February 2009 Blog Posts (15)


What is the most efficient way of getting people to post their address #'s (PO Box #)? We are in a rural area and cover alot of back roads. It just seems no one thinks its impotant enough to have it posted out by the road till they need our help! Thought I would break the ice with a simple question since I'm new here:)

Added by Mark A. Duell on February 23, 2009 at 3:53pm — 5 Comments

"Ambulance Drivers"

"Ambulance Drivers"

(REALLY LONG, but interesting!)

STOP. For those of you who work in EMS or have anything to do with EMS, you are going to appreciate this. For those of you who call "EMT's and Paramedics" "AMBULANCE DRIVERS" please read this carefully and completely. Now I was hoping this was going to be short and sweet, then as I was driving, I kept thinking more and more what to put. So if you have to read this in parts, if you have made it this far, to completely read… Continue

Added by Crystal on February 23, 2009 at 2:48pm — 8 Comments

Arizona Ambulance involved in deadly accident

TUCSON, Ariz. — Police in Arizona say three people are dead after a crash involving an ambulance and two other vehicles.

Police say witnesses told investigators that a speeding car ran a red light and struck an ambulance in a Tucson intersection Sunday. The force of the collision knocked the ambulance onto its side, and both vehicles struck a pickup truck stopped at the red light.

Police say a 71-year-old man in the ambulance, a friend of the person being transported, died… Continue

Added by Michael Freeman on February 23, 2009 at 12:40am — No Comments


Hello to all my friends here and in firefighternation.com, always keep safe so you can help more.More power and Godbless to all!

Added by virgilio chan fernandez on February 19, 2009 at 11:41pm — No Comments

Question About Ambulance Observation Times in Boston, MA

I'm currently taking an EMT-B course at my college and we have to sign up for 4 hours of Ambulance Observation. Basically I'm just curious to hear about the feedback if anyone is willing to share or message me about which ambulance companies to go for. I mean, I did receive a list of company names with connection to our course so we have to attend one of those.

I'm just willing to listen to any experience or information I might need or advice.

I'm still new to all this EMT stuff so… Continue

Added by Jessy on February 19, 2009 at 9:46pm — 3 Comments

Please read and support British Columbia Paramedics

BC ambulance paramedics are standing up trying to protect the residents and visitors to BC, and with the Winter Olympic games in Vancouver in 2010 the issue is more critical now than ever. Paramedics are usually hired by BC Ambulance service (BCAS) and for the first 5-6 yrs of their career get paid $2.00 per/hr (pager pay) while waiting for a call to come in before getting their "call rate". BC paramedics are asking to get paid wage parity to police and fire in Vancouver and are being told that… Continue

Added by Kent Waters on February 17, 2009 at 1:34pm — No Comments

The EMS Labor Movement - or Lack Thereof? What's the story?

Many of the posts on this network site, and others, bemoan the plight of poor, overworked, underpaid, and under-respected EMS providers.

Yet, the EMS community does not seem to have an active labor movement working to improve this environment.

I must confess that I'm not a union guy - I'm a chief in a right-to-work, no collective bargaining for public employees state. So the situation probably works to my advantage - maybe. But I am curious.

It seems that much… Continue

Added by Skip Kirkwood on February 14, 2009 at 12:39pm — 12 Comments

Victorian Bushfires.

Im not sure how aware International Emergency Agencies are of the current situation in Victoria, Australia.

I Guess this is a good forum to raise awareness and give thanks to those involved.

As an overview of the situation Victorian bushland has been alight since the 7/02/09 with optimum fire temeratures of over 47Degrees C and winds of over 100km/hr. Over 176 lives have been lost and well over 800 homes have been destroyed.

Entire communities exist now only in name;… Continue

Added by John on February 9, 2009 at 5:13pm — 3 Comments

Keep yourself healthy during your long shifts

Those of us in the health care field sometimes don't take the best care of ourselves. We drink a lot of coffee and eat a lot of fast food. You don't have to fall into the same rut. As well as being a paramedic, I am a health and wellness consultant and distributor of top quality health and nutrition realated products. Don't fall into the fast food rut. Visit www.cpeck2.qhealthzone.com for all of your needs.

Added by Aaron Peck on February 8, 2009 at 2:59pm — 3 Comments


frightened eye
cry of pain
daughter tries to pray
god and angels
lights and sirens
frighten death away

red of blood
white of skin
lives in disarray
skillful hands
lights and sirens
keeping death at bay

ashen face
quietly skill
softly slips away
tears of trying
lights and sirens
who must death obey

john bennett
woodhaven-richmond hill volunteer ambulance

Added by john bennett on February 7, 2009 at 2:20pm — 1 Comment

What research would help us do EMS better?

I was reading the March 2009 issue of Prehospital Emergency Care (for those who don't read it, it is the major peer-review journal devoted to EMS in the US).

I was excited to see, buried amongst the clinical and pseudo-clinical research abstracts, a few studies that might help us run our services better. One was a before and after study of the impact of implementing power stretchers in a large county EMS agency.

We've gt a ton of clinical research going on - the physicians… Continue

Added by Skip Kirkwood on February 7, 2009 at 10:48am — 39 Comments

A poem for my son.

I see the pain and hurt in your eyes

I know that words cant ease that pain or make it go away.

I hear the sobs you hide and see the tears you secretly cry.

I wish a hug or kiss or word would make it OK.

But the pain you feel is only going to last a short time.

You will miss her and grieve that normal and fine.

You loved her so and but i will not let you go into this blind.

I will be here to hold you and let memories of her shine.

I wish as… Continue

Added by itku2er on February 6, 2009 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Creating a "culture of safety" in the EMS community

Hate is a strong word.

I HATE hearing about medics getting injured, disabled, killed in the line of duty.

Since I play the bagpipes and I'm a public safety guy, I go to more than my fair share of public safety funerals. It is distressing to see the impact of these mostly-unnecessary, mostly-preventable deaths on friends, families, agencies, and communities. It's hardened me a good bit over the years - to the point where I don't feel at all bad about dropping the… Continue

Added by Skip Kirkwood on February 4, 2009 at 8:16pm — 28 Comments

Are You in the right job?


Added by Mary Holland on February 3, 2009 at 8:04pm — 8 Comments

EMSonCampus.com - Addressing a Big Hole in Preparedness

I’m a big fan of blogging as a way to spread information in our community. There are some really fantastic blogs out there on nearly every topic you could imagine. The one I couldn’t find – preparedness for colleges and universities.

This is a topic close to my heart as a Life Member of one the oldest collegiate EMS organizations in the country and because my profession involves preparing organizations for all types of response and recovery operations. In all the time I’ve been… Continue

Added by Colin W. on February 3, 2009 at 2:08pm — No Comments

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