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  2. I was formerly known as browncoat4life ... that was when I was immature and what not ... as I've said I've grown ... I was also known as Bad_LT or something like that ... I also wanted to say I'm truly sorry for all the immature crap I did under those names ...
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  4. That's actually very neat, wow, 700, must be very busy for you then! You must feel very happy that you get to work with a machine to prevent disaster. Amazing, and very lucky. Hahaha have looked at Salary and they are pretty lousy... True, though. I am more into just helping people though, and not really about money... I think it's that way with most EMT's, maybe even you? Yeah, a their programs have us taken for a while... Never actually really thought about life being shortened as a service result... I reckon that is accurate, but I am curious about maybe we can help ourselves like we help others? Or does it not work quite that way...?
  5. I still love my job but it has changed a lot over the last 10 years. I started out in a rural community where the station did 700 calls a year (working as an EMR which is essentially the same as an EMT - B). Presently I'm most of the way through a Critical Care Paramedic program and working fixed wing/rotary air-evac (CCP programs are a Canadian thing involving roughly 5 years of post secondary education and a tremendous amount of clinical time). Every once in awhile I do get to be the cog in the machine with the ability to prevent disaster for someone. That part is an incredible privilege. The give and take in this job is not to be underestimated. Paramedic education programmes are rigid/inflexible as a rule. I've missed numerous family events and important happenings as a result. The tolls that missed events, long stressful shifts (particularly nights), and in your case as a US citizen lousy pay, take on you add up. I know without question my life will be shortened as a result of my service. Think long and hard about whether the increased mental health risk, increased heart disease/stroke risk, and shortened life-span are acceptable trade-offs for doing this job long term.
  6. Ah, okay. That is true about the PTSD part, I already have that, but it's much better... I'd sure hope to, I think it'd be a nice thing to do. How do you like it so far?
  7. Pulse confirmed. Brain function... Well... it might need some work.
  8. Too bad. I guess only the Canadian medics get to laugh at it until the content makes it to youtube.
  9. I've never met nor assessed you medically so I really can't give advise as to your suitability to any position (never mind one in the emergency services). What I will say is this, working in emergency services is a well known precipitating factor to the development of critical mental illness (most frequently PTSD). Do you want to work in such a field when you yourself have already expressed mental illness from which you have not yet recovered?
  10. Do you have the option of taking your paramedic training in South Africa? South Africa is well known for having excellent advanced paramedic training programs.
  11. I'm with Ruff. I don't expect you'll go wrong with a proper pair of Red Wings.
  12. I'm very proud of my Ottawa brothers and sisters for being awesome enough to convince a firefighter to switch teams (to EMS). Oh and welcome to the city.
  13. Currently a City of Ottawa Firefighter, anticipated start date for the Paramedic program at Algonquin is Fall 2018. I begin Chem & Bio refresh courses May 1st until August 17th. Currently EMR and MFR certified and working on ITLS.
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  16. Welcome to the city!
  17. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk6reastimM&lc=z122dlc5ylivy3tdu22jg1f5vrftjrp4504.1492994145239055 Recently when just watching more training videos, I've seen a whole bunch on EMS assaults and violent encounters, that is just horrible... It is one of the few things that victims will be willing to talk about.
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  21. Hello everyone, Just wanted to introduce myself here. My name is Evan living in Massachusetts and have been an emt for 8 years. Im here to keep learning and see where everyone else is from and how their ems system works. Take care!!!
  22. Our 1998 braun had the same set up. We transported 3 patients 4 patients out of one wreck, 1 hanging, one on the bench, and one on the cot. adn finally one on the captains chair.
  23. All of our Stoner Ford Type II's (mid/late 80's) had stretcher hooks you could suspend over the squad bench and put a third patient "bunk bed" style on a scoop or flat folding stretcher over the bench patient.
  24. Hey Richie B, you remember Joanne Bigknees? well I got a real gasser to tell about the most embarrassing prank she pulled on me on the Gowanus during the morning rush of all places. First I gotta take Nicole's youngest on a ride on Sunrail. Yes I'm still enamored with trains. Nicole does remember you ever so slightly, she recalls you as the jolly laughing guy with the light brown eyes. You silver tongued charmers do leave an impression on the impressionable.
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  26. I figured I would like to join a forum with more of a medicine backing rather than the forums I am currently on with the primary functions being military/field medicine etc. I am former Army SOF (2006-2011) In the civilian world I have been working as a medic since 2012. I have worked 911 for a year and critical care/flight from 2015-present. I have worked as a contract PSS/PSD Para as well. This seems to be a resume rather than an intro. Anyways, I hope to see some informative post but more than likely ridiculous posts and internet arguing!haha..
  27. If you've been in this job long enough.... We had a 1981 Chevy low roof van, had a main cot, portable cot mounted on the squad bench, and a hanging cot that hung above the squad bench. I'm pretty sure I uploaded a picture of the cot hangars in here some time ago. Ahhh, the good old days.
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