Where’s Ambulance Driver? Summer Edition

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The Kelly Grayson World Tour continues, with speaking appearances at a paramedic program graduation at Kiamichi Technology Center in Poteau, OK on July 16, and then another at my EMS alma mater, Louisiana Delta Community College in West Monroe, LA on July 21. On July 30, Nancy Magee and I will be speaking at the Seminole EMS Conference in Seminole, ...

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Inside EMS Podcast

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the latest EMS news and events, including the California fire department that stepped on its wedding tackle, PR wise, by billing a Good Samaritan $140 for a bandaged hand. Listen to the podcast here, and share with us your thoughts.

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Endorsement: Captain Mike Ledet, aka “Dr. Speck”

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One very enjoyable part of this year’s LANREMT EMS Conference in my home state was the opportunity for several of the conference speakers to take a fishing charter with Captain Mike Ledet out of Cocodrie, LA. Mike’s a full-time deputy for Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Department and does all of their maritime and water rescue. He’s been a fishing guide in ...

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Time to Update the CV…

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… to include 2016 Louisiana Paramedic of the Year. The man pictured with me is Randal Howard, 2016 Louisiana EMS Instructor of the Year. Randal is the EMS Chief for Ouachita Parish Fire Department, and one of the best instructors this state has to offer. He was my EMT and Paramedic instructor, and is thus the man responsible (or to ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: Love/Hate Edition

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In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I pay our respects to Rich Beebe, a renowned EMS educator we lost last week in a motorcycle accident. We also discuss the love/hate relationship many of us have with EMS. Give it a listen, and share with us your thoughts.

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For You EMS Types…

… this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the latest EMS news and events, including the inspiring story of Noah Filer, a paramedic student who woke up from a month long coma after a motorcycle accident to find out he was a double amputee… and then went on to finish his paramedic training. I believe ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: Autism Education Edition

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I welcome autism educator Kimberly Stanford to the Guest Table. Kim is the mother of a son with Asperger’s and a mental health professional, and developer of an autism training course and EMS autism sensory kit. Give it a listen. Lots of interesting stuff there.

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For You EMS Types…

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… co-host Chris Cebollero and I welcome Lenwood Brown III to the Guest Table on Inside EMS. Lenny’s a former graphic artist who found his calling as a firefighter EMT, and managed to combine both his loves in the cartoon Frequent Fliers. Check out the podcast, and be sure to check out Frequent Fliers on EMS1.

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For You EMS Types…

… there’s a new issue of the Paramedic Chief newsletter out, with great content from folks like Rommie Duckworth, Bob Sullivan, Robert Avsec, Dan Limmer, and some blowhard from Louisiana who wrote an article about teaching EMS Dinosaurs to Evolve. Go read, and get your EMS leadership groove on.

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Happy Nurses Week!

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Go show some love to those caring professionals on the other side of the Emergency Department doors. EMS could learn a great deal from the nursing profession, if we’d simply listen. I love nurses. They provide the care, and make the hospital world go ’round. Nursing advocacy organizations, on the other hand, I’m not so fond of. And those organizations ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: My First EMS Job

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I answer a listener question about where he should apply for his first EMS job. We talk about agencies large and small, toxic partners and toxic cultures, and what to focus on as you begin your EMS career. Tune into the podcast, and share your thoughts with us.

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Inside EMS Podcast: Brotherhood, Or Lack Thereof

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the suicide of Fairfax, VA firefighter/paramedic Nicole Mittendorf, and how EMS and the fire service talk a good game about the public safety brotherhood, but many systems do a poor job of practicing it. Give us a listen, and share with us your thoughts. As I said ...

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On Bullying and Slut-Shaming In EMS

The suicide of Fairfax County, VA firefighter/paramedic Nicole Mittendorf has brought to light an ugly, hidden truth in public safety: boorish, even abusive behavior toward women is still alive and well in the firehouses and ambulance stations. A story by Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder of Firefighter Close Calls details some of the filth and innuendo directed at Nicole Mittendorf. Chief ...

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