About Greg Atwood

Greg Atwood is a Firefighter /Paramedic in Coral Gables Florida and works for the Coral Gables Fire Rescue. He is an American Heart Association certified instructor in BLS ( Basic Life Support ), ACLS ( Advanced Cardiopulmonary Life Support ), and PALS ( Pediatric Advanced Life Support ). Greg currently lives in Miami Florida with his beautiful wife Alexa and their 2 sons, Connor and Jake. Greg is a member of the PedSafe Expert team

Articles by Greg

EMS Guide to Hurricane Preparation 2017: Keep Your Family Safe!

EMS Guide to Hurricane Preparation 2017: Keep Your Family Safe!

Editor’s note: we first ran this post September 26, 2016.  In light of  this year’s unprecedented hurricane season – and hopefully in time to help those of you in hurricane Irma’s path better prepare to weather the storm – we decided to run it again.  Be safe everyone! We are barely into September and already dead in the middle of hurricane season. While the thought... 

Parents, You Have a Homework Assignment! Make Sure…

Parents, You Have a Homework Assignment! Make Sure…

Good morning parents.  I hope everyone had a fun and safe summer with the kids because now, as if you already didn’t know, it is time to send them back to school.  I am more than positive that each and every one of you is well versed in supply lists and projects that will all be due on the first day, not to mention the beginning of homework.  Well before the kids get any homework, I would like... 

Trampolines & Jump Centers: Fun but Risky, Parents Beware

Trampolines & Jump Centers: Fun but Risky, Parents Beware

By now I am pretty sure that all of us have either seen the ads for or been to one of the many trampoline centers popping up in a town near you.  Or you are one of the many homes in American that have a trampoline in the yard. While I personally have nothing against trampolines, being in the EMS field I am always aware of the dangers they pose and what kind of injuries they would present with.  While... 

Helping Your Fearful Child Feel Comfortable With EMS

Helping Your Fearful Child Feel Comfortable With EMS

We have all seen the scene at the mall. The child is put there with the mall Santa Clause or Easter Bunny and is absolutely in terror and crying their eyes out.  How can this be? Santa and the Easter Bunny are friends and would never hurt them.  Having done many Firefighter presentations at various schools, events, and EMS safety weeks, I have seen these same children have the exact same reaction... 

Teachers, Counselors, Coaches: How To Keep Your Kids Hydrated

Teachers, Counselors, Coaches: How To Keep Your Kids Hydrated

Welcome to Fire Academy!  It is now 7am and the PT or Physical Training is about to begin.  The instructor for the class has many things on his/her mind but none more important than two things we preach most, Safety and Hydration.  Before any work is done it is the job of the instructor to make sure that the class has hydrated and is prepared for what is about to take place.  The importance of... 

How to Help If Your Child Has a Seizure: Call EMS and Don’t Panic

How to Help If Your Child Has a Seizure: Call EMS and Don’t Panic

Some children are prone to seizures and having met many of these parents and taken many of these children to the hospital, I know these parents are acutely aware of what to do and how to do it in the event of another seizure.  It’s the children that have never had a seizure before and you the parents that have never had to deal with one before that we will focus on. The type of seizure most commonly...