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groverglock
10-20-2004, 11:40
If you like, please give us a little of your background in the fire service, Paramedic/EMT service.

It would be nice to know where you are from. I find protocols and policies vary greatly from area to area. Our chosen profession in public service is a noble one. Let's share ideas and information to make us better for those we are privileged to serve.

groverglock
10-20-2004, 11:48
I am a full time, paid fireman with a municipal fire department.

My rank is Captain.

I have 15 years experience in fire suppression.

I am stationed in a rural station.

My training includes EMT-D, CombiTube, HazMat First Responder, Swift Water Rescue Technician, Rescue Systems Certified, and I serve in the Logistics section with an Incident Managemet Team for Type I and Type II national fire and disaster incidents.

Alpha752
10-20-2004, 12:01
I am a NREMT-B, allthough not working as an EMT at this time (I get paid more as a security guard then I would as an EMT). I am currently in Paramedic school, and doing clinicals.

I am Nationally Registered, BLS cert, Advanced Airway cert (ET intubation), and soon to have CPR Instructor cert. Fire school to follow medic.

Im new at all this, so I plan on asking a lot of questions, and offering what little info I have. Thanks everyone for jumping on board.

Russ

glockster96
10-20-2004, 12:09
I have been in EMS for 14 years. I am currently a full-time paramedic/training officer with an urban/rural service in southcentral Kansas. I have also been involved with EMS education for 6 years, and I am adjunct faculty with a local paramedic program and am currently teaching my first EMT class. I hold instructor certifications in the following: ACLS, PALS, PEPP, PHTLS, BCLS train the trainer, and some other crap I'm probably forgetting. :)

I am also a volunteer firefighter, and provide continuing education for another local volunteer fire department.

groverglock
10-20-2004, 12:56
Originally posted by glockster96
I have been in EMS for 14 years. I am currently a full-time paramedic/training officer with an urban/rural service in southcentral Kansas. I have also been involved with EMS education for 6 years, and I am adjunct faculty with a local paramedic program and am currently teaching my first EMT class. I hold instructor certifications in the following: ACLS, PALS, PEPP, PHTLS, BCLS train the trainer, and some other crap I'm probably forgetting. :)

I am also a volunteer firefighter, and provide continuing education for another local volunteer fire department.

ACLS, PALS, PEPP, PHTLS, BCLS

For the benefit of the uninitiated, could you please decipher these letters? ;f

glockster96
10-20-2004, 13:39
No problemo:

ACLS- Advanced Cardiac Life Support
PALS- Pediatric Advanced Life Support
BCLS- Basic Cardiac Life Support (CPR, AED, First Aid)
PEPP- Pediatric Education for Prehospital Providers
PHTLS- Prehospital Trauma Life Support

:)

groverglock
10-20-2004, 13:50
Thanks for the help.

Also, visit the Numbers thread if you want a number in this forum.:)

nsb22
10-20-2004, 14:41
Started out as a Volie in 1998 and I am still a Volie, just on a different department. EMT-B cert in 2000, and I am thinking about going to the I level. The only major difference is being able to start IV's. I joined a Volunteer Haz-Mat Response team in 1999 with tech cert in 2000. We cover 7 counties in Iowa.;f

hotpig
10-20-2004, 19:13
Started as a volunteer FF in 1985 Hired at a neighboring Department in 1988 and still work there. I work per diem at a County supported, Hospital based Ambulance service. If stationed at the Hospital I work as an ER Tech between calls.Some current Certifications that I have listed below. I let some of the stuff like my EMT Instructor lapse because they were too much of a hassle to keep.

FireFighter 2
EMT-P with a bunch of other letters behind it.
Fire Service Instructor 1
Fire Dept Management 1&2
Fire Investigator
Arson Investigator

I work for a fairly new rural Fire District that has seven career FireFighters including the Chief. There are twenty something volunteers on the Department. We have two stations, three class A pumpers, two rescues,two brush trucks,one utility truck, and the Chief's car. We work 24 on, 24 off, 24 on, 24 off, 24 on, 4 days off.

