I agree with ak.
I teach @ a community college, and at the Fire Academy. Nothing catches my eye faster than someone who arrives trying to look cool. Flip-flops, board-shorts and a t-shirt from whatever defunct sports team is not all that impressive.
But...that is what some of these...
The locals regularly un-arrest perps around here. When I was still riding the box, it really torqued me off. I am no wilting flower, let me assure you, but I am getting too old to be going to court for messing up some perp a cop was too lazy to transport.
Well if we are going to post pictures...;)
And another view:
And in case you missed it:
And my old ride:
My previous rigs were a '95 S-Jimmy I put 187K on the clock, and an '86 K-Blazer I sold with 287K on the clock.
I was not the one responding to you. I was correcting someone else who said they were smart enough to pass Medic school. That was not the case, and that is why it matters. I went through Medic Basic 90-02, and it was one of the toughest things I have ever done. Medic Basic 89-02 was a blood bath...
Neither were Paramedics.
Which is not to say that they have successfully figured how to instill common sense into recruits @ Fort Totten.
God, there are some days I am relieved I am no longer a boss on that job.
It has been a while since I have posted
But here it goes:
Firefighter I and II
Structural Collapse Technician (Thank you VATF2)
Driver/Operator Engine and Truck
Fire Officer I and II
EMT-P (NY just lapsed, but Colorado is still good for a little while)
I have an AS in Fire Science Technology, and where I work, it will help you in getting a raise in pay. I am also working towards my BS in Fire and Emergency Management. Since I am an instructor @ a local community college the AS was 'required' too...
I suggest you go to college now rather than...
I think BLS experience is invaluble...There are Paramedics who are VERY successful with a minimum of experience...but the vast majority I have observed going straight through to Paramedic have some serious deficiencies that are very hard to correct.
When I went to Paramedic School, NYC*EMS...
Read IFSTA's Pumping Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbook...and FDNY's EVOC handbook. Both books require you to leave the lights on when responding emergent (code 3). If you switch them off, you send the public a message that the alarm/run you are responding to is not really an...
When responding Emergent (Code 3) NEVER EVER turn your lights and sirens off (turn siren off when entering highway is the only exception...keep lights on!) Turning on and off your signals only confuses those who are already perplexed. No need to really mess up their day!