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

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In Dallas at the 2015 Texas EMS Conference JEMS Editor-in-Chief is at the Texas EMS Conference and wanted to give you a visual tour of the exhibit hall during his first day at the conference. Texas, long a leader in EMS and EMS innovation, continues to impress A.J. and Texas EMS attendees. Joseph Schmider, Texas […]

Tips to Prepare for Terrorist and Other Large Scale Attacks

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By A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P, Editor-in-Chief, JEMS As the threat of attacks and use of automatic weapon assaults and use of explosive devices by terrorists continue to accelerate, with the United States now labeled a prime target and objective, emergency response agencies need to educate and re-educate their personnel to be ready. We must be […]

Will Terrorists Burn 3,000 People to Death in Your Service Area

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JEMS Editor-in-Chief Chides the Feds and Emergency Planners In follow-up to the Paris terrorist attacks and using cynicism, shocking facts and dramatic video evidence, JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman takes a “shot” at Congress, Homeland Security and large event organizers and planners, showing them how vulnerable large venues are to terrorist actions and how poorly staffed, […]

Where in the World of EMS is A.J.? (In Okoboji Iowa)

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I’ve spent the past few days in beautiful, rural, northern Iowa, speaking at the University of Okoboji 29th Annual EMS Conference in Okoboji/Spirit Lake, Iowa. To get there, I had to fly to Sioux Falls, South Dakota and then drive east one and a half hours to the Okoboji region, near the northern Iowa border […]

Deep Reflection on 9/11

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I wasn’t going to write a lot on the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York City, Arlington Virginia (the Pentagon) and Shanksville, PA, but when I woke up this morning, I watched a compilation of events on Fox News and it brought me emotionally back not only just that awful day 14 […]

PINNACLE CONFERENCE REPORT (Wednesday) by A.J. Heightman, JEMS Editor-in-chief

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Executive Forum on Mobile Integrate Health (MIH) / Community Paramedicine (CP) Underway at Pinnacle Conference in Florida Confident that the concept of mobile integrated healthcare (MIH) fits within the broader MIH model, EMS leaders are meeting today at the Pinnacle Conference at the Omni Plantation – Amelia Island Florida.          Omni Plantation resort – Great […]

EMS Physician & JEMS Games Judge Put to the Ultimate Test

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Prehospital EMS Physician & JEMS Games Judge performs field Amputation in Philadelphia By A.J. Heightman, JEMS Editor-in-Chief When she received a call at her home to respond to a horrific night time scene on the train tracks in Philadelphia, long-time emergency responder and emergency department physician, Melissa Kohn, MD, MS, FACEP, EMT-PHP, never thought that […]

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

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In Saint Paul, Minn at ImageTrend & the ImageTrend Connect Conference   Saint Paul by Day                                                         Saint Paul by Night     I’m in beautiful Saint Paul Minnesota attending ImageTrend’s Connect Conference. In its 7th year, the Connect Conference has grown to over 600 attendees and is now offered at the expansive RiverCentre in Saint Paul. […]

EMS Pioneer & Advocate Norman McSwain, MD, dies in New Orleans

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By JEMS Editor-in-Chief, A.J. Heightman The EMS Community is saddened to learn of the death of trauma pioneer Norman McSwain, MD, FACS. Dr. McSwain had been in critical condition in the Neuro ICU at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans after suffering a cerebral bleed last Friday. Best known as the pioneering trauma surgeon who […]

Use of Individual First Aid Kits (IFAKs) Credited with Saving Lives in LA

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Lafayette Police Chief Credits Police Use of IFAKs with Saving Lives PERSONAL IFACS worn by Police Tactical Team Members EMS Should Encourage their Law Enforcement Agencies to Carry IFAKs By A.J. Heightman Lafayette LA Police Chief Jim Craft and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal credit Individual First Aid Kits (IFAK) carried by Lafayette police officers as […]

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