Mass Gatherings During COVID-19 Pandemic

Last month, I asked Chief Kevin McGee, Chair of the IAFC Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee (T&HS), to have the committee research and develop leadership considerations for response to mass gatherings and large crowd events – planned or spon…

Running A Firehouse During A Pandemic

Fire and EMS agencies across the nation have been affected by medical PPE shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. It is critical, as fire service leaders, to develop systems quickly to address logistical needs. Our department worked from a syste…

Good Policies Support A Culture of Trust

As I read a line-of-duty-death report recently, two statements jumped off the page. First, the report concluded that “General Orders are often contradictory, unclear, or too cumbersome for personnel to glean operational value.” Second, it stated i…

CMS Issues Data Collection Waiver

In light of the ongoing spread of SARS-CoV-2, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a waiver for agencies selected in 2020 to participate in the Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection process. According to CMS, those agencies p…