The Paramedic Shortage

My good friend (and I daresay mentor) Dr. Bryan Bledose recently opined on the paramedic "shortage" in the United States. The good doctor mentions several ideas worthy of consideration, including limiting the number of paramedics, improving the … [Continue reading]

And So It Goes

Years ago, my friend Mike Levy used to close out his email blasts on local politics with "and so it goes," implying his despair that things would change or improve.  This morning, I happened to see an EMS colleague post a cartoon about how everyone … [Continue reading]

Quit Operating and Start Treating

It's time for another one of my trademarked and patented rants on what's wrong with EMS.  And to keep with the social media crowd, I've been triggered. This afternoon, I received an email from a large, national EMS conference (cough, EMS World … [Continue reading]

Back In The Fire Service

Well, I've been away from my blog for a while. There are two reasons.  First, I've been busy.  Those of you who know me know that I've changed one of my volunteer affiliations.  (More on that later.)  Two, I tend to blog when the muses inspire me.  … [Continue reading]

Yes, you’re wrong.

Sorry for the interruption in my usual stream of consciousness blogging.  Nothing in particular has been on my mind as of late. (Although I may have to do a post in the near future about finding a potential unicorn.  Namely, a fire department that … [Continue reading]

The Degree Advocates

After a few minutes engaging this morning on the American Paramedic Association Facebook page, I've realized that many of those advocating higher education and a degree requirement for paramedics have little understanding of higher education or how … [Continue reading]

How To Foul Up National Volunteer Week

So, we all know that volunteer fire and EMS organizations routinely say they're short of volunteers. Check out any small town media or even fire and EMS websites and social media sites and you see the same stories about organizations struggling for … [Continue reading]

Masters of Our Own Destiny

EMS is dependent on others to get what little we do.  Whether it's getting physician involvement for clinical changes or convincing those with the money that a new ambulance is needed, we have to get others involved in our destiny. If you listen … [Continue reading]

We Need More Lawyers

Shakespeare wrote in Henry VI, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” Even as a practicing attorney, I can empathize.  As I like to say, ninety-nine percent of attorneys give the rest of us a bad name.  Or there’s my other favorite … [Continue reading]

Community Paramedicine

Years ago, I attended a Citizen's Police Academy program sponsored by my local police department.  It was designed to give the general public an insight into how the police department works and foster communications between the police and the … [Continue reading]