Ford Issues Recall on Transit Vehicles

On June 28, the Ford Motor Company issued a safety recall and two safety compliance recalls for more than 400,000 transit vans and buses, police interceptors, and Ford Escapes. The recall comes after some of the vehicles have had issues with the driveshaft coupling. “In the affected vehicles, continuing to operate a vehicle with a cracked flexible coupling may cause separation of the driveshaft, resulting in a loss of motive power while driving or unintended vehicle movement in park without the parking brake applied,” Ford said in a statement about the recall. “In addition, separation of the driveshaft from the transmission can result in secondary damage to surrounding components, including brake and fuel lines. A driveshaft separation may increase the risk of injury or crash.” The affected vehicles were built between 2015-2017, and no known injuries or accidents have been associated with the issue.

CAAS-GVS Ambulance Remount Forum on June 7

CAAS GVS Remount Forum June 7, 2017 NEW LOCATION: Harris Conference Center Charlotte, NC Register Now► The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services, Ground Vehicle Standard Division (CAAS-GVS) will be holding an open forum for organizations involved in the remounting of ambulances. The intent of this meeting is to identify and establish a dialogue with FSAMs and third party Remounters of ambulances in an effort to collect information that may be used in an identified project to create standards for the ambulance remount industry. Any organization with interest in this topic is invited to attend, including ambulance builders, remounters, regulators, customers and component/material vendors. This is an information gathering session only. Input from this meeting will be for the use of the GVS Committee once a remount standard project has been defined and scheduled. No decisions will be made or standards created at this meeting. The meeting will be held on June 7, 2017, from 12:00 pm-5:00 pm EDT, at the Harris Conference Center in Charlotte, NC. Pre-registration for the meeting will be required. Additional information and a registration link can be found on the www.groundvehiclestandard.org website.

Maintaining Compliance Within an EMS Service

Maintaining compliance within an EMS service can be a daunting task, especially given the number of regulations that we must follow. One way to look at EMS is if a trucking company married a hospital. There are rules and regulations to abide by for an entire fleet of vehicles, from safe operation guidelines all the way down to the use and color of lights. Then there are requirements for a group of healthcare providers, which include necessary certifications such as CPR and knowledge of pertinent life-saving skills. Not only does maintaining compliance keep vehicles and equipment running smoothly, but it can offer employees valuable peace of mind and keep everyone focused on the same goals of providing the best care possible. I like to consider compliance an investment in common sense. Employees know what is expected of them at all times, and they know what type of support their employer will provide to keep their skills sharp. In turn, an EMS service gains from being in good standing with regulators and from an engaged, confident workforce. The benefits of a strong culture of compliance are immense. An organization that lives and breathes compliance can help ensure a smooth-running operation that...

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