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6 Million Step Challenge (Updating)

In 2020 I am attempting to walk, run or hike at least 6 million steps, as measured by my Garmin Vivoactive 3 watch. Logging at least 500,000 steps a month isn’t a walk in the park (or rather many walks in the park). January. 473,731 steps. February. 450,380 steps. YTD total = 924,111 March. 516,006 […]

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Alternate Posting Location: Plan for a furlough

A furlough is a mandatory, temporary layoff that is unpaid. In some industries, furloughs might be for consecutive days, weeks or even months. With furloughs coming to public safety, now is the time to adopt a furlough mindset to prepare for “when I am furloughed” rather than “if I am furloughed.”   Read my ideas to help you […]

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Alternate Posting Location: Losing Leaders to COVID-19

The deaths of fire, law enforcement, corrections and EMS leaders and personnel will have a decades-long impact on department operations, safety and capability. Even more concerning is the fire, EMS, corrections and law enforcement leaders who deny the severity of COVID-19 and fail to distribute and support lifesaving public health messages. The chiefs, captains and […]

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Alternate Posting Location: I need a Jet Suit

I don’t actually need a jet a suit, but it looks pretty cool. At a price of more than $400,000, a jet suit is not likely to be parked in your apparatus bay anytime soon. But that should not keep us from considering the possibilities. Read the full article at EMS1.com It’s a bird. It’s […]

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Alternate Posting Location: Zero Medic Applicants

Increase pay and paramedics will come? $20k sign-on bonus says otherwise. See full article on EMS1.

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2020 Book Log (updating)

I kept a book log in 2019 and will strive to do the same in 2020. The Cipher (Nina Guerrera Book 1) – retired FBI agent turned author writes about an FBI agent tracking down a serial killer. With an EMS twist. Trust No One (Devlin and Falco book 1) – buddy cop, double homicide […]

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Alternate Posting Location: Public Safety Face Mask Survey Results

View all of the results from nearly 4,000 cops, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics and corrections officers. Face masks: Here’s what cops, firefighters, medics and COs have to say about use, policy and effectiveness One of the questions is about off-duty face mask use. This is what we learned: Off-duty face mask use by public safety respondents […]

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I have a joke …

I sat out #MedBikini, but have been enjoying reading and writing the “I have a joke …” trend on Twitter. My three entries: I have a joke about a patient handoff but had to wait 20 minutes to tell it and got cut off before the punchline. — Greg Friese, MS, NRP (@gfriese) July 25, […]

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Alternate Posting Location: Shift Tactics When ‘Resisting Arrest’ Becomes ‘Man Down’

Four Minneapolis police officers were fired Tuesday afternoon by Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo for their actions or inactions in the May 25 arrest and death of George Floyd, 46. It is reported that officers were dispatched to a forgery in progress, found Floyd in the driver’s seat of a vehicle and that Floyd resisted arrest. because […]

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Dreaming at 1.5x

To fit in listening to my favorite podcasts I recently made the switch to listening at 1.5x speed. For news, sports and interview shows I don’t mind the cadence change. It’s not quite as easy for comedy shows as it messes with the timing. Nonetheless, it helps me get through the shows I want to […]