RescueDigest Resources: Critical Thinking in Emergency Services Education

RescueDigest’s Top Picks of essential resources for critical topics in emergency services.


Critical Thinking in Emergency Services Education: Teaching not just “how”, but “why”!

An emergency responder who is an independent thinking is a valuable commodity.  It’s clear that critical thinking must be part of an education program in order to teach students to become intelligent, compassionate and skillful emergency responders. But how do we accomplish this within the constraints of current educational curricula? Critical thinking is vital not only for effective delivery of emergency services, but as a lifelong learning skill necessary for our students to excel as fire, rescue and EMS responders. 

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Critical Thinking 101: Fundamentals and Foundations

Logical Fallacies and Cognitive Biases:



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Rom Duckworth’s Critical Thinking in Emergency Services Education



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About romduck

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