Sunday, September 21

A House Divided...

Not a political post, just thinking about firing up the EMS 2.0 machine again here in my home system.  This speech keeps coming to mind.

An excerpt from Senator Lincoln's Speech to the Illinois Legislature in 1853:


If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.

We are now far into the fifth year, since a policy was initiated, with the avowed object, and confident promise, of putting an end to slavery agitation.

Under the operation of that policy, that agitation has not only, not ceased, but has constantly augmented.

In my opinion, it will not cease, until a crisis shall have been reached, and passed.

"A house divided against itself cannot stand."

I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free.

I do not expect the Union to be dissolved -- I do not expect the house to fall -- but I do expect it will cease to be divided.

It will become all one thing or all the other."


Monday, September 8

Coast HP7R Rechargeable Flashlight Review

A few months back the kind folks at Coast Portland asked if I'd be willing to test out one of their flashlights at the firehouse.  Sadly I was still in an office and had little to no need for a flashlight.  Hoping things would change I told them my situation and they asked me to give them a shot as flashlights, not necessarily as firefighting flashlights.


I looked at their website and the HP7R immediately caught my eye.  Compact, LED and capable of being recharged from the wall, not just from a mount in the Captain's buggy, meant versatility.

This flashlight is heavy duty.  She'll put out 201 lumens for 7 hours 45 minutes on high and last almost 2 full days at 22 lumens.

For those of you that don't speak flashlight, that means if you accidentally leave it on it'll last a long time.  As someone who has eaten through more AAs than I'd care to share this was a big feature for me.

Even bigger was the ability to recharge the flashlight's 2 Lithium Ion batteries as well as back them up with a standard alkaline battery cartridge that'll take the AAAs.  Being able to quick change a battery for such a powerful flashlight is awesome.

Even more awesome is that I already have the charger.  The Lithium Ion batteries can be recharged with a micro USB connection, the same one I use to charge my phone and a number of other gadgets around the house.  This means no shortage of cables and cords, both AC and DC, but just in case you are an iPhone house, both adapters are included in the box. (as are the AAA batteries BTW)

And now the bad news:

This is not a good flashlight for being a Paramedic.

First, to cycle through the low and high light output modes, you have to cycle through a strobe feature that would make some emergency scenes downright dangerous.

Secondly, the beam focus is a slide in and out feature, not a twist to focus.  The slide focuses the beam and a slight twist "locks" it into place.  However, the lock is so weak it constantly gives way, especially when deploying it from the belt holster (also included).

However, I didn't give up on this flashlight.

I took it camping.

IMG_20140903_141527003This is the ultimate camping flashlight.  It is compact and lightweight, fitting on our hiking pack no problem, taking up almost as much space as the multi-tool.  the extra batteries can charge off the 12v system in the van on the way to camp and off the 12v trailer system if we somehow go through all 3 batteries.

The low light setting is perfect for night trips to the bathroom and the high feature makes scanning camp for bears easy.  No, seriously, I can actually say I tested this light looking for bears.  There were none, but that's beside the point.

And if we ever get lost on a hike that strobe feature will no doubt be seen for 306 meters, just like the box says.


In conclusion, this is a versatile light for non-emergency situations (except for bears and getting lost of course.)  The ability to have extra batteries ready to go, as well as plug the light itself into adapters I already have means I'll always be able to get light when I truly need it.

At $147.49 it may seem pricy but the features I've mentioned mean that added to the ruggedness of the construction I may never need another flashlight or batteries for a flashlight.  Like, ever.


