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  1. This isn't something I have ever really entertained no do I have in the least any respect for someone that cheats on their life partner, yet it seems to become pretty common practice these days to have a "romp on the side". This conversation became the topic of discussion today after a friend seemed pretty upset. He explained that years ago his father had an office affair, although very fleeting, that his mother found out about. I must admit, his father would be the last person I would have thought to have an affair. He's the ultimate family man working hard so his family never has anything
  2. This is standard practice for my current employer. No argument will be entered into, if you do not comply with this you there will be no flight. Sa d day indeed seeing another headline like this.
  3. Saw this the other day and have been thinking of writing this into my first aid courses. I mostly provide courses to men so it might have the desired memory effect.
  4. With working off shore and remote like I am, it's a requirement for me to go through a physical and medical fitness test at least every twelve months. The physicial involved swimming, lifting, climbing and carrying various crap around. While the medical includes, hearing test, visual test, lung funtion, various bloods including HIV. I personally think introducing something similar as a employment requirement in South African EMS would be a step in the better direction.
  5. Ahhh, gotta love the dark continent. We are always about 10 years behind the rest of you guys
  6. Ditto.... Now if only I can find a way to show it to the gangbangers here and see if there's a change in attitude. Nothing scarier that treating a multiple GSW chest and having a firearm shoved into your neck with the holder saying "leave him, let him die".....
  7. Wow, this thread suddenly exploded with comments. True to human nature and our individuality there's positive and negative comments. While I am not a fan of rap either, I say let the man do what he does. We all have our "coping" methods for this job and this might be his. Personally I think it's done really well, and good show to FDNY for supporting him in this. Had I tried (and I don't have an artistic bone in my body) to do something like this, no service within South Africa would be as forth coming as FDNY has been with Farooq. Yet another reason I will cherish my visit to FDNY a few years
  8. I have no idea how relevant this will be, I got lost somewhere between Alba and BC. We in South Africa seem to be heading the same way you guys are heading. They are currently reviewing the education standards and has comeup with the two tier / qualification systemand simply dropping the "short" course system like a hot potato. With the short course system we effectively had three qualification. Basic Ambulance Assistant (a 120 hours course) which was followed by Ambulance Emergency Assistant (Intermediate, a 470 hour course)and then finally Critical Care Assistant (Advanced, a 1200 hour cours
  9. Arrgh, I've had a few times were I thought I might have given myself a cracked skull on those. Sadly we still have the dome fluorescent ones in the patient care compartments
  10. You have got to love the field we are working in. Things like this would make for brilliant reading
  11. Scary stuff. In South Africa you are required to have a drivers license in order to enter the profession. From time to time we (supervisors) simply arrive on a scene or call and do "quality" checks on the crew at hand. As supervisors or ALS providers we have rapid response vehicles making such checks easier. I had a 4year ILS member recently who had no idea how to check HGT when I asked her to please check it on a suspected hypoglycemic case. Her incompetence resulted in a disciplinary hearing with a final written warning. I also instituted remedial action for this and forced her to check
  12. We've also been using the LED lights for some time now. It beats the old rotators in the dark hands down.
  13. Fat I can live with, Lazy would be that I have to work with. In most cases, lazy and fat.
  14. A fire fighter was working on the engine outside the station, when he noticed a little girls nearby in a little red wagn with little ladders hung off the sides and a garden hose tightly coiled in the middle. The girl was wearing a fire fighter's helmet with the wagon being pulled by her dog and cat. The fire fighter walked over to take a closer look, "That sure is a nice fire truck," the fire fighter said with admiration. "Thanks," the little girl replied. When the fire fighter looked a little closet, he noticed the girl had tied the wagon to the collar of the dog and the testicles
  15. This is such a cool idea. Unfortunately I have not been around much lately so my vote would be completely uninformed. Silly season has taken it's toll on my off time! I am sure you will make your vote count where it's needed this time round.
  16. The "thumb measuring" thing must have skipped South Africa, it's the only country I know of that manufacturers and sells extra large condoms.
  17. Had I known reading the below was so funny, I spend more time reading these and less threads.

  18. So if you are on twitter and need to see (or read) some of the dumbass stuff patients tell MD's, like: "Infectious? That's good, right?" "I've had mucus after I eat for 20 years!" "Yes, it's a normal parasympathetic response to aid digestion." "Well, make it stop. It's gross." "You can do all the proskate checkin' you want but u ain't stickin' your finger in my ass!" Then do yourself a favour and check out this twitter account set up by an MD to tweet all his "dumb ass patients".
  19. The thing that scares me most on this article would be that the mentioned runway is the main runway used by our medevac flights when taking off and landing for internal and cross border flights. The statistics involved being that 4 people died in one week in aviation related accidents would be even more scary, especially considering that there isn't all that much flying happening from that specific airport. It's mostly our medevac flights and then the sightseeing planes they use. Helicopters are actually a pretty new thing at Eros airport...I think I need to find another job or start refusing
  20. After having a medevac / mercy flight from hell as described on my last blog I started thinking that maybe flight / aviation medicine might have to take a little bit of a back seat in my life again. Then last week, we had two aviation incidents. The first involved a Cessna that came down just after take off killing all (3) occupants. The next and latest was a Robinson 22 that came down killing the student with the instructor still in hospital. Then Today I discover the following picture in today's news paper. PS: Eros Airport would also be the Airport where I take off from with any an
  21. Just a quick and short hijack of this thread, on the quote above. I arrived here to basics and intermediates doing exactly what is being described above. The current ALS staff simply allowed this to happen, I however refuse to have this done. When I arrive on scene, I will stand back and let them do their job first, should advanced intervention be needed, I will step in and do my bit. It seriously gets under my skin when people do this type of thing, it makes people lazy to think and forget what their work is and what's expected of them. How on earth do they expect to advance if they can not e
  22. Oh, good thing I read this posting before I started my planned reciprocity nightmare to the great white north. Please keep a brother updated on when things change? Regards S
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