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First on Scene

First on Scene is a podcast about the people who run toward danger and the people who become heroes in our darkest hour. Boston 25's Blair Miller sits down with first responders to hear the stories of what they see every day.

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A Moving Target

When a 911 call is silent, it's up to dispatchers to call back and find out if someone is in need of help. In this case, a man stuck in the back of a garbage truck was in serious trouble as the compactor crushed his body again and again. It was up to dispatch to get him on the phone, it was up to police to find him, it was up to firefighters to rescue him and it was up to paramedics to save him. This is the story of a true team effort.


6 Feb 2019

Rank #1

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Overcoming the Odds

The odds of surviving a heart attack outside a hospital are very low, but a group of first responders in Topsfield were able to bring one man back from cardiac arrest -- three times.


18 Apr 2019

Rank #2

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When The Detector Goes Off

Boston EMS crews carry a carbon monoxide detector on their gear. The detectors can turn even routine runs into a massive evacuation. Deputy Superintendent of Boston EMS Ed Hassan joins Blair Miller to discuss the impact of these tools and the danger posed by carbon monoxide fumes.


21 Feb 2019

Rank #3

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Two OB Kits

Business as usual turns into déjà vu for a paramedic in Holden, Massachusetts when labor progresses more quickly than two couples anticipated. Rob Nickerson, a jack of all trades when it comes to his first responder duties, sits down with Blair Miller to talk about why carrying two kits is important.


7 Mar 2019

Rank #4

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A Personal Call

When a first responder lives in the town where he or she works, calls can be personal. This is a story of sad circumstances. Send us an email to let us know what you think of this show: FirstonScene@Boston25.com. Please rate, review and subscribe to help others find the show.


4 Apr 2019

Rank #5