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    Abandonment Scenario

    Hay @CCCSD , you'll be happy to know that I've left field ems entirely. I don't think I did anything wrong, and neither does my state medical director, EMS district chair, union rep, shift leader, town manager, lawyer, or anyone else who investigated the matter at the behest of an idiot chief...
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    Abandonment Scenario

    There are as many sides to a story as there are people involved. Everyone has a perspective, and I'm the first to admit that I don't remember every detail because it was a hectic and fast-paced scene. Does that mean that the truth is inaccessible? If there's no objective truth, then how do we...
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    Abandonment Scenario

    Fair enough. My first post didn't have anything to do with me, though; I was just wondering if off-site command was standard practice. I work in a very, very rural area in the midwest, and I'm relatively new to EMS and very new to firefighting. Nobody in my family or circle of friends works in...
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    Abandonment Scenario

    You're an off-duty AEMT on your way to run errands when you happen upon a car fire with an injured driver and a fire engine just pulling up. Your state's Good Samaritan laws have a "Duty to Act" clause, but you also just want to help, because it's a rural area and there are only two firefighters...
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    What is your service doing to attract applicants?

    Offering nothing. $14/hr and decent benefits, but you can grab an entry-level job in tons of places around here for way more money. I just gave my notice; tired of short-staffed shifts and constant unanswered tones for coverage because nobody wants to work for us.
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    Fire Chief Incident Question

    I...I mean, I asked the question because I don't know?
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    Fire Chief Incident Question

    It was weird; he wasn't on scene (wasn't anywhere near the scene) but he didn't fully take command. What he did was get on the radio and arrange and staff a landing zone on his own, separate from the incident commander and without communicating with the people doing patient care. So he grabbed...
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    Fire Chief Incident Question

    Thank you; that helps clarify things. So, what I understand is that I could complain, but there's nothing strictly prohibiting him from continuing to command from afar as long as the local local mutual-aid participants are ok with it. In which case it's not really my purview. Frustrating, but...
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    Fire Chief Incident Question

    Sorry, I meant to continue my question: If I wanted to call him on it; would I go to the state fire marshall's office? The public safety commissioner? Thanks for any ideas on how to proceed. EDIT: (I also was asking for clarification on whether his actions violated incident command. That's...
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    Fire Chief Incident Question

    He's the Chief; there's nobody else to call him on it. He does stuff like this all the time (assumes command on other agency's scenes, etc.). We're a rural area with mostly volunteer departments all around us; I don't think anyone wants to bother confronting him about it. It's more a situation...
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    Fire Chief Incident Question

    Hey, my service is Fire/EMS. We had a structure fire recently where our fire chief had left for vacation and was out of town when the call came in, so our C2 was the incident commander. But that didn't stop the out-of-town chief from getting on the radio and directing people and resources...
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    Passed my AEMT but still want to practice as a Basic?

    Yep, agree. I naively thought that I could hold off on activating my licensure, but that's not a thing. Thanks to advice here, I will be documenting heavily and communicating any problems immediately and consistently.
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    Passed my AEMT but still want to practice as a Basic?

    Thanks for the feedback, everyone; it's all helpful perspective. I think things are headed toward me leaving this position sooner rather than later.
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    Passed my AEMT but still want to practice as a Basic?

    Right, that's how things should go, the problem is that's not how it works in this department. I'm on the ambulance, FF-EMT shows up on the engine and then starts periodically interfering with patient care, jumping in the ambulance, making decisions, etc. Yes, I should be able to tell him to F...
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    Passed my AEMT but still want to practice as a Basic?

    I became an A because I love the work and wanted to perform it on a more advanced level. Ultimately I'd like to become a Paramedic. I just don't want to jeopardize my license because of dysfunctional department dynamics. A Basic can over-rule my decisions on-scene because he's a firefighter, but...
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    Passed my AEMT but still want to practice as a Basic?

    Hey, I just passed my A exams, but I now realize that I may be better off practicing as a basic. Advice requested. I work for a fire department, and the problem is that firefighters outrank everyone on a scene, regardless of EMS level. I've been on scenes where firefighters needlessly...
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    Passed the NREMT Exam. Now what?

    Thanks! I would like to become competent enough to actually work for an ambulance service and maybe do some ski patrol work. I just didn't know whether volunteering for a crew was something that was done; as I said, I don't want to be a burden or in the way; I will start reaching out. Thanks...
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    Passed the NREMT Exam. Now what?

    Hi, I'm new here; just received my national certification. I currently volunteer for my local Fast Squad in rural Vermont. I'm primarily a teacher, but found my way to EMS work via my role as an outdoor/wilderness trip leader and program director. So EMS is not my career, but I'm very serious...

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