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Book Review: The Grey Man: PayBack

Spent an enjoyable night this weekend re-reading J.L. Curtis’ second book, The Grey Man: Payback. Payback is a strong sophomore effort from Curtis. Jim addresses the criticism of The Grey Man: Vignettes with an eye to honing his writing craft, and as a result, his second book is an even more entertaining yarn than the first. The plot development is ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: Next Generation 911

On this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss Next Generation 911 and the potential for 911 PSAPs (Public Safety Answering Points) to send and receive data such as texts, video and photos. This is something that could really revolutionize EMS and public safety communication. In the news, we discuss the latest in the rash of ...

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Book Review: The Grey Man

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I’m not quite sure when J.L. Curtis and I began following each other’s blogs, but I became aware of his writing chops almost seven years ago when I was writing the Perspectives series with Matt G. and Babs, RN. Old NFO sent me a submission for a prospective third installment, from the bystander’s perspective. Honestly, it was a terrific read. Sadly, ...

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For You Shooters…

… some blowhard you know has a new article in Shooting Illustrated. And while I may be writing about and teaching this stuff, credit should be given to the guy who developed the original curriculum. If your club or range would like a Emergency Medical Response for Range Safety Officers class, hit DiverMedic up on his blog. He’ll teach you ...

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Shooter Self Care at #NRAAM

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Twelve slots still open for the Shooter Self Care class at the NRA Annual Meeting in Nashville, although I still need registration fees from a few of the people on my list. If you haven’t sent me the fee or registered at all, hit my email and PayPal donate link at the bottom of the blog ASAP. My vendor has ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: Violent Patients and Volatile Scenes

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and myself welcome defensive tactics expert Kip Teitsort to the Guest table, to discuss the recent suspension of two Glendale, AZ firefighters for striking a patient, and how departments can avoid such happenings in the future. Along the way, I piss off a whole bunch of people with my comments ...

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Metro Atlanta EMS Conference

Just a brief after-action report on the Metro Atlanta EMS Conference: Great folks, great venue, price you can’t beat. Seriously, $25 is a flat-out steal for three days of educational content of this quality, snacks and lunch provided. If you live in the southeast, you should definitely put this conference on your list to attend next year.

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Shooter Self Care at #NRAAM

Hmmm, what to buy, a house or a transferable 1928 Thompson?

Okay, it’s on. I’ll be teaching a Shooter Self Care course at the NRA Annual Meeting in April. Class date: Saturday, April 11 2015 Time: Begins promptly at 0800, ends at 1300 Location: Hampton Inn, 310 4th Avenue S, Nashville, TN 37201 (615) 277-5000 Tuition: $110 The course includes a Self Care Basic Trauma Kit, 2 pack of Halo Chest ...

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Attention New Jersey Volunteer EMS Peeps

How healthy is your squad? Problems with staffing, recruitment and retention? Problems meeting your response time standards? Financial instability? Does your next equipment purchase depend on the proceeds from the next fish fry or bake sale? The folks at Emergency Resource Management, LLC might be able to help you find workable answers to those problems. Come by the Mendham Township ...

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Metro Atlanta EMS Conference

If any of you EMS or nursing types live within an easy drive of Atlanta, you really need to check out the Metro Atlanta EMS Conference. It’s March 6-8 at the Riverside EpiCenter in Austell, GA. Three days of quality EMS and nursing continuing education from excellent speakers. I’ll be doing one of the keynote addresses, and the speaker lineup ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: Peer Support for PTSD and Depression

Paramedic Greg Turner of Edmonton took his life on-duty on January 26. Last weekend, paramedic Debbie Crawford of Denver Health Paramedics took her life as well, mere hours after working a fatal train vs pedestrian accident. Debbie co-founded and chaired a committee aimed at helping paramedics deal with PTSD and depression, yet for her, even those resources were not enough. ...

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