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 based on observing department communications after dozens of LODD. The intent of the tips is to lighten, even by a small amount, the burden of tasks that will rapidly become all-encompassing for department officers and officials.

Of course, paramedics, cops and firefighters continue to use Facebook to expedite the end of their public service career. Art Hsieh, EMS1 editorial advisor, thoughtfully asks, Is your paramedic career worth more than a Facebook post?

The slides I presented Friday morning at Pinnacle, Preparing for Sentinel EMS Events, can be viewed on EMS1, on SlideShare or embedded below.

 

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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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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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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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