Wake Up!

Discussion in 'Firefighter/EMS Talk' started by Med-Defense, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. I've noticed that since I've been a member...

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  2. golls17

    golls17 Lifetime Newbie

    I'll chime in. I finish EMT basic next month.

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  3. Paul53

    Paul53 Geezer Boomer

    Cool! What part of the country you in? Career plans?
    #23 Paul53, Nov 20, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2012
  4. golls17

    golls17 Lifetime Newbie

    Southeast Wisconsin. Career goals are actually to be a cop (I was one for a while) or see how things work out on the fire end of things. Either way, just want to help people.

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  5. :rofl:
  6. Well there ya go, people just needed some coaxing!
  7. Great to see folks getting started. We ALL started somewhere.

    LifePak 4s felt like they had a lead acid battery in them. We were running those, except we had ONE LifePak 5. Gas powered ambulances with Ford 460s in them, riding tailboard, (yes, I did! Hey, they took me as a volunteer FF when I was 16)! Beer at big fires,hmmmmm
  8. Paul53

    Paul53 Geezer Boomer

    Was NREMT-I in NM and TX in the 80's. EMT-B volunteer in Maine 2005 +/- 3 years (with a Lifepack 20 something!).
    ER Nurse 87 to 09. EMS/ER people are a breed apart. When everybody else runs away, we run in. Proud to be among you mi amigos.

    Been disabled almost 3 years. Guess it's because of the above that all my dreams are of working emergencies (honestly).
    #28 Paul53, Nov 21, 2012
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  9. Truth Spoken!


    ...Happy thanksgiving!
    #29 Med-Defense, Nov 22, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2012
  10. You have to be a special breed of messed up in the head to deal with the things we see.
  11. Paul53

    Paul53 Geezer Boomer

    I disagree. We train and practice to help people on the worst day in their lives. When trajedy occurs, people function as they're trained. Panic sets in when people feel overwhelmed, helpless, or don't have the training. We train for the worst.

    Nobody wants to see people severely sick or injured. There are 2 choices, be helpless, or train to be helpful. We have chosen to be helpful rather than helpless.
  12. I didn't say we wanted to see it happen, but to be able to shrug it off and go on, can't be done by just anyone.
  13. Paul53

    Paul53 Geezer Boomer

    Important distinction and I didn't mean to imply we WANT to see people get sick or injured. That just happens.
    I meant that we WANT to be able to help them when they do. Sorry if I implied otherwise.
  14. No offense taken, I just feel like it is a natural mechanism not easily learned.
  15. Wildland Fire, 23 years out of Oregon
  16. 28 years career, bat. chief for the last 10 (hence the BC in BC Dan) and I know where the great state of Jefferson is ;)

    Lots of changes over the years, some good, some not so good. The job has changed a lot, not sure why they call it the Fire Dept. when most departments do 80%+ doctor calls.

    One thing that remains the same; when they call for help, we go. Without fail.
  17. very nice, I am equivlent to a BC......supervise 12 engines, a dozer, 10 person handline crew.....couple of lookouts
  18. Loving to see this from you guys! BC for ten years and an equivalent, we have some heavyweights here.

  19. Love the wildland! I have been on our wildland team for 12 years. Toolbox complex in OR a few years ago, and a bunch of fires in WA. Just a FF 1 right now. Working on Engine boss.
  20. Spent a 8 seasons with the FS and Oregon Dept. of Forestry, most on engines, two on the Shot crew,. Wildland is a lot of fun. But getting a paycheck 12 months out of 12 trumps the fun factor ;)

    Still miss it from time to time, but fortunately, we have enough fires in the interface to give me my fix ;) And BC's don't have to go on doctor calls, unless we want to :D

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