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News and Events

Cop vs. Paramedic – Get the full story before passing judgement

A confrontation between a police officer and paramedic outside an Ohio bar, captured on bystander video, went viral last week. It started a heated debate about who — if anyone — was at fault, and whether the short glimpse of action was enough to make a judgement about the paramedic or the officer’s actions being […]

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Operations

Posts Outside the Service Area: Paramedics in the Warm Zone

At EMS1.com I share thoughts about new guidelines that among other things recommend paramedics, escorted by law enforcement, triage and treat patients in the warm zone. This is not without controversy, but is an acknowledgement of reality. Please share your comments and feedback.

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EMS Tips

Alternate Posting Locations: New Podcast Episodes Posted and a free ebook

EMSEduCast: Training for the Active Shooter Incident On episode 156 we discuss the preparation and training of EMS providers for active shooter incidents. We discuss how EMS can prepare and train with law enforcement, move into the warm zone with a law enforcement escort, and appropriate BLS life-saving care. Medical Author Chat: Interview with Dave […]

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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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Social Media Tips

Video: Saving Lives is Part of the Job

News video of paramedics in Texas that responded to a school shooting. A few thoughts: 1. After a high profile incident does your service issue a statement to local media about the EMS response? 2. Do you contact local media and invite them to interview responders? 3. Use social media tools like Facebook and Twitter […]

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EMS Tips

My Suggestions for Annual Fitness Testing for Police Officers

I recently had dinner with a police officer who mentioned he was getting into shape for his annual fitness testing. I asked what the annual test was. He said the components were: 1. Timed mile and a half run. 2. Push-ups to exhaustion. 3. Sit-ups to exhaustion. 4. Chin-ups to exhaustion. The mile and half […]

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News and Events Social Media Tips

Social Media and Police: Law Enforcement 2.0 Podcast

Listen to a discussion I had with Mike Waraich about about social media and emergency communications for first responders with a special focus on police for the Law Enforcement 2.0 Podcast. We talk about how police can get up and running with social media, where to begin with social media, and the best practices to […]