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Mike Ward
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Mike Ward replied to Ben Dowdy's discussion Functional vs. Foundational Education
"This is the chart developed by Walt Stoy, PhD., (U Pitt) when they were discussing this issue while developing the 2009 Educational Standards. Paramedics are on the upper right. EMTs are in the middle EMRs are in the lower left.  "
Jan 31, 2013
Mike Ward commented on Jennifer Berry's blog post Day 2: I Can Get Sued for That!?
"Always be caring and "nice" ... reduces the desire to sue."
Jan 31, 2013
Mike Ward replied to Jennifer Berry's discussion Why did you get involved in EMS?
"Hmm: As a high school senior joining my community fire station/rescue squad: (1) and (4) Flunking out of university and looking at options: (5) Realizing I may make an occasional difference as a medic: (3)   I still miss (3) and the practice of…"
Apr 10, 2011
Mike Ward replied to Kevin's discussion Getting Experience Before Paramedic School?
"1)  I am pretty sure you can "take it."   2)  You are only competing with yourself (and the requirements of the program)   3)  A "hard" paramedic program does not mean it is…"
Apr 1, 2011

Profile Information

Primary Agency/Department Type
Volunteer Fire/EMS Department
Primary Department/Agency Name
Falls Church
Department/Agency Web Site
Years in EMS/Public Safety
Other Past or Current Departments
Fairfax County (Virginia) Fire and Rescue Department,
Town of Ocean City (MD) seasonal EMT,
College Park (Prince George's County, MD) VFD,
McLean (Virginia) Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department
Northern Virginia Community College (Fire Science Program Head)
The George Washington University (Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine)
My Training:
retired paramedic/firefighter
EMT Instructor, ALS Instructor/Coordinator
Certified as "Master Teacher" with the GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences
About Me
Experience working at volunteer fire department, for-profit ambulance, small town/resort EMS and a large urban county fire department.
FossilMedic on
author FIRE OFFICER: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE 2nd edition (2010) published by Jones and Bartlett for NFPA and IAFC.
Day Job
Consultant, subject matter expert
Personal Site/Profile
I Love Being in EMS Because
It meets my needs
Relationship Status
In a Relationship

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Mike Ward's Blog

The Neon Red Elephant of EMS

I grew up riding fire-based ambulances: as a volunteer, a seasonal employee and within my municipal career. Done part-time work with a commercial ambulance. Teaching high school EMT in rural Virginia sensitized me to the needs of all-volunteer community life-saving squads.

My first column, Walking the Fire-Based Talk, discussed the 2007 release of “Prehospital 9-1-1… Continue

Posted on November 22, 2009 at 1:30pm — 9 Comments

Should a 9-1-1 based ems service do non-emergency transports? a FRM conference feature

One of the features of the International Association of Fire Chiefs annual Fire-Rescue Med conference is the focus on innovative actions presented by the ones who are "walking the walk."

Next month, Freeport (ME) Deputy Chief Paul J. Conley will describe how a combination career/volunteer fire and rescue department met the demand for 9-1-1 calls by… Continue

Posted on April 6, 2009 at 9:33pm — 3 Comments

Advanced Practice Paramedics 2.0

About 15 years ago the buzz in ems academia was the prospect of advanced-practice paramedics (APP) doing patient assessment and treatment that went beyond the Paramedic National Standard Curriculum. Demonstration projects were set up in remote areas with few medical resources.

While one of the demonstration projects suffered from operational issues, there were larger problems. Medicare and health insurance would not pay for services. The Advanced Practice Paramedic competes with the… Continue

Posted on March 14, 2009 at 9:04pm — 31 Comments

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At 9:24am on December 13, 2010, Frances C. Thorpe said…

Hey Mike,

Sorry it has taken me so long to respond. I am hoping to become more involved with EMS discussions through JEMs once I finish school. I hope you have a great holiday season. I will see you next semester.


At 9:25am on February 25, 2009, Brad Newbury said…
Hi Mike,
If your going to EMS Today, stop buy the JEMS/Mosby booth I'll be there for the entire show. We have forged ahead with offering our online paramedic program outside of Massachusetts and the response has been great.
Hope to see you there.
At 9:20pm on December 23, 2008, Tom Bouthillet said…
I absolutely loved Fire Officer Principles and Practice. Far superior to the IFSTA book, in my opinion. I especially enjoyed the chapter on Crew Resource Management. There's not enough quality training materials out there on the topic. Nice work!
At 10:11am on December 17, 2008, Gary Ludwig said…
Hi Mike - hope everything is well with you.
At 11:53pm on December 7, 2008, JEMS Web Chief said…
Welcome to JEMS Connect Mike!
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