Featured Blog Posts – May 2009 Archive (14)


Birds of prey, or raptors, are meat eaters., Websters dictionary college edition. An Oklahoma Paramedic is stopped and arrested while transporting a patient by three Oklahoma State Troopers because he failed to grant the right of way to the speeding crusier. Like Raptors the three triangulated and attacked the paramedic using brute force and screaming tactics to confuse thier prey while the patient lay in the ambulance helpless.

The crusier… Continue

Added by Frederick Georges on May 30, 2009 at 9:49am — No Comments

What would you Tell 911 Operators/Dispatchers if Given the Chance?

I will be providing another 911 Operators/Dispatchers training next week. I think we all could learn and profit from each other more when we are given these opportunities.

As budgets have become stretched and the economy has become “less than splendid” the opportunity to shadow each other has seemed to have vanished in our community.

So, I’d like to ask for your help. Your knowledge, skill and ability will be valuable, especially since this blog covers such a wide… Continue

Added by Lisa Fields on May 27, 2009 at 3:05pm — 9 Comments

The Emergency Mind

“I have an Al-Anon question for you,” C leaned forward in her chair. Al-Anon is the sister organization of Alcoholics Anonymous. It’s the place people go when they love—or sometimes hate but can’t leave—an alcoholic. She phrased the question with a mixture of conspiracy and disdain. She was a member of A.A.

She described a friend of hers who has been living with a woman who suffers from bipolar disorder and goes into psychotic manias. They are cyclic, monstrous, whirling events that sweep… Continue

Added by Judith Acosta on May 27, 2009 at 11:01am — No Comments

The Mother of Invention - Science vs Tradition

By now, all delegates from the EMS Safety Foundation (click here) have made their way back to their home states and countries after attending RETTmobile 2009, one of Europe’s largest public safety expositions and trade fairs. I had never been overseas before and I found the whole experience very refreshing, informative and lots of fun. It really was like I was on “The Amazing Race,” finding my way around Germany without speaking… Continue

Added by Wayne M. Zygowicz on May 20, 2009 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Well-deserved Inadequacy

There’s a new fad, according to the Wall Street Journal: bad mothers. And these bad mothers are bad and proud of it. Apparently several new books have risen from the literary ashes of the publishing world as it tries to compete with anonymous tell-all internet sites. One is unabashedly titled “Bad Mother” and chronicles a mythic litany of maternal horrors.

This, from the article in the Journal and one of the books it is reviewing:

A mother in British Columbia wrote… Continue

Added by Judith Acosta on May 19, 2009 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Check out Doug Martin's Muddy Angels blog

Doug Martin, a four-time rider with the Muddy Angels, is on the road with his fellow riders. His blog from the road is posted on JEMS.com. Here's a sample from Day Zero.

"It's May 15th -- Zero Day. Riders and support people from around the U.S., Canada and Ireland have converged on New York City and Paintsville, Ky. in anticipation of the 2009 National EMS Memorial Bike Ride.

The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride honors Emergency Medical Services personnel by organizing and… Continue

Added by Jennifer Berry on May 18, 2009 at 11:56am — No Comments

A Blog is like a Tattoo - Think before you ink!

Sometimes when I'm driving, I suddenly get a flash of creativity. Several weeks ago when the light turned green I suddenly got this flash:

A Blog is like a tattoo.

Yes, both a blog and a tattoo are forever. Facebook and their terms of service has recently been the source of a great deal of discussion. We simply know before you post on Facebook or a blog it's important to be really certain you can live with that content forever.

While I don't have the desire for… Continue

Added by Lisa Fields on May 17, 2009 at 11:44pm — 4 Comments

Okay...I'm rather shocked....

Unfortunately I have a friend who has been diagnosed with a terminal disease. Spent their whole life as a Paramedic and went on to RN. In the throws of trying to make ends meet.....money for food.....money for medication (while being the sole provider for a family that includes a disabled child).....I came to find that we as EMS providers have no non for profit organization......let me repeat that....WE AS EMS PROVIDERS HAVE NO NON FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATION.....to help us when we are say, injured… Continue

Added by Annette Smith on May 14, 2009 at 10:35pm — 2 Comments

Live From RETTmobile 2009

There’s one thing I realized as I rode the bus from Fulda to the retired air force base in the German country side and that was “I’m not in Kansas anymore Toto.” They came from all over the world through the lush green, purple and yellow crop fields to the site of RETTmobile 2009, one of Europe’s largest EMS, fire and rescue exhibitions and public safety trade fairs. The setting had a very international flavor.

Among the tens of thousands who attended were 22 delegates hosted… Continue

Added by Wayne M. Zygowicz on May 14, 2009 at 7:49pm — 1 Comment


Rebooting the Mind

The other day I was leading a group for multiple DWI offenders. One of them, a middle-aged man who was particularly angered by the bracelet he was being forced to wear on his ankle, the legal routines that now filled his life, and the fact that he was mandated to attend at least two A.A. meetings a week interrupted the group process with a rant on how he was being brainwashed.

I turned to face him directly,… Continue

Added by Judith Acosta on May 13, 2009 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Have you ever gotten onto an airplane and were met at the door by a nice stewardess in a pressed uniform that helped you to your seat. Then, after you were comfortably at cruising altitude they offered you FREE cocktails, fed you a four course meal with real silverware, offered you a warm towel after dinner and brought you a after dinner drink, all while you watched one of twelve movies that were available. Then nine hours (and one Ambien) later I arrived in Frankfurt, Germany on Lufthansa… Continue

Added by Wayne M. Zygowicz on May 12, 2009 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Swine and The Newest Flu: What To Fear

Viral Fear: The Disease of the American Soul

According to the latest sources, IT has finally arrived–the millenial version of the Spanish Flu that wiped out a significant portion of the world's population. In the last week, pigs have been sweeping the media. There are pictures and videos and stories of pigs on every major webpage. We see them in their pens, hanging from hooks, and subtly displayed next to frantic Mexicans in masks.

It is a media frenzy. It has… Continue

Added by Judith Acosta on May 12, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments


The Obama administration wants to cut almost in half a benefits program for the families of slain police, firefighters & public safety officers.

The president’s proposed budget calls for cutting the Public Safety Officers’ Death Benefits Program from $110 million to $60 million.

The Justice Department insisted no one would lose benefits.

The Administration has proposed funding the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program at double… Continue

Added by Lisa L. White on May 8, 2009 at 7:07pm — 2 Comments

The Amazing Race

Twenty-two US delegates will leave by air from multiple USA cities and must find their way to Fulda, Germany, the site of RETTmobile 2009. click here Their first stop will be the airport in Frankfurt, Germany where they must maneuver the multilevel airport complex and locate the train station. Multiple trains will… Continue

Added by Wayne M. Zygowicz on May 8, 2009 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

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