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    Hmm. Sounds interesting. I honestly don't know with the company that I'm working for what they do. I'll ask around.
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    Not sure, but most likely it would be EMS. Healthcare second. My apparent issue is that I don't have any degrees in anything. All I have is experience, and that seems to be an issue. People want to deal with folks who have diplomas and degrees, but not necessarily any experience.
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    Twenty eight years in and I'm thinking that I've finally gotten to the point where I need to find something else. I'm tired of slinging these whales around. Actually, my back is telling me this. 😋 Anyone doing this? How did you start? Are you working for someone, or did you start your own business? What kind of experience has it required? I can't think of anything else to do. I'd really hate to just abandon all this time and experience that I have when someone else may be able to make use of it.
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    Back braces for the job?

    Maybe try doing some weight training. I think deadlifts might be the exercise that you want to do. That motion is similar to lifting the cot.
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    Bariatric Patients

    If they have no desire to take care of themselves, there isn't much that you can do for them no matter how hard you try.
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    Old folks Still here?

    Wow. Hadn't realized that it's been almost a year since I was here. The joy of daily life getting in the way.
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    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.
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    Certification in different state

    This is a problem nationwide that has been going on for years. You have guys in the military who have been doing advanced stuff, but then when they get out, no one recognizes their certs and abilities anymore. Many of them have had to start at step one and go to EMT school all over again. I just saw a post on another forum that I am on that said that the Army did not renew the contract for CEU's. So basically, they are kind of throwing everyone under the bus to do their own CEU's to maintain what they learned/earned in the Army. Walle, I would keep calling to get an answer, but I would also plan on starting all over again, unfortunately.
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    Protocol Question

    No worries. This is the kind of info I'm looking for. What do folks have or do in their neck of the woods. More info is better.
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    Protocol Question

    This is what we discussed when he brought this up. Why would you need to continue? Apparently, he was asked this by someone from a neighboring department. I guess this other person had thought that they had heard about it being done somewhere and were curious if anyone else had heard about it.
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    Protocol Question

    I have a friend who asked recently if I knew of any department that had a policy in place to continue resuscitation in the field in order to maintain status of the deceased for organ donation. Does anyone do this? I know that time is important, but is not a single determining factor. Info appreciated.Thanks.
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    Unions needed or hurtful?

    I will preface this by saying that I was raised in a two union household. Was part of a "closed shop" EMS union. Even if you weren't a member of the union, you still had to pay a certain amount "for what they do for you." I was told that we had one of the best union attorneys on the east coast, yet we never won an arbitration in the 11 years I was there. The city walked over us constantly. Police and fire ignored us unless they needed us for something. And finally, all of the administration were former union officers. Hmmm. I had a disciplinary hearing once for backing into a parked SUV. I was trying to get out from underneath low hanging electrical wires from a MVA scene two pole lengths down. My partner spotted them from the streetlight glare after he got out and started walking toward the car. Only time I had ever seen this guy get worked up. He spun around and began screaming at me to back up. My union rep literally didn't do anything during the step one hearing. Before the step two hearing, I went to the electric company on my own. I asked them about their downed wire training to see if it was similar to what I had received elsewhere. I took everything that they provided to me, and I used it at the next hearing. Everything was overturned immediately. My rep then had the nerve to say that "they" did a great job. Personally, I have no use for them. They have outlived their need. Your mileage may vary.
  13. I've only used something like that if none of our c-collars fit the patient. And then, we tried to never crossed it over the throat. If we had to, it went as low, and as close to the collarbone as possible. It was pretty much one of those airline pillow set-ups with the head secured to the board.
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    Passing of Island EMT - Member

    We had some good conversations about specing ambulances. Rest In Peace.
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    Jobs "Around" EMS

    It figures. When the wife and I were on leave in the Philippines, I thought it would be cool to teach there. The only issue is that unless you are employed by a foreign business as an employee based there, you are not legally allowed to work. I know that USA Jobs has lots of interesting things. Unfortunately, if I took a Federal job, I would have to resign from my DMAT team.