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Response to historic landmarks, churches, schools and other mass gatherings

Your jurisdiction likely does not have a building as old or as historic as the Notre Dame cathedral, but it is sure to have buildings of local importance that need preplans. Read my Rapid Response to the Notre Dame cathedral on FireRescue1.com Rapid Response: Historic landmark fires are a tactical and emotional challenge for firefighters

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EMS Tips – FD Harassment – Learn Leadership – Emotional Support Animals

1. There was supposed to be change at Fairfax County Fire and Rescue  Investigations, reports and training programs were supposed to change and improve the culture at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department after the suicide death of FF/Paramedic Nicole Mittendorff. Instead a Female battalion chief in charge of gender issues resigns in protest. Chief Kathleen Stanley was […]

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EMS Tips – Naloxone Administration – Hydrant Access

1. Layperson administration of naloxone increasing in New Hampshire In 2017 the volume of naloxone administered by EMS personnel decreased in Manchester, N.H. The amount administered by laypeople increased. “Number of overdose deaths in Manchester decreased by 27 percent in 2016, according to Chris Stawasz, regional director for AMR in Nashua. However, total overdoses, including […]

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News and Events

De Pere Wisconsin Fire Station #1

Chief Dennis Rubin and his firefighter/paramedics at De Pere Wisconsin Fire Station #1 were kind enough to give my son and me a tour Friday afternoon. We had a nice visit and chance to discuss hockey, big city vs. small city department leadership, medical protocols, and community paramedicine.  

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EMT/FF killed in broad daylight and Sept. 11 posts

Violent actions against emergency responders are common, but what does it mean when the violence is random and public. In an EMS1 article I try to make sense of the tragic murder of a Mich. FF/EMT. Today we asked EMS1 readers for pictures of 9/11 memorials. There is a coffee table book or calendar to […]

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Posts Outside the Service Area: Be the EMT You Want to Be

Peter Canning has been writing a series of posts, Street Lessons. All of them are excellent, but #5 The Hand Drop Test is my favorite. The hand drop test is one of those terrible pseudo assessments that burnt-out medics pass onto students and new employees. Other than mocking or discrediting the patient it serves little […]

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Social Media Tips

Bystander Videos Angry Captain at Landing Zone: More to this Story?

Have you seen the video yet of the angry captain defending the landing zone from a videographer? The incident is well covered by Statter911.com (includes video) and the Happy Medic has some good thoughts as well. An Ugly Incident  If you can handle it, watch the video. I found it really painful to watch. This is an […]

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Looking Ahead: the Fire Service on September 11, 2021

Yesterday Mike “FossilMedic” Ward asked Firegeezer readers, “What will the fire service look like by September 11, 2021?” Scope Limited to Adjacent Life and Property Protection With the increasing rarity of live victim rescues due to longer response times, a choice of taxpayers and policy makers, and an increasingly toxic fire and smoke environment, the […]

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CE Mash-Up: Active Shooter Incident and EMS Response

Created February 28, 2012. Updated on March 6, 2012, July 30, 2012, January 25, 2013. The school shooting in Chardon, Ohio is a reminder that active shooter incidents can happen in any town, any school, and any workplace. Every EMS agency should work with its law enforcement and fire partners to plan for a response to […]

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EMS Education Tips

Presentation: Learning Management Systems for Small Fire Departments

I recently presented at the Ohio Society of Fire Service Instructors Symposium in Columbus, Ohio. My three presentations were: Trends in Online Education for Emergency Responders Creating Social Media Content for Fire and EMS Education Learning Management Systems for Small Fire Departments John Dillon from C3Softworks helped me integrate audience polling into my PowerPoint presentations. I […]