40 years in volunteer fire and EMS, with a couple stints in career fire and hospital based EMS. In the middle of that, finished a 20 year Navy career and 23 year police career.
The days of sitting home waiting for a call are over. Volunteering means sitting in a station for a 12. The only...
We had a special pump out tank at the hospital and hot water hose in the ambulance bay for just that reason.
A lot of ambulances get converted for off road riders to haul their bikes into the boonies and camp. At least they're not butchering classic ambulances to make ecto1 wannabes.
Agencies that went were: York County Fire, James City County Fire, Williamsburg Fire, Navy Regional Fire, Camp Peary Emergency Services. Patients went to my old employer, Riverside Health Services, has two hospitals in area. Other hospitals that caught were Sentara Williamsburg Hospital...
A good medic can quickly evaluate a patient and determine whether he can be intubated quickly. Many codes I ran were resuscitated to Rosc and subsequently discharged after BLS airway in the field. I look back and wonder how many patients we killed trying to get a tube.
One anecdote is a friend...
Not sure what to make of all this. Some people want to change EMS, since a lot of care being provided, like intrafacility, paramedicine, etc, is not really emergency.
Take a read and comment. IAFC is against it.
I was a sailor, what is shoe shining? Heheh. I wore Rockys or Bates. Slap some polish on there each shift, hit it with a brush. Looks good, protects the leather. Soles wore out long before the leather.
:DKids today. I started in this business when we had no quik clot,afaik, helicopters, and got alerted by a siren on the pole.
Not ideal, sure, but when you got nothing else. Besides, that's what antibiotics are for.