Budget Strikes Again

With the recent budget crunches (long story short: overtime) we are being faced with, for the first time in our history, firefighting with 3 man engine companies. While most smaller …

In The Mirror

My own personal shortcomings include a massive ego. Yeah, pride comes before the fall, but learning how to jump is important. But all paramedics have egos right? It’s part of …

Rise of the Battalion Trainer

I’ve always been an advocate for EMS education, not necessarily training (or if the new standards are to be considered, then below the level of Paramedic it’s still considered “training” …

The Art of the Narrative

I was jogged back into training mode the other day by a trainee (and a supervisor) when we were discussing narratives. While I feel that his presentation of a patient …

Gluttons For Punishment

I’ve been in this buisness for 11 years. Over a decade. I’ve run all night and slept all day, turned to alcohol to relieve stress and pulled myself off that …

Support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

This is a message from a dear friend of mine with a cause that is near and dear to my heart for two reasons. One, as a cancer survivor myself, …

Just An Observation

I find it interesting that, nearly 2 years after posting it, my post regarding IV starts is still among the top visited pages in my entire collected works. I may …

Morals and Ethics

When ethical behavior is taught in medical courses, it is assumed that the people we are instructing already have a set of morals that have been handed down to them, …

IV, O2, and Monitor

I get amused when I watch some bright eyed bushy tailed medic student or field trainee. The excitement to be moving into the fun phase, or the next career phase …


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