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Top 10 Reasons Your Best EMS Crews Quit

"If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys" ~Sir James Goldsmith. Admit it. You’ve thought about it. Quitting the whole EMS thing. Being home every night. Spending holidays with your family. Going to all your kids’ ball games. Maybe even putting a little extra money in your paycheck, right? If you’re being honest with yourself…you know you’ve thought about getting a “real” job from time to time.
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EMS Pilot Math Made Easy

EMS Pilot Math Made Easy

— A simple calculation for how long until the EMS helicopter to arrive. If you love math and solve complex word problems to relax, this article is NOT for you. If math is a four letter word you sometimes use with other more colorful four letter words, then keep reading.
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Drone Days of Summer

New rules start today. Commercial flyers will need a remote pilot certificate and a Transportation Security Administration background check. The drone can’t weigh more than 55 pounds, fly higher than 400 feet, and must remain visible at all times.

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EMS Helicopter Shopping: Dead Wrong

EMS Helicopter Shopping: Dead Wrong

Helicopter shopping is a dirty little secret in Emergency Medical Services (EMS). A taboo event everybody knows happens, but nobody ever talks about. As operators, lets do more than bury our heads in the sand and attend more memorial services. “Poor aircrew (insert name here), if only they knew about the first three weather turn downs….” Together, lets make a concerted effort to never hear those words.

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The 20-60-20 Rule of Helicopter EMS

The 20-60-20 Rule of Helicopter EMS

Fly-along day is an exciting time for wannabe flight crews. If you're considering an air medical career, fly-along day makes a lot of sense. See the blood. Feel the turbulence. Smell the fuel. What better way to figure out if a flight medic, flight nurse or EMS pilot career is for you?
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How Smart Crews Stay Safe

—6 Ways to Fly Strong in An Air Medical World Full of Dumb. For you, flying air medical is about patient care and job satisfaction, right? But it’s completely different for people with no skin in the game. For helicopter companies and health systems, it’s about the money. Is that too much reality for you? Because if it is, you’re doing the wrong job. And you should do something else right away.

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