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  1. Jim37F

    the 100% directionless thread

    Ah. Sometimes I forget what an oasis EMTLife is on the internet. As far as forums go, sure there's problems and a-holes here, but compared to virtually every other place online I'm aware of, we're largely nice and professional in comparison (even the dang COVID threads). Case in point, on...
  2. Jim37F

    the 100% directionless thread

    Apparently my Department is offering an AMLS class for us to sign up for. I'm not *not* thinking about it lol, anyone been to one? Is it any good? (Though I'd still rather go to that PHTLS class I signed up for and had a course date right before the state went into COVID lockdown year before...
  3. Jim37F

    the 100% directionless thread

    Well they're starting the CORE responses already, saw them listed on the CAD a few times yesterday (and even caught a site of their red ambulance driving by on the freeway earlier) Here's hoping the program works and gets expanded!
  4. Jim37F

    Is your public EMS service providing interfacility transports?

    I know when I snoop LA on Pulse Point I see them list IFTs, which at first caught me by surprise, cuz LAFD doesn't really do that. Then I spotted one mapped at a SNF I been to a time or dozen back when I was working private ambulance, took another look, and it seems like whenever they get any...
  5. Jim37F

    PulsePoint

    I've gotten Pulse Point CPR needed notifications twice now. In both cases I was actually on duty, and interestingly both came in before the actual dispatch. (I remember looking at my phone going "what is this alert?" Then after the call realized it was Pulse Point...) Our EMS Agency uses it...
  6. Jim37F

    the 100% directionless thread

    So my first in area includes two different military housing areas. One used to have gate guards but doesn't anymore, and the other does have actual uniformed Marine Corps MPs. There's also a Fed Fire station right outside their gate. (our station is only a couple blocks up the road from the...
  7. Jim37F

    the 100% directionless thread

    So our EMS has been having staffing issues, not always able to keep all 21 units in service. But at least their Chief is trying to help out, hopping on an ambulance and running calls, as we went to one earlier today with him, so that's something at least.
  8. Jim37F

    Favorite power stretcher

    I don't think I've ever seen the Ferno power cot anywhere except a few YouTube videos. I don't think too many people have actually used both in real world conditions to give any objective answer to "favorite" power cot. It's one thing to say you like the Stryker Power Pro over the Stryker...
  9. Jim37F

    AMR cant staff, fire/ sheriff transport

    Of course this is LACoFD, where even if the reason all the ambulances are not available is because they're all on 4+ hour bed delay waits at the hospitals, and someone who called to get checked out and is now saying "Ok, well I don't really think I want to go to the hospital anymore" County will...
  10. Jim37F

    the 100% directionless thread

    They're setting up a new Crisis Outreach Response and Engagement (CORE) program here, using an ambulance with two EMTs and a Community Health Worker (and apparently their uniform will be a red polo shirt and blue jeans lol) to respond to homeless patients who "need medical attention but don't...
  11. Jim37F

    AMR cant staff, fire/ sheriff transport

    Sounds like the other companies weren't aware of AMR's inability to meet needs, and thus they didn't have anyone posted for those calls. AMR *should* have a backup provider (or LACo should have) that when they knew they were so short, should have been told "Hey, we need to activate Automatic...
  12. Jim37F

    AMR cant staff, fire/ sheriff transport

    Idk how tight things are at Care and McCormick, the other two private 911 Ambulances with County Firr... but what about any of the 80 bajillion private rigs waiting for the next BLS discharge to SNF, or SNF to ER for "abnormal labs"... those are fully LACo accredited EMTs and Ambulances...
  13. Jim37F

    the 100% directionless thread

    Well, it'll be another 7 weeks or so till it airs, but just did a background part as an actual Firefighter for a scene in Magnum PI where they have a car blow up (the explosion was actually pretty spectacular on set lol). When they asked me to give directions to the other non-actual FF extras...
  14. Jim37F

    the 100% directionless thread

    Well that was fast! Even with the fluoride, in and out of the Dentists office in half an hour!
  15. Jim37F

    the 100% directionless thread

    Time for the obligatory 20 minutes of brushing before going to my Dentist appointment lol jk
  16. Jim37F

    the 100% directionless thread

    Oof, last shift, when I was covering my old station, had a frequent flier with a bad seizure disorder, always go to her. Today, 2 days later, at my regular station, called to her again for another seizure :/
  17. Jim37F

    the 100% directionless thread

    Had one of *those* nights at work where I clocked all of 4 hrs of sleep thanks to calls... and promptly racked out when I got home for what my Fitbit tells me was another 4 hour straight nap 😴 🤪🥴🙃
  18. Jim37F

    the 100% directionless thread

    Show up to my station, we're at full staffing, 5 guys on our Engine. Apparently we're the only station in the entire Battalion fully staffed. 4 companies are at the minimum staffing of 3... and one, is at only 2 guys today. And that's my previous Station. So Chief broke our station bubbles and...
  19. Jim37F

    FTO instructed me to “make up” vital signs

    Take the vitals. If they're different from County's numbers, record that. If you're sitting there staring at the patient, take a blood pressure. Talk to them, OPQRST is just a start. If County tosses you a BLS patient and digs out, reasses everything yourself within your scope. If you cannot...
  20. Jim37F

    Fire Chief Incident Question

    Simple, if you're on leave/vacation/whatever not physically present at the scene you are not part of the scene. If they allow you to hold onto radios away from work (I'm sensing Vollie?) Then even if you're a Chief, you can buff and listen in, but cannot give orders or otherwise take part...

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