I love our National Parks, Monuments, Memorials, Rivers, Lakeshores, and Seashores.

Earlier this summer I visited a fine collection of NPS units – Mount Rushmore, Devils Tower, Wind Cave, Jewel Cave and the Badlands.

And I was inspired to reflect on 100 years of the National Park Service and what EMS can learn from the NPS.

What can EMS learn from 100 years of the National Park Service?

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Take a few minutes to read Meredith Koch’s first-person account of being crushed by a piano, the care she received from EMS and her recovery. Click on the story link to EMS1.

EMT is a ‘walking miracle’ after being crushed by a piano 

Post-surgery X-Ray

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Stethoscope, Smartphone, Trauma Shears, Gloves and Pistol

August 10, 2016

If I was casting and outfitting an actor to play the role of paramedic on television I would make sure their costume, for the sake of authenticity, included: Stethoscope, casually slung around the neck or half tucked into a cargo pocket Smartphone, holstered on a tactical belt in an Otter Box or other type of […]

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SCOTTeVEST Featherweight Vest

July 31, 2016

I only have one phone, but I regularly see people with two phones – a work phone and a personal phone. Some people even add a tablet with a stylus. Then a wallet, house/car keys, a water bottle and a few snacks. These items are either bursting out of their pockets or tucked under their […]

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Dear Future President: A Few Questions from EMS

July 27, 2016

Dear Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Nominations are finished and you are painting your differences, mostly in broad brushstrokes, on policy and regulatory issues to voters. Health care, one of the dominant political issues of the past eight years and likely a top issue for years to come, is of great interest to voters. The different […]

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Facebook: Power for EMS Good or a Nefarious Tool for Evil?

July 25, 2016

In preparation for the Pinnacle EMS 2016 conference I wrote this article: How to use Facebook to announce an EMS LODD A LODD is unpredictable, but like any other low-frequency, high-consequence incidents, pre-planning is critical to how your department will communicate with personnel and to the public. My ideas on using Facebook for LODD notification  are […]

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Amazon Prime Day Recap

July 13, 2016

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 […]

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When protests and mass gatherings turn violent

July 9, 2016

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 […]

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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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