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Firefighter Down: Treating Cardiac Arrest

Thu, May 15, 2014

Firefighters are more susceptible to cardiovascular events than the average person because of their work environments and exertion levels, writes Robert C. Owens Sr.

Can Motorcycle Paramedics Be Used Effectively in Western EMS?

Thu, May 30, 2013

Motorcycle paramedics are a progressive and beneficial solution to reducing response times and improving patient care while also reducing operational costs, Ben Hunt says.

Engine Company EMS: Polymer Fume Fever

Tue, Sep 25, 2012

Mick Messoline discusses another example of the dangers associated with a "food on the stove" scenario that firefighters and medics may encounter on the job.

The Engine Company Medic: To Keep or Transfer Care?

Fri, Aug 10, 2012

Mick Messoline discusses various patient conditions and when to transfer or continue care.

The Engine Company Medic: Scene Management

Tue, Apr 10, 2012

Deciding how to prioritize patient needs is fraught with controversy for the engine company medic. Mick Messoline discusses time management and resource allocation on EMS calls.

The Engine Company Medic: Initial Assessment

Wed, Feb 15, 2012

The initial assessment performed by the first-arriving company sets the tone for the entire incident. Mick Messoline goes over some of the details firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics must pay attention to when performing an initial assessment.

The Engine Company Medic: Let's Get Prepared

Tue, Jan 17, 2012

As an engine medic, your actions and decisions directly affect patient outcomes. By being properly prepared, Mick Messoline writes, firefighters can be sure that each patient will receive the interventions and disposition that most benefit them.

Firefighting and EMS: Pumped Up, Fired Up, Motivated!

Mon, Oct 3, 2011

Kenny Thompson discusses how motivation impacts the fire service, specifically response time, and how to keep firefighters and paramedics moving with a sense of urgency to every call.

Victim Removal from a Swimming Pool

Wed, Jul 27, 2011

Firefighters in communities around the United States must contend with the possiblity of responding to drowning incidents and other pool-related injury scenarios. Robert Owens has tips on responding to water rescue situations.

Fire-Based EMS: Patient Assessment: The 360° View

Fri, Jun 3, 2011

Patient assessment is, without a doubt, our most important EMS skill. Jim Logan examines patient assessment for engine companies responding to EMS calls.

Medical Calls and First-Due Firefighters

Thu, May 12, 2011

Firefighters need to use the same level of organization that they use responding to fire calls when they respond to emergency medical calls. Brian Carr discusses how preplanning EMS calls can save lives.

Safety Isn’t An Accident

Wed, Mar 16, 2011

There is no such thing as a routine call, and firefighter safety is paramount. Jim Logan recounts an response to a motor vehicle accident involving a child that almost got out of hand.

EMS from the Jump Seat

Mon, Feb 14, 2011

Sometimes firefighters' vehicle extrication plans are made for convenience, not necessarily in the best interest of patient care. The next time you’re faced with an extrication problem, make patient care the key factor in determining your action plan, Robert Owens writes.

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