Podcasts

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Episode 1: Paramedic and FTO Greg Edwards is my first guest. Part 1 of our chat learn how Greg decided to become involve in EMS. I hope you enjoy.

Episode 2: Paramedic Edwards part 2 of our conversation.

Episode 3: Dr. Jefferson Williams is my guest. Dr. Williams is the Deputy Medical Director of the Wake County EMS System. 

Episode 4: This is a short podcast as I talk about Paramedic Sal Ramirez’s unexpected death and his beginnings at Cary Area EMS, followed by the tribute by the Wake County EMS System End of Watch.

Episode 5:  Jeff Hammerstein is the Chief of Community Outreach/EMS from Wake County EMS  and discusses his career and how the unique way he became the system’s PIO.

Episode 6: Cary Area EMS’s Division Chief Tammy Patton Tammy hails from Kentucky and learn how she made it to North Carolina and her path to Cary Area EMS. 

Episode 7: There are people in your career that play an important role. Todd Stout was one for me. I met Todd when I was working for the City of Pittsburgh and was looking to advance my career. I hope you enjoy our conversation. I did. 

Episode 8: Wake County EMS Division’s Paramedic Avery Brown joins me this week to discuss his unique path to the Wake County EMS System. http://www.spreaker.com/user/medic2medic/avery-brown

Episode 9: Paramedic Quincy Harris joins me in studio (my office) to tell his path to EMS and Cary Area EMS. There are 2 parts to the podcast. Click here for Part 2

Episode 10: Dr. Walt Stoy gave me my first teaching job in EMS at the Center for Emergency Medicine. Doctor Stoy is internationally renowned for his efforts in EMS and Emergency Medicine and is recognized by his peers and colleagues as a groundbreaker and national leader in the field of EMS education. 

Episode 11: Steve Wirth is a founding partner of Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, LLC and is one of the best known EMS attorneys and consultants in the United States. Listen and learn about Steve’s first encounter with the great Jim Page. 

Episode 12: Justine Hollingshead is a volunteer and an Officer at Cary Area EMS. Justine wears many hats at Cary Area EMS. When she is not volunteering, she is the Chief of Staff for the Vice Chancellor and Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at North Carolina State University. She just received a prestigious 2015 Governor’s Award For Excellence.

Episode 13: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P, is the Editor-in-Chief of JEMS, the Journal of Emergency Medical Services. See how Jim Page and AJ met as well as learning about AJ’s roots in my home State of Pennsylvania. 

Episode 14: Marion Houle is an EMS veteran and a Division Chief at Cary Area EMS. Marion grew up in Canada and made is way to South Florida then to North Carolina. Listen to his adventure and how he began is EMS career.

Episode 15: Bradley Wilson is an award winning photo journalist, college professor and was a great volunteer for Cary Area EMS.

Episode 16: Steven J. Davidson,MD is one of my mentors talks about his journey in EMS and Emergency Medicine, the birth of a speciality and EMS in Philadelphia. 

Episode 17: Chief Tant is a veteran of the Wake County EMS System and he kicks off 2016’s Medic2Medic Podcast.

Episode 18: Joe Bourgraf is the CEO of Ferno. See how Ferno was started and learn about the new Integrated Patient Transport Systems coming to EMS.

Episode 19: Mike Yee and I worked the busiest Medic Unit in the City of Pittsburgh. We reminisce about our days on Medic 5 and the closeness that partners have together.

Episode 20:Chris Colangelo is the Chief Operating Officer for Wake County EMS. Chris’s path to this position starts outside Hampton Roads VA and hear how he makes his way to North Carolina and Wake County.

Episode 21: Greg Friese, MS, NRP, is Editor-in-Chief of EMS1.com. He is an educator, author, paramedic, and marathon runner. We talk about how EMS1.com got started as well as a hot button topic as ballistic vests for EMS providers.

Episode 22: David Lindell has over 40 years of EMS experience as a provider, educator, flight medic and leader. Listen to his story of being part of Freedom House Ambulance Service and part of the first class of Paramedics to be hired by the City of Pittsburgh. 

Episode 23: Dr. Paris is a pioneer in EMS, an innovator and one of the biggest supporters of EMTs and Paramedics. He also has a strong opinion on where EMS is going. Dr. Paris a long with Dr. Ron Stewart were a crucial in the early success of the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS. I finally get a chance to say thank you to Dr. Paris for something he did for my family.

Episode 24Kevin Hazzard worked as a paramedic from 2004 to 2013, primarily at Grady Hospital in Atlanta.  He is the author of A Thousand Naked Strangers. The book provides an inside look into Kevin’s journey in EMS. We talk about his transition from journalist to Paramedic and his thoughts on EMS today.

Episode 25: Jon Olson is the Deputy Director, Chief of Operations for Wake County EMS. Jon has 28 years of EMS experience that included being a former Chief of Cary Area EMS. A few years back a Tornado struck Wake County and Jon was right in the middle of the operation. Listen to him describe his thoughts and the story behind this incident. Jon grew up in Western Pennsylvania and is a Steeler fan.

Special Edition Erin Cohen: Erin and I discuss what it is like to be married to an EMS provider and you hear how we met. Erin is a Real Estate agent and offers a great program if you are buying or selling a home. Hometown Heroes is an organization designed to give back to those who help make our communities a better place to live by offering real savings. Listen to hear more about this program and get a small glance into support she has provided me during my career.  Hometown Heroes Link 

Episode 26: Peter Dworsky and I went to Hahnemann University (now Drexel University) and graduated from their EMS Degree Program. We talk about those early days of the program, his career path and interest in safety for EMS providers. For the past 12 years Peter has been working for MONOC Mobile Health Services in New Jersey as the Corporate Director of Support Services. He also spent 18 years working as a field paramedic in New York City. He is also a two time recipient of the JEMS EMS 10 Innovation Award.

Episode 27: Doug Widmer is a Paramedic and Deputy Chief at Medical Rescue Team South Authority (MRTSA) in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. Doug knew when he was 5 that he wanted to be in EMS and he has the proof. Listen to how he got started as a volunteer, being a dispatcher at 16 and how his career path landed him in my old office at MRTSA.

Episode 28: Alexander Garza MD, MPH is the Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and and Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) and is board certified in Emergency Medicine. In addition, he is the Medical Director and Homeland Security advisor for FirstWatch Inc, a data and quality improvement software company in Encinitas, CA focusing on emergency responders. Dr. Garza was appointed by President Obama as the Assistant Secretary and Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. He is a Colonel of the US Army Reserves. 

