Former active duty U.S. Marine.
Dog Handler/Trainer begining with 4H as a teen and continuing lifelong. Can train in Obedience, SAR (Air Scent), and Protection.
Personally have training in SAR K9 Wilderness, K9 Water, and K9 Cadaver recovery as well as extreme weather and deep wilderness survival.
Professional Ski Patrol.
NREMT-B currently registered in CA
Formal Education includes degrees in Criminology, Fire Technology, and Philosophy.
I am addicted to good coffee, good conversation, and commonsense practices in all things. Philosophically I am a pragmatist.
I am married to a police officer who will be retiring in 2009 (maybe) after 28+ years with a major metropolitan police department and she is the center of my universe. And recently she got me hooked on digital photography. I now have a Nikon D90 and a Flickr account...I may never be the same.
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
I grew up on the Great Lakes of Michigan, in the tip-of-the-mitt area. Our area was rural and medical response times were often delayed by weather/nature/bad roads etc. My parents taught self-reliance and commonsense practices for all emergencies. EMS and SAR just seemed like natural behavior to me so I became an EMT for the first time in 1974 as a teenager. Now it's just part of my life, like breathing.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Funding and the seeming inability of most city/state/federal managers to respond to departmental needs (manpower and equipment) BEFORE a crisis rather than in knee-jerk, poorly planned responses AFTER one.
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hopefully i get accepted to the medic program with pete in charge of it i nw it'll b fun. 3-4 ppl from our basic class are takingit so it'll be like the good ol days. minues a pat. MEmber chicks dig scarrs. its gettin hot dam i like the cold.
Life is good, my son starts school soon. MY gurl and i are very happy, waiting to start my medic program in january. cant wait for that. waiting for job interviews for better places. and missin Pat. How bout u? anyone special. wut are you up to last i new u hurt ur foot.. takecare
Patrick, Welcome to the FF Nation. I am glad you dropped in to join the group. Dont be shy. There is lots to do, read and be involved with. Your participation and involvement is important to us all. Takes a bit to kinda figure it all out but you will be glad you did. Have fun and look around.
Welcome to this big family where no matter what race, creed, age, social status, language, to save lives, so many of us as we are most fortunate to have this wonderful gift of being able to save lives, I am a paramedic Mexican, I have more 25 years dedicated to saving lives, and never do it by interest, not because I'm so Alagoas, by making love to my colleagues, I hope not to give anything to change what I do, if I may give thanks I accept with pleasure, and if I can not help the fact that it is more motivating
helped me feel satisfied.
I prepared a lot through all these years to be a true professional in the medical emergency, and now I enjoy sharing my knowledge to those just starting in this beautiful profession.
never otherwise have friends all over the world who speak this language to save lives, that there are good people who always cares about helping those who are in misery.
more important what has happened to me in this site and may God bless those who had the wonderful ingenious of this site is to meet people with the same purpose as myself, to share information, see the next generation to start saving lives.
never cease to strive to be better in the environment will continue to prepare for emergencies and will continue to meet people like you to exchange information, and meet wonderful people like you, you are now an important part in my friends list, that if you like to add as a friend, but above all you go ahead on this as a professional in emergencies.
I do not have friends looking for them, or add you on my list for being a woman, I look for people who really are interested in wanting to share with me a bit of friendship no matter the language we have, religion, race or nationality, it important is friendship.
God enlighten you in everything you do and where you are in emergency services will look after and protect always the best wishes for your friend now Mexico.
Greetings from Mexico.
you’re new friend Filiberto.
excuse my bad English but I do it gladly