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About akflightmedic

  • Birthday September 12

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  1. akflightmedic added a topic in Non-EMS Discussion   

    AK bids farewell....
    Hello to all EMT City folks---past, present and future.

    Some of you know me on a very personal level, some just know of me and some could care less...that is life.

    Regardless, now that I have awarded this year's CAP Lab Scholarship in honor of Rob Davis, my next step is to say good bye to all those I have come to know, love, and respect here on EMT City. Yes, it is true, AK is retiring.

    Writing this open letter has been a very difficult and emotional process. I have been with The City since 2004 and participated in many adventures because of it...good times, bad times, you name it I have been a part of it. Countless poser bustings, challenging debates, informative sessions...those have been fun and educational. As for relationships, I have made life long friends, I have had short time friends, I have had friends die, get married, get divorced, make babies...suffered through their problems right beside them, because that is what friends do. I have met some of the most inspirational people who receive all my respect in the world, there have been such amazing discussions offline....all of it has been amazing. There has been a very special person in my life because of this site, one who will never be forgotten, and this person knows who they are.

    As I reflected on the years with The City, I realized how much like a family this is and I see how retirement is a process, very much like a relationship ending. I will miss everyone of course and there are those of you out there who know how to find me.

    If I have enjoyed it so much...why am I leaving? This is a fair question and I will explain...being an integral part of The City has become an obligation. In my personal life, I have had many changes to include starting a new business. The business takes all my time and focus; this will not change anytime soon. I feel like a relic around here as none of my information or experience is relevant or valid. I feel like the old man on the front porch longing for the old days. I suspect part of the problem as well is the repetitive/cyclic nature of postings. Not that there is anything wrong with them, I just personally no longer have the energy or desire to assist and inform as much as I used to. I am no longer a willing participant.

    Please do not misunderstand any of the above as bashing or negative. It is all personal changes within my life that has brought this forward. You, if you care, deserve an honest explanation.

    I wish all of you the best and I know the "New Guard" will deliver to all the neophytes coming up through the ranks. The transition has been in effect for quite some time and is fun to watch...baby medics I mentored through school are now medics with years of experience and wisdom and are passing it on. It is an amazing process to watch.

    Take care, stay safe and keep pushing for higher standards of education within our EMS system!

    (I will be checking in for a couple more weeks only because of I have some active threads that I wish to close out, but yes this is a final act).

    Thank you everyone!
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  2. akflightmedic added a post in a topic Rob Davis "Dustdevil" 2012 CAP LAB Scholarship   

    Hello--I wish to announce the WINNERS of this year's scholarship.

    I received several excellent entries but due to the success of the CAP Lab, I am only able to send TWO individuals. I did attempt to send 4 but that plan did not succeed.


    Kate and Anthony were the winners.

    They both have received FREE airfare to Ohio, FREE hotel rooms and FREE admission to the CAP Lab.

    Congratulations you two and thank you for participating.
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  3. akflightmedic added a post in a topic Why yes, it's a very safe job.   

    You ask the wrong question....I could care less where she got the beads....my question is HOW she got the beads?

    With a follow up question/statement of "Prove it".
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  4. akflightmedic added a post in a topic Paramedics Needed   

    Not a problem. There are tons of women there and it is not an issue. And if it were, I would state so...
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  5. akflightmedic added a post in a topic Cadaver, Anatomy, and Procedure Lab for EMS December 5 and 6, 2012   

    I am pretty sure there is a scholarship which negates any financial concerns unless you are simply unable to get away from work for 2 days,
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  6. akflightmedic added a topic in General EMS Discussion   

    Paramedics Needed
    Paramedics Needed
    **The contract is NOT awarded. This ad is for CV collection to be submitted with the proposal.

    TMH Medical is now in the process of submitting a proposal for the staffing of ambulances in the Afghanistan region within military bases. Part of our submission process requires us to send qualified applicant's CVs with our response to the RFP.

    The contract is to be awarded no later than mid December 2012 with the early start up team mobilizing in January and all assets on ground by March 2013.

    I need 12 Paramedics, 1 Chief and 1 Asst. Chief. EMTs will be considered as there is an option to do Medic/Basic staffing.

    This is unarmed position. This is for base wide EMS response only. The position will involve a mentoring/training element of Afghan Nationals as part of the Afghan First program.

    If you are interested, please send CVs to james@tmhdopa.com for consideration.