Episode 29: Medical Rescue Team South’s Paramedic David Terkel is my guest. David is longtime resident of Mt. Lebanon, PA and started serving the community in 1995. He is part of the Allegheny County HMMR (HazMat Medical) team. The team is the medical support for the county HazMat team. David and I discuss numerous topics, which David has some strong opinions and thoughts. We talk about him being assaulted and how he handled the aftermath.

Episode 30: Randolph Mantooth and the TV Show Emergency has influenced countless of people to become EMTs, Paramedics and Firefighters. I am one of those countless people. For our 30th Episode, I was lucky to have him as a guest. Mr. Mantooth is a well known speaker at conferences and advocate for EMS and the fire profession. Mr. Mantooth and I talk about his acting career, how he was selected to play Johnny Gage, the impact of the show, his relationship with Kevin Tighe, an inside look on of the production and set of the show. Mr. Mantooth also provides his thoughts on the state of EMS today and his thoughts on a reunion show.
Episode 31:Dan Swayze is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania and is widely considered one of the earliest pioneers of community paramedicine. Dan has been in Emergency Medical Services and has been involved in EMS for more than 30 years. In addition to receiving several local and state EMS awards, in 2014 he received national recognition by JEMS and Physio-Control as an EMS10: Innovators in EMS award for his work with the CONNECT Community Paramedic project in Pittsburgh.
Episode 32Gene Lambert retired after 31 years working for Wake County EMS. In those 31 years, Gene held different positions from Paramedic to Training Chief. Gene’s dedication to public service was spurred by the tragic death of his sister, a nurse, when he was 12 years old. Listen to Gene’s stories on how he went from law enforcement to EMS and arrived first at an airplane crash. We also talk about his days when he was the Chief of a Rescue Squad and how he became the Chief.
Episode 33: Lynn Nowak is a paramedic and volunteer for Cary Area EMS. Lynn has been volunteering with Cary Area EMS since 1995. Listen how a different subject path in school guided her to EMS. We talk about how another service missed out on her sprit to volunteer and how Cary Area EMS gained a dedicated volunteer.
Episode 34: Mike Taigman has over 41 years working as an EMT, paramedic, QI manager and General Manager. He is currently the Improvement Guide for FirstWatch Solutions. Mike has written over 600 articles and published a book on EKG interpretation. Mike has taken his leadership and QI abilities all over the United States, Canada and the Middle East. We talk about our connection toTodd Stout and similar career paths as well as other interesting topics in EMS.

Episode 35: Jonathan Washko as been involved in the EMS industry for over 30 years and has held progressive leadership position with small, medium and large EMS systems in government. Mr. Washko is considered the leading industry expert on EMS system design, High Performance EMS concepts and Industry Best Practices. Jon was one of my classmates at Hahnemann and knew from the first time I met him that he would great for EMS.

Episode 36:Todd Pritchard is the Chief of Medical Rescue Team South Authority, an EMS agency serving six communities just south of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Todd began his career with MRTSA as a volunteer in 1985 after graduating from California University of Pennsylvania. Todd was promoted to Chief of MRTSA in 2007. We talk about his journey to from being unsure if EMS was the right path for him and how he became Chief. We talk about the challenges that are facing EMS today. 

Episode 37Dr. Winslow is the State EMS Medical Director for North Carolina. We talk about how he became the Medical Director, protocols and the responsibilities of this position. There is a strong emphasis on collaborating and involving stakeholders in the process of EMS in North Carolina. Dr. Winslow’s main goal is to help insure high quality of emergency care to the people of North Carolina. 

Episode 38: Kris Kaull is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in public safety both as a clinician and business professional. Kris was the founder of EMS1.com. Kris began his career in public safety as a firefighter and EMT. Kris is passionate about EMS and technology and you can hear this during our conversation. We talk about leadership qualities and you will be surprised about quality Kris thinks is the most important. We also talk about what gets Kris’s creative juices going.

Episode 39: Christopher Stawasz is AMR’s Regional Director for New Hampshire and Maine. Christopher was born and raised in New Hampshire and was one of the first practicing paramedics in the state. We talk about the opioid crisis that is hitting New Hampshire and how EMS is combating the epidemic. There is a program in New Hampshire to place Narcan in the schools. Listen to how the EMS crews handled the change in allowing non EMS persons administer Narcan.

Episode 40: Mike Prevatte is a Division Chief at Cary Area EMS. Mike started out as a volunteer for Cary Area EMS in 2003. His journey and interest in EMS started way before when he was Boy Scout. He is an Eagle Scout too. Mike Prevatte’s journey from Eagle Scout to Division Chief is an interesting story. Besides heading up Cary Area EMS’s Training Division, being a Shift Supervisor, he also serves as a Tactical Paramedic for the Wake County EMS System.

Episode 41: Skip Kirkwood currently serves as the Director of Emergency Medical Services and Chief Paramedic in Durham County North Carolina. He has been involved in EMS since 1973, as an EMT, paramedic, supervisor educator, manager, consultant, state EMS director, and chief EMS officer. A frequent speaker at regional and national EMS conferences, Skip is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
We talk about his Navy beginnings and how the Field Training Officer Program came about.

Episode 42: If you every wondered if you could be in EMS and be an entrepreneur then this podcast is for you. Jayme Burgman joins me this week to discuss his EMS career and how he went from Paramedic to entrepreneur. Jayme has a history in both entrepreneurial ventures and corporate executive management roles requiring high-level expertise in business development, operations and finance. We also talk about the on-going battle on who had the busiest ambulance in the City of Pittsburgh (Medic 5).

Episode 43: William Miller has experience in the provision of EMS, EMS Education,fire and rescue services that now spans more than 40 years. Bill’s start was in small town in Pennsylvania to a career with the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS to his current position as Physician Assistant. Bill is also one of the nicest person you will ever meet. Bill and I met when I was hired by the City of Pittsburgh and he was one of the Training Assistants who had to teach us everything from the culture of the City EMS to climbing up and down bridges. With me it was a challenge for Bill and his partner Roy Cox. I had no experience in rescue or climbing. Listen to Bill and I talk about those days as well as Bill’s first experience as volunteer firefighter and the impact it has had on his life.

