Posted by: medicblog999 | June 23, 2010

My farewell to blogging……..


I can’t believe I am actually at the point where I have to write this but this is my note to all of you that Medic999 is closing down and this will be the last post. 

I have had a truly amazing experience over the past 18months. I have made friends, travelled, shared experiences and have learned more from my peers than I could have ever imagined. 

I hope you have gotten something out of reading my posts too! 

A lot has happened in the past few weeks but the clincher has been the knowledge that there are some out to prove just how ‘dangerous’ blogging can be for those who write blogs. 

More and more has been happening recently that has made me more nervous than I have been in the past about what I write. I know, 100%, that I have not broken any patient’s confidence, I have not brought my service into disrepute and that I have acted as a professional throughout the whole time I have been blogging. 

I have written and published 483 posts. There have been over 3000 comments and I have had over 250,000 hits. I created ‘The Handover’ EMS Blog carnival which is still going strong as the only EMS related carnival That’s no mean feat! 

As you know, I am a family man, and that is my prime responsibility. I cannot risk my livelihood and my ability to financially support my wife and children. That has been the final nail in the coffin of my blog. 

I find it a shame that the reason for this blog ending is the general lack of understanding of blogging and social media. I feel that I have promoted best practice, shared my passion for the job that I do, and hopefully have shown all readers what it is that makes EMS and those that devote their lives to it so special. However, there still remains this general unease about social media and blogging in the Health Service. Some of the bloggers out here may want to continue the fight, and maybe I am being a coward, but I dont want to risk getting into a position where I cannot provide for my family and can no longer do the job that I love so much. 

Maybe this is a bit of over reacting on my side, but I have never been wrong about my gut feelings in the past, so I am going with this one too. 

I hope you have enjoyed my writing. As a final request, I would love it if you could leave a quick comment if this blog has touched you, made you think about your practice or how you do your job. I plan on sending all comments from this post to those who need to be persuaded that blogging can be a positive thing, in the hope that one day I can come back again, with more support and confidence in what I do. 

If you have never commented, then this is your last chance. Let everyone know why blogging should be here to stay! 

So with the blog gone, what about The Chronicles of EMS? 

CoEMS continues to go from strength to strength. Ted and Justin are hatching bigger and better ideas all the time. I have decided to take an intentional back seat for a while. I have spent so much time away from my family that I have had to make the decision to put family first and step back from all the transatlantic travel for a while. 

I am not leaving CoEMS; I will still be part of it, like all of you who follow it. I remain passionate about our goals and visions for the future of worldwide EMS and I am sure that you will see me again in some of the future episodes (they don’t get rid of me that easily) 

I will remain active on Twitter as @UKMedic999, so hopefully we can still keep in touch there, and you know you can all drop me an email whenever you want at

I will also obviously still be reading everyone else’s blogs and commenting when the urge takes me and I will be downloading all of my posts and all of your comments from the past 18months  so that when the time is right I can bring them all back. 

One thing hasn’t changed though…….. 

I still work in the best profession in the world and I still feel lucky and privileged every time I step on my ambulance. 

I hope that I have shared some of that passion with you and I really hope that you all realise how much you have helped me at times also. 

Before I go, I want to commit once last thing to the interwebs. 

There have been two men, with two families that have come to be so close in the last year that I truly feel as though they are an extension of my family. 

Justin, you have become another brother to me over these last 10 months. Who would have thought that we would have clicked so well? You, Kim and the girls have opened your home to me and made me feel so welcome that it was that little bit easier being away from Sandra and my boys. We have shared some amazing times together and I will not forget them for as long as I live. From the ride on the ladder engine in San Francisco, to seeing your face as you stood on Hadrian’s Wall remembering your Grandma. The time that we stood together watching the pilot episode of The Chronicles in the Hotel Frank realising what we had achieved to bluffing our way into showing the Chronicles in the Ballroom of the Denver Downtown Sheraton. There are so many moments that I will cherish, but this isn’t the end my friend. There will be more memories to make and more goals to work towards. Plus, the families still need to meet. You have been Awesome, my partner in Bromance!!!!! 

Ted, you took Justin’s and my little project and turned it into something that still continues to make people reassess what EMS can achieve. Your passion and commitment to your art of film making is truly awe inspiring. Many times, all Justin and I had to do was to just be ourselves whilst you made our everyday actions look far more. I don’t know how I will be able to cope without listening to you tell me how we are going to ‘change the world!!!’ Two of the many things I will never forget….. One – sitting outside of the Irish Bar on my first trip out, Justin doing his pitch to the camera “You can buy the whole seat….But your only gonna need the edge”, and you nearly falling of your chair as you were crying with laughter so much; and two, Coyote Ugly in Denver and your Kid rock dancing!! Dude, you ROCK!!!! 

I have been blessed to work with Justin, Ted and so many more people than I could ever list. You know who you all are, and I hope you know how much you mean to me. 


So that’s it guys. 

See ya! 

So long and thanks for all the fish! 

(hitchhikers guide to the galaxy reference for those that don’t know)”



  1. *weeps into my hands*

  2. *pout* *whine* *cry*

  3. Mark,As you know I'm not in the medical profession, nor do I really have any involvement in the legal profession. However, your passion for social media and your passion for identifying and sharing best practice is something that I share.I can honestly say that the faces of those attending a recent conference where I demonstrated the potential of social media for doing good using Chronicles of EMS were one of interest and astonishment. I'm sure that the work that the Chronicles of EMS team has done within the EMS profession can be replicated in other professions.That said, I have enjoyed reading your blog. The insight to what it's really like to be on the frontline of the NHS has been nothing other than an eye opener and really cemented the admiration that I have for those working on the frontline.It is sad to see you join a long list of bloggers from a wide variety of professions who had decided to give up blogging out of fear for their livelihoods. This is a list that I’m sure will get a lot longer before people really start to see the benefit of social media.You should be really proud of what you’ve achieved since you began blogging and I’m sure that with or without social media you will continue to effect change within your profession. You are clearly a highly skilled paramedic with the desire and drive to become better and with that raise the standards of those around you.Best of luck!

  4. “Go then. There are other worlds than these.”-Jake, The Gunslinger

  5. Mark, I'm without words.I completely understand, however. Your family and your livelihood come first. I have enjoyed reading your blog for months now. You've challenged me to think, you've challenged me to want to know more, you've challenged me to never become… stagnant. I can't thank you enough for that. You've inspired a poor basic emt in Ohio to want to be better. You rock my socks, Sir. See ya around.

  6. I value the perspective you gave me as an American on how other systems take care of business and the pro's and con's of the given approaches. I also valued the story about a call involving projectile vomiting on to you and your partner…

  7. I'm going to miss your insight into the world of UK Paramedicine and especially your EKG Geekery, glad to know that you'll still be round on the twitterverse and CoEMS.Respect and Regards,Brad BucklerOregon EMT Student@EMTGoose

  8. Mark, This is a sad day. If you would still like to educate, the Paramedicine 101 blog is open for your submissions my man. Hopefully you can still do that without using case scenarios that the bosses might think of as privacy infringement. Good luck with everything else.

  9. Mark,So sorry to see the blog go. I've greatly enjoyed your insights and obvious passion. We all understand that your family and your livelihood must come first. It's a shame it has come to this. Best of luck, and here's hoping the time will one day come when you can return to the Interwebz.

  10. I don't know what to say. Mark, I'll miss reading your blog, all of your insight and the different perspective you brought to the world of EMS bloggers. I hope that someday, somebody can be convinced that what you were doing was a GOOD thing… helping to push paramedicine forward. Godspeed and all the best. I hope to see you back someday.

  11. Mark, I have loved reading your blog and did so almost daily after I found it on a lark. I was just another “Engine company EMT” not worrying too much about EMS other than what I had to do on a day-to-day basis. Your passion insipred me to do more than “assist the rescue” and go out and learn more, think more and BE more. For that I thank you! This is truly a sad day in EMS!

