Author Archives: A.J. Heightman

Former Surgeon General Inspires AAA Conference

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Personal story of overcoming hardship underscores what EMS personnel can do with the right opportunities and encouragement At the American Ambulance Association Conference in Las Vegas on Monday, Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th Surgeon General of the United States, presented an inspiring keynote address. Carmona, a successful and highly respected physician who had a hard start […]

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

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JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P, attended and participated in the opening session at the AAA Conference in Las Vegas on Nov. 18, 2013, where ambulance service leaders and managers discussed multiple issues that are, or will be, impacting the ambulance/EMS Industry. In a lively panel discussion and open forum session, attendees and faculty reported that […]

Passing of an EMS Icon

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Mike Smith, who died unexpectedly at age 61, was a well-known EMS educator and writer Monday, October 14, 2013 The EMS community lost an icon Sunday morning with the unexpected death of EMS educator Mike Smith. Mike, age 61, was a close part of the JEMSfamily for many years, writing as a columnist for JEMS and lecturing at […]

Ten Commandments of EMS Leadership

I’m an incurable pack rat who has always held onto historic EMS files, photos, equipment and documents. It’s a trait I possessed long before coming to work for JEMS. But it accelerated soon after I moved to California to work with Jim Page and getting involved with the making of his The History of EMS […]

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