My all-time list of the top two email subject lines:

  1. Meeting cancelled.
  2. Phones are down.

Still working on a third best.

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Friday afternoon a man took a handgun from his checked luggage, loaded it in the bathroom and began shooting passengers in the Fort Lauderdale Airport baggage claim.

Truth 1: Mass shootings can happen anywhere

Truth 2: Stand up, practice and prepare to deploy a rescue task force

Truth 3: Everyone needs to know how to ‘Stop the Bleed’

Read about these truths on EMS1.com Rapid reaction: 3 active shooter, mass killing truths.

Also read on PoliceOne.com 3 tips to identify, protect soft targets like airports, schools and houses of worship.

And read on FireRescue1.com Rapid reaction: Fort Lauderdale shooting response.

Checking a gun in airplane baggage is not uncommon or illegal. Here are 5 things to know about traveling with a gun.

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3 Lists of 3: Early 2017 in Books, Travel and EMS Events

January 2, 2017

While running this afternoon, 5.6 miles into a stinging combination of ice pellets and snow I remembered that I used to construct a lot of blog posts using the 3 Lists of 3 format … this is what came to mind: 1. Books I have three books in progress at the start of 2017. I am […]

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2016 Favorite Things

December 31, 2016

In the final minutes of 2016 here is a partial list of a few of my favorite things from the year gone by. Favorite Cause: Organ Donation My good friend John received a new heart this week. I am grateful for his lifetime of friendship and doubly grateful for the donor’s family for giving my […]

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Ambulance Theft Prevention

December 29, 2016

I had the chance to speak with KXAN about ambulance theft prevention. Read and watch the interview: Video: EMS1’s Greg Friese on ambulance theft, security For more on preventing ambulance theft read 5 ways to protect your ambulance from theft and Locking the ambulance is an absolute duty for EMS providers. Tweet

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3 Best Improvements to My Home Office

December 21, 2016

I have long said the Pandora unlimited, commercial free subscription is the best $50 I spend every year. In addition to Pandora, here are the three best home office improvements I made in 2016. 1. Amazon Echo Dot Even though I purchased the Amazon Echo during the pre-launch introduction sale I was late in considering an Echo […]

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Fire Department Access to Hydrants, Shovel ’em out

December 17, 2016

We are experiencing the joy and exhaustion of big winter storm in central Wisconsin. Of high importance whenever it snows is to make sure we shovel out the fire hydrant nearest to our house. Before …   After … Tweet

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Sandy Hook: 3 Things I Did and Still More To Do

December 14, 2016

Today is the 4th anniversary of the terrible mass killing of children and teachers at the Sandy Hook elementary school. On December 12, 2012 I wrote Newtown school shooting: 3 things I’ll be doing. Those three things were: Sending appreciation Planning reminders Teaching my kids There is more to do In the four years since Sandy […]

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Fire Station Gingerbread House

December 4, 2016

This massive fire station or fire house gingerbread house is on display at the Holiday Inn Stevens Point. It is a replica of the historic Stevens Point Fire Department Station 1. Tweet

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Good Samaritan Shot Helping Murder Victim

December 2, 2016

What a bummer to write that headline … Good Samaritan SHOT! Emergency Medical Responder Daniel Wesley is a caregiver. As a teenager, the son of an EMT is already a certified Emergency Medical Responder, capable of recognizing a person in need and providing care. Wesley is one of us. He is our brother who like […]

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