Inside EMS Podcast: Debunking the myth that volunteer EMS is dying

New EMS1 columnist and volunteerism expert Nancy Magee explains why volunteers are critical to the future of EMS; her answers may surprise you


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In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson welcome new EMS1 columnist and volunteerism expert Nancy Magee. Her debut column, “Why volunteers are critical to the future of EMS” explains why volunteers provide the foundation of EMS in the U.S.

Cebollero and Grayson force “the myth” that volunteerism is dead in today’s culture of EMS, and Magee’s answer may surprise you.

The hosts also react to a news story of a soldier that died during a 2-day jail sentence and a recommendation for medically trainied safety officer for high-risk activities.

Cebollero and Grayson also highlight a news story about a man who sneezed out part of a toy dart after it was lodged in his nose for more than 40 years.

They also discuss what they consider to be inappropriate responses to a news story about a female EMT who was referred to as the “community bicycle” over an open mic.

The EMT has not returned to work after the comments were broadcast by a male lieutenant with Aurora Fire Engine 1, who is set to retire.

Cebollero and Kelly are very critical of Facebook comments from EMS1 readers telling the EMT to “toughen up.”

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