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Continuing Education

2022 Book Log (updating)

I kept a book log in 2019, 2020 and 2021. The Hike – a fairly forgettable novel about two sisters and their husbands that go on a day hike that ends in tragedy. Smoke: An IQ Novel – the 5th book in the IQ series that I have been enjoying for the last several years. The […]

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Continuing Education

2021 Book Log (Final)

I kept a book log in 2019 and 2020. I did the same in 2021. Harlem Shuffle – an excellent novel from Colson Whitehead. Nickel Boys is still my favorite book by Whitehead. Falling – debut novel from a career flight attendant about a high-jacked transcontinental flight. Wild Rescues – terrific auto-biography from FF/paramedic Kevin Grange about […]

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News and Events Uncategorized

Alternate Listening Location: Serving to Lead

On a special edition of the EMS One-Stop podcast I turned the table to interview Rob Lawrence (@UKRobL), the show host, about his Sandhurst military leadership training and his second career as an EMS leader in the United Kingdom and United States. Give a listen below or subscribe on Apple Podcasts.

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News and Events

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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EMS Education Tips

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 […]

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News and Events

Alternate Posting Location: Losing Leaders to COVID-19

The deaths of fire, law enforcement, corrections and EMS leaders and personnel will have a decades-long impact on department operations, safety and capability. Even more concerning is the fire, EMS, corrections and law enforcement leaders who deny the severity of COVID-19 and fail to distribute and support lifesaving public health messages. The chiefs, captains and […]

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EMS Tips

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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News and Events

EMS Today 2017 Session Reports

EMS Today 2017 in Salt Lake CIty was a whirlwind of education sessions, exhibit hall traverses and visiting with friends. It was also an Italian food festival for me … I turned in receipts for Sbarro, Bucca De Boppa and Olive Garden. I attended conference sessions based on this loose criteria: Meeting an editorial opportunity […]

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Operations

EMS Leadership: Great Content from Paramedic Chief

Paramedic Chief, powered by EMS1, is expert-written articles and news for EMS leaders and aspiring EMS leaders. Regular monthly columns are written by: Jay Fitch & Associates Page, Wolfberg and Wirth Mike Taigman National EMS Management Association Read the November issue of Paramedic Chief enewsletter. Links to all Paramedic Chief eNewsletters All articles posted with can […]

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EMS Tips Social Media Tips

Facebook: Power for EMS Good or a Nefarious Tool for Evil?

In preparation for the Pinnacle EMS 2016 conference I wrote this article: How to use Facebook to announce an EMS LODD A LODD is unpredictable, but like any other low-frequency, high-consequence incidents, pre-planning is critical to how your department will communicate with personnel and to the public. My ideas on using Facebook for LODD notification  are […]