All posts by Rachel Ray

Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection Survey…Ready, Set, Collect!

PCG is proud to offer the ambulance community with support services for the Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection survey. Thank you to all of those who were able to attend the webinar event live on December 15th. We feel that the information presented in the webinar was well received and


Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program- Non Affiliated EMS Organizations Are Eligible

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) applications are open. The goal of the grant program is to assist fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations in meeting their needs to serve their communities. The grant assists these organizations in obtaining equipment, protective gear,


Equity study attempts to mitigate long-standing health disparities

Originally Posted on the Austin Monitor on Friday, November 19th. Author: Samuel Stark   A new report by a city-appointed firm found that local medical and emergency service providers could do more to help address sharp health disparities in East and West Austin. The equity study, which was completed this summer

6 Take-Aways from NHTSA’s Lights & Sirens Use

Author: Tim Nowak (2-3 minute read) “Primum non nocere – first, do no harm.” This is the opening sentence in the 2017 report produced for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Office of Emergency Medical Services (EMS)*. This study examines the use of lights & siren (L&S) by ambulances.

Crash Responder Safety Week Begins November 8th

Let’s Make Things Safer for Emergency Responders The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of EMS encourages the EMS community to recognize Crash Responder Safety Week, observed this year November 8-14. Because emergency responders—police, fire, EMS, and towing—risk being killed or injured by passing vehicles when responding to a roadside

“These are unprecedented times”

Author: Charley Hurley (3-minute read)   It’s a phrase that many people say they’re sick of hearing and yet, the statement is quite profound when you really consider all that this country has been through over the past two years. “These are unprecedented times.” America has exited from its longest

National Fire Prevention Week Begins October 9th

Remembering The Great Peshtigo Fire, in addition to The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 Author: Tim Nowak (2-minute read)   It was a matter of coincidence … two prominent fires that started on the same exact day in history, yet one gains the spotlight – despite being the significantly smaller

News Digest: Availability of Additional $25.5 Billion in COVID-19 Provider Funding

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be making $25.5 billion in new funding available for healthcare providers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Why it matters: Fire/EMS providers can submit an application to receive these funds and get additional financial relief to make up for lost revenue and

4 Reasons Why You Need to Create an Annual Report

Author: Tim Nowak (4-minute read)   Outside of your fire department or EMS agency’s website, how else do you communicate your system’s performance? Do you use call volume trends, positive feedback, and other reporting measures? Via your social media page? How about monthly commission or board meetings? Do these monthly