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Black Diamond Boots Fire & EMS Blog of the Year 2010-2011 Contest Winners

Black Diamond Boots EMS Blog of the Year 2010-2011

A Day in the Life of an Ambulance Driver – by Kelly Grayson

By day he is a mild-mannered paramedic, writer and educator. At night, wearing his multi-pocketed EMS pants, he transforms into Ambulance Driver, a trauma-fighting superhero who prowls the dark streets and seamy underbelly of the city in search of little old ladies who have fallen and can’t get up.

Check out A Day in the Life of an Ambulance Driver – by Kelly Grayson


Black Diamond Boots Fire Blog of the Year 2010-2011

Iron Firemen – by Willie Wines Jr.

Hello and thanks for visiting IronFiremen.com My name is Willie Wines Jr and I am the author of the site. Obviously, I am a Professional Firefighter (Captain) and I work in a City located in South West Va. I began blogging a fews years back while assigned to Station #9. The Station (3 shifts) went in together and ran a blog that we hoped would give everyone a look into “firehouse life”. The blog is now dorment due to the Station being shut down (closed and consolidated) but you can still view the site here. I was moved to Station #3 but decided not to participate in their blog but rather start a new one of my own (The Station #3 Blog was not updated regularly and I didn’t want it to seem as if I were “taking over” ).

Check out Iron Firemen – by Willie Wines Jr.

The winners will receive a pair of the X2 boots from Black Diamond Footwear.

Here are all of the finalists for this year

EMS Blog Finalists

The EMT Spot – by Steve Whitehead

Thanks 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.

Rescuing Providence – 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!

Life Under The Lights - by Chris Kaiser

I am a Paramedic working to advance the profession that I love into what it deserves to be. This blog is about shaping EMS for the future. It is about Professionalism, Pride, and Honor. EMS is a young profession at the cusp of some fantastic change. It has come a long way during its history but still has a long way to go. Together we can make it into what we want it to be. It is time for EMTs and Paramedics to stand up, remake our industry, and carry our profession forth into the future. Together we can build upon the successes of the past and of those who have come before us and improve our service to our patients and to society.

The Happy Medic – by Justin Schorr

the 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.

Everyday EMS Tips – by Greg Friese

Greg 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.

EMS 12 Lead – by Tom Bouthillet

Tom Bouthillet is a Fire Lieutenant / Paramedic with Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue (Hilton Head Island, SC) where he has served since August of 1997. He has taught nationally in the Critical Care Transport (CCEMT-P) program out of UMBC and currently serves on the EMS Advisory Committee of the SC Chapter of the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline. His writings have been referenced in the American Heart Journal, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Interventions, and the EP Lab Digest.

EMS Office Hours – by Jim Hoffman

EMS Office Hours is the live online podcast that discusses various EMS topics. Jim Hoffman is the show lead with frequent guest speakers in the EMS industry. Geared for the EMS provider, this show encourages live interaction via toll free call in and live chat.

Listen in live each Wednesday night at 7PM EST and join in the conversation.

A Day in the Life of an Ambulance Driver – by Kelly Grayson

By day he is a mild-mannered paramedic, writer and educator. At night, wearing his multi-pocketed EMS pants, he transforms into Ambulance Driver, a trauma-fighting superhero who prowls the dark streets and seamy underbelly of the city in search of little old ladies who have fallen and can’t get up.

Fire Blog Finalists

STATter 911 - by Dave Statter

STATter911.com started in May, 2007.

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).

The Happy Medic – by Justin Schorr

the 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.

Iron Firemen – by Willie Wines Jr.

Hello and thanks for visiting IronFiremen.com My name is Willie Wines Jr and I am the author of the site. Obviously, I am a Professional Firefighter (Captain) and I work in a City located in South West Va. I began blogging a fews years back while assigned to Station #9. The Station (3 shifts) went in together and ran a blog that we hoped would give everyone a look into “firehouse life”. The blog is now dorment due to the Station being shut down (closed and consolidated) but you can still view the site here. I was moved to Station #3 but decided not to participate in their blog but rather start a new one of my own (The Station #3 Blog was not updated regularly and I didn’t want it to seem as if I were “taking over” ).

FireGeezer - by Bill Schumm and Mike Ward

BILL 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.

Fire Law - by Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 37 years of experience in the fire service, and 24 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006) and Fire Officer’s Legal Handbook (2007), and writes the Fire Law column in Firehouse Magazine.

A Firefighter’s Own Worst Enemy – Jason Hoevelmann

The blog is based on a class developed by Jason that he will present at Missouri Winter Fire School and at FDIC 2010.  Here is a brief description about A Firefighter’s Own Worst Enemy:

A comprehensive look at why firefighters make bad decisions on the job and off duty. This class is designed to offer methods for dealing with your own problems and challenges as a firefighter and how to help officers assist their men and women with these problems. We will discuss why the same situations are killing us year after year and identify ways to avoid becoming a statistic. Finally, we will point out ways to enrich our own careers and personal lives, as well as assisting our firefighters in advancing their own careers and ways to help the organization improve and grow.

Wildfire Today – by Bill Gabbert

Wildland fire has been a major part of my life for several decades. If it is yours too, welcome… grab a cup of coffee and put your feet up. This web site is not affiliated with any organization or any other publication. Oh, and by the way, the picture was taken in 1972 when I was on the El Cariso Hot Shots.

  • http://everydayemstips.com Greg Friese

    Congratulations to all of the finalists.Thanks for the recognition.

  • Steve

    This is a great list of blogs. Always nice to be included. Best of luck everyone.

  • http://thesocialmedic.net Dave Konig

    Congrats to all the finalists! They are all great examples of their respective services!

    Sad to see no female bloggers in the group… but there is always next year! (There is going to be a next year, right?)

    • http://firecritic.com Fire Critic

      Yes Dave, there will be a next year! I didn’t get a lot of feedback last year. There were issues I learned from and adapted to.

      This year, I am hearing some grumbling, so I will see what I can do about changing it up a little bit next year.

      I plan on writing about it after it is over to ask for feedback!

  • Gnome Handler

    WTF?? Happy Medic in both catagories? NOT FAIR! Everyone knows medics dont do nothing on the fire scene except for hiding in the guy bucket so they dont have to get dirty! Just kidding.

    • http://firecritic.com Fire Critic

      oh damn….is that how you feel about your pal Mike Ward as well? HA

      • http://www.firegeezer.com Mike “FossilMedic” Ward

        Hey. keep me out of this domestic dispute :)

  • http://www.twitter.com/robertjwilson Robert J. Wilson

    Three cheers for Ambulance Driver! Give ‘em hell, Kelly!!

  • mark ems pharmacist

    Best of Luck to all!

  • Celayne

    Ok- cutting the vote count feature off the last day is just “nasty”. I mean really “nasty”. And now having to wait until 9:00 pm to find out the results. Oh Man! Gosh Rhett- ya gonna give an old lady anxiety attacks all day long. The Fans of Ironfiremen have been diligent in voting
    from California to New Jersey ,down to Florida. and many states in between. This is worse than a good movie with commercials every 5 minutes. I sure hope this day goes by fast- and PS- don’t wait til the end of the Net cast to announce the winner= paaleeeezzzee.

    • http://firecritic.com Fire Critic

      Tricky isn’t it! Don’t worry, we will announce the winners at the beginning of the show!