The Best of 2011

2011 was a big year for me and a big year for EMS in the New Decade.  Born from some ideas discussed over a few beers in Baltimore was The First Responders Blogging Network, and I was fortunate enough to be one of its first members which brought about my domain move from Blogspot to

While as of late there were a few technical glitches, I saw a number of visits and got some great comments, so I decided to share with you the top five articles viewed by you, the reader.  For those new to the blog, I welcome you to check out content that you have not yet seen.  For the faithful readers that have been with me all year, I invite you revisit some of this year’s most viewed and share your thoughts on them.

5.  A Punch in the Gut – In July, the Baltimore Fire Department’s EMS Training Center was shut down.  Read my thoughts on that here.

4.  IntuBrite Laryngoscope BladesAs part of my involvement with the Podcasting Studio at EMS Expo in Las Vegas, I was able to choose what I felt was the most innovative product on the show floor.  Here is my selection.

3.  A Call to VolunteersOver the course of the last year and a half, I have become quite vocal about the New Jersey State First Aid Council and their efforts to bust EMS in New Jersey back to the stone age.  Here is one of those articles.

2.  EMS in New Jersey – A Call for ActionHere is yet another view of EMS in New Jersey, this one dealing directly with NJ State Bill S-818 and my thoughts on it.  Again, this was a very hot topic this year, and I invite you to read this, especially if you are a New Jersey EMT.

1.  Goodnight, ALCOOn October 31st 2011, AMR Alameda County closed their doors.  A lot of great paramedics and EMTs were forced to find other work in different counties or hop on board with the county’s new provider.  I owe a lot to the folks out in ALCO.  This is my tribute to them.

With 2012 just a couple of days away, it is tough to say goodbye to 2011.  It was a year of personal growth for me as a supervisor, a paramedic, a writer, and a member of the EMS community.  I am excited to see where 2012 takes me, and I hope you join me here at for the ride.

Happy New Year, everyone!