  12. I'm sorry to see you stop, but I understand why. Which doesn't mean that you shouldn't read and comment on other blogs. We need your perspective, really.

  13. It has been an amazing journey for everyone. Your service should feel blessed to have such a passionate person representing there name and mission. I understand your situation, and my heart goes out to you. Know that you efforts have bettered the lives of thousands, both in and out of EMS. You will be missed “fo sho”, but never forgotten, or often referenced. Thank you for the stories, the education, and most importantly the inspiration. Send my love to Sandra and boys, and the NHS for that matter. Take care and be well.WE are always here for you, Mate.-Jer.

  14. I'm sorry you feel you have to stop blogging, but I understand your reasons.I'm an EMT in a rural area, with a small fire department. There are only two of us who respond to calls, and we both are relatively new to this. Finding blogs of more experienced, and highly ethical, EMTs has been very important to us. I have learned a lot from you and some of the other bloggers I know you know, both from a medical standpoint of reading about situations I have not yet seen, and in general, learning of how others treat their patients, how they avoid burnout, how they approach their jobs both professionally and compassionately.These blogs- yours included- have opened the world to us, for information and support.I am excited about CoEMS and hope it reaches a wide audience, for many of the same reasons I have enjoyed your blog. We all have a lot to learn from each other.Best of luck in all you do. Enjoy your family.

  15. Thank you for all of your wonderful writing and insight into a a profession that is so poorly understood. You showed me a whole new side to emergency medicine and make want to constantly become a better EMT. I wish and your family the best and hope to see you around!

  16. Your blog will truely be missed. I've always looked forward to reading it everyday. I even check it everyday with or without posts just in case (haha). I understand your reasoning and I agree thy family must cone first. Take care and I guess I'll have to hear from you on future CoEMS episodes (which I can't wait for)

  17. Another one bites the dust…This is truly unfortunate. I understand your decision, your family needs their livelihood. One day soon I hope that more people understand the positive aspects of blogging and other social mediums. Your blog has been one of the best EMS blogs of its time…hands down. Your ability to garner so much attention to initiatives in the EMS systems around the World may never be fully recognized. The friends you have made, circles you have formed, and networks you have connected with are all better because of you. One day I hope to see you right back here…if it is tomorrow or years from now plan on coming back when the coast is clear and pick up where you left off!-Rhett

  18. Major bummer. I understand, though, and I admire you for making a tough decision and not whining about it. Your insight, experience, and all around strength, both mental and physical, are something that I someday hope to achieve.Don't be a stranger from the internet, best wishes, and good luck in all your future endeavors.LadyHavoc, RRT, ACLS, USAF SSGT

  19. Sorry to see. Occasional lurker and busted up midwest medic here whom wandered in occasional;y and enjoyed reading you articles. Always interesting. But understand completely.Shiney side up.Rubber down.Brake for the idjits.

  20. Best of luck in your future endeavors! I'm certain this is not the end but a new beginning.Tom

  21. Mark.I am truly saddened by this turn of events. If I could say one thing to you… you have made me think more, made me realize what I do and why. Because of you I have reacquainted myself with the naive 1st responder that wanted to make a difference and that has made me become an even better medic. You are also the reason I started my own blog. Although it is mostly about my illness, my illness also affects how I am with my patients. A complete circle. I will definitely keep in touch with you on facebook. I had to keep twitter from my phone… received to many tweets while I was running calls. Keep in touch, stay safe, and most importantly – love your family. We all love you and are going to miss you….Shannon

  22. Where do i start eh??Mark, first of all let me say this is a very sad day for all EMS bloggers, those involved in CoEMS which without blogging would never have happened and the thousands of followers of both.Let me just say a big thank you.As you know i am a student nurse looking to make the transition into EMS after I qualify, and to assist me with that I look to you, someone whose been there done that and swapped the tunic for the jump suit ;)Your posts are very deep, you share you innermost feelings about your profession and the people you meet along the way, something many others dont, something many others not involved in blogging, social media etc just brush off. Through this work not only do you learn for yourself but through selfless acts you educate you're many followers, myself included. Despite reading many of your blog posts not once did i feel you had breached any sort of ethics, always maintaining respect for your patients and giving them the confidentiality theyre entitled to. I could go on and on but at the moment confusion is filling my head and if i am not careful this will turn into a rant, one thing i learnt from your writing style, think before you type.Mark i am going to close by saying I have learnt so much and I hope this will not be the end, I am sure it wont be.I whole heartedly agree with your decision to do this, putting Sandra and the boys first is a true sign of the man that you are, and for that you have my upmost respectLook on the bright side eh fella, one door closes another one opens.Talk soon,Best regardsAl (theSmurse)

  23. Mark,I hate to see your blog go, but I can't say that I am not surprised. Social Media is no different then a new piece of equipment, or a change in policy.. something that is not understood until it is finally embraced through education. And when change comes to those who feel that change was never warranted, then resistance is met. Your blog, along with so many others, is a coming together of the minds, a sitting down at the bar exchanging stories of calls that we have run, learning from each others experiences, or sharing information that is learned, because no one here can possibly make all the mistakes or gain that experience without the sharing of knowledge. I have learned from the sharing of your experience, your knowledge, and lessons learned through your time in this profession, and one day, hope to return the favor. Thanks for your time and your effort, and I hope one day we can continue the exchange.Your commitment to this profession is inspirational, your dedication to your family is honorable.Stay safe and best wishes Christopher

  24. It is a sad day when the joy that you obviously get from writing is crushed by the small minded few. I have always found your writings to be a joy to read, albeit quite challenging at time.Hopefully, one day, those naysayers will realise the good and lament the pressure applied to you and subsequently, yours.May you finish on time, get access to meals on time, and go home with the knowledge that you make a difference. It is, after all, the best job in the world!!Go kindly and Safe home.

  25. Mark, you and Justin are pioneers in the way EMS is shaped and formed. I am proud to have seen both of you visit and take so much away in learning from each system. I will miss your blogs. I don't comment much, but I do enjoy reading them.Godspeed and Godbless.The Bus Driver.

  26. Mark,I'm so sorry to hear about your decision, but I know it wasn't an easy one to come to. Having had to battle a bit in the past with my own department, I empathize with the pressure you're feeling. Like you've said, family comes first and I couldn't agree more. Please know, you've got an open invite for that ridealong any time you find yourself back in these parts.I will forever be in awe of the insight, creativity, and dedication both you and your bromance partner have shown over the past year and a half. Like I told Justin, I have every faith this won't be the last we see of you.I'll stay in touch…and don't you be a stranger, either!Cheers, buddy…MC

  27. I stand by my comment on your previous post. That said. Without even intending to, you've created a new goal for me, another item on my bucket list.That goal is to meet you, shake your hand, and thank you for everything you've done for the profession that I love. You've accomplished more in 18 months of blogging than I've managed to pull off in XX years, and you've done it on two continents. And I would be honored to tell you that in person, share a pint, a laugh, and a story or two.Good on ya, mate. Well done.

  28. Mark – Thanks for the stories. I've learned so much, and am sorry to hear that you will not be continuing to blog. That being said, I certainly respect your position and wish you and your family all the best.A lurker, fan, and not-quite-Paramedic.

