Just Plain Ruff

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About Just Plain Ruff

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    Chump in charge of my making my family happy Officer
  • Birthday 11/26/1967

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    I'm interested in everything, but know nothing.

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    Paramedic/Hospital IT Consultant/SuperDad/Super Husband

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  1. Just Plain Ruff

    Suggested watches?

    i Can see why you wear that watch you old relic.
  2. Just Plain Ruff

    Old folks Still here?

    Funny thing you mentioned EMS Dinosaurs = theres an ems website out there called Dinosaurs of Ems, they sell stickers and other items celebrating those of us who have been in EMS for over 25 years. It's a neat site. I k now the owner of the site. I have several of their items that they sell.
  3. Just Plain Ruff

    Tyler Hastings Passing

    So Tyler and I met about 5 years ago at the hotel restaurant that he was staying at in the D.C. Area. I was living in Baltimore and he was travelling in for a National red cross training gig. So we meet up for a marathon chat session. He walks over and I'm thinking Man what a presence. He tells me "I hope I can fit in there" meaning the booth. I said "if I can so can you brother" and he did fit. We had a great laugh at our girth's expense.(I do know that 3 years ago he sent me a picture of him in a train car in a booth where he was fitting with room to spare and he said "remember the booth at the hotel?") We had drinks, a great steak, laughs at the cities most reverent members expense(Dust, Ace, Dwayne, Mike, Eydawn, some others I cannot remember), he told me that he was going to marry that lovely woman in his life, I talked to him about my SUCK's donkey balls job where he told me to quit if I didn't like it and stop bitching(I quit 6 weeks later) and everything in between. He told me something that I remember well, he said that Life only happens once, it happens to the best of us and you just have to grab it and hope that it treats you kindly. Tyler was always available to me, I could call him and he would answer, he called me a couple of times with personal and job related issues and we always had each others backs. Tyler, you will be missed - you were a true friend, if I was able I'd be at your funeral but trust me when I say, I'll be there in spirit to ride that supply logistics train one last time with you to heaven because heaven doesn't get resupplied by just any silly amateur, they need a pro and they picked you my friend. Stay the course, we got it down here, your job is done on Earth, it's only beginning upstairs. Ruff
  4. Just Plain Ruff

    Suggested watches?

    oh yeah I want to add one thing though, do NOT get a smart watch if you think that it's going to be super cool and be able to bring up all this cool data the same way that a smart phone is goign to be able to. You will be a fool that is parted with your money very quickly. The display of a smart watch is no more than 1 inch or so, you will have no way of directly typing on the watch so you won't be able to do a web search or any type of texting except in some extreme circumstances and it just will NOT NOT NOT be like a smart phone experience. it just WILL NOT People I know who have bought the smart watches because they think they will be like a smart phone are the ones who take the watches back. Dont be one of those people.
  5. Just Plain Ruff

    Suggested watches?

    I have a samsung gear watch, you can have any watch screen you want. the one I'm using now is a digital clock but you can upload a analog watchface with a second hand It can also go dark when you aren't using it but when you turn it to look at it, it will light up(you can turn that feature off). Most smart watches have that feature. I have had it for 5 years, it's glass screen has held up to normal wear and tear, it is nearly scratch non-existent. Plus - feature - if you use your cell phone to call the hospitals, you can actually use the watch to call the hopsitals and not have to get your cell phone covered in nasty germs. it's a pretty and practical watch. I recommend these types of watches. But a run of the mill timex or 10 dollar dollar tree watch will get the job done as well too. The watch I had cost my wife 249.00 for my birthday. Your mileage will vary. I'm getting ready to upgrade to the newest gear watch which will allow me to make cell calls without having to pair it with my current S9+ phone.
  6. Probably, any way to go back and get this amended via the courts? You should be able to go to emt school and then discuss this with your prospective employers. Let them know what happened. It's all going to depend on the company you apply to.
  7. Just Plain Ruff

    Assaulted on the job?

    too many times to count, only once did the prosecuting attorney do a damn thing about it. The rest of the time was told, the guy was drunk, on drugs, a psych patient or myriads of other reasons why he wouldn't be charged. But assault a cop or a firefighter and they get the book thrown at them. NO WAY am I discounting those charges against the officers or firefighters. If you understood my history and family history of assaults on police officers you would understand why I have NO problem with throwing the book, digging a hole and burying the suspect 6 feet under with as much fucking cement that the 6 foot deep hole can hold. ruff
  8. Just Plain Ruff

    second line seizure medications

    so we have to dumb it down for people in 2018????
  9. I really didn't mean to poke the walrus.  His post was confusing and he left a lot to be interpreted to guesswork.  I think I hurt his feelings.  No offense was intended in my post.  