    I assure you I will not share your submissions with anyone, your information will not be distributed. I will reach out and notify those who are on the short list in the event TMH wins the contract. I will also post updates here in this thread as things progress. Should TMH not be awarded this contract, I will destroy/delete your info unless advised to keep it for future opportunities as I do have those arise on occasion in the other facilities.
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  7. akflightmedic added a post in a topic Rob Davis "Dustdevil" 2012 CAP LAB Scholarship   

    Giving this thread a bump....deadline is fast approaching.

    42,000+ views little to no response.
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  8. akflightmedic added a post in a topic An EMT Halloween   

    Absolutely never would I dress up while on duty, especially Halloween night.

    Personally I think it is a bad corporate policy to allow it.
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  9. akflightmedic added a post in a topic Would you take it?   

    Yes i Have been offered and have taken both food and drink.

    No issue with it. I have even sat and ate a sandwich with a diabetic patient we had just administered D50 to--I wanted to make sure she ate, I made her th sandwich, she insisted I have one too...so we did.
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  10. akflightmedic added a post in a topic AMR Suspends Medics For Working For Competitor   

    Every contract has an "Out Clause" regardless of duration agreed.

    I did not say ONE EMT could wreck it, I outlined ways an employee could negatively impact a service while trying to positively influence another just by being a good person with no evil intention.

    Pay attention...the evil doer "outlier" is exactly that...a rare statistic. I would almost prefer having the ONE evil doer within my company (as they are rare to start with) than having 100 conscientious employees working for my competitor--because ultimately they will improve that service through ideals and innovations just by bei g themselves. I would want that exclusively for my company, not the competitor.
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  11. akflightmedic added a post in a topic AMR Suspends Medics For Working For Competitor   

    As a business owner, I employ non competes as well...no you are not dealing with nuclear secrets but each employee has value and intimate knowledge of how "the inside" works.

    If you are a good employee, which most are...you will try to improve whatever service you are working for. You may see how I conduct business regarding scheduling, inventory, whatever...something totally benign to you the non vested individual. To me, the owner concerned with profit, those tid bits of knowledge are valuable. I could have an employee improve my processes and help me with cost savings all by sharing knowledge from another employer which they thought was inconsequential.

    If I am competing with someone, I do not want them to have any advantage...period.

    Contracts...sure my competitor may know who I service contractually, but they may not know HOW. Again, a loyal employee may inadvertently reveal sensitive information which could cost me a lot. Or take it to the extreme, a disgruntled employee may try to obtain info on how the contracts work and share that info to harm me.

    There is a lot of value in knowing when a contract expires, satisfaction of client with said contract, payment terms, fees, etc...there is so much that you are completely oblivious to because business is not your business...being an EMS provider is your business.

    I could go on and on about so many small details but I think you get the gist.

    So yes, they should not work for a competitor if they have indeed signed a non compete and yes it is absolutely fair and justified.
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  12. akflightmedic added a post in a topic Rob Davis "Dustdevil" 2012 CAP LAB Scholarship   

    My error....it is OCt 31st....

    Still expected to generate a lot more hub bub (conversation) than 24K views and nada....maybe people in general are procrastinators...I snatch up free shit!
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  13. akflightmedic added a post in a topic Rob Davis "Dustdevil" 2012 CAP LAB Scholarship   

    24,853 views at the time of this writing.

    1 submission.

    A free trip for a little bit of your time...I assumed my box would be full.

    4 days remaining....
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  14. akflightmedic added a topic in General EMS Discussion   

    Rob Davis "Dustdevil" 2012 CAP LAB Scholarship
    It is that time of the year again.

    As you know from the other thread the CAP Lab is very soon and is not something you want to miss!!

    This years contest is simple. Write me an essay on why YOU should be sent to CAP LAB.

    Last year's winners are not eligible.

    I am going to set a cutoff date for the essay submission of October 31st.

    Winner will receive admission to CAP Lab, hotel and airfare dependent on winner's travel time to location, provided you are located within the Continental USA.

    If you are serious about attending, have the time and cost was an issue...here is your chance to attend this great event with little concern.

    Good Luck!

    ****Please PM them to my box here. Do not post in the open forum.
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  15. akflightmedic added a post in a topic Cadaver, Anatomy, and Procedure Lab for EMS December 5 and 6, 2012   

    The year I went I froze my ass off!!! t was brutal cold...had to go buy a jacket and hat. The problem was I did not know which hat to buy...this college or that college....would I be killed on sight or welcomed as their own...was a very tough decision standing in Walmart especially when you do not know shit about local teams.
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