Episode 44: Paul Falavolito is the Chief of White Oak EMS outside of Pittsburgh. Chief Falavolitio begin his EMS career at Medical Rescue Team South Authority in 1997. Chief Falavolito is an innovator leader with numerous successes during his career. He created a state certified wilderness Search and Rescue Team and has authored articles that have appeared in public safety magazines.  Besides being a professional photographer (listen how Garth Brooks played a role) one of his bold new projects is Faces of EMS. This project is a wall exhibit of current EMS providers, which is being used for awareness and to celebrate the field of EMS. Chief Falavolito is also the host of his own podcast called EMS Talk, which launched a few weeks ago.  

Episode 45: Lisa McDougall knew when she was 7 and had freak accident that she wanted to be an emergency medicine physician. Listen how EMS became her career path. Lisa is an Advance Practice Paramedic (APP) for Wake County EMS and the Wake County EMS System. Besides being an APP she is on the PTSD team and you will find out how she helped me and Cary Area EMS through a difficult time when Paramedic Ramirez died suddenly. You can her during our conversation the passion Lisa has for EMS and the APP Program.

Episode 46: Do we need to wear gloves with every patient encounter? Is EMS education behind the times when it comes to educating EMTs and Paramedics regarding infectious diseases? You came to the right podcast for answers. Katherine West joins the podcast and we talk about all kinds topics related to infectious disease. Katherine West has been working in the field of infection control since 1975. She lectures both nationally and internationally on this topic. She has served as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health. She is the author of Infectious Disease Handbook for Emergency Care Personnel, now in its third edition.

Episode 47: What would it be like to be put in charge of an EMS department of a major city at the ripe age of 24? My guest Jay Fitch had this honor and listen how this came about and the challenges he faced. Jay is the Founding Partner and President of Fitch and Associates and host of the Pinnacle EMS Leadership and Management Conference held in July. Jay is internationally recognized for leadership as a consultant, educator and innovator in the fields of EMS and public safety. We talk about his start in EMS, his journey to being one of the first paramedics trained in the USA, his leadership style and his mentors.

Episode 48: Daniel (Danny) Cline is my guest and his EMS career began as an EMT in 1988. Danny has been a provider, educator, trainer and chief. You name a position in EMS, Danny has done it. He is respected among his peers as a medic, educator, chief and hockey player. We discuss his path from the north to the south. He tells a story that he said he has never told anyone. Listen how he came to Cary Area EMS and find out why he is so focus on learning everything he can. Danny is currently a Critical Care Paramedic at Rex/UNC Healthcare.

Episode 49: Baxter Larmon is a Professor of Medicine at UCLA School of Medicine and the Director of UCLA’s Center for Prehospital Care. After 35 years at UCLA, Baxter is retiring on July 1. Baxter has long history of EMS service and loves research and education. We talk about his astonishing career, some of his mentors and what he will doing next.

Episode 50Dr. Bryan Bledsoe is an emergency physician, researcher and EMS author. He is Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas. He is the author of numerous EMS textbooks and has over 1 million books in print. We talk about what is like to be an ER physician in Las Vegas and a few interesting cases he has seen. We discuss the state of EMS today and his view of Community Paramedicine. 

Episode 51: Michael Gannon began his EMS career in 1979 as a volunteer at Medical Rescue Team South Authority (MRTSA). In 1981 was hired as a full time Paramedic. Today he is the EMS Program Coordinator at Allegheny General Hospital. Mike is an award winning educator, a patient’s and Paramedic best friend with his skills and knowledge. During our conversation learn how I played minor role in Mike’s move from MRTSA to his current position. Mike also talks about his first call at MRTSA that you will want to hear.
Episode 52: Michael Touchstone is the Regional Director of the Philadelphia Regional Office of EMS, a Fire Paramedic Services Chief in the Philadelphia Fire Department (PFD) and the President of the National EMS Management Association. Mike was one of the first Paramedics in the PFD that was not a firefighter first. We will discuss how that came about and what that was like. We talk about his cooking and it’s role during those early days in the fire station. Mike is passionate about education for EMS providers and leaders. If you are brand new supervisor you want to hear MIke’s advice on what you need to know. Mike is a frequent speaker at local and national conferences on leadership and management.

Episode 53: Harold Cohen before retiring from Baltimore County Fire had 35 years of experience with the County and 22 years as Division Chief for EMS. Harold since retiring from the Baltimore County, continues his ability to educate and train new leaders in EMS as a college professor and educator at the National Fire Academy. When he is not teaching he is a Senior Project Manager for SPC/TriData. Harold discusses his early interest and start in the public safety arena. We have a great discussion about leadership and what leaders of EMS should be thinking about today. Harold and I talk about the mentor he was (and still is) to me early in my career and what it meant.Episode 54: Mike Kobneck is President of Novum Concepts Ltd. Mike has developed an APP called BioPhone that capture images and securely send them to a base client such as an Emergency Room from the field. Before the business side struck Mike, he was a paramedic with Denver Health and AMR. We talk about why he developed and how BioPhone works as well as what led him to leave the field to create the APP? His focus is to improve the quality of systems and tools used by paramedics.

Episode 55: William Sukitch is a Paramedic with over 24 years of experience in EMS. His path to EMS started while in college. We talk about his early days in EMS and what drove him to join the Navy. In the Navy, Bill was a combat medic. Bill talks openly about about those times and the affect his career in the military had on him. The PTSD that he experiences and how he handles it hopefully will help others. Bill met his wife at Medical Rescue Team South Authority (I had a small part in this), and is a full time Paramedic at Medical Rescue Team Authority.

Episode 56: Mic Gunderson has over 40 years of experience in EMS, leadership and clinical roles. Listen how he goes from a film and photography interest as a career, to the military to EMS. It is a great story. He is currently the Director of Clinical Systems in the Quality and Health Technology Division of the American Heart Association. Mic has authored numerous journal articles. Mic and I meet way back when I was working in Philadelphia, which we touch on during our conversation. See how many people in our careers that we have in common that have influenced our careers. 

