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Inside EMS podcast: LODD Benefits for EMS Responders

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the latest EMS news and events, including the bill passed by the Kentucky House to extend Line of Duty Death (LODD) benefits to the families of EMS responders. In my opinion, every EMT who dies in the line of duty should be entitled to LODD benefits. Public, ...

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ACE4EMS Hybrid Refresher: LAST CHANCE FOR 2016 RENEWAL!

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ACE4EMS is offering its LAST CHANCE refresher for EMTs and Medics due to renew their NREMT certification March 31, 2016. Go here to sign up. If you’re the world’s worst procrastinator and now time has crept upon you, then we can help. Our hybrid refresher involves two live 10-hour skills and knowledge integration sessions on March 12-13, five hours of ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: Does Lack of Reimbursement Drive Shoddy Training?

On this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the chicken or egg question: does crappy reimbursement drive shoddy training and educational standards, or do we get reimbursed poorly because we’re content with being a bunch of barely educated skills monkeys? We also discuss the recent murder of a Pulaski County, Arkansas EMT by a patient, ...

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Maturation of an EMS Guru

Posted this on a Facebook thread, which I believe Tamara Keel calls, “pitching your best stuff at an away game.” The Maturation of an EMS Guru: “Who the hell is Kelly Grayson?” “You know, Kelly Grayson. Writes a blog, occasionally amusing, thinks his personal feces are not odorific.” “That Kelly Grayson guy can make some pretty good points now and ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: Driver Safety Training

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I welcome John Kustuch to the Guest Table as we talk about ambulance accidents and what we can do to lessen the likelihood of them.* Give us a listen and share your thoughts on the issue.     *Spoiler Alert: Stopping driving like adrenaline-fueled idiots would help a lot.

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Louisiana EMS Peeps: Last Chance NREMT Refreshers

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I’ll be teaching a series of hybrid, last-chance refresher courses for the Louisiana Ambulance Alliance Center for Education for EMS (ACE4EMS). If you need a refresher and CEU hours for your 2016 recertification due March 31, I suggest you sign up. Here’s a brief overview: Registration is pretty straightforward: Go to the Louisiana Ambulance Alliance website and pay your fees. ...

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Tidewater EMS Education Expo

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March is a busy month for me, but I’m looking forward to getting back to Suffolk and the good folks at the Tidewater EMS Education Expo, March 17-20. They offer tons of EMS and nursing continuing education and fellowship, and at a reasonable price. Plus, I hear that Grayson guy is supposed to be speaking there. And he is going ...

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Metro Atlanta EMS Conference 2016!

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Be there, or be a geometric shape with four right angles and four equal sides! I’ll be speaking at the Metro Atlanta EMS Conference on March 4, 2016. I had the privilege of speaking there last year, and this is one well-run, quality conference. Great organizers, great attendees, and at only $25 for nearly 20 hours of CEU, an UNBEATABLE ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: Emotional Trauma Life Support

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In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I welcome Sarah Mielke to the Guest Table to talk about the new Emotional Trauma Life Support course. This is a course that we’ve needed for a while, and I can’t wait to take it and start teaching it. Give us a listen to learn more about it.

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Last Chance Refreshers From ACE4EMS

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For you EMS procrastinators, the Louisiana Ambulance Alliance Center for Education for EMS (ACE4EMS) is offering a series of last chance, hybrid refreshers in January, February, and March. The classes are a hybrid of self-paced, self-study online assignments, chat rooms, and live skills labs and knowledge integration sessions. Each refresher meets all requirements for NREMT recertification under the National Continued ...

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This Is My Rifle. There Are Many Like It, But This One Is Mine.

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Way back in the dark ages of the Internet, in 2007, Marko Kloos wrote a blog post about his favorite rifle, a shortened #4 Enfield: It’s not much to look at, worthless to a collector, and completely devoid of flash and glitz and tacticality. It has no optics, just aperture iron sights. It has no accessory rails, vertical foregrip, fancy ...

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Merry Christmas!

Luke 2: 7-14 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field , keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came ...

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