Memorial Day: A Reflection of Service

veteransdayFor many of us, Memorial Day is a three-day weekend that marks the unofficial start of summer. The weather becomes warmer, schools and colleges start summer breaks, and friends and families come together and attend events rang­ing from community gatherings to large sports competitions (the Indianapolis 500 motor race, for instance, attracts an estimated 300,000 people on the Saturday before Memorial Day).

However, Memorial Day is first and foremost a day of remembrance to honor those who have died in service to the United States of America. It provides us with the opportunity to reflect upon the dedicated service men and women who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for our safety.

Memorial Day was born out of the Civil War and a desire to honor fallen service members. Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971. Although it is unclear exactly where this tradition originated, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day.

Traditions surrounding Memorial Day have continued and grown throughout its history. Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel, fire fighters, first responders, and members of veterans’ organizations. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.

Our Fire and EMS team at Jones & Bartlett Learning thanks all military personnel for your unending dedication and service today and every day.

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The History of National EMS Week

emsstrongThis year marks the 41st anniversary of National EMS Week, which will be held May 17-23, 2015. The week was originally established by President Gerald Ford in 1973 to acknowledge the important work of emergency responders and bring attention to the fledgling profession.

The first EMS week was held from November 3-10, 1974, and continued to be celebrated in November for about a decade until it was changed to the month of September in 1982. Then, ten years later in 1992, the annual observance was moved to the third week in May, where it is still celebrated. The final move was made to separate EMS Week from Fire Prevention week in October, allowing each week to have more attention on its particular initiatives.

Over the last four decades, a lot has changed. The EMS profession has grown and is now firmly established as a key component of the medical care continuum. EMS professionals not only play critical roles in getting people who have emergency medical situations like heart attacks and strokes to the hospital for treatment, but also in showing care and compassion to their patients in their most difficult moments.

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A Special Offer for National EMS Week 2015

EMSWeek2015Please Enjoy 30% Off All EMS Titles When You Place Your Order By May 31, 2015!*

Enter coupon code EMSWEEK15
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Contact your Public Safety Specialist at 1-800-832-0034 to learn more.

*Please refer to coupon code EMSWEEK15 when placing your order. Special offer limited to single copy orders. U.S. orders only. Not applicable on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer expires 6/1/15.

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National EMS Week: Honoring EMS Professionals Across the Country

As Jones & Bartlett Learning celebrates National EMS Week, we want to continue to highlight different events throughout the United States that honor local EMS professionals. In the four decades since its establishment, there have been a variety of ways EMS workers have been acknowledged for the important role they play in saving lives during emergency situations. Some events that are being held this year include:

emsstrongFanwood, New Jersey

In New Jersey, the Fanwood Rescue Squad is offering free CPR courses on May 16th, 18th, and 20th in honor of National EMS Week.  The courses will be taught by certified instructors from the squad. Registration information can be found here and classes are first-come, first-serve.

Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Cherokee Nation EMS will also be offering free CPR courses for the public in observance of National EMS Week. Classes will be held on May 20th in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Call 918-458-5403 for more information.

Montclair, New Jersey

Children from grades 1-8 are invited to participate in the Montclair Ambulance Unit’s Poster Contest. Children have the opportunity to show off their creativity by submitting posters that demonstrate what EMTs mean to the Montclair community.  Submissions are due by May 20th and a winner will be selected on May 22nd. More information.

Spanish Fork, Utah

The city of Spanish Fork will be hosting an Ambulance Open House at the Public Safety Building on May 9th. The event will include free cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar checks, plus tours of the ambulances and helicopter. There will also be free activities and education for children. More information.

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Celebrate National EMS Week 2015

emsstrongThis year marks the 41st anniversary of National EMS Week and will be celebrated from May 17-23, 2015. This year’s campaign theme, “EMS Strong,” was created by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). According to the EMS Strong website, this week-long initiative “brings together associations, EMS services, sponsors and national media to honor the dedication of EMS practitioners nationwide.” As a corporate sponsor of the campaign, our Jones & Bartlett Learning team is thrilled to be celebrating alongside EMS students and professionals across the U.S. and we are committed to spotlighting the important role EMS plays in every community year-round.