Episode 57Deborah Stein has 24 plus years in EMS and currently is an Instructor at the University North Carolina teaching the AHA programs. Before joining UNC, Deborah was a member of my officer corps at Cary Area EMS. She was Shift Supervisor, headed up our Training Department and was a Division Chief. We discuss those beginning days of my tenure, which you will find very interesting. We talk about Cary Area EMS, her beginnings in EMS and the changes at Cary Area EMS.
Episode 58: Dr. Bill Atkinson was one of the first paramedic students in North Carolina. Bill has held several leadership roles in and out of EMS. He has held numerous President and CEO positions in healthcare, with his last being at WakeMed Health Hospitals in Raleigh, NC. Bill sits on the NC EMS Advisory Council and is an active consultant. We talk about his early days in EMS and how he chose to move toward hospital leadership rather than EMS, though EMS was never far from his reach. We also discuss his unique leadership style and why he is a strong EMS advocate.
Episode 59: Rick SyWassink is an experienced individual with over 30 years experience in death investigation, forensic science, and autopsy protocol. As well as 15 years of adjunct and full time teaching experience at the college level. We discuss crime scene management by EMS, we touch on the violence that is occurring within the EMS community and he takes us through a murder case that took years to solve.

Episode 60: Wendell Hissrich is the Public Safety Director for the City of Pittsburgh. Wendell’s experience includes EMS, Fire and Law Enforcement. His career path includes the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS and many years in the FBI. While in the FBI, Wendell was involved with strategic management of the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) program for field coordination in the 56 field divisions with a focus on WMD operational response and investigations, both domestically and internationally. We talk about how the FBI integrated EMTs and Paramedics into the agency. We discuss the challenges he faces as the Director and our connection to Medic 5.

Episode 61: One of the most difficult topics this podcast has discussed. The suicide problem that is occurring within the EMS profession. This week’s I talk with the founder of the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA) Jeff Dill. FBHA is dedicated to educating EMS, Police and Fire on suicide awareness. It is the only known organization that collects and validates data on FF/EMT suicides across the Unites States. Jeff besides being a retired Fire Captain holds a MS in Counseling.Suicide of Public Safety Providers, especially in EMS unfortunately is in the news on a regular basis. Just this week EMS1.com ran another article on the subject. We discuss how the organization got its start. We talk about suicide in EMS, what are some of the signs we should be looking for and how important that we educate our public safety family.
Episode 62: Medic2Medic Podcast goes Hollywood this week. Dr. Neal Baer is a pediatrician and television writer who combines his passion for medicine and storytelling. Prior to his work as Executive Producer and Showrunner for Under the Dome, Dr. Baer was Executive Producer and Showrunner of Law and Order: Special
Victims Unit for eleven seasons. Dr. Baer was also a Writer and Producer of the NBC hit series ER for its first seven seasons, where he received five Emmy nominations as a producer and two for writing.
We discuss how he goes from Medical School to ER. We talk a lot about ER and how the ideas for that show came about and how the medicine goes from the written pages to the actors and how it looks so real. Dr. Baer gives an inside look on how medicine and TV work. 
Episode 63: Amy Eisenhauer started her EMS career in 1995. Her entrance into EMS is unusual and a good story. Amy is contributing author for EMS World magazine and has an interactive blog on EMS at TheEMSSiren.com. She speaks nationwide on subjects like hoarding, career development and provider wellbeing.
We talk about all of the above and how her blog and writing started (another interesting story). Amy likes to teach and educate on different EMS subjects. Amy will be a Speaker at the North Carolina EMS State Conference this October.
Episode 64: Sgt Eric Sweden from the Raleigh Police Department joins me this week. Sgt Sweden is our first police officer to be on the podcast. We talk about the training he did for the Wake County EMS System regarding verbal judeo. Before we get to that topic we banter about his beginnings in public safety. Sgt Sweden was a firefighter, EMT and Paramedic. He even worked as a Paramedic for Wake County EMS. You can tell Sgt Sweden is passionate about his career choices and he tells us about two patients that had an impact on him. Our other topics include violence to EMS providers, we touch on ballistic vests and a few pointers on how to deescalate a scene and safety for EMS providers.

Episode 65: Dr. Jose G. Cabanas is a board-certified emergency medicine and EMS physician with a particular expertise on prehospital systems of care, continuous quality improvement and resuscitation. Dr. Cabanas is the incoming Director/Medical Director for Wake County EMS in Wake County, North Carolina. Dr. Cabanas currently serves as a member of the National AHA ECC Systems of Care committee and Mission Lifeline Resuscitation Committee. He also serves as Member-at-Large for Board of Directors NAEMSP. In addition to his interest in the practice of prehospital medicine, Dr. Cabanas has an interest in clinical research and regularly publishes scientific articles on a number of topics in EMS, Emergency Medicine and Resuscitation.We discuss his early interest and start in emergency care, his leadership style and Dr. Cabanas reveals a few unknown facts about himself during our conversation. We discuss what is upcoming in EMS as well as in the Wake County EMS System.

Episode 66: Steve Daniels is the co-anchor of ABC11 Eyewitness News at 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 11:00 pm Monday-Friday. Steve also anchors ABC11 Eyewitness News at 10 pm weeknights on CW22. In addition, Steve anchors Breaking News coverage from the Breaking News Center. Steve joined ABC11 Eyewitness News in June, 1999. Before coming to WTVD, Steve was a correspondent for “Dateline NBC”. Steve traveled the country and the world interviewing newsmakers and reporting stories for the national newsmagazine program. Steve also appeared on the “Today” show, “NBC Nightly News”, MSNBC, and CNBC. We talk about how the news covers public safety? How public safety is treated in the media? We discuss where he was during 9/11. Steve provides us with a behind the scenes look on story development and breaking news. We have fun talking his first job as a reporter and where he went to school to study journalism.
Episode 67: Ryan Stark is an associate attorney with Page, Wolfberg & Wirth. His concentration is with HIPAA, Labor, Medicare reimbursement and related areas of the law that affect the EMS industry. Our discussion surrounded the use of Body Camera use within the EMS community. Ryan answers the question that comes up any time you mention Body Cameras and EMS: Is it a HiPAA violation? The discussion leads to the pros and cons of body camera uses by EMTs and Paramedics. If you are Chief or Administrator, what do you need to set up a Body Camera program in your organization? How do you get the “buy in” from your staff and the public? Ryan answers these questions and more.
Episode 68: What do do when you mix a pilot and paramedic? Drew Baird is the answer and he is my guest this week on the podcast. Drew always wanted to put his passion of flying and EMS together and he knew it way back when in high school. Learn how this all began as well as Drew talks about his first call in EMS. We discuss his new venture Vector AeroMed. This aeromedical company flies patients all over the eastern 2/3 of the United States, Canada, Caribbean and Latin America. Through a partnership with Children’s Flight of Hope, Vector AeroMed provides a great number of trips to kids traveling for specialty treatment of various illnesses free of charge to the families. We talk about Drew’s entrepreneurial spirit and his love of teaching within the EMS community.
Episode 69: Everitt Binns has 50 years of EMS experience. That is a lot of years and time in this profession. He has held all positions and he is currently the EMS Chief for Grand View Health is Sellersville Pennsylvania. HIs experience as a leader, executive and professor has provided his employees, students and the EMS world with a wealth of knowledge and teachable moments.  Ev as he likes to be called was one of my professors at Hahnemann University (now Drexel) and provided me with not just education, but lots of wisdom. We discuss Ev’s leadership style, how he got into EMS, what I was like as a student and many other topics.

