Author Archives: Joel

About Joel

I am a paramedic, firefighter and I work for an organ procurement organization. All stories related to work have been altered to HIPPA standards and for the protection of those involved. The personal stories are different. Photography, flying, aviation, hiking, camping, travel, geocaching, amateur radio are a few of my hobbies.

In the news…

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 … Continue reading

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NREMT Transition

While compiling my NREMT re-certification paperwork today, I found a few interesting items. First, and most important, Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS)  has opened the transition web course applications for paramedics who will re-certify NREMT in March 2013. … Continue reading

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One parapgraph

My literature assignment this week was to write a paragraph in the style William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning”. Specifically to copy the style of the first paragraph, which you can read here. I offer you my one paragraph in this style. … Continue reading

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EMT required for paramedic?

Yesterday I was listening to the EMS Educast episode on Mike Ward’s article EMT not needed for paramedic certification on EMS1.com. I use to have very strong opinions regarding prerequisites for a paramedic program. I thought that an EMT certification … Continue reading

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Community Paramedicine News

Community Paramedicine is slowly creeping in to the national discussion about health care, and it’s about time.  Until now, most of the community paramedicine talk and focus has been around rural health care. There are few urban agencies that have … Continue reading

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Time to walk

As EMS week continues, more bloggers are talking about the problems in EMS. The direction we are going (or not going), the educational standards, and the salary we are paid.   Rescuing Providence posted “EMS Week, ‘Take it, It’s There‘”, … Continue reading

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National EMS week 2012

It’s that time of year again, where everyone thanks EMS professionals for the service they provide. The one week a year you get when not every nurse greets you with a scowl. Not all is well in EMS though, some … Continue reading

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