  10. Your post is confusing, how are you going to get better as a driver except to drive? I don't know of many EMT jobs that don't require driving as part of their duties. Plus, what medical knowledge are you not keeping sharp while in nursing school. If I were you, I would concentrate on learning the nursing school part and leaving EMT behind because in Nursing School you will be learning so much more than what an EMT will learn. CEVO/EVO is not a bad thing to take, it will make you a better emergency operations driver but if you really are that crappy of a driver in real life, it won't make up for the lack of you being a crappy driver. I would personally start out with maybe a drivers education course to begin with. Of course this depends on why you have such a bad driving record - is it tickets or speeding or wrecks or what exactly is your issue? If you are going to come back with DWI - don't bother responding.
  11. Just Plain Ruff

    Blast Medics

    So I did some research on Money Orders and I think your money is good to go. Since Money orders are paid for either with CASH or a credit or debit card, the money is already been paid to get the money order. Unless they just got a program that prints out fake money orders which hopefully the guy didn't do. Here's where I got the info - Motley fool is sometimes a crazy stupid site but they do have some good advice and I think this is good advice here. https://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/06/12/how-do-money-orders-work.aspx
  12. Just Plain Ruff

    Blast Medics

    let's hope the money order isn't one of those craigslist scam things.
  13. Just Plain Ruff

    Blast Medics

    well I wish the best for you. I don't expect you to get your money, the old check's in the mail is a long old excuse but maybe you will get your money. Maybe not. let me know what happens.
  14. Just Plain Ruff

    Blast Medics

    Have you posted on their facebook page? I would blast it (pun intended) to the world. But when you have to request their phone number from their facebook page, that just screams scam site to me. What are you so worried about that people have to request your companies phone number in a facebook request. If you are a reputable business you should have your phone number posted for all to be able to call. but if you are a crappy company and your paychecks are bouncing, what you do is change your phone number, and then put on facebook that you have to request their phone number, then they can control who they give their phone number out to and if they cheated you or F'd you out of your pay, then they don't have to give you their number. Buyer beware I guess.
  15. Just Plain Ruff

    24hr Shifts - Do they need to go?

    I think a lot depends upon the system you work in. if your ambulances are running non-stop all day and all night like many urban systems are - then yes I think they need to go for that system. You cannot have your medics/emt's fresh and alert running 16 calls a day. You just can't. If they cannot get at least a couple hours of good sleep at a time then you are doing your crews a grave disservice by making them work 24 hour shifts. if you have your crews running 8 calls in a 24 hour shift then theres room for discussion. It also depends on how many units you have on the street at one time. If you have enough crews running so they only will run 8 calls in 24 hours then don't get rid of the 24s but if all your crews are running 16 calls in a 24 hour period, then it's time to add more crews. The dynamics are fluid in any staffing situation. there is no guarantee that your crews will only ever run 8 calls in 24 and there is no guarantee that they will run only 16 calls in 24. But the risk of sleep related crashes or drug errors or just plain human related issues that can be directly related back to 24 hour shifts I believe are too great to keep 24 hour shifts unless you have other safeguards in place. Some of those safeguards could be 1. a number of swing shift crews/trucks that are put on the road on the heavy hours of the day (6a-6p, 3p-3a, 11a-11p those types of hours) 2. When you see that your 24 hour trucks have met in their first 12 hours a certain number of calls let's say 6 calls or so, they get a mandatory down time of 3-4 hours and are only pulled out for calls such as major trauma, cardiac arrests and major life threats and only if they are the closest unit. There should be a swing crew covering their area for their downtime. Depending on the type of area they cover this might not be feasible. 3. 24 hour trucks should not be used as transfer trucks if there are swing shift trucks available. And better yet, staff some BLS transfer crews to take grandma and grandpa jake and jane home from the ER. An ALS unit should not be utilized for a BLS transfer, this is a waste of resources. No offense to the EMT's on this forum but that's what they staff BLS transfer units with EMT's for. Again, no offense. 4. NO MORE SSM and sitting at the corner QuikTrip. I worked under SSM for a large portion of my career and I can say 24 hours in the cab of an ambulance SUCKED BIG DONKEY BALLS. I'll never do it again and I hope that no one here ever does it again either. I blame my permanent sciatica partially on sitting in the VAN ambulance at 23rd and Noland Road in Independence MO. I have more to say but if my bosses see me on this website, I'll get my ass handed to me and then I won't have to worry about sciatica anymore.