Best Flash Light I have ever owned. 

If you need light in dark places this flash lights is a go anywhere, light anything, long lasting machine.

Note: I was sent a Maxxeon WorkStar 2030 in November, 2013 for a product review. I have been too busy using the flashlight to actually sit down and write this review. Learn more about the light from the Maxxeon website.

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Field Testing: Deer Camp

I received my Maxxeon WorkStar 2030 the day before I left for my annual trek to Deer Camp. I consider it great fortune that our deer camp has no running water and no electricity. But with early sunset and late sunrise we need plenty of headlamps, flashlights, and lanterns for meal preparation, finding our way in and out of deer stand, and playing cards late into the night.

My Maxxeon WorkStar 2030 was an immediate hit around the cabin because:

It is CAMOUFLAGE…everything at deer camp is better if it is either blaze orange or real tree camo

  • The flashlight head swivels in two planes to light any nook or cranny. The head tilts 180 degrees and the neck rotates 360 degrees
  • A hook is built into the base so the light can hang from a nail to light the dinner table or a tree branch to light a down deer needing field dressing
  • The LED bulb is shadow free – it has “no hot/dark spots”
  • Magnets built into base allow me to stick the light to any metal surface, wall, or hook
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Field Testing: Pond Skating at Night

We used the Maxxeon WorkStar 2030 to light up our outdoor skating rink. We either attached it to a metal post on the dock or the kids skated with it and used it as a headlight.

My kids proved the durability and toughness of the flashlight by playing a game they called “FIREWORKS!” The rules are pretty simple.
1) turn on light,
2) throw it high in the air with a bit of spin,
3) oooohhh and aaahhh as the light circles through the air,
4) hold breath as the falling light slams into the ice,
5) repeat until dad says, “No more fireworks!”

Field Testing: Temporary Laundry Room Light Fixture

The fluorescent fixture in our laundry room died. Bad ballast. With no overhead light in an other wise dark room we just placed the Maxxeon WorkStar 2030 on the counter and pointed the light at the ceiling. We had more than enough light to take shoes on or off and to run loads of laundry.

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Field Testing: Power Outage Emergency Light

A late season snow and ice storm caused a power outage. Our first action was to find the Maxxeon WorkStar 2030 to find other flashlights and candles. The flashlight contains a rechargeable battery – a good thing, but also a liability at a weekend of deer camp or during a prolonged power outage. The Maxxeon ships with a 12V DC car adapter.

Contractor Envy

A series of construction contractors have seen and used my Maxxeon WorkStar 2030 while working on project at our house. To a one they have said, “I am going to get one of those.” Maxxeon has a series of WorkStar lights for professionals.

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EMS Application

  • The Maxxeon WorkStar also comes in black. For EMS and Fire I think a neon yellow or neon green would be ideal.
  • The belt clip, hook, and built-in magnets make this light ideal for lighting up the odd spaces – vehicles, under vehicles, construction sites, and outdoor locations EMS finds patients.
  • The smooth beam with no hot or dark spots would be ideal for lighting a patient’s skin during an IV start.

Have you used a Maxxeon WorkStar 2030? What are your favorite features? 



I asked Everyday EMS Tips enewsletter readers for their smartphone app recommendations.

Rom’s Rules for Apps and Job Aids

Paramedic, firefighter, and expert educator Rom Duckworth of Rescue Digest led the replies with this response:

I have three rules for references / apps/ job aides.

1) They must be up to date.
2) They must be at hand when you’ll need them.
3) You must be able to quickly find what you’re looking for.

To try to utilize memorization to address low-frequency, high-impact skills like pediatric resuscitation (among others) is to invite disaster, no matter how skilled the provider.

Specific app recommendations …


Ron writes, “I agree that medics should know or have a better that average feel for proper treatment. But I also agree that apps and aids are essential ref points for those times where nothing’s makes sense. The only app I can say is a must have for me is micromedex (iTunes link). It covers all drugs not just what we use but anything that’s out there from the latest to the old stand by drugs.”

UPMC EMS Navigator

UPMCTed shared, “the UPMC app, UPMC EMS Navigator on both Apple and Android is an invaluable tool.”

Jeff also wrote about the UPMC EMS Navigator app:

In my previous job, I was instrumental in putting together the EMS app that was released in 2011. Please take a look and offer your feedback on the UPMC EMS App. It is available on both Apple and Android networks.

Our team worked on that App for about 6 months prior to releasing. In the beginning it was to just “put it out there.” However, as we began developing the app, we realized how valuable a resource it could be for those providers who either needed it as a reminder, or even utilized it to help them manage low frequency, high acuity patients.

