If EMS Won the Lottery…

Over at EMS1.COM Editor-in-Chief Greg Friese has been thinking nice thoughts.

He has been pondering how he would administer the winnings of the $700M Powerball jackpot and has come up with an eleven point list. But, EMS usually doesn't remember the punchline where the booming voice from the clouds says, "Meet me half way. BUY a ticket!" While some personnel may invest in tickets, as their "retirement plan", EMS -- itself is not in a position to buy a ticket. Dave Statter would be all over that story, like a cheap suit.

But, good job. Nice thinking, Greg.

By all means, read his column. His bullet points are below.

If it costs, we can't afford it.

At REHABSECTOR.ORG, we're not spoiled with gold-plated budgets. Our slogan might as well be "If it costs, we can't afford it"

If that sounds like your agency, why not explore what can be done to advance some of these by applying some gratis leadership. If you are leading from behind -- and you look around and think, "Clearly, I am not in charge here", you may need to secure permission, or perhaps, ask forgiveness.

What can be done for free, or next to it?

I'll take on a couple these. The first and third, today.

Hands-on training on escaping violent encounters for every EMT, paramedic and medical first responder.

Who has this training available in your area and what can your agency offer in trade? Can you approach your local Police Department or Sheriff's Office and swap deescalation, open-handed defensive tactics, sound and light discipline, cover and concealment, clandestine drug lab recognition and street survival in exchange for teaching self aid/buddy aid, CPR, medical causes of altered mentation and whatever else you can teach?

Fitness equipment for every EMS station in the land.

Local employers in-house fitness centers and commercial health clubs may have used equipment that they might donate. There are local Citizens who bought exercise equipment with the best of intentions, but now have very expensive clothes racks instead and feel guilty, every time they walk by them. You may find enough donations to start a pilot program or set up your entire agency for the first round. Older gear might be gradually replaced in future budgets -- paid for by the savings that a fit workforce will generate. Things such as reduced turnover, injuries, absences and improved morale and cardiac health.

Greg Friese: What if EMS won the $700M Powerball jackpot"

  1. Hands-on training on escaping violent encounters for every EMT, paramedic and medical first responder.
  2. Body armor for every EMS provider to wear on every call.
  3. Fitness equipment for every EMS station in the land.
  4. Send a chef and nutritionist to every agency to teach responders how to cook healthy meals and pack nutritious snacks.
  5. Add a power-lift cot to every ambulance.
  6. Stand-up peer support teams in every agency.
  7. Create, staff and permanently fund a 24/7/365 national peer support hotline for EMTs and paramedics to call.
  8. Long-term funding to train and support EMS researchers in a broad array of medical and nonmedical academic disciplines.
  9. Endow an EMS artist, musician, dancer, comedian and writer residency program.
  10. Develop the next and future generation of EMS leaders by providing scholarships for EMS officers and aspiring officers to become a NEMSMA credentialed EMS officer.
  11. Support legislation for combat medics transitioning to civilian EMS careers