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  2. Why Sweden? Why Sweden? What education do you have now? I think you would be better served by getting educated in Sweden if that's where you want to move. I'm not sure of their education requirements but I would think they would require a longer education period that what we have here. Would hate for you to get your paramedic here and then Sweden come back and say "Sorry Charlie, you don't have enough education so you need to start over" Here are some helpful links that were very very easy to find if you used Dr. Google. https://www.thelocal.se/discuss/index.php?showtopic=11839?showtopic=11839 This site says you ahve to get a nursing program done first and then add a year of paramedic on top of it. http://www.studyinstockholm.se/university/the-swedish-red-cross-university-college/ And if you think you are going to get a free educaiton in Sweden, according to my understanding, you have to be a citizen of Sweden to get the free schooling. I could be wrong but I'm probably not according to a couple of websites I visited. 14K for a years program if what I'm seeing. but again, I could be wrong. So why Sweden?
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  4. I gotta say, I miss Julia's wit
  5. I honestly have no idea about the training/education/pay it takes but have you looked into EKG tech or phlebotomist? No offense but better planning in the future would go a long way.
  6. emt

    This is a hard question to answer since every place does it differently. Let's start with where you are located. In high school, focus on graduating and taking science and math classes. In some places, EMS is college level and in some places it is not. Good college classes to take are anatomy and physiology, math, English.
  7. Was just wondering if I can find some answers from you EMT's out there about some questions I need answers for a project. Name How long were you in the occupation? How did you choose your occupation? What kind of commitments have you made to become an EMT? Lastly if you would do everything over again and become an EMT would you? Thanks so much for your time!
  8. I remember your posts MariB and to see the person you have blossomed to be, let's hope our new excited poster becomes half the person you have become.
  9. ok, I'll ask the question that no one ever asks Why did you drink and drive? But that question aside - You will find many of us on this site, myself included that you won't get much support from in your quest to become an EMT. The reason why I say this is one of the worst things we see is the senseless disaster that are drunk driving accidents. They are 100% preventable by the DRUNK who decided to get drunk and then get behind the wheel of the car and drive, then hitting a family or a kid or whatnot and killed them or maimed them. Again, this is 100% preventable and we in this business are tasked with picking up the pieces of this 100% preventable disaster. So this is why we don't have much sympathy for anyone who comes here with stories of having been arrested for drunk driving and wanting to be an EMT. Now that being said, you need to call your state EMS licensing bureau and talk to them directly and ask them about your situation. They and only they can tell you if you can get an EMT license. Then if they say Yes you can, then you then need to call the prospective EMS Agencies you might want to work for and ask them if you can even get insured by them as a 21 year old emt with a previous reckless driving charge on your license which for the places I have worked, reckless driving held just as much NASTY connotations as a drunk driving charge and that person application who had that history on their driving record was immediately placed into the circular file and shredded. I hope you never make the stupid decision of drinking and driving ever again. And yes it was stupid and I hope you learned your lesson. hopefully you know it could have been a lot worse than just getting arrested and ticketed like you were. But I do wish you the best in your future endeavors. But I also do second MedicGirls question, why do you want to be an EMT when you have a degree in Microbiology. I'm sure that degree can get you more money than a 8-10 dollar an hour or so EMT job.
  10. There are many brands of quality boots out there. But you need to figure out what you need. Height. You have that with the 8" requirement. Type of sole. Does it need to be solid, composite, or not matter. Insulation requirement for winter wear. Do these need to double as a fire fighting boot, or just as uniform wear? Personally, I've worn Rocky and Danner over the years. These have worked well with my extra wide feet. Feet are important. Don't cut quality for savings when it comes to your feet. You will regret it.
  11. Haven't gone to the link yet but by reading some of the responses I thought of a couple organizations that they may or may not qualify for if they are in a financially compromised situation at this time~ http://www.angelflight.com/ http://mercymedical.org/ After going to the link and reading his updates, it looks like he has contacted one of the above sites but is having insurance issues and trouble with medicaid. If you are in contact with him itku2er pass along this link as well~~http://www.accesstohealthcare.org/services-individuals/resources-seniors-and-people-with-disabilities Not sure if he has already tried it, but it may help him with some of his issues? I wish him luck and can't imagine there wouldn't be some type of lawsuit from in injury like that, but then again, the driver of the car may have not had insurance so there is that...ugh....terrible deal all the way around~~
  12. Julia, you didn't disappoint. don't forget to eat your veggies
  13. Dude, hats off to you as the Immigratino and border protection officer. I had a friend (long time ago) go down to the border, I think he ended up near Natches or (similar sounding name city) Mexico or Texas, he lasted about 9 months and then left. He told me it was the worst 9 months of his life. He's now working in the oil industry over in the UAE making 3.5 mil a year. How things changed for him. I haven't heard from him in about 5 years. I hope he's still doing well.
