The Adrenaline Rush Is a Bonus

Last week I got a email from an author who is writing a book about career options.  She asked if she could speak to me about career or volunteer opportunities in EMS.  I wrote back and we chatted for about 20 minutes later that day.  One of her questions was what kind of qualities it […]

Generation Gap

There was a buzz in the office a few weeks ago when a number of students documented that they had performed digital intubations during their operating room rotations.  When asked if this was a mistake they said no, and went onto explain that a video laryngoscope was used for each one. D’oh. Digital intubation is […]

Making Our Lowest Common Denominator EMT Even Lower

Kudos to NAEMT, which sent a letter to Virginia House Delegate Kathy Byron opposing a bill that would require less time to become an EMR and EMT. VA House Bill 1010… Provides that regulations of the Board of Health governing qualifications for certification of emergency medical services providers shall require no more than 40 hours […]

She Passed the Hand-Drop Test

I was in a bad mood one afternoon when we were called for a 35 year-old-female with chest pain.   As we pulled up behind the fire truck in front of her high-rise apartment building, I thought that it was silly to send six people on a call like this.  I thought for a second about […]

EMS Superbowl Memories

I was working the night of Superbowl XLII, when the Patriots played the Giants.  I am not a fan of either team, but was interested in seeing Tom Brady against Eli Manning.  As it happened we ran calls through the first half, and cleared the hospital slightly faster than we normally would to try to […]

Pat Ivey’s EMT: Beyond the Lights and Sirens

When I was eleven years old, my father came home with a paperback book he had found titled EMT: Beyond the Lights and Sirens by Pat Ivey.  At the time I had a police scanner that I listened to religiously, and would hop on my bicycle to meet the Town of Tonawanda Paramedics on calls […]

Pondering the Future of EMS Education

Following up my post about the final EMS Educast episode, the panel discussed what the future of the profession and education would look like. Greg and Rob both stated that all certified EMS providers should be called paramedics, instead of the alphabet soup of certification levels we have now.  Rob also mentioned how in Canada […]

So Long EMS Educast

Yesterday I listened to the final episode of the EMS Educast.  I am sad that Greg, Bill, and Rob will no longer record new episodes, but am excited about what the co-hosts have in store for the future of EMS. Greg mentioned that he began the podcast at a low point in his career, and […]

Year In Reveiw and Most Read Posts


2013 was quite a year for my family. The most exciting event took place in April when our second son was born.  We had a lot of fun around Christmas with him and his older brother.   On the professional side, I had an article published in EMS World, which landed me a spot on […]

Enter the No IAFF Spin Zone

The issue of DC hiring single-role paramedics has been in the news recently, where a lot of opinions have been presented as facts in the media.  Following up on the All Hazards Myth, most of those opinions are Fire-Service Based EMS Advocates talking points.  With a dwindling number of fires and increasing number of medical […]