• 10 Ways Law Enforcement Ruined Me As A Woman

    10 Ways Law Enforcement Ruined Me As A Woman

    Being a police officer changes our entire way of thinking and affects our psyche. It transforms us for life, not just for the duration of Read More
  • 5 Signs The Last EMS Crew Had A Bad Shift

    5 Signs The Last EMS Crew Had A Bad Shift

    We never wish bad things on the off-going EMS crew, but there is a belief that a busy shift the day before means an easy Read More
  • Body Cameras Can Be A Cop's Best Friend

    Body Cameras Can Be A Cop's Best Friend

    For those cops that decry the use of body cameras/car cameras, I must admit I don’t understand your point of view. Those suckers have proven Read More
  • Top 10 Songs To Blast In An Ambulance When Responding To A Call

    Top 10 Songs To Blast In An Ambulance When Responding To A Call

    Inside the ambulance, the sirens are very loud indeed. Add to that the voices of the dispatchers telling us to hurry up and PD on Read More
  • The Marine Who Killed the Enemy With Their Own Weapons

    The Marine Who Killed the Enemy With Their Own Weapons

    When the United States invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003, everyone involved knew it was going to be a messy affair. Few people would discover Read More
  • 5 Signs You're A Police Department Douchebag

    5 Signs You're A Police Department Douchebag

    I love all my brother and sister LEOs, but from time to time some people have to be called out on their douchebaggery... Read More
  • 40 Police Dog Memes That'll Make You Smile

    40 Police Dog Memes That'll Make You Smile

    We've rounded up memes for cops, firefighters, military and EMS personnel, but we can't forget about our canine friends in the police department.   Read More
  • 6 Reasons Fellow Veterans Are The Best Co-Workers Ever

    6 Reasons Fellow Veterans Are The Best Co-Workers Ever

    Now I don't want anyone to think I'm knocking companies that aren't comprised solely of veterans. But, as a vet who also knows what it's Read More
  • No One Will Ever Understand You Like Your EMS Partner Does

    No One Will Ever Understand You Like Your EMS Partner Does

    I could tell others about the things we see. I could pay therapists to listen to my stories of how it felt to be blindsided Read More
  • Venting A Roof? Why An SCBA Is Not An Absolute Must

    Venting A Roof? Why An SCBA Is Not An Absolute Must

    I want to talk about the usage of SCBAs during vertical ventilation. Once again, I will leave this disclaimer. Before you freak out, I am Read More
  • 6 Things You Can Expect From Any Police Wife

    6 Things You Can Expect From Any Police Wife

    I’m one of those people who gets a bit irked when I see a group of people getting lumped into one category; however, there’s no Read More
  • The Danger of Feeling Invincible: A Veteran Police Officer Looks Back

    The Danger of Feeling Invincible: A Veteran Police Officer Looks Back

    Doing dangerous things, while holding the belief that one cannot or will not be hurt, is fun and exciting. It is a way to garner Read More
  • The Worst Things I've Ever Felt As A Paramedic

    The Worst Things I've Ever Felt As A Paramedic

    Paramedics experience many feelings during their time on the ambulance, fire engine, ER staff or quick response vehicle. You may be thinking about feelings like Read More
  • First Responders In Orlando Are Doing The Unimaginable

    First Responders In Orlando Are Doing The Unimaginable

    The families of the victims in Orlando need strong men and women to sort things out and process the bodies of their loved ones. They Read More
  • Dear Public: I Am Not Your Enemy

    Dear Public: I Am Not Your Enemy

    When I put on my paramedic uniform and head out to aid the ill and injured in my ambulance, you view what I do as Read More
  • 5 Reasons Cops Only Hang Out With Other Cops

    5 Reasons Cops Only Hang Out With Other Cops

    Believe it or not police officers are people just like everyone else. We have feelings and we also have a need for social interaction. We’re Read More
  • When A Cop Has To Decide Who Lives And Who Dies

