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Why they call us ambulance drivers.

Discussion in 'EMS Talk' started by rhan101277, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. rhan101277

    rhan101277 Active Member

    This is good, I found it somewhere. Hopefully it hasn't been posted before.

    If any of you ever wonder why WE (EMT's and Paramedics) hate being called an ambulance driver….. this is why…


    You wouldn’t call a policeman a police-car driver or a firefighter a firetruck driver…. so, why call us Ambulance Drivers……

    I am Just an ambulance driver, you say as I am on the scene of a vehicle accident that has a popular high school student that is trapped in the submedged S.U.V. in the creek as I’m standing in chest deep water,freezing rain falling and stinging as it hits the exposed parts of my body. Holding her head above water to keep her from drowning until rescue could get there to cut her free—
    BUT I’M JUST AN AMBULANCE DRIVER

    I comfort a 89 year old woman who just watch me and my partner cover the face of her husband of 64 years as he lay dead in their bathroom floor—
    BUT I’M JUST AN AMBULANCE DRIVER

    I am on scene at another mva with mom trapped upside down in her car and her dead sons body laying on top of her without a second thought for my own safety i crawl into the wreckage to take C-spine control and calm the frantic lady—
    BUT I’M JUST AN AMBULANCE DRIVER

    I get called away from my just prepared meal to respond to the middle of B.F.E to a house with no numbers,no porch light on,nobody waiting to signal us in and they :censored::censored::censored::censored::censored: because we took too long only to find out the patient left in there own vehicle ten minutes ago…so we smile and walk away from the verbal lashing only because we are
    JUST AMBULANCE DRIVERS

    I stand in the middle of the street at midnight on the wrong side of town trying to patch the holes and stop the bleeding of a 19 year old shooting victim with the occasional bullet wizzing past our heads we never break stride because this kids life is in our hands—
    BUT I’M JUST AN AMBULANCE DRIVER

    Or how bout doing chest compressions on a 16 year old girl who decided this life was more than she could take.Her family screaming at us to help as though we are the ones who did this to her.Her lifeless body flailing about as the tube goes in and IV’s being started, my arms and back burning from the pain of 30 minutes of CPR never once giving up, hoping she would make it through and over come whatever lead her to this bad decision—-
    BUT I’M JUST AN AMBULANCE DRIVER

    Death is all around me and still i go home to live my life
    i get kicked,hit,spit on, bled on, puked on,cussed at and disrespected…
    i look into the eyes of a lifeless child at 7am and by 8 am i’m holding my child a little tighter and they know nothing about what happened. i have hundreds of hours of classroom time
    years of in the field experience i have challenged death and won.

    i’ve helped the helpless
    i’ve neglected my family for yours
    i find comfort in complete chaos
    i eat cold meals if i eat at all
    i work with no sleep for days at a time
    i miss birthdays,holidays and school functions
    i put myself in harms way for a total stranger on a daily basis

    ALL BECAUSE I AM JUST AN AMBULANCE DRIVER

    I AM AN AMBULANCE DRIVER!!! I DRIVE 90 MPH THROUGH CONJESTED TRAFFIC FULL OF PEOPLE WHO REFUSE TO YEILD RIGHT OF WAY WHILE MY PARTNER STANDS UNRESTRAINED IN THE BACK OF THIS SCREAMING LAND MISSLE SAVING YOUR LOVED ONES LIFE!! NEVER ONCE DOES HE QUESTION MY DRIVING HE KNOWS THAT AT THE END OF THIS SHIFT HE WILL GO HOME TO HIS FAMILY SAFELY BECAUSE I AM AN AMBULANCE DRIVER….
  2. nomofica

    nomofica New Member

    Location:
    Edmonton, AB
    Yeah, it's been posted before.


    And the thread went on to the "well some people ARE only ambulance drivers" segway.
  3. el Murpharino

    el Murpharino New Member

    Location:
    Upstate NY
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Paramedic
    I never have nor never will drive 90 MPH in an ambulance...the smallest mistake or blown tire at that speed not only kills your patient, but everyone on board.

    I understand this is a poem and not to be taken literally, I know of people who do drive with that type of disregard...it is not only unsafe, but unprofessional. How much time do we really save driving balls-out like that? Really...
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  4. rhan101277

    rhan101277 Active Member

    Yeah I just drive 10mph over the limit. No sense in driving in due dis-regard.
  5. AJ Hidell

    AJ Hidell New Member

    Location:
    World Wide
    Of course you know that a lot of whackers spend a great deal of their time driving like that, but your point is well taken.

    I wish I had a dollar for everytime this nonsense was posted on a forum in just the last five years. This does NOTHING to improve our image with the public. It only attracts more adrenalin junky, hero-wannabe whackers to the profession with it's melodramatic hyperbole. I'm betting that whoever wrote it was a low-time volly who has never actually seen half the stuff s/he wrote.
  6. VentMedic

    VentMedic New Member

    It takes a responsible attitude and good training to be an Ambulance Driver. The author of this little rambling of words displays none of that. Instead it demonstrates someone who has little regard for the safety of his partner, the patients and the public but still wants praise for a job well done.

    The whole piece reads of someone who is obviously having difficulty coping with situations that must be handled competently by an EMT(P) as part of the job. This person is probably one that did not know what he/she was getting into when entering this profession and may be in the wrong profession. He may be disillusioned with unrealistic hero fantasies where he may have been expecting applause and praise every time he races to the rescue. It may have been beneficial for his mental health if he had been better prepared for the reality of helping people and that the world of medicine does not always come with a pat on the back for every thing you do.

