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  1. Welcome.
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  3. "Content unavailable outside of Canada." So I tried using a VPN. The website crashed my browser twice.
  4. Was there any logic offered for this? On its face it doesn't make much sense.
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    Have you considered obtaining the education and experience first hand? An autobiographical tome may offer more than merely living vicariously through others.
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    You do understand that you're not the first person to come here looking for material to write a book, right? You do understand the skepticism offered to anyone coming here looking to profit off of our stories and experiences, right?
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    Welcome. What's in it for us? What's the incentive to let you profit from our stories?
  9. So I went into my profile and changed the default so I wouldn't receive reply notifications only to receive notifications anyway. At that point I went into the individual threads and noted that it was necessary to both unsubscribe and turn off notifications individually from each thread. Just as a heads up to others that if you don't want notifications you may have to turn it off in more than one area.
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  11. Welcome. I've been to Kansas. Nice place. They have wind. Dust, too.
  12. Cue Julia Edward in 3...2... Punctuation, please. Your post is difficult to read. Do you still get a break down by section or is it simply "Pass/Fail" these days? It's been a while since I've taken it. How close are you to passing? Are you missing it by a wide margin? Or are you just barely missing it? I like the idea of practice questions. Practice questions that offer justifications for the correct answers (as opposed to just giving you the correct answer) are even better. Lots and lots of practice questions.
  13. That's a loaded question. Despite what some, or even many, would argue fire and EMS are two different topics. Yes, many EMS agencies operated as part of a larger fire department. Whether they should or not is part of a larger discussion. A better question to ask, and ask yourself, is do *you* want to be a FF?
  14. Welcome. There are a lot of seasoned providers who contribute to these forums. This should be made clear up front so as to avoid any misunderstanding: Just because you don't like what you're reading/hearing doesn't make that information wrong or incorrect. Please seriously consider the posts above and the questions posed. While there is certainly excitement to be had working in EMS there is also a lot of physical and emotional stress involved in the job. The job is physically demanding. It is emotionally draining. Some self reflection and having a good idea of your motivation for becoming involved is going to be a good idea. That being said please consider this in addition to the above: It's ok to not know what your motivations are at the moment. It's ok to not be sure if this is really something you want to do. It's ok to get excited about the prospect of everything in which you're thinking of becoming involved. That excitement, however, should not be your sole or even your primary motivation. It should be an added benefit. It's ok to get involved in your local rescue squad to see if this is something you'd like to further pursue. It's ok to decide you like it and want to continue. It's also ok to decide you don't like it and walk away from it. This is a professional endeavor. Your patients, their families and other medical staff with whom you'll interact will expect a level of professionalism that you may not have yet experienced. This won't be high school (although station antics may have you questioning that from time to time). Be ready to be an adult. Be ready to see and experience things that will shake you more deeply than you could have ever considered. Education is important. The biggest problem facing EMS in the US today is education or inadequate education. Learn as much as you can. Never stop learning. No matter what people will tell you taking college level coursework (anatomy, math, history, writing, bio, chem and more) will help you become a better provider and a better person. There is nothing wrong with being educated. So where do you start? Find an EMT course. Register. Getting into an EMT class and successfully completing the course is your first step. Start your college coursework. In the meantime if you can become involved in your local rescue squad start the process. Keep an open mind. Learn when to ask questions then ask them. Or ask us. Someone here will have an answer for you. Lastly, don't stress about this. You're young. You're excited. You're motivated. You'll get there. Just take a deep breath and take that first step.
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