    When A Cop Has To Decide Who Lives And Who Dies

    I hated these calls. Most of the time I'd find nothing, sometimes there would be a traffic accident, and other times, like this one, would Read More
  • 7 Songs A Cop Plays During Prisoner Transports

    7 Songs A Cop Plays During Prisoner Transports

    I’ve chosen my songs as kind of a tongue-in-cheek way of breaking the ice during that awkward drive when someone is getting ready to trade Read More
  • When The Calls And Scenes Stick With You

    When The Calls And Scenes Stick With You

    Over the years, my experiences as a firefighter have warped and torn my memory, reducing them to postcard-like snapshots. Some of the details are hard Read More
  • How Do We Prevent The Next Orlando?

    How Do We Prevent The Next Orlando?

    Until we come together as a country and decide we will no longer be led like lambs to the slaughter, these kinds of attacks will Read More
  • When Seconds Count, Don't Count On EMS

    When Seconds Count, Don't Count On EMS

    The powers that be say we need more resources to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for EMS services. Runs are up, numbers are up, Read More
  • 5 More Signs You’re a Douchey Cop

    5 More Signs You’re a Douchey Cop

    While my co-contributor, RJ Beam, started the list of indications that you may be guilty of douchebaggery, I couldn’t resist jumping in and fleshing out Read More
  • 7 Ways Technology Will Affect The Future Of EMS, Police and Fire

    7 Ways Technology Will Affect The Future Of EMS, Police and Fire

    It’s a common belief in healthcare, law enforcement and fire services that the human factor will never be replaced by automation or robotics. That may Read More
  • 'Safe' Tactics Are Killing The Fire Service

    'Safe' Tactics Are Killing The Fire Service

    Now I get that there are inherent risks with the job—that’s what makes it cool. So why as a whole are we getting away from Read More
  • 9 Ways The Cop Life Shaped Me As A Mom

    9 Ways The Cop Life Shaped Me As A Mom

    Being a cop mom isn’t for everyone. It takes a lot of grit. Parenting is difficult in and of itself, let alone adding a badge.  Read More
  • The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Of Being A Woman In The Military

    The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Of Being A Woman In The Military

    I want to make something clear: I love being in the Army. I love what it's done for me and the opportunities it’s provided. That Read More
  • PTSD? Or Do You Just Need A Pat On The Back?

    PTSD? Or Do You Just Need A Pat On The Back?

    There are people truly suffering from PTSD, and then I see some kid with two years on the local Volunteer FD getting "I wish my Read More
  • 12 Must-Have Items For A Weekend Getaway With Veterans

    12 Must-Have Items For A Weekend Getaway With Veterans

    Whether you're headed to the beach, the mountains, or an ominous lair hidden in a deep-sea thermal vent, there are plenty of basic sundries you'll Read More
  • The Fire Department Closet: Being Gay In Bunker Gear

    The Fire Department Closet: Being Gay In Bunker Gear

    I am a volunteer firefighter, and have been for nearly a decade. I am also gay, and have been for over four decades. And now Read More
  • The One Thing Cops Need More Than Anything

    The One Thing Cops Need More Than Anything

    If you’re a civilian reading this and you want to change an officer’s perception of society and have an impact on them beyond your ability Read More
  • 5 Conversations You Should Avoid Starting With A Paramedic

    5 Conversations You Should Avoid Starting With A Paramedic

    There are a handful of trigger points that are bound to get any paramedic talking. The problem is, these conversations are mostly one-sided and you’ll Read More
  • PTSD Isn't A Symptom Of Weakness, It's A Sign Of Humanity

    PTSD Isn't A Symptom Of Weakness, It's A Sign Of Humanity

    PTSD is not evidence of what’s wrong with you; it’s evidence of what’s right with you. Congratulations. You can feel. You have emotions. You don’t Read More
  • First Responders Don’t Have To Suffer In Silence

    First Responders Don’t Have To Suffer In Silence

    Firefighters, police officers and EMS personnel are dying by their own hands as a direct result of the things they experience. The people who are Read More
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of a Cop Vacation