  14. And some of the unhealthiest people live in those flyover towns and don't have any medical care until they are at the point of needing an LVAD.
  15. I meant Syphillis But she's also Like Janice from Friends, she kept coming back to see Chandler.
  16. hope you find the person you are looking for.
  17. By: Maria Shila Clarion Caraan-Medic/456 It is those kinds of days when the world is normally quiet and people are outside their homes and in the busy streets celebrating happy moments with families or simply just wandering around when some unforeseen events may occur exploiting the people’s expectations about life and the enjoyment of it. The EMS personnel whom dedicated to serve have their own purpose. For us, every life matters. Every second is precious. Coping with stress witnessing the death and dying, even the smallest nerves on our system, quivered. No matter how strong we are trying to portray ourselves on extremely stretched situation, no matter how calm, we acted though overwhelmed by the event, it is our heart that fears of losing the battle. The battle which is not intended for us personally as far as professional versus personal connection is concerned. We cannot just cease all hopes and say to ourselves; “This is God’s plan”. After all, we have been trained to help save lives. It is a common notion that people in the EMS are working in a job with good pay and less workload. But behind the bright smile of men and women in the EMS; bleeding hearts and distorted minds are far beyond comprehension. We carry the burden on our shoulders. Seeing the sick and injured every day makes us weak inside and out. We are vulnerable human beings too. Because of the need of us being out there, we change the value of holidays to work days. So when the entire world asleep, we are outside in the streets saving lives. Some may question why we choose to be here? The answer is just simple: If not us, then who will? The world may forget us because we didn’t go to war to defend our country. Our memories may be of less of importance from the views of our arch-critics whom we dedicated to serve, even to our people. We won’t have a medal of valor and a flag on our coffins on our death, but the lives that have been saved in “God’s Will” through us will always bring a smile in everybody’s lips and a joy in their love one’s hearts. It will surely change their lives. Perhaps, we have played a very good role in the lives of our arch-critics, but it is at the expense of our own family’s enjoying our time together, which is seldom and very rare. There is so much sympathetic pity for the misfortune of others in the medic’s heart that flows like a stream in which ordinary minds fails to fathom. In saving lives; it is the passion with compassion. Poetry for unsung heroes: By Maria Shila Clarion Caraan – Medic/456 In the deep of the night when entire world retired the sounds of sirens broken the silence. A dancing headlight of red and blue giving you a clue someone’s on the limbo. We gather our strength when you call for help we extend our hearts not just our hands. There’s that emotion we can never hide for every sweat our shield it is our greatest pride. We equip ourselves knowledge and wisdom so when there’s a call of duty we won’t walk there, empty. Our only shield is the blend of the trust being gained and the faith that flaunt our victory staunched.
  18. “My heart is ascertained that it’s a hard life; but I cannot stop my lips from smiling.” It has been nearly end of November 2015, just a couple of weeks before my wedding I was assigned in Unit-18 stationed at Ghusais Civil Defense headquarters with senior Medic Matoza and senior driver Mohammad Ahmad. The shift started as normal. We were checking our stocks, cleaning the car, and preparing for whatever will come our way that night. As the winter breeze started cooling off the day sun left, we were able to hint to ourselves, it might be a quiet night as the medic’s radio channel is quite calm. Just when we were about to take a turn for an evening meal, a call came to us from dispatch. It was an unspecified medical call, possibly hypoglycemia. So we were on our route to the location and I was preparing the things we would need behind the truck as I am the one seated in the cabin. We reached the scene for about three minutes and I was amazed how awkward the surrounding walls. No commotion to alert us to something unusual. It was a quite big gated house with lots of cars parked in the parking area. By merely looking around you can tell that the family who lives there is a well-to-do family. We were greeted by a young lad outside the main door and he guided us inside the house to where his brother lies. Upon entering into the room we introduced ourselves to the older lady which I presumed his mother and two other young teens and they seemed to be alright, except for the mother who was a little distraught. A young man on his thirty’s lying literally unresponsive in bed. When we ask what happened while assessing the patient, the sister revealed to us that her brother was fighting with their older brother when the later reprimanded him. She told us that their older brother was angry, but when she was about to tell us the reason why her mother stopped her and sends her out. The man lying on the bed, still refused to move and respond to us. We checked all the vitals and everything was normal including 12 leads ECG. The mother then told us that her son was having a history of seizure and she said he might have one prior to our arrival. She also