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EMS Tips – Falcon Heavy Rocket – Firefighters Held at Gun Point – Wash your Stinking Hands!

1. SpaceX launched a really, really big rocket

In one of my favorite Simpson’s episodes Homer bemoans another boring space launch. Unlike Homer I am fascinated watching the recent SpaceX launches streamed live from Florida, Texas or Orlando. Even more amazing to me is the booster rockets gliding/falling back to earth and then landing upright on the pad.

Congratulations to the entire SpaceX team for yesterday’s successful launch of the Falcon Heavy.

There aren’t any astronaut positions posted on the SpaceX careers website but this seems like a great time to be in the space business. How’s your math and science?

There are also aren’t open positions for EMT or paramedic (or editor for that matter). Could I get my foot in the door as a security officer?

2. Man with a gun is no longer a patient. (

He’s a criminal.

Bellingham (Wa.) firefighters responding to a medical aid call found themselves facing a man with a gun, prompting a police standoff.

“Shortly after they arrived, our crew reported that someone pointed a gun at them,” said Assistant Chief Bill Hewett of the Bellingham Fire Department.

The firearm turned out to be an Airsoft BB gun. The fire and EMS crew did exactly as they should seek out cover and concealment and call police. Paramedics can differentiate CHF vs. COPD and STEMI vs. N-STEMI. Distinguishing types of guns … call the police.

Constant threat of violence: Fire and EMS personnel are constantly at risk of a violent attack. Firefighter punched by man while trying to rescue bird

3.  Nurse tells people to “wash your stinking hands” (

I can’t agree more.

“Wash your stinking hands,” Katherine Lockler says in a six-minute video that’s been viewed 4.8 million times since she recorded it in frustration after a 12-hour shift during this particularly nasty flu season. The mother of four works in several emergency rooms in the Pensacola area in Florida’s Panhandle.

“So, don’t bring bring your team in. Please don’t bring your healthy children, especially your newborn babies, into the emergency,” she said. “If you don’t have what I call a true emergency, this would not be the time to come to the emergency room.”

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.