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History of LA EMS

July 1, 2008
"The history of Los Angeles EMS is really pretty unique ... it started with two cardiologists..." Listen as Baxter Larmon gives a brief history of EMS in Southern California, including an overview of the Daniel Freeman Paramedic school at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
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Vital Signs

July 1, 2008
"So I'll ask students, think about this for a minute ... Which of those three vital signs - blood pressure, pulse or respirations - provides you with the most amount of information about your patient with the least amount of effort?" In this episode, Chris LeBaudour and Charlie take a closer look at this important topic.
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Listen to EMS podcasts at Open AirwaysBy Rachael Rosen

June 23, 2008

Open Airways

FISDAP and EMS Responder.com are proud to announce Open Airways, a project to capture an oral history for the benefit of the EMS Community. EMS responders share some of the most meaningful cases of their careers, sometimes with humor and always with compassion. We hope that these stories will improve EMS practice and inspire a new generation of caregivers. Visit Open Airways to start listening now!


FISDAP Testing is Announced as one of JEMS' 2008 Hot ProductsBy Rachael Rosen

June 10, 2008
Have you opened your newest copy of JEMS yet? On page 43 of the June 2008 issue, you'll notice that FISDAP Testing is listed as one of the new "Hot Products."

I'll confess that I did a little happy dance when I saw the article, and I hope that you are doing one, too. Your skill and commitment to the FISDAP Community has made FISDAP Testing a success. So, thank you. Thanks to all of the instructors who labored over test items, to the instructors that provided insightful reviews (working into the wee hours of the morning), to the thousands of students that pilot-tested our exams, and thanks to everyone who patiently contributed to this process. I hope that you take a few minutes to feel pride for what you have built.

To learn more about FISDAP Testing and ways to become involved, click the "Testing" link in the menu left of this page.


A Dark Night in Florida

June 1, 2008
"It was one of those nights that literally there was no light out there, and we found the scene just by the flashing lights. When we landed, they pointed us to the ambulance that had the patient. He had rolled his Honda CRX, and it had caught fire. He was trapped underneath the car as it was burning." In this episode, Tony Hartman talks to Charlie Soucheray about an exceptionally memorable call.
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Make Active Assumptions

June 1, 2008
"When you make an active assumption it requires work, it requires action. Human nature is generally a passive approach ... Eventually, passive assumptions slip in. ... It's a very dangerous period in an EMS person's career. It's a very dangerous period." Click below to listen as Chris LeBaudour explains to Charlie why some assumptions are better than others.
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Circle of Life

June 1, 2008
"This kinda comes full circle ... [M]y particular skills and abilities that come with the humanistic piece - and again realizing that they're people, and they're not just "chest pain" or "an auto-ped" - comes from a flight nurse who instilled that on me. ... And here ten or fifteen years later that seed gets planted in somebody else and it continues the tradition." Click below to listen as Bruce Evans tells Charlie about how a routine call changed a woman's life.
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Snowmobiler vs. Tree

June 1, 2008
"Moments later a snowmobile zoomed up to the side of the ambulance and motioned for me to get on the back." Listen to the story below to hear what happened when Greg Friese got on the back of that snowmobile.
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