  29. Though I understand your reasons and even applaud you for putting your family first , as so many in this day don't, It angers me as well. Not at you but at the “politics” that forces us to feel we have to censor who and what we are in this world. Your words and blogs were an inspiration to many and I know I shall take many of them with me forever. They reminded that though no longer a paramedic what I do and those that I DO care for, deserve only the best from me …… You've made me laugh and cry and brought back memories of my days as a medic…….. I”m truly sad to know that you will be here no longer and only wish that those that shall see these comments won't see the tear stains as well. :((:((. Keep in touch my friend and hopefully someday this blog shall re-open *hugs* to you and yours always

  30. Mark – I am a very new EMT. I worked as a first responder for six months, and just today had my first day of orientation with an ambulance company. When the idea of trying EMS came to me, I thought it was ridiculous and pushed it aside, but it just kept badgering me, and I kept going to the internet to find out more about EMS, mostly from bloggers like you. This blog and many others like it encouraged me to follow the whirlwind interest I had in EMS. They taught me the value of autonomy and tips for how to get a bp in the back of a rig. They told me stories that convinced me that, no matter how many IFTs I run, I'm still changing the world for someone. They taught me that silence and compliance are antithetical to doing our job well – that following protocol is only half the work (if that), that we are in charge of our own industry – all of us, managers, and dispatchers, and field staff – and that if we settle for an imperfect system, we'll be the ones missing out. I own you and the other bloggers for helping me make one of the most important choices in my life, with good confidence that I can succeed in this work, and that together, we can make this work mean even more. Thank you, and I'm sad to see you go. AJ

  31. Mark,While this is the first time I have commented on your blog, I have been reading and enjoying it for some time now. I have been an EMT for about a year now and work in the field and in an ER as a tech. The EMS blog culture that you were so pivotal in creating has been an extremely important part of my first year in EMS. You and fellow bloggers like Justin, Michael Morse, and Steve Whitehead have played an incredible role in the development of my opinions and understanding of the EMS world, my medical knowledge, and my ability as a caretaker. I have been involved with EMS education since I first became an EMT and always email out a list of some of my favorite EMS blogs to the new aspiring EMTs as these blogs clue you in to the human and public health aspects of the field. While the textbooks teach us protocol, it was your blogs that allowed me to better see the challenges our system faces and empowered me to work to make the necessary changes. The Chronicles of EMS, a wonderful byproduct of social media, has engaged and empowered the EMS community as a whole and will, I truly believe, play a key role in important changes and improvements that the system will undergo in years to come.However, even if CoEMS never manages to achieve changes in EMS protocol and management, your blogs will have touched individual rescuers and effected the care they give to hundreds, thousands of patients. Your blogs educate on medical topics and challenge us to consider how we would handle difficult situations. But even more importantly, you show an incredible passion for your work and incredible compassion for your patients. Your blogs help new EMTs to understand how the touch of a hand or a kind gesture can truly make a difference to a patient or their family. Your compassion seems boundless and is wonderfully expressed by your poignant and respectful blog entries. Your passion for your profession and your advocacy for your patients gives us new EMTs an example, a goal to strive for. Your willingness to make change in your industry and to help others to effect changes in their own systems is inspiring. Your ability to tell the stories of difficult calls with grace and kindness helps us all manage the tough scenarios we all face. You have truly been a storyteller and an inspiration to those of us who have read your blog! Even if you never blog again, know that you have truly help shaped a new generation of EMS professionals and know that when a tough call comes, when we start to feel burned out or jaded, we will look to your example and find strength in your dedication, passion, and empathy.I congratulate you on all you have achieved and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have shared with us. I wish you the best of luck in all you do! Stay safe and continue being wonderful!–Anna

  32. Mark, you asked for a comment about how your blog has changed me. You really have no idea. Back in the day, when I was still in the stage of thinking about entering the medical profession (which really wasn't that long ago, but I've already learned so much that it seems like ages) your blog inspired me. I'm not quite sure how I came across it, but your blog was one of the very first I read. And read it I did. Sitting in class, pretending to learn in classes for a diploma that I didn't want anymore, I read your whole blog. From the most recent post all the way to the first post that you made. You made my classes bearable and inspired me to join this profession. More than that, you also were one of the main reasons why I started to blog. I saw how your blog was an outlet and a learning tool and I wanted to be a part of that. For now, my blog is still in it's baby stage…waiting for me to get more experience before I can post medical stuff, but it's slowly turning into something that I hope will help other people someday. Reading your experiences as a paramedic taught me that I might have something to share in my medical and military experiences and, for that, I thank you. Mark, I'll miss your posts but I understand that family comes first. Hopefully you'll be able to come back to your blog one day. For now, enjoy the extra time that you'll be able to spend with your family and treasure the moments that you might have missed otherwise. Lizzie

  33. Mark it has been a pleasure to read your blog and get some insight in how you do it across the pond. Like I said on Twitter, family comes first and we can all understand that. If you ever wish to return you know we'll welcome you with open arms back to the blogosphere. But you're still part of the family no matter what*goes off into the corner to mourn*

  34. Mark,I understand the dilemma you face. This same issue of not understanding what blogs actually are as opposed to what those who neither read nor write them think they are has been around for awhile, and these attitudes that you describe are the exact reason why the EMS Blogosphere is at least 4 years behind the rest. I hate to see blogger who adheres to the HealthCare Blogger Code Of Ethics fearful of something they may have written, but I can understand how it has happened.With that said, I applaud you for realizing the burden continuing will place on your family if any of this foulness is brought to fruition. All too often we sacrifice ourselves and our families, when in fact we should be putting them first.EMS Blogging will continue, and hopefully it will do so with your unique commentary and insight. Sure we will continue to face these challenges from the establishment, both in the form of our organizations and the industry as a whole, but bucking the system is really nothing new to EMS to begin with. Otherwise patients would still be transported by funeral directors in this country and being a mortician would be a prime job. Social Media is the closest thing we have to effective communication in the industry in order to spread ideas and imbue people with passion for the job. To abandon it now would be to abandon the hopes we have for our future and would maintain the status quo.I hope that when the time is right, when the conditions permit, perhaps you may be able to dust off this here blog and compose a post or two for old times sake. I will keep you in the feed reader for such an occasion.In the meantime… let freedom tweet…

  35. Mark-I can honestly say that since I discovered your blog however long ago, I've checked it for updates routinely. I loved what you had to write. It was very interesting to hear about how you operated in the UK, and the knowledge of paramedicine you brought to your blog. As a current EMT and future Medic, I thank you for your contributions; they have shaped me a a care provider. Thank you.

  36. Long-time lurker (and occasional ecg-commenter). I'm going to miss your well-reasoned thoughts and interesting posts. I always knew I could count on your blog to offer posts worth reading, and your perspective in the blogosphere will be missed. I look forward to your continued work in other formats, and I'll keep my eyes open in case you return again down the line. Take care, and best of luck to you and your family, – VinceD

  37. I'm truly shocked… though it's unfortunately too easy to believe. Mark, your blog has touched me in so many ways I can't even begin to list them. All I can say is that you will sorely be missed – especially your EKG Geek features; though I'm now glad to know I'm not the only one.

  38. i'm very sorry to see you go. what you guys have started something very significant here, and i sincerely hope it eventually gets the attention it thoroughly deserves. be safe.

  39. a shame but not surprising- the bosses always like to feel they are in control- they can't control what you write so they stop you writing. Thanks for all the time you've put in and the interesting topics you covered

  40. HI mark,When I first started looking into becoming a paramedic I really had no idea what the job entailed, the more I read on your site, the more I realised that this is the job for me, if this blog has acheived anything (this should shut up your critics) its that its put people like me into the world of EMS, eventually mark, I will save lives and make the difference you preach about, so in summary, you've not just made a difference mark, you've start a whole lot of people on their journey to make a difference!VT

  41. Mark,I, like many others, will be very sad to see Medic999 go. That said, it seems as though you have made a sound decision, with the correct interests taking first place, so well done.I started reading this blog when it was shiny new, and I was a fairly shiny new CFR. Spurred on with knowledge, insight and thoughts gained from here, and elsewhere in the EMS Blogosphere, I have gone on to attend probably around 500 emergency calls in the last 3 years. I also entered medical school, where I have just last week sat my clinical exams. I very nearly didn't – but doing so was the best decision of my life, and you helped me make it.Your posts were interesting, thought provoking and undoubtedly sufficiently cryptic to remain confidential. Furthermore you managed to provoke ethical discussion (I challenge you to do this in several of the UK medical schools!), and, most fundamentally, took the brave step in to providing deep and powerful insight into your thoughts, feelings, and character. Despite us never having met, and despite you probably barely recognising my name (I am only an occasional commenter), I feel as though we're old friends of at least a year's vintage.Very best wishes.