Episode 70: A Special Pink Edition of the podcast. A year ago our friend and colleague from Cary Area EMS Division Chief Tammy Patton was diagnosed with breast cancer. Tammy joins me for a second time on the podcast to talk about her journey, her positive attitude and how the EMS community rallied around her. Check out this album of the fundraiser held for Tammy.

Episode 71: David Page, MS, NRP, is the director of the Prehospital Care Research Forum at UCLA and field paramedic with Allina EMS in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. He is an adjunct Senior Lecturer and PhD candidate at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. David was awarded the prestigious Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Educator of the Year in 2011. He was also recognized as one of the 2012 EMS 10 Innovators for his role in creating the Saint Paul Fire Department’s EMS academy and Freedom House BLS unit. We discuss all the above and more. David is my third Eagle Scout to be a guest on the podcast. Is there a correlation between scouting and EMS? We talk about his first EMS call, which is one heck of a first call. David mentions what it was like to meet James Page for the first time. There is a great conversation about diversity and EMS.

Episode 72: It is the night before Halloween and simulation is the name of the game. Is practicing and pretending is a good way to learn? We will find out. Amar Patel is the Director of the Center for Innovative Learning at WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is responsible for integrating technology-based education to include human patient simulation, healthcare gaming, and hybrid learning methodologies. Amar is a nationally registered paramedic, firefighter as well as the expert in patient simulations. So everything you want to know about the how, because and why we use simulation in EMS is discussed this week on the podcast.
Episode 73: Jason Friesen is the Founder and Director of Trek Medics International. Trek Medics International is a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to developing prehospital and emergency care in low and middle income countries. Jason is a paramedic with entrepreneurial spirit and has been working in international development since 2003. He is originally from the NYC-area and has spent many years living in Central America, the Caribbean and Europe, working for a number of recognized international humanitarian organizations including Project HOPE where he was the Haiti Country Director until mid-2012. We discuss how he got started in EMS and all about Trek Medic International. Jason is using technology (Beacon) in certain countries that allow the EMS providers to use their cell phones to respond to emergencies, ask for more resources and notifying the hospitals. How do you make a pitch to country’s leaders that your organization is the right one for them? Jason answeres this question and more this week on Medic2Medic.
Episode 74: Jean Bail is the Director, Disaster Medicine and Management at Philadelphia University. Jean is a dedicated teacher, educator, paramedic, nurse and mentor. If it was not for Jean, this podcaster would of never graduated from college. It was a little EMS program at Hahnemann University, where our paths crossed. I was struggling as a college student up to this point. I was about to start a new job as supervisor in the City of Brotherly Love. Jean accepted me in the EMS Degree program and the rest is history. Jean and I talk about how she got the program started, the early days, the great faculty and her interest in EMS and infection control. We might mention some of my past podcast guests and what kind of students they (me) were like. A good discussion on leadership and education in EMS is included.  
Episode 75: FBI, City of Pittsburgh EMS, diving the murky waters of the 3 Rivers, and EMS are some of the topics that are on the podcast this week. Kurt Gardner has been in EMS for over 30 years. He became an EMT in 1985 and was a volunteer for Medical Rescue Team South in the south suburbs of Pittsburgh PA. He became a Paramedic in 1987 and was hired as a Paramedic by the City of Pittsburgh in 1988. While with the City of Pittsburgh, Kurt also served on the city’s HAZMAT team and was a Master Diver with the River Rescue. Following the September 2001 attacks, the Commonwealth established an in state Urban Search and Rescue team and the City of Pittsburgh was an integral part of that team. Kurt served as Medical Team Manager. Kurt retired after 21 years in the city to take a position within the FBI to provide specialized medical support. In his current position with the FBI, he is a Weapons of Mass Destruction Specialist. We discuss all the above and how the FBI uses Paramedics in the Bureau.  
Episode 76: Did you ever look in the mirror and say enough is enough? This week Daniel Mills, a 14 year veteran of the fire and EMS world tells his story about looking in the mirror. Daniel is the founder of 911 Buddy Check. Daniel is a veteran of the US Navy where he served as a Fleet Marine Force Corpsman with the United States Marine Corp for 8 years. He is currently a Flight Medic in Alabama. 
His story has twists and turns that include difficult subjects like addiction, suicide and PTSD. A dog and mirror play a pivotal role in the unbelievable turnaround of his story and what he does now to help others. 
Daniel is passionate 911 Buddy Check and making sure the public safety family has somewhere to turn when they are in trouble. His story is incredible and I was honored to speak with him.  
Episode 77: Gene Starzenski is the Producer and Director of the documentary Freedom House. Freedom House Ambulance was started in Pittsburgh and was the precursor to the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS. Before Gene produced this wonderful documentary, he served as the Medic Advisor and Set Medic on hundreds of television shows and 50 films. Some of his films include The Dark Knight Rises, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Pearl Harbor and Jaws 2. He started his EMS career in 1971 in Pittsburgh. Please pay attention to Gene’s beginning and how he learned to work the stretcher?
Gene is a great storyteller and our podcast includes behind the scenes of some of my favorite television shows and stars. We also learn about the story behind the almost TV Series based on the film Mother, Jugs, and Speed. You will hear his passion, determination and the ups and downs to make the documentary and his EMS career.
Episode 78: Cary Area EMS’s own Christian Heinrich joins me this week on the podcast. Christian has over 20 years of service with Cary Area EMS starting as a volunteer and moving up the career ladder to his current position as Division Chief. Christian was not heading towards a career in EMS, but like so many of us he got the “bug”. Christian talks about his early days in EMS and volunteering in Virginia, why he moved to Raleigh and how he ended up at Cary Area EMS? We talk leadership style, he provides insight with the 2001 recruitment of a new chief and jumpsuits.
Episode 79: Dr. Spiro is the Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of ReelDx. He is the former Fellowship Director and Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Using real patient video, he led efforts to raise 5 million dollars of philanthropy to open the first Pediatric Emergency Department at OHSU in 2009. He received his MD at University of California San Francisco and worked as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine prior to his current appointment at OHSU. Dr. Spiro is passionate about disseminating the use of case-based, flipped classroom learning using HIPAA compliant real patient video. We discuss how Reel Dx came about and how do you receive permission from the patient in an emergency to videotape their illness? Reel Dx is being used in training programs in EMS as well as in Medical School.

