Thanks to the conversations sparked by social media there was a grassroots effort in 2009 to start the gears of change in EMS. While the conversations continued, the old EMS media attempted to become involved with the new media and bring it under an umbrella of sorts, mixing both Fire and EMS. As time continued on into 2010 it became apparent that the old EMS media was going to operate the new media the way they operated the old media… through exclusion and pontification.
Witnessing firsthand the non-priority EMS was being given by the old media in this new format, I decided to employ my knowledge to change things for EMS in the blogosphere. For too long EMS has been lumped in with other agencies or branches, such as the Fire service or Nursing. I wanted to change that by giving EMS its own rightful place in the blogosphere separate from these other entities that for far too long have commandeered EMS for their own purposes.
Thus, with the help of a silent partner, EMS Blogs for the purpose of being an all inclusive place for EMS bloggers from ALL types of EMS services to gather.
There are those who have considered what I’ve done an act of siloing and isolating EMS at a time when we should be working cooperatively with other agencies. To those criticisms I point out the numerous agencies where EMS is considered the secondary mission but is the work load leader and ask, “Why should EMS play second fiddle?”
I have yet to receive a satisfactory answer.
The work of the bloggers at EMS Blogs continue the discussion independent of corporate influences that will hopefully be the sparks to the fire for changing EMS as an industry for the betterment of everyone.
Although I am no longer the administrator, I continue to maintain my blog TheSocialMedic.net on that network.