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2009-10 Finalists

Welcome to the Finalists for the Fire/EMS Blog of the Year 2009 and Voting area. We had 23 blogs nominated and our judges narrowed them down to 10 finalists by ranking each blog on certain criteria.

The 2009 Fire and EMS Blog of the Year winner is…

Medic 999 - 999Medic.com

medic999I suppose that formality states that I should introduce myself so that we can all get to know each other a little and hopefully develop this blog to its fullest potential. I am a 30 something  paramedic. I have been working for the North East Ambulance Service for the past 8 years and have been working as a State Registered Paramedic for the last 5 years. I have a beautiful wife and 3 wonderful children who like to keep me firmly rooted in reality whenever I walk through the door!

I am one of these strange individuals that every work place has. You know the one I mean… the one who loves his job, the one who stays positive about everything even when  things seem to been all going a bit pear shaped.

Finalists

(listed in alphabetical order).

To keep my hands out of the contest completely, I merely copied and pasted some of the text from the following blogs about me pages.

The EMT Spot - TheEMTSpot.com

emtspotThanks for coming to my website. I’m Steve Whitehead, a firefighter paramedic for the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority. My first EMT job was in San Jose California with a company called PacMed. In 1992 PacMed merged with several local services and adopted the name AMR. That same year I became a paramedic and moved on. Since that time I have been a paramedic field instructor, an EMS supervisor, a firefighter and an instructor of EMTs at all levels. I’m currently an instructor with South Metro’s EMT program. It was my experiences teaching and tutoring the South Metro EMT students that inspired me to create The EMT Spot.

Engine 9 RFD – EngineCompany9.Blogspot.com

rfd9 A blog from Roanoke City Engine Company 9.

No about me page…so this is from a post: Well here we go. This will be the last year for #9 House. They are shutting her down in March/April. The blog I guess will fall as well. Hopefully we will ride it out to the last Today has been pretty laid back, being a holiday and all. Some of us may have relaxed a little too much, as seen here in a picture of the station 9 sitting room.

Everyday EMS Tips – EverydayEMSTips.com

emstipsGreg Friese, Plover, Wisconsin, is the founder and president of Emergency Preparedness Systems LLC. He founded EPS to deliver innovative and efficient emergency preparedness solutions. Greg helps clients create, design, distribute and facilitate rapid e-learning for emergency responders. He also really enjoys collaborating with subject matter experts to create online education programs that are educational, engaging, and entertaining. Greg is a paramedic, EMS instructor, conference speaker, EMS author, and a Wilderness Medical Associates Lead Instructor.

Fire Daily – FireDaily.com

firedailyHi! My name is John Mitchell and I’m a firefighter/paramedic and a lieutenant in suburban Chicago.  As is the case with many of you veterans, my interest in firefighting began with Johnny and Roy.  Or Chet.  Or that other guy, the one that did all the work.  Not Captain Stanley.

As a volunteer in the 70’s I rode the tailboard, nose firmly against the musty hosebed during those long winter runs in a blizzard. In the summer, who remembers the chaffed upper legs from where the 3/4 boots rubbed mercilessly when we wore only shorts underneath?

Firehouse Zen – FirehouseZen.com

zenMichael “Mick” Mayers is a Battalion Chief with the Hilton Head Island (SC) Fire and Rescue Department and Deputy Director of the South Carolina Emergency Response Task Force’s Urban Search and Rescue Program (SC-TF1), where he is responsible for strategic planning and liaison activities to governmental and non-governmental organizations. Chief Mayers began his emergency services career in Bridgeport, PA in 1980. Mayers is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program and holds a degree in Fire Science Technology from Savannah Technical Institute.  He also maintains professional certifications as a fire officer and instructor as well as IFSAC Hazardous Materials Technician and National Registry Paramedic certifications.

FireGeezer – FireGeezer.com

firegeezerBILL SCHUMM is a retired fire captain. During his 32 years of active firefighting service he responded to more than 30,000 emergency incidents. Bill has been involved with the fire and rescue service in one form or another for 50 years.
MIKE WARD is a retired fire captain/paramedic with three decades of fire and rescue experience.  A former community college fire science program director, Mike is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at a major private university.
JIM FEATHERSTONE has been involved in the firefighting world for over 30 years, including active service as a volunteer and chief officer.  For the past 15 years he has worked in the fire apparatus business and is currently the VP of Sales for a large fire apparatus dealership.

The Happy Medic – HappyMedic.com

happyThe Happy Medic is an active duty Firefighter/Paramedic with one of the Nation’s busiest Fire Departments in San Francisco, California.  The dispatches in these pages are gathered from not only my own experiences as a Fire Explorer, EMT, Firefighter and Paramedic in Rural, Suburban and Urban settings, but from my co-workers, colleagues and teachers.  If you think I’ve treated you and you see yourself in these pages, keep in mind my current service responds to over 110,000 calls for service each year and I’ve been doing this half my life.  Do the math, it wasn’t you.

Medic 999 – 999Medic.com

medic999I suppose that formality states that I should introduce myself so that we can all get to know each other a little and hopefully develop this blog to its fullest potential. I am a 30 something  paramedic. I have been working for the North East Ambulance Service for the past 8 years and have been working as a State Registered Paramedic for the last 5 years. I have a beautiful wife and 3 wonderful children who like to keep me firmly rooted in reality whenever I walk through the door!

I am one of these strange individuals that every work place has. You know the one I mean… the one who loves his job, the one who stays positive about everything even when  things seem to been all going a bit pear shaped.

Rescuing Providence – RescuingProvidence.com

providenceRescuing Providence, blog by Michael Morse
I started this Blog in 2006, thinking people would be interested in learning what happens inside an advanced life support vehicle in Providence, RI. The stories I tell are true, names and locations get mixed around to protect patient’s confidentiality.

Also, because this is my blog I am able to tell most stories in a way that makes me look like a great EMT, compassionate and caring. Most of the time I am. I conveniently leave out the times I am not. But hey, it IS my blog!

STATter 911 – Statter911.com

statterSTATter911.com started in May, 2007 and since then we have been bringing you fire & EMS news from the Washington, DC area, around the country and around the world. It is written by a television and radio reporter who was a firefighter,  EMT, dispatcher and cardiac rescue technician in his youth (a long, long, time ago).