Episode 80: Eric Bernard is a Pittsburgh, PA native beginning his public safety career as a volunteer EMT in the Pittsburgh suburbs (Swissvale) starting at the age of 15. That is how we meet. Only a few people call me Stevie and Eric is one. In 2004, he was selected as the first executive director for the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association where he continues today. Eric works directly with the County Fire Chief, County Executive, County Council, and the public representing the needs, efforts, and work of the over 2,400 volunteer, fire, rescue and EMS professionals in 19 local volunteer fire and rescue departments of the County. He served in the United States Navy as a combat airborne medic and emergency/healthcare provider both as a US Navy hospital corpsman and later as a medical officer for eight years, including assignments supporting Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Our discussion goes from how we meet, jumping out of planes, leadership, EMS and much more.

Episode 81 Chief Lloyd Parker: The podcast goes international this week as my guest works in Kuwait. Chief Lloyd Parker since June of 2011 has served as the Chief of Emergency Medical Services for the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates, Department of Emergency Medicine for the US Army Central Command Bases in the State of Kuwait. Chief Parker has served in leadership roles at eleven Type I Incidents (Haiti, Florida Wildfires, Tornadoes, and Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina to name a few). Chief Parker worked on National Security Special Events like the Obama Presidential Inauguration and 4th of July in Washington DC. Our discussion includes how EMS works in Kuwait and the pros and cons on being a Paramedic in Kuwait. We touch on his career, working on the top level security events, leadership style and how he got to Kuwait.

Episode 82: Brian Behn is a Critical Care Paramedic in Colorado and is known on the Facebook Page EMSQAQI. You can say that Brian is pro QA/QI and he is a dedicated educator. Brian has spoken at State Conferences, written for EMS1.com and likes to write test questions for a well known EMS review site. Our conversation touches on all the above subjects as well as Brian takes inside a call that every EMS provider can learn from.

Episode 83:Episode 83: David Bunnell is a Paramedic whose plan was not to become a Physician Assistant. That changed and he now works as a PA at VA in Washington DC. Dave’s practice experiences include Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Medicine. Before becoming a PA, Dave was Paramedic (still has his certification in Pennsylvania) and an Organ Recovery Coordinator. Dave is very active in leadership of the Association of PAs as well as peer reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. We discuss how he got his start in EMS, his days at the Center for Emergency Medicine and Medical Rescue Team South. We spend time discussing what it is like in the operating room as PA, team leadership and a work day for Dave.

Episode 84: Chris Cebollero is the co-host of EMS1.com’s podcast Inside EMS. The podcast brings expert perspective to EMS topics, clinical issues operational and leadership lessons to EMS personnel. Chris has over 30 years of EMS experience. Chris is an internationally recognized leadership specialist, coach and bestselling author. Chris is currently the Senior Partner of his own consulting firm specializing in Leadership Development, Individual and Executive Coaching, and Organizational Process. Chris has been seen on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX speaking on the above issues. Our discussion includes his start in EMS, how he and Kelly Grayson became host of Inside EMS, his strong views on leadership and the EMS profession.

Episode 85:The podcast goes international once again. This time it is Israel. Mr. Dov Maisel is the senior Vice-President of International Operation for United Hatzalah/Untied Rescue volunteer emergency response organization. He is Combat Medic and a Company Commander (Res.) in the Israel Defense Forces and specializes in a mass disaster, rescue and recovery training for both the civilian and military arenas. He is an innovator and inventor of medical technologies and devices and is on the International Editorial Board of the Journal of  Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). Our discussion goes back to Dov’s school days and how EMS was made for him. You won’t believe the number of volunteers that United Hatzalah has responding to emergencies and who those volunteers are. Dov tells a compelling story of a terrorist attack and the unbelievable situation he faced. If you want to know how EMS works in Israel, Dov and I kibbitz (talk) about that subject too. 

Episode 86: Jane Smith is an EMS expert with over 30 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, including Public Health, Education, the Fire Service and Nonprofit business. She has worked in all ranks up to and including EMS Department head where her responsibilities included QI/QA, education and training, strategic planning and budget management. She has taught for 10 years as a tenured teacher with the Community College.  As an entrepreneur, she worked with a number of other professionals to lead a nonprofit community base Paramedic organization to become a premier educational institution to provide a voice for EMS throughout the State of California. Jane is a California paramedic and currently is a Commissioner for the California EMS Authority. She has a MA in Education and a BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Jane has a powerful story about her start in EMS and she talks about the challenges she faced both in and out of EMS. Our conversation covers politics, EMS education, EMS leaderships, EMS in San Francisco and her love for education.  

