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Canadian Air Tanker Crashes Fighting Australian Wildfire - US Crew Killed
Juan Brown
JUAN BROWN, former wildfire "Birddog" pilot, present airline pilot, talks about the crash. Photo courtesy of Blancolirio Channel.

Juan Brown brings his wildfire/aircrew perspective to the story. Cites drought and lack of forestry management (excess fuel) as fire factors.

Bill Degnan Thu, 01/23/2020 - 21:28
Leadership In The Line Of Fire
File Photo Source: FEMA
File Photo Source: FEMA

No one ever expects tragedy to happen, and yet tragedy has and will continue to happen every day to someone. When tragedy does happen, those involved look for someone to take charge and be a leader.

Jonathon Walker Thu, 01/23/2020 - 11:17
Whatever you are doing today is a better day than this day. But goodness can be found.

Each victim is assessed, triaged -- categorized. Who is beyond help? Who needs immediate Care? Who can wait? Who just needs a ride? Finding body after body after body.

Bill Degnan Wed, 01/22/2020 - 11:49
What Can EMS Learn From The Aviation Community - Expectation Bias

Here's a story where AIr Traffic Control (ATC) cleared a pilot to a safe altitude. The pilot read back an incorrect (potentially unsafe) altitude --  and, ATC failed to notice. It turned out ok.

What can EMS learn? ↗️

You can readily see some parallels. Multitasking, high stress, life and death, vital communications...

Bill Degnan Sun, 01/19/2020 - 13:04

When Words Fail - (EMS) Family Violence in the Rig

Submitted by Bill Degnan on Sat, 01/18/2020 - 09:57

You may have seen recent news regarding an altercation involving two FDNY paramedics ↗️while on duty. 

The Inside EMS Podcast with Chris Cebollro and Kelly Grayson explores root issues behind altercations such as this.

Grayson cites a failure of leadership and unnecessary organizational pressures.

Monitoring and Hydration in Firefighter Rehab

A one hour on-demand video with Mike McEvoy, PhD, NRP, RN, CCRN, EMS Coordinator Saratoga County, New York & Executive Editor, JEMS

The content is sponsored by  iSimulate.↗️(Link opens a new tab)

Bill Degnan Wed, 01/15/2020 - 22:22

Think Outside The Box For Responder Wellness

Submitted by Bill Degnan on Wed, 01/15/2020 - 11:08

My first reaction was, "We have a box???" But, the article explores things that individuals or agencies can use to improve the well being of first responders. There's a reason it was probably the subject of the first chapter in your EMS textbook.

The writer, a patrol officer with Taunton (Mass.) PD, should get credit for having figured us out. You know we're all broken toys.   So, take some moments for yourself and let the healing begin.

Manage Scene Lighting For Safety

Submitted by Bill Degnan on Sun, 01/12/2020 - 01:23

Maybe there's too much LED and Xenon light on scene -- potentially blinding or distracting motorists. Too much red. Not enough amber. You drive where you LOOK!

There are recommendations I have read, that would drastically reduce warning lights, once traffic control is established.

Please take a moment and read the linked presentation.

I-95 Corridor Coalition › Gui...PDF

If EMS Was In The Construction Industry

Submitted by Bill Degnan on Tue, 01/07/2020 - 20:13

An advantage to having come to EMS from a Construction background is that one can view safety from a different perspective. In EMS, the paperwork is after action. In Construction, it is said that when the weight of the paperwork exceeds that of the project, the construction phase may begin. No less true for construction safety. Before a task can begin, a Job Hazard Analysis must be produced and approved and it is briefed with the workers before any new phase of work. Over the years, some of us assembled our own version of "The JHA From Hell".