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The Human(e) Side of SSM

My first real exposure to System Status Management (SSM) occurred more than 10 years ago in a„California system. It was my good fortune to be a brand-new field supervisor, less than a week on the job, when SSM was implemented.

Posted Monday, August 27, 2007

ÎBrilliantÌ Clipboard

Whether youÌre keeping notes at a nighttime MCI or just obtaining the signature on a 3 a.m. refusal form, lighting your clipboard can be an irritating challenge.

Posted Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Atlanta becomes a template for improving EMS

When Atlanta's emergency medical system needed rescuing, Mayor Shirley Franklin started performing CPR -- in more ways than one.

Posted Monday, August 20, 2007

Vicious circle ensnares volunteer responders

Being a first responder like a firefighter or emergency medical responder has its perks. Then there is reality. The compensation for putting your life on the line and saving others doesn't match up.

Posted Sunday, August 19, 2007

With Minor Exceptions, System Worked

Minnesota officials said the emergency response to the deadly failure of a major bridge in Minneapolis went smoothly with the exception of some communications glitches, in an event that is being viewed as a good test of a large regional city's ability to respond to terrorist attack or natural disaster.

Posted Monday, August 6, 2007

FICEMS Gets Down to Work

The Federal Interagency Committee on EMS held its second meeting June 26, drawing high-level government officials into a two-hour meeting where they assigned projects to several federal workgroups.

Posted Thursday, August 2, 2007

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Negotiations Avert AMR Strike

AMR and NEMSA reached an agreement during contract negotiations on Sunday, which averted a strike that would have kept EMS professionals in three„New England streets off their ambulances on Monday.

Posted Monday, July 30, 2007

Officials prepare for strike by EMTs

About 1,000 employees of a private ambulance company that serves 40 communities in Maine, New Hampshire, and Eastern Massachusetts are threatening to strike

Posted Sunday, July 29, 2007

EMS Workers Reach Tentative Contract Agreement - BOSTON

BOSTON -- There will be no strike on Monday after Colorado-based American Medical Response reached a tentative agreement with EMS workers in eastern Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire.

Posted Sunday, July 29, 2007


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