Discussion in 'Ambulances and Equipment' started by adamNYC, Apr 22, 2015.
But I dont wanna!
No.. no need to close it... This should be a sticky.
Chaz is right... no more sniping. Apologies for antagonizing.
I'd love for others to chime in with their ideas.
This could not be a more true statement. Besides all that has been previously discussed, the strength and tradition of the "emergency services culture" (FD/PD/EMS) in NYC, LI and the Hudson Valley region to the north is unbelievable. FDNY and NYC EMS have this hold on the region and its cultures and traditions simply due to size and history. Quite a few of the careers also volunteer or moonlight at other departments/services, and as a result the volunteers are very active and even have what is essentially a union (FASNY) to make sure the state cannot touch the volunteer departments. There is this certain pride about just being associated with the emergency services that a majority have that I haven't found anywhere else.
Not necessarily trying to defend everything that has been said in the thread previously, but it's hard to understand where @adamNYC is coming from unless you have experienced the culture first hand (and managed to get out).
So fifty years of tradition, unimpeded by progress? Yep we have noticed that when nj/ny posters come up to the forums
Protocols been updated recently
Found the ideal 'siren'
...or maybe this one...
This one has animal sounds on it (I suggest if they have a BULL sound to use that one)
Back in the day many many many freshly scrubbed new EMT's in NYC replete with all sorts of shields hung around their necks, jump bags, Sprague stethoscopes, gigantic scissors that could literally cut copper pennies in half, portable scanners & dubious intent used to show up in private & community volunteer rigs buffing calls while transporting nonemergency patients to hospitals from nursing homes, senior citizen centers or doctors offices or sometimes even returning from same lights & sirens yet pull up & jump out of their private & vollie rigs leaving their elderly patients completely alone to assist us like we asked for them, scanning, self dispatching & jumping calls was pretty much tolerated back then because NYC EMS was always in a state of flux & one never knew who's flag we'd be saluting on any given day so the wise knew to just stand fast in the face of adversity & let the dice of life & death roll where they may, eventually many of those very same buffs joined NYC EMS & some eventually matured enough to become some of the finest medics, supervisors & administrative personnel money could buy, others became the devils children & Hell followed with them.
That, sir, is an epic sentence.
I keep a BLS jump bag in my truck. Not because I'm driving around looking for trouble, or that I think I'll get flagged down or even come up on a crash, but more because on our volunteer service, with a single rig for 100+ square miles, it's very common for members to respond directly to the scene. So I keep a small bag with some basic ABC's that I can use for the 5-15min it might take before the ambulance gets there. gloves/gauze/cpr mask/ TQ/notepad /pen, etc..
Rule of thumb is, don't pass the rig to get to the patient, and don't pass the patient to get to the rig. Go to whichever is closer.
but I still don't need lights and siren for that
I'm jewish, and really don't recommend it, even for a sweet rumbler
Wow your first post was necroposting a thread that's been dead over a year with nothing pertinent to add.
flagged down? Why.....confused as to why anyone would flag down a random stranger!
Yes, I have stopped to assist in my own car, where there is an obvious need to do so, but only if its safe to do so. Never on the motorway, never ever. as its NOT safe.
Stopped a while back at traumatic cardiac arrest I witnessed happen - car in fend off and got my shirt and trousers rather dirty in the rain and assorted gungy fluids that came up the persons airway.
Separate names with a comma.