Education & Training
Programs from this award-winning educator provide instructors, proctors, and program coordinators with the tools they need to tackle tough classroom problems, boost program performance, and prepare students to operate in real-world healthcare and emergency services environments.
COVID-19 has had an impact on everyone’s life, especially the daily work of medical providers and emergency responders. Long hours, extra work, equipment shortages and changing procedures add tremendous stress to emergency response systems and, more importantly, individual emergency responders. As someone who not only works in emergency response but regularly teaches at large gatherings, I’m seeing many local, regional, and even national education events being canceled or rescheduled. This unfortunate, but necessary consequence of...read more
In the #EMSToday2020 Keynote The Strength Within Us I’m talking the strength we often don’t recognize in ourselves as individual providers, but more importantly, the strength we have when we band together, watch out for each other, and demand what we need to get the job done! I look forward to seeing you at EMS TODAY in Tampa next week for the keynote. Will there be shouting? YES! Will there be fireworks? Probably not. Will there be the message that #EMS is better together than in fractured and isolated silos? You betcha!...read more
Brand new education programs alongside updates to existing favorites! I always enjoy putting together new programs! These are topics where I’ve had the chance to read up on the research and talk with subject matter experts to identify the lessons that apply to my own work as well as lessons that I’d love to share. I spend a good amount of time thinking about how I can get better at what I do. When I find something that is really useful, I want to share it with other firefighters, EMS providers, and leaders in emergency services....read more
EMS 10 Innovator Awards 2019 An award-winning EMS educator, fire captain and EMS coordinator, Captain Rommie L. Duckworth, BS, LP, of the Ridgefield (Conn.) Fire Department, is acutely aware of the lifesaving difference first responders can make when they’re aware of sepsis. With this unique insight, he worked closely with the Sepsis Alliance to create Sepsis: First Response, a free online training module to improve awareness and understanding of sepsis among EMS providers nationwide. In addition to the 60-minute training program, Duckworth...read more
Ben Franklin has long been associated with the founding of the American fire service. What many people do not realize is that his interest in building and protect strong communities has left us with many lessons to inspire and guide fire, rescue, and EMS leaders in the twenty-first century. His wisdom is as applicable to emergency responders today as it was to is hard-working readers of the eighteenth century. While it is unlikely that Franklin ever taught bloodborne pathogen lessons, he often gave advice that you might hear in any modern...read more
The theme for EMS Week for 2016 is “Called to Care”. Betsy coordinating EMT Students for Active Shooter drill. We are “Called to Care” for a variety of reasons, yet while many paths may lead to EMS, you won’t walk that road very far without the support of friends and family. Some may be lucky enough to have those close to them understand the quirks of emergency services. Others may have people who can only nod their heads along with the stories they hear, not understanding all the terms and phrases, but knowing...read more
Fall tends to be about the busiest time that I have presenting at conferences and this September kicked off with three weeks of travel to some of my favorite conferences with my favorite co-EMS Educator who also happens to be my ever-lovely wife Betsy. As we hit the road together for what will be the last time for a bit (as we’re preparing for the arrival of our first child in December) I think we’re paying special attention to enjoying spending time with friends that we meet along the way. When we began this venture (traveling...read more
If your uniform says something about you when you’re at work, and I think it does, then I believe that one’s presence on the Internet should be equally clean, neat, and professional. And so I hope you enjoy the Internet “Class A’s” that we have here and that you find them useful.read more
As hokey as it may sound, the best part was meeting people that I now truly consider to be good friends. You can tell from this photo, taken just at the end of the first week, that this was hard work and that we were going to pull through together.read more
There are some moments in my career that I will never forget; my first extrication, my first cardiac arrest, the first time I let other people into a burning building. I can now add to that list the time that, during a conference with literally thousands of firefighters from all over the world, the man running it, Chief Bobby Halton, saw me in a hallway and stopped to say “Hey Rommie, hold on, let’s talk!”
And we did.
In the hallway. Sometimes that’s where the best learning happens.read more