Tag Archive: Leadership

8 tips for talking about sexual harassment with caregivers

EMS leaders set the tone for nurturing employees and moving organizations forward with integrity

5 significant risks to your development as a fire service leader

Don’t let your professional network, or yourself derail your career path: Examine these five perspectives to map out your path to being a great leader

The value of CE and an advanced degree for fire leaders

Higher education can help firefighters tackle the five biggest challenges facing emergency services today

The Future of Technology is the Future of EMS

Every year, I love reading about the new technologies on display at the Consumer Electronics Show. This year was no different, but more than ever the highlights of the show seemed relevant to our profession.

CHIEF CONCERNS: How to Talk to Local Officials About Standards of Cover

The Standard of Cover planning process requires communication and collaboration between fire department officials, local leaders and the community.

7 things you should be doing to engage your medical director

Nurturing one of the most pivotal positions in your agency will create a more engaged and aligned workforce

Chief Concerns: Three Things A Fire Chief Should Know About Evidence-Based Fire Suppression

Evidence-based practice in emergency services is typically associated with medical care; but the term refers to the application of research methodology to guide operational practice and departmental priorities—something that should apply to fire suppression and rescue operations as well. Historically, however, fire service protocols and procedures have developed through trial and error, best practices and tradition.

Chief Concerns: Fire Service Fatigue- A Problem You Can’t Afford to Ignore

In the hours after a train derailed in Philadelphia, killing eight people, news reports were already stating that the engineer’s recent work schedule would be examined. This wasn’t surprising, given that just weeks earlier, the National Transportation Safety Board stated that operator fatigue was partially to blame for another train crash that occurred in Chicago last year. Anyone who’s worked in the fire service knows that fatigue can impact one’s work performance. In the aftermath of major incidents, we don’t always focus on fatigue as a factor—and it’s often extremely difficult to know just what role it plays when it comes to vehicle crashes, fireground injuries, or medical errors. One thing is clear, however: employee fatigue impacts every fire department, no matter how big or small, or what type of shift schedule. It’s an issue that no fire chief should ignore.

Trauma Takes Its Toll: Addressing the mental health crisis in emergency services

Amidst growing concern about the mental health of EMS professionals, a Fitch & Associates’ Ambulance Service Manager Program Project Team recently surveyed more than 4,000 EMS and fire professionals about critical stress, suicide, and available support and resources.1 The results were stark.

Safety Management Systems in EMS: An Implementation Guide

Our peers in helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) have been catching a lot of flack in the media recently, due to several high-profile incidents and government investigations. Maybe you’ve been thinking, Thank goodness it’s them, not us. But what are you doing to achieve the safest environment for your staff and patients? You may find my opinion harsh or even critical, but I don’t see much activity at the grassroots level in making ground EMS operations safer. There seems to be an intense focus on “the box,” meaning the area behind the ambulance cab, but not much activity out of (and beyond) the box. Where are the vision, the commitment, the tools and the passion to meet our guiding mission, “First do no harm”?
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