Across the United States, organizations are also celebrating with educational events, fundraising opportunities, and celebrations that show appreciation for EMS professionals. Here are just a few of the many events taking place this week/month:

National EMS Memorial Bike Ride

The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride honors EMS personnel through long distance cycling events across the country. This year there will be organized rides along the east coast, through Colorado, through Kentucky, and along the west coast. The mission of the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride is to memorialize those who have died in the line of duty, honor those who have been injured while performing their duties, and celebrate those who serve every day.

EMS Week Bass Tournament

On May 18, EMS professionals in Chattanooga, Tennessee, participated in a bass fishing tournament! At this year’s 5th annual event, 53 boats and 106 fisherman from Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina participated! Check out the EMS Week Bass Tournament Facebook group for a complete list of this year’s winners. All proceeds from this unique event are donated to local charities in Tennessee, including the Paramedic Scholarship Fund and the Forgotten Child Fund.

San Francisco EMS Awards 

Each year, during the third week of May, the San Francisco County EMS agency honors the best EMS professionals in the area at the San Francisco EMS Awards. Nominations for recipients come from within the EMS community and are evaluated by EMS Agency professional staff. 2015 marks the 16th year of these prestigious awards.

Whether EMS Week is celebrated with an agency cookout, open house, awards ceremony, or even a fishing tournament, EMS Week is the perfect time to recognize the incredible work emergency medical professionals do each and every day.

Our Jones & Bartlett Learning team would like to thank all the EMS students and professionals that go above and beyond to keep our communities safe and exemplify EMS Strong. ACEP and NAEMT have come up with a powerful message of what EMS Strong truly means:

EMS Strong is what draws a special few together to do incredibly important work, often under difficult circumstances, and many times with little thanks.

EMS Strong is the bond you share with fellow first responders. Sometimes that bond is expressed in a silent nod of recognition, and other times it takes the form of war stories shared for the umpteenth time. But it’s always there.

EMS Strong is the knowledge that you’re part of something very special. It’s the belief in something bigger than yourself—bigger than your level of certification, bigger than the color of the patch on your shoulder or the union card in your wallet.

EMS Strong is the well from which you draw the fortitude to maintain your composure when the going gets tougher than most people can imagine.

EMS Strong is the willingness to keep learning and growing, as an individual and as part of a profession that’s evolving into a true partner in the healthcare continuum.

EMS Strong is what allows people to trust you with their secrets, with their nakedness, with their safety, with their very lives or the lives of their loved ones. It’s also what makes you able to accept the burden of that trust.

EMS Strong is what draws you to help, what empowers you to face danger when others are running away. It’s there in those moments, big and little, when you find out what you’re made of. It’s what makes you proud. It’s what keeps you humble.

EMS Strong is precious, but it doesn’t belong to you. It’s on loan to you, and you need to pay it back with interest for future generations.

EMS Strong is us.

EMS Strong is you.”

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Beyond Socializing: Using the Power of Social Media to Improve Public Safety

social2Social media usage and engagement is rapidly increasing. This information is likely not surprising if you are reading this article after clicking on a link from our Facebook post or tweet! According to a Pew Research Center analysis on American adults who use the internet:

“Multi-platform use is on the rise: 52% of online adults now use two or more social media sites, a significant increase from 2013, when it stood at 42% of internet users.”

For many, social media can be seen in nearly every facet of our daily lives and the public safety field is no exception. Despite some obvious privacy issues, there are a surprising number of benefits to using social media in the public safety arena.

Social media platforms can be powerful tools for communicating messages directly to the public. During a recent influenza outbreak, The World Health Organization was able to produce a successful public safety Twitter campaign that encouraged people to take precautions against contracting the virus.

social1The World Health Organization is not the first organization to implement such a strategy. In 2009, the Twitter account for the Centers for Disease Control had 2,500 followers before an H1N1 outbreak and jumped to 370,000 followers after its campaign to spread emergency public health information.

Local police and fire agencies are also able to notify the public instantaneously of road closings or fires in the community through social media channels. This can be a powerful tool in reducing traffic and allowing emergency vehicles better access to accidents and fire locations.

New technology is also emerging, with developments in the use of SMS messaging from cellular devices. This new technology allows 9-1-1 callers to send videos and images directly to dispatchers. Such visual information can be incredibly useful in providing first responders with critical information prior to their arrival on scene.

With proper training, social media and other new technology can be useful resources for public safety providers to communicate with the public and ultimately improve safety measures in local communities.

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National Arson Awareness Week: Spreading the Word in Your Community

arsonawarenessweekEach year, the U.S. Fire Administration promotes National Arson Awareness Week during the first week of May “…to raise awareness of arson or youth fiersetting and provide individuals with strategies to combat these problems in their community.”

