Long Beach Civil Service Board to Hear Appeal of Officer Fired for Excessive Force

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in EMS Industry News
Long Beach Civil Service Board to Hear Appeal of Officer Fired for Excessive Force

Long Beach Civil Service Board to Hear Appeal of Officer Fired for Excessive Force Decorated veteran Long Beach Police Officer was fired despite City Attorney’s declaration to the media that the investigation concluded no wrong-doing. Long Beach, October 2, 2015:  Veteran Long Beach Police officer, John Gibbs, was fired in 2013 after a video showed […]

Does a Dispatch Error Violate the Constitution?

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in EMS Industry News
Does a Dispatch Error Violate the Constitution?

  In the News: A judge in Pennsylvania must decide if a lawsuit against Luzerne County can proceed in federal court after an attorney sued and argued that Luzerne County 911 violated the woman’s constitutional rights when it dispatched firefighters to the wrong address. The county says the constitution does not provide for a right to […]

Tapes, Tips, and Traps

Tapes, Tips, and Traps

TheLegalGuardian.com & Long Beach Memorial Hospital proudly present TAPES, TIPS, AND TRAPS: The most politically incorrect 4 hours of EMS continuing education you will ever have! Friday, February 21, 2014 from 0800 – 12:30PM.   Highlights TAPE REVIEW  V1.0 The program begins with the review of radio reports from a variety of base station calls. […]

You Never Know Who is Watching

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Articles & Columns, EMS Industry News
You Never Know Who is Watching

Much of my livelihood comes from evaluating, discussing, and correcting the performance of various Emergency Medical Services Providers. Sometimes my presence is known, other times it is not; sometimes I am just a face in the crowd…but I am watching. Last Saturday evening, I was at Lions Field in Fullerton. I was there to see […]

A Drunk is NOT a Drunk!

A Drunk is NOT a Drunk!

I’m beginning to empathize with Sisyphus. In Greek mythology, he was punished by being forced to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and destined to repeat this action forever. That is what it feels like when I hear stories about paramedics who dismiss patients based on what […]

Lessons from a Rogue Ex-Cop

Lessons from a Rogue Ex-Cop

There is no excuse. There is no excuse for killing the innocent children of those with whom you have had a disagreement. There is no excuse for killing innocent people simply because they happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. There is no excuse for killing cops. Let there be no […]

In a Sling…a Pelvic Sling

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Articles & Columns, EMS Industry News
In a Sling…a Pelvic Sling

Most emergency medical services carry pelvic binders and protocols call for their use. But too often the patient arrives at the emergency department without a binder in place. Are we opening ourselves up to risk? Managing pelvic fractures: Best practices Timely stabilization of pelvic fractures is now a standard of trauma care. Pelvic fractures are […]

Creating a culture of excellence

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Articles & Columns, EMS Industry News
Creating a culture of excellence

Sometimes, it is almost as if I don’t recognize the world around me anymore. Pop stars are getting younger and younger, but showing more and more skin. The weather has become breaking news. Snowboarding is an Olympic sport and, as pointed out by General Larry Platt, everywhere I look, I see kids “…looking like a […]

Top 5 answers that could save your EMS career

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in Articles & Columns, EMS Industry News
Top 5 answers that could save your EMS career

Orignially Published by EMS1.com In 2012, I was fortunate enough to continue my travels around the country speaking to hundreds of EMS providers at a variety of conferences, meetings and private education sessions. I got to meet and chat with a wide range of providers and, dare I say, I made some new friends.Of course, […]

The Trouble with EMS Slogans

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in Articles & Columns, EMS Industry News
The Trouble with EMS Slogans

“Proudly Serving the City of…” – “Commitment, Compassion, Care” “Professionalism, Integrity, Pride” – “Honor, Service, Excellence” These are a few of the types of mottos or slogans I see all the time on the sides of EMS vehicles both public and private service; carefully selected descriptors intended to instill some degree of confidence in the […]