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Scene Protection and Security: Three Things Tuesday

Did you read the widely circulated article last week, Mystery Bystander Infiltrates Incident Delaying Extrication and Nearly Killing Vehicle Driver? You might have missed that headline because the story was alternatively, more optimistically, about a mystery guardian angel that appeared from nowhere to pray with the accident victim. Responders were stunned when the mysterious person […]

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Alternative Posting Location: 4 POV Response Tips at EMS1

4 Personal Vehicle Response Tips Do you respond to the station or the scene in a personal vehicle? Much of my EMS experience involved POV response. I look back on that now…fumbling with a map book and radio, being passed by my colleagues, and parking on a dark road side with only 4 way flashers…with […]

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Hurricane Sandy and Devastated EMS Agencies

I was browsing the FEMA photo library and came across this photo: The website on the sign is the web site for Moonachie First Aid and Rescue Station. Hurricane Sandy flood waters forced an unplanned evacuation and 6 feet of water destroyed everything. Other Services Email for Help I have received or been forwarded help/donation […]

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Ambulance Inspection: Is one inspector enough?

It’s not too often that EMS makes it into the local news. In-depth, investigative reporting is more rare. Inspecting Ambulances in Wisconsin is a 1 Man Job Literally, 1 man inspects all of the ambulances in Wisconsin. Only as frequently as one man can. Honestly, I can’t imagine having his job. I could barely maintain […]

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Alternate Posting Location: Nation’s 1st Pain Detection Dog

Rover can do just about anything. Read how Baskerville EMS has deployed the nation’s first pain detection dog. EMS agency deploys nation’s first pain detection K-9

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EMS Shift Sweet Spot

This guest post was submitted by blogger, podcaster, and paramedic Jim Hoffman. If you would like to submit a guest post review the submission guidelines. Connect with Jim on the EMS Office Hours Facebook page or listen to the EMS Office Hours podcast. How long is your shift?  Mine is usually 24 hours these days and at times have even […]

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More Driving Lessons Unlearned

This guest post was submitted by FF/EMT Ed Mund. If you would like to submit a guest post review the submission guidelines.  Recent motor vehicle-related deaths of EMS crews, firefighters, and passengers, while tragic, are reminders of the same lessons unlearned yet again. Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of on-the-job deaths of EMS […]

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Duties of Every Employee

Every job, every employee, and every employer has these essential duties or job function: Sales Customer Service Education Maintenance How do these functions manifest in your workplace? Sales EMS, especially when provided by a public agency, doesn’t have to do traditional sales and marketing. What EMS does need to do is communicate its value to […]

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Video: Burbank Fire Dept Ambulance will be at #EMSWorldExpo

Video tour and showcase of new Burbank Fire Department Ambulance that will be showcased at EMS World Expo next week. I really like videos and social media efforts like this that give EMS agencies and Fire departments an opportunity to: 1) Showcase the work we do 2) Explain the important features of an ambulance or […]

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Link: Safer Roads for Motorists or Cyclists

Since last Friday two Wisconsin cyclists have been killed by distracted drivers. Since July 1 of this year, six Wisconsin bicycle riders have been killed – one every 6 days. If you drive a vehicle or read a bike PLEASE READ this collection of Safer Road tips from the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin and the […]