Podcast: Interview with Robyn Benincasa author of How Winning Works

On this episode of the Medical Author Chat I talk with Firefighter/EMT Robyn Benincasa about her book How Winning Works: 8 Essential Leadership Lessons from the Toughest Teams on Earth (Amazon affiliate link).

Robyn has been a Firefighter/EMT with the San Diego fire department for the past 15 years. She left a successful pharmaceutical sales career for the fire service. Robyn has always been a competitive athlete, but has found great success as an adventure racer. Since 1994 she has competed in the most difficult, longest, and remote adventure races on earth. She is also a professional speaker and delivers keynote addresses to more than 50 events per year.

Robyn discusses the book, explains the acronym for TEAMWORK, and shares her tips for successful writing. Robyn has founded a non-profit foundation, Project Athena, to provide adventures for survivors.

Links and Reviews:

My review of How Winning Works on the Firegeezer.com blog.

Review: 25 Things They Should have Taught you in Medic School … But Didn’t

25 Things They Should Have Taught you in Medic School ... But Didnt (Amazon link)  is the 3rd ebook by EMT, blogger, and social media evangilist Dave Konig. Dave is also the network admin for all of the blogs on the EMS Blogs network.

25 Things is Dave’s best writing effort to date. In this interesting and entertaining book I hear Dave’s voice and see the scenes he is painting with his words. Perhaps my street experience helps, but I find that Dave gave just enough details to help me feel as if I am in the apartment with a COPD patient or riding in the back of the ambulance with him when a patient asks for a band-aid.

Dave’s treatment of the best and worst of EMS is fair and balanced. As other reviewers have said he isn’t attempting to scare newbies out of EMS, or shower us with his heroic brilliance. Each of the 25 things is well explained and Dave combines his observations from nearly 20 years of field experience, with keen industry insights, and relevant research and news.

The book is a quick read and packed with information. I recommend it for both EMT and paramedic students (both “medics” using Dave’s definition), new graduates, and veterans of the profession. Dave includes links to lots of relevant EMS industry websites and articles.

In future editions, I imagine Dave will continue to apply his technical savvy by including photos, adding a number to each chapter heading (I would have liked to know how far into the list of 25 things I was as I read), and links to multimedia content.

If you have a chance to meet Dave “In Real Life” (IRL) you will appreciate that he has the same down to earth mannerisms and matter of fact tone as he writes in the book. The next closest thing might be to listen to his recent interview on the Medical Author Chat podcast.

Thanks Dave for sharing your insights and lessons learned with the profession.

Have you read 25 Things They Should have Taught you in Medic School? Share your comments below and make sure you review the book on Amazon.com for Dave. Your comments and star ratings help him promote the book and prepare future editions.

Note: I was given a free copy of the ebook by the author. 

Free Book Friday: You Called 9-1-1 for What?

You Called 9-1-1 for What  (Amazon link), is a short Kindle ebook about the history of the American 9-1-1 system and the myriad of reasons people call 9-1-1 … legit and not so legit.

Today, December 21, 2012, as a hat tip to the end of the Mayan calendar the author, Dave Konig, has enabled free download for any reader with a Kindle device, a Kindle smartphone or table app, or a Kindle desktop computer reader. Download this book now as you wait for the world to end or wait for Christmas dinner to be served.

The book description from Amazon.com:

All across the United States when there is an emergency or a crisis there is one number the citizenry turns to in order get assistance… 9-1-1!

But how does 9-1-1 work? More importantly, what doesn’t 9-1-1 work for?

This book provides a brief history of the 9-1-1 system in the United States and provides transcripts of actual 9-1-1 calls from actual people who need help during an “emergency”…you know, like when your local fast food chain runs out of chicken nuggets, when your car battery is dead and your power locks won’t open, or you need assistance being a parent.

The book concludes with a look at the next generation needs of the 9-1-1 system and, as always, encourages all readers that when in doubt, call 9-1-1!

Amazon pricing is always subject to change. Confirm before making your purchase. 

Read my review of this book.

Book Review: You Called 9-1-1 for What?

In the new Kindle ebook  You Called 9-1-1 for What? (amazon affiliate link) Dave Konig an experienced New York City EMT writes a quick and entertaining look at the 911 system that serves the United States. A brief history of the system’s design and development is interspersed with transcripts from actual 911 calls. As a paramedic I was amused but not surprised by the myriad of absurd reasons citizens call 911. Lay readers (people that are not paramedics, firefighters, or police officers) will have an increased appreciation for the tedium and emotional drain that comes from interacting with the not so bright among us.

EMS and fire readers will probably find more information and value in Dave’s book Official Guide to Blogging for EMS.

Read another review of You Called 9-1-1 for What? on the EduMedic blog.

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of You Called 9-1-1 for What? from the author.

