I read an article this morning where Winnipeg declaredÂ Cellphones off limits for firefighters, paramedics with only some surprise. Sure there are the embarrassments like theÂ Texas Firefighter Charged With Taking Secret Bathroom PicsÂ who need to be drummed out of the system. And I understand that new technology can be a scary thing â€“ especially from a […]
The theme for the TriCON 2012 conference in San Diego was “Breaking Barriers” and that is certainly what TriTech presented during the plenary yesterday regarding their next generation dispatch system and their consolidation of recent business acquisitions. The crowd was clearly the biggest ever for this conference at about 430 users. A show of hands […]
My friend Mike Ward, who I met as â€œFossilMedicâ€œ, asked a question in aÂ blog post back on September 10Â wondering aloud â€œWhat will the fire service look like by September 11, 2021?â€ Well, a few of my fellow EMS bloggers took the challenge of answering that question. In hisÂ blog post on the subject,Â Greg FrieseÂ presented a mixed […]
My wife announced that there wasnâ€™t enough money in the checking account again. The obvious solution to her was that I simply needed to add more money to it each month and that the problem would then go away. Any attempts on my part to question where the money is being spent is considered completely […]
I never really considered doing book reviews on this blog or writing about specific horrific incidents either, but I finished reading â€œThe Downwind Walk: A USAR Paramedicâ€™s Experience after the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001â€ by Steve Kanarian just hours before the shots rang out at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Let me […]
Last year one of the Pinnacle attendees was quoted to say it was â€the most innovative and thought-provoking event of the year.â€ This year, I will have to admit that this truly has been one of the best conferences I have attended in a while for the quality of the discussions and relationships it has […]
Make no mistake, reform is coming to EMS! Federal health care reform is one factor driving changes in EMS, but there are many other factors affecting the future of emergency health care delivery that aren’t getting as much press attention even though their impact is at least as important. This post is an attempt not to repeat what others have said but to place it all in context with references to some of the best articles I have found on the topic.