The Firefighter Drought

Most departments have realized by this point that we are running out of possible employees. I know a few of you out there may say “we don’t seem to have any trouble finding people” or ” we have a stack of applications in the queue”. To that I say, the drought hasn’t hit you yet….

He’s like 80 in Medic years

He shows up ready to work. He sits at the end of the kitchen table in the same spot. Its the spot that he has worked up to over the years. Seat by seat. As the guys older than him retire, he gets to move up another spot at the table. Eventually making it to…

The Introverted Leader

What is an introvert? Dictionary.com describes it as a shy person, or a person primarily concerned with their own thought and feelings. I fit that description pretty well. I have always been “in my own head” and not that interested in being part of a group; a difficult place to be if you are in…

Do you have a problem?

  As most of you have probably heard, there is growing evidence that the death of a Virginia female firefighter may be the result, in part, of bullying by fellow firefighters. If that turns out to be true then it is scary, sad, shameful to all who bullied her and the profession. There is no…

24 Reasons To Leave Or Stay

  The alarm pierces through the good time you and Scarlett Johansson are having in your dream telling you it’s time to get up and shower. The alarm is the house tones from a popular TV show from the 70’s and 80’s about paramedics and firefighters. You mock other people that have that as a…

Entitlement, running people off and the push for higher education

It’s been a while since I had a rant session so in this installment, we will be discussing, or more realistically, I will be ranting about the above topics. You will read this and at the end, you may or may not feel mentally violated. ENTITLEMENT I used the term entitlement in the heading because…

What do you think we are doing?

Lets talk for a minute about EMS. There are industry level publications out there, internet sights independent from the magazines and countless bloggers out there that have an opinion. I am no different. I pluck away at the keyboard and think that I can provide some insight, using the experience of my career which, at…

What percent are you?

(Image courtesy of the Gasper Township Fire Department, Eaton, Ohio) Note: The bulk of this post deals with fire department EMS so if you are not in a department that does fire department EMS, you may find it uninformative. Those of you that do fire department EMS, read on! As you can imagine, I spend…

What is he doing with all of those dudes?

There is an issue that has bugged me for a long time. I thought it was just an issue inside the fire service but I look back on my time in other lines of work and I remember it being discussed. I don’t know if the “Alpha male” environment of the firehouse that shines a…

Hey, what’s it like to be a Paramedic?

I am sure that most of you have heard that question 1 or 200 times throughout your career. It is a topic of interest to the people around you and at the holiday parties that you may be attending this time of year. Note: I use “Paramedic” as a general term to mean EMT, Firefighter…