The Cone of Protection

When firefighters walk into the flames of a fire, a cone of water is what protects them, and knowing how to create that cone and use it is something you want to figure out before it’s needed. So tonight, I was on EMS standby as our local volunteer firefighters practiced attacking a car fire. These…

What’s Your 20?

When people call 911, it’s important that they give a clear location as to where they are, and it’s equally important for EMS workers to be able to let dispatch or other units know their location, or their 10-20 in radio speak. Out here in the Last Frontier, however, describing a location can be a…

Tube Training

911 ambulance work can be diverse, challenging, and completely unpredictable in any setting, but in the Big Bend, with the nearest hospital is 80 to 100 miles away, we possibly have one of the longest 911 transports in the U.S. When the tones go off, you know that it will be about 5 hours before…

Ambulances and Icicles

Rumor had it that Boquillas del Carmen, the small Mexican ejido just across the Rio Grande from Big Bend National Park, had a new ambulance. I was eager to check out the first appearance of EMS on that side of the river, so on the last day of 2014, my partner and I headed over…