First in the news this week, an EMT in New York City quits after posting to twitter. Oh, yes he is the son of the FDNY fire commissioner. no real big deal, other than a PR black eye on the service, right? Wrong. The commissioner’s son was only working EMS so he could get on the fire side. This is the type of person who works for a service just to get on the fire engine. Read the article, he is biding his time and doing time until he can transfer to the fire side. If you want quality people, you need to have a service that is not just a stepping stone to a fire engine.
Winnipeg EMS is going to start a Community Paramedic Program, to be in operation by spring.
Two articles about the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center starting a Community Paramedic program. One from Pittsburgh Businesstimes and one from the University of Pittsburgh, who says that this will be one of the largest community paramedic programs in the country. It’s nice to read how the community paramedic program is slowly being recognized in this country as an option.
EMS director for the County of Frontenac in Canada says that staffing a community paramedic in a clinic could help cut down on 911 calls.
Just a few bits of news you might have missed. Be safe.