I hold the rank of Captain on Eng Co 2322 and head the Investigation Unit.

twinfin
10-20-2004, 21:01
Hello fellow Fire-EMS glockers,

I am a firefighter paramedic in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. I live on the coast about 40 miles from work. I have been a full time fireman for 12 years and a paramedic for 19 years. Much of my time prior to the fire service was spent in EMS on the coast.

Like many of the others, I am trained/certified in:
ACLSEP-Advanced Cardiac Life Support Experienced Provider
PALS- Pediatric Advanced Life Support
PHTLS- Prehospital Trauma Life Support
Swift water rescue tech.
Haz Mat
State firefighter 2
Paramedic

I work in the industrial part of town where there is a lot of semiconductor industry research and development done. This results in the occasional haz mat call that can be quite interesting given all the exotic chemicals and gases used. We also have a section of highway 101 that adds to the mix. There is not too much residential area around my station. Our city has ten fire stations.

The captain and driver-engineer on the engine I am on are also paramedics. My captain also has 19 years as a paramedic and our DE has 8 years experience as a paramedic. Both are super great guys to work with. Both real sharp and very professional but with a twisted sense of humor like me! We work 10 twenty four hour shifts per month like most California departments.

clubsoda22
10-21-2004, 02:38
active volunteer EMT for 3 years.

FireGuy
10-21-2004, 06:22
Forest Service Hot Shot 73 -78
USAF Firefighter 78 - 98 - Too Many To Mention
Private Industial - 98 - 99 - Hazmat Coordinator
Saudi Arabia Contract - 99 - AC of Training
Ascension Island - 2000 - 2001 - AC of Training
East Timor - 2001 - 2003 - Emergency Services Director
Afghanistan - 2003 - Deputy Project Manager
Iraq - 2004 - Project Coordination

:cool:

PS - May need an instructor or two... ;f

proactive
10-21-2004, 12:06
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Alex_Knight
10-21-2004, 12:11
I have a little card that says I'm qualified to give CPR. It expires next month. ;f



Other then that, I run a Civil Engineering company. :)

CMA G21
10-21-2004, 12:18
Paid firefighter - South Florida municipality - Class One Department. :cool:
Have been a Firefighter since April 1974.
Paramedic since 1976.
Currently a Battalion Chief.
Retiring June 2005.

TerraMedicX
10-21-2004, 13:18
Lets see:

NREMT-Paramedic since January (yea for green medics!)
American Heart Basic Life Support Instructor
Colorado State Assisitant EMS instructor (would have gotten primary instructor but I had to work).
All the usual certs that go with paramedic (ACLS, PEPP)

As for fire certs all I've got is my Red card (big wildland area).

I'm currently between jobs (fire department started doing their own transports so the ambulance co I worked for had to down-size).

I've been a volunteer fire fighter with a small, all volunteer, fire department since 2000. Currently I am the EMS captain for the department and really dont' need any more responsibility than that!! *GRIN*

I'm also a full-time student at the University of Colorado, finishing up my bachlor's in physiology.

That's basicly it...happy to add my half a cent to the discussion.

Nate.

CAcop
10-21-2004, 13:27
I get in your way at accident scenes. I also direct traffic around your rigs. My CPR/First Aid card just got updated.

I am also green with envy that people wave to you with all five fingers.

N2DFire
10-21-2004, 14:03
Began EMS Career as Volunteer in 1990 as ARC AFA (American Red Cross - Advanced First Aid). Progressed through the ranks to EMT-A (way before EMT-Basic ever existed). From there I went on to EMT-Shock Trauma (It's a VA thing - basically an IV tech.) then on to EMT-Cardiac Tech. (Another VA thing - pretty much all skills & training of Paramedic but more restrictive protocols - lot's of "Mother May I" with Med Control). At that point I kinda "stalled" for about 5 years then in '99 I started my CT to Paramedic bridge class. Finished in '00 and around August of that year I became certified as a NREMT-P. Since that time I have maintained dual certification as a Virginia & NREMT Paramedic.