Episode 87:Tracy Levesque is a Paramedic in Ottawa,Canada where their EMS system responds to 120,000 calls a year. Tracy is a BLS Paramedic, What is BLS Paramedic,? Tracy will let us know the answer during our conversation. After 26 years on the job, Tracy is breaking a new partner. Max is a Golden Retriever and is the only Therapy Dog in Canada for EMS providers. Tracy provides all the details on how the Dog Program came about, what her colleagues think about Max and what Max has done for Ottawa EMS. Tracy and I also discuss Max’s Twitter ability (yes I follow Max and tweet with him). Besides the Dog Program, we talk about EMS in Canada. 
Episode 88: Mitchell J. Brown continues his amazing career and journey and we hear his story this week. Mitchell J. Brown’s EMS roots started in Pittsburgh. Freedom House played a significant role for Mr. Brown as a paramedic and leader. Mitchell J. Brown has held a wide variety of roles in the area of Public Safety and executive leadership positions in large government agencies. His passion and his strong commitment to excellence have been the driving force in his more than 40 years of government experience. Mr. Brown was appointed to Columbus City Council on January 11, 2016. As a member of City Council, Councilmember Brown chairs the Public Safety Committee and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. From 1996-1999, Brown served as the Director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety His accomplishments included adopting “Core Values” for the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Our conversation includes the greatness, the struggles and the politics of Freedom House. Mr. Brown talks about his memories of Dr. Peter Safar. Mr. Brown’s leadership style and our rival high schools, Core Values and his favorite football team are also on the agenda.
Episode 89: Kelly Grayson has been a Critical Care Paramedic and EMS Educator for twenty-three years. He is president of the Louisiana Association of EMS Educators and a board member of the LA Association of Nationally Registered EMTs. He currently works as a critical care paramedic for Acadian Ambulance in southwest Louisiana and as the EMS Education Coordinator for ACE4EMS. He is an award-winning columnist for EMS1.com and EMS World Magazine, and co-host of the EMS1 podcast Inside EMS. Kelly’s transition into EMS is an unique one as well he is the author of the column The Ambulance Driver. We discuss how the title and column came about and the criticism the title received. As the co-host of EMS1.com’s podcast, we talk about his co-host Chris Cebollero and how they met. Kelly has an interesting take on the future of EMS too.
Episode 90: Neil Jones: When I went to school to become a paramedic, the program was 6 months and there was no EMS degree attachment. This week we focus on EMS Education today with my guest Neil Jones. Neil is the Associate Professor and Paramedic Program Director at Community College of Allegheny College in Pittsburgh. Neil is responsible for development and teaching the curriculum for Paramedic Associate Degree and Certificate Programs. Neil with over 30 years of documented achievement and increasing responsibility in the healthcare environment. Expertise in the areas of strategic planning, fiscal planning, staff development, business plan development, medical education, disaster planning and management, emergency and pediatric emergency medicine. Recognized by peers and other leaders for a positive professional attitude, problem-solving abilities, team dynamics, leadership qualities and a strong sense of organizational commitment, purpose and mission. Neil and I discuss the changing environment in EMS education, his path into EMS and EMS Education, how we met and the future of EMS education.  

Episode 91: Scott Cravens is the the Group Publisher SouthComm Communications, which publishes EMS World. Scott entered the EMS world after 20 years in a different role in publishing. Scott also sits on the board of the National EMS Museum Foundation. This museum is dedicated to memorializing and commemorating the history of EMS and the people and organizations that provide emergency care. We discuss why Scott got involved in EMS and why he felt that he needed to become and practice as an EMT. We also discuss the competition in today’s world of EMS publishing and information.

Episode 92: Paramedic Jaime Redig from Cary Area EMS joins the podcast this week. Jaime traveled an interesting path to come to Cary Area EMS. She has lived in nine states including Alaska and spent time in Sweden. This on it’s own is interesting, but Jaime came to EMS from law enforcement. Jaime tells us how she made this decision, her love for medicine and her experience with online paramedic education.
Episode 93: Dr. Brent Myers serves as Chief Medical Officer for Evolution Health and Associate Chief Medical Officer for American Medical Response. He has deep expertise in systems of care, population health approaches and public health. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Myers served as Director and Medical Director of Emergency Medical Services for the Wake County EMS System. He currently serves as the President of the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP). Dr. Myers and I discuss how he became interested in EMS, advice he received from the retiring Wake County EMS System Medical Director, research and the politics of being a system director. We talk about his undergraduate degree decision, Evolution Health responsibilities, where EMS is going and what he misses about the Wake County EMS System
Episode 94: Matthew R. Streger is a paramedic and attorney with more than thirty years of EMS experience. Matthew is a Member (Partner) at the law firm of Keavney & Streger in New Jersey. He has worked in EMS systems in New Jersey, New York, South Carolina and Ohio. He has served as the Executive Director of Mobile Health Services (EMS) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey and the Deputy Commissioner of EMS in Cleveland. Matt has interesting take on why EMS providers should apologize to patients and he outlines this during our conversation. Matt and I met while working at Helene Fuld Medical Center in Trenton, NJ. We discuss those days working in New Jersey and how it was like Squad 51, EMS today and his new collaboration with the American Ambulance Association.
Episode 95: Bobby Hopewell, a Michigan native brings 29 years of extensive healthcare, leadership and public service experience. Today he is responsible for the day to day operation of Mobile Health Resources. He has a passion for serving and service delivery, especially as it relates to ensuring a positive impact for those being served. Previous to his hospital work, Mr. Hopewell served a combined 13 years in Emergency Medical Services leadership in West Michigan with Life EMS Ambulance, LifeCare Ambulance Service and Gull Lake Area Ambulance. In the early 1990’s Mr. Hopewell successfully led his team at Life EMS Ambulance through the inaugural Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services accreditation surveys. This achievement makes him one of the first EMS leaders in the nation to lead an accredited EMS organization. Mr. Hopewell has been a Michigan Licensed Paramedic and is presently Mayor of the City of Kalamazoo. We discuss his entrance into EMS, healthcare, leadership style and how he has uses his EMS experience in the political arena. We have a good discussion regarding employee engagement and their surveys. We talk about how he and his City of Kalamazoo worked through a critical incident. Mr. Hopewell helped Stryker Equipment in their beginning with their yellow stretchers. Listen to how this came about this week on the podcast. 
Episode 96: Jerry Overton serves as the Chair of the Board of Accreditation for the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch, the organization charged with setting standards, establishing curriculum, and conducting research for public safety dispatch worldwide.Previously, he served as the Chief Executive Officer, Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA), Richmond, Virginia, for 18 years and had overall responsibility for the internationally acclaimed performance based EMS system. Mr. Overton also served as the Chief Executive of the Kansas City, Missouri, EMS system. As an expert in EMS system design and deployment strategies, he was named one of the 20 most influential leaders in EMS by JEMS magazine.  In 2016 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of EMTs and the National Registry of EMTs. We discuss his great EMS history, work in other countries, a few good lessons he learned, his leadership style, Jack Stout and what he is doing now.
Episode 97: Lisa Giruzzi and Rob MacCue are the founders of the EMS Leadership Academy. The Academy creates leadership resources for EMS providers to enhance their organization and develop magnetic thriving organizations that people want to be a part of. The Academy’s purpose is to be the source of transformational leadership in Emergency Services.
Robbie MacCue has more than 14 years experience in the EMS industry. Currently, he is a flight paramedic NY. For more than 10 years, Robbie has served as President of Sand Lake Ambulance, a non-profit EMS organization in Upstate New York. Lisa Giruzzi is a best-selling author, result-producing consultant and an award-winning trainer with more than twenty-five years’ experience helping individuals and organizations to be more successful and achieve their goals. Our discussion travels their careers, how they met and the creation the EMS Leadership Academy. They both offer great tips for EMS leaders on the issues they face today. Robbie and Lisa are offering Medic2Medic Podcast listeners a chance to receive their book and take one of their courses for free. The code for these resources are revealed in the podcast. Take a listen.
Episode 98: Ginger Locke is the creator and host of the podcast Medic Mindset a Paramedic and an Associate Professor of EMS Professions at Austin Community College. Ginger’s podcast is cool and unique as she interviews medics face to face in long, intimate format. During the interviews the medics open up about their mindset, routines, mistakes and their thought process. Ginger started a project called #PartnerProject (#partnerproject) that has gone viral just not in the United States, but Internationally. We discuss #partnerproject and how it came about, the podcast, how did the name Medic Mindset was derived and her beginnings in EMS.
Episode 99: This podcast brings up the old as time tale of: Do we need Red Lights and Sirens in EMS? Doug Wolberg is the guest. Doug has been involved in EMS since 1977. He started as an EMS provider and later worked at the county, regional, statewide and federal levels in his career as an EMS administrator. Doug is an attorney and a founding partner of Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, the nation’s best-known and most respected EMS law firm. Doug is an author of several books and hundreds of articles in the industry’s leading publications and has been a featured presenter at EMS conferences. We discuss this well debated topic, his first encounter with James Page and he answers what is the number 1 liability an EMS agency faces. 

