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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 – 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 – Roadside Near Miss for Sheriff’s Deputy – Autonomous Vehicles

1. Distracted (dangerous) driver? Of the environments emergency respsonders regularly operate there is place more dangerous than the roadside. The Adams County (Wis.) Sheriff’s office shared this dashcam video of a deputy who was nearly hit by pick-up truck. An explanation for the driver’s behavior wasn’t shared in the post. It’s not a leap to […]

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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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Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Profile

Stabbed on duty: A medic’s lessons learned on the long road back was recognized with a 2017 Jesse H. Neal award for best profile article. The Neal award is a terrific individual honor. More importantly the recognition increases awareness of the dangers EMTs and paramedics face on the job. Founded in 1955, the Jesse H. […]

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Can state lawmakers make EMS safer?

EMS is receiving a flurry of attention from state-level lawmakers. In a recent EMS1 article I cataloged some of the recently proposed legislation and the chance it will actually make EMS providers safer from violence, traumatic stress and vehicle collisions. What legislation will actually make EMS providers safer?

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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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Watch this Oscar-Nominated Film at Your Next EMS Training

As a parent I believe my number one job is to keep my kids safe. What that means for me in central Wisconsin is a world apart for what it means for a father trying to keep his kids safe by escaping the ravages of war in Syria. “4.1 Miles,” an Oscar-nominated documentary short film, […]

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Fire Department Access to Hydrants, Shovel ’em out

We are experiencing the joy and exhaustion of big winter storm in central Wisconsin. Of high importance whenever it snows is to make sure we shovel out the fire hydrant nearest to our house. Before …   After …

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Good Samaritan Shot Helping Murder Victim

What a bummer to write that headline … Good Samaritan SHOT! Emergency Medical Responder Daniel Wesley is a caregiver. As a teenager, the son of an EMT is already a certified Emergency Medical Responder, capable of recognizing a person in need and providing care. Wesley is one of us. He is our brother who like […]