1. Jay Fitch, EMS leader, mentor and educator shares leadership insights In a 40 year career Jay Fitch has been a volunteer firefighter-EMT, paramedic, manager, mentor and owner. One of the things Jay does best is study, discuss and describe leadership. Read and aspire to continue your growth as a leader. 2. Rescue Me quiz […]
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 […]
A week ago today my son and his hockey teammates won the Wisconsin Peewee B Hockey championship. It was a great group of kids and we had a lot of fun this season. It was an honor to help coach this group and this puck is prominently displayed in my office. Go Icehawks!
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. […]
You are not alone. If you need help The Code Green help and resources page has links and numbers for immediate mental health assistance.
Drug overdose and addiction was the focus of an all day summit at the Wisconsin EMS Association working together conference. I believe the opioid overdose epidemic is the top problem facing EMS, emergency medicine and public health. I was glad to see the topic receive serious and meaningful coverage at WEMSA. Three articles from the summit […]
The Green Circle Trail is accessible about a half-mile from my house. From their I can run, walk and bike throughout my hometown, Stevens Point. The Green Circle Trail is a great community treasure. Come visit or relocate to central Wisconsin.
I only have one phone, but I regularly see people with two phones – a work phone and a personal phone. Some people even add a tablet with a stylus. Then a wallet, house/car keys, a water bottle and a few snacks. These items are either bursting out of their pockets or tucked under their […]
Chief Dennis Rubin and his firefighter/paramedics at De Pere Wisconsin Fire Station #1 were kind enough to give my son and me a tour Friday afternoon. We had a nice visit and chance to discuss hockey, big city vs. small city department leadership, medical protocols, and community paramedicine.
The 2010 AHA guidelines, as I recall, were released in late 2010. Meaning I would have first recertified to the updated guidelines in 2012. And then again in 2014. With my NREMT re-registration nearing (March 31) and Wisconsin EMT-P due at the end of the June I needed to recertify BLS healthcare provider and ACLS. I also […]