I am presenting two sessions at the Arrowhead EMS Conference in Duluth, Minnesota on Friday, January 23, 2015.

Below are the slide decks.

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Everyday, a New Year

by on January 2, 2015

in EMS Tips

The team at EMS1, which I am honored to be a part, put together a great package of Year in Review articles and videos

My primary writing contribution was the retrospective and look ahead, What 2014 EMS development changes mean for EMS in 2015. I managed to touch on many of the big EMS stories of 2014: narcan, backboards, Ebola, on-the-job violence and stress, new roles for EMS, and dissolving roles for EMS.

I may have “buried the lede” as they say in journalism because I finished with my two best paragraphs.

EMS; every day is the start of new year

You have likely heard the saying, “real courage is doing the right thing when nobody is looking.” Every minute of the day an EMT or paramedic is doing the right thing – squeezing the hand of a lonely widow, offering words of comfort to a dying man, singing softly to a sick kid, or easing the tension in volatile incident with a joke, smile, or knowing glance.

Take a pause from your hectic schedule, non-stop media and 24-hour negative news, and attending to the suffering off others. In that moment, remember your courageous acts that went unwitnessed by your peers, patients, and supervisors. Take an additional moment to forgive yourself for missed opportunities to be courageous. In a third and final moment, look ahead. Every tomorrow is the start of a new year and a new opportunity to be caring and courageous.

Make today the start of your best year yet!

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Note from PEPP Course

December 27, 2014

I took the Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals course in April. This quote struck with me then and continues to resonate with me. When discussing Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) “If we live with our family and people that love us we do better.” Captain Joe Gemza, Stevens Point Fire Department and PEPP […]

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Mailbag: Holiday 2014 Deliveries

December 26, 2014

A couple of great deliveries to headquarters. Mr. Wilson Makes it Home Friend and EMT/FF Michael Morse has a new book, Mr. Wilson Makes it Home is now available for order from Amazon.com I am looking forward to reading Michael’s latest book. Leatherman Raptor The Leatherman Raptor was one of the ten EMS1 2014 Gift Ideas. […]

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Behind the Scenes: EMS1 Article about Presidio EMS

December 23, 2014

Presidio EMS is featured in the EMS1.com End of Year coverage. The article, How one rural EMS agency shines at innovative patient care , came to be for these reasons: An EMS1 reader recommended to me that I contact the service director. The service director rapidly replied to my email inquiry Replies to subsequent questions/clarifications were […]

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2014 Chicago Marathon Finisher Certificate

December 13, 2014

2 months already since the Chicago Marathon. In that time I haven’t run 26.2 miles (or 3 hours) of running. But I have been running myself ragged (in a good way) with hockey and my new job as EMS1.com Editor-in-Chief. Tweet Share

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Deer Preservation in Central Wisconsin

November 23, 2014

Opening weekend of gun deer season…the best weekend of the year…is drawing to a close. This year I continued a recent tradition of deer preservation with a dual strategy of 1) not seeing deer and 2) missing the shots I took. Both could be corrected with more time spent scouting and on the range, but […]

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Recap of ISFSI Fall Conference Presentations

November 17, 2014

Last week I presented two sessions at the ISFSI Fall Instructor Conference. Both groups were engaged and added lots of great information to the sessions. Fortunately I arrived plenty early to set-up and test the projector settings. It took a several attempts to figure out why my slides were not being projected. Then I looked […]

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2014 ISFSI Fall Conference at Ohio Fire Academy Slides

November 14, 2014

Today I am presenting two talks to the International Society of Fire Science Instructors Fall Conference attendees at the Ohio Fire Academy. Below are the slides for those presentations. Learn more about the ISFSI Fall Conference. Distraction is Deadly from Greg Friese Integrating Smartphones and Tablet Devices into Fire and EMS Education from Greg Friese […]

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EMS World Expo Social Stream #EMSWorldExpo

November 13, 2014

I missed EMS World Expo this year, but I feel like I am there by following the Twitter hashtag #EMSWorldExpo. Were you at EMS World? How have you shared your experience with those of us that were unable to attend?  One of my favorite posters is @mmbangor 4 generations now working in EMS #EMSWorldExpo pic.twitter.com/etRDheGmCG […]

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