October 2009 Blog Posts (10)

Volunteerism: Where Suburbia Is the Question Mark

If all volunteer systems disappeared, would the gaps be filled with other models? That’s a million dollar question -- in some cases, literally.

"In rural and super-rural areas that aren't financially or operationally robust, volunteer systems are more likely to stand the test of time," Ray Barishansky, MPH, EMT-B, told me.

"But suburbia is the question mark."

It's no secret that the current state of volunteerism in EMS is "on the decline," and 30 minutes ago at… Continue

Added by Lisa Bell on October 29, 2009 at 12:48pm — 2 Comments

What Do a Pilot, a Soldier and a Cop Have in Common?

Did you ever want to be a pilot, soldier or a cop when you grew up? Skip Kirkwood didn't, but he likes the way they think.

On Oct. 28 at the EMS Expo conference, Wake County EMS Chief Skip Kirkwood, MS, JD, EMT-P, EFO, CMO, delivered a session called "Chief Officer Survival: Managing Special Situations." One of his messages was to take lessons from other disciplines, like aviation, the military and law enforcement, and adapt those strategies for EMS.…


Added by Lisa Bell on October 28, 2009 at 8:45pm — No Comments

Are You a Hunter Caregiver?

According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, a hunter-gatherer society is one that exists on the "direct procurement of edible plants and animals from the wild, foraging and hunting without significant recourse to the domestication of either."

So what's a hunter caregiver society? Well, it's EMS.

On Oct. 28 at the EMS Expo conference, Scotty Bolleter, BS, EMT-P, the director of education for San Antonio AirLIFE, returned to the national stage with a keynote lecture, "In Search… Continue

Added by Lisa Bell on October 28, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

It's been a while since I worked with a partner on the road

It's been a while since I worked with a partner on the road, so this gives me great pleasure in welcoming... Tiaan De Vos on board at Medicare EMR.

He will be formally knighted into the service with an initiation ceremony and will be now known as "Vossie"

Added by Medicare EMR on October 26, 2009 at 12:04am — No Comments

Never Fear Dying, Fear Never Living

As we go through life, many words we hear strike us and remain with us throughout our life for many reasons. They may be life changing; they may be simply words of wisdom; they could have taught us a lesson; they may just have been catchy and just stuck in our cranium for further usage. A few favorites of mine, over the years, have been, "Plan your work and work your plan" , "It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid, then to open it and remove all doubt" and "If you can't dazzle… Continue

Added by Andy Marsh on October 12, 2009 at 3:07am — No Comments

Free eBook: Social Network Marketing, 12 Steps for Success

I got this one from a friend last night and read it cover to cover. This should help us all get to the next level in regards to marketing on social networks and social media.

You can download it here:

Added by Andrea Kelly on October 9, 2009 at 6:16pm — No Comments

Roads and Friends

So many roads, so many people. several choices, some free and some with tolls.

Being careful in picking both is wise.

We travel short and long journeys together with both.

Signals appear with both and it's important that you use them appropriately.

Crossroads appear in both. Sometimes leading in one direction when you need to back up to get on the other .

Both need taken care of as potholes in our paths occur in both.

Every once in a while you get to a curve. It's… Continue

Added by Andy Marsh on October 8, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Free Ebook on Social Networking and Leveraging Social Media

I ran across this free ebook yesterday on social networking and was very impressed by what I learned. The sections on Facebook and Twitter were by far the best.

Here is the location where you can download it from:

Added by Andrea Kelly on October 6, 2009 at 11:15am — No Comments

Somethings I think I think ( Octoberized )

Many years ago, one of my favorite newspaper columnists was a gentleman named Phil Musick. Occassionally, he would write an article titled the same way as I did mine today. I enjoyed most of those articles. Here's another version of mine.

October brings grilled cheese, chili, and other comfort foods that are good for the soul.

The temperature changes remind me of my dad and his sweaters, and Mister Rogers too. May they both rest in peace!

October brings… Continue

Added by Andy Marsh on October 3, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Rogue Medic - Where I Blog

My blog can be found at:

Rogue Medic

I also write for the group blog:

Paramedicine 101

I am occasionally am a guest on the podcasts at:

EMS Garage…


Added by Rogue Medic on October 2, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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