Open Airways

As EMS responders, we witness life events that are both tragic and inspiring. Our experiences reveal the strength of the human spirit and motivate us to achieve greater heights.

Open Airways is a project to collect and record an oral, EMS history. In an ongoing series of podcasts, EMS providers share their most meaningful cases -- sometimes with humor and always with compassion. We hope these stories will improve our practice and inspire a new generation of caregivers.

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It's Not Your Emergency

February 8, 2011
"Many of them want to go in for the drivin' fast, and the siren, and the impression they get off TV. And we see them a few months later and they're going, … 'I'm just really gettin' tired of this.' I said, 'Well, remember you're the patient advocate.'" Husband and wife Mike and Leann Bobbitt work together training EMS students. In this podcast, they share their personal experience working with students and with each other.
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Peeling the Onion

January 24, 2011
"If we get more creative with how we think about these things, I think we could be a whole lot more effective in getting the right resources to the right people and in the appropriate amount of time." How fast do you need to get to your scene? Mic Gunderson rethinks response interval targets and challenges current methods for managing response times.
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Slow Mover

January 10, 2011
"You kinda have to think three steps ahead. The people that are gonna help you are gonna be within your fifty mile radius, normally. But what happens when those people also have towns going underwater? And that's what happened to us." FM Ambulance paramedics Sherm Syverson and Ron Lawler chat with FISDAP's Liz Neerland about the Red River floods in Fargo-Moorhead in 2009 and 2010.
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The Ambulance House

January 3, 2011
"When we tried to open the door to get the ambulance out, we noticed that one of the doors had fallen through, or fallen down, and there was a big space at the top..." Joey Garcia and his sister Wenona come from a family of EMS professionals. In this podcast, they share one of their most memorable calls.
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The Incident

December 20, 2010
"The dispatcher calls and he gives us an address. And I look at my partner and it's like, I recognize that address. And I'm trying to place it, and then I realize, wait a minute, that's City Hall!" In this podcast, EMS educator and paramedic Les Powell shares the story of a call that hit really close to home.
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