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As we look around the nation and see in the media, there exists a bleak fiscal future for public safety. Many agencies have been forced to implement layoffs and furloughs. A recent Denver Post article entitled;
Front-line heroes subject to budget cuts, pay disparity
This article provided a global view of how budget and staffing cuts are affecting EMS systems nationwide including in the City of Detroit;
Detroit’s EMS system has been “decimated’ by layoffs, and other cities have had furloughs, layoffs and “rolling brownouts’ in which a response office shuts down for a day, said Don Lundy, president of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, a federal advocacy group.
Retrieved from: Front-line heroes subject to budget cuts, pay disparity – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/ci_23377278/front-line-heroes-subject-budget-cuts-pay-disparity#ixzz2j7TaJgil Read More→
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines seasonal flu as a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It spreads between people and can cause mild to severe illness. In some cases, the flu can lead to death.
Most health experts believe that a person gets the flu when they come into contact with someone who is already sick and that person coughs, sneezes, or talks and droplets containing their germs land in your mouth or nose. The flu can also be transmitted to you by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching your mouth, eyes, or nose. The U.S. flu season usually occurs beginning in the fall and winter, and peaks in January or February. It is important to note that the flu virus is always active in one part of the world or another throughout the year. Read More→
A long, long time ago, say about 10 years, an EMS leader was typically promoted from the street into Supervision and beyond. To be effective, the leader needed no magical powers, simply some basic skills: an ability to communicate verbally and in writing, some rudimentary knowledge of budgeting, good clinical skills and perhaps a little knowledge of staffing and compliance. The more extensive the ability, and the better the ability to use the knowledge, the more effective the leader became.
Often however, the newly promoted supervisor failed miserably, even though they had been an outstanding field EMT or Paramedic, because much of the basic leadership education was missing and mentoring never happened.
Today, and in the future, the effective EMS leader will need to operate his or her service like the business that it is. No more social clubs, good ‘ol boy network or operating with less than business like policies, practices and most of all solid financial reporting and checks. Read More→
As the national dialogue marches on about the design of future transport ambulances the age old question remains, how big does your ambulance really need to be? In the service I currently work for as a part-time Paramedic we recently took delivery of a remount of our existing Type I, patient compartment. It is a great looking rig with a new paint scheme and lots of new safety features. It also however came with a hefty price tag.
When I started, what turned into a full on debate with my colleagues, there were clearly two camps. Those who say the transport ambulance can never be big enough. While still others say that a more reasonable sized truck is easier and safer to operate. Read More→