Tag Archive: EMS

Fitch Insights – Chuck O’Neal

Chuck O’Neal may currently be Deputy Director of the Kentucky Board of EMS, but he has been involved in the EMS his entire life. In fact, he first intubated a mannequin at age 7! As a paramedic and a state official, Chuck offers unique perspective on working with state regulators, the challenges of rural EMS,…

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2019 EMS Trend Report: The Forces Shaping the Future of EMS

How will EMS advance at its current pace of change?

Fiscal things that can go bump in the night

By Anthony W. Minge, EdD “From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!” — Scottish saying Have you ever heard that noise in the middle of the night? You know, the one just when you are dozing off and there it is … thump! And…

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Does Diet Impact Fire/EMS Performance and Outcomes?

While it is well known that good nutrition plays a significant role in our overall wellbeing, the impact of our diet tends to fall behind issues like exercise, fatigue, and exposure to carcinogens when we discuss the health risks related to performance and safety in Fire and EMS. It is time for a closer look into what…

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Are we as collaborative as we think we are?

We know collaboration is key to thriving in our profession, especially as our communities become more interconnected. But truly fostering the collaborative relationships that can take your organization to the next level takes strong leadership and commitment. We in public safety often think we are being effective collaborators. On an incident scene, we frequently work…

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2018 EMS Trend Report: The Forces Shaping the Future of EMS

How the optimism divide between leaders and providers will shape EMS’ future

What does CMS’s support of home health monitoring mean for EMS?

Last week, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced proposed changes to how it reimburses home health agencies. Specifically, CMS will now allow home health providers to report the costs of remote monitoring. Like many initiatives happening at the local, state and national levels, this move by CMS appears to recognize and support…

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3 Ways EMS Leaders Make or Break Paramedic Training Programs

Many EMS agencies realize that new employees, whether new graduates of pre-service paramedic programs or employees with experience in other organizations, are not fully prepared to climb into an ambulance and head out to serve the community.

Engage your team to be Stronger Together this EMS Week

As EMS leaders, we often struggle with how best to recognize, reward and retain our top performers. There are the obvious answers: higher pay, better benefits, promotional opportunities. And we all know the value of employee engagement — but how many of us work in organizations that actually do something about it, in a planned, organized…

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Collaboration Between 911 and EMS in Bend, Oregon, Gets Big Results

Every year I enjoy attending Navigator, the annual meeting of the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch. At this year’s conference, held last month in Las Vegas, we were again proud to honor graduates of the Communications Center Manager course during the opening ceremonies. Fitch & Associates created the program with IAED more than 15 years ago and it now has more…

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