Last week I wrote about my plans to shop the great (or sort of great) Amazon Prime Day deals.

My best deals were the purchase from Alexa deals. I missed the 8″ HD Fire Deal, not realizing how outstanding it was and that an Fire 6 and a 10″ HD Fire were not what I specifically wanted.

After much searching, scrolling, clicking, browsing and pondering I ended up with:

  1. New Balance running shoes (1 pair)
  2. Hamilton Original Broadway Cast 2-CD set. This was my best savings. I purchased with Alexa and a $20+ product cost me a little more than $5.
  3. Cliff Bars (12-pack) also purchased as an Alexa deal

 

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After the Thursday shooting deaths of five Dallas police officers I had the chance to talk to Chris Cebollero about his experience as the Christian Hospital EMS Chief during the Ferguson protests and riots. Cebollero shares some important lessons learned, as well as some mistakes he made, to help other EMS chiefs, leaders and field personnel prepare for mass gatherings and violence in their communities. I also added links to other articles on the EMS response to and standby during Ferguson violence.

Listen: Inside EMS Podcast on How to prepare for and respond to violence at protests 

I also wrote about the importance for medics to be cautious, calm and conspicuous in Rapid Response: Paramedic preparation, response to police shot at mass gatherings

Additional fire/EMS reaction to the Dallas police shootings and what the implications might be for paramedics, EMTs and firefighters.

EMS needs to serve our communities with integrity and respect by Art Hsieh

Fire and EMS takeaways from the Dallas shooting by Rick Markley

Coarse Asystole: Scene safety is more than jazz hands and words by Sean Hulsman

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My Amazon Prime Day Shopping List

July 6, 2016

With guarded optimism and a predisposition for disappointment here are the items I will be looking for impossibly, amazing pricing on Amazon Prime Day 2016. Standing desk, preferably electrically adjustable. Kindle Fire HD to replace my first generation Kindle Fire. Complete Calvin and Hobbes collection (for my kid!). Twenty to 50 hockey pucks. We need more […]

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There is nothing more important than personal safety and partner safety

July 2, 2016

Safety. You come first. Your partner comes a very close second. Our concern for personal and partner safety, though, needs to extend from scene safety to off-duty safety from intimate partner violence and domestic abuse. EMT Ashley Scott, allegedly shot to death by her husband — also an EMT, is my most recent reminder of […]

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Tim Tebow one throw closer to becoming a paramedic

June 29, 2016

Ex-NFL quarterback Tim Tebow led on-board prayer as flight attendants performed CPR on a patient in cardiac arrest. This puts Tebow one throw closer to realizing his destiny of becoming a paramedic. (if you want to actually provide in-flight emergency medical care read these tips) Four years ago we imagined Tebow as a paramedic. [Scene […]

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How to Understand Traumatic Stress in EMS

June 19, 2016

A psychology Ph.D. student asked the EMS sub-Reddit for help to better understand the EMS profession. Reddit user sandel23 is “looking to do my dissertation on the effects of traumatic exposure within EMS occupations” and wants to learn more about shift schedules, frequency to difficult calls, coping strategies and the most stressful aspects of the […]

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Orlando Active Shooter Will Cause EMS to Level Up for Active Shooter Response

June 12, 2016

Today’s mass shooting and terrorism incident in Orlando is an immediate and likely an ongoing incident for all EMTs and paramedics to learn from and contemplate. My rapid reaction … What happened: A single gunman with an assault rifle killed 50 people and injured dozens more at Pulse, a gay nightclub, in Orlando early Sunday morning. […]

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Yes, Read More Blogs

June 4, 2016

Seth Godin wrote, “reading more blogs is one of the best ways to become smarter, more effective and more engaged in what’s going on.” I use and recommend the Feedly RSS reader to keep up to date on my favorite EMS (and non-EMS blogs).   Where to find blogs and RSS feeds: EMSBlogs.com FireEMSBlogs.com EMS1 […]

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EpiPen photos made me Flickr famous

May 24, 2016

For more than 10 years I have been writing for online trade publications (EMS1 and EMS World), posting to this blog, heavily tweeting and posting publicly to Facebook, podcasting hundreds of episodes, uploading presentations to SlideShare and just generally being an open book on the internet. But no post, Tweet, podcast, slide deck, article, YouTube […]

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Change EMS by getting involved

May 23, 2016

Changing EMS by ranting on Facebook, posting musings to a blog or thumbing up or down instagram photos is unlikely to sway the opinions of lawmakers, regulators or other decision makers. Instead join professional organizations, write and call your elected representatives, show up to meetings and encourage your peers to do the same. I was surprised […]

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