On Tuesday morning when the death toll from the Sonoma and Napa counties was just 11 people (it’s now 35 dead) and only 1,400 structures had been destroyed I wrote a FireRescue1.com and EMS1.com article.

“In the last two months, historic levels of rainfall, flooding and wildfire in the continental U.S. and its territories have killed civilians and emergency responders, displaced tens of thousands from their homes, damaged or destroyed public safety infrastructure, required response resources from throughout the country and strained department budgets. Risk identification processes and mitigation actions need to include those acutely related to global climate change.”

Read the full article: Rapid response: Is it time to consider climate change and its effect on responders?

NorCal Fires Oct 11

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I have long kept a list of areas where nearly everyone believes they are an expert despite extensive evidence to the contrary.

My list ….

  1. Driving
  2. Dog training

Other areas under consideration for addition to the list …

  • Investing
  • News reporting
  • Youth sports instruction

What else should I be considering?

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Get Outside

October 8, 2017

A few minutes outside – slowly walking, sitting – is relaxing and restorative. Tweet

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Stop the Bleed – Everyone Needs to Know How

October 2, 2017

Control of bleeding is a layperson skill and in an incident with hundreds of victims, every able-bodied person needs to be able to apply direct pressure, improvise a tourniquet and apply a tourniquet. Read my full article on EMS1.com: Rapid response: Triage mass shooter patients as treatable by lay people or medical professionals Stop the Bleed […]

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Breast Cancer Dump Truck #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth

October 1, 2017

When everything is pink, nothing is pink. We saw three of these dump trucks – likely headed to some massive mining operation – being hauled across Wyoming in late August. This angle gives a better look at how massive this bucket is. Tweet

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Event Recap: 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Lambeau Field

September 25, 2017

I was one of 2,169 climbers to complete the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Lambeau field a few weeks ago. We raised $110,000 for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. I was able to speak with dozens of other climbers, as well as volunteers from the NFFF and staff from Pierce Manufacturing, before and after the […]

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Ambulance Siren Doesn’t Help Patients

September 20, 2017

Turn off the lights. Turn off the sirens. Get to the patient safely and alive. The evidence for ambulance siren and red light use was the subject of a NHTSA Office of EMS Focus webinar. The most interesting (and new to me) discussion point is that ambulance siren and red light use may discourage some […]

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2017 FOLIO Eddie Award Finalist

September 9, 2017

It’s a major award (nomination)! At least in the world of business to business publishing. Congratulations to my colleagues, a fantastic team of writers and editors, at Praetorian Digital for these nominations: Best Single Article (B-to-B): FireRescue1 “San Francisco’s 30 years of women in the fire service: The stories, struggles and triumphs” Best Column/Blog (B-to-B): EMS1 “Is […]

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Are you really going to arrest an ED nurse?

September 8, 2017

I also thought of titling this post, “What would Fonzie do?” but that seems like a pretty dated reference. Or perhaps “How would Barney Stinson have played this situation?” Detective Jeff Payne, a Utah police officer and paramedic since 1983, became a viral news sensation when he handcuffed an emergency department nurse who refused to let him […]

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5 Million Steps in 12 Months

September 3, 2017

I made it. Five million steps. I have been on an intentional quest since realizing how close I was in April 2017. Six million … I would really need to up my game, but there is something catchy about being a 6 million step man.   Tweet

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