March 20th, 2014 was a big day for the EMS 2.0 movement.
On that day, the EMS 2.0 Facebook Page received a message from not one, but two US EMS services asking the leaders of the EMS 2.0 movement to step in and ďfinally figure out what the heck we should be doing with those ambulances we got.Ē
In a letter addressed to ďThose guys who started that EMS 2.0 thingĒ under the subject line of ďIf youíre so smart, YOU figure it out.Ē Both the upper echelons from the Detroit, MI and the Washington, DC EMS departments respectively asked Justin ďThe Happy MedicĒ Schorr who is widely considered to be the father of EMS 2.0, as well as yours truly, Chris Kaiser, EMS 2.0ís weird uncle, to step into the lead of the nationís arguably most-troubled ambulance systems.
ďWe try, and we try, and we tryÖĒ the letter states, ďbut every day we see more and more bad press coming from the local and national press. It seems that no matter what we do we just canít get things turned around.Ē
One of the chiefs even acknowledged the hard-working and caring employees of his service by saying ďA lot of our guys read EMS blogs and are trying innovative things out there in the field. One guy (in Detroit) even gave a cold, homeless guy a blanket one dayÖ Of course we then had to discipline him for violating policy, but still.Ē
The Chief of DC FEMS even offered to increase the 2014-2015 budget earmark for ďimproving EMS serviceĒ by 137%
However, even with the $137 dollars that DC said we could spend, ultimately Justin ďThe Happy MedicĒ Schorr decided to join on to the Detroit EMS force, which he has announced today on his blog.
With Justin at the helm of the new Detroit Unified Healthcare System (DUHs), that leaves Life Under The Lights considering whether or not to step in the lead role in Washington, DC.
Look for a further update on this big development on the EMS 2.0 front.
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