Fire Side - I began in 1993 (also as a volunteer) since that time I have taken FF Level 1 & 2 as well as several other classes. As a side note all VA Fire Service certifications meet NFPA minimums and are Pro Board accredited.

Some time around the mid 90's I became a charter member of our now defunct but soon to be resurrected Technical Rescue Team.

At present I am certified as/in the following:
VA & NREMT-P
VA FF Level II
Haz-Mat Operations
Vehicle Extrication
Rope Rescue I
Trench Rescue
Confined Space Rescue
EVOC - Class III (everything except tractor/trailer combo's)
BTLS-Advanced Instructor
ARC Instructor (CPR, First-Aid, etc.)
VA BLS Skills Evaluator

I also teach various EMS Council sponsored Continuing Education Classes.

Currently I am awaiting the start of the Firefighter Instructor I class and I am working toward completing the requirements to become a Heavy & Tactical Rescue Specialist.

Oh - Almost forgot - Last October I became a contract FF for Martinsville Speedway doing Pit Road fire suppression. I won't be able to make the truck race this Saturday due to family commitments, but I'll be there for the cup race on Sunday. If I get a place to make some camera time I'll post about it when I get back home.

fyrmedic
10-22-2004, 16:26
I have been in the fire service for 8, almost 9 years. The last 5 have been with the former Salt Lake County Fire Dept, now the Greater Salt Lake Unified Fire Authority. I am a paramedic on a 4 handed rescue/engine. Originally from CA but migrated to Salt Lake.

jlw_84
10-22-2004, 22:04
I've enjoyed this business since 2000.

Currently the Training Officer on my FD.

NREMT-B & FF
Hold both Ohio & KY Cards
BLS Instructor
Confined Space Spec.
High Angle Spec.
Auto-X Spec.

Currently cut back to volunteer to purse differant career options.

Now work for a large corporation in Northern Kentucky where I do Armed Emergency Services.

Basically an EMT/FF w/a gun.

Take the training from the police academy in 2003 and add it to what I had and thats my job now.

We are responsible for all matters at this large facility, from Fire to Technical Rescue to breaches of security. We have our own patrol vehicles and a squad.

Glkster19
10-23-2004, 14:21
Full-time medic in a rural area for a small local government agency. Been doing this FT since 1990. Became licensed at the advanced level in '91. ACLS certified. CPR card is probably expired by now ;e

TerraMedicX
10-24-2004, 14:57
Originally posted by jlw_84
Now work for a large corporation in Northern Kentucky where I do Armed Emergency Services.

Basically an EMT/FF w/a gun.


NICE!! Where do I get that job!!

Nate.

cellison1460
10-30-2004, 08:08
Firefighter for the Jackson City Fire Department, Ohio. Have been on for almost four years now We are the "big" department in a rural area so we do a little bit of everything on the fire side, all medic rund are handled by a Tri-County E.M.S. service.

May be having to give up the fire service in a few months due to a new job and wont have to time and probably wouldn't be alloud to anyway. Looking forward to the new career but I will miss the fire service greatly.

xtrik8ifc
10-30-2004, 10:08
Volly firefighter in Jefferson County WV. been at it since early 2002
Extrication tech
Thump, pump and blow cert.
and had countless other classes from Aircraft firefighting to blowing out a match.
Bucket driver only. never had the urge to play in the back

Ditchdoc
10-31-2004, 05:33
Hi All
Firefighter since 1994 mostly volunteer
too many classes to list
EMT since 1996
NREMT-P in 1998 now I work for the biggest EMS provider in southest Georgia. I am an instructor in ACLS,PALS,PHTLS,CPR. I still love working the streets and don't mind the hours.

