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Discussion in 'Firefighter/EMS Talk' started by groverglock, Oct 20, 2004.

  1. groverglock

    groverglock Guns & Hoses

    Mar 4, 2002
    If you like, please give us a little of your background in the fire service, Paramedic/EMT service.

    It would be nice to know where you are from. I find protocols and policies vary greatly from area to area. Our chosen profession in public service is a noble one. Let's share ideas and information to make us better for those we are privileged to serve.
  2. groverglock

    groverglock Guns & Hoses

    Mar 4, 2002
    I am a full time, paid fireman with a municipal fire department.

    My rank is Captain.

    I have 15 years experience in fire suppression.

    I am stationed in a rural station.

    My training includes EMT-D, CombiTube, HazMat First Responder, Swift Water Rescue Technician, Rescue Systems Certified, and I serve in the Logistics section with an Incident Managemet Team for Type I and Type II national fire and disaster incidents.

  3. Alpha752


    Aug 16, 2002
    Cleveland, Ohio
    I am a NREMT-B, allthough not working as an EMT at this time (I get paid more as a security guard then I would as an EMT). I am currently in Paramedic school, and doing clinicals.

    I am Nationally Registered, BLS cert, Advanced Airway cert (ET intubation), and soon to have CPR Instructor cert. Fire school to follow medic.

    Im new at all this, so I plan on asking a lot of questions, and offering what little info I have. Thanks everyone for jumping on board.

  4. glockster96

    glockster96 Moderator Lifetime Member

    Oct 3, 2001
    I have been in EMS for 14 years. I am currently a full-time paramedic/training officer with an urban/rural service in southcentral Kansas. I have also been involved with EMS education for 6 years, and I am adjunct faculty with a local paramedic program and am currently teaching my first EMT class. I hold instructor certifications in the following: ACLS, PALS, PEPP, PHTLS, BCLS train the trainer, and some other crap I'm probably forgetting. :)

    I am also a volunteer firefighter, and provide continuing education for another local volunteer fire department.
  5. groverglock

    groverglock Guns & Hoses

    Mar 4, 2002

    For the benefit of the uninitiated, could you please decipher these letters? ;f
  6. glockster96

    glockster96 Moderator Lifetime Member

    Oct 3, 2001
    No problemo:

    ACLS- Advanced Cardiac Life Support
    PALS- Pediatric Advanced Life Support
    BCLS- Basic Cardiac Life Support (CPR, AED, First Aid)
    PEPP- Pediatric Education for Prehospital Providers
    PHTLS- Prehospital Trauma Life Support

  7. groverglock

    groverglock Guns & Hoses

    Mar 4, 2002
    Thanks for the help.

    Also, visit the Numbers thread if you want a number in this forum.:)
  8. nsb22

    nsb22 TEAM OAF

    Sep 17, 2003
    Started out as a Volie in 1998 and I am still a Volie, just on a different department. EMT-B cert in 2000, and I am thinking about going to the I level. The only major difference is being able to start IV's. I joined a Volunteer Haz-Mat Response team in 1999 with tech cert in 2000. We cover 7 counties in Iowa.;f
  9. hotpig

    hotpig IAFF Local 4766 CLM

    Started as a volunteer FF in 1985 Hired at a neighboring Department in 1988 and still work there. I work per diem at a County supported, Hospital based Ambulance service. If stationed at the Hospital I work as an ER Tech between calls.Some current Certifications that I have listed below. I let some of the stuff like my EMT Instructor lapse because they were too much of a hassle to keep.

    FireFighter 2
    EMT-P with a bunch of other letters behind it.
    Fire Service Instructor 1
    Fire Dept Management 1&2
    Fire Investigator
    Arson Investigator

    I work for a fairly new rural Fire District that has seven career FireFighters including the Chief. There are twenty something volunteers on the Department. We have two stations, three class A pumpers, two rescues,two brush trucks,one utility truck, and the Chief's car. We work 24 on, 24 off, 24 on, 24 off, 24 on, 4 days off.

    I hold the rank of Captain on Eng Co 2322 and head the Investigation Unit.
  10. twinfin


    Aug 5, 2004
    Santa Cruz
    Hello fellow Fire-EMS glockers,

    I am a firefighter paramedic in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. I live on the coast about 40 miles from work. I have been a full time fireman for 12 years and a paramedic for 19 years. Much of my time prior to the fire service was spent in EMS on the coast.

    Like many of the others, I am trained/certified in:
    ACLSEP-Advanced Cardiac Life Support Experienced Provider
    PALS- Pediatric Advanced Life Support
    PHTLS- Prehospital Trauma Life Support
    Swift water rescue tech.
    Haz Mat
    State firefighter 2

    I work in the industrial part of town where there is a lot of semiconductor industry research and development done. This results in the occasional haz mat call that can be quite interesting given all the exotic chemicals and gases used. We also have a section of highway 101 that adds to the mix. There is not too much residential area around my station. Our city has ten fire stations.

