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Alternate Posting Location: Prep for post-election civil unrest

As I have contemplated the question, “what if civil unrest is widespread, violent and destructive in my community?”, for me personally, as well as the public safety personnel I am honored to serve, read what has come to mind for me at FireRescue1.com. Post-election civil unrest: How public safety can prepare

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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: 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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Video: Gratitude for EMS Providers

A few thoughts for EMS Week 2020. Thank you EMRs, EMTs and Paramedics. (Full post on EMS1)  

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Search Trend Worry: Coronavirus vs. Climate Change

From Google Search Trends. Both require individual action, organization efforts and government policy and resources.

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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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NAEMSP Articles and Notes – 3 Lists of 3

Three things I learned about NAEMSP 25 percent of members are professional members (not physicians) The 2019 meeting was the highest ever attendance NAEMSP is celebrating its 35-year anniversary Three articles I wrote for EMS1. Why the first DHS Secretary Tom Ridge advocates for EMS  Achieving efficiency and sustainability in volunteer EMS  NAEMSP 2019 Quick […]

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Active Shooter Survival

Nearly 20 years since Columbine I am distraught that we aren’t better prepared to survive an active shooter incident at a school. The Parkland commission released a lengthy and comprehensive report of the February 14, 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. A single gunman entered the school campus carrying a cased rifle. He walked into […]

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The slow steady decline of ambulance to hospital transports is beginning

As we close in on 2020, it’s likely we are about to reach Peak EMS Transports, a term I am co-opting from Peak Oil, a phrase that has been used to describe the date in the future at which the extraction of oil will have reached maximum levels. After Peak EMS, there will be a […]