Category Archives: EMS Topics

Talking About CRM

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The basics of crew resource management have day-to-day implications for the improvement of our work product as well as in maintaining a safe environment.

Project “Viral Likes”

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This is a reasonable, easy, and cheap resolution you can add for 2013 that is positive and will help others. Don’t just talk the talk; walk the walk.

Taking Risks When There Is Nothing To Save

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Every day it is something else: Staffing cuts, furloughs, pension systems under attack. And now, if all that isn’t enough, the politicians would like to go after the benefits allocated for our loved ones if we die in the line of duty.

Back From A Short Italian Hiatus

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My wife and I got back Thursday from a whirlwind tour of Northern Italy which included stops in Milan, Florence, Venice, and Trieste.

Perfect Alignment

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Deep down inside, we might say to ourselves, “That could never happen here.” Or we feel it coming up and we suppress it, because we know, if we were ever to actually verbalize that, it WOULD happen.

Poor Leaders Are Like Noxious Gas?

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By just being present and nothing else, poor leaders contaminate the atmosphere. As a result, good leaders are simply forced elsewhere.

Here’s Something To Be Mad About

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For all of you who scream insanely when a firefighter is missing his gloves on a Dave Statter video, why don’t you get mad about this?

The Middle Way

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Unless you have all the power to force change in the hearts and minds of others (and you don’t), you will have to understand that consensus and acceptance is necessary for peace.

Stopping the Loss

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There are just some people who happen to rise to power and are either corrupted on the way, or didn’t have a good sense of values to begin with, who should simply not be in a leadership position.

Zen Zone #2

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Brain food for Mongo.

Thought For The Day

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Something to think about.

The Prankster As Leader – It Doesn’t Work

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Officers who engage in practical joking with their subordinates are only asking for reciprocation; the biggest downside is that reaction may come at the time you least want it to.

Grow Up

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Grow up. Fun doesn’t come unless you earn it. You can have fun all day long, but in the end, if you haven’t accomplished anything, you’re just one more clown among many.

You Can Quote Me On That (Before 2010)

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I was driving down the road the other day and thinking, you know, I too could have a list of quotes, just like the real writers have. So in the interest of filling up a page of useless knowledge, I did.

The Antidote To Road Rage

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Who among us has not experienced anger at the inconsiderate moron who fails to pull to the right when we are well behind them, permitting us a free lane on the way to some emergency?

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Michael "Mick" Mayers

Battalion Chief with Hilton Head Island (SC) Fire and Rescue and an Emergency Response Coordinator with the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ National Disaster Medical System Incident Response Coordination Team.

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