Where in the World of EMS is A.J.?

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In Auckland, New Zealand at the 2016 Paramedics Australasia Conference FERNO SIM Games, November 16, 2016 The audience was in place and the judges were at their ready in Auckland New Zealand for the 2016 Paramedics Australasia FERNO SIM Challenge, a clinical competition patterned after the JEMS Games at EMS Today. Several of the teams participating […]

Ambulance Vehicle Standards Update at the AAA Conference

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Standards vs. Standards: An in-depth look at the confusing world of vehicle standards The session title said it all on perhaps the most historic day in American politics as ambulance experts presented a review of where we are at in the quest for new, safer ambulance standards. After years of hard work and input by […]

Allina Healthcare’s New (Safer & Efficient) Ambulance Design

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In Feb. 2016 JEMS, we featured Allina Healthcare EMS.  As a part of that story, we stated that, if your organization needed a wake-up call about the impact a serious ambulance crash can have, there was much you can learn from Allina Health EMS. After a horrific ambulance crash in 2014 that left two Allina […]

What You can Learn from the AAA Employment Law Basics Webinar

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By A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P, Editor-in-Chief of JEMS The American Ambulance Association offered an Employment Law Basics Webinar on October 12 that presented valuable information on the employment relationship, the greatest legal exposure to every employer. This session was designed for front-line supervisors and managers and provided a practical understanding of the basic principles of employment law […]

Point Counter-Point on EMS Scene Staging and Actions at High Hazard Incidents

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Point Counter-Point on EMS Scene Staging and Actions       Introduction by A.J. Heightman, JEMS Editor-in-Chief A recent Blog post on FireEngineering.com by Mike McEvoy, EMS Editor for Fire Engineering and a member of the JEMS Editorial Board, fired up some readers, authors and educators who wanted to weigh in on the current practices of EMS […]

A.J. Heightman’s Review of Episode #1 of BOSTON EMS

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All photos: ABC Television – Episode 1 The first full season of the ride-along series Boston EMS premiered on ABC on Saturday July 30th. It’s an up-close and personal look at the men and women of Boston EMS filmed by ABC in a format different from the popular A&E NightWatch series featuring the personable crews […]

A.J. Heightman Reflects on Being a “Public Safety” Father

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Long before I was born, my Father had many “children” that he raised. He “adopted” public safety early in his life, long before he had his own children. In particular he “adopted” and “raised” an ambulance service when Scranton State General Hospital gave it up because they didn’t want it any more.  It was his passion, his profession, […]

Where in the World of EMS was A.J. Heightman?

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New Jersey EMT Instructor Earns National Award        A.J. & Kimberly Moreno During a recent trip to New Jersey for ride-alongs with Jersey City Medical Center-EMS crews and supervisors, I learned about Kimberly Moreno, a teacher at Union City (NJ) High School who received a coveted national Milken Educator Award for her outstanding Health Occupation Students of America […]

Where in the World of EMS was A.J. Heightman?

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Participating in an amazing educational EMS Conference in Pennsylvania I spent the weekend lecturing at the Education Made Simple 2016 EMS Conference held at the beautiful Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Malvern Pennsylvania, Chester County, a suburban area outside of Philadelphia. The resort hotel and conference center was an amazing place to stay and […]

A.J.’s Sneak Peek of the FDIC Exhibit Hall

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Are you in the market for a new ambulance or simply interested in seeing the latest designs and features on the latest deliveries? If you are, settle back and enjoy A.J. Heightman’s sneak peek at some of the latest ambulances, squad vehicles, rescue trucks, ladders, engines and other things that caught his eye and he raced through a few of […]

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