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Alternate Posting Location: Grieving and Giving Thanks

Posted to EMS1 earlier this week after the deadly vehicle attack at the Waukesha Christmas Parade. Even after Waukesha, say thanks, find joy and recognize goodwill freely given

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How many paramedics have been certified in 2021?

Social media: NOT MANY! Social media: this is the final nail in the coffin of EMS NREMT: Wait, those are just the numbers through January. Social media: Yeah, we knew that. My take on this week’s viral conversation about how many new EMTs and paramedics have been certified in 2021 is here … Viral NREMT […]

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Electric Vehicles for Police, Fire and EMS

As world leaders met in Scottland for the COP26 and debated initiatives to combat climate change, I took a look at the slow, but accelerating adoption of electric vehicles in police, fire and EMS. Read now on: EMS1 FireRescue1 Police1

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Alternate Posting Location: Ketamine suggestions for EMS leaders

It seems likely to me that plaintiff attorneys representing families grieving the in-custody death of a loved one are examining police case reports, prehospital care records and hospital medical records to see if ketamine was administered. And if ketamine was administered, determining if there are grounds for legal action based on the patient assessment, ketamine dosing and administration, and ongoing […]

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The gamble of not getting vaccinated

Many months ago I heard an EMS medical director on a COVID webinar say, “You’ll either get vaccinated or you’ll get COVID.” To me, getting COVID and hoping for the best is a big gamble with bad odds. A couple of days after an LAFD captain self-recorded a video about the “tyranny” of a vaccine […]

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Alternate Posting Location: Pinnacle Posts

The 15th Pinnacle EMS Leadership Forum, organized and hosted by Fitch & Associates, was held last week at the JW Marriott at Desert Ridge in Phoenix. EMS1 and Fitch presented the findings of the 2021 EMS Trend Report during a Thursday morning session. Download the report here. I attended many excellent sessions and wrote about […]

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Alternate Posting Location: Lessons from the Olympics

On the eve of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, I pondered what we can learn from the Olympians in this EMS1 article: What public safety professionals can learn from Olympians Enjoy and go Team USA!

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EMS is (gradually) changing and always improving

EMS Week 2021 column on EMS1.com An EMS Week thank you to the dreamers and disrupters who have and will continue to improve our profession. Gradual change transforms EMS on EMS1.com

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Alternate Posting Location: What would you do with a $1,000

If I had a million dollars, I’d buy a … Florida police officers, EMTs, paramedics and firefighters will be answering the “how should I spend a windfall” this summer when 174,000 of them receive a $1,000 bonus from the State of Florida. Instead of using the $1,000 windfall for gas, groceries, rent or other regular […]

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Alternate Posting Location: Host better online meetings

One of the most significant and likely lasting changes has been the widespread use of online technologies like Zoom, GoToWebinar, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams for departmental meetings, training events and community education programs. Like anything, leaders and educators should be considering continuous improvement opportunities for their use of online meeting technologies. Read five tips […]