Fourth of July


The Holidays

Like of much of the Emergency Services community, I too, am working this fourth of July and I too will be sweltering in turn-out gear while others will roast hot dogs, drink beer and watch fireworks (and good for them, I hope to join them next year).

Thanks America!

And like almost every American citizen, I will take a moment on this important day to reflect and be thankful for what this country is and for those who have before, currently do, and will soon protect this country and make it safe.

So what difference does the fourth of July make? It reminds me of the opportunities that are available in a country based on freedom. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t difficulties out there (there are plenty) and that it doesn’t take hard work over long periods of time (boy, does it) but it does mean that here and now the opportunities are still out there and by keeping your eyes sharp and your hands hard at work, you can grab them and make them something special.

So even without turkey on the table, it is a good time to be thankful for what we have in hand and for the opportunities that this country allows. Thank you U.S.A. and everybody in it. I’m glad that you’re not France, because I speak the language and I’ve been there and yes, everyone is rude.




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Editorial Director of RescueDigest, Rom Duckworth is an internationally recognized writer, speaker, and educator. Co-founder of the New England Center for Rescue and Emergency Medicine and an emergency service provider for more than twenty years in fire / rescue services, public and private emergency medical services and hospital based healthcare Rom can be found at and on Twitter @romduck

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Rom Duckworth is a dedicated emergency responder, author, and educator with more than thirty years of experience working in career and volunteer fire departments, hospital healthcare systems, and private emergency medical services. Rom is a career fire captain and paramedic EMS Coordinator for the Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department and director of the New England Center for Rescue and Emergency Medicine. Rom holds a master’s degree in public administration, is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program, and is the recipient of the NAEMT Presidential Award, American Red Cross Hero Award, Sepsis Alliance Sepsis Hero Award, and the EMS 10 Innovators Award. Rom is the author of "Duckworth on Education," as well as chapters in more than a dozen EMS, fire, rescue, and medical textbooks and over 100 published articles in fire and EMS magazines. A member of the NAEMT Board of Directors, as well as other national and international advocacy and advisory boards, Rom continues to work for the advancement of emergency services professions. Contact Rom via