  42. Mark,It was a pleasure and a high honor in my book to have met you in Baltimore. The things you and the whole CoEMS gang have done so far have been amazing. I fell in love with blogging thanks to folks like you, Ambulance Driver, Happy Medic, Epi Junky, and so many others. Thank you for your sharing your trials and tributes and of course your knowledge. I plan on keeping in touch via Twitter and email as needed!

  43. Thanks for your writings Mark, I'm sorry that recent happenings have resulted in this outcome, however thankyou for sharing your stories and a glimpse into the emergency health system within the UK, and striving for continual change and improvement within EMS internationally. Stay safe 🙂

  44. I've never commented before, but wanted to say goodbye and thank you for telling us about your world.

  45. thanks for your blog. i am a emt who is doing my hospital placements before qualifying as a para your blog has made me laugh smile and think it has challenged my clinical skills with the ecg geek blogs will be looking out for your return and hope it happens in some form even if just the ecgs!!!

  46. My first thought was “F&#K, really”.A sad day.Regards Davein beautiful Tasmania, Australia

  47. Hi Mark,We've lost a pillar of the EMS community today. I'm saddened by your decision, but fully understand your decision to put your family first. I know it must have been a difficult decision, because to invest so much in the community you obviously had to have a strong drive to help us become better medics.Your blog for me has turned the tide. It's given me the strength and conviction to leave a comfortable and successful career in IT and finally take up the gauntlet and become a full time medic on top of my voluntary commitments. I'm convinced that I'm not the only person you've inspired, perhaps to change career, or perhaps just to step up and be a better medic.I'm frustrated and angry that organisations are still fearful of social media and fail so completely to understand its power both to the medical profession and to them as an organisation. There is a disturbing lack of good British medical blogs out there, particularly in the paramedical field. I hope that some day you'll return to help guide us. Until then, stay safe and here's to Alton Towers. :)Cheers,Aled.

  48. 😦 it is a shame. i love this blog.

  49. Thanks for all your time, Mark!

  50. Well, what can I say. You made the right decision – those whose heart strings are attached to our own must always come first.I'll miss your writing, but take great inspiration from the example of someone who will go above and beyond the call of duty to improve things for everyone. NEAS should be rightly proud of you (and Mrs999!) and are lucky to have you as employees, especially in such… interesting times!I refer you to my comment on your previous post about the… unhelpful people. Don't let them get to you. From the comments below it is obvious that you've helped many people make the decision to go into, or stick with, EMS. Even if you did absolutely nothing further from this day on, that's a hell of an achievement.Good on you, well done, and go forth and enjoy your newly liberated free time with your family!

  51. My thoughts are SH*TUsed to love checking in here and reading up. Disappointed to see you go but if its what you want, hopefully you'll be back sometime! Have been suspecting this for a while and was hoping that you'd just comment and post on broader things rather than just jobs you do, but so be it! A book shall be needed ;)Sad to see you go, thanks for the memories. Thanks for the insight. Youve helped me hugely to see inside the ambulance service and to a point of view of the responder.Aedious amigo,

  52. […] Mark Glencorse, co-founder of the Chronicles of EMS and the blogger behind Medic 999, has decided to hang ‘em up. […]

  53. Mark,Thanks for the nod to Douglas Adams. I have enjoyed your blog and value your friendship. As the comments below make clear your are a Linchpin in the global EMS community. Keep growing and exploring. I read the Hitchhikers Guide at a time of transition in my life from one career to the next. It is possible to stay committed to and be part of EMS while also having your time, talent, and energy valued. You are at the cusp of the journey. I look forward to hearing where/when/what is on the other side for you.

  54. […] to pressures from his service, Mark will be shutting his blog down, and posted his last post […]

  55. […] I went over to my buddy Mark Glencorse’s blog at and was shocked to see This Post up on the […]

  56. Mark,I've greatly enjoyed your blog. I found it little over a year ago & couldn't wait to tell our friends in Tyne and Wear about you (she's a pediatric nurse).Best wishes and hopes for you and your family. Perhaps we can all meet up for a pint when Nick and I finally take our trip over to Newcastle!Nora

  57. This blog has given me the best insight into paramedicine and pre-hospital care that I could hope you. It has opened my eyes and helped me to decide that becoming a paramedic is the right thing for me.Mark is an inspiration, and sacrificing something that he enjoys doing for his family is a prime example of this. Until next time fella 🙂

  58. V. sad to see your blog disappear, but I understand the reasoning.Turn it into something good though. Blogging is misunderstood and poorly supported by many employers, even when the bloggers in question are doing a good job to promote whatever field their working in. As I see it, part of CoEMS is to encourage discussions worldwide and part of the method of doing that nowadays is blogging.See if you can find a way in the course of CoEMS for blogging to become more accepted and more supported by employers the world over.Good luck!

  59. Mark,I read your last post with great sadness, however I shall not grieve about the ending of this blog but I shall remember it as an inspiration do the right thing!!! I am sure that you still have and will teach us new things! I fully understand your decision to call it a day and support this! Also after reading Tom Reynolds post about role models (…) I see Justin and yourself as role models!I wish you all the best and hope one day to be able to thank you in person for your advice and wisdom!!Take care,Neal

  60. I know I have been persuaded as to the power of social media for good and ill by a number of things but I am still amazed that you feel you have to stop doing this. A series of life stories told in such as way as to inform, enlighten and occasionally amuse those of us who haven't got a clue seems like such a positive thing. I only hope others do not feel they have to do the same.

  61. MarkI am not in the medical profession, but have read your blog since it started, and you have impressed me hugely with your commitment, professionalism and attitude to those around you. You have opened my eyes to problems faced by people working in EMS, and have made me think twice about how I use the medical services around me, and how I teach my children about what is, and isn't, a medical emergency.Your dedication to your work, family and the EMS profession as a whole is a shining example, and your obvious love for all of the above shines through every post you've written, and every exciting development you've been part of in the Chronicles of EMS! Your blog will be a great loss to all who read it, and indeed to the future of EMS. Good luck, and keep enjoying your work, and enjoying the time spent with your family!! I do hope, however, that one day you'll be free to start blogging again, and that this won't be the final end of your writing career ..Olivia

  62. Mark, I have so enjoyed this blog, and I will miss it. You write so well, and your posts are very thought provoking. Thank you for your efforts to take EMS to the next level.I am a MrsMedic, not in the profession myself, but reading your blog helps me understand the field my Mr operates in. I'm further interested in yours in particular because I'm half English – my mum is from Tysoe, and all her family are still there, so I love seeing the Brit point of view.Here's hoping you'll be back soon…All best wishes,S

  63. Mark,I've been an avid reader for about a year, since the first time I came across your blog. I have not yet become very involved in the online blogging and social networking community myself; this is something I'm hoping to change.I'm an EMT on a small New England college campus. Over the course of my college career, I was becoming disenchanted with EMS. I was getting tired of responding to my overly intoxicated peers, and at times I questioned the usefulness of my presence in the system. My attitudes have taken a dramatic turn once I began reading your blog and those of your online peers however. I have been inspired by your thoughtfulness, your wonderful way of telling difficult stories, and your constant drive to continue your education and that of those around you. I have also learned a thing or two about caring and what's really important from your strong devotion to your family.You have started what I believe is going to be a revolution for EMS, and your contributions will not go unnoticed. We all have a lot of work to do, but i can say that because of the inspiration I've gained from you and the rest of the CoEMS crew, I'll be there to be a part of it, in some way or another.Best of luck. Hope to see you back online in the future.Jeff

  64. Sorry to see you go Mark. Someday yhe powers that be will understand what you were doing, and hopefully…you can make a comeback.

