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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 of the two. Maybe it’s

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 increased expenditures as a result

Tim Nowak voted to inaugural Board of Directors for the National Association of Mobile Integrated Healthcare Providers (NAMIHP)

“Working together to help solve the problem of fragmented healthcare.” The focal statement on the homepage of NAMIHP’s website immediately captures one’s attention, and while partly due to size and placement, it’s likely the bold claim/call to action that resonates with site visitors and NAMIHP members alike. It is a sentiment that energizes Tim Nowak

5 Secrets to Successful Long-term Fire & EMS Planning

Author: Tim Nowak (4-minute read) Anecdotally speaking, the average “lifespan” of a fire/emergency medical services (EMS) chief is only about five years … that’s excluding some of the long-tenured volunteer fire chiefs remaining within today’s current market. Generational mindsets, local cost-of-living, expanding opportunities within the industry for growth, and quite frankly, local politics and individual

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 or once-in-a-while snippets accurately portray

Mutual-aid agreements: Mission-critical to rural public safety (Article Review)

  Interagency relationships help solidify the infrastructure of small communities Date Published: Jul 26, 2021 Original Author: John Metzger Source: FireRescue1.com Article Link:  https://www.firerescue1.com/mutual-aid/articles/mutual-aid-agreements-mission-critical-to-rural-public-safety-Fx4SZV0NAZf3mH7N/ Mutual aid agreements hold a very valid place in the daily operations of many fire departments across the country – both in rural and even some urban settings. Some of the common

Digital Health Literacy Inequities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the digitization of healthcare services, as safety precautions prompted a transition of care delivery from in-person to virtual. The health risks posed by the COVID-19 virus incentivized providers to expedite the integration of technology with existing delivery services in order to support patients during the pandemic. The federal government, recognizing this

Assessing Feasibility of Improved Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Delivery System

The Client: City of Coconut Creek, Florida The Project: Transitional Study for Fire and EMS Services The Opportunity: Coconut Creek, the “Butterfly Capital of the World,” is a well-planned city with a unique environmental consciousness nestled between Miami and Palm Beach. Spotlighted as one of the “Best Cities to Live in America” by Money Magazine,

Data Collection and Analysis Play Important Roles in Modern Fire Service

Perspectives from a 40-year veteran of the fire service profession Significance of Fire Analysis The largest forest fires in California occurred in the last three years.[1] The largest forest fire in size and fatalities in U.S. history burned 3.8 million acres and killed at least 1,500 people across Michigan and Wisconsin in October 1871.[2] The

Collective Letter to CMS in Support of Treatment in Place (TIP)

The IAFC last week sent the enclosed letter to the Department of Health and Human Services, pushing for immediate action on payment for Treatment In Place (TIP).  Authorized in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (PL 117-2), CMS does not seem to have prioritized this reimbursement.  Joining IAFC were the American Ambulance Association (AAA),

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