EMS Tips

EMS Tips – EMS Predictions – Air Popcorn Popper

1. EMS predictions … active shooter incidents, again

Ed Racht. MD looked into the future of EMS in 2018 in an email to AMR personnel, reprinted with permission on

“One of the toughest evolving issues in out-of-hospital medicine has become the increasing number of active shooter events. The Oct. 1 shooting in Las Vegas, the worst mass shooting event in U.S. history, was a powerful reminder of the intense challenges we face in these events.

Fortunately, as with everything we face in EMS, we continue to learn better ways to prepare ourselves, better methods to care for our patients and more effective approaches to minimizing the impact of these events on our communities, our profession and our colleagues.”

A little more than five years after the Newton School Shooting active shooter incidents are becoming more frequent and more lethal. Meanwhile the political response is mostly a shoulder shrug.

Racht has eight other predictions that are worth reading.

2. Can you be well and fit? 

Rob at the Mountain Tactical Institute makes an interesting case for the distinction between wellness and fitness.

“Poor fitness will impact mission-direct job performance regardless of the individual.

A first responder can have a poor diet, yet still train hard for his or her job and be fit for it. A first responder can be dealing with issues at home, or dealing with job-related stress, yet still strain hard and be fit for the job.

We argue that his or her body is a tactical athlete’s most important piece of equipment. Maintaining it via fitness for the mission-direct job demands is a inescapable, personal, professional responsibility.”

Are you fit your job as a public safety provider?

3. Nostalgia for air-popped popcorn

Not sure of this segue from fitness to snacking (and writing this with a Oso Brewing Hopdinger in arms reach) … My family has gone retro with a Nostalgia air popcorn popper.

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.