Slinger646
11-01-2004, 00:37
Time in: 6yrs
Status: Volunteer
Rank: Batt. Chief/Training Officer
Dept size: 30ish
Department Type: Volunteer With FPGs(Friggin Paid Guys) 0600-1800
Fire Training: OfficerI, OfficerII is almost done
EMS Training: EMT-B
Other Training: Haz-Mat Operations, Vehecile Rescue Team, Swift Water Rescue, EVOC III, DPO/DAO, Tanker Operator (local thing), LZ Commander, and various other NFA/NFPA/VDFP certs.
Trucks: 1996 FL60 Eng, 1990 Spartan Eng, 1998 FL112 Tanker, 1962 REO Brush Rig, 2000 F350 Brush Rig, 1986 GMC Light Squad/Utility.

ClydeG19
11-01-2004, 23:25
I am a volunteer in a suburban dept in Central PA. We are 100% volunteer running a bit over 600 calls per year. I started in April of this year, but I like enough that I would love to be paid someday. I've taken a bunch of classes, however the only certifications I have are CPR and First Aid. I've taken most of the Essentials so far, Vehicle Rescue Awareness and Operations along with Hazmat Awareness and Operations.

Glock-A-Roo
11-02-2004, 14:30
I am an engineer w/ 13 years experience but am new to EMS. Got my NREMT-I in August and recently got hired part-time w/ my county's EMS system. It's an emergency-only system (no planned Code 1 transports). I am going through their orientation program now. It is a 72-hour orientation not including supervised rides, but they pay me to be there. Click this link (http://www.greenvillecounty.org/Emergency_Medical_Services/) to see more about our service.

I don't have many creds yet:
BLS/CPR
BTLS-IP (basic)
NREMT-I

Tvov
11-03-2004, 16:38
Just found this forum!

I am a member of a "volunteer but..." department. I call it that because we don't get paid salary, by the hour, or by the call, BUT we have a pension plan, and we also get a property tax reduction if we keep up our response percentage. Some people would call that volunteer, but I think we are getting into a grey area.

I have been a fireman since 1996.
FFI
Extrication cert
RIT training
etc etc.
Also, wildland firefighting cert! We had training in it, although I am not sure if CT has ever had a wildland fire.
Our department doesn't do medical, my town has a full time paid ambulance department. We have been averaging about 400 calls a year, if we did medical that would increase to the neighborhood of 2000.

My department has a heavy rescue, 2500gal engine/tanker, 750 gal engine, 100' ladder (quint) w/ 300gal and 2000gpm pump, brush truck w/ 300gal and 500gpm pump, utility pickup, and a 1926 Childs (parade truck). We also do water rescue (Long Island Sound), so we have an seven foot inflatable (also known as Flipper), 17' "hard hull" Zodiac w/ 115hp (MY GOD, does this thing fly!!), 24' boat with cuddy cabin and 115hp.

35 members. We "cross train", don't have "squads". Everyone has used all the equipment at some point or another. Of course, some guys usually drive, others usually "go in", etc. But everyone has some idea of how to operate everything for when things don't go "by the book". When do things ever go "by the book"??

AKfirecop
11-04-2004, 20:43
Was in the military, Airborne Infantryman,
Been in the Fire Service/EMS since 2000
Been in LE since 2002
Curently a Public Safety Officer (LE/Fire/EMS/SAR) Great gig.
Trainer for my agency.

IFSAC:
FF I&II
ARFF
FS Instructor 1

NR-EMT Basic

POST Cert
LE Instructor (DT/Use of Force/Generalist)
Arson Inv.

Quint57
11-07-2004, 18:40
I am a captain with a south Florida fire /rescue department. I am the station commander of house with 4 companies and am also the acting battalion chief. I have been with the department for 23 years.

I am a EMT-Paramedic and am currently training the department in the new Florida protocols.

I am a past Dive Rescue International Public Safety Scuba Instructor and Dive Rescue I Trainer.

