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Ambulance Theft Prevention

I had the chance to speak with KXAN about ambulance theft prevention. Read and watch the interview: Video: EMS1’s Greg Friese on ambulance theft, security For more on preventing ambulance theft read 5 ways to protect your ambulance from theft and Locking the ambulance is an absolute duty for EMS providers.

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Ambulances on the Road in Iowa and Kansas

On a quick road trip from Wisconsin to Kansas City and back for the weekend I had a few ambulance sightings. Fraser Ambulance seen on Interstate 80 east of Des Moines, Iowa. Kansas City Kansas Fire Department ambulance 5 at the KU Medical Center ambulance drop off. Johnson County MED-ACT at the KU Medical Center […]

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Ambulance Staging at an MCI

Ambulance staging is an often overlooked component of EMS response to an MCI. A short video of the ambulance staging area after the New Jersey commuter training collision showcased a number of best practices. 10 tips for ambulance staging at mass casualty incidents #JerseyCity police say this is the medical staging area for the NJ […]

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There is nothing more important than personal safety and partner safety

Safety. You come first. Your partner comes a very close second. Our concern for personal and partner safety, though, needs to extend from scene safety to off-duty safety from intimate partner violence and domestic abuse. EMT Ashley Scott, allegedly shot to death by her husband — also an EMT, is my most recent reminder of […]

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Most Excellance Blog Interview

Excellance, Inc., manufacturer’s of ambulances and emergency vehicles interviewed me recently about my career in EMS and work as EMS1 Editor-in-Chief. I appreciated the opportunity to discuss my chance meeting with Kris Kaull, work at Camp Manito-wish YMCA, a typical day on the job, one of my most memorable EMS1 articles, and to pass along […]

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Punish the Driver or Change the Culture

Last week EMS1 reported news of an ambulance being driven at 17 miles per hour above the speed limit. The borderline ridiculous incident had all the makings of a ‘gotcha’ story by the local television station. Leading me to ponder about the driver: Good person, bad day, bad behavior? Bad person, bad behavior? Good person, bad culture, […]

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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, […]

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How catastrophic is an ambulance crash?

A Reddit/EMS thread asked, How catastrophic is an ambulance crash? Like many things…it depends. This was the answer I posted (with a few edits made for this post): A few of my thoughts…from reading lots of news accounts about ambulance crashes  and knowing several ambulance crash survivors. 1. Ambulance crashes happen with distressing frequency. Crashes happen […]

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Posts Outside the Service Area: Some of my favorites from August 2014

Blog posts, articles, news reports, and audio podcasts…some of my favorite reads from August 2014. Blog news from MedicSBK…new website layout. Check it out. Steve Whitehead lays out the reasons you should quit your crappy EMS job. This article, I found a gun on my patient. Now what?, struck me as a common sense and […]

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Boston EMS in the Minutes Before Chaos

A Boston EMS ambulance on standby in the finisher area at the corner of Berkeley and St. James.  2:12 pm I crossed the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon. I walked several blocks to receive my finisher’s medal, food and fluids, and my bag of belongings. Then I began the walk south to the […]