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  1. EMDispatch

    Praying while on call

    We don't do it on active emergency calls in our 911 center, but for obvious deaths, crisis calls, etc. I encourage my personnel to offer available local resources that are nondenominational, and contact clergy if a family would like. Personal note, also a catholic. When I was field response I'd...
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    Radio Recommendations

    Like has been said, it can be done. As someone legal responsible for a public safety radio system... I would you throw you under a bus in a heart beat. Depending on system contracts, the system warranties can be voided by unauthorized equipment. In my particular case the state could throw our...
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    Part of leadership is accepting that. I'm a firm believer in servant leadership, but sometimes you have to be one. I'm younger than half my employees and got my position from work and educational experience. I know they all aren't my biggest fans, and they're entitled to their opinions. But...
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    Reading Material / History

    Sorry, a little late to the game. Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion 1861-1865 it's a large multi volume set filled with cases and diagrams, basically only available online access through the NIH. The actual hard copies and reprints are very pricey. It always amazes me...
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    Radio Recommendations

    I figured costs and local hurdles would be big enough. But yes at the FCC and also local level there are subscriber limits. You are less to get your agency in trouble than yourself. That's especially true if your caught with a amateur radio someone has set into the public safety bands. Also...
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    Radio Recommendations

    If... you were to purchase a radio it would depend on several factors specific to your public safety radio system. They aren't a 1 size fits all item. Then there's the issue of getting it programmed, flashed, etc. Also the initial cost for a new one actually guaranteed to work would vary between...
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    What was your first 911 call?

    First EMS call: CVA while working casino security... the guy was more concerned about his slots than being assessed. He literally was playing with his left hand since he had major right deficit... It was more awkward than bad, but I had a good experienced crew guiding me. First "Fire" call: ...
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    Government agencies with IFT and wheelchair service?

    We wouldn't have thought about wheelchair, but we found out our local NGO mass transit provider is doing over 300 transports a week and can't even meet the demand.
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    Government agencies with IFT and wheelchair service?

    We're a physically large, but small rural county, with limited funding options... so we've just kind of started toying with the idea as a possibility.
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    Government agencies with IFT and wheelchair service?

    I'm just curious if I can get a list or links to government, not private EMS services, that provide IFT and even wheelchair services if possible.
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    Fla. Nurse Dispatcher Program Reduces Non-Emergent Transports

    Yeah essentially how it works most places is that once a call is determined to be omega or even alpha level (completely non emergent) they are transferred to a nurse line, which refers them to urgent care, arranges doctor appointments, and provide general care instructions. If they determine in...
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    Fla. Nurse Dispatcher Program Reduces Non-Emergent Transports

    IAED made the canned scripts about 5-6 years ago. Interestingly enough, Salt Lake City tried it and abandoned it. I think there are around 10 or so agencies using it or a version of it. The problem with using nurses is it prices small overtaxed systems right out of their markets... Personnally...
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    HEMS crash on X-Mas. Sick of posting this news.

    Fair enough, I’m not their biggest fan by any means. The only positive they had is speed since they’re just medic staffed, but with their change in practices, it can take upwards of 20 minutes for us to get a helicopter from 10 miles down the road.
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    HEMS crash on X-Mas. Sick of posting this news.

    I do have to say Maryland State Police Aviation, since 2008,seems to be on it from the safety aspect. But perhaps a lot of that has to do with being a state entity, and a for profit entity.
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    the 100% directionless thread

    We try with our EMS providers, especially since we’re a single county entity. We’ve all but given up on our volunteer fire departments and most of the LEOs. I wish more agencies did ride alongs/ sit ins that went both ways. My guys and gals do over 100 hours of ride alongs with each agency, and...
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    the 100% directionless thread

    I get shop talk, etc. but perhaps before people start complaining about my comm center staff, without having any idea what the hell we are or were doing at the time of a call... They should probably learn who they are talking to... I’m not gonna hold it against them real long, but it’s not like...
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    Why EMS degree could be the standard come 2025

    I wanted to add some more food for thought, here are 3 degree outlines: AAS in EMS BS in Emergency Health Services (paramedic concentration) And a 3 year degree from Canada...
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    Becoming desensitized- what's your story?

    In the comm center I’m very quick to caution people when they come into interview for a position and say they can handle trauma. You never know whether something is going to stay with you. We all become not necessarily desensitized, but able to work past what we see, smell, and hear. But you...
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    Off-Road Patient Transport/Extrication

    Our response area is marshland and pine forest for backcountry, so we utilize a variety of solutions based on the situation here. Our agency runs 2 crew cab gators with medlite skids for events and when requested. One volunteer department has a 2 seater, same skid setup if our beasts can’t...
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    House arrest patient, any experiences?

    I assume a lot of it can depend on jurisdiction. We’ve had a few transported over my years in the comm center. Usually the monitoring service has called in to our PD and we just verify the incident, with them. In the event of an emergency they’re permitted to leave the residence.