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Inside EMS Podcast: Crowdsourcing EMS

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss reports that Uber drivers have better response times than ambulances in New York and London, and EMS1 Editor Chief Greg Friese’s column, Seven Community Health Services Uber Drivers Could Deliver. We hope Greg’s column was tongue-in-cheek, but it does illustrate he potential for crowd sourced community health ...

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An Urgent Call To Texas EMS Professionals

You need to call or email your state legislators now, and tell them to vote YES on HB 2020 and SB 1899. These bills will allow Texas EMTs and paramedics to practice their clinical skills in the hospital setting under the direct supervision of a physician. Essentially, they propose to expand the settings in which you can practice as an ...

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Wise Man, That Teddy Roosevelt

And he had big, brass balls that clanked when he walked. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat ...

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Rumors of My Death, Et Cetera…

I’m still here, folks. I just declared a self-imposed Facebook hiatus. “But instead of writing, I’m doing drive-by witticisms on Facebook at 3 a.m., because making funny and sarcastic comments via keyboard is what passes for human interaction when I am depressed. It’s easier than making a real human connection — easier, and infinitely more unhealthy.” I wrote that almost ...

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For You Volunteer EMS Types…

… there’s a new episode of the Inside EMS podcast where co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the latest EMS news, and address a listener’s question on whether a separate certification standard should be developed for volunteer EMS. TL;DR version: Not just no, but hell no. On the other hand, much of my opinion on volunteer EMS has changed over ...

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A Little Wisdom for My EMS Peeps

There is no such thing as the perfect EMS system, nor is there such a thing as the ideal system design. You will spend your entire career looking, and never find one. And constantly looking makes you damaged goods. In your eyes, you’re the quixotic EMS gypsy always looking to better himself, but to the hiring managers you’re just a ...

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Taurus Curve Spotted In The Wild

Handled the Taurus Curve at the NRA Annual Meeting. Give it an A for Innovation. It’s a radical design. With a typical Taurus trigger. And non-existent sights. And integrated weapon light and laser sight that is totally counter-intuitive to activate. And a magazine that you have to pluck free from the well. Did I mention the thing has no friggin’ ...

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Cylon Guns*

A nice attendee agreed to pose with the rifle. If it had been the sales rep, no one would have noticed the gun.

“So, do you want to hear about the Double D BAMF?” As opening lines of sales pitches go, that one’s an attention-getter. When delivered by a female sales rep who accurately matches that description, it’s even more effective. Turns out, the DD BAMF stands for the “Dual Drop, Billet Aluminum Modular Firearm” from Cobalt Arms. I know it looks chrome ...

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Remington R51 Redux

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Or maybe I should call it the redux of the redux, since last year’s launch was essentially a resurrection of the Remington 51, designed by John Pedersen way back in 1917. For a re-launch of essentially 97-year-old design theory, it generated positive buzz. A lot of positive buzz. And then people actually got a chance to buy and shoot it. ...

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Fanboi Geekout Mode: Activated

Two of Louisiana's finest: the fastest trigger finger in the world, and the biggest mouth in EMS.

Jerry Miculek was gracious enough to pose for a photo. I tried hard not to squee like a 13-year-old girl meeting Justin Bieber. There’s no other celebrity in Nashville I’d rather ask for a photo op. Although the blonde Century Arms booth babe in the red Ushanka hat runs a close second.  

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Overheard at the #NRAAM:

Joe Speer: “So I’m wading through this Sux O’ Luxe Truck, fishing around for the burrowing owl we sucked out amongst all the prairie dogs, and – ” Jay G: “What’s a Sux O’ Luxe Truck?” Joe: “It’s this giant vacuum truck that you use to suck prairie dogs right out of their burrows.” Jay: “Oooh, does it have a ...

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Inside Joke

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Overheard at the #NRAAM: Blogger 1: “You totally missed Robert Farago’s striptease in the Press Room today.” Blogger 2: “Um, say what?” Blogger 3: “Dude dropped trou in the Press Office, tucked his shirt back in, and buckled back up, right in front of everybody.” Blogger 2: “Well, at least he was stripping out of his own clothes. For him, ...

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