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I've been an NYC EMT a little over 3 years, a year and a half working transport @ Midwood Ambulance and a year and half working 911/Core @ NSLIJ. I did a small stint @ FDNY academy in between that time. I ended up resigning. I was just recently hired at Transcare's 911 division. my supervisor tried VAX'ing me but the FDNY denied me clearance to work for an unknown reason. Now I can't work 911 until the FDNY figures out why. It's been over 3 weeks. Has anyone been through this? And how much longer will it take for the FDNY to finally clear me? For what reasons would they deny someone clearance to work? And what exactly does VAXing someone mean?
I am an EMT A in Memphis and also a freelance writer. In my research I found that in order to be an EMS dispatcher for Austin-Travis County EMS, one must be at least an EMT-B and then one obtains his or her EMD after being hired. Is this a common requirement? If not, do you know any other agencies who require dispatchers to first obtain their EMT certification? Possible article in this! Thanks Devin Greaney
I have been thinking about the usage of transport ventilators in 911 response. Not just for the normal vent patients but for patients that are intubated in the field, using them to free up manpower to help with critical patients instead of keeping someone constantly bagging the patient. (Of course this would fall under the proper traning for usage, maintanence, pathophys, etc.) My theory is that it might help free an extra set of hands in the back of a truck and allow the ALS provider to use his BLS/ALS partner in another part of patient care while the ventilator does the ventilations, while under constant capnography, SpO2, etc. monitoring to ensure effectiveness of ventilations. I am just curious on what ya'll's thinking is on this topic. All opinions and advice are welcome. I am excited to see where this thread will lead and what new ideas, or education will come out of it. FireEMT2009