Again, please take some time to review, and I would enjoy hearing your feedback on the UPMC EMS App.

eBroselow SafeDose

Bill writes, “eBroselow SafeDose is the BEST pediatric application out there…..goes by weight or Broselow color.” Watch a YouTube video about the SafeDose app.

Blue Card

G writes, “I’ve got an app from Children’s National called Blue Card. Plug in age or weight and you get pediatric vitals, meds , equipment size.”

ERG 2012

Author, EMT, firefighter and friend Ed Mund shared, ”

With an interstate freeway and dozens of freight trains daily running through our jurisdiction, I really like the 2012 edition ERG app.”

SAMHSA Behavioral Health Disaster Response App

Ed also submitted another suggestion. He wrote, “Here’s another good one from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) called the SAMHSA Behavioral Health Disaster Response App. It’s free and full of resources, including just-in-time training and refresher material. Even though it has “Disaster” in the title, the information is useful and relevant even for a one-on-one encounter with a person experiencing mental health issues.


Blanton Marchese the founder of Gurumedic wrote, “The best test I have taken was for my FPC. I don’t think they asked one medication dosing question. I assumed by the time you get to “real” critical care patients the system knows you should be experienced enough to reference something. I laugh when I hear guys question me using a reference guide because it shows they have never reached the level I have. I personally use Medscape. Once I started using it on a regular bases I can reference things in seconds. I like this app too because it does everything and not just meds. Just my two cents after 22 years and every class I could find to take.”

A Whole Bunch of Apps

Jim says, “Go to “Google Play” on the internet and get:

  • Drip Rate Calculator
  • Drip Timer
  • Mastering Drug Calculations
  • Medical Formulas
  • Pocket Engineer (fire)
  • Virtual Triage START
  • ERG 2012 for Android
  • Medscape
  • Epocrates”

Please add your app recommendations in the comments. Thanks!



Do you know your stuff: Part 1

April 16, 2014

Earlier today I asked subscribers to the Everyday EMS Tips weekly enewsletter, “Do you know your stuff?” The response was rapid and overwhelming. Paramedics and Job Aids (or checklists or apps) Yesterday during the pediatric resuscitation webinar presented by Dr. Peter Antevy there was a discussion about using apps, job aids, and or checklists for […]

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3 Things Tuesday: Give Up Any Time

April 15, 2014

Even though the 2014 lent season is drawing to a close here are three things you can give up at any time. 1. Tobacco. Of any kind. If you are already tobacco free… 2. Soda. And other foods with lots of added sugar. 3. Prolonged sitting. A few weeks ago I started wearing a Garmin […]

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Spring Winter Storm: Anticipated Operational Problems and Complaints

April 14, 2014

When the world around you looks like this at the start of your shift, what operation problems and patient complaints do you anticipate? Wet, heavy snow and high winds. Tweet Share

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3 Links Tuesday: Writing an Article for an EMS Publication

April 8, 2014

My good friend Rom Duckworth posted this article recently: 1. How to write an article or create a presentation for emergency services (or just about anything else) Rom offers terrific advice. Two of the most popular all-time Everyday EMS Tips posts are: 2. How to become a published EMS author and 3. How to get an […]

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Spring 2014 Tour Dates

April 7, 2014

I have a busy March, April, May, and June travel schedule. The best part of all this travel is the time with friends and family. My tour dates/ports of call. Milwaukee Arizona – Phoenix, Cave Creek, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon Milwaukee, again Olathe, Kansas Liberty, Missouri Madison, Wisconsin Minnesota – Hinkley, Minneapolis Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania Denver, Colorado Indianapolis, Indiana Wisconsin […]

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Exclusive EMS Offer from Road ID

April 6, 2014

My friends at Road ID are offering a great deal on emergency identification products for EMTs, Paramedics, Firefighters, and Police Officers. I wear my Road ID Slim almost everywhere I go and always when I head out the door to run or bike. Tweet Share

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Event: Retirement Reception for Battalion Chief Bill Toon

April 5, 2014

Yesterday I joined dozens of other friends and colleagues in honoring Bill Toon’s 20 years of service to Johnson County Med-Act. The event was a great tribute to his dedication, service, and passion for EMS. Thanks Bill. View a few photos from the event in the below album from the CentreLearn Facebook page.   Post […]

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Book Announcements: Releases in EMS Management Series

April 4, 2014

Last fall I had the opportunity to read two books in the EMS Management Series and contribute instructional materials. Those books are now available for Kindle purchase and print versions are coming soon. Both books are comprehensive and well-written. I recommend them highly for use in college level EMS manager courses.  (Amazon affiliate link)  (Amazon […]

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