    The captain and driver-engineer on the engine I am on are also paramedics. My captain also has 19 years as a paramedic and our DE has 8 years experience as a paramedic. Both are super great guys to work with. Both real sharp and very professional but with a twisted sense of humor like me! We work 10 twenty four hour shifts per month like most California departments.
  11. clubsoda22


    Jul 28, 2004
    SE PA
    active volunteer EMT for 3 years.
  12. FireGuy

    FireGuy Into The Breach CLM

    May 20, 2002
    Hiding In The Rockies
    Forest Service Hot Shot 73 -78
    USAF Firefighter 78 - 98 - Too Many To Mention
    Private Industial - 98 - 99 - Hazmat Coordinator
    Saudi Arabia Contract - 99 - AC of Training
    Ascension Island - 2000 - 2001 - AC of Training
    East Timor - 2001 - 2003 - Emergency Services Director
    Afghanistan - 2003 - Deputy Project Manager
    Iraq - 2004 - Project Coordination


    PS - May need an instructor or two... ;f
  13. I have a little card that says I'm qualified to give CPR. It expires next month. ;f

    Other then that, I run a Civil Engineering company. :)
  14. CMA G21

    CMA G21

    Oct 1, 2001
    Paid firefighter - South Florida municipality - Class One Department. :cool:
    Have been a Firefighter since April 1974.
    Paramedic since 1976.
    Currently a Battalion Chief.
    Retiring June 2005.
  15. TerraMedicX


    Sep 26, 2004
    Boulder, CO
    Lets see:

    NREMT-Paramedic since January (yea for green medics!)
    American Heart Basic Life Support Instructor
    Colorado State Assisitant EMS instructor (would have gotten primary instructor but I had to work).
    All the usual certs that go with paramedic (ACLS, PEPP)

    As for fire certs all I've got is my Red card (big wildland area).

    I'm currently between jobs (fire department started doing their own transports so the ambulance co I worked for had to down-size).

    I've been a volunteer fire fighter with a small, all volunteer, fire department since 2000. Currently I am the EMS captain for the department and really dont' need any more responsibility than that!! *GRIN*

    I'm also a full-time student at the University of Colorado, finishing up my bachlor's in physiology.

    That's basicly it...happy to add my half a cent to the discussion.

  16. CAcop


    Jul 21, 2002
    I get in your way at accident scenes. I also direct traffic around your rigs. My CPR/First Aid card just got updated.

    I am also green with envy that people wave to you with all five fingers.
  17. N2DFire

    N2DFire Who Me ???

    Apr 29, 2003
    Ferrum, VA
    Began EMS Career as Volunteer in 1990 as ARC AFA (American Red Cross - Advanced First Aid). Progressed through the ranks to EMT-A (way before EMT-Basic ever existed). From there I went on to EMT-Shock Trauma (It's a VA thing - basically an IV tech.) then on to EMT-Cardiac Tech. (Another VA thing - pretty much all skills & training of Paramedic but more restrictive protocols - lot's of "Mother May I" with Med Control). At that point I kinda "stalled" for about 5 years then in '99 I started my CT to Paramedic bridge class. Finished in '00 and around August of that year I became certified as a NREMT-P. Since that time I have maintained dual certification as a Virginia & NREMT Paramedic.

    Fire Side - I began in 1993 (also as a volunteer) since that time I have taken FF Level 1 & 2 as well as several other classes. As a side note all VA Fire Service certifications meet NFPA minimums and are Pro Board accredited.

    Some time around the mid 90's I became a charter member of our now defunct but soon to be resurrected Technical Rescue Team.

    At present I am certified as/in the following:
    VA & NREMT-P
    VA FF Level II
    Haz-Mat Operations
    Vehicle Extrication
    Rope Rescue I
    Trench Rescue
    Confined Space Rescue
    EVOC - Class III (everything except tractor/trailer combo's)
    BTLS-Advanced Instructor
    ARC Instructor (CPR, First-Aid, etc.)
    VA BLS Skills Evaluator

    I also teach various EMS Council sponsored Continuing Education Classes.

    Currently I am awaiting the start of the Firefighter Instructor I class and I am working toward completing the requirements to become a Heavy & Tactical Rescue Specialist.

    Oh - Almost forgot - Last October I became a contract FF for Martinsville Speedway doing Pit Road fire suppression. I won't be able to make the truck race this Saturday due to family commitments, but I'll be there for the cup race on Sunday. If I get a place to make some camera time I'll post about it when I get back home.
  18. fyrmedic


    May 28, 2004
    I have been in the fire service for 8, almost 9 years. The last 5 have been with the former Salt Lake County Fire Dept, now the Greater Salt Lake Unified Fire Authority. I am a paramedic on a 4 handed rescue/engine. Originally from CA but migrated to Salt Lake.
  19. jlw_84

    jlw_84 General Glocker

    Nov 8, 2002
    I've enjoyed this business since 2000.

    Currently the Training Officer on my FD.

    NREMT-B & FF
    Hold both Ohio & KY Cards
    BLS Instructor
    Confined Space Spec.
    High Angle Spec.
    Auto-X Spec.

    Currently cut back to volunteer to purse differant career options.

    Now work for a large corporation in Northern Kentucky where I do Armed Emergency Services.

    Basically an EMT/FF w/a gun.

    Take the training from the police academy in 2003 and add it to what I had and thats my job now.

    We are responsible for all matters at this large facility, from Fire to Technical Rescue to breaches of security. We have our own patrol vehicles and a squad.