Gov't to Require Seat Belts on Large Buses
New tour buses and buses that provide service between cities must be equipped with seat belts starting in late 2016 under a federal rule issued Wednesday, a safety measure sought by accident investigators for nearly a half century.
Beginning in November 2016, all new motorcoaches and some other large buses must be equipped by manufacturers with three-point lap-shoulder belts, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. The rule doesn't apply to school buses or city transit buses.
President Signs Bill Encouraging Schools to Stockpile Epinepherine
The deaths of two girls in Illinois and Virginia from severe food allergies have helped spur efforts to get schools to stockpile emergency medications that can save lives.
That effort has now reached the highest level: President Barack Obama's desk. The president signed a bipartisan bill on Wednesday that offers a financial incentive to states if schools stockpile epinephrine, considered the first-line treatment for people with severe allergies. The medication is administered by injection, through preloaded EpiPens or similar devices.
A Historical Look at Emergency Medical Services in New Jersey
Some are salaried, many are volunteers. Some serve large cities, others are on call for small towns. But common to all is the willingness to come to the assistance of members of their communities at any time and in any circumstance.
Civilian ambulance services with paid employees began in the United States in some large cities in the late-1860s. The online National EMS Museum notes that Julian Stanley Wise organized the nation’s first volunteer rescue squad in Roanoke, Va., in 1928, with others starting up shortly thereafter in Palmyra and other cities on the Atlantic coast.