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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 – Medics Who Made a Difference – Emergency! Quiz

1. Make an impact Every paramedic and EMT makes a difference for their patients, partners and family and friends of the patients. Most medics probably go above and beyond for a patient or group of strangers. I love receiving the stories of medics making an impact. Here are three from the EMS1 end of year […]

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Climate change is impacting emergency responders

On Tuesday morning when the death toll from the Sonoma and Napa counties was just 11 people (it’s now 35 dead) and only 1,400 structures had been destroyed I wrote a FireRescue1.com and EMS1.com article. “In the last two months, historic levels of rainfall, flooding and wildfire in the continental U.S. and its territories have […]

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Event Recap: 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Lambeau Field

I was one of 2,169 climbers to complete the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Lambeau field a few weeks ago. We raised $110,000 for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. I was able to speak with dozens of other climbers, as well as volunteers from the NFFF and staff from Pierce Manufacturing, before and after the […]

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Ambulance Siren Doesn’t Help Patients

Turn off the lights. Turn off the sirens. Get to the patient safely and alive. The evidence for ambulance siren and red light use was the subject of a NHTSA Office of EMS Focus webinar. The most interesting (and new to me) discussion point is that ambulance siren and red light use may discourage some […]

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2017 FOLIO Eddie Award Finalist

It’s a major award (nomination)! At least in the world of business to business publishing. Congratulations to my colleagues, a fantastic team of writers and editors, at Praetorian Digital for these nominations: Best Single Article (B-to-B): FireRescue1 “San Francisco’s 30 years of women in the fire service: The stories, struggles and triumphs” Best Column/Blog (B-to-B): EMS1 “Is […]

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3 Active, Mass Shooter Truths

Friday afternoon a man took a handgun from his checked luggage, loaded it in the bathroom and began shooting passengers in the Fort Lauderdale Airport baggage claim. Truth 1: Mass shootings can happen anywhere Truth 2: Stand up, practice and prepare to deploy a rescue task force Truth 3: Everyone needs to know how to […]