  65. I can't believe you have to stop the blog, and yet, as a blogger, I can. The fear of the unknown and the lack of control our employers feel about what we might write puts our livelyhoods at jeapordy. I was astonished when Justin and you revealed your identities to the world. Gutsy. I am sorry that it has lead to the end of your blog, and I look forward to the day when you can put it back up.

  66. At first I was just speechless! Mark, you've been and you still are one of the most important teachers and instructors in EMS for me personally. I've learned so many things from you and your extremely professional and passionate way of showing what EMS means. This definitely changed my point of view in many things concerning EMS and it was and is still a great inspiration for my daily work. Finally some of my patients went to cath-lab instead of being transported to the local hospital because of your ECG geek topics. This is just one small thing that shows how blogging as an absolutely important element of eLearning 2.0 and social learning can help saving lives.Sometimes it closes the small gap between having a good knowledge and to be a geek. So “Dear Mr. and Mrs. EMS manager” – welcome to the real world! This is where the success of your EMS systems is build on – the knowledge of the staff on the rigs that these professionals get through training, continuing education and sharing ideas, also via blogs, twitter, facebook, linkedIn, etc.Instead of being afraid of this “work of a devil” you should ask yourself if your marketing and education mangers (maybe also yourself Mr. and Mrs. EMS manager) are still up-to-date or if they are left on the shell. Mark, you'll always be a significant part of my EMS-heart and soul! Next time we’ll meet in real life we’ll have more time for having a beer and talking about the disturbances of EMS all over the world! And if you ever want to visit Switzerland just let me know. You and your family are always very welcome over here! Cheers mate and take care!!!

  67. Mark, I don't know what to say other than that although I am very sad about your decision, I respect it and I understand all too well that family comes before everything else. I find it unfortunate that there are still people out there who do not (or don't want to) understand the benefits and rewards of social media – when used properly (as you have). I started reading your blog just over a year ago, when I was just thinking of taking my first EMS course. Were it not for your blog I would never have known about so many other wonderful EMS professionals, all who have helped me with my own start in this amazing career. There is a sense of family out there, family that really and truly understands the complexity of emergency medicine and are always willing to help each other through things even though most of us have never met. From the bottom of my heart you have my thanks for putting so much into your blog. I have learned so much from you and I feel it has made me both a better person and a better EMS volunteer. Lots of hugs and many thanks to you and your family from a lowly EMR in iglooland. 🙂

  68. I'm not going to mourn, because we should reflect on the life, rather than how it ended.You may no longer blog, but you have not been silenced, my friend. You leave a legacy behind that anyone would be proud of.See you around on the internet, Mark. This isn't the only forum you have. 🙂

  69. Mark, I just want to say thanks. I have learned much from your blog, and I'm saddened to see it go. The community created by this blogging experience has been a tremendous resource, both professionally and personally. I had to take my blog down many months ago for a variety of reasons, so I can understand how hard this decision must have been for you. If it counts for anything at all, not once have I felt like you violated any rules regarding patient confidentiality. I think you just told the truth, and sometimes people aren't ready for the truth, particularly the hard truth. I wish you all the best, and I look forward to more CoEMS in the future. Rachel aka Ambulance Mommy

  70. You gave me a huge boost of confidence as a new blogger, and I've continued to learn from you since that time. I'm just glad that you'll still have your hand in an EMS-related web community. You have a lot of insight to share!

  71. I respect your decision, but feel a personal loss at your leaving. I practiced in a small town as a first responder, decided to upgrade, moved to another state and needed additional training. So I have been studying instead of practicing. Your blog has been a wonderful source of information while I've been out of the active service. While I need to know the textbook methods, there is so much in EMS that is thinking on your feet and learning from experience. The topics and subsequent discussions were such a valuable resource for me to learn from. Thank you for your service in the field and online. You will be missed. Blessings to you and your family.

  72. Mark, As everyone else I am sad to see you go. But you are making the right call, even though it is difficult. I would have to say your posts on post-mortem care have touched me the most. As a relatively new paramedic it has made me think of things in a new way. I wish you luck in everything you do and hope you aren't gone for too long.

  73. I'm very sorry to see you go Mark. Thankfully I know that people like you are always pushing to make things better, even if we can't keep tabs on you through the bloggosphere. Know that you are loved and are going to be missed. I'm sure you have plenty of similar offers but If you ever want to be a guest author on my blog let me know. I would be happy to have you.

  74. Medic 999′s most recent post tells us he is hanging up his blogging endeavors due to some shenanigans flung at him by some uninformed and misguided chuckleheads (my words, not his).I don’t know the details of everything Mark had to take into consideration, but I fully support his decision knowing only he has the full story (all the chapters). Having met the man a few times, I have no doubt he made the correct, albeit a tough decision.But the lesson we can learn goes beyond how 999Medic was targeted and throttled. Mark Glencourse is a paramedic who saw a need, found a path, and walked the walk. We may not yet fully realize the incredible benefits gained by his actions.The story has been told many times. Briefly, Mark recognized the differences in the delivery of prehospital care between his service in the UK and others around the world. He became acquained with The Happy Medic, then an anonymous blogger from somewhere on the west coast who shared similar concerns. Looking outside the box, they found that common sense could be used to tackle the issues and decided to put their money where there typing fingers were.As we all watched in the blogosphere, Mark and Happy traded visits on each others turf, witnessing first-hand how things were done in the street. Each rode with each other on calls, enabling them to identify areas where improvements (both immediate and long-term) could be made.They met with each others movers and shakers and tangible changes were either immediately addressed or put on the fast track toward implementation. It’s fair to say that the lives of individual patients were impacted by the shared knowledge gained by their visit.Along came Ted Setla, and the professionalism and enthusiasm lit the fuse for the birth of Chronicles of EMS, a video production of the journey of Mark and Justin (The Happy Medic from San Francisco was forced to “come out of the closet” when Mark crossed the pond the first time). Chronicles is about to explode into a reality TV series showing how EMS can be improved all across the planet.Let me repeat that: Showing how EMS can be improved all across the planet.All because two bloggers sent each other a message.That’s the lesson, my friends. It doesn’t take millions of people or millions of dollars to make significant changes in the lives of our fellow human beings.It just takes heart and resolve.We salute you Mark for showing us both, my friend.

  75. […] known in the Chronicles of EMS circles as Mark Glencourse, has decided to close his blog. Please go read his fair well post & let him know how much you have enjoyed his blog. Mark has been under considerable […]

  76. Your blog has always been an inspiration to me. I understand your fear and your decision. Your priorities are spot-on. You are a man of principals and I'm sure I speak for everyone when I express my respect for that.I won't say that I'm going to miss you because I fully expect that your influence and your voice will continue. You were never your blog Mark. The people who think that they can make you less by shutting down your blog are mistaken.Thank you for being who you are Mark. I'm glad that you are part of this community. You are essential. You are vital. You are a gift. I'm proud to know you.Be well.

  77. Mark, i came accross yout blog by accident! and i just think that its a shame that inservice politics has got in the way of a great blog! I wish you and your family all the success in the world and that you find the courage to restart the blog at a later date! i will miss reading about the jobs that you do and trying and i mean trying to learn about ECGS and trying to guess the rhythm and every time i dont get it exactly right but hey thats what our job is about is constantly learning!! Thanks Mark for a great blog and as i said before I wish you all the success in the world! x

  78. As so many others have said, I'll miss you, but I understand completely. You, Justin, and a few others were part of the reason I went back into EMS after a 10-year hiatus.Hang in there, and come back when you can.Oh, and this EMT/Red Crosser from Maine thanks you again for your help with British CPR vs United States CPR.

  79. Sorry to see you go. I was a lurker and am not sure I ever left a comment. I did enjoy your writing and as a recent paramedic grad I will miss you. Good luck and hope to see you soon.

