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Alternate Posting Location: COVID is getting worse for public safety

COVID-19 hasn’t gone away. In fact, COVID-19 has only gotten worse across the United States and around the world. We just need to look to the effect of COVID-19 on our brothers and sisters in public safety. Read A plea for renewed commitment to COVID-19 prevention on EMS1.com

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Alternate Posting Location: The Highway is a Hot Zone

Use time, distance and shielding to minimize the risk of injury when responding to a motor vehicle collision. Ready my most recent EMS1 Rapid Response, updated on 1/13/2020 after additional police, fire and EMS LODDs Rapid Response: Roadway incidents are a hot zone for EMS 

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EMS Tips – Fatigue is Deadly – Glucagon Rarely Used – Paramedic Refresher

1. Police say driver asleep at the wheel “An EMS provider driving an ambulance that crashed and resulted in the death of an EMT fell asleep behind the wheel, according to police.” This tragic incident happened just a week after the release of 5 evidence-based guidelines for fatigue management in EMS. Recommend using fatigue/sleepiness survey instruments to […]

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EMS Tips – EMT LODD – Therapeutic Hypothermia Might Come Back

1. EMT Mousa Chaban, 32, died of injuries after ambulance collision (EMS1.com) “Chaban was partially ejected from the ambulance and died from his injuries.” The driver of the ambulance, Christine Wesner, failed to stop at a red light, and “allegedly fell asleep and crashed into another vehicle.” Resource: 5 evidence-based guidelines for fatigue management in EMS 2. […]

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EMS Tips – 2017 LODDs – Personal Safety

I am taking a moment today to remember the colleagues we have lost in the line of duty. 1. EMS Line of Duty Deaths 2017 EMS1 reported 11 EMT or paramedic line of duty death incidents in 2017. 2. Police Officer Line of Duty Deaths 2017 The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund issued a preliminary […]

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Incredibly Sad

New article posted to EMS1. We didn’t need another tragic reminder of the danger of EMS

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Trying to Make Sense of FDNY EMT LODD

FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo, 44, a 14-year veteran of the department and mother of five, was killed Thursday night in the line of duty. Her killer has been arrested and charged with murder. On Friday, like EMS providers everywhere, I tried to make sense of this terrible tragedy in an EMS1 article (Learning from the […]

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EMS Tips

It’s time to rethink roadway safety

In 2016 two medical helicopters (Florida and New Mexico) have been struck by drunk drivers. Also struck by drunk drivers: Tow trucks and operators Police cruisers and law enforcement officers Ambulances and paramedics Fire trucks and firefighters It’s time to rethink roadway safety and apply hazardous materials concepts of time, distance and shielding. Read my […]

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Alleged Patient Kills Helper and Injures Two Others

Are you able to make sense of the tragic death of a Md. firefighter-paramedic who was killed after forcing entry to access a man believed to be unresponsive by his brother? I made an effort to make sense of a tragic death and the disparity between how a Md. man is free without charges after killing […]

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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 […]