EMS Tips

EMS Tips – 2017 Top News – 2018 Predictions

1. Driverless ambulances and other thoughts on EMS Safety

Jim Hoffman conducted a series of year-end interviews about EMS education, wellness and safety. Listen and watch interviews with Rom Duckworth, Chris Cebollero, Bryan Fass, Tim Nowak and myself.

2. Top 2017 EMS news and 2018 predictions

On the Medic2Medic podcast host Steve Cohen, Carey EMS, asked AJ Heightman and me for our top 2017 EMS news and predictions for 2018. Some of the things we discussed:

  • Ongoing opioid epidemic
  • Healthcare policy uncertainty
  • EMS provider resilience and safety
  • Driverless vehicles

3. Mass shooting definition

Years from now two of the top events of 2017 that will be remembered or memorialized were the Las Vegas shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino and the Sutherland Springs, Texas church shooting.

“The Gun Violence Archive, which defines a mass shooting as an incident when four persons are injured or killed.”

37 incidents meeting that definition are described and visualized on

The 37 Largest Mass Shootings in the U.S., 2017

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.