Normalization of Deviance of Sexual Harassment in EMS

Yesterday I was strolling about the internet reading and stumbled upon an article on a local New Jersey news website about a $195,000 civil settlement related to repeated sexual assault on a female EMT by her male “chief.” This settlement and related events were discovered through an OPRA request (non-disclosure by both parties was a... Continue Reading →

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On a day like today…

So many short years later, Father Judge's last homily is a reminder and a blessing to all of us on the job. I found it last night once again and wanted to share it, as I often find this homily to be a balm for the various wounds life and this job can visit on... Continue Reading →

Paramedics Love Pens

If you don't have anything nice to say, make pens? While sitting at post today waiting for our next assignment I was scrolling through Facebook and happened upon a dark humor page I hadn't seen before. Honestly, I have unfollowed or ignored a lot of these pages because I lose my mind, get sucked into... Continue Reading →

Is Too Much Starch A Bad Thing?

This blog is part of a larger "What-If-We're-Wrong-a-Thon" by several EMS bloggers where we attempt to view the opposite point of view on a topic we have previously taken a stand on. You can find the other articles here. This weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Connecticut State EMS Conference (more on that... Continue Reading →

Magic Is Not Just For Harry Potter

The pulse at his jugular notch was racing. I could count it's beats visibly without palpation. I wondered at the intricate systems that worked to keep a heart beating and continue the magic that is life. Then I solemnly remembered that one day that pulse would be stilled and the magic of the soul would... Continue Reading →

What’s On Your Batbelt?

We pulled up to the desolate truck stop, our headlights shining on the sole person in the lot. Presumably she was our “sick” patient. She wore a pink head rag, dingy t-shirt and jeans, with even dingier keds carrying a bag full of her only possessions in the world. Her face showed a perpetual weariness... Continue Reading →

Be Contagious

We spend our days complaining about how life what isn't what we expected or how we haven't reached our expected timeline instead of accepting that, letting it go, and focusing on our dreams. I'm too old.I can't afford it.I'm not that smart.I'm (insert any excuse here). Life is hard. No one warns you about getting... Continue Reading →

The Silent Killer

 There is a great hypocrisy in the world of Emergency Services.  Our job is to help people in any circumstance, at any time, at any place usually where unimaginable scenarios present themselves.  These are the worst days of peoples' lives, but they shouldn't affect responders...at least that is the popular conception within our circles. This... Continue Reading →

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