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Discussion in 'Firefighter/EMS Talk' started by Mickmedic, Feb 17, 2005.

  1. Mickmedic

    Mickmedic Drug Pusher

    Nov 12, 2002
    North Carolina
    HIPPA Notice: The following info was broadcast on the 11pm news and is therefore in the public domain.
    An employee of our local Wal-Mart suffered serious, but non-life threatening, burns from hot grease to upper portions of his body. me and my gun became involved.
    Im a paramedic (as if the name didnt give it away). ;f
    I do have my CCW, but it is against departmental policy to carry while on duty.
    I was off duty at the time. I had dropped my wife off at Wal-Mart to do some shopping, and I drove across the street to BlockBuster for some evening entertainment. Ironically, I passed one of our EMS crews on their way to dinner and called to chat briefly. Moments later, my wife called me and said someone had been badly burned at the Wal-Mart. I jumped in my truck...headed back over...called the crew and told them to meet me on scene.
    I got there first, grabbed my jumpbag, ran inside and began assessing and treating the patient who was lying on the floor. While moving back and forth around the patient, I became keenly aware that my jacket had ridden up and was stuck above my G17 in my Uncle Mike's OWB holster. Of course there were several Wal-Mart managers and employees standing around taking in all that was going on. I continued to work on the patient, and nonchalantly pulled my jacket back down...a process I had to repeat a couple more times.
    Anyway, the crew arrived, we packaged the patient up and had him airlifted to the Burn Center. The last I heard, he was doing well.
    Nothing was ever said about my gun. I dont know if they were so focused on the patient that they honestly didnt notice it, were afraid to comment, or just thought all medics carry. (wouldnt THAT be great).
    Just thought Id share.:cool:
  2. Rob72


    Jan 25, 2005
    OKC, OK
    The old truism: " If you act like you have the right, you will....".;f As a PIC (Person In Charge) you probably could have walked in with tactical vest, 14" bowie, Surefire Beast, and whipped out a Microtech HALO to cut your tape with, and they would just stare in awe!;P

  3. jlw_84

    jlw_84 General Glocker

    Nov 8, 2002
    A frustrated looking man with a clipboard can go anyhere he wants.

    Thats pretty much what this situation was, they didn't know if you were a cop, medic, soccor dad, or a mall ninja, nor did they care, you had the equiptment and seemed to know what you were doing, so they ain't going to interfere.

    I've found myself in a similar situation, somebody went down at the mall. I'm there with the GF and I was just wearing jeans and a sweatshirt, nothing marked EMT or anything, and I just started barking orders at people to move, call 911, etc etc, and of which everybody did without hesitation or question.
  4. hotpig

    hotpig IAFF Local 4766 CLM

    You guys are making me feel bad. I would have not got involved unless someone recognized me.
  5. jlw_84

    jlw_84 General Glocker

    Nov 8, 2002
    Been there done that too. I usually dont get involved, but back when I was a "rescue randy" straight out of EMT-B Class, I was quick to jump in whatever I could.
  6. Mickmedic

    Mickmedic Drug Pusher

    Nov 12, 2002
    North Carolina
    What do you call an off-duty paramedic at a wreck scene....

    Ive been at this for over 10 years. I work it, teach it, and volunteer it. Im long past my Rescue Randy days.
    However, if it's something serious, and sometimes even if it's not, I still feel oblidged to help where I can.
    Plus the fact my wife called me to the scene. She's a red think Im REALLY gonna say no to her? ;f
  7. Brian Dover

    Brian Dover

    Jul 31, 2002
    SW Ohio
    Sounds like somebody needs to think about a longer jacket..or maybe those are called "coats".:)
  8. Mickmedic

    Mickmedic Drug Pusher

    Nov 12, 2002
    North Carolina
    Actually it was a leather coat, which is usually plenty long enough
    when Im stading upright, or sitting.
    It was just when I was bent over the patient, and contorting myself
    to assess from head to toe, that I had the problem.
    But thanks for the input.:cool:
  9. DepChief

    DepChief Get Tous's Rope

    Nov 27, 2004
    Outer Banks, NC

    In a perfect world.......
  10. Tvov


    Sep 30, 2000
  11. Slinger646

    Slinger646 King of Sling

    Sep 5, 2004
    In the Mountains of VA
    Somewhat off topic, but i carry MK III OC spray when on duty, mainly for vicious dogs.....and chilli.
  12. First and foremost you are a citizen and enjoy the right to carry!

    Second you are a person with skills that will enable you to intervene in the untimely event of Murphy's Law being enacted on another individual!

    Third when you are off duty you are a citizen / Responder and may at times cross boundaries in order to provide care!

    No harm no foul!
  13. Mickmedic

    Mickmedic Drug Pusher

    Nov 12, 2002
    North Carolina
    Thanks everyone for all of the kind words of encouragement.
  14. sudboy

    sudboy 733t beerXor

    May 9, 2003
    We get called to the McDonald's in our local Wal-Mart all the time for chest pains or breathing difficulties. I shop at said Wal-Mart, and I am usually carrying when I'm not at my real job or at the station. So I know one of these days the pager is gonna go off while I'm shopping for breakfast cereal, cold cuts, and carrying a concealed pistola.

    I'll do what I can to help, but as I don't carry gloves or any other PPE with me I will probably go collect patient info until our paid guys arrive.

  15. jim2037


    Mar 5, 2005
    Amen! I get enough paramedicing at work without falling all over all the other Ricky Rescues at a wreck scene