Public Safety

Savvik Stories: National EMS Management Association

Over the course of his 30 years in the healthcare industry, Pat Songer has learned the value of strong professional relationships. They’re the core of his work as Executive Director of the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA), which brings together EMS leadership to create pathways to success, and to his role as Chief Operations Officer …

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Savvik Stories: Reedsburg Area Ambulance Service

Joshua Kowalke knows the importance of saving time. As Ambulance Director for Reedsburg Area Ambulance Service in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, Kowalke has multiple responsibilities on his shoulders at any given moment. “I’ve got three ambulances out right now, so if my pager goes off, we’re going to have to reconvene at another time!” laughed Kowalke, who …

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Following Destiny in Saving Time and Lives with Minutes Matter

   During the time it takes to make a 911 call to help arriving, minutes matter. Recently, an educational movement has launched in the City of Pittsburgh in partnership with UPMC to empower bystanders to take proactive measures in saving lives until professional medical help arrives on scene. Altogether, Minutes Matter trains communities throughout the …

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Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Foundation Does not Skip a Beat in Setting the Standard for Innovation

    In the fast-paced, call-to-action world of EMS, every minute counts. Providing safe but swift measures in patient care are two binary concepts that can sometimes clash in the heat of the moment. In recent celebratory news, #SavvikSays feature, Executive Director Beth Wolfe and Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Foundation (PEMF) have forged dynamic, safe innovations …

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#SavvikSavvings Offer Milestone Opportunity for Rural and Super-rural Savvik Members

   There are always helping hands throughout the public safety industry with new initiatives, assistance and opportunities to improve patient care. In recent celebratory news, The Savvik Foundation and the American Ambulance Association (AAA) have launched a grant program exclusively available to Savvik member ambulance services who are 1.) classified as rural or super-rural and …

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Stop to Smell the Roses: Managing EMS Through Effective and Empathetic Operations

                Managing an EMS organization can involve mundane tasks that help assist with the everyday functions. It can be tedious, time-consuming and tiresome, but it is a vital background component to a thriving service. EMS has evolved from its booming catalyst in the 1960’s and continues to change …

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In and out of the Ambulance: Paving the Way for EMS

   Only decades later, EMS is evolving with professions darting in different directions. Amy Eisenhauer represents the build-your-own path that is paving way for ambulance services and emergency workers. There is an abundance of opportunities to harness in the industry, and Eisenhauer has created a blog called, The EMS Siren, in order to cultivate discussions …

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Speaking a Thousand Emotions with Daniel Sundahl

Emergency workers witness unimaginable circumstances that push the boundaries of personal care and mental health. Tragedies happen and sometimes the point of no return in stability vanishes beyond the continued, grueling work emergency professionals face on a day-to-day basis. Fortunately, Daniel Sundahl, who is a paramedic, firefighter, artist and public speaker, creates a community of …

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EMS and Rescue Combine Forces to Provide Specialty Services in Rural Towns

      From large cities to rural towns, the stretch of EMS knows no bounds. Recent Savvik 5.11 winner Angela Jones provides insight on what it is like to work in the public safety sector in the rural town of Bethany, Missouri, with the combining forces of emergency medical services (EMS) and rescue. Jones …

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