  80. Hi Mark,I've thoroughly enjoyed your blog, it's one of the best out there – though I've not commented here before, I've been reading for a while. Thank you for sharing your insights and stories with us over the past year and a half. Best of luck with everything, I'm sorry your blogging had to end like this.

  81. GoodnessMark, what a lot of lovely comments. You've certainly touched a lot of lives. xx

  82. Mark,You have shown talent and passion for both your profession and your writing. Best of luck!

  83. You were one of the pioneers. It is certainly ironic that one of the classiest and most above-board blogs out there is being done in because of the concern that things might become unprofessional (at least that's the impression I got). Know above all that the extraordinary effort you put into your blog set the bar for the rest of us. You will always be one of us. Don't be a stranger.

  84. I just read through all of these and was amazed; of course I got to yours and found it to be the most poignant. Tis a sad, sad day indeed…

  85. Mark,I understand that you have to do what you think is best for yourself and your family, and I completely support that. However, this is one of my favorite blogs, and I am sorry to see it shut down. I have learned a great deal about the EMS profession, both here in the states and in the UK, from reading your blog. I believe that if more people had even a basic understanding of EMS other than “call 911 and get a ride to the hospital whether you need it or not,” it would make everyone's lives easier, from the frequent fliers to the people who won't call until it's nearly too late, to the medics themselves. You and all the other EMS bloggers are providing a real service to the online community by sharing your experiences and knowledge with us, even if not everyone can recognize it. I trust that you will continue to take excellent care of both your family and your patients in the future, and wish you only the best. I hope that the day will come when you can resume blogging, but in the meantime, I will look to HM to keep us appraised of any big events for you. 🙂 Go well, and I look forward to the time when we can hear from you again.Teri

  86. Well Mark, I am a newbie here I have been reading your blog for little over 4 weeks and here your off already . . . . just looking at the reams of comments below buddy it is clear to me that you and your blog are loved, and I find it sad that buerocricy (new spelling for it haha) has put you in a position you should never have been put in. In my recent weeks I have read back far into the depths of your previous posts and found them insightful, moving and riveting and as an SRPara myself I have never found myself considering your works to be in breach of confidentiality and get the impression that your morals would be too high to have ever considered posting in any other way, But I think that we can all see that you have made the right decision for you How will I now fill those long nights on the RRV without your writings to entertain me between drunks and old ladies ??????I will wait in hope for your return, like all the others but we understand that family and food on the table come first my very very very best wishes for the future for you and yours and I hope that one day our pathes may cross kindest regards and shedloads of respect adventuremedic x

  87. Mark,Thank you for your blog. For those that think that your blog was in any way in breach of professional conduct & set out to 'have a go' (my words), hang your head! Mark's posts offered nothing but the best information about UK prehospital care and was as far as I can tell never in breach of any confidentiality or professional guidelines.In fact I can honestly say the information on Mark's blog has had a positive influence on me, making me strive to become a better Paramedic and therefore delivering better patient care to my patients. I can say this about many other prehospital/medical blogs on both sides of the Atlantic.You made the right decision Mark as I firmly believe we shall be hearing bigger and better things from you (some on printed paper I hope) in the future. There are exciting times ahead for you I'm sure Mark.To your family: Thanks for letting Mark spend so much time with us, I know you are proud of Mark, we are too.

  88. Well phoo. The interwebthingey will be a quieter and sadder place without your postings. But you've influenced a lot of people by your writings, and with others help, making some major changes to the EMS practice. Thanks for that time that you've taken online, and hope that you will be able to go online again.Another lurker who met you in Baltimore.

  89. Mark – I've been in your shoes, not with blogging, but with a very similar project. Please know that “doing the right thing” is never the wrong thing to do. Putting your first family first is always the right response to that gut feeling.Sometimes we all need to be reminded of that. I commend you for making such a difficult decision.Thanks for sharing your life and your expertise with us. Best of luck to you.Stay safe. Train often.

  90. Blogging is the only true unadulterated content and to loose this perspective is a shame. Yet, I understand your dilemma and would have made the same call if I felt my lively hood and family life were in jeopardy. If you have want to post a “guest” entry on my blog related to family life in the fire service please please please let me know. The door will always be open.

  91. Mark, I'm not in the medical profession or in any profession slightly related. And yet, I loved reading your blog, because your passion and compassion were evident throughout. You opened my eyes to the EMS world, and made me understand it a little better–in fact, I was fascinated by it. My best friend is going to be a paramedic, and my brother already is one… you helped me understand where they were coming from and what they were feeling when they told me about calls they had been on. You've inspired a lot of people from all over the world, and that's not something many people can say. You should be proud of what you've done here.Stay safe, stay passionate, and hopefully we'll see you back one day!Heidi

  92. Hi Mark,I am sorry to see the circumstances develop into a situation where you had to make the decision to stop blogging. Your love for your family is as deep as the love for your profession and that is quite evident in all your actions and eloquent words. I hope to see you soon on the other side of the pond. Seb

  93. Hey Mark, I'm sorry to hear this. You and the rest of the EMS blogging and podcast community have enabled me to learn many new things as well as get perspective on some old things. Family is definitely the first priority and no one can blame you for that. Good luck to you and keep in touch on twitter!

  94. Well, it had to come – all my favourite blogs disappear sooner or later so I'm not surprised! But very sad and disappointed. It has been good, very good while it lasted – it's been a privilege to join in your journey.In the year since my husband retired from the NHS I've some to realise there are a lot of very scared people out there and some obviously can't get their attitudes sorted out. I'm very sad about how Britain in general has changed over the last few decades – and the NHS in particular. Fear can do terrible things to people. I hope the next stage of your career is good and maybe I'll drop in sometime to see you! Not in your area so much now though – weather's better here!all the very best, Eileen

  95. I completely understand, and appreciate how hard this decision must be for you, and I think that if you honestly feel that your position and good standing is threatened, then it's definitely best to throw the blog away, and look after your own!Your blog, amongst several others in the EMS field were my regular reads. For quite some time I've been debating throwing in my more lucrative IT contractor status, and donning the greens. Blogs like yours gave me an honest insight into the goings on, and your experiences and opinions will be greatly missed.And a quick line to those who feel that blogging isn't positive. Blogging offers not only a chance for the community at large to look into the often secretive world of EMS, but also an opportunity to connect with the guys and girls who turn up to help the public when they are at their very worst. Blogs from such positive individuals as Mark are also a valuable recruiting tool, what better way to analyse if you want to do a job, than to read what existing EMS staff experience, and how they feel.Frankly, it's a shame that in an industry that puts so much emphasis on accountability, that you won't let your staff be open about how they feel. Despite what the line on your budget sheet says, they are for the most part genuine, caring people, who although complain bitterly on the odd occasion, love their jobs. It's not like they're in it for the money. It's time to support your staff, drive some positive changes forward and encourage them to liaise and share experiences with other medics from not only around the country, but globally, how else are we going to move in the right direction?Mark, once again, you'll be missed!

  96. I really don't understand the closed minded pompous bigoted fools who criticise people like your self who on the whole give more positive PR to the NHS than all their publicly funded spin doctors can! I am sorry that you feel bullied into taking this step. The NHS, the Ambulance trust you work for and the UK public who let these things happen should hang there heads in shame. It all sounds like petty jealousy, if you haven't made a mistake in 18 months then I doubt you will carrying on. But you must protect your family. I wish you all the best as you mark out your new course.

  97. Sorry to see another EMS blogger being forced into this action by the silent, deadly minority.

  98. Mark,Thank you for your great contribution to both healthcare blogging and EMS. You have done so much for both, I am deeply saddened that you have taken the decision to step back from one of them. I understand your reasons, hopefully one day the system will catch up with us. I have no doubt that you will continue to work hard for EMS as a whole and, as you always have done, for you patients. Good luck my friend, and all the best.

