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Operations

Never Swerve to Avoid a Deer Collision

Fire department tanker on its way to a structure fire overturned and injured four firefighters after swerving to avoid a deer collision. Never swerve. The deer would not have fared well on the front bumper of a fire truck. The damage to the vehicle would have been minimal and there would not have been injuries […]

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Firefighters Posing in Front of Controlled Burn Structure Fire

I saw this photo earlier this morning at JSOnline.com and it has been on my mind much of the day. I didn’t read the story and I didn’t read it now. Honestly, I can’t get past the photo. I have just read many of the reader comments and relieved that I am not the only […]

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Health and Wellness

Boston Marathon Finish

I am safe. As many of you know I ran the Boston Marathon today. I finished 20-30 minutes before hearing two loud booms from several blocks away. At the time there was no indication to me or the people around me that it was a bomb explosion. It wasn’t until seeing many emergency vehicles going […]

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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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EMS Tips

Posts Outside the Service Area January 2013: Always Opportunities to Learn More

I will be the Wisconsin EMS Association meeting this weekend in the great city of Milwaukee. If you are there look for me at the CentreLearn booth (#110), in the general sessions, or at the Milwaukee Admirals game Friday night. The world famous University of Wisconsin Varsity Band is playing at the Admirals game so […]

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Operations

More Driving Lessons Unlearned

This guest post was submitted by FF/EMT Ed Mund. If you would like to submit a guest post review the submission guidelines.  Recent motor vehicle-related deaths of EMS crews, firefighters, and passengers, while tragic, are reminders of the same lessons unlearned yet again. Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of on-the-job deaths of EMS […]

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EMS Education Tips

Video: Responding to an Incident

Video from YouTube, appears to be taken from the passenger side (officer seat). I think videos like this can be great a training tool: 1. Crew behavior – calling out hazards, repeating and reviewing dispatch information and radio reports, distracting conversation. 2. Reminder of risk – actual and perceived when responding lights and sirens. 3. […]

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Health and Wellness

Alternate Posting Location: Physical Readiness for an Active Shooter Incident

In this EMS1.com column, Active Shooter Response: Are you physically ready?, I lay out what I believe may be some of the physical challenges related to EMS response. I definitely want you to defer to your local protocols and follow orders as issued by the incident command. But I also believe that the EMS response, much […]

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Resurrecting the Street after 9/11

Note: RESURRECTING THE STREET will be free for Amazon Kindle download between September 7th and September 11th. : Overcoming the Greatest Operational Crisis in History is an account of the impacts of the September 11, 2001 terrorism attacks on the World Trade Center on the financial markets, with a focus on the trading and settlement […]

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EMS Education Tips

EMSEduCast: New Episodes from March and April

The EMSEducCast – the podcast by and for EMS educators – has more than 130 episodes for fire and EMS educators. The co-hosting team, Rob Theriault, Bill Toon, and myself – record two or more new episodes a month. All episodes are available on iTunes, the ProMed Network and EMSEduCast.com. War Stories and Skill Labs: […]