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Ben Waller
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  • Bluffton, SC
  • United States
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Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue Receives Heart-Safe Community Recognition
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Started this discussion. Last reply by dr-exmedic May 12, 2012.

Is EMS 2.0 really EMS 4.0?

Started Mar 10, 2012


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Ben Waller replied to Kyle Czarnecki's discussion Anyone with information regarding switching from 24 hour shifts to twelves?
"Kyle, contact Interim Director Tim Gault at Greenville County (SC) EMS.  They switched from 24-hour shifts to a 10-10-14-14-four off schedule.  A few years later they went to straight 12's.  (Straight days or straight…"
Jul 22, 2013
Ben Waller replied to Thrawn's discussion Looking for Agency policy - Do not carry cardiac monitor inside (leave in truck)
"The only reason to leave the monitor in the truck is for incidents where you can drive right up to the patient and there is little or no chance that it will be immediately needed.   If you can drive right up to a trauma patient or an ambulatory…"
Jul 22, 2013
Ben Waller replied to Bill Eyford's discussion Helmets Inside Ground Ambulances
"Dan,   Your comments about other helmets worn by EMS folks gets a big "so what?"  Everyone knows that they aren't designed for in-vehicle wear.  When you keep repeating your meaningless affirmative to that fact, it just…"
Jul 15, 2013
Ben Waller commented on Kevin C. Welborn's group South Carolina EMS
"Nathan, another option is Piedmont Medical Center EMS in Rock Hill.  I don't know much about their system, but their director and I used to work together and had some overlap in grad school.  He's a pretty good guy to work for."
Dec 22, 2012
Ben Waller commented on Kevin C. Welborn's group South Carolina EMS
"Nathan, "best" is pretty subjective, but here's the basic rundown; Greenville County EMS, Pickens County EMS, and Laurens County EMS are 3rd service.   Spartanburg and Oconee County are hospital-based.   Anderson City has a…"
Dec 22, 2012
Ben Waller replied to Bob Sullivan's discussion Handling Patients with Concealed Weapons
"I can see calling the police to handle firearms for an EMS crew that is inexperienced in doing the same.  If there is an obvious firearm and an iffy situation, bail.  The bottom line is that if a patient or family member has immediate…"
Sep 12, 2012
Ben Waller replied to Bob Sullivan's discussion Transporting on fire trucks: a good idea?
"Skip, how so?  Is lifesaving limited to transport-capable vehicles?   If you have an instance of a fire company being immediately available, but no ambulance available for 45 minutes, how do you know that this isn't an…"
Sep 12, 2012
Ben Waller replied to Till Breuer's discussion Do any of you guys use equipment holsters?
"We have similar radios, but what we've found is that those radios are overly complicated, require a huge network of repeater towers to be truly effective, and have many functions that are necessary only at the strategic command…"
Aug 30, 2012

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Firefighter/Paramedic, Instructor/Educator, EMS Chief
Primary Agency/Department Type
Paid Fire/EMS Department
Primary Department/Agency Name
Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue
Years in EMS/Public Safety
Other Past or Current Departments
Low Country EMS Council (Board Member)
Greenville County EMS, SC (Technical Rescue Coordinator)
McMinn County EMS, TN (Chief)
Hamilton County EMS, TN (Lieutenant)
Chattanooga Fire Department, TN
Chattanooga-Hamilton County Rescue, TN (Captain)
Hamilton County Hazmat (Captain)
Tri-Community Vol. Fire Department, TN (Assistant Chief)
Highway 58 Vol. Fire Department, TN
Mt. Aetna Vol. Fire Department, MD
1996 Olympic Games Swiftwater Rescue Team
2000 U.S. Olympic Trials Swiftwater (Team Leader)
Water Rescue Consulting Editor - Technical Rescue Magazine
S.C. Fire Academy Water Rescue Technical Development Committee
S.C. Fire Academy Rope Rescue Technical Development Committee
Contributing Author - Fundamentals of Technical Rescue
Contributing Author - Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Field Operations Guide
My Training:
Master's degree - Public Administration
Bachelor's degree - Fire Administration
Associate's degree - Paramedic/Allied Health
Certificate - Medical Terminology
SC, TN, and National Registry EMT-P
ACLS and PHTLS Instructor
FARMEDIC Instructor
Extrication and Technical Rescue Instructor
Swiftwater Rescue Instructor
I Love Being in EMS Because
You can't have a better job than doing both well
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