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David Spafford
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Poor Training Attitudes in EMS
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David Spafford replied to David Spafford's discussion Poor Training Attitudes in EMS
"Some great responses... Just what this educator needed to see that I am not alone in this arena. I like the comment (one of them may be responding to your family) which did happen a few weeks ago. My father became SOB and weak at a gun show. The EMS…"
Nov 11, 2014
Evans Oduor replied to David Spafford's discussion Poor Training Attitudes in EMS
"we should shed off our boots and start putting it into practice"
Nov 11, 2014
Evans Oduor replied to David Spafford's discussion Poor Training Attitudes in EMS
"I might call it ignorance, one has to get the basic concepts on his/her finger tips , some take it as granted having a certificate which equals the end of life and don't want to practice that's a high degree of incompetent what of CMEs (…"
Nov 11, 2014
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Poor Training Attitudes in EMS

I am an EMS educator and find it extremely frustrating how EMS providers do not take training seriously. I recently held a Narcan class where I do a practical evaluation of the students ability to ventilate our simulation manikin as well as their ability to set up and administer the Naloxone. I had several students who have been EMT's for over three years that were unable to tell me the ventilation rate of an apneic patient. When will EMS providers take responsibility for knowing the skills…See More
Nov 6, 2014
Patricia E VanDamme replied to David Spafford's discussion Poor Training Attitudes in EMS
"Thank you for all of your input. I am not certified as an educator in the EMS field in any way, shape or form. But, because I am the senior medic on 99% of the calls I respond to, I've always taken responsibility in overseeing newer medics. If…"
Nov 5, 2014
Brian Foy replied to David Spafford's discussion Poor Training Attitudes in EMS
"It seems like a norm throughout the educational arena. Not just EMS but other professions. I have seen it with students who believe they know it all and feel I am wasting their time or students who never mastered the subject initially but were given…"
Nov 4, 2014
John Watts replied to David Spafford's discussion Poor Training Attitudes in EMS
"Hi David S, If the student does not fill the expectations, then you must fail them in the exam. Idea: 1. Inform the students of the subject to be discussed/studied/explored. 2. Explain how the students will be tested/evaluated. 3. Ensure the…"
Oct 19, 2014
David Ellis replied to David Spafford's discussion Poor Training Attitudes in EMS
"Some thoughts. Many colleges and education departments are going with very strict cell phone policies. Just tell people to leave them in their car or keep them hidden. Set a policy, get the support of your department, and stick to it. Yes, you will…"
Sep 10, 2014

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Private EMS, Industrial
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National Ambulance Service
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Colfax Fire Dept. Colfax Ca.
Agawam Fire Dept. Agawam Ma.
National Ambulance Service
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Seasoned Paramedic with a passion for teaching and is always learning. I love my career. I like to travel and love photography. I am into old and new cars, and tractors.
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I can help people that can not help themselves
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I am currently teaching my first EMT refresher and am loving every minute of it. I have no idea why I waited this long to do this. It really helps when you have students that respect what you are doing and seem to be getting something from the information I am delivering.

Posted on October 13, 2011 at 11:27pm

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At 8:52am on February 6, 2009, LittlefirecrackerMedic.....(Dina) said…
yeah but you have other needs in your life besides being just warm. One needs respect from one another and in TN you get that.
At 5:29am on February 6, 2009, LittlefirecrackerMedic.....(Dina) said…
well if one wants to live for themselves, make money and just enjoy the weather, that's a great place for one to be, but on the other hand when someone wants to be a part of a community, where people come together to help one another and put aside ALL their differences, then that's where that person shall be. My life investment is not in financial gain, it's of humanity. The idea of life is not to make a living, make a life and then after you do that, your living will follow. Besides, people actually wave to you with all five fingers up here instead of one down there. When someone is in need, the whole community comes together to help that person. When people say, life should be that way, well life is that way here.
At 12:31pm on February 5, 2009, LittlefirecrackerMedic.....(Dina) said…
Pleasure to meet you David. My name is Dina, just wanted to say hello as one of your ems/ff sisters here in Tennessee. Sending you and your family prayers for everything in your lives.
At 12:05pm on January 31, 2009, Robin Inman said…
Hello from Alaska David and welcome to's a great place for info and discussions. Take care and stay safe.
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