Critical Incidents Offer Critical Reminders

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Articles & Columns
Critical Incidents Offer Critical Reminders

April 16, 2014: In what can only be described as a horrific confluence of unfortunate timing and rotten luck, two fire apparatus’ collided enroute to an emergency call sending a multi-ton fire engine through a window and into a restaurant full of diners. More than a dozen patients were transported to the local trauma center […]

PERSPECTIVE: LASD Deputy Shoots Innocent Crime Victim

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Articles & Columns
PERSPECTIVE: LASD Deputy Shoots Innocent Crime Victim

If you know me well, you know that my job has given me good reason to be cynical, skeptical, and very critical of so many law enforcement officers. I have seen, first hand, that the only thing that separates certain cops from criminals is a badge. You will also know that, as an organization, the […]

In Defense of NY EMTs Accused of Ignoring Dying Patient

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Articles & Columns
In Defense of NY EMTs Accused of Ignoring Dying Patient

A recent New York Daily News headline exclaimed: “City medic who failed to help pregnant Au Bon Pain worker dying of asthma attack dodges lawsuit” while another headline said “Case Against Lazy EMT Workers Dismissed on Technicality” and across the internet, blogs and news articles reopen this wound with similarly objectionable headlines. Once again, sensationalism […]

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. […]

TLG Will Clear Your Criminal Record *GUARANTEED*

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Happening Now
TLG Will Clear Your Criminal Record *GUARANTEED*

TLG Application for Expungement 2013 If a criminal record is keeping you from a better job or a better life, let’s clear it up. While a California PC 1203.4 “expungement” does not erase a criminal conviction, it does update the record of conviction to reflect that the guilty plea has been withdrawn, a “not guilty” plea has […]

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 Deeper Look at EMS Providers on Strike

A Deeper Look at EMS Providers on Strike

You went to school. You studied. You trained. You tested and you passed. You are either certified as an EMT or licensed as a paramedic. And you paid for it all by yourself — or are continuing to make payments all by yourself. You have worked very hard to put yourself in a position to announce […]

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 […]

Is it time to arm EMS providers?

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Articles & Columns
Is it time to arm EMS providers?

Initially, the idea of EMS providers carrying guns seemed cool to me, but so did being a sunscreen applier on a topless beach; then I saw a topless beach and who actually goes there…be careful what you wish for. The once anodyne and utterly neutral environment that was EMS has clashed with a world that […]

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 […]