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Cops Slap Here and Other Top News from April 1

RENO, Nev. — When Great Gulch Ambulance fleet manager unveiled a new sticker on the department’s 17 ambulances, he had no idea the level of impact they’d have on everything from interagency communication to protection of property.

Great Gulch drivers had long been confused by how to determine when to pull out from an incident, relying entirely on law enforcement personnel to signal their departure. The problem was exacerbated by the fact that different agencies communicated in different manners.

Some cops were knocking the back door two times. State patrol officers were using a three finger back door tap. Still other cops, mostly from the sheriff’s department, simply gave a light, suggestive brush over the back door.

Read the full story on EMS1: Agency’s ‘Cops Slap Here’ sticker solves major EMS problem

Author’s note: I probably had more fun writing that article than anything else I have read.

See the rest of the April 1 coverage for EMTs, cops, firefighters and correctional officers from the team at Praetorian Digital.

And one of my all-time favorites from the archives Stethoscope calibration needs to be done monthly

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.