Episode 100: City of Pittsburgh EMS Old Timers Podcast. Robert Farrow, Dave Lindell, Mike Yee and Tim Gaughan join me for a free flowing conversation. We talk about their humbling beginnings in EMS and how they became a Pittsburgh Paramedic.They talk about the good and sad times as well as some stories that may never have been told before. This is number 100 of the podcast, the guests had no idea that this would be number 100 (neither did I at the time). I just want to say a big thank you to all of you for the support to reach this milestone. Here is to another 100!

Episode 101: Faces of EMS is a project that was created by Paul Falavolito, Chief of White Oak EMS in Western Pennsylvania. Paul created a wall of EMS practitioners by taking their portraits and displaying these portraits and Faces of EMS was born. Paul joins me to talk about this project. The project is being launched to celebrate the 43rd Annual National EMS Week that runs from May 21-27, 2017. Faces of EMS is being featured on the cover of EMS World Magazine, NAEMT’s website and other areas of EMS as part of the #EMSstrongcampaign. This podcast is dedicated to all those those who are involved in EMS. Medci2Medic Podcast wishes you a happy and safe EMS Week. 

Episode 102: How would feel if you were a patient in a driverless ambulance? How would you feel if you are a provider transporting the patient going lights and sirens? This week on the podcast Dr. Joseph Keebler, Dr. Stephen Rice of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Dr. Scott Winter from Florida Institute of Technology discuss their research study on this interesting topic.The professors discuss the creation, methods and the results of this study. The results may surprise some and intrigue others. We discuss the pros and cons of a driverless ambulance and the future research needed on this subject. Let Medic2Medic Podcast know your thoughts  regarding this topic on Facebook, Spreaker, Soundcloud and Podbean or by email at medic2medicpodcast@gmail.com

Episode103: Josh Stuart from Medical Rescue Team South Authority (MRTSA) joins me this week to discuss his 25 year journey in EMS. His career started when he was in elementary school, when a visit from MRSTA guided him to becoming a Paramedic. As he got a little older, he started by watching the Emergency! and he never looked back. Josh discusses his persistence to get his career started, as he met some resistance from MRTSA who said he was too young to start volunteering. Josh talks about calls that impacted him as well as the call that he encountered that led him to become a leading educator regarding the”Choking Game” and risky teen behaviors. Josh provides the fantastic details on how MRTSA changed his life forever.

Episode 104: Chief Dan DeGryse from the Chicago Fire Department joins the podcast this week. Chief DeGryse has 28 years with CFD and holds the rank as Battalion Chief/EMT. What is unique about Chief DeGryse is that he is the Director of the Rosecrance Florian Program. Rosecrance is a leading provider of behavioral health services with nationally recognized addiction treatment programs. Rosecrance is a place for veterans and public safety providers can go to who need help.The Chief shares his start at CFD and his career path. He shares his personal story and how that led him to become the Coordinator of the Chicago Firefighters’ Union Local 2 Employee Assistance Program for 14 years. You will hear during our conversation the importance of firefighter and EMS mental health, emotional wellbeing, peer support and sleeping. We have to many of our public safety family committing suicide or not seeking help, Chief DeGryse is here to help, just give him a call.

Episode 105: Chief Robert Farrow is the Chief of the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS. Chief Farrow was also my Supervisor when I worked for the City. Chief Farrow is a 41-year veteran with the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. Chief Farrow has held the position of Chief since May 2016. Chief Farrow is one of three remaining Bureau of EMS employees who started with Pittsburgh EMS upon its inception back in June 1975 at the age of 19. Chief Farrow has held the rank of Paramedic, Crew Chief, Supervisor/District Chief, Rescue Division Chief and Deputy Chief. The Chief and I discuss his start in EMS in high school, the challenges of being a chief, what it was like in the beginning days of EMS in Pittsburgh and a little bit about how it was to supervisor me.

Episode 106: Episode 106: Brett Schneider is the the host of the podcast Words Off The Street. Brett talks to guests that write, talks with authors, podcasters, writers and bloggers that put the proverbial pen to paper about the world of Police, Firefighter and Emergency Medical Services about what’s going on out in the street. Brett’s professional career spans a collection of careers, starting in the Army in the mid-1980s. He has worked as a policeman, a paramedic, a Safety Manager and many other positions. He says he basically didn’t know what he wanted to be when he grew up.Brett and I talk about his interesting career at New Orleans EMS, the books he has written (he is currently working on his 4th book), the podcast and many other topics.

 

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