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  1. DarkStarr

    Light or No Lights?

    This thread makes me angry. Seriously, turn the lights OFF!
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    Youtube video- Detroit EMS: No Unit Available

    No unit available? Happens all the time here in Beaver County! Seems like 961 dispatch is always scrambling to pull a truck from the hospital!
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    When will we stop running code?

    That's annoying.
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    Preparing for 911 as an EMT

    You wouldn't spend 5k ONCE to make 50k a year?
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    First Successful CPR

    Good job. I have one save that I know of..well, I QRP'd the call from home for mutual aid while we were out covering them.. gotta love it. I got there within a few minutes and started doing compressions/ventilations until the ALS unit arrived on scene. From what I was told, they got pulses...
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    5.11 Boots

    Mine have lasted me over 2 years now, granted I am wearing them thin. I definitely wouldn't hesitate to get another pair. The side zip is nice, and one of the reasons I haven't given Haix a shot yet.
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    How do I prepare my girlfriend?

    Wow, you make my job sound way more exciting than it is.
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    A poll: ink and guns on the job

    And I am all for having a weapon locked up in the narc box, such as a taser.
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    A poll: ink and guns on the job

    Concealed tattoo and do not carry ON DUTY. Otherwise, a mix of CC/OC, depending on the dress code and activities for the day.
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    EMS Defensive Tactics

    Good thread. I recently took an EMS Street Survival Seminar through EMS1/Calibre Press with a coworker in Atlantic City, NJ. Great class, learned a lot. We have been sharing what we learned with our other coworkers as well.
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    Armed EMS. How many of you carry?

    I would carry if I was allowed. I do wish we were allowed to at least keep a taser locked up with the narcs though.
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    Duty Watches

    Lost my one and only Citizen watch while on duty.. kinda upset about it, I liked it. No idea where it came off.. :/
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    Powered Stretchers

    We have 3 of them (one for each truck), and they are great. Yes they are a little heavier, but know your limits and use proper lifting techniques. We don't mandate 2 person loads, but we do on heavier patients. I'd say 97% of my patients, I can load myself.. then again, I don't consider...
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    EMS and Motorcycle accidents

    Really? I see more "squids" on Harleys. Sport bike riders are some of the safest, experienced, and most protected riders I've seen.
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    Keeping a jump bag in your car?

    I keep a small BLS kit in my truck. I respond POV to a good number of calls off duty (and get paid) as a quick response personnel. If I can make it there before the ambulance on an E1, can be of assistance, they call for manpower, or if they are OOS and our mutual aid has an extended...
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    how far would you drive

    5 miles to my primary job, 16 miles to my secondary.
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    Shopping for boots

    I have had a pair of the 5.11's discussed in this thread for 2 years and love them. Wouldn't hesitate to purchase them again. That said, I am also looking for new boots and might try out the HAIX Airpower R1's.
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    What does your agency do to get you home on time?

    Nothin. If your relief doesn't show up on time or relieve you on scene, you're it. We are a 1 truck service (ALS 24/7) with a second truck at times (usually BLS). Unspoken rule is if you get a call within a 1/2 hour of your shift, your relief will meet you on scene.
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    Your Ideal Uniform

    Already got'm... 5.11 pants, black steel toe boots, and a light grey tee with our logo on the left breast and "MEDIC" across the back.