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Will Your Student Become Your Teacher ?

The oldest relationship known to man people claim is that of husband and wife.  I think there is one relationship slightly older and just as sacred, that of  teacher/ student. When fire was discovered or more appropriately when someone discovered how to start a fire and he or she showed or “taught ” others how [...]

Do EMS Providers Always Know What to Do ?

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The entire country is in shock and mourning at the evil that has been inflicted on our children. SEMSNation sends it’s deepest and most sincere condolences to the victims families and we also send our prayers to our law enforcement and EMS family who did a wonderful job, but must live with these images in [...]

What’s a Duty to Retreat ?

Roy and Johnny are at the hospital talking to nursing staff enjoying a moment of downtime in the mist of a very busy shift. The radio comes alive “Medic 1 respond for an injured person on the street, 1208 O’Donnell Street, the time is 127hours, Medic 1 acknowledge”. Johnny grabs his portable and responds, “Medic [...]

What would a reasonable man do ?

Recently Super Storm Sandy hit the east coast of the United States. Where I reside received nothing more than a little rain, but New Jersey and New York where not so fortunate. After the storm Maryland sent a contingent of EMS providers to New Jersey to assist with the aftermath. I was a little concerned [...]

INTERNAL AFFAIRS: Communicating During a Tragedy

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy this seems like a very fitting repost…especially while our brothers and sisters are still in harms way in New Jersey & New York God Bless To clarify I did not write this article it appeared December 1, 2006 in EMSWorld Magazine … Someone representing himself as working on behalf [...]

Analog or Digital ?

A few years ago an old friend contacted me. He began to explain that he had been injured at on the job and forced to retire. I asked him what he was going to do ? he said he was up for a job with Federal Government , but he would have to go back [...]

What did we learn today ?

I would like to share a short story about a lesson I learned a long time ago and have never forgotten. In my current position I have the opportunity to meet and work with many young medics. I was conversing with one the other day and I said ,”I don’t like teaching some new medics” [...]

What Is The First Rule ?

In 18 years of Special Events medicine, with more than 10,000 events under my belt I have realized there are three rules every event planner should be aware of.   Rule Number 1: This is not a mass casualty incident (MCI) , but simply a special event. Rule Number 2: No matter how much money [...]

Are You a Polite House Guest ?

I’ve missed the last 3 weeks and I apologize the preparation for the Baltimore Grand Prix are in full swing and SEMSNation is in the thick of it. As I sit in meeting after meeting I am reminded of something my grand mother told me and our profession has forgotten. She would say” Rikki, she [...]

Does It Really Takes More Than 8 Minutes to Get in Shape ?

I was recently party to a Facebook thread that really got me thinking about the mythology surrounding self defense. Twenty Three years in emergency services I have seen evil close up from serial killers, to serial rapist, to hit men and hardened killers. I’ve studied martial arts since the age of 8 and I truly [...]