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The Lesson From a 911 Outage
This episode is a short rant about the lesson we should all be learning from the recent Century Link 911 outage. Our reliance on technology has turned us into a society that is more vulnerable than perhaps any in history despite the breakthroughs that originally looked like lifesavers!
Lessons From M*A*S*H*
During this holiday season, there will be families experiencing pain and loss, responders pulled away from their families for the sake of the call, and while the holiday will be filled with trees, lights and gifts, it will also be a time of pain and agony for so many. It is a time of the year when perspective can save a life. Perhaps some lessons from M*A*S*H* will make a difference.
Leech Lake - Are We Training The Whole Responder Brain?
From the Leech Lake Public Safety Conference in Walker Minnesota December 14th, 2018. An interview with Rob Pearson from North Memorial Air Care on the art of hemorrhage control and the science of stress training. Could this research change the way we train? Could the way we train prevent PTSD in responders?
Leech Lake - Use of Police Force
The use of force, in the context of law enforcement, may be defined as the "amount of effort required by police to compel compliance by an unwilling subject" Within the world of Criminal Justice, there is probably no other issue that draws as much attention as the use of Police Force, yet the actual definition of what is force, what is excessive force and what is reasonable as opposed to necessary has yet to be determined and may never be.
Leech Lake – Because people don’t come with handles!
From the Leech Lake Public Safety Conference in Walker Minnesota December 14th, 2018. An in-booth interview with EMT Karen Winkler from BinderLift. One of the biggest problems in EMS today is back injuries… could this be the solution? Statistically, 1 out of 2 EMS providers will sustain an on the job back injury during their career. That means if it ain’t you…it’s gonna be your partner!
Leech Lake – How training Conferences Should Be Done
Is there a better way to train responders than by sending just a few members of a department to a national conference? Are regional conferences experiencing a new energy and revival? From the Leech Lake Public Safety Conference in Walker Minnesota December 14th, 2018.
Yellow Vests, Unrest, and The Plan
What happens when protests and rallies become violent street wars? As responders, we need to step back from the politics and reasons and rhetoric ask start to ask ourselves, could we do our jobs if this happened here? Have we made sure we could respond and still serve, protect, rescue and save in a war-zone environment? Could our social media make this happen here?
Being The Leader Your Department Needs
In any leadership scenario, a great leader needs to make sure there is a culture that grows things. So what do you want to grow? How about more leaders, more passion, loyalty and a raised standard of excellence? A real leader is trying to build something greater themselves out of people they wish to see do better than they themselves are doing.
Defining the Vulnerable Population; An Emergency Management Problem
If we are to truly contemplate how to respond to “vulnerable populations”, we must allow ourselves a little imagination as we create our response plans. What population COULD become vulnerable that is not normally and already designated vulnerable? Until we start to imagine what lies beyond what we have ever seen before and we start to recognize the possible needs of the entire population, we can then, and only then start to come up with plans that don’t leave us hanging.
Building A Wall
A follow up from our last episode… are we trusting our gloves too much? How often are we exposing ourselves to disease by not being strategic about our infection prevention. What makes a good wall anyway?
LAW ENFORCMENT’S BIGGEST ENEMY IS AN OLD ONE
LEOs have a higher risk of being attacked, wounded or even killed at work than almost all other professions. But did you know that statistically they also have a much higher chance of exposure to a debilitating and even life- threatening illness? In this episode, author/trainer E.G Weiss, Jr. talks about infectious disease control for the police officer as well as other responders.