2
7320UVB
1761301
1850503
6712SNY
6916BRN
6927TMJ
6989Y2
7321UVB
1763582
1852558
6712SUP
6916D5
6927TXB
6M01TAN3
7340SSR
1783222
1853477
6712SUP3
6916F3
6929B7
6M02SFR3
7340SSR2
1790492
1876823
6720THE
6916HBH
6929HX
7003CHP
7350DOH
1794240
34855
6730BEB
6916MEL
6929KY
7300MAK
7350DOH2
1801006
34939
6730DRM
6916P8
6929WN
7303BRL
7360NGS
1804095
35635
6730HMP
6916RK
6936HAV
7303BRL2
7436GIN
1809351
6710JKP
6827RS
6916TA6
6936JAM
7304GEI
7436JET
1809556
6710JUP
6903IND
6927AE
6938A5
7304GEI2
7M00DCF3
1817150
6712NAP
6903JJJ
6927GP
6940A4
7304HNW3
 
       
Literider - Century Branded
    
1804730
      
       
Sierra


  
7487GP
7487VA
     
       
Solara - Century Branded Literider
    
6965ZOL
6985CNC
   

 
       
Sterling
      
6988KER
7425CLE
7425OAK
7428RAC
7429VL
7437N5
7447PAS
7423RAC
7425CLE2
7427AD
7429HX
7429WZ
7447M7
 
       
TravelMate
      
6958HAV
6958TDT
     
Incidents/Injuries
Graco has received 11 reports of finger injuries including six reports of fingertip amputation, four reports of partial-fingertip amputation and one finger laceration.
Remedy
Contact Graco immediately for a free repair kit. Repair kits will be available from the firm at the beginning of December 2014. While waiting for a repair kit, caregivers should exercise extreme care when unfolding the stroller to be certain that the hinges are firmly locked before placing a child in the stroller. Caregivers are advised to immediately remove the child from a stroller that begins to fold to keep their fingers from the side hinge area.
Sold at
Target, Toys R Us, Walmart and other retail stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Walmart.com and other online retailers from August 2000 through November 2014 for about $40-70 for the stroller and about $140-$170 for the Travel System.  
Manufacturer
Graco Children’s Products, of Atlanta, Ga.  
Manufactured in
China