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Alternate Posting Location: Guns, Guns, Guns

Guns for paramedics and EMTs is back in the news with recent approval of SWAT/TEMS medics to carry firearms. The news has reignited interest in allowing any EMS provider to carry a firearm. Here’s my take, Paramedics want guns on duty. What comes next? Also take a look at the results of a 2017 and […]

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Health and Wellness

2020 Book Log

I kept a book log in 2019 and will strive to do the same in 2020. The Nickel Boys: A Novel – year to date this is my favorite book. It’s an outstanding look at a segregated juvenile detention center just before the Civil Rights Act. Out of the Dark – the fourth book in […]

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EMS Tips Health and Wellness

Alternate Posting Location: What’s with Wuhan for EMS

Last week I posted two EMS1 articles about EMS and the Wuhan coronavirus. Why EMS leaders need to discuss the Wuhan coronavirus with the public, media Is EMS prepared for an epidemic or pandemic?

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Operations

Why I drive slow on snow and ice covered, slippery roads

I don’t mind letting other cars zip by me on the interstate when the roads are snow-covered, icy, slick and slippery. Here are the reasons I drive slow: My car, a 2005 Toyota Sienna Minivan, is fully paid for and has been for at least a decade. Life without a car payment is always better […]

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Health and Wellness

Alternate Posting Location: Go to Bed

Oversleeping or sleeping through an alarm is not a waking up problem. Oversleeping is a going to bed problem. Read my tips for going to bed and falling asleep on EMS1.

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Operations

Alternate Posting Location: The Highway is a Hot Zone

Use time, distance and shielding to minimize the risk of injury when responding to a motor vehicle collision. Ready my most recent EMS1 Rapid Response, updated on 1/13/2020 after additional police, fire and EMS LODDs Rapid Response: Roadway incidents are a hot zone for EMS 

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Health and Wellness

2019 Book Log

Reading, I suppose, is a hobby. I don’t think to add it as an interest on social profiles or applications, but reading for pleasure is something I do daily. Since a large amount of my workday is reading and editing non-fiction my pleasure reading is mostly non-fiction. Here’s a partial list of the books I […]

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EMS Education Tips

EMS World Expo 2019

I am home from an action-packed visit to EMS World Expo 2019 in New Orleans. The EMS1 team visited with members in the exhibit hall. Visit @EMS1 #EMSWorldExpo booth 1636 pic.twitter.com/pC79THDyCy — EMS1 (@EMS1) October 17, 2019 And wrote about some of the top presentations as part of our annual EMS World Expo coverage. The […]

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EMT, Paramedic and EMS Leader Scholarships

Freight transportation company CSX has partnered with the First Responders Children’s Foundation to provide scholarships to children in first responder families. The scholarships will be awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year, and are available to eligible candidates who have demonstrated academic merit, community leadership and extracurricular achievements. Since 2006, FRCF has awarded more than $780,000 […]

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Safety Tips

Response to historic landmarks, churches, schools and other mass gatherings

Your jurisdiction likely does not have a building as old or as historic as the Notre Dame cathedral, but it is sure to have buildings of local importance that need preplans. Read my Rapid Response to the Notre Dame cathedral on FireRescue1.com Rapid Response: Historic landmark fires are a tactical and emotional challenge for firefighters