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Why I drive slow on snow and ice covered, slippery roads

I don’t mind letting other cars zip by me on the interstate when the roads are snow-covered, icy, slick and slippery. Here are the reasons I drive slow: My car, a 2005 Toyota Sienna Minivan, is fully paid for and has been for at least a decade. Life without a car payment is always better […]

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Alternative Posting Location: 4 POV Response Tips at EMS1

4 Personal Vehicle Response Tips Do you respond to the station or the scene in a personal vehicle? Much of my EMS experience involved POV response. I look back on that now…fumbling with a map book and radio, being passed by my colleagues, and parking on a dark road side with only 4 way flashers…with […]

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Link: Safer Roads for Motorists or Cyclists

Since last Friday two Wisconsin cyclists have been killed by distracted drivers. Since July 1 of this year, six Wisconsin bicycle riders have been killed – one every 6 days. If you drive a vehicle or read a bike PLEASE READ this collection of Safer Road tips from the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin and the […]

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Don't Turn Left: Use the Diverging Diamond

Left turns are one of the leading causes (if not the leading cause) of motor vehicle collisions. I have previously written Tips to Reduce Intersection Collisions so this conversation on NPR Talk of the Nation Hate Left Turns? Take a Diverging Route, caught my ear and led me to a Slate.com article: Don’t Turn Left. […]

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Driver Training Video: What Does this Really Teach?

A couple of days ago I posted tips for Navigating the Cone Course with the Ambulance during a CEVO or EVOC course. Then I found this video: At the end of the video the instructor says, “It wasn’t really fast that we were going.” I think this video teaches: 1. It is OK to go […]

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EMS Tips

Watch for Kids in Hot Unattended Vehicles

Hyperthermia Deaths to Children Left in Unattended Vehicles Dr. Lou Romig shared this link to information on Hyperthermia Deaths to Children Left in Unattended Vehicles. Hyperthermia leading to heat stroke is a life threatening emergency. A child either because of young age, functional motor skill development, or restraint in a child passenger seat is unable […]

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Video: Ambulance Response in a Busy Urban Area

This video is pretty interesting to me for these reasons: 1. Is the camera operator, riding in the patient care compartment: a) an employee or a student b) authorized to be video recording and posting the video 2. Use of the privileges extended to emergency vehicle operators to drive against traffic 3. The silver sedan […]

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EMS Tips

Video: Ambulance Safety Tips

In this video, recorded at EMS World Expo 2010, Justin Schorr and I discuss ambulance safety. ParamedicTV is powered by EMS1.com

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Vehicles are Paramedic Seeking Missiles – Watch OUT!

This article from EMS1.com recaps a session at EMS Today about Roadside Safety for emergency responders. My top roadside safety tip is to consider every moving vehicle to be a paramedic seeking missile. With that mindset you will: 1. Minimize time spent exposed on a roadway. 2. Always be defensive in parking locations and travel […]