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Happy Birthday, KatyBeth!


On this day, twelve years ago, God answered a bunch of prayers, only a few of which were consciously spoken. He blessed me with a perfectly imperfect child who has taught me more about love, and courage, and resilience, and the power of the human spirit than anyone could ever hope to, a thousand life lessons packed into a few ...

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Inside EMS: Death With Dignity?

On our latest episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the bad behavior of some Glendale, AZ firefighters and other EMS news and events, including an item ripped from national headlines: Brittany Maynard’s decision to end her own life. Both of us applaud Maynard’s right to self-determination, but Chris poses a question to me I am hard-pressed ...

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Henry Repeating Arms Announces New EMS Tribute Rifle

For immediate release: Henry Repeating Arms EMS Tribute Rifle raffle to benefit National EMS Memorial Service Henry Repeating Arms Company has added an EMS tribute rifle to their “Tribute Edition” line of Golden Boy rifles and donated the first produced to be raffled off, with proceeds benefiting the National EMS Memorial Service. The EMS Tribute rifle joins the previously released ...

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Judged By A Higher Standard


A couple of years back, my partner and I were assaulted by a combative, intoxicated patient. Not that unusual an occurrence, really. Spend enough time in EMS, and you learn that not everyone is happy to see you arrive on a scene, and not everyone sees you as the good guys. Plenty of them will express their displeasure with fists, ...

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Go Team Me!

Just got the word that one of my columns for EMS1 is a finalist for a 2014 Folio Eddie award. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in New York city on December 11. It’s an honor just to be nominated, and thank you guys for reading. If it weren’t for you, I’d be just some paramedic blowhard screaming ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: EMS Conferences And Why You Should Attend

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the latest EMS news and events, welcome Brian Fass to the Guest Table for a talk about his new Fit Responder app, and discuss why every EMT should try to attend one regional, state or national EMS conference a year. TLDR version: because your agency’s educational program ...

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Thought Exercise: Pain Management


Debating with some folks on the various EMS social media forums lately, I was struck with the cognitive dissonance apparent in some providers’ attitudes about pain management. To wit, a distressing number of EMS providers still cling to 1950’s era myth bullshit legend dogma that providing analgesia to patients with abdominal pain complicates the physician’s assessment in the Emergency Department. ...

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Saving Public Safety: Let’s Make It Go Viral!

Over at The Code Green Campaign, they’re doing a hashtag campaign to raise mental health awareness among public safety personnel. Simply put up a sign with “Code Green Campaign” and #savingpublicsafety on it. Snap a pic of it in your rig or ambulance station, and share it with the #savingpublicsafety hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and all your social media outlets. ...

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Blogorado 2014 Wrapup (With Pics!)

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

Last weekend, I trekked forth to Secret Location, CO for my annual stress relief and psychological battery-recharging called Blogorado. Nothing eases my burdens quite so well as hanging out with my gunnie tribe, turning expensive ammunition into smoke and noise, eating great food and drinking even better beer, and telling outrageous truths and plausible lies around a crackling fire at ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: Tiered Response EMS Systems

In the current episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the latest EMS news and events, debate cameras in the back of ambulances, EKG stuff, and why your EMS system’s staffing model sucks and ours are better. We also interview the EKG Yoda himself, Tom Bouthillet, on our Guest Table segment. Check it out, and give us ...

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Official Endorsement: Chris Cebollero for NAEMT Region III Director

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Voting in the NAEMT elections opened October 15, and closes at midnight, October 28, 2014. You’ve got until then to cast your vote. If you’re not a member of NAEMT, why not? It may have its flaws as an organization, some of which I have bitched about publicly before, but it’s the most visible advocacy organization we’ve got, and it’s ...

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They Laughed, They Cried…


… they held their lighters aloft and swayed rhythmically. Women threw their panties on the stage, men bought me drinks. You know, the usual. The folks at the Western Massachusetts EMS Association were gracious enough to have me deliver the keynote addresses and a few other talks at the 2014 Massachusetts EMS Conference this weekend, and my sweetheart and I ...

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