Author Archives: A.J. Heightman


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“Bernie”, my Bernese Mountain Dog, had a busy day on Friday. He joined me at work in the JEMS Offices in La Jolla, CA where we met with Dr. Ron Stewart. We then traveled to the San Diego Veterans Hospital for an afternoon tour of duty with his Therapy Dog squad, a team of six […]

Norman McSwain, MD in Critical Condition in New Orleans

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The EMS Community is saddened to learn that trauma pioneer Norman McSwain, MD, FACS, is in critical condition in the Neuro ICU at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans after suffering a cerebral bleed on Friday. Best known as the pioneering trauma surgeon who assisted the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma in the […]

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

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           I flew through the “Polar Vortex” storm Thursday night to go to the Maryland Fire Rescue Institute (MFRI) EMS Leadership Conference in beautiful, but cold, College Park, MD at the MFRI Campus on Friday, presenting lectures on: Front Line EMS Supervision, Why EMS Systems Fail and EMS Management Lessons from M*A*S*H*.  I have […]


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Yesterday was  so my wife Betsy baked Star of Life, ambulance and EMS helicopter cookies for the staff of JEMS during a day-long editorial and EMS TODAY planning meeting at the San Diego office. I thought you’d enjoy seeing these delicious dessert cookies that helped fuel great thoughts and planning for future issue of JEMS […]

Reflections on 9/11

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It’s hard to believe 13 years have passed since that awful day. There are many emotional scars that remain, with crews still suffering from severe respiratory ailments, cancer and Post Traumatic Stress from all they were forced to see, feel and breathe that day – and for many days and weeks thereafter. Despite claims by […]

Important Documentary for all emergency personnel to watch tonight on CNN

Good for all emergency personnel to watch   A Must-See Documentary Tonight on CNN I would like you to get the word out for emergency personnel  to watch an important documentary that will air tonight at 9 p.m.on CNN entitled “The War Comes Home“. I am actively involved in efforts to make emergency service providers […]

What Sibling Love is all About

Want a feel good moment.  Watch this clip.

“Bernie” Goes to work at JEMS and the San Diego/La Jolla VA Hospital

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“Bernie” – A.J. Heightman’s Bernese Mountain Dog, a certified Therapy Dog – spends the morning at the JEMS Offices in La Jolla, CA before A.J. takes him to the Veteran’s Hospital in La Jolla to spend time comforting the troops, their families and the VA staff.  Bernie is 3-year’s old and weighs in at 135 […]

Where in the world (of EMS) is A.J

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The massive and modern-day mechanical wonder flew like it had never left the ground.

EMS Word for the Day

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A friend sent me this EMS Snigletts definition and I thought I would pass it along.  Flatulence, ( n.): Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.  

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