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Police Motorcycle Skills Competition at Cabela's, Buda (TX) April 1-2, 2016

There's no indication that any of the events involve the use of a ball-point pen, but instead events are designed to feature safe and precise operation of the motorcycle.

If they did have a citation-writing event, we know a few potential competitors who would be "10-8 with multiple 'fours'", (to borrow a phrase from Jean Shepard) "faster than a jack rabbit on a date".

We won't be able to attend, but we will be there in spirit.

If you are in the area, why not plan to stop by? At the very least, plan on driving safely.

Three, Four, Shut the Door!

In our quest to find interesting stuff that will keep responders healthy, we found Greenmaltese.com and an article which can help Firefighter's alive.

Manage the doors to keep oxygen away from the fuel and fire, heat and smoke away from the rescuer and those they are trying to rescue.

Read it here.

Are you at risk for ambulance induced divorce syndrome?

If you quietly smiled to yourself when you saw the bumper sticker that said "God made Paramedics so Firefighters could have heroes too", you should probably assess yourself for the signs and symptoms in This Post from Troy Shaffer.

Tsunamis? Really?

Having been the "Safety Guy!*" at work, I have a sensitively for Emergency Managers. Both are expected to ponder, prevent and prepare for things that not only do most people not want to think about, but they think you are crazy because you feel you need to.

"Tsunami Prep? What's that, beyond surfboard waxing?"

Do non-coastal areas need to prepare? Will you receive evacuees? Casualties? Permanent residents? Become a new Beach town?

Tsunami Preparedness Week March 27-April 2, 2016

Fully Involved: Rehab, Carbon Monoxide, NFPA 1584

While searching for additional feeds to feature in Rehabsector.org, we ran across the now-inactive podcast, "Fully Involved". In what we think is the hottest title for a Fire-based EMS podcast, we found the following episode:

Chief Gary Ludwig, EMS Section Chair, interviews EMS educator and author Dr. Bryan Bledsoe and actor Randolph Mantooth.

We had occasion to hear Dr. Bledsoe and Mr. Mantooth (Yes, Larry, the Dr. Bledsoe and the Randolph Mantooth) keynote addressing at a Texas EMS conference.

Helping Your Kids Learn by Osmosis

Today's article Five Ways to Protect Your Children by Victoria Newman in Law Officer strikes a familiar note.

When God made Peace Officers

We quoted an excerpt from the following to a colleague, recently, and discovered gaps in our institutional memory. Attributed to the famous and prolific author, Anonymous, we present
When God made Peace Officers

When the Lord was creating peace officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, "You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

And the Lord said, "Have you read the specs on this order?"

CDC Contact Lens Wellness Advice Includes Poster

Have you seen the commercial where a woman throws her cleanest dirty contact lens in the toilet and he is tempted to retrieve it?

It makes me shudder the same way as when somebody hands you grapefruit juice that you think is orange. In case, you too looked away, this is not a recommended practice, even if your dog doesn't have a problem with it.

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

It is 0139 hrs. That's just a few minutes after "zero drunk thirty" and you are in the highway median, working a wreck. But, given the former, most EMS folks could guess the latter.

IS-907: Active Shooter: What You Can Do


You could find yourself in an active shooter situation. You could be at work, at a store, restaurant, theater, event or practically anywhere.

How you and others respond to the situation can change the outcome.

A FEMA independent study course,

    IS-907: Active Shooter: What You Can Do

can help you prepare to survive the encounter.

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