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Firefighter / Paramedic (or Other ALS)
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Half my Life
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San Francisco Fire Department
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Where does all the time go?

Posted on August 8, 2009 at 9:29pm 0 Comments

Last thing I remember was waking up this morning 10 minutes late for my 1 hour commute. It is 5 in the afternoon here at Engine 99. We've had 2 calls so far (unusual) but today is FLYING BY. I've updated both blogs, facebook, twitter and now back on Firefighter NAtion catching up.

Einstein once defined relativity using the example of a young boy looking at a pretty girl. Ask the boy to look at the pretty girl for a minute and it will seen like 10 seconds since he wants it to last.… Continue

A book you should read

Posted on April 29, 2009 at 1:34pm 0 Comments

I met Donald Noss Jr, author of Fire Faceoff, right here in the pages of FFN.

It is the story of a fire that swept through his apartment building late at night.

You can find out more by searching his name here to see his page or read the review at Happy Medic Head Quarters.

I have no association and make no profit from recommending this book, I just think responders should read… Continue

Stuff I never learned in P School

Posted on March 12, 2009 at 9:32pm 1 Comment

On the theme of "A lesson learned," I recalled a rough call that taught me more than I could have thought.

Here's a snippet:

My mentor there, I'll call him Bill, was a relaxed Paramedic who always talked about everything but the job. You know the type. Sports, family, anything, but when the bells rang he was all business and I soaked it up like a sponge.

Bill was the one who taught me that driving an ambulance isn't a race, but instead a challenge to see how little… Continue

It's friday, that means another You Make the Call

Posted on March 7, 2009 at 2:09am 4 Comments

Here is this week's You Make the Call from my home blog the Happy MedicFeel free to comment here, or there, or both. The results of what happened will be posted, as always, Monday morning.

I started this segment of my blog as a way to get ideas flowing and see how folks around the country and the world handle the same event. There is no "right" answer, only what you would do, compared later with what I did. Sometimes the best way to… Continue

I need me a tiller truck

Posted on March 4, 2009 at 6:48pm 0 Comments

OK everyone, you read right, Happy needs a tiller. Somewhere out there is my perfect rig, let me describe it to you:

circa 1976-1980 open cab or white top american lafrance 100' tiller drawn aerial ladder truck.

It needs to be in good running order and in decent body shape.

Here's the great part, the ladder DOES NOT need to be operable, tested, heck if it's missing, I'm still game.

If I have to drive it across this great land, or have it shipped, I will do… Continue

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At 12:13pm on April 4, 2009, donald noss said…
Hello Happy. I put my book "Fire Faceoff" in PDF format. If you would like it, just send me an email and I will send it to you. Includes all the pics. You can see some of it here. Some of the people you work with might want to read it too. Just an idea for you. Have a nice weekend.
At 6:00pm on March 16, 2009, k hig said…
No problem, also very funny but true. I have no idea but I say go for it and save the Irish people from rejection. Once again have a good one!

At 2:54pm on March 1, 2009, Mike Ward said…
Hi Happy! It is GREAT to see you here. Sorry to learn that you will lose the opportunity to ride a transport unit at work. There is a big difference between being the first responder and the transporter.

Of course, I learned it the other way ... moving from ambulance medic to a fire company officer. First significant crash I ran was a fatal motorcycle versus parked car. The passenger was a trauma transport but the driver was dead-right-there.

Never spilled his beer.

We had to stay to provide the lights for the accident investigators. A very boring and cold couple of hours.

At 2:48am on February 28, 2009, JC said…
So what dept are you with?

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