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The State of EMS

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Jan 10, 2008. 5 Replies


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Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Firefighter / EMT-Basic
Years in Fire/EMS:
4 years
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Illinois Valley Fire district - Cave Junction, Oregon
Years With Department/Agency
My Training:
EMT basic, CPR (goes without saying), Extrication, wildland, Pump operator. Coming soon; Water/high angle rescue.
About Me:
Joined IVFD in April of 2003. Have been on 15 structure fires having gone interior on 6 of them. I have done extrication 8 different times. I have been on so many medical calls, I can't count. Everything from a person being sick to a chest pain so severe we had to call the helicopter.
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Non-emergent medical transport.
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
I fought wildland fires in California around the '80s. I came up to Oregon and, being addicted to the adrenaline, I signed up with IVFD. Now we go in burning buildings, do vehicle extrication and I got introduced to the medical aspect. I am currently an EMT basic but plan on going intermediate soon. Eventually I want to become a paramedic.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
a toss up between the adrenaline rush, sense of accomplishment, and the feeling you get when the job is done and somebody's life is saved.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Dealing with budget short falls. Also, the area I live in is growing faster than we have coverage for, yet nobody votes in favor of bond measures that would help us expand.

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The state of EMS

Posted on January 9, 2008 at 7:59pm 0 Comments

I have recently commented on a post on this site that has to do with whether volunteer departments should be doing rescues. A thread off that discussion led to talk about how different neighboring agencies compete for incidents. Where normally, I think, competition is a good thing but this gets rather heated and sometimes to the detriment of the public. I sited a particular incident I "witnessed" which I won't go into detail(if you want the details, check out the post I mentioned earlier) but… Continue

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At 10:21am on August 10, 2008, Sandi Humphfres said…
Havn't seen you on any calls lately. Went on a tramatic injury out in your area and no TIM!
At 5:10pm on July 26, 2008, Sandi Humphfres said…
Yeah, I was there. I got home from the Toby Keith concert and called Kris. He was in GP but was coming home, so he swung by ST2 and picked me up. I went up there at about 2 and then Sid and I left and stood by the district with Rurel Metro. I ended up going back to the fire at 7pm to do PIO stuff. We had to take the media in and help get them some newsworthy shots. I didn't get done till 9:30 or so. I'm not gonna be at the asso. meeting in Aug. I'm going up to Douglas County fair to see Rodney Atkins. I am however gonna work with Bob and James on our free Tues. Bob wants some extra work with hoses and ladders. Hes trying to get passed on his rookie testing so I told him I would help. James just needs refreshers.
At 4:14pm on April 18, 2008, Squirt-9 said…
Hey Tim! What a hoot about knowing a Lisa having the nickname of Squirt. I'm short and my chief (who is really tall) nicknamed me that one day years ago and it just stuck. You know, little firefighter, Squirt! I only allow a few of the guys at work call me that. They need to earn the right to first!
Stay safe!
At 4:36pm on January 31, 2008, Lyndi said…
lol ya I guess, the whole helmet thing, chief explained to me but Tim, I was so attached to my helmet, it was like a child to me lol Just kidding! But I really don't talk to De much anymore, I guess you can say we had a falling out. :( Anyway, I will see you at the assoc. meeting! Take care!
At 1:31pm on January 31, 2008, Sarah said…
thanks for the comment! I love writting blogs but that one about firefightng all that has happened to me so i had to write about it somewhere!
At 11:43am on January 31, 2008, Lyndi said…
OMG look your even talking like a hippie! lol Just kidding! Chief took my yellow helmet away and gave me a black probie helmet, which I don't like, until I pass my agility test, I was so pissed....is that like new dept. policies or something?
At 11:45am on January 29, 2008, Lyndi said…
LOL! Ya De doesn't really see much when she drives, other than the road that is. She rarely waves at me lol. I have been on the Nation only a couple days, and ya I am surprised at how many friends I have already. Its pretty crazy! So how do you like being a Takilma hippie?
At 5:07pm on January 15, 2008, KC Huff said…
Thanks for the comment! I know CDF is a huge organization, one of our new guys just transfered from there.
At 12:48pm on January 14, 2008, Deborah said…
Thank you Tim for the add as well. That would be a negative sir, I am not a Nurse :) I am an EMT FT & FR Volli...You have a great day & be safe out there. :)
At 12:42pm on January 13, 2008, Engineco913 said…
Also I noticed you posted about the vapors produces in Meth Labs. Chemicals as a gas/vapor are the most hazardous ones. They effect more people over a greater range. (air currents move faster and more freely)Remember if you apply water to the vapors (so long as they aren't water reactive)it will condence the vapors and make it a LOT less likely to effect people outside of the burn. If it gets on the turnout PPE and its a meth lab you should have a DECON team on scene with haz mat and all members with exposure MUST be fully deconned and tested to ensure all chemical presance is removed. All the gear if contaminated bad should be removed, bagged and sent out to be cleaned and inspected thoroughly.

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