Dedicated For Life

“Not everyone wants a medal for their uniform, but everybody likes to hear 'Thank You'.” Once again it is EMS Week – a week to recognize EMS providers, get free food, and maybe educate the public about EMS and what we do. I recently had the opportunity to be part of a podcast about EMS... Continue Reading →

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What Are You “Saying”

While getting my nails done a few weeks ago my manicurist had CNN on the television, Donald Rumsfeld was talking about the United States response to one of the many violent events occurring in the world today. It struck me how eloquent this man was under pressure. I wondered how could this translate into my... Continue Reading →

EMS Day on the Hill 2014

Last week I had the awesome experience of attending the 5th Annual EMS Day on the Hill sponsored by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians in Washington D.C. EMS Day on the Hill is an opportunity to educate our representatives at the federal level of government about EMS and the challenges we face on... Continue Reading →

The Pit of Fear

The true terror began when I saw the room. A friend sent me a photo of the room I was to be speaking in at my first national EMS conference just a few days before the event. As soon as I saw it the pit of mindless fear opened in my belly. Until that point,... Continue Reading →

The Courage to Write.

Initially, I thought I arrived here by “accident.” I can be a bit rambunctious and not everyone can appreciate that, so I ran into a little trouble at work and avoiding a long story that will bore you, I found myself looking for a new gig. A few weeks later, I went on an interview... Continue Reading →

How many A-holes work at your agency?

I was recently reading a piece by a gentleman named Olivier Blanchard called Brand Management: The Asshole Effect.  I was so excited while reading it because in a parallel life to my EMS career, I worked at a popular coffee emporium.  I was expected to and enjoyed providing awesome customer service (it's possible that my... Continue Reading →

The Education Conundrum

I recently attended the EMS World Expo in Las Vegas and heard many ideas on how to improve EMS as a whole from responder to system. Surprisingly, one of the more controversial suggestions was higher education for EMS providers affiliated with current training. One side argues that providers will be no more than mere technicians... Continue Reading →

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