I am honored to be invited back to FDIC for my third year, this time speaking on the expectations of the Engine Company when responding to aviation incidents. I had been considering this course for last year’s FDIC but wasn’t sure exactly how to phrase some of the issues. I gave it another year and […]Read more
MCIs can be stressful incidents. During most of our preparation and planning we seem to focus on the basics, the parts of the plan that all come together as needed when a large incident strikes. Vests, radio communication, incident structure…all these things gel into a well run scene. Buried in the back of our […]Read more
An article got my pal MotorCop all fired up recently and for good reason. The author, Tom Mullen, imagines what it would be like if Police Officers responded like firefighters. My response initially was similar to most of you online (including CalltheCops who did this story already…AS SATIRE!) “You’re talking gibberish.” But then I had […]Read more
I have arrived in Indianapolis for FDIC. After arriving late I got a text from pal of the blog Steve Whitehead from the EMT Spot. In the sea of blue workshirts, FD T-shirts and hats was Steve and his cadre of friends. We talked as if we were all probies back in the day, […]Read more
While walking through the kitchen to the comm room to talk to a co-worker, I walked past, and wished a good afternoon to, one of my co-workers. She stopped me and said, “I have never seen you move without purpose. You always have someplace to be and you’re going there like it matters.” Possibly […]Read more
A Comment on Typical Idiot EMS Managers by Burned Out Medic.
Burned Out Medic had a post up recently I thought I commented on, but apparently you have to hit ‘submit.’ Who knew? The post is in reference to a Call the Cops story about an ambulance crew being reprimanded for going 90 MPH even though the vehicles govern out at 70. Have a read and […]Read more
Official Fire Service Ice Cream Rule
To finally dispel the myths, rumors and falsehoods regarding the Fire Service Ice Cream Rule (AKA Steaks, Cigars, etc) I offer the following definitive ruling on the matter: Official Fire Service Ice Cream Rule: 1. Purpose To establish when a Member of a Company owes Ice Cream to the other members of said company. 2. […]Read more
You got WHAT stuck in a bowling ball?
In my memoirs of EMS (Working title – My Life in CQI: Kill me now, just document it properly) some calls will stand above all others. This, sadly, is not one of mine, but from a friend overseas. No, not Mark. I got an email about a curious rescue his agency was called to and […]Read more
A quiet weekend in the City
Some boats in the bay… America’s World Cup More boats… Fleet Week Air traffic ticks up a smidge… Blue Angels Music… Hardly Strictly Bluegrass A bit of sport… Cincinatti Reds at SF Giants MLB Playoff Game Buffalo Bills at SF 49ers NFL Game Should only triple to population for a few days, all 33,000+ […]Read more
Sometimes we forget who we’re up against. Sometimes the system is indeed rigged against us from the start. But how can you win if the other party refuses to even play the game? The term “blind sided” was used in a meeting today, much to my surprise. You could even go so far as […]Read more