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(no subject) [Jul. 2nd, 2011|04:31 pm]

[Current Location |work - Dexter]

Some interesting information about a new drug that is sweeping across the US

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The bride killed by bath salts - the new 'legal high' Ivory Wave drug that's sweeping Britain

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2 FF LODD Bridgeport CT [Jul. 25th, 2010|12:55 am]


By John M. Guilfoil, Globe Staff

Two Bridgeport, Conn., firefighters were killed battling a house fire Saturday afternoon.

According to WTNH-TV in New Haven, the Bridgeport mayor’s office confirmed that the firefighters died battling a fire that broke out on Elmwood Avenue.

A Connecticut firefighter familiar with the incident told the Globe that the two firefighters were attached to a ladder truck and were advancing on the third floor when they became trapped.

Initial reports indicate the house may have partially collapsed and that one of the firefighters may have called out a “mayday’’ over the radio.

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RIP brothers.
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WALL-E to the rescue [Mar. 4th, 2010|10:48 am]


"In a war zone, evacuating patients under fire is one of the most dangerous jobs there is. That’s why the Pentagon’s hoping to capitalize on recent innovations in robotics to finally create ‘bots that operate as “combat casualty extraction system[s].”

Click here for the full story.
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Intro [Feb. 5th, 2010|10:32 am]

Hi everyone! I will be starting EMT-B training in two weeks. So excited! I eventually want to become a paramedic. Any tips for someone new to the field?
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(no subject) [Jan. 13th, 2010|10:45 pm]

Some interesting articles that are a bit scary...

This article serves as a reminder to be vigilant about our truck checks.
Old defibrillator batteries lead to $3.2 million Chicago death settlement

Early findings support Texas paramedics' response

FDNY suspends EMTs accused of refusing to help

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True story, funny story. [Oct. 12th, 2009|04:43 pm]

[Current Mood |amusedamused]

As a Firefighter/EMT in southern California I have had my fair share of great calls. I have done dumb things and I have seen dumb things done in the field. sometimes the things we see are harsh and other times there are thing that are down right funny. And I would like to share on of those funny stories. this one is for those of you that like to play pranks on the new guy, and for those new guys out there that need to watch out for those pranksters.

So as most of my stories start: True story, funny story. This one time, while running on an ALS fire engine, we get called for an ill person at about 3:30am. I am fresh out of EMT school, probably only 5-6 calls under my belt, and I am super gun-ho about getting my job done. so I am working with a well seasoned medic that has been helping out all day. He has been showing me every thing that I need to do on seance from Base line vitals to stripping an I.V. bag. So I do my EMT thing, then ask him what he wants out of the box, and he turns and says to me;"I want an IV set up but this time make sure that you keep it clean this time." to witch I respond(with one eye open since it is 3:30 am) "okay, how do I do that?" then the other firefighter taps me on the back of the should and says he'll show me. After i set up the IV bag he instructs me to put the tip of the IV line on the inside of my shirt at the collar line so as to "Protect it from rubbing on the ground and keep it clean" and he would hold the bag so could keep helping the medic. Of course since I am still half asleep i didn't think to question a ranking firefighter. After doing what I was told, I turned to help the medic and noticed that he was having the the patient sign AMA, Then next thing I know I have what felt like Ice cold saline running down the front of my shirt. By this point I am wide awake and tearing at my shirt collar to try and remove the IV but seem to keep failing at it. when all was said and done I had about 200cc of fluid on me and everyone in the room(even the patient) is laughing at me as I am dancing around grabbing at my shirt.

It is like they say, if they mess with you it is cause they like you. But they sure have a funny way of showing it.

I am a collector of stories so if you have any of you owen then send a few down my way.
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Bad rap for fierfighter's [Oct. 12th, 2009|02:53 am]

As a firefighter/EMT I have noticed most people in EMS like to bag on firefighters. And I hate that, but I totally understand why. I have been an EMT-B since 2005. I have work with some good EMT-B's/EMT-P's, and at the same time I have worked with some bad one's. but I hate it when I get thrown in with the ones that don't know what there doing. I mean come on people, not all firefighter/EMT's are bad.  Some of us really do care about EMS and not just putting the wet stuff on the red stuff.
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(no subject) [Sep. 22nd, 2009|03:39 pm]

hey all - I'm wondering if you could give me some information about becoming an EMT.

I'm working right now as a live-in PCA for two disabled individuals (one with epilepsy, the other with a heart condition.)  this summer I finished a basic nursing course and was going to continue into a two year ADN-RN program but withdrew, in good standing, and moved to Massachusetts instead, where I'm considering what I want to do next.

I've sat through a few minor seizures with my friend, recently, and being a PCA is rewarding and all, but I really hate feeling impotent in the face of an emergency.  if someone has a serious problem I want to know what to do, and be able to do it.  I expressed the desire along with an interest in wilderness medicine to a nursing forum a while back, and was told to look into EMT/Paramedic training.  at the time I figured I'd just stick to nursing, but since I'm now in a new state and starting over, I want to investigate EMT training as well.

what does it take to be a good EMT?  I'm not naturally some kind of adrenaline junkie, my temperment is probably closer to that of a therapist than anything.  I found the pass-perfectly or fail-and-get-kicked-out tests in my one semester of (pre) nursing school stressful, though I did pass all of them, got my BLS certification and was all set to move on to clinicals this semester had I not moved instead.  I'm motivated by wanting to help people, be useful, and be respected - I would just as soon not be thrilled, honestly.  does that say anything about whether or not I should look into the EMT thing more?

also, question:  they train you to hell and try to shock you a lot before you're actually given responsibility, right?  if it's something that I can look into and see if I'm cut out for, that's great, but I don't want to be in a situation where I'd find out I can't handle it and I've got someone's health or life on the line.


input from anyone regarding whether or not there is an "EMT personality" and whether I have it or not would be appreciated, and specific information about programs in western massachusetts would be especially wonderful.
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drivers license to become emt-b? [May. 28th, 2009|10:13 pm]

Hello, I'm planning on taking courses in EMT in college around mid august. I want to become an EMT-Basic. I was wondering, do you need a driver's license in order to pass?

Because I don't drive but I plan to eventually. I was just wondering if its a must to have a drivers license before you start school.
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Anyone taken the ambulance license test? [Apr. 15th, 2009|03:15 pm]
I'm in California, and am looking to get an ambulance driver's license from the state DMV.  We just have to pass a written exam and have a driver's license, no practical or anything.  I was wondering if anyone's taken the written (preferrably in california) and had any info on what I could expect from it.  Thanks 
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