    The Do’s and Don’ts of a Cop Vacation

    Do: Carry a pistol in a concealed manner. Don't: Carry your pistol in a fanny pack.  Read More
  • 5 Signs You’re A Hobbyist Firefighter

    5 Signs You’re A Hobbyist Firefighter

    What is a hobbyist, you might ask? A hobbyist is a volunteer firefighter who desperately wants you to know that he or she—normally he—is a Read More
  • The 'Dinosaurs' Of The Fire Service Know More Than You Think

    The 'Dinosaurs' Of The Fire Service Know More Than You Think

    These are the guys who know how to get the job done. They know the things you don’t yet. They know things that without them Read More
  • The Lesson In Humility That Guided My Firefighter/EMT Career

    The Lesson In Humility That Guided My Firefighter/EMT Career

    At night I showed up at the restaurant and put my firefighter clothes away, put on a bow tie and waited on people. It was Read More
  • 11 Sci-Fi Gadgets The Military Could Really Use

    11 Sci-Fi Gadgets The Military Could Really Use

    Seems like every other week another attention-grabbing article comes out about fantastical gadgets straight out of science fiction that are being developed for the military. Read More
  • A Plea To My Fellow First Responders

    A Plea To My Fellow First Responders

    Today, we are faced with tension and division that we as a nation haven’t seen in a long time. As first responders, we naturally want Read More
  • Before You Rush To Judgment, Remember That Police Officers Are People, Too

    Before You Rush To Judgment, Remember That Police Officers Are People, Too

    The extremely large majority of police officers come to work and put their lives on the line for complete strangers. Strangers who are of all Read More
  • 5 Conversations You'll Have With Suspects In A Squad Car

    5 Conversations You'll Have With Suspects In A Squad Car

    Everyone seems to claim they know their rights. Yet for some reason, many of the folks riding in the back of my squad car seem Read More
  • Why Pokemon GO Is Good For Law Enforcement

    Why Pokemon GO Is Good For Law Enforcement

    Pokemon GO may fizzle out in a few weeks, but it’s the savvy departments and officers that are leveraging their social media prowess to take Read More
  • Denial, Acceptance and Recovery: One Police Officer’s Battle with PTSD

    Denial, Acceptance and Recovery: One Police Officer’s Battle with PTSD

    It was during a long talk with my wife that I completely broke down. I was burnt out physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. Only then Read More
  • 5 Traits of Female Cops

    5 Traits of Female Cops

    There is good and bad in everything in this world, including the differences between men and women in the police culture. Some things are just Read More
  • Want To See A Change In Law Enforcement? Start By Changing The Community

    Want To See A Change In Law Enforcement? Start By Changing The Community

    The phrase “community policing” involves two key words. Community is the first. If the community does not support us, there is no community policing. If Read More
  • There Is No Glory In Dying On The Job

    There Is No Glory In Dying On The Job

    There will be no “so that others may live” nonsense here; our first and foremost responsibility is to ourselves. If you plan on dying and Read More
  • Why Has It Taken So Many Police Officers Dying To Get The Public's Attention?

    Why Has It Taken So Many Police Officers Dying To Get The Public's Attention?

    On the one hand, police officers have been asking society for recognition and to empathize with us and what we deal with on a daily Read More
  • From A Firefighter To Our Police Force...

    From A Firefighter To Our Police Force...

