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EMS 2017 Year End

With 2017 coming to an end I thought it would be great to ask a few of the leading EMS professionals out there what they liked in 2017 and what they wanted to see more of in 2018.

These were some great quick interviews and what these guys want to focus on may surprise you.

I posted each as a separate video for easy viewing. Just click the images to watch and be sure to check out their websites and follow them on social media.

Tim Nowak talks about EMS professional development and his thoughts on prehospital ultrasound.

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Tim Nowak, AAS, BS, NRP, CCEMT-P, SEMSO, is the founder and CEO of Emergency Medical Solutions, LLC, an independent EMS training and consulting company that he developed in 2010. He’s been involved in EMS and emergency services since 2002, and has worked as an EMT, paramedic and critical care paramedic in a variety of urban, suburban, rural and hospital settings. He’s also been involved as an EMS educator, consultant, item writer, clinical preceptor, board member, reference product developer, firefighter and HazMat technician throughout his career.

Bryan Faas takes some time and discusses why the “whole person” is important and what he wants to focus on in 2018 and why. This was a phone in session but still a great interview.

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Bryan Fass, ATC, LAT, CSCS, EMT-P (ret.), has dedicated over a decade to changing the culture of EMS from one of pain, injury, and disease to one of ergonomic excellence and provider wellness. He has leveraged his 15-year career in sports medicine, athletic training, spine rehabilitation, strength and conditioning and as a paramedic to become an expert on prehospital patient handling/equipment handling and fire-EMS fitness. His company, Fit Responder, works nationally with departments to reduce injuries and improve fitness for first responders.

Chris Cebollero from Cebollero & Assoc. joined me with his insight into Community Paramedics, EMS as a business and giving EMT’s more responsibility. Chris is a true EMS leader and pushed through this session even hough he was under the weather.

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Chris Cebollero is a nationally recognized Emergency Medical Services leader, best selling author, and advocate. Chris is a member of the Forbes Coaching Council and available for speaking, coaching and mentoring. Currently Chris is the Senior Partner for Cebollero & Associates, a medical consulting firm, assisting organizations in meeting the challenges of tomorrow. See more about Chris at and be sure to follow him on Twitter @ChiefofEMS and on FaceBook.

Rommie Duckworth shared his thoughts regarding management and training and how he wants to see improvement and implementations by preparing and embracing changes in EMS.

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Rom Duckworth is a dedicated emergency responder and award-winning educator with more than twenty-five years of experience working in career and volunteer fire departments, public and private emergency services and hospital healthcare systems. Currently a career fire Captain and field paramedic, as an emergency services advocate Rom is a frequent speaker at national conferences and works as a contributor to research, magazines, & textbooks on topics of operations, leadership, and emergency services education. Rom can be found at , and on Twitter @romduck

Greg Friese took some time from his busy day at and talked about a few key things he wants to see in the coming year. One of which is looking deeper at driverless ambulances. As always Greg focuses a bunch on safety and his thoughts on this will have you nodding in agreement for sure.

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Greg Friese, MS, NRP, is Editor-in-Chief of He is an educator, author, paramedic, and marathon runner.


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