This PTSD PSA video is a must watch for everyone in EMS:
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Remember, you are NOT alone in this.
Fox 13 News in Tampa Bay, Florida has a story regarding a SunStar EMT’s photo posted on Facebook of an EMS Bingo card drawing harsh criticism.
The problem isn’t that there is a community outrage going on. The harshest criticism and condemnation appearing in the article and associated newscast comes from FORMER EMT Garrett Goodwin.
This is from the article:
So, how would you feel if you saw something called “EMS Bingo” inside an ambulance?
That’s what many in the Bay Area are asking after an EMS worker in Pinellas County posted a photo of the game on social media Friday.
Some say it gives a black eye to hard-working first responders. Others say first responders need to have a sense of humor to cope with the life-and-death situations they encounter every day.
No one would call a life or death scene funny, but the EMS Bingo card seems to make light of obvious tragedy. The photo posted on the Facebook profile of a SunStar Paramedics EMT around noon Friday, was removed by 5 p.m.
The line “but the EMS Bingo card seems to make light of obvious tragedy” is exactly correct… it SEEMS to those outside the industry, but for anyone who works on an ambulance it reads like a daily run log. The two exceptions being “Overdramatic Family” and “Code Brown“, which are more likely lifted from training scenarios. I can think of far worse terms to describe those two situations, so kudos to the creator of the card for taking the high road.
This type of article, fueled by comments of a FORMER EMT, illustrate the kind of feeding frenzy I asked to stop at the beginning of EMS Week. There are numerous quotes where FORMER EMT Garrett Goodwin eschews the card creators for being insensitive, called the card “disgusting”, and referred to it as “dead people Bingo”. Clearly there is no reason for him to refer to it as “dead people Bingo” because death does not appear anywhere on the card, nor do any of the call types automatically result in dead people.
This is the paragraph where I would traditionally highly criticize this FORMER EMT about the poor attitude, understanding, and lack of actual experience that is apparent from his comments. I would also berate the journalist for shoddily qualifying him as a source to comment on this subject. However, I’m not going to be a hypocrite. I should be willing to give back that which I have asked for. Therefore I am refraining.
I will say that we should be glad that he is a FORMER EMT, and we as an industry should make sure he stays that way for the sake of our young. I would caution FORMER EMT Garrett Goodwin to stop criticizing those who are doing a job he is no longer doing so harshly, especially for something that for the most part can appear on a daily run log.
Interestingly enough, the article does note that reaction on social media was a mix and while some “said the post was in poor taste, but did not entirely condemn the Bingo card.” The lack of public outcry shows that this article and FORMER EMT Garrett Goodwin‘s comments are needlessly exaggerated.
Reinvestment in resources at EMS agencies traditionally involves the purchase of new equipment, ambulances, and uniforms. Unfortunately very few agencies find the funds to invest in the professional development of their personnel. This often results in EMTs and Paramedics going through their careers absent any guidance that is not clinical in nature. What’s worse is the Supervisors, Managers, and even Directors are left to figure out their roles themselves through trial and inevitably a whole lot of error.
I recently read a new book titled Ultimate Leadership: 10 Rules for Success by Chris Cebollero. Chris is a well known EMS Chief from St. Louis, Missouri and co-hosts the Inside EMS Podcast with Kelly Grayson. He has been active with NAEMT and previously hosted and produced the EMS Leadership podcast.
From the book’s description:
My leadership journey began as a leader in the U.S. Air Force in 1986. I was unprepared and lacked the needed experience to lead the workforce with success. I have to admit to you that this very first leadership position was a failure for me and my employees. In part, it was due to not having a mentor or someone to teach me how to be a good leader. I was growing my leadership career on a foundation of failure. My experiences with this kind of failure led me to learn valuable lessons the hard way, for the next 10 years!
In the beginning, my leadership style was based on egotism,ignorance, and wanting to advance my career instead of growing my team. Over this time frame, mistakes mounted and lessons were learned. Leadership is both an art and a science, and if you do not know the science of leadership, you will not be able to paint the portrait of success.
While not trying to reveal any spoilers, I do want to highlight why I think this is a book that should be read by not only those looking to further their development as leaders, but by every EMT and Paramedic in the field or any person thinking about coming into the field.
Rule One: Never Allow Your Emotions To Dictate Your Actions has to do with Emotional Intelligence. Hopefully this is not a foreign concept for anyone reading this post, because if it is then you definitely NEED to read this book. Developing Emotional Intelligence is not necessarily an easy thing to do. This is something that develops over time and with practice. It is something we should be doing not just as leaders, but as EMTs and Paramedics tasked with caring for others. This isn’t just a leadership quality, it should be an EMS quality.
It ties directly into Rule Six: Stop Listening to What Employees Are Saying. I know how that rule looks, but to understand it better you really need to read the chapter. Change out the word Employees with Patients, apply the same concepts to take your patient care to the next level. This is what we as providers should be striving for.
Although many of the “rules” were not necessarily new to me, I greatly enjoyed reading this book. I found the way that Chris explained ethereal theories in tangible manners to be helpful and found myself gaining a greater understanding of the concepts to put into actual practice. As I mentioned earlier I think this is a great book, I think every EMT and Paramedic should read it, but more importantly begin practicing the techniques it offers.
Don’t wait, get your copy of Ultimate Leadership: 10 Rules for Success today and begin becoming a better EMT, Paramedic, and Leader starting tomorrow.
Ambulance accidents have been the leading cause of death for EMS personnel for quite a few years now. There are a number of variables that need to be adjusted to in order to make riding in an ambulance safer. Some of these variables are response protocols, driving behavior and seatbelt usage. Another variable that is often overlooked but imperative is ambulance construction.
Braun Ambulances, an ambulance manufacturer, has posted the video from a rollover test they performed using a Type III. It is being billed as the industry’s first rollover test:
As someone who has actually rolled an ambulance (it was a 1996 Demers Mirage that I rolled AND was able to drive back to the garage after the accident) I would have to say that the video is a very good representation of what happens.
With the outdated KKK-A-1822 standards (“Triple K“) from 1974 being retired, ambulance manufacturers have had to look to both the NFPA 1917 and the CAAS Ground Vehicle Standard for guidance on ambulance construction. While the acute lack of testing these construction standards is a bit alarming, it is important to remember that the standard sets the minimums. It does not limit what you can do when you are ordering your ambulances.
Have you ever been in an ambulance rollover? If so, please share your experience in the comments…
The Celebration of Life for Larry Fuller of Hunter Ambulance who perished in the line of duty on April 20, 2016 is as follows:
Celebration of Life
Larry Donnell Fuller
Friday, April 29, 2016
The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York
110-31 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11433
Viewing: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Funeral starts at 11:00 am
Interment immediately following funeral at:
Calverton National Cemetery
210 Princeton Boulevard
As Calverton Cemetery does not allow more than 2 floral arrangements, please do not provide floral arrangements.
The Fuller Family thanks you in advance for your support, thoughts and prayers.