There were a number of stories this past week that slipped by. Here are two, one from FDNY and one from DC:
FDNY EMT David Taranto is accused of inappropriately touching a woman who was shaken up in a vehicle accident. Allegedly once the patient was in the ambulance, Taranto took his stethoscope, placed it underneath her shirt, and cupped her breast in his hand. He stayed with her in the ER for 3 hours, and took her cell phone, calling his own number with it to obtain her phone number. Over the next few days, he called her, sent her texts, and invited her to his house. She contacted authorities when the contact continued.
DC Fire & EMS came under criticism over its new policy toward pregnant personnel. In the past, pregnant employees were permitted to be reassigned to desk duty for up to 180 days. The new policy limits desk duty to 30 days, at which time employees must use vacation or sick leave.