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    Everyone is a paramedic.

    I don't have any real standing to weigh-in on this -- so of course I will anyway. I'm an EMR-trained person who also fights the occasional structure fire and does some MVA work (i.e., extrication and/or directing traffic). I personally like the term "medic" as an umbrella term, although I...
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    AED Question

    This was extremely helpful -- thank you all.
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    AED Question

    My first time posting a question, and I feel the need to start with 2 things: I'm MFR/EMR, not an EMT; and I apologize in advance if this has been addressed somewhere else on the site....feel free to just paste the link and I'll read that thread. As a volunteer fireman who tries to go on every...
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    COVID VACCINE

    I followed your Captain's path with my second shot. You had the reaction I was hoping for, but my chills/fever thing wasn't horrible, and so far my station's reactions seem to run the same range as your station's: "felt a little off", "really enjoyed my sleep", "had a naggy headache but killed...
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    COVID VACCINE

    My experience closely mirrors yours, with the exception of the chest soreness. My 1st Moderna shot on Dec 28th and 2nd shot on Jan 25.
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    COVID VACCINE

    I had the first shot (Moderna) on 12/28 -- second shot is scheduled for 1/25. First shot was just 2 days of arm pain....discomfort really, didn't stop me from using the arm.
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    What drives you?

    Thank you for your comments, and you are correct, I do have a masters degree (M.S. in Computer Science). I like your suggestion of taking the EMT class to deepen my knowledge in the emergency medical field. I'm embarrassed to admit that I sort of dismissed EMT training out of hand because I...
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    What drives you?

    I feel funny answering this, I am but a lowly MFR as a Volunteer Firefighter. I generally tell people that quote from a Charles Bukowski book, "I don't hate people, I just feel better when they aren't around". I'm 55 years old, I've made a very nice living as a programmer, a data scientist...
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    Transporting a Cardiac Arrest?

    My comment is more towards the OP's original question, so perhaps my comment is out of date. The TLDR summary is: a patient with no discernible heart activity must be brought to a level of at least a pulse on scene before being transported. For those who like to read, here's the context of...

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