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EMS in the Warm Zone, Ambulance Collisions

EMS belongs in the warm zone Florida officials and anonymous first responders are disputing if paramedics were blocked from entering the Parkland high school scene, delayed from caring for victims or simply doing what they had been trained and ordered to do. “What’s going to come out is, in the communications on several circumstances, there […]

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Mass Shooting Tip – Get There Quicker

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Fla., shooting is: Most deadly school shooting since Newtown. More killed than Columnbine. There are two sides of the mass shooting equation our society could work on: Before the shooting starts After the shooting starts There doesn’t seem to be any will or desire to do anything about the […]

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EMS Tips – 2017 Top News – 2018 Predictions

1. Driverless ambulances and other thoughts on EMS Safety Jim Hoffman conducted a series of year-end interviews about EMS education, wellness and safety. Listen and watch interviews with Rom Duckworth, Chris Cebollero, Bryan Fass, Tim Nowak and myself. 2. Top 2017 EMS news and 2018 predictions On the Medic2Medic podcast host Steve Cohen, Carey EMS, […]

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EMS Tips – Be a Conference Speaker – Top 2017 EMS News

1. Submit to Speak at EMS World Expo Applications to speak at EMS World Expo 2018 are due January 15. Here are three reasons to apply to expo or other conferences. You do work that matters. Share it with others. The best way to test out your ideas is to present them to your peers. […]

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Stop the Bleed – Everyone Needs to Know How

Control of bleeding is a layperson skill and in an incident with hundreds of victims, every able-bodied person needs to be able to apply direct pressure, improvise a tourniquet and apply a tourniquet. Read my full article on EMS1.com: Rapid response: Triage mass shooter patients as treatable by lay people or medical professionals Stop the Bleed […]

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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 […]

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Tucson Mass Shooting – some thoughts on MCI Response

Like many EMS professionals I have read media accounts from the Tucson mass shooting for lessons we might learn for application to future mass shooting incidents. Tragically, a mass shooting could happen in any community and we all need to consider a mass shooting in our all-hazards pre-planning and cooperative planning with other emergency responders. […]