This year’s National Arson Awareness Week theme is “Accelerant Detection Canines (ADC) – Sniffing Out Arson.” James Walker, former director of the Sensory Research Institute at Florida State University, points out the unique way these canines assist public safety professionals in the work they do:

100,000. The number of times more acute an ADC’s sense of smell is compared to a human’s.”

Public safety professionals and other community leaders help promote National Arson Awareness Week through a variety of initiatives across the country and in their local communities:

  • This year, Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire will host the 37th annual New England Arson Seminar. The goal of this seminar is to help educate police and fire departments in handling arson investigations. During its existence, the seminar has provided training for over 3,000 public safety officials throughout New England.
  • The Illinois Fire Inspectors Associations will be hosting its first annual Combined Conference to provide training and education in the fields of fire safety education and code enforcement. The conference anticipates an attendance of over 200 public safety professionals from the local community.
  • The state of Maine is home to one of only two arson dog certification agencies in the nation. Fire fighters can apply to be arson dog handlers through State Farm’s Arson Dog Program website.

National Arson Awareness Week may only be held May 3-9 this year, but it goes without saying that this initiative is important year round. The U.S. Fire Administration has gathered materials surrounding this year’s theme for public safety professionals to share with members in their community. These awareness materials:

  • Provide information about the value and contribution ADC’s make to fire departments and communities.
  • Describe how using an ADC in a community closes more cases and acts as an arson deterrent.
  • Highlight how ADC teams visit schools and community organizations to teach fire safety and prevention.
  • Identify successful practices in communities throughout the United States.

So, what are you waiting for? Get involved today by visiting the U.S. Fire Administration’s Accelerant Detection Canine website.

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Student Focus Group Indicates that Navigate 2 Improves Student Learning

blog1This winter, Jones & Bartlett Learning conducted a focus group with students in a Fire Officer course on our Navigate 2 platform. Navigate 2 combines interactive content with student practice activities and assessments. The technology and content of Navigate 2 is designed to expand the reach of the classroom. Navigate 2 classes can be taught online, in the classroom, or as a hybrid of both.

About 23 students participated in the recent focus group and almost all students reported that Navigate 2 helped them study and prepare for exams more efficiently. 




Navigate 2 offers students a variety of resources including mobile-friendly course materials, an interactive eBook, and student practice activities and assessments. Through these resources, students found that Navigate 2 was easy to use and well organized.




Student Voices

I liked the activities that were presented [in Navigate 2.]”

“Navigate 2 has many features, which will enable the student to apply concepts, principles, etc.

“Once familiar with [Navigate 2], it kept me on track to what needed to be done and when.”

“[Navigate 2] is well organized, has a good progressive learning flow to it, and does well to prepare the student for the classroom. I’m impressed with the interactive activities and ability to upload supportive material for enhanced learning.”

The calendar in [Navigate 2] was useful to prepare my time management. As an adult, I’m used to sitting in a classroom and having the one on one experience with an instructor. With this system I found a very useful friend to use once I understood how to. The new firefighters coming out of high school or college will love this system.”

 “[Navigate 2] helped schedule timelines, had a good flow to it, and prepared me for upcoming classroom activities.”

[Navigate 2] prepared me for the work assignments thru each chapter. I was far more prepared to by the time the class session began.

An additional finding of this research was that those who spent the most time in Navigate 2 were also the ones to be most satisfied with the product.



More research is needed to fully understand the impact Navigate 2 has on students’ learning experiences, but initial information demonstrates a user friendly system that helps students learn and retain information.

Are you interested in contributing to this research? Contact your Public Safety Specialist to learn how you can trial and/or adopt Navigate 2 for your course today!


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Intersistemas to Serve as the Exclusive Distributor of Spanish-Language Emergency Medical Services Training Materials for the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)

Burlington, MA – April 23, 2015: Jones & Bartlett Learning (JBLearning) is pleased to announce that its publishing partner in Latin America, Intersistemas will serve as the exclusive distributor for all NAEMT education course materials published by Jones & Bartlett Learning. This new arrangement will meet the growing demand for Spanish-language training materials for emergency medical responders.

