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  1. Oh lordy. All you emtcity veterans please don't kill me for reviving a long dead post, just trying to liven things up a bit... I guess? I have two "kits" if you will. Kit 1 - a ziplock bag with some gloves in it. Sits in my door in the bottom. With that there's a small first aid kit with some general trauma stuff (an abd pad or two, some gauze, I think some scissors, and that's about all.) Most important thing I carry is my cell phone. First thing I do is call 9-11, whether I stop or not. Kit 2 - a more fully stocked kit with some IV supplies, epi, and benadryl. I ONLY take this kit out with me when going camping, hiking (will leave it in my Jeep), or any other activity that takes us far away from medical help with friends or family. I used to also carry it with me (save the IV supplies & meds) when driving from Calgary to way up North Alberta when I was working on the rigs as a "medic". Now I'll just leave this right here...
  2. I know this is old, but what's wrong with this one?
  3. I've been using my 5.11 Atac L2 for 4 years now. Although they've discontinued the L2 there are plenty of other Atac's out there. For around $100 you can get yourself a really good flashlight. It's got 3 modes, high (222 lm), low (10 lm) and strobe (222 lm). Takes 2x CR123 batteries, which are expensive but each set have lasted well over a year. It's got a belt clip built into the flashlight so you can clip it inside a velcro holder on your belt. The feature I love most though is it's got a twistable cap at the end, one position is the locked position and one is the unlocked position, I love it because it prevents me from accidentally turning it on and letting the batteries die while in my carry case on my belt. Here is a good rundown of this particular light, which you can still get on eBay and Amazon. http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?336468-5-11-ATAC-L2-Review
  4. Long story short, to help people. Was always something that I was interested in, even from a very young age. From an educational stand point? Yeah, I had to pause my EMT course (about 2.5 months in) due to student loan issues and then restart from scratch when the next EMT course opened up. If I would have done my homework I could have avoided all of that and just done it in one go. Besides that, no. Went to a great school and got a great education. A lot. Do a quick google search and you'll find many routes you can take as a paramedic. CBRNE, Tactical medic, community paramedicine, flight medic, offshore oil rigs, remote medic, cruise ships, Paramedics without borders, etc etc. As paramedicmike mentioned, there are really great opportunities for paramedic/RNs, mostly in the field of critical care and flight. Sit down at your computer and spend an hour or two researching the job opportunities that can come along with that combined education.
  5. Looks like I have something to do on my days off now, thanks!
  6. Congratulations to you both! Now that the easy part has passed, the real learning and fun begins!
  7. Edmonton, Alberta just got Canada's first stroke ambulance. Kind of excited to see how much of a difference it makes, if any. http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Edmonton+Canada+first+stroke+ambulance/11197681/story.html
  8. Definitely planning on it! Just got home from a loooooong shift, so let's see what we got here!
  9. Hey! I used to post here too. Recently found out dust passed away and was quite sad to hear so. Let's see if we can liven this place up some!
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