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ALL TOPICS TAGGED: Emergency Medical Services

January 29, 2019

Why Telemedicine is Growing in EMS

The emergency medical services profession has changed significantly over the last few decades and continues to evolve in the light of new technology. In fact, telemedicine technology has the potential to completely revolutionize the entire EMS profession, by not only improving communication between first responders and hospital emergency departments, but also potentially increasing access to health care for people in underserved or rural areas.

January 17, 2019

CSU, NVFC Mark 10 Years of Scholarship Awards

Columbia Southern University (CSU) and the National Volunteer Fire Council began a partnership 10 years ago to provide educational benefits to fire and emergency service personnel. In addition to a discount to CSU for NVFC members and their families, each year two NVFC members are awarded a scholarship to attend CSU. Since 2009, this scholarship has helped many NVFC members launch their careers and further their position in the fire and emergency services. 

December 11, 2018

Fire Chief and Alumnus Robert Jackson Awarded VFW Gold Medal

Robert Jackson is passionate about fire service and being a first responder. Twenty years ago, he was beginning his career as a green firefighter; he has since served as fire chief for the City of Daleville, Alabama, and today works as a firefighter EMT and hazmat technician at Ft. Rucker Fire and Emergency Services. He also works with local emergency management as a disaster volunteer coordinator. Because of his passion and strides in the industry, as well as his dedication to honoring veterans, Jackson was awarded the Emergency Services Gold Medal Award for Outstanding Firefighter of the Year through the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Department of Alabama.

September 14, 2018

Addressing Firefighter Health and Wellness [Webinar]

Firefighting is a dangerous and rigorous profession that can take a toll on the body and on the mind. According to the National Fire Protection Association, sudden cardiac death was the leading cause of on-duty firefighter deaths in 2015. In 2017, sudden cardiac death accounted for nearly half of the 60 fatalities.

September 10, 2018

Ironwoman Diana Woolf Races for PTSD Awareness

In April 2018, Diana Woolf, a 47-year-old fire service veteran from Highland Hills, Ohio and graduate of Columbia Southern University, competed in an Ironman triathlon dressed in full turnout gear, something no woman has ever done before her. Her reason? To raise awareness and funding to help firefighters cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. Studies have found that anywhere between approximately 7 percent and 37 percent of the nation’s more than one million firefighters meet the criteria for a current diagnosis of PTSD.

July 30, 2018

A Future in Paramedicine [Webinar]

The rapidly evolving field of mobile integrated healthcare, or community paramedicine, has become a hot topic among those in EMS in and fire service. The system of services is meant to address key issues such as the rising fees of ambulance transport, labor shortages in EMS and health care costs; and it is changing the way health care is administered and delivered in many cities. Join Columbia Southern University Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 at 1 p.m. CST for A Future in Paramedicine, a webinar discussion and Q&A session hosted by Jeannie Riner, CSU’s lead faculty for fire, emergency medical services and CSU graduate Landry Merkison. Merkison is the fire chief and EMA director for Clayton County (Georgia) Fire & Emergency Services.
 

July 26, 2018

The Importance of Data in Emergency Medical Services

If there is one thing that has had a profound influence on health care in the last decade, it’s data. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, data has become more important than ever before, with information about patients, treatments and other aspects of the delivery system analyzed and interpreted with the ultimate goal of improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of care.

July 17, 2018

Firefighter and Mother of Three LaShawndra Roberts Pursues Degree with CSU Fire Scholarship

LaShawndra Roberts, a firefighter and EMT at Clayton County (Georgia) Fire & Emergency Services, is the recipient of the 2018 CSU Fire Scholarship. For Roberts, the scholarship is a welcomed way to accomplish her goal of earning a bachelor's degree in fire administration.
 

June 18, 2018

How Social Media is Changing Emergency Response

When a shooter opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the idea of another school shooting was horrifying to most Americans. To emergency medical services personnel, though, the incident marked a profound shift in their approach to their response to active shooters and other emergencies. The channel: social media.

March 20, 2018

CSU Knight and Fire Captain Vincent Harris Awarded $3.7 Million Federal Grant for Henry County Fire Department

After earning his associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees from CSU and an additional associate and bachelor’s degree from Waldorf University, Vincent Harris knew he needed to put his education to good use. After climbing the ranks at the Henry County Fire Department in Georgia, where he now serves as captain, he decided to learn how to write grants.

March 7, 2018

Making Social Media Work for First Responders [Webinar]

Social media is more and more becoming an indispensable channel in emergency management communications, as EMS and emergency management personnel are using various channels to reach their communities before, during and after disasters. First responders are also turning to social media to gather valuable insight from citizens on the ground via eyewitness video, photos and postings.

February 26, 2018

Helmet is one of Many Hats for Nina Taylor: Mother, Fire Officer, Teacher and Businesswoman

Nina Taylor wears many hats. One of those hats is a firefighter’s helmet at Station 14 of the Birmingham (Alabama) Fire & Rescue Service Department. As a lieutenant and 15-year veteran of the department, Taylor relishes helping the citizens of Birmingham and her fellow firefighters.

February 15, 2018

What Does It Take to Become an Emergency Medical Services Administrator?

Job opportunities for emergency medical technicians (EMTs), advanced EMTs, and paramedics are on the rise. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 24 percent increase in the number of available EMT and paramedic jobs by 2024. Acts of violence, accidents, and natural disasters create continuous demand for emergency medical services.

January 29, 2018

Alumni Stories: Mobile, Ala., Fire Chief Embraces Role as Protector

Some jobs are just filled with unpredictable days. Just ask fire Chief Mark Sealy. Sealy has been with the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department for 26 years. During that time, he and his fellow firefighters have witnessed many exciting challenges to their work.

January 16, 2018

We Asked Top Fire Alums to Share Their Best Rookie Advice: Here’s What They Said

Starting a new job can be daunting for anyone. Learning rules, regulations, station procedures and policies can be quite a challenge for a newbie. To help rookie firefighters and officers, Columbia Southern University reached out to several fire officer graduates to get their tips for success. Here are a few of our favorites.
 
 

November 8, 2017

2017 NVFC Scholarships Awarded to Stephanie Humberd and John Sullivan

The National Volunteer Fire Council and Columbia Southern University are pleased to award NVFC members Stephanie Humberd and John Sullivan with the 2017 National Volunteer Fire Council Scholarship.

November 7, 2017

The Spirit of a First Responder

In times of chaos and every day on the job, first responders are heroes who keep our communities safe, calm and protected from harm. Being a first responder takes a special kind of person. Here are the characteristics we see in the firefighters, police officers, emergency management and paramedics that we have the honor of educating every day at CSU.

November 3, 2017

Alumni Stories: Daniel Tyk Enjoys a Good Challenge

Daniel Tyk is no stranger to a full schedule. The Wisconsin resident recently completed his emergency medical services administration degree while working at the North Shore Fire/Rescue department as the EMS manager, lieutenant, and community relations and public information officer.

July 25, 2017

20 Jobs for the Master of Public Health Graduate

A Master of Public Health degree can open the door to the health industry and give graduates a wider range of experience in the field. Use your knowledge of the health industry and health policy to create a better experience for those around you in the following jobs.
 

July 25, 2017

What Safety & Emergency Services Career Field Should You Pick? [Flowchart]

With so many career opportunities in the safety and emergency services industries, it may be hard to narrow down the options. This flow chart will help you decide the best career for you based on your wants and needs.