BDLS (Basic Disaster Life Support) just went through that class yesterday in Cadillac Michigan. It was a pretty good class for a lecture based class. I am looking forward to the ADLS class which is…Continue
I had a mini vacation 5 days off!! I didn't shave once (won't tell you how many times I showered..lol). Had a nice beard started but it wasn't meant to be. I hate shaving. We are allowed facial hair…Continue
No this isnt a discussion on which is better or what do you have.I added a Whelen UPS 690 hide away strobe power supply to my vehicle. It keeps popping the switch fuse. It requires a 15amp fuse and…Continue
Just wondering if your departments do stand by for law enforcement. My department has been staged at the IC post for a barricaded gunman for last 6 hours. 1 engine 1 ambulance 5 members just sitting…Continue
Recent talks around my parts is the possiblity of switching to the king tubes. Right now we run only combi tubes. (Should point out my department is EMT-Basic) Not sure if I like switching from what I have read king tubes come in 3 sizes so that is 6 tubes we would be mandated to have at all times compared to our 2 combi. Just wondering what others think of the 2 choices. I did see in a recent EMS magazine the new SALT (Supraglottic Airway Laryngopharyngeal Tube) looks neat but seeing it on a…See More
"Add LMAs to the mix. We used LMAs as our rescue aiway of choice for several years. That usually meant using a LMA if the ET couldn't be passed in 2 tries, or if there was an obvious difficult airway when ET intubation might not be the…"
"Its really a matter of personal preference, the king comes in three sizes so that's nice, however if by some fluke you hit the windpipe instead of the throat then you got to pull out and reinsert whereas with the combi tube its pretty much fool…"
"Sorry been away for a few days. As far as us and our fire knight helmets. We still don the face mask the same. We did not elect to go with the clip on. We were concerned about meeting the fit test requirements. Yes we may be progressive but we…"
"we wear the fire knight helmets. I know its more of a European style but I like it. Some other departments try to tease us from breaking from tradition. but they are super comfortable they have built in safety glasses for when your doing none air…"
"We do our own rehab. Everyone on our department is medical trained. We do have agreements in place with the ambulance service to do stand by. But that is at the call of the IC. Our local Salvation Army is a wonderful asset. They will bring us cold…"
"Now for my real answer looking at the design it appears the bar that actually locks the door has a pivot. So my question is how strong is it? Would normal door breaching work IE sledgehammer and hallingan bar, or even our port a power spreader.…"
BDLS (Basic Disaster Life Support) just went through that class yesterday in Cadillac Michigan. It was a pretty good class for a lecture based class. I am looking forward to the ADLS class which is all hands on. Learned quite a bit about biological and radiological disasters. Was a real eye opener.My suggestion is if you haven't taken this course you should really see if its offered in your area. See More
"Well I'm the engineer for our department and I can tell you I love our top mount. I started with the side mount and like others mentioned you can't see you have lines in the way.
I will say one of the downsides is during a fire I get up…"
"Ok I am a 911 dispatcher in my county and also a volunteer at a fire/ems station. We use plain English. We did away with any 10 codes for fire/EMS our law enforcement still uses some 10 codes but those are for safety reasons. However I should…"
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
I started as a volunteer for Virgina Beach EMS station 4, Chesapeake Beach
EMT-Basic, Firefighter 1&2, Hazmat Specialist, and a few other things...but pretty much standard training to work in Fire/EMS.
I've been involved in the fire/EMS service most of my life. I learned fire fighting in the Navy, not that it really helps in the civilian fire fighting. I've been working for the county 911 system as a dispatcher for last 8 years. Still do a paid on call firefighter/EMT for my local department. I work part time as EMT-Basic for the ambulance service doing mainly transfers to other hospitals. I love working in the field but I am also experienced enough to not get over excited about calls. I tend to remain calm in 99% of the calls I have learned over the years the best place to work on a fire call is running the engine, that is where you find me if I have anything to say about it.
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
I shall give the normal answer. To help people. Honestly it was to tick off my family seeing as I come from a family of law enforcement...lol
Why I Love Fire/EMS
I suppose after all these years, it really comes down to being there for my comunity.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Funding, Funding, Funding. I know as budgets get tighter and tighter that keeping up to date on the new procedures and equipment it becomes almost necessary to pay out of your own pocket.