Intersistemas will exclusively offer Spanish-language materials throughout Spanish speaking Latin America for the following NAEMT education courses:

  • PHTLS: Soporte Vital de Trauma Prehospitalario, Octava Edicion
  • PHTLS Military edition for Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC)
  • Advanced Medical Life Support
  • Emergency Pediatric Care, including the PEPP textbook
  • Geriatric Education for Emergency Medical Services
  • Principles of Ethics and Personal Leadership
  • EMS Safety

“Jones & Bartlett Learning is globally recognized as a provider of world-class content, and together with our extensive experience and publishing partnership with NAEMT, we are pleased to offer this distribution opportunity,” remarked Eduardo Moura, Chief Product Officer of JBLearning. “We are pleased to see NAEMT and Intersistemas working together to bring these resources to the EMS community in Latin America.”

“For Intersistemas, it is an honor to work with NAEMT and JBLearning in this important initiative to improve emergency care education and attention in our region. Distributing these materials will directly result in saving more lives,” said Alejandro Vera, Partner/CEO of Intersistemas.

NAEMT President Chuck Kearns noted, “NAEMT is pleased to work with JBLearning and Intersistemas to ensure that our students and faculty throughout Latin America can easily access NAEMT course materials.  We look forward to working in this partnership to expand emergency responder education throughout the region.”

Intersistemas and its affiliate Distribuidora Intersistemas have a large network of distributors throughout Latin America that have exclusive rights to distribute NAEMT materials. Distributors are located in Argentina, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay.

About Intersistemas

Founded in 1970, Intersistemas has established a reputation as the premier Spanish-language publisher in the medical and healthcare fields. Intersistemas has developed a variety of products on health education available in print, audio, and online, widely distributed in all Spanish-speaking countries, for major healthcare institutions, medical schools, medical associations, and pharmaceutical sponsors.

About National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians

Formed in 1975 and more than 50,000 members strong, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is the only national association representing the professional interests of all emergency and mobile healthcare practitioners, including emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders, paramedics, advanced practice paramedics, critical care paramedics, flight paramedics, community paramedics, and mobile integrated healthcare practitioners. NAEMT members work in all sectors of EMS, including government agencies, fire departments, hospital-based ambulance services, private companies, industrial and special operations settings, and in the military. NAEMT operates education programs in over 50 countries across the globe.

About Jones & Bartlett Learning

Jones & Bartlett Learning, a division of Ascend Learning, is a world-leading provider of instructional, assessment, and learning-performance management solutions for the secondary, post-secondary, and professional markets. We develop educational programs and services that improve learning outcomes and enhance student achievement by combining authoritative content written by respected authors with innovative, proven, and engaging technology applications that meet the diverse needs of today’s instructors, students, and professionals.

Across a broad spectrum of fields ranging from health care and emergency services to computer information systems, our educational technology applications and instructional assessment and performance-management solutions are revolutionizing how instructors teach and how students and professionals learn. With the most up-to-date, authoritative content available from academia and industry thought-leaders, Jones & Bartlett Learning is leading the way for educators, students, and professionals to discover new educational and professional skill-development opportunities to enable personalized learning— anytime, anywhere.

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Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

There is a cliché in many movies and television shows where a man stands up, gasps, clutches his chest, and falls to the ground after having a heart attack. In reality, a heart attack victim could just as easily be a woman, and the scene could be a much less dramatic one.

heartattackHeart attack symptoms can present differently in women than in men.  The most common symptom in women—as well as in men—is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to experience other symptoms of a heart attack that may not be as recognizable.

These symptoms include:

  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms
  • Pain or discomfort in the back or neck
  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Nausea or light-headedness
  • Shortness of breath without chest discomfort
  • Stomach pain or discomfort
  • Pressure or pain in the lower abdomen
  • Unexplained anxiety or fatigue

Despite the fact that heart disease is the number one killer of women, many women who experience the less common symptoms of a heart attack chalk up their discomfort to the flu, acid reflux, or general aging.

There are several steps that can be taken to increase heart health and reduce the risk of a heart attack:

  • Quit smoking
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Participate in regular exercise
  • Get regular check-ups from your physician

If experiencing any of the symptoms of a heart attack 9-1-1 should be called immediately. EMS professionals can begin treatment much sooner than if the person having a heart attack arrived at the hospital by car. There are also treatments that can halt a heart attack in its tracks if given soon enough after symptoms present. EMS teams are trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped—saving hundreds of lives annually. Finally, by arriving in an ambulance the patient will also receive treatment faster at the hospital than if they were to arrive by car.

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