On my days off I run a division of a company that manufactures scuba equipment for public safety divers and flotation for body armor.

I can't wait to retire and start my new career as the price checker at the Dollar Store.
;g ;z

KFD147
11-15-2004, 11:40
Became an EMT-B in June '91 in West Texas. Did that for a few years until I joined the Army in early '94 and did tactical commo. My last year in the Army went to PM school and became a certified EMT-P Jan. '98. Worked at various EMS services in Central Texas and joined the local VFD. In '00 got hired w/ a local paid FD and was sent through 14 weeks of Fire Acadamy paid for. Became a certified paid FF in Oct. '00 and moved to the neighboring city with a larger FD and better equipment. Just recently became a Fire/EMS instructor for our acadamy. I have been divorced once(non-EMS and did not like being an army spouse) and remarried and she got her medic. I have 3 girls and 1 boy. Time flies and the little ones sure grow up fast.


Jason :cool:
FF/EMT-P

GeoEMTP
11-21-2004, 07:24
EMT-P with 911 experience in Portland, OR, Denver, CO, and now Austin, TX. 7 1/2 years total and still having a blast!

Geoff.

DepChief
12-03-2004, 17:56
[QUOTE]Originally posted by N2DFire
[B]Began EMS Career as Volunteer in 1990 as ARC AFA (American Red Cross - Advanced First Aid). Progressed through the ranks to EMT-A (way before EMT-Basic ever existed).

Is this just in Virginia? I thought EMT-B had been around since the 70's?

DepChief
12-03-2004, 18:10
Started out as a firefighter in a large volunteer dept.(around 200 members) just north of NYC in 1983. Got my EMT-B in 1984 and began working for a small combination dept. on the coast of North Carolina in 1986. Worked fulltime as a FF/EMT for 7 years then moved on to being a fulltime EMT with our County EMS system. Currently a EMT-I with that system and the Deputy Fire Chief (volunteer) with my local fire dept.
Current certs:
EMT-I
BCLS Instructor
Firefighter II
HazMat Operations
NC State Fire Inspector

Glockrocks
12-09-2004, 12:24
I am a contract firefighter working in Iraq. I have been here 6 months and before this job, I worked as a full time firefighter in Texas for 15 years. I just got bored and the next thing I knew I was waking up to incoming mortars. I have all my IFSAC seals except AARF and Investigator and we are being given a chance to get those here incountry. I will then get those transfered over to DOD certs. This is alot different than anything I have ever done before. I have made fires ranging from incoming rockets to an M1 Abrams tank with a fire in the machine gun ammo in a rack on back. Now that's different. Am I still bored? Not!

N2DFire
12-10-2004, 07:23
Originally posted by DepChief
Originally posted by N2DFire
[B]Began EMS Career as Volunteer in 1990 as ARC AFA (American Red Cross - Advanced First Aid). Progressed through the ranks to EMT-A (way before EMT-Basic ever existed).

Is this just in Virginia? I thought EMT-B had been around since the 70's?

Well to be honest Chief, I had no clue so I had to go digging.

The last revision of the EMT-Ambulance: National Standard Curriculum occurred in the early 1980s with a completed course published in 1984. The current revision came about as a result of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) January 1990 Consensus Workshop on Emergency Medical Services Training Programs. Participants discussed the national training curricula needs of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers. Using a nominal group process, the participants identified the top priority needs for EMS training in the United States. The top priorities identified at that meeting led to issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) by NHTSA to revise the EMT-Ambulance Curriculum based upon the input provided by many national EMS organizations and representatives at the consensus workshop.
Source: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/ems/pub/emtbnsc.pdf

This is the 1994 release of the Emergency Medical Technician-Basic: National Standard Curriculum. It contains the Course Guide and Instructor Lesson Plan and it is designed for instructors to teach the new EMT- Basic course.