Here are the specs from Coast Portland

  • Long Range Focusing Optic

  • Slide Focus

  • 201 lumen light output

  • 7 hour 45 minute runtime

  • 306 meter (1003 ft) beam distance

  • Battery type: Lithium Ion (2 included) or 4 x AAA (included)

  • Can be charged using AC, DC or USB power sources

  • Aluminum casing; rear switch

  • Impact and water resistant

  • Includes wall mount, speed clip, and heavy-duty sheath

  • Length: 5.58 in. / 14.2 cm

  • Weight: 7.2 oz. / 204 g

  • Diameter: Body - 1.18 in / 3.00 cm; Bezel - 1.47 in / 3.74 cm


Friday, September 5

Would I make a good Cop? Find out what Motorcop thinks

Get over to Uniform Stories to see if my buddy Motorcop thinks I'd make a decent cop.


Spoiler alert:  You know I'd get lost on day 1.

29,000 deaths vs 6,000. Which should get more attention?

The Ice Bucket challenge raised over $50 Million for ALSA, which is going to be diagnosed in about 5600 people this year.  ALS is responsible for 2 deaths for every 100,000 people.  That's 2 too many.

Let's cruise the math.  300 million folks in the US, let's say half are dudes.  1 in 36 men will be killed by Prostate Cancer so let's round that number down from 4.1 million to 4 million.  4 Million men currently in the US will be killed by Prostate Cancer in their lifetimes.  29,000 this year alone.

ALS will kill (since it also impacts women we'll say out of 300 million folks and ALSA states 2 in 100,000 will be killed...carry the 6, divided by pi...) 6000.


29,000 vs 6,000

Prostate Cancer will kill almost 5 times as many human beings as ALS this year.

I'm not anti-ALSA, in fact I'm against most things that kill people (stupidity sometimes gets a pass) but are our priorities in the right place?

I don't know.

So here's what we're going to do:


No one firing up a cigarette or pinching dip can even start to claim they believe in a healthy lifestyle.  There is no sense in literally GUARANTEEING your death by lung cancer (The #1 deadliest and most preventable cancer)


Avoid diet soda like the plague, don't kid yourself that those 250 calories are making that big a difference in your overall diet.  The sweeteners are linked to a number of health related problems including, wait for it, cancer.  In addition, the caramel coloring added also increases risk of cancers.  I suggest Sierra Mist, natural sugar and no coloring, but in moderation!


Find out who is healthy and who is not and why.  If all your male relatives had prostate cancer, guess what?  If your mother and grandmother have cancer, guess what?


Ask about your risk factors since you talked to all your relatives.  "Doc, all my female relatives have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, should I be worried?"  "Doc, my uncle had his prostate removed at 55, should I be worried?"


Join Kilted to Kick Cancer in spreading the word about the risk of Prostate Cancer, hell all cancer, and don't just sit back and jump on the first cause that wanders by on Facebook.  If your family is impacted by a certain ailment, get involved locally!  Donate money, time, food, rides anything and everything to help in your own community.


The white coats far away working on a cure need to be put out of work by us PREVENTING and LESSENING THE IMPACT of cancer.

Cancer is a lot easier to cure when no one gets it anymore.


Get Kilted! Get Checked!


Monday, September 1

Kilted to Kick Cancer 2014 now in full swing!

It's that time of year my Kilted friends!

Time to kilt up for a great cause!

1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in their Lifetime, 1 in 36 men will be killed by the disease.

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and we need to start a conversation with men that they don't want to have: "How's your prostate?"

In addition, we challenge our Kilted Army to #DunkYourJunk.  Put the ice buckets down everyone and have a seat.  In the ice.  In your kilt.


We start this conversation by wearing kilts everywhere we go during the Month of September when not on duty.


I am part of the fundraising competition again this year and encourage you to join "Team Happy Medic" when donating to Kilted to Kick Cancer using this LINK.

The fundraising contest has some incredible prizes and near the end of the month bloggers around the internet will start to make crazy dares to win.

100% of the funds go towards the cause of raising awareness about male specific cancers, helping those already diagnosed and, of course research.

Get over to Alt Kilt for amazing deals on custom kilts and accessories, including this exclusive KTKC pouch! 

A portion of the proceeds benefit KTKC!

Help us get the word out about this dangerous disease and

Get Kilted! Get Checked!