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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 […]

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Alternate Posting Location: What does a 50% decrease in MVCs mean for public safety?

COVID-19 Trend: Motor vehicle collisions have declined significantly in all jurisdictions. Most motor vehicle collisions receive a joint response from police, fire and EMS, and a reduction in responses by nearly 50% is surely impacting the daily workload for all responders. Have motor vehicle collisions declined in your response area? Read the full article on EMS1: […]

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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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Listen: Traits of an Outstanding EMS Professional in 2019

On the 250th episode and fifth anniversary of the Inside EMS podcast I joined co-hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson to discuss how the expectations and traits of what makes an outstanding EMS professional have changed in the five years since the show started. We discussed these traits: Continuous learning Non-emergency care skills Careful consumer […]

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Less Travel in 2018

On the road time was down in 2018. Arizona – family vacation and Pinnacle EMS leadership forum California – Urban Shield and work Minnesota – hockey tournaments Tennesee – EMS World Expo Texas – work meeting

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Wildland Fires: Need More Attention, Training and Support

In California, as well as many parts of the western United States, the wildfire season is lengthening because of a combination of drought, urbanization, invasive plant disease and climate change. The firefighters fighting California’s wildfires, the police and EMS providers who are evacuating civilians and caring for the injured deserve our interest, attention and support. As the […]

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Friday Night Ambulance Lights

I wanted to know how often an ambulance responds to an injured football player. With the help of the ESO EMS Index I was able to determine the frequency of incidents and injury types for more than 1,000 EMS agencies in the U.S. Read Data: How often does EMS respond to injured football players on EMS1.com — […]

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EMS Pros are the Best – Uniform Closet for Students in Need

Paramedic educator David Fifer took to Facebook to ask his network of EMS educators, leaders and field professionals for a pair of boots for a paramedic student. “One of my student’s shoes are falling apart, and he’s too poor to afford new ones. Before I just go buy some, does anybody happen to have an […]

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2018 Neal Award Finalist for EMS1 column

My EMS1 column has been named a finalist in the 2018 ABM Jesse H. Neal Awards, a b-to-b award program honoring editorial excellence. Three columns are featured in the ballot. What President Trump gets wrong about the opioid epidemic Don’t ask paramedics to decide if opioid overdose victims live or die It’s time to talk climate change […]

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EMS Tips – Trump’s Opioid Promise – Taxis for 911 Callers

1. President Trump’s impact on EMS and the opioid crisis On the campaign trail candidate Trump promised voters he would “end the opioid epidemic in America.” For a President who repeatedly reminds Americans that he is a genius, best dealmaker, top negotiator, and pro-life who knows the best people his actions to keep his promise […]