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Striker fired, polymer framed handguns are all the rage these days. Well, truth be told, they've been all the range for over 30 years, but the trend in increasing. Every manufacturer seems to have several models and some manufacturers...

Comments and Ballots

Commenting I know that there has been a problem with commenting. The technical team here at First Arriving is working on the issue. In the meantime, if you have a comment you want posted, email me at EMSArtifact@Gmail.com and I'll...
As my EMS career fades into the past, random conversations start to bring up memories of calls from years ago. I guess some might call it PTSD, but in fact they are just memories. None of them traumatize me,...
A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article about Uber safety issues in South America. I closed by commenting that your mother's advice not to get into a car with a stranger was wise, but was also the Uber...

Day of Infamy

The following is an excerpt from A Dawn Like Thunder: The True Story of Torpedo Squadron Eight which is the story of Torpedo Squadron Eight at the Battle of Midway 4 June, 1942. It helps to set the scene...

Stupid And Arrogant

Harsh post title, but after reading the following article in the Boston Globe, I think it might be too kind. Rhode Island EMS crews brought patients to the hospital with misplaced breathing tubes: None of them survived Go ahead and read...
Uber to test recording audio of trips in effort to improve security   Uber is testing out a new audio-recording feature in Mexico and Brazil as part of the ride-hailing app's efforts to improve safety. The feature was first unveiled at an...

Gun Safety Fail

Anyone who owns a gun should know and follow the "Four Rules of Firearms Safety." All guns are always loaded. Which means that all guns that handle are to be considered loaded at all times. Check, double check, check...

Veteran’s Day

Today we should all be thanking military veterans for their service. Whether in war or peace or whether or not they saw combat, doesn't matter. They stepped up, even if they were drafted, and served their country. That deserves our thanks...
10 November 1775 in Philadelphia, two battalions of "Continental Marines" were formed to fight on land and sea. Which means that the USMC predates the founding of the United States by about half a year. Other than an ill advised...

All About Me

After a long career as a field EMS provider, I'm now doing all that back office stuff I used to laugh at. Life is full of ironies, isn't it?

I still live in the Northeast corner of the United States, although I hope to change that to another part of the country more in tune with my values and beliefs.

I still write about EMS, but I'm adding more and more non-EMS subject matter.

Thanks for visiting.

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