    When I see police officers being ambushed and killed on the news, I wholeheartedly relate as if it were a firefighter or a medic, and Read More
  • 7 Things Police Officers Do That The Public Should Know About

    7 Things Police Officers Do That The Public Should Know About

    Many citizens might believe cops are all routine and robotic, but we really do have many human qualities. Read More
  • Military Branch Songs: Why They All Suck And What We Should Replace Them With

    Military Branch Songs: Why They All Suck And What We Should Replace Them With

    There's a lot of stuff the US military does well. Like shooting things and exploding stuff. But to be frank, there are also plenty of Read More
  • How I Became A Facebook Fireman

    How I Became A Facebook Fireman

    Social media has finally given me a way to demand respect from friends and family with my daily #humblebrag picture of me in my gear Read More
  • 5 Pokemon Characters That Should Be Paramedics

    5 Pokemon Characters That Should Be Paramedics

    Granted, I'm new to Pokemon GO and still know next to nothing about the characters, but what I’ve learned along the way got me thinking Read More
  • 7 Reasons I'm Still A Police Officer

    7 Reasons I'm Still A Police Officer

    I have a bachelor’s degree and years of experience; I could find a job that would pay better in the corporate world and be a Read More
  • A Brief Response To The Firefighter Who Suggested I Kill Myself

    A Brief Response To The Firefighter Who Suggested I Kill Myself

    The firefighter who wrote that I should punch myself into a coma or shoot myself in the head is unfortunately a product of the "all Read More
  • 10 Reasons Not To Become A Volunteer Firefighter

    10 Reasons Not To Become A Volunteer Firefighter

    There are plenty of good reasons to become a volunteer firefighter in your community. And if there is one universal truth about volunteer fire departments, Read More
  • A Firefighter/EMT's Greatest Asset

    A Firefighter/EMT's Greatest Asset

    Firefighters and EMS personnel are a different breed. We have no desire to control people. We help them. Sometimes we need to control them, and Read More
  • 4 Reasons Law Enforcement Will Outlast Black Lives Matter

    4 Reasons Law Enforcement Will Outlast Black Lives Matter

    You may feel like the country has lost its collective minds when you flip on the nightly news and witness brazen attacks on law enforcement, Read More
  • How To Be The Perfect EMS Patient In 7 Easy Steps

    How To Be The Perfect EMS Patient In 7 Easy Steps

    So you’ve decided to call 911 and summon help from your friendly neighborhood ambulance service. Seems simple, right? It’s all fairly routine, but you’re an Read More
  • The 6 Dumbest Things You Can Say To A Police Officer

    The 6 Dumbest Things You Can Say To A Police Officer

    On every call we respond to that requires some sort of resolution, you can bet the farm we’re going to give you some guidance as Read More
  • Your YouTube Feed Is Lying To You About First Responders

    Your YouTube Feed Is Lying To You About First Responders

    When you watch a video that appears to show a public servant doing something wrong, consider the agenda of the person editing or posting it. Read More
  • The Police Sniper Who Shot A Gun Out Of A Guy's Hand

    The Police Sniper Who Shot A Gun Out Of A Guy's Hand

    While police officer Mike Plumb had practiced on ranges shooting dimes from hundreds of meters away, this was a situation he had never prepared himself for. Read More
  • 10 Ways to Raise a Police Officer’s Suspicion

    10 Ways to Raise a Police Officer’s Suspicion

    After a few years it becomes second nature for a police officer to observe and act accordingly when presented with these indicators. Read More
  • I've Seen Death Before, But This Was Different

    I've Seen Death Before, But This Was Different

    I'm a young medic, and I know I'll see much worse, but this was the first time in a few years that something hit me Read More
  • 5 Weird Laws Most Cops (And Civilians) Don't Know About

    5 Weird Laws Most Cops (And Civilians) Don't Know About

    Your duty, if you find yourself wearing the badge, is to research your state’s version of the above listed code sections, go forth, and cite Read More
  • 8 Habits Paramedics Take Home With Them

    8 Habits Paramedics Take Home With Them

    EMS can be a tough line of work to get used to, but once we get “broken in,” we find ourselves carrying home habits that Read More
  • 11 Ways Police Work Made Me A Better Person

    11 Ways Police Work Made Me A Better Person

    As cops, we sacrifice so much of ourselves to our department and community that sometimes we don’t stop to think about what the career has Read More
  • How To Save A Life

    How To Save A Life

    By now, most firefighters and medics have treated opioid overdose. We have learned how to measure the medication, how to administer it and how to Read More
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