Forty years in, Jay Fitch reflects on leadership in EMS

A veteran EMS leader shares some of the most valuable leadership lessons he has learned in more than four decades of serving patients, communities and the profession

By Jay Fitch, PhD

It’s hard to imagine where the time has gone. Being asked to write this article gave me pause and required a bit of reflection on the elapsed time between being a fresh face volunteer firefighter-EMT and being a retired medic, no longer serving as a primary caregiver but still aspiring to influence the thinking of those who are.

Reflecting on those four decades has provided the following insights that I hope a new generation of leaders can learn something from.

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