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Korea (South): Longtime Firefighter the Face of First Aid in Sherman


A first responder since 1961, he's pretty comfortable in an ambulance, too. "It's really a group effort. It's about working as a team," said Crane, 70, who for decades has heavily been involved in emergency medical services. "It's just something that I really enjoy." Crane knew early on he wanted to help others; he took a first aid class in 1966 and an emergency medical technician class in 1971. Hoping to advance his skills in emergency services, Crane became one of the first firefighters in Sherman to become an advanced emergency medical technician. He has retained his critical care status ever since. "I think it's important to keep up-to-d
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Korea (South): Gov't Unveils Reform Plan of Emergency Rescue System


Seoul: The government unveiled a package of measures on May 28 Wednesday for improving its emergency response system to better cope with national disasters following last month's ferry sinking that claimed the lives of nearly 300 people. The measures, among other things, call for empowering fire station chiefs to command emergency rescue operations, giving safety inspection official’s special judicial powers and creating a national safety agency. The package is a follow-up to President Park Geun-hye's decision last week to reorganize the government to better deal with future disaster situations.
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Korea (South): Emergency Numbers to Be Merged


Several emergency numbers will likely be merged into a single number so as to make the whole system more efficient in the wake of the ferry disaster in April.  Currently, there are 13 such numbers, including 119 (fire), 112 (crimes), 122 (accidents at sea) and 130 (drug-related). When the Sewol sank, over 20 passengers called 119 to report the situation but no one dialed 122, leading to slow responses from the Korea Coast Guard.
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Korea (South): Korea to Increase Disaster Medical Treatment Budget by 9.5 Times


In the wake of the Sewol ferry disaster, the Ministry of Health and Welfare announced on June 11 that it will increase the current disaster medical treatment budget by 9.5 times by next year. The ministry will set aside a total of 20.8 billion won ($20.4 million) for emergency medical care next year, increasing the number of hospitals, ambulances and medical staff. The current budget is 2.2 billion won. 
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Korea (South): S Korea Holds Nationwide Fire Drill, Focus on "Golden Hour"


Workers, shoppers and hotel guests evacuated buildings across South Korea on June 20 in an unprecedented nationwide fire drill to beef up public safety following the ferry disaster that claimed around 300 lives in April.  The NEMA spokesman said the drill was aimed at honing emergency response times to a major fire, with a particular focus on the "golden hour", the time period following traumatic injury during which there is the highest likelihood that prompt medical treatment will prevent death. 
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