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Dear Paramedic Chief Reader,
With the spread of Ebola a growing concern in the U.S., preparation is key and knowledge is power. We sat down with Dr. Alex Garza, the former chief medical officer for DHS, to talk about how the disease should be managed, the role that EMS should play, and the likelihood of a vaccine.

John Becknell uses an agency's handling of two EMTs seriously injured in a head-on collision to illustrate how incident management can and should put core values before all else. And Jeff Lucia explains how to tell what those core values are by asking 'why' to help inspire EMS crews.

Lastly, Pamela Lane of NAEMT tells us why leadership training is crucial for EMS management, and Steven Knight talks about how healthy conflict can help your team grow.
The EMS1 Team

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Expert opinion: EMS's role in the Ebola fight
By Cate Lecuyer
Dr. Alex Garza on how the virus should be managed, the transport role EMS will play, the chances of a vaccine, and if the world has the resources to fight this disease.
CDC's EMS checklist for detecting, managing Ebola
Guidelines highlight key areas to enhance overall preparation
Ebola SWAT team to be used in new virus-fighting plan
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Exclusive Articles
How an ambulance crash defined an EMS agency's care
By John Becknell
Allina Health's management of two injured EMTs is a lesson in how to put core values first. Whatever it takes
Knowing the 'why' helps EMS leaders inspire crews
By Jeff Lucia
This exercise leads to an understanding of your agency's mission, which helps motivate employees at every level.
Leadership Clips
Why leadership training is crucial for EMS management
Pamela Lane, executive director for NAEMT, explains the differences between management and leadership, and why both are needed in EMS agencies. Watch the video
The Leadership Edge
Why EMS leaders should embrace healthy conflict
By Steven Knight
Healthy conflict forces teams to consider different points of view, and results in a high-accountability environment. Candid dialogue
From the BP Vault
The truth about using lights and sirens
After a string of ambulance-involved collisions, a N.J. agency's video shows how drivers react to sirens, and advocates using them only in true emergencies.
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