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  1. aquabear

    Stuck on job offers

    Just taking a shot in the dark that the IFT, soon to be 911 company, is Lynch... and I'm guessing they will be putting their most tenured medics on those shifts, so as a newer employee it probably won't be likely that you'll get onto those two trucks when they start next year. If you goal is a...
  2. aquabear

    Southern California Pay Rates as of 4/17/19

    Sorry for the late reply, but before you consider moving from Texas to California, talk to the former AMR Santa Barbara medics that have moved to Texas. The pay there is good compared to other AMR ops, but the cost of living, especially in south county, is high. There are reasonably priced...
  3. aquabear

    Williamson County EMS is Hiring

    Bumping this. Wilco EMS is hiring! Applications close at 1700 central time August 9th. The hiring process will be August 19-22 and you don't need your Texas DSHS license to apply, you just need to be eligible for reciprocity. As always, I'm here if anyone has questions.
  4. aquabear

    Distal Femur IO Trainer

    It’s a manufacturer approved site. I personally prefer it over proximal tibia for its ease of locating.
  5. aquabear

    Distal Femur IO Trainer

    Has anyone come across a pediatric distal femur IO trainer anywhere or built one themselves? Thanks!
  6. aquabear

    In need of a internship site

    Last I heard, AMR Santa Barbara was paying people to do their internships there if they signed a contract to work as a medic there after you got your paramedic licence. It's not a terrible place to work, but it's still AMR.
  7. aquabear

    Does Kern County Still Have Good Protocols?

    So are counties in California using push dose pressors as a bridge to a drip, or have they just gotten rid of prehospital vasopressor drips all together and using just PDP instead?
  8. aquabear

    No ETI.

    For our agency, endotracheal tube placement is the "preferred airway device." We also approach intubation differently than most ground EMS agencies (only using VL, utilizing a bougie every time, regular ETI and SALAD training, not stopping compressions during attempts) and as a result, we...
  9. aquabear

    To Degree or Not to Degree. That is The Question.

    If the IAFF is against a degree requirement for paramedics, I am for it.
  10. aquabear

    Private 9-1-1/ALS Opportunity

    The separation of Fire and EMS services is interesting in this RFP, but I highly doubt the OC firefighters’ unions would let a private service do ALS, just look at the fear mongering they did when ALS IFT units were rolled out. To complicate things, if a private ALS provider came in, the way I...
  11. aquabear

    Williamson County EMS is Hiring

    We are currently taking applications until January 4th at 1700hrs central time for a hiring process in mid January. We do hire medics straight out of paramedic school (we only require you have your state license by the end of the academy), so lack of experience as a paramedic isn’t a...
  12. aquabear

    Cable Sleeve

    Just wondering if anyone out there uses a cable sleeve with their monitor (talking to you HEMS guys), and how you set it up. Thanks!
  13. aquabear

    Now can we stop using NS?

    What county in California did that?
  14. aquabear

    LA County DHS Ambulance

    UCLA EMS is a student run BLS ambulance for the campus and surrounding area under the umbrella of UCPD. UCLA Critical Care Transport (formerly UCLA Medical Transport) handles BLS/CCT transfers between UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and Ronald Reagan. They also provide the EMTs for their team...
  15. aquabear

    Good Texas EMS Companies to Work for?

    The problem is you have to wait for the next academy to start after you credential as a medic...
  16. aquabear

    Good Texas EMS Companies to Work for?

    If you're a EMT right now, apply for ATCEMS. They pay their EMTs really well compared to all private services and the thrid-service places that hire EMTs, and once you've put in your time, they will put you through an in-house paramedic program for free (if you pass).
  17. aquabear

    Head Positioning for Intubation During CPR

    Up your SALAD game bro! Positioning wise, I have the luxury of having Lucas in my system, so we can pad under the shoulders and in some cases ‘ramp’ the patient on the gurney with ongoing CPR. In terms of difficult airway management, Dr. DuCanto has a bunch of great techniques that our system...
  18. aquabear

    Killeen, TX Paramedic

    I think Marble Falls Area EMS hires part time.
  19. aquabear

    VL exclusively

    So I’ll start with this. We made the change based on data. Our Medical Director looked at our FPS rate with DL and wasn’t happy and so we switched to VL and conducted that study. We now exclusively intubate using...
  20. aquabear

    Austin TX- Acadian Ambulance?

    I’m not 100% positive, but rumor has it Wilco will hire again in the Spring/early Summer. It’s a 3-4 day hiring process and if offered a job, the academy would start about a month after. Wilco has offered positions to people in the very final stages of paramedic school, but you must have your...