    My impression of the partner who doesn't say anything is that he knows he is paired with someone on the verge of losing it and is just waiting for a transfer to a new partner.

    It also might have been more credible if he has used spell check before this piece was circulated to the public.
  7. el Murpharino

    el Murpharino New Member

    Location:
    Upstate NY
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Paramedic
    But I'm sure their belt is laden with tons of useful goodies.
  8. firespec35

    firespec35 New Member

    Location:
    Detroit
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Paramedic
    We do call them Police car drivers :)
  9. zzyzx

    zzyzx Member

    Wow, that is so gay. I don't even know where to start. I like the part where the dead kids is lying atop his mom and the AMBULANCE DRIVER crawls into the wreckage to hold c-spine. It's good to know that there are these unsung heroes keeping America safe.
  10. VentMedic

    VentMedic New Member

    [​IMG]


    I couldn't resist this when I saw it on someone's profile.
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  11. Micro_87

    Micro_87 New Member

    Location:
    I Need A Map
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
    That holds alot of meaning to me....good post
  12. Mountain Res-Q

    Mountain Res-Q New Member

    That would be me. THANX.

    I recently got into it on another forum that I left, becasue he kept refering to me as an Ambulacne Driver just to piss me off. When that wouldn't work on its own, he started saying that calling myself and Emergency Medical Technician was the same as being called a "Sanitation Engineer" and that I has a case of Title Bloatitis. I know it has probably been said before, but the whole argument for me is that "Ambulacne Driver" usually denotes a lack of respect for what we (EMT's and Paramedics) really do. I know we don't ordinarily get a lot, but we deserve some. IMHO.

    Oh, and in response to the driving thing. It is an exageration, people. We all know that a good "Ambulacne Driver" does not speed or race, but drives swiftly and as safely as possible, hoping that their swiftness will mean that they are able to revive that 3-year-old drowning victim, but knowing that it's probably time for grandma to go to the hospital becasue her BG is in the 300's (not that that isn't a call we need to go to and deal with; we just don;t need to be ther in 4 minutes versus 5).
  13. With the service I belong too we start off at the designation Student On Board from there we can either follow one of two paths. Path one is Emergency Vehicle Operator where all they do is drive with very little pt care. Next path is EMR and later EMT and then become actively involved in PT care. I chose the EMR path and currently waiting for the service to put on another EMR course. With that said we do have Ambuance Drivers which is all they do.
  14. vquintessence

    vquintessence New Member

    Location:
    America
    Do you guys get all in a huff when someones grandfather of 70+ years calls us an ambulance driver? Despite my profiles title "ambwance driver", I have no problem with somebody who isn't in the medical field calling me an ambulance driver. They just don't know any better, and typically mean no disrespect.

    Prior to working in EMS, I had no idea what an EMT or Paramedic was. Hell, I assumed every ambulance was the same level of care. Had no idea what their limitations in practice or education were.

    What I did know, was if anybody ever screamed at me for calling them an ambulance driver, I'd know enough to take note of their employer and license plate and give a call to their boss.
  15. Mountain Res-Q

    Mountain Res-Q New Member

    I hope no one here would scream at someone ignorant enough to mistakenly call them an Ambulacne Driver. But my point is that even if no disrespect is intented, isn't the fact that they don't know proving that they don't really understand the EMS field, a measure of disrespect for what we do? Not that it matters. If someone I know calls me an Ambulacne Driver, I may politely inform them that I am a "___". If it is a patient who does so, then I ignore it.
  16. VentMedic

    VentMedic New Member

    With over 50 different levels of certifications/licenses handed out by the states in the U.S. and with no consistency in the type of service offered from county to county or city to city, how do you expect the public to remember what EMS providers call themselves? If you pay attention to the forums and the various discussions, half the time the EMS providers themselves don't know what they are called with the constant changes with each state changing its certifications because one more "skill" was added to another cert.
  17. Mountain Res-Q

    Mountain Res-Q New Member

    Granted, can;t argue with that. Itt's just that from my perspective where I live with the type of EMS System we have I would prefer Ambulance Attendant over anything else. Simply put, yes we all have different certifications. You don;t have to call me by me cert, just by what I do, and I don;t ony drive. Where I come from EMT certifications are held by EMS people, Fire fighters, SAR, Forest Service. They all hold EMT certification, but that's not their job. They fight fires, they rescue people, and we, what, drive people to the hospital like a taxi? You can;t get up in arms over it, but it would be nice to be respected enough by the public to be called something other than DRIVE. IMHO.
  18. ffemt8978

    ffemt8978 Forum Vice-Principal Community Leader

    Location:
    Zip code EIEIO
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Intermediate
    Hah...I prefer to be called an ambulance driver. If I'm driving the rig, then that means I don't have to write the report. :p
  19. Mountain Res-Q

    Mountain Res-Q New Member

    You know what is really sad? When I was on Ambulance, I hated driving and loved writing out the PCR and Trip Ticket. Paper work is a little fun for me. Driving was boring, especially on long distance pateint transfers, which I seemed to get a lot of. ;)
  20. gicts

    gicts New Member

    Location:
    insanity
    half the time I drive the ambulance B)

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