I hope your holidays were happy and your New Year is filled with hope and opportunity.
No resolutions here--I'm going to continue my efforts to be more active in blogging.
A few bits and pieces for the New Year:
The New York Times agrees with my thought on California's recent interpretation of the Good Samaritan Laws:
I'll have to call my lawyer
There have been some changes to the NIMS. Nothing I would call sweeping but it might be helpful to take a look:
NIMS Changes 2008 (PDF download)
2008 was the big EMS social networking year with several sites popping up including two by the EMS magazines:
And you can now find almost everyone (including me) on Facebook
Bryan Bledsoe posted his Top 10 EMS research papers on jems.com recently. These are definitely worth a look:
Bledsoe's Top Ten
Now, for those of you that know me, I have not only been in EMS for 31 years, I also spent quite a bit of time in police work. I am including this photo of yours truly as a rookie police officer in 1984 for the obvious laugh factor, to point out the benefit of Explorer Posts (I was a member of a police and fire post prior to getting on both jobs) and to remember the close friends and wonderful experiences I had as a police officer in Colonie, NY. Here I am with Neil Leach, a great friend for over 30 years.
I sincerely hope that your experiences in the emergency services are as rich and wonderful as mine have been over the past 31 years.
Happy New Year!