Archive for February, 2012

Man drinks gas, lights cigarette and dies.

Link to story

I think the title says it all about this link. I mean I’ve already ruined the ending.


Good quote, good canvas

Fall down seven times, stand up eight.


Dialing it Down a Notch

This is a great article on keeping calm no matter how stressful a situation gets. Everyone should read it but medics in emergency services should really pay attention to it. Here is a small excerpt:

“Bringing order to chaos. It’s hard to suggest a more important skill for an EMT.
Emergencies are chaotic. Heck, even non-emergent “emergencies” are chaotic. The nature of working in the field is that most situations are uncontrolled. Part of our job is to bring some order to it all, sort the raw junk into categories, discard most of the detritus, and loosely mold the whole ball of wax into something the emergency department can recognize.”

Here is the link:

Dialing it Down a Notch

Recently the FBI allowed a few of us in EMS to participate in a hostage negotiation training. While that is a job I would never want (think of an ems dispatcher with a hundred times more stress and 10 times less control) it did teach me a lot when it comes to interacting with hostile and aggravated people.

Aggravated people, really what other kinds of patients do we usually get 90% of the time?

I will post some of the tips soon.

Tourniquets in civilian EMS

More and more data is showing the need for all ems services to implement protocols with tourniquet use in place for rapid arterial or venous bleeds. This is a lengthy but very well written article by JEMS:

JEMS article

Ambulance hit while responding to a shooting.

It’s always dangerous to respond to an emergency for a shooting. Much more so when the ambulance responding is involved in a collision before arriving. Hope everyone involved has a speedy recovery. Here’s the link:

ambulance crash


Hero: A person who is admired for courage or noble qualities. 


It’s not everyday a person gets to test just what they’re made of. Some of us may never know. Some do what they can with what they have and then they are thrust into a situation that tests them. 


This is what happened to Mike Moyer, Fire/EMS chief, on February 15. As reported by the helicopter he was a passenger of was flying in a rescue operation with Ken Johnson the pilot and another team member Ray Shriver. They were on a mission looking for an injured snowmobiler. 


When the helicopter crashed, injured, Mike Moyer pulled his two partners out of the wreckage and dragged them to a safer area. I wish I could say he dragged them to safety but I can’t since Ray Shriver died due to injuries from the crash. 


I have recently heard many people talk about how some don’t pay attention to true heroes and remember them for what they do. I had posted about this story earlier in the week and wanted to take a moment to say, “Thank you for all you’ve done, I don’t know you personally but I know the job. And you did yours on that call. Hope you have a speedy recovery and sorry for the loss of your coworker.”

Naked Man steals fire truck and kills a pedestrian.

Naked Man steals fire truck and kills a pedestrian.

Authorities say a man who was naked stole a fire truck at an apartment complex in South Carolina and sped away, killing a pedestrian who was walking on a sidewalk.

Police say the driver was pulled from the fire truck after it crashed into trees and he began fighting with police and paramedics. A Beaufort police supervisor was not immediately available Saturday to confirm the driver’s identity.

The man jumped behind the wheel of the fire truck after firefighters with the Beaufort-Port Royal Fire Department responded to an apartment complex.

The Beaufort County coroner’s office says 28-year-old Justin Miller of Port Royal was killed by the careening fire truck. The fire truck also hit several cars.

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