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About Richard B the EMT

  • Birthday 05/01/1954

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    Belle Harbor, NY, USA

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    Retired EMT from the FDNY EMS Command on October 5, 2010, active EMT 1973-2016.

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  1. I'm mostly on Facebook, on the aforementioned Dinosaurs of EMS, as well as Veterans of EMS, several FB sites specific to the FDNY EMS and it's predecessor, the NYC HHC EMS, plus several FB sites in no way related to EMS, like CB, GMRS/FRS, and Uniden Scanner radios. Other than that, I'm primary family caregiver for my almost 95 year old mother (birthday 2 weeks away as of this posing), running the household as her Power of Attorney/Medical Proxy/youngest adult age child, keeping the aides in line. I'm suffering from arthritic knees due to OTJ injuries, over a 40+ year career, now 8 years retired, (not by my choice) quasi active with the New York York State Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Association (District 4 Metro NYC region), volunteering with a local elected official, and keeping company with my girlfriend of 30 years (Not living together, but she lives 2 blocks away) whom I met at my Volunteer Ambulance Corps. I'll occasionally pop in offering my "sage advice" (Really, Richard? Lol) to others, here.
  2. Me being "Captain Obvious" here, take the situation to human resources, or at least to the immediate supervisors. Document all complaints, times, dates, the usual deal. If possible, address the issues to a female supervisor, so she might be more comfortable, even as the men working with her are uncomfortable. Running around in her underwear sounds like...well...inviting trouble. Not knowing the indivividual, could she be trying to trap some or all male colleagues into a sexual harassment lawsuit? Or even a lesbian coworker, in a similar lawsuit? When she's on the road, is she at least a competent EMT or Paramedic, or driver? If not, perhaps she's trying to keep those who could fire her off balance, with threat of a lawsuit. Again, as the Captain, her actions are behavior of an unacceptable nature. Keep the City informed as to outcome of this investigation/situation.
  3. ParamedicMike, he probably did well, given his experiences. Give him a couple of days to settle in, let the noobs he's with get to know him, and he, them.
  4. I'm retired from the FDNY EMS Command. There, I was mission specific EMS, as were my brother and sister EMTs and Paramedics. We didn't fight fires. The Fire Fighters had to be CFR-D (Certified First Responder-Defibrillator) trained, as per the dispatch matrix, some calls also automatically had an Engine company sent along. The Truck (Ladder) companies.would be sent for motor vehicle collisions. Now, numerous Fire Fighters, outside the paid FDNY, are members of Volunteer Fire Departments, both inside and in nearby counties to NYC, that also run Ambulance/Rescue, and are crosstrained FF-EMT or FF-PMs. In the FDNY, however, they are only utilized as FF/CFR-Ds. In the FDNY EMS, again, even if the personnel came from one of those VFD-EMS/Rescue agencies, they're only utilized as EMTs and Paramedics. We do, however, have a small group of "Rescue Medics", trained in several rescue techniques, such as high angle rope rescue. All FDNY EMTs and Paramedics are trained ("Haz-Mat Awareness") to operate in Haz-Mat "Warm" zones, with specially trained members ("Haz-Mat Technicians and Instructors"), including the "Rescue Medics", as operators within Haz-Mat "Hot" zones. Within the FDNY, it is considered a "Promotion" to go from any level of the EMS, to being a Fire Fighter. Pay is actually higher than Paramedic Lieutenant, as a rookie Fire Fighter. To the original poster, this probably won't help your situation, but will explain the world I operated in from 1996 to medical retirement in 2010. Good luck in overcoming your Acrophobia.
  5. Due to a bad knee, unfortunately, would not be able to travel too well, even if the event were to be held within NYC, which is my home town, or even within Queens County, one of the 5 counties comprising "The Greater City of New York ".
  6. Unfortunately, in the 6 months she was not in the house and home she's lived in from when she was 16, the Alzheimer's she was starting to suffer from, prior to Superstorm Sandy, kicked in heavily. She is now almost without speech, and wheelchair bound. Me? Right knee arthritis, aggravated by my obesity.
  7. Some didn't even make it to the sand. The landing craft might have been hit by mortar fire with no regard if you got off it or not. The Allies lost a lot of good men that Longest Day. James Doohan, who would go on to portray Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott in Star Trek (The Original Series), was one of the Canadian troops to be wounded during that day. Reportedly, actor Charles Durning was having nightmares from that battle for decades, actually waking up screaming. There were probably other actors who fought that battle, not as actors, but as Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, "Coasties", and Marines, but these 2 come quickly to mind. We thank them for their sacrifices.
  8. I'm sure I'm not the only EMT-Dispatcher who had this situation... Caller says, "I'm at (Location). Me: "What is going on that you need an ambulance?" Caller: "I was shot!" I enter the high priority call into the Computer Assisted Dispatch system, then ask: "Where were you shot?" Caller: "Outside DaNang, 1969".
  9. No matter if celebrating Easter or Passover, hope that it's been a happy one (or both!).
  10. Generally speaking, any EMT, Paramedic, Law Enforcement Officer, or Firefighter who has a year's worth of experience could write a first person report, and would be dismissed by the general public, under the impression that it was all made up. By the way, I have at least 80 pages onto the memory stick, for 42 years worth of experiences. You have competition, as do I, for these type books, but I wish all of us trying, "Good Luck".
  11. Perhaps correct, but at least was posted in one of the non EMS areas.
  12. It could escalate. One country attacks another, treaty nation(s) respond assisting attacked nation, other treaty nation's respond, backing the attacking nation. Each treaty nation's pulls in the other nations THEY have treaty's with, until we have an actual fully involved World War! Its's only been 50 something years, have we forgotten the "Domino Theory"? With all the atomic and thermonuclear arms in multiple nation's, and threat from other nations with "The Bomb," or missile systems to carry them, we are once again approaching "MAD", Mutually Assured Distruction,! Does everyone have a bomb shelter, and 50 years of food, water, and oxygen stocking it? Welcome back to the 1950s!
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