Take a look at the video below. THESE GUYS STARTED IT ALL! Well not really but John Gage, and Roy Desoto (Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe) made thousands of people want to be firefighters, and Paramedics.
Now I am not old enough to have seen the first run of this show but I remember the first time I saw them in reruns, and I have several of the seasons on DVD and watch them often. This show is what really began the “Fire Service EMS” movement.
EMS always has, and always will be the Step Brother of The Fire Service. It is thankless, dirty, and usually keeps you from getting a good night sleep or eating on time. However it is also a majority of most of our call loads, and is the reason we have a majority of our customer interaction.
Knowing that it begs the question “how much time do you devote to EMS training?”
I just recently (within the last year) made the big leap from EMT-Basic to Medic (NREMT-I, or simply Intermediate) I havent made the full leap to Paramedic but it is probably coming. Doing this has forced me to make a huge change in the time I dedicate to training. I am new at this and while I have an understanding of the many concepts there is still ALOT I need to learn. As a medic I ride on the ambulance every third shift, so during those days Instead of doing fire service training I focus more on the EMS side of things. Either reviewing protocols, drug doses, etc. I take that time to focus solely on the EMS side of things and try to improve my EMS service delivery. I still have a looooong way to go before I would consider myself a “good medic” but hopefully I will get there.
Sadly EMS training is ignored more than fire training since, not a lot of people like EMS. I admit that the only reason I became and EMT-B was it was required to get a paid fire job, the transition to medic came about when I felt like the basic cert just was not enough as like I said its 70% of our call load. I will also admit that I do get an ALS supplement but trust me it is not that much when compared to what most medics have to do. Most of the time people limit their EMS training to there required continuing education training and that is that. Is this enough?
EMS is a constantly expanding field, and whether I agree with it or not we are continually expanding out service. In fact the OMD at work is getting a grant to deliver fresh frozen plasma in trauma patients as part of a study. I thought it was crazy when we began to deliver hypothermia protocols, and now we are going to be giving PLASMA! I know in order for me to be proficient at this I am going to have to step my EMS training up, and I bet I am not alone in that.
So the moral of this story is, I know EMS is not very fun, glamorous, or something we enjoy. However it is a huge importance as to what we do, and it is out highest level of customer interaction. We might not have wanted it but we got it, and we need to try (notice I said try) to approach it with the same gusto as we do our firefighting duties. It will not be easy, but when you have doubts just ask yourself “What Would Johnny and Roy Do?”
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