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Training Opportunity: Incident Commander Train-the-Trainer E0951

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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 .

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.

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.

Texas EMS Trauma News Available

The latest edition of Texas EMS Trauma News is available.

Visit Texas EMS Trauma News home for a .PDF copy.

Training Opportunity: FEMA - Three Courses

E0824 Partner Coordination of Disaster Response & Recovery,

E0209 State Recovery Planning and Coordination,

E0361 Multi-hazard Emergency Planning for Schools

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1260 - Training Opportinity - E0824 7-07-2016

Curating the News Feeds on - Somebody's Feed is Down

We are always looking for the latest public safety news to offer through our social media presence. Frankly, it is the bait which we hope will bring our primary targeted audience to us, so we can nag them into working and living safely.

That audience is the First Responder community, a subset of the Public Safety community. That's a subset of the communities they serve.

While the public is able to read this content, that is not our focus.

Did you know there are 39 Texas Counties under burn ban today?

If you are working on your property or enjoying the outdoors, in Texas, you should know if your County is prohibiting fires.

Burn Ban Flag

The folks at Texas Forest Service, keep track of the info from individual counties and we offer it to you here, in real-time, with links to TFS for more information.


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