Source: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/ems/nsc.htm

Based on the History Section contained in the 1994 EMT-B National Standard Cirriculum, I'm pretty sure that the 1994 release is the first release of EMT-B to replace the older EMT-A.

emtmissay
12-17-2004, 11:28
-Medical Assisting since 1997
-EMT-B since 1998 for Georgetown Fire Department in Georgetown, CA along with Engineer/Firefighter for 6 years.
-NREMT-B since this year working for American Medical Response in Roseville, CA for 2.5 years.
-Current American Heart Association BLS CPR Instructor for over a year.
-Move to Southeastern Arizona in October, 2004 now working as a NREMT-B for HealthCare Innovations. Married to a USBP Agent.
-Currently looking to either start a Paramedic program or go into Nursing.#wav

superglock
12-18-2004, 19:39
A volunteer firefighter in Selah Wa for 20 years. Started when I was 17 in high school. Am only a first responder, We cover about 70-75 square miles with 4 stations and about 70 volunteers and 5 paid staff. The department runs alittle over 1000 calls a year, The area is every thing from down town to the mountians. Lots of cheet grass some interstate and warehouses. I have been a lt for about 5 years in our station, We have 12 people and 1 aid/rescue , 1 new 1000 international pumper, 1 3600 gallon tender, 1 200 gallon grass truck and a 900 gallon brush truck.

fazed
12-23-2004, 20:24
Started out as a vollie FF in a small town in rural KY in 1996. Got hired on Lexington Metro Fire in 1998 & went straight to paramedic class. I am currently assigned to a downtown buggy on campus. Also worked concurrently for a small county EMS agency nearby for 4 years. Went to fly with UK Airmedical Service in Feb of this year. I am IFSAC I & II, NREMT-P, KYEMT-P, in class now for CCEMT-P, BLS/instructor, ACLS/instructor, BTLS/instuctor, PALS/instructor, PEPP/instructor.

Matt

PDogSniper
12-27-2004, 09:31
Originally posted by CAcop
I get in your way at accident scenes. I also direct traffic around your rigs. My CPR/First Aid card just got updated.

I am also green with envy that people wave to you with all five fingers. ;z

Actually, you perform a more valuble service on site than you know...

We were taught that upon arrival to observe the "cop" directing traffic at a tanker spill...

If he's standing up close or in the "puddle" directing traffic, it's not a toxic spill. If wires are down and he's still standing the power is off. And so on....;)

Tvov
12-27-2004, 11:38
Originally posted by PDogSniper
;z

Actually, you perform a more valuble service on site than you know...

We were taught that upon arrival to observe the "cop" directing traffic at a tanker spill...

If he's standing up close or in the "puddle" directing traffic, it's not a toxic spill. If wires are down and he's still standing the power is off. And so on....;)

LOL, yep, we joke about that at haz-mat drills.

That also goes for the first arriving firefighters at a possible hazmat... If they fall to the ground, back up and get an airpack!

Fortunately, I've never run into any incidents this serious (yet).

Charlie Fox
01-01-2005, 09:52
Started as a Resident FF in 1982, got my EMT in 1983, wortked for that department until 1985(got married...they wouldn't let me live at the station anymore, neither would my wife;Q ). Worked for a local ambulance until I got hired by my current department...18 years and counting! Unfortunately we are an industrial Fire Department so we don't have a mandatory 55 retirement. This means, since I hired in at 22 years old I'll have been with the company for 33 years before I can think about retirement;P

ARFFormula
01-04-2005, 22:52
FFI and II
ARFF FF and D/O
HAZMAT Ops
D/O Pumper
D/O MWS(water tender)
Confined Space Ops
Fire Officer I
Vehicle Rescue I and II
Wildland FF...all the WLF S-classes needed for FF's
NREMT-B/Cal State FM EMT
AHA CPR/AED
All of those I have been working on since 1993.

I am working on Fire Inspector I, Instructor I and D/O Aerial for this year. After that I will be good for testing for Engineer :)