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Becoming a paramedic can be done via college or technical schools and can range from 6 months to two years. But what about those courses that offer paramedic training online?
Can this be a viable option? While not the optimal path to becoming a paramedic, there is one situation where this distance learning can be beneficial.
Join Jim and special guest Evan Feuer from Medic Training International as they discuss how to create paramedics overseas using US based training and standards.
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As we celebrate this Veteran's Day weekend, we're going to have Scott Diel and The Paramedic Chronicles on our show talking about their hilarious web series.
We also encourage all Veterans to call in and give their stories while they were serving.
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So, you've just passed all your exams and are now officially a paramedic. Now what? Where should you work? Where can you work? What to do with all that training and knowledge busting from your mental seams? Listen in as Jim gives some ideas on how to get that ink drying on your new paramedic card.
Do you have a passion for EMS? Seek out training, surround yourself with like minded professionals. Do you read the blogs, the articles the websites? More importantly do you show the passion in your work, with your patients and coworkers?
For some EMS becomes just a job, a place for a paycheck, a pit stop on the way to other careers. This can be frustrating for those who have a passion to see. Then once in awhile you see or hear a story and it makes you realize that most of us in EMS are truly passionate.
Whether paid or volunteer it takes a certain someone to be an EMS professional. Join us as we discuss just who that someone is. It may just be you.
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Maybe a little late but there's always time for the monthly rapid fire show. The one where we talk about just about anything and where YOU can suggest or bring your topics to the show too.
Join Jim, Josh and scheduled guest David Brenner for some rapid conversations sure to fire you up.
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Community Paramedicine - Firemedically Speaking Host Mike McEvoy talks with Dr. Kevin Munjal, Associate Medical Director of Prehospital Care at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan, also founder of the New York Mobile Integrated Healthcare Association (www.nycommunityparamedicine.org) about the shift in EMS delivery to a more patient-centered, community approach. Key points for fire and EMS departments to consider, essential relationships needed to assure survival of an EMS service in the future, and changes expected with the Affordable Care Act will be analyzed in detail.
The topic of EMS providers being able to demand higher pay is often seen in various blogs, forums and facebook groups.
We have even discussed it here on the show several times and points of view about education, training, nursng etc have all come up.
But what is that sweet spot? What is the "number' that would be fair based on our training and education? Do you have one in your head that you think is fair?
Fueled by the recent JEMS report, this is lining up to be a great episode.
Join us for this episode as we discuss pay in EMS, getting more of it and what should be the starting or end point in EMS salary ranges.
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Last week we talked about EMS being a hobby. This week we steer the conversation a little bit and discuss the sharing of responsibilities.
EMTs doing ALS, firefighters doing EMS and now even law enforcement giving drugs that traditionally only advanced level EMS providers could give.
Do these types of skill set cross overs help EMS as a profession or do they further the perception that ANYONE can do our job at minimal cost.
Join us with your thoughts.
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Our guest this morning is Jim Hone.
Jim is the former Santa Monica Fire Chief and has been involved in emergency and disaster response, recovery and training for more than 36 years.
He served for six years in the United States Air Force as an Aircraft Crash Rescue Specialist prior to being hired by the Santa Monica Fire Department in 1980.
During his more than 30 years with the fire department he served as a Firefighter, Paramedic, Fire Captain, Hazardous Materials Captain, Division Chief, Fire Marshal and Fire Chief.
Jim served on several local, state and federal disaster response teams and committees. He has responded to six Federal Disasters including the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing and the 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attacks to assist local governments and coordinate FEMA Urban Search and Rescue resources.
On July 16, 2003, Jim was the first Chief Officer on scene and ultimately served as the Operations Section Chief at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Multi-Casualty Incident involving 79 victims including 10 fatalities.
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Feature Guest:Abigail Rich was born in Dallas Texas. All through her school years she knew that she wanted to help people. She became a Paramedic right out of high school and quickly moved up to flight medic on a air ambulance helicopter. In 2003 she was working on the medical helicopter when it crashed. Abigail was critically injured and had to undergo three lifesaving surgeries along with over 400 stitches and over 200 staples. The doctors told her family that she would not survive. After 6 weeks in the intensive care unit Abigail proved them wrong when she woke up. Then after another 3 months she walked out of the Hospital on her own. After her recovery, Abigail concluded that life is too short and she wanted to still help people and show them that they can over come life's hurtles. At the same time, she intended to enjoy her precious gift of life. Through a odd twist of fate, Abigail became a professional model. Abigail has worked as a trade show model, modeled at fashion shows and even a spokes model promoting products, and services. She has done numerous modeling for print as well. The most precious event of her life was when she became a Bunny at the Playboy Club at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas Nevada. Since the closing of the very last Playboy club in the United States, Abigail has now has taken to becoming an actress. She has done numerous TV commercials, several TV shows and a role in a feature film. She is very active in her career, of modeling, acting and appearances.
This week we talk about the part time EMS provider. The volunteer, the person who uses EMS as a part time income or because they enjoy the rush, the change from a desk job. Does this type of workforce help or hurt us as a profession? How does this demographic in EMS effect the supply and demand for employers?
How does this all translate to those of us who depend on EMS for our livelihood? Join us for this discussion and bring your experiences and opinions.
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You may have seen many times how EMS has an identity crisis. If you take a step back it really is no wonder. It seems we are forever trying to come up with a name, what that name means and what anyone who holds that name can or can't do.
Does it start at EMT and end with Community Paramedic? Ambulance driver or Nurse?
This week we ask the question "How can we decide on a name when we can't decide on the job we want to do?"
Should we be sticking with what we know before trying to look at other things that may be mucking up the gears?
Join us for this episode and share what you think EMS should really be.
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