Welcome / My Mission

Welcome to The EMT Spot! Let me be candid right here at the start. This site isn’t for everyone. I created this website for a small segment of unconventional EMS professionals who are interested in being better at what they do. Whether you are an EMT basic, an intermediate or a paramedic, this web site is designed to challenge you. Everything posted at The EMT Spot is edited with one question in mind, “Does this information serve the professional EMT caregiver?”

If you are an EMT or on the road to becoming an EMT, first allow me to offer my congratulations. At some point you were faced with the same question that all of us have faced. Do something safe, something predictable, something socially appealing or go your own way and choose the life outside the convenient norms. You, like me, choose this second path, a life less ordinary. You chose to swallow Morpheus’s red pill and follow Alice down the wormhole. I commend you.


I write The EMT Spot for:

The Non-conformists. Individuals who don’t go with the flow or accept the popular opinion.

I’m going to write things here to stimulate your thought process. To challenge you to possibly think differently about this job that we do.If you’ve decided to dismiss the naysayers and the cheerleaders alike, to accept that there is both good and bad about this crazy profession and to make peace with all that comes with it, welcome to the round-table of EMT’s who think for themselves. I’m writing this blog for you.

The Change Artists. The person who is moving toward something bigger.

This site is designed for people who are trying to grow, learn more and be better than they are right now. Some individuals are satisfied doing the minimum to get by. They gather their certification cards, nap through the required CEs and punch the clock each day happy to barely meet the minimum standard. These are not change artists. Change artists need to grow. They need to feel like they are on their path and the path is taking them somewhere. If you are on your path, good luck. I’m writing this blog for you.

The Caregivers. Those who understand that EMS is about people and their needs.

If you don’t have a servants heart, there’s really no point in looking for long term satisfaction in emergency medical services. This job is about serving others. For those who seek out the job for the personal gratification of wearing a uniform and feeling respected, your ego can only carry you so far. Until you learn to find joy in selfless service, you’ll always feel empty and frustrated when each new emergency doesn’t live up to your unreasonable standards. If you came to EMS with the desire to serve, I’m writing this blog for you.


The mission of The EMT Spot

is to encourage and support

the competence in the professional EMT caregiver.


My commitment to you:
I will ruthlessly edit the information of this site with a singular purpose. I will only post ideas and information that I believe will be worthwhile to you as an EMT. If it isn’t something that can help you expand your knowledge and skills, you won’t find it here.

My mission is simple, but my reasons are more complex. I write The EMT Spot because I believe that there is a battle to be fought for our profession. This battle has nothing to do with the things we commonly fight about in emergency service.

The battle for the future of EMS will not be a battle between public and private EMS agencies. It won’t be fought between firefighters and private service EMTs. It won’t be fought between volunteers and paid personnel. It will not be a struggle between command staff and field personnel or organizations and government officials.

The battle for the future of the EMS profession will be a fight between competent caregivers, fighting for a higher standard and incompetent caregivers fighting for the status-quo.

After all the whining and squabbling about respect and recognition is done, the single factor that will determine the course of our future as a profession, more than any other, is the competence of the men and women who do the job everyday. This is how our profession grows. This is how we achieve and advance the status of professional. One day at a time. Through competent, compassionate care.


This is the battle. You are in the fight. Let’s begin.


  1. A. Barraza says:

    I started my first job as an EMT-B about a month ago. on a search to find good tips for developing good pt. rapport I found this site. I have found it very interesting and helpful. I look forward to visiting the site often. Thank you!

  2. Steve Whitehead says:

    Thanks Aide. I look forward to hearing how it goes. Good luck. We’ll see you back soon.

  3. Thank you so much your website is great. After high school i am wanting to be a paramedic. Thanks!

  4. Just stumbled upon your website. Will be going for my first EMT-B courses this summer in Boston.

    Really enjoying the point of view and depth here.


  5. HI,

    I’m trying to find the rss feed for your posts, is there one?



  6. Timothy Clemans says:

    @Michael The RSS feed is at http://theemtspot.com/feed/

  7. Steve Whitehead says:

    @Cally That’s about the time I decided I wanted to be in EMS. Great choice. I wish you well.

    @cmac Great brau, enjoy

    @Michael Timothy has it right.

    @Timothy Thanks for the assist brother.

  8. From across lots of ocean,cultural and professional considerations I salute you. Your ethics are alike to my own and I am so glad that I came across your site. Looking forward to learning a lot from and with you, with perhaps a view or two from down under that highlights our difference.

  9. myles glasgow says:

    I am teaching an ethics course to EMT students this Fall. What readings in ethics, relevant to EMT life, do you recommend students read while they are being trained? Thank you.

  10. This is great stuff, I am an army medic and this has been very helpful, for advice and helping me train my younger/newer medics. Thank you and please keep it up.

  11. HopeFighter911 says:

    Thank you for creating this site. I am a newbie Paramedic doing my best as a “return to the workforce Mom” after staying home & raising my children for 10+ years. I feel like a kid. New, naive and hoping to keep hope upon hope with out the “status quo” infecting the good nature of my heart and ideal-isms. I’m starting from scratch. I have completely enjoyed your perspectives, as I am a vicarious learner. You offer much insight that experience begets. Thank you kindly for sharing. It is well appreciated. And, I look forward to reading reading the rest of your articles that I haven’t gotten to yet! I am so glad I found your site! Thanks again & may greatness abound you and over flow your cup!

  12. Steve,
    Thank you for taking the time and energy to write this. I just read your mission statement (after reading a couple of thoughtful articles). This is a great gift to all of us. I find I continually need to be reminded, updated, refreshed, inspired. Thank you for your labors!

  13. Hi there,
    I am from New Zealand and studying to become an EMT here. My class tutor recommended your “Non Conformists Guide” as extra reading for us during the little down time we get while studying! It is just what I needed to read. What fantastic words of wisdom for someone like me who is starting out in our service here in NZ. Great encouragement to carry on a great career!
    Thanks again.

  14. Brooke H. says:

    I’m a Paramedic student in NC. After almost 10 years in another field that left me feeling numb and completely expendable, I’m thrilled to finally be pursuing the career I’ve dreamt about since I was a teenager. I want to serve my community with the best effort I have every day, and look forward to learning some good tips and new info on this site. Thanks a bunch!!!

  15. Hey Steve,

    I’d say that I’m a new EMT, but I’m not even there yet. I did my first ride time yesterday.
    Aside from possibly learning something that will interfere with my NREMT testing, do you think that your content is a collective of things that I could benefit from, or should I wait ’till I’m a little less green? Having read through the vitals series, I think it could be a tremendous resource but I don’t want to get in over my head.

    Thanks so much.

  16. Steve Whitehead says:

    @Rastus Your brain is bigger than you think. I’m betting you can handle it. Wade in over your head brother. Nobody’s drown yet. (As far as I know.)

  17. Thank You. Even after keeping up with the hours I need to keep.If I hear anyone talking about trainning somewhere I keep looking for way I can improve myself & try to never get a big head

  18. I like your comments and your approach to EMS careers and the universal issues that are part of daily life as a first responder. Keep up the good work!

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