What Do You Mean, "Is Your Christmas Tree NFPA Compliant?"?

Well, in actuality, their headline was, "NFPA encourages prompt disposal of Christmas trees and safe removal of lights", but you probably see where we are going here. NFPA standards have their roots in tragedy. It is their way of saying, "We've noticed this is a really bad thing and this is a better way to go".

Christmas is over. Get that fuel-air bomb out of your house.

MAYDAY Ready, NIOSH Tips, RIT and Rehab

We stumbled onto an interesting article, while searching for something else. Our serendipitous find was a 2014 article in Fire Engineering entitled "Are You Ready as an Incident Commander when your Firefighters 'Press Their MAYDAY Button'?" by Joseph "Joe" Pronesti.

Don't miss the 13 points called "The Incident Commander’s rules of engagement for fire-fighter safety".

Last, but not least is:

Dallas PD Job Applications Surge

Officials say applications to join Dallas PD have have more than trippled since five police officers were massacred in Dallas on July 7, compared with the same period in June.

136 applications were reported from June 8 to June 20 and 467 applications from July 8 to July 20, an increase of 344%.

Texas Department of State Health Services DSHS Coordinator Course 2017

We wanted to pass this opportunity on to Texas EMS Educators:

If you are interested in becoming an EMS Course Coordinator save the following dates April 19 thru 21, 2017. The 2017 course will be held in Galveston, Texas.

DSHS asks you to save your questions until the official announcement and open course registration. Details are being finalized now, but will not be available until late December 2016.

Texas Department of State Health Services is on the web at http://www.dshs.texas.gov.

Training Opportunity: Incident Commander Train-the-Trainer E0951

We thought the following might interest you.

1281 - Training Opportunity - E0951 AHPS Incident Commander TtT Nov 17-20 2016

Course Description: This course is designed to prepare Federal, state, tribal, territorial, and locally-sponsored students to teach the All-Hazards Position-Specific Incident Commander course through the use of lecture, interactive discussion, guided exercises and activities, and practice student teaching. Read more about Training Opportunity 1280 at http://training.fema.gov/emi.aspx .

And if I die before I wake… That works for me.

Over the half dozen, or so, times I sat suicide watch on him, during his several different hospital stays, this was the first time the mystery man was awake and able to hold a conversation. And, I told him so, adding, "What's your story man?"

When I go to sleep, I pray I don't wake up.

I settled in for an a lengthy narrative. But, the mystery man was also a man of few words. And, only one tone of voice. "When I go to sleep," he said, "I pray I don't wake up."

You are not alone

The responder who needs help is not alone. Everybody loses the picture, once in a while.Take the good advice you would give someone else, and talk with somebody.

If you are depressed, having alcohol or drug problems, anger, insomnia or other disruption in your life, be a member of your own team.

Do you have access to peer counseling? Is there an employee assistance program? Take the first step.

http://codegreencampaign.org/resources/

All the other times I had seen him, he had been "John Doe", as in " We have no idea who this guy is." Found "down", on the street -- alcohol poisoning. BAC of point 03-something.

The man is good at what he does.

I can also be a man of few words. I said, "I'm sorry to hear that."

He may have been thinking, "I see you're apparent sincerity. I'll raise and call." Clearly though, his turn to be puzzled. He asked, "Why?"

EMS Life Hack - Where did the d#@&* O2 gasket go?

It 0139 hrs. That's just a little past "zero drunk thirty". You are in the highway median, working a wreck. But, given the former, the latter is to be expected.

This one is an entrapment with extended extraction required. The patient is on high flow oxygen, because his condition meets the criteria for it. And, the gauge has gradually dropped into the red.

Review: Black-Fire Nitrile Gloves

They looked interesting. I don't remember ever seeing Nitrile gloves that are black on the outside and orange on the inside. Having piqued my interest, I arranged for some samples to evaluate. We even have some to share. (See below.)

What Happened to the Man He Helped on 9/11?

Fifteen years later, the stood together, sharing their stories of that day, discovering they had met before.

Col. Rob Maness held the man's IV, spoke encouraging words and tried to keep him conscious, the day hijackers flew American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon. For years he wondered. Had the man survived?

Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell wondered too. Who was with him, pitching in with EMS at the scene as he lay severely burned and expecting to die?

We Have Lost a Friend: Sgt. Craig Hutchinson, Travis County (TX) Sheriff's Office

Sergeant Craig Hutchinson was killed, July 26, 2014, as he returned home from his shift. According to media reports, he observed subjects removing items from his backyard shed and radioed for backup. Minutes later they discovered Sgt. Hutchinson with a gunshot wound. He was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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