  99. Mark, Everyone knows that the blog shutting down, due to the unfortunate, unfair, and unreasonable behaviour of others, is an understandable decision to make. A tough one I'm sure. You're blog will be missed for its courage, its enthusiasm and its insights. But the blog is all of these because of who you are, not the other way round. I'm certain that we'll all be hearing more from 999medic through other means, and that all the qualities that shone through your blogging, won't let you just sit on the sidelines and keep quiet. Keep fighting, stay positive, and continue encouraging and supporting others to improve themselves in the job we sometimes hate, but deep down really love and want to see recognised for not only what it is, but what it has the potential still to be. Most of all, look after that tribe of yours!

  100. I can't believe this is happening. While I have no doubt that you made the right decision you had to for the sake of yourself and your family (which no one can fault you for) it just goes to show that people are afraid of what they don't understand. I have been following your blog and Happy's since the first early happenings of what was then simply “The Project”. As we all know this quickly spiraled into a much grander endevour which we now know as “Chronicles of EMS”. None of this would have been possible without you Mark, and I know I will miss reading your insights. Hopefully someday people will see what your doing is good for EMS and you will be able to return to us. Until then, from a still fairly new EMT in Erie, PA, my hat is off to you!

  101. […] *  Sadly, one of the premier EMS blogs in the world is having to shut down operations.  Medic999 went 10-7 this week.  Mark Glencorse, who won the first annual FireEMS Blog of the Year contest earlier this year, says his Farewell HERE. […]

  102. I'm keeping your link on my sidebar. For as long as Rescuing Providence lives, so shall Medic999!I'll be expecting witty commentary on some of my posts.Thank you, Mark. Though I've connected with a lot of folks over the years, you and a few others stand out.

  103. I am sorry that it has come to shutting down your writing Medic. I learned of you through Lt. Morse. It's nothing short of being bullied and I don't like bullies. We are supposed to have freedom of speech. They need to educate themselves about the process. I wish you and your family all the best.

  104. Jesus thats really sad. It was always a pleasure reading your blog while being on Station. Hope they will change their mind sometime. Greetings from Germany Ben

  105. […] Mark Glencourse has retired his blog. […]

  106. Your writing and experiences have inspired me to go into medicine, I'm sad to see it go, your respect, professionalism and empathy that you show throughout every single post really do inspire others, which can only lead to a better and more committed future for EMS. It's been brilliant (now where will i go for my EMS blog fix???)

  107. It's sad to see another blog go, a shame that other bloggers rely on anonymity to cover their backs. I'm new to the profession, but back when I was deciding what to do with my life, it was blogs like yours that inspired me to go for the ambulance service. I wish you all the best luck in the world.Steve

  108. Mark, You have just brought closure to the biggest lesson you could have taught us through your blogs. Very early on it was clear to you the impact your blog could have and the responsibility that went along with that. You chose to take the clear and high road by being upfront and honest with everyone from your co-workers to your employer, In doing so, you put your name and face in the public eye, again knowing that you were fully exposed in the case of an error. This took tremendous courage that few understood at the time. Through it all you maintained a perfectly professional demeanor and carried yourself with honor and yet STILL were able to say what you wanted people to hear and open some very productive discussions. You also put your feet to work and got out THERE and showed us what you learned. We all became a little better as ew learned from you and each other in these discussions. Leaders are people who put them selves up to provide for the collective good of the group and risk becoming a target of comments and actions by those who lack the courage to do so themselves They lack this courage because they do not have a fundamental understanding of what it means to lead. Jealousy fester and then prevails when they see someone succeeding where they can not even get a foot hold. I believe that all along you suspected this would happen, but you continued on with clear goals and a good heart. The lesson I take from this and would like to make clear to those who just a few months ago were arguing for 'complete disclosure and accountability' and against anonymous blogs is this: Even good people, with the best intentions, will be the target of unfair, unwarranted, and punitive actions by the ignorant, insecure, and incompetent. There is no way around this. I have waited this long to post a comment because I was so angry and upset that I could not find the right word. This is just wrong, that the entire community suffers to satisfy the needs of those who lack the ability to recognize the communities growth needs. I will miss checking your writings every day my friend, you have touched many people in many ways and I have no doubt you will continue to do so, but I mourn the loss of what was a perfect platform for you which gave us all easy access to a wonderful human being and thoughtful, natural leader. Be Well dear Mark.Now, lead on……Capt. Tom

  109. Hi Mark,This is very sad news indeed. Although not involved in EMS myself, I am about to take my first steps working in the NHS and I can honestly say that reading your blog has been as educational to me as any lecture or teaching session that I have attended. You shall be missed, my friend.I hope that we will continue to see you on Twitter, and I wish you and your family all the best.

  110. You will be sorely missed, Mark. Thank you for everything you have done. I am sorry that the things leading up to this decision weren't the best, though. I will be anxiously awaiting your return and keeping up with you on twitter in the meantime, of course!But for now, Illegitimi non carborundum. Don't let the bastards grind you down!

  111. Mark, I first read about your blog retirement on Justin's blog, and have posted there. I am glad to see that those other of your readers, such as myself, who are not part of the EMS or medical fields, have told you how much they have learned from your blog. Count me in that group. I admire your dedication and professionalism, and I kind of like the accent, too!Your only sin has been that you have been so successful since you started this blog, with The Handover and CoEMS; I have no doubt that some of your colleagues, and possibly superiors, are a bit jealous of what you have accomplished. At some point, you will have the last laugh.Until then, keep doing what you do so well, and please do not be a stranger on the Net!

  112. I've never commented because I never knew what to say, so don't blame me if I write something stupid… I discovered your blog quite a while ago (while procrastinating for an exam… :P) and I really enjoyed reading your experiences.It's sad that you've got to stop… There's nothing more valuable than personal stories shared by experienced professionals – you've got a certain way of approaching your job/patients that's really an example for people who are aspiring to work in health care. I'd like to thank you for taking the time to share your stories with us…

  113. Thank you. I read A reflective practice in the pulse magazine and then coincidentally found this Blog. Keep up the good work.

  114. Keep the spirit, and keep pushing the standards.All the best form Australia,Flo

  115. I'm a UK based student paramedic and have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog Mark. It's such a shame that something as good as this has to end because of those few people who don't fully understand the potential of blogging, but as many others have said you have made the right choice until there is a change in how blogging is perceived in the bigger picture.I have found your blog truly inspirational – I have learnt so much and its made me more and more eager for those days to come when I can do the job we both love and perhaps one day join you in the blogosphere! Still a way to go yet though!Take care

  116. […] 999. In honor of his service to the online EMS community he fostered, we dedicate this edition to Medic 999. Best of luck to you and The Chronicles of […]

  117. hi mark / folks i have never commented on this blog before but have been a follower for a long time i will keep this short. when i saw the heading of the last post i was shocked beyond belief mark you have made me what i am today i am 3 weeks away from finishing my EMT course this is a course i was inspired to take and a job that i had only thought about in the past but after reading every single post you made on your blog i went for the leap and applied to the ambulance service. all im getting at here is that you were a HUGE INSPIRATION to me and many others who are on my course we are all sad too see you go as your site is a minefield of usefull information to us your service should be proud of you hope to see you back soon take care and be safe…….