Book Reviews for the EMS Reader

Check out these book reviews that might be of interest to the EMS reader:

EMS Book Review: “Paramedic to the Prince” by Patrick (Tom) Notestine on the EduMedic Blog

E Book Review: The Missing Semester Your Financial Choices Have Consequences written by Firefighters for Fire/EMS professionals on the Firegeezer Blog

E Book Review: Running Ahead of the Sun a chronicle of training for a 2011 marathon on my Everyday Runner Tips blog

Find these and other titles in the Medical Author Chat bookstore

Podcast: Interview with Linda Willing about On the Line

In this episode of the Medical Author Chat podcast I talk to retired Firefighter and Fire Officer Linda Willing about On the Line: Women Firefighters Tell Their Stories. In our conversation Linda tells us about her career in the fire service and current work as a fire department consultant and trainer. As a co-founder of the organization “Women in the Fire Service” Linda has always had an interest in telling the stories of women firefighters.

On the Line was created from more than 80 interviews that Linda conducted in early 2011. She use her professional network and social networks to recruit women firefighters, many of whom she has never met face to face, to tell their stories. The interviews in On the Line are thematically arranged and tell the stories in the interviewees own words.

At the end of the conversation we talk about Linda’s advice for aspiring writers, how she conducted the interviews, and her hopes for who reads the book. She shares that the book is for anyone with an interest in emergency services, but she especially wants “young women that are considering a career in the fire service” to read On the Line.

Linda is available for speaking events and training. Connect with her at Real World Training.

Podcast: Interview with CB Garris about Member of the Service

CB Garris author of MOSIn this episode of the Medical Author Chat podcast I speak with paramedic and author C.B. Garris about his book Member of the Service.

C.B. began his EMS career in high school and worked in New York City EMS which eventually became FDNY EMS. M.O.S. was inspired by the events of 9/11 and the media coverage of the aftermath which gave little attention to EMTs and Paramedics.

M.O.S. was written in a 2 month span and C.B. explains that the book “poured out his head” as he aimed to give a face and name to the people of EMS. In our discussion learn more about the book and how it was written.

Like all episode of the Medical Author Chat C.B. shares advice for aspiring authors. He explains that we all have “something to offer” and to “do it” without hesitation. We wrap up with some real specific tips.

Connect with C.B. at C.B.Garris.com

Podcast: Interview with Clifton Castleman about the Wilderness First Aid Guide

In this episode of the Medical Author Chat podcast I talk to Clif Castleman, WEMT, about The Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness First Aid. We discuss his background as an Eagle Scout, American Red Cross instructor, volunteer EMT, and degree in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management from Penn State University. Clif is a founder of the Center for Wilderness Safety and also works as a safety ranger with the National Park Service in Virginia.

The Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness First Aid is a compact book meant to fit in a first aid kit and be accessible and easy to understand by the reader. The book and the Wilderness First Aid course are used by Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, SAR professionals, Sierra Club leaders, and outdoor enthusiasts.

We also discuss Clif’s process for writing the book and his experience publishing with Lulu.com.

Buy the book, take a course, and learn more from any of these links:
WildSafe.org – Center for Wilderness Safety




Podcast: Interview with Lisa Carney Author of Cowboy in the City

In this episode of the Medical Author Chat retired firefighter/paramedic Lisa Carney tells us about her novel Cowboy in the City.

Lisa began her EMS career in 1992 as an EMT. She continued her education, eventually becoming a firefighter/paramedic, and had a career position that was cut short by an injury. She always thought about writing about her experience, but it wasn’t until her forced retirement that she began her book.

Lisa describes Cowboy in the City as a tribute to EMS that highlights the positives, the quality people, and how EMS changed over the years. She also describes it as a “coming of age” story that EMS professionals anywhere will identify with.

We had a great discussion of how Lisa self-published and has been able to successfully market the book with social media tools like Facebook. She also attributes reviews in JEMS Magazine and EMSWorld.com as being important to her success.

Finally, Lisa has heard from lots of readers that Cowboy in the City is great for helping non-EMS significant others understand the allure and reward of EMS. Share Cowboy in the City with friends and family to help them understand why you are part of EMS.

Show notes:
Cowboy in the City on Facebook
EMS World Q and A with Lisa Carney

Podcast: Interview with Population 485 author Michael Perry

In this episode of the Medical Author Chat podcast I chat with Michael Perry, author of Population 485, Truck, and Coop. Population 485 is Michael’s outstanding book about being a firefighter and EMT in rural northern Wisconsin. Michael is still active as a medical first responder and fire/EMS has been the most consistent aspect of his life. Michael and I discuss how he came to EMS and his ongoing love affair with rural EMS.

We also discuss how Michael got into writing. Michael explains how Population 485 came to be after successfully publishing essays for Slate.com and Esquire. During the conversation Michael shares things that have worked well for him as a writer, like writing every day and keeping a notebook to write about experiences he has recently had.

We talked at length about writing about his neighbors, like Bob the one-eyed-beagle. He stressed the importance of remembering he was writing about his neighbors and being honest to the people he writes about and loving the place he is from.

Our conversation concluded by talking about how he continues to weave fire and EMS stories into his books. Mike also shared what keeps him successful as a freelance author:

1) Writing every day

2) Having to pay the mortgage and pay his family

3) Being driven to write

You can connect with Michael and stay up to date on his appearances and writing projects at SneezingCow.com.

Books by Michael Perry:

Population 485: meeting your neighbors one siren at a time

Truck: a love story

Coop: a family, a farm, and the pursuit of one good egg