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by Arthur Hsieh

A New Year's Eve to forget in DC

Unfortunately this will likely turn into yet another "blame the other guy" situation at the department

By Arthur Hsieh

It's a new year, but DCFD continues to make the news and not in a good way.

On one hand, I am empathetic to the situation. If you lose a large part of your staff on what can be one of the busiest shifts of the year, it'll be impossible to stay up with the call volume.

More telling though is the ease in which staff seems to call out sick on a holiday. Here's where the leadership can take the high road in understanding the reasons why.

The lack of corps d'esprit should be telling. I mean, why support your organization when it doesn't support you?

It's easy to fall into that mindset. Of course, professionals would put that aside and fight the good fight, maintaining whatever services to community they can.

Unfortunately this will likely turn into yet another "blame the other guy" situation at the department. Too bad. Like other opportunities that have gone by DCFD, this incident will just collect dust in the failure bin.

About the author

EMS1 Editorial Advisor Art Hsieh, MA, NREMT-P currently teaches at the Public Safety Training Center, Santa Rosa Junior College in the Emergency Care Program. Since 1982, Art has worked as a line medic and chief officer in the private, third service and fire-based EMS. He has directed both primary and EMS continuing education programs. Art is a textbook author, has presented at conferences nationwide, and continues to provide patient care at an EMS service in Northern California. Contact Art at
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