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Alternate Posting Location: Face mask is part of your uniform

With unscrupulous manufacturers selling defective masks and citizens donating ‘homemade’ efforts, public safety agencies must establish face mask guidelines. Read seven considerations for purchasing face masks or allowing the use of donated face masks at PoliceOne.com. 7 face mask purchasing and policy considerations for police, fire, EMS and corrections

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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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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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What if a mass murderer survives shootout with police?

The Tree of Life shooter survived his shootout with police. Many, but not all, active shooters have suicide as the final act in their despicable, murderous plan. For those who don’t EMS may be called upon to triage, treat and transport the shooter. Read Rapid Response: Is EMS response different when the active shooter survives? on […]

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Are you really going to arrest an ED nurse?

I also thought of titling this post, “What would Fonzie do?” but that seems like a pretty dated reference. Or perhaps “How would Barney Stinson have played this situation?” Detective Jeff Payne, a Utah police officer and paramedic since 1983, became a viral news sensation when he handcuffed an emergency department nurse who refused to let him […]

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Fire Truck Zamboni

The Appleton ice arena Zamboni is skinned to look like a fire truck (or engine) and sponsored by Pierce Manufacturing. These are photos I took after my son’s team won two games against Appleton. My web search for an “Ambulance Zamboni” or a “Zamboni Ambulance” only returned this result. A Zamboni with a Patriot Ambulance […]

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EMS Leadership: Great Content from Paramedic Chief

Paramedic Chief, powered by EMS1, is expert-written articles and news for EMS leaders and aspiring EMS leaders. Regular monthly columns are written by: Jay Fitch & Associates Page, Wolfberg and Wirth Mike Taigman National EMS Management Association Read the November issue of Paramedic Chief enewsletter. Links to all Paramedic Chief eNewsletters All articles posted with can […]

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EpiPens are expensive, now what?

EpiPens are expensive and the price has been steadily increasing for years. Since price escalation, without a clear reason, has been a fact of EMS purchasing for several years, it seems EMS leaders have largely met the media and political umbrage with a yawn. Here are three things EMS leaders can contribute to the public […]

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Stethoscope, Smartphone, Trauma Shears, Gloves and Pistol

If I was casting and outfitting an actor to play the role of paramedic on television I would make sure their costume, for the sake of authenticity, included: Stethoscope, casually slung around the neck or half tucked into a cargo pocket Smartphone, holstered on a tactical belt in an Otter Box or other type of […]

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There is nothing more important than personal safety and partner safety

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 […]