  118. […] Glencorse, as passionate and ethical a voice for EMS as you’ll find in the blogosphere, is forced to shut down his blog in response to, as far as I can tell, jealousy and veiled threats from parties […]

  119. sucks mate, enjoyed the blog

  120. Mark,This is a real loss to the blogging community. But it is clear you have your priorities on straight and made the decision you had to make.It's sad that people can't see the greater good of this blog and what postive things it has provided for the EMS community and the citizenry in general.Hope to see and read you again soon.Dave Statter

  121. Mr. Glencorse,I finally have a moment to respond to this. Your blog is among a handful that I read, but it always has been far above the others. You had subjects that where funny, sad, educational, and thought provoking. I always got excited when I would go to and see a new post. I knew it would be something good. When I first heard of COEMS and looked at you and Justin's blogs I went as far back as I could and read every post. I took some of the wisdom from your blogs and use them every day in my own practices. I had a tough call that I had written about… you had a almost the same call that you had written about. It was great comfort to me that someone else had been through the kind of call I had and came out just fine. Reading your story made me realize it was ok not to be ok, and that in time, everything would be ok. I can't put in to words how much your words have helped my own practices and inspired me to not only write my own blog, and become better at it, but most importantly how to provide the very best patient care I can. I look forward to hearing and reading more from you with COEMS and following you in twitter and I hope maybe soon you can come back to the world of blogging. I fully understand your reasons and don't fault you at all. I am sure I would do very same. Your family comes first and I hope you and your family remain well. Thank you Mr. Glencorse for all that you have given your readers. So much more than words on a screen, so much more than than thoughts and themes, you have given me an example of how to be, how to be a great paramedic. Thank you.-Dan

  122. Wherever you go, whatever you do, I wish you the best.There's definately a paranoia about the “powers that be” shutting down a blog through whatever means they deem necessary. Public Safety seems to be affected by this a lot more than other professions. I can only hope to portray myself, my profession, and my employer in a good light.

  123. I am not good at being brief. I vented a bit.As if I were not feeling negative enough about EMS already . . .Great blog – keep it up in the rest of your life, and most importantly, with your family.

  124. I am so sorry that there are people who don't understand and must always seek to destroy rather than to simply educate themselves. I have enjoyed your blog immensely, and I know I will miss it. Hearing first hand about the triumphs and challenges you face has increased my understanding of and respect for EMS.Be well.

  125. It's taken me a few days to get here, Mark, but I know you understand.Even though you stopped, your posts – your words – will always be here. And like so many that commented here, I'm sad that other people put you in this position. But family always comes first, no matter what. And in ways other than blogging, you are still “toiling in the vineyard.”I still also know where to find you. Fair winds.

  126. Thank you for this blog. I am very sad to see it go, I have enjoyed this blog and learned a lot from it. Though I have never met you or anyone else whose blog I read, I feel that I have come to know you from reading day after day and your leaving the blog life is as if you were moving far away. Thank you for inspiring me to be a better medical professional. Best of luck in all your future endeavors!

  127. Mark, having been away from reading the various paramedic related blogs for a month or so I was truly saddened to read you are taking an extended break from the blogging world. I stumbled across your blog about 12 months ago and it really gave me something to think about and a chance to look at the realities of the role of paramedics. It helped me make the decision to change career and go after something meaningful and I am determined to achieve this thanks to your words.Good luck in the future and I hope that people in the NHS can learn to understand the postive outcomes from blogging and not just scaremongering and petty arguments.Take Care – I look forward to your tweets continuing!

  128. […] around our EMS online neighborhood, one happening that deserves its own paragraph is the sad departure of UK medic Mark Glencorse from the blogging world. Mark made a huge impact on EMS blogging with […]

  129. I have never considered myself a mover or shaker as I work in my small corner of EMS, but your blog gave me a sense of connection to a higher purpose, as well as comfort in knowing that I was not alone in my frustration at EMS' lack of progress in today's world. Although I am not very internet savvy, I know many who are. I was thrilled to be able to share your blog, CoEMS, and the Happy Medic with a great many of my friends and coworkers who had been missing out on such a valuable resource. Your thoughts and insights have been an inspiration to many of us to reach for more, and recognize the global need and desire for growth and change in the EMS world. Your departure is truly a loss for all of us, whether readers or not. Your blog has been a catalyst for thought and effort toward maturing our industry. I, personally, am sincerely grateful. I look forward to your eventual return, when the naysayers realize the injustice of their position.Blessings to you and your family. Enjoy the well deserved quality time, and know you will be missed.

  130. […] in Podcast on Jul.05, 2010 This week we talk about Mark Glencorse leaving Blogging and why this is such a blow to the EMS Social Media and the industry as a […]

  131. Oh Mark, this makes me sad! : ( Your blogging has been instrumental in fostering understanding between professions – it is so important for us to understand each other in order to work seamlessly together for our patients. You may be “across the pond” but the issues faced by nursing and EMS know no boundaries.It is so hard to believe, so many years into the reality of the blogosphere, that there are still those who are frightened by the idea. You're welcome for all the fish, but I'm telling myself “DON'T PANIC”, that there will come a time when you will be able to blog again. In the meantime, I'll catch ya on Twitter! : )

  132. pity. go well into that dark night.

  133. mark take care hope to read you again soon , your blog add inspire me to try to get in that movement , it also have help me think over some special aspect of our job and passion , you ARE NOT a coward you did wath is best for your family whe have to remember them to and be there for them even if a other passion is a big part of our life's ! i will be looking all i can for your futur coment

  134. Just a quick, short thank you for reviving hope in those of us who were beginning to become a bit salty. Your words have been much appreciated, and your humor much needed. Hope things continue to go well for you my friend.

  135. […] patient encounters that are true or loosely based on the truth. One of the best bloggers in EMS, Medic999, has decided to step away from blogging. While he emphasizes that he has not been asked to stop […]

  136. Mark,I cannot begin to “top” all of the comments posted already. As a paramedic student, yet only knowing about your blog for a short time, you have inspired me. I enjoyed reading whatever you posted and learned from it. I understand your decision to stop, but you will be missed by those “newbies” out there, as well as the experienced crowd.Take care,Devon

  137. I will truly miss this blog. I am a fairly new emt-b in US but enjoy hearing how it is done around the world. need to find this CoEMS i keep hearing of…

  138. CoEMS is short for the Chronicles of EMS.

  139. Thanks for all you entries, you've really allowed me to understand what it's like being an emt and caused me to consider this career for myself.

  140. I'm a paramedic student and I've been following your blogs for a while now. I volunteer at a fire station and in my area if you want to do EMS and fire are combined. This can be very frustration forcing people into positions that they have no interest in being. not in anyway saying that some people don't thrive in both. However its my goal to become a paramedic and paramedic only. What i'm getting at is your blogs have really helped me to see that there are more people who are as passionate about EMS as I am. people who genuinely care about EMS and the patients involved. As oppose to people who through no fault of their own have to do EMS so they can get a job. Its been an educational experience following your blogs thanks, David

  141. I chose to stop blogging for many of the same reasons. Shame really. Take care.

  142. Just wanted to say thanks for sharing your live with us through this blog. The only way I came to know this blog was through the CoEMS project. Since then, I have been reading more here and have enjoyed it very much. Good luck in all of your endeavors. I hope that we haven't seen the last of you in the Social Media sphere. I also wrote a post on my blog about this…

  143. This is where the healthcare system, or rather the providers in it, who long to be more than they are or ever will be, sabotage that which is enjoyed and cherished by the rest of us.Be safe and hope to have you back soon. (sorry for the run on sentence)Medic140

  144. “I hold it true, whate'er befall;I feel it, when I sorrow most;'Tis better to have blogged and lostThan never to have blogged at all.”Alfred Lord Tennyson – In Memoriam:27Congratulations on a fantastic blog It has been an privilege to have been able to gain deeper insight into the stresses, strains, trials and tribulations your job entails

  145. […] there will be those who will be anxious about it, and those who will make others anxious about it (here’s an example I came across today), we are irresistibly drawn to the idea of “being […]

  146. Sorry to see you go, best wishes to you and yours for the future.

  147. NOOOOOO!!!! You have been an inspiration to me, I am so disappointed that you are being shut down. Your posts will continue to educate and encourage others long after your curtain call, and I am grateful that you put yourself out there. From one medic to another, thank you.

  148. […] in June Mark Glencorse bid farewell to the blogosphere. What was so very disturbing about this situation is that Mark adheres to the Healthcare Blogger […]

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