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Flying Drones into EMS Education

Paramedic students used drone video to size-up a simulated multiple vehicle collision. Their recognition of hazards was compared to the standard method of walking around/near the scene. Learn more about this research and how to apply it in your EMS education program in a research analysis article I wrote for FireRescue1 (or PoliceOne if you […]

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EMS Tips – Falcon Heavy Rocket – Firefighters Held at Gun Point – Wash your Stinking Hands!

1. SpaceX launched a really, really big rocket In one of my favorite Simpson’s episodes Homer bemoans another boring space launch. Unlike Homer I am fascinated watching the recent SpaceX launches streamed live from Florida, Texas or Orlando. Even more amazing to me is the booster rockets gliding/falling back to earth and then landing upright […]

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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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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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Are you really going to arrest an ED nurse?

I also thought of titling this post, “What would Fonzie do?” but that seems like a pretty dated reference. Or perhaps “How would Barney Stinson have played this situation?” Detective Jeff Payne, a Utah police officer and paramedic since 1983, became a viral news sensation when he handcuffed an emergency department nurse who refused to let him […]

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Fire Dept. Coffee – a Firefighter and Veteran Owned Business

I met Luke Schneider, firefighter, paramedic and veteran, at the Wisconsin EMS Association conference last month. Luke is also a co-owner of Fire Dept. Coffee. He was kind enough to give me a one pound bag of beans, roasted by his company in Rockford, Illinois. This morning I am enjoying my first cup of Fire Dept. […]

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5 Reasons You Won’t Get a Job as an EMT

Here are five things that will make it really hard to become certified and ever employed as an EMT or paramedic. 1. Felony conviction for abuse Any felony conviction is bad. But a felony conviction for child, sexual or elder abuse makes it especially unlikely you will ever be employed as an EMT. 2. Drug […]

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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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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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Medic Mindset Podcast – Subscribe

Paramedics and paramedic students, subscribe to Medic Mindset podcast. You can find the podcast, four episodes and counting, on: iTunes SoundCloud MedicMindset.com After the Ambulance Driver, Kelly Grayson, mentioned the Medic Mindset podcast I give it a listen. The content, flow of conversation and questions are outstanding. Ginger Locke, the show host, facilitates an informative and […]