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  1. He often posted and would have a picture of John Wayne or Chuck Norris as his avatar.

    When I started on this website Dust had an avatar of Lahey from Trailer Parks Boys. For the longest time I always thought that was him. It wasn't until I actually watched the show (on his advice) that I realized I was an idiot. Thanks for that Dust, I love that show and the movies that followed.

    EMS has lost another of it's Old Guard. The ones whose passion for EMS helped to bring it into the light. The ones that paved the way for those of us that came later. We all owe a debt to those who came before. The ones that help Medics grow beyond ambulance drivers, and drove us towards better education and higher standards for ourselves. Dust had a passion for medicine, both EMS and Nursing. He constantly spoke of improving ourselves as a profession and as caregivers. Through education and not training. Understanding why a medication works physiologically not just because a protocol says to give it. His standard of education is something we should all strive for in our careers.

    Dust, I know you have found the peace you deserve. I send you off with a glad heart knowing that your pain is behind you. Thanks for letting me get to know you a bit and thank you for the wisdom you passed on.



  2. Ughh, where to start?

    First off the amount of Morphine a pt can handle is based on a ton of factors. Are they chronically on MS? I once had a Chronic Pain pt on 400mg of MS a day. Do you really think 5mg is going to affect this pt in the least? Are they in a great amount of pain? Burn victims can require large doses of MS. To simply say that the dose should be 5-10 is wrong and feels an awful lot like cookbook Medicine.

    $5K???? I could put together a kit like that for the cost of the bag and maybe a few hundred more just by 'procuring' what I need. Only someone NOT in the field could spend that much money. ;)

    Laryngoscopes, ET's and BVM's??? Oh My!!!!

    So it's the end of the world and Randy Rescue is going to intubate patients, then what? Bag the patients until they rebuild the hospitals? This is the problem with the 'survival nut' culture. They spend too much time preparing for the worst and then forget that without modern technology most of their stuff is useless. In a REAL world scenario if you need a vent in major disaster you probably are going to die. We will not be working arrests in a world ending scenario. Hell, I won't be working period. I'll consider a meteor impact my two weeks notice and I'll take my chances with the rest of the wandering hordes. :huh:

  3. There is no deep dark secret in regards to Admin, it is simply a privacy issue. He is currently a pre-op transsexual. He has been taken estrogen and other female hormones. He is on the list for his surgery soon and will re-appear as Mrs Administrator, or maybe Mrs Garrison.

  4. I do not know specifics on this one. If I remember right from working summer help at a large paper mill, in order to open/close large breakers of like 100,000 volts you have to charge up a breaker to overcome the resistance to open or close. It looks like to me he was priming the breaker and when it finally closed it shorted and basically vaporized him. Nasty but probably painless way to go. Imagine an electric chair times a 100.

    Sorry AK, I do not know of any other links, someone sent it to me. It is basically a guy getting fried by high voltage.

  5. I wish just once we had a literate volunteer to try and make these arguments.

    I spend a lot of time fishing does that make me a professional fisherman? A hobby is a hobby Shakespeare. Deal with it and move yourself up to a professional level, the education obviously is needed in your case.

    we have the same accountability as the paramedics and the same responsiblity aswell.

    That has to be the single most ignorant statement I have ever read on this site. Not even worthy of further reply.

  6. Well I'm thinking about buying stock in Gall's. Since the 'passion' you speak of induces volleys to buy loads of t-shirts, badges, jump kits, EMT socks and Firefighter belt buckles. Hell I love your passion it will make me rich. :wink:

  7. I feel like the lone voice in the wilderness sometimes. But as I have been saying Fire, Police and EMS are going to have to get used to doing things differently. We are going to have to ask ourselves are the big rigs really necessary. It always seems the bigger the ambulance the more likely it belongs to an FD that does not even transport. The days of a 100' ariel responding to a chest pain and burning $40 worth of diesel are coming to an end. The city I work in is considering dropping their Paramedic responses do to increasing costs of fuel.

    Taxpayers are getting bent over by fuel costs and are trimming back their lives. They see these massive rigs driving around town and they are going to question is it necessary to be going somewhere that is not on fire. SSM is also responsible for a ridiculous amount of fuel wasted, sorry Jack but your little program is looking very outdated right now.

    Tighten your budgets boys & girls it's only going to get worse.

    P.S. If the public only saw some of the kitchens I have seen in FD stations they would explode with anger. $8,000 commercial grills to cook for ten guys. :roll:

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