Tag Archives: skills

RescueDigest Resources: Situational Awareness

Fog of War

RescueDigest’s Top Picks of essential resources for critical topics in emergency services. Aware, Alert, Aggressive, Always: How To Do Your Job Effectively While Things Are Trying To Kill You Failure to recognize unsafe situations. Failure to prevent unsafe actions. Failure to deliver effective operations. These are the results of poor situational awareness in emergency responders of all levels. This program uses real-life case studies and in-class ...

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Are You A One Dimensional Leader?

RescueDigest Rules of Three: Blame, Sympathize, or Fix The RescueDigest Rules of Three are simple, easy to use rules through which emergency responders can improve themselves, the people they teach or mentor, and the organizations in which they work.   Today’s topic is for current or aspiring leaders in emergency services: What do you become when a problem arises? BLAMER, SYMPATHIZER, ...

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RescueDigest Resources: Crush Injury, Compartment Syndrome and Suspension Trauma


RescueDigest’s Top Picks of essential resources for critical topics in emergency services. Crush Injury, Compartment Syndrome, Suspension Trauma and Rhabdomyolysis Resources Pinned in a car for two hours, trapped in a building collapse for 12, fallen on the floor for 24. Each of these patients may be experiencing different, but deadly aspects of crush injury, compartment syndrome, suspension trauma, and rhabdomyolysis. Why are some victims okay under ...

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RescueDigest Resources: Classroom Activities for Critical Thinking, Teamwork, and Soft Skills

RescueDigest’s Top Picks of essential resources for critical topics in emergency services. “Teamwork makes the difference between 'three musketeers' and 'three stooges!'" As a profession, emergency services is nearly unique in it’s demands for providers to be able to act as both coordinated team members and independent operators. Critical concepts such as group dynamics, teambuilding, leadership, followership, and interpersonal communications can be ...

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RescueDigest Resources: Myth Busting and Innovations In Trauma Care

RescueDigest’s Top Picks of essential resources for critical topics in emergency services. “We used to do WHAT?!?" Much of what we’ve been taught in trauma care from the “ABC’s”, to “raising patients legs”, to “giving oxygen can’t hurt” we now know to be wrong. As providers we’re left with the questions “Why?”, “When did this happen?”, and “What should we do now?” ...

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September 11th. Are We Honoring Their Memories?

Maybe The Question Should Not Be “Do you Remember September 11th?”, But Rather “How Do you Remember September 11th?” I’ve heard a lot of people ask lately “Do You Remember?”. There are even songs about it. This year especially it seems to me that more and more people are going out of their way to ask if I’m “remembering”, and ...

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Hard Times for Soft Skills

Hard Times for Soft Skills revised from the NAEMSE Educator Update Summer 2014  Are so-called “Soft Skills” such as critical thinking, leadership, professionalism, adaptability, and teamwork important for today’s emergency responder? If so, then why aren’t we teaching them?

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While you were out, there was a fire. Thoughts on Leadership from FDIC

Leadership When No One Is Watching Every year in April approximately 30,000 brothers and sisters of the fire service descend on Indianapolis, Indiana for Fire Engineering’s Fire Department Instructor’s Conference: FDIC. For the past few years I’ve been proud to count myself among them as both a student and a teacher. It is an amazing event that educates the mind, ...

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