said that her son is taking regular medication for seizure, but was not able to name the particular medicine her son is taking. So we decided to bring the patient to Rashid Hospital base on the history as low priority. There were no signs of post seizure though, but since the patient still refused to cooperate, we took him in the ambulance on stretcher with his mother inside the cabin with us as she declined to sit in the front. While on route to Rashid Hospital, my partner senior medic Matoza tried to coordinate with the EMT Post as the hospital is unwilling to accept the patient. I made my secondary assessment and there I discovered a needle mark in his arm on the left brachioradialis area. The mother had lied to us. Her son was injecting drugs when his older brother found him. When the patient sensed that we uncovered his secret, he started to become violent. He was able to free himself from the stretcher strap on his arm and started punching my partner who was still on the phone trying to explain to the EMT Post about the situation. I alerted the driver Mohammad Ahmad to pull over and call police. At that moment the mother became very angry due to the fact that we have called the police for assistance and started accusing us of hurting her son as she saw me pinning him down on the stretcher while alerting our driver. She called her other son and told him we had called the police for his brother. Meanwhile, acting shift supervisor Aala Almomani was monitoring us through Arabic channel and had arrived at the place we had stopped seconds after the police came, kudos to him for his prompt action. He talked to the brother and explained to him that we are just doing our job for the safety of everyone on board as his brother was trying to hurt us. One of the police escorted us to the hospital while the patient was still acting violently but already well strapped. As we reached the hospital Emergency Room, doctors and nurses were ready to meet us and took action on sedating the patient just to calm him down. This experience told us so many lessons, to enlighten us on what to do when circumstances go wrong. No matter how tranquil the situation is, we have to be always prepared and ready to act for our safety. If the patient’s life matter; and so ours’ too. Drug abuse is a worldwide problem. It is a problem to the society. Drug abusers will not care whether you are a medic or not, a family or not. Their minds have been clouded with a wrong notion about life. Sometimes their own family will not tell you the whole truth or even lie to you and leave you blinded while treating their patients. The threat to our safety while on the job is real. Always be safe because our lives too; matters. “Gratitude can never be found in a gloomy and hateful heart, for they will never appreciate the kindness you’ve shown even if they tasted a handful of it again and again”. ~Maria Shila Clarion Caraan~
  19. i don't believe german licenses are accepted anywhere in the US but since most of the US is National Registry based, I would send them a query asking them how to get your National Registry based on your German education/licensure. https://www.nremt.org/rwd/public find in the lower left hand corner of their site under Contact Us, then click Email the NREMT and ask that question. Hope it all works out.
  20. your first step would be to determine which country you want to do this in Second would be to research their requirements and even if they have an established EMS system. I can think of a couple countries or even one continent that would be hard pressed to have an established EMS system. Once you have figured that out, come back to us and let us know. I would think that some of us here could help you out in your searches.
  21. Once you have discussed with medical Director, the ball is officially out of your hands. I'd leave it there until you get a note back from the medical director. You never know who else is a member on this forum, it could be one of your colleagues who reads this and then all hell breaks loose, or we do have families sometimes come here for fishing expeditions. You just never know. And GOD FORBID, don't post anything about the call on Facebook, even to a EMS related facebook site.
  22. We responded to an adult female resp in a neighboring district. It was an apartment attached to the back of the house. We go in to this apartment and the place is immaculate, black and white decor. We walk up the stairs to the bedroom where the pt is and find a 20-something female laying on a mattress that is on the floor. Above the mattress is a sign that says, "Welcome to Ms. Stacy's dungeon." (Name changed to protect the innocent and the naughty). The ALS guys starts doing their assessment and I'm standing there next to the cop that responded. Next to us is a coat rack and the cop starts looking through it. There are all sorts of leather outfits, whips, chains, thigh high boots and a bunch of other things I didn't recognize at the tender age of 18 or 20.
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  24. Hello from someone who used to live in the southern part of NY.
  25. Need some help. I'm working on taking a AEMT class. I would like to relocate after class need some advice on areas. What I'm looking for is good pay, protocols and a place to rise a family. I have searched the internet but that only does so much. thanks for your help. I would l like some were along the east coast. But I would love any and all suggestions..
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