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Old 11-20-2012, 11:09   #21
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Old 11-20-2012, 16:12   #22
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Tons of experience! Not a lot of new guys chiming in here, just these veterans.
I'll chime in. I finish EMT basic next month.

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Old 11-20-2012, 16:26   #23
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Cool! What part of the country you in? Career plans?
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Old 11-20-2012, 20:53   #24
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Cool! What aprt of the country you in? Career plans?
Southeast Wisconsin. Career goals are actually to be a cop (I was one for a while) or see how things work out on the fire end of things. Either way, just want to help people.

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Old 11-21-2012, 04:47   #25
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You had to yell just when I was getting some sleep. Never fails.

Retired EMT-I, RN Trauma Nurse Specialist. Nursing pays better, but I'm more proud of "doing it in the streets." About 30 or more years total. Need to go back and do the math I guess.

FWIW: I remember being excited about upgrading from Lifepack 2 to Lifepack 4's. Contrary to rumors, Lifepack 2's were NOT coal fired. That was the Lifepack 1.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:56   #26
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Well there ya go, people just needed some coaxing!
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Old 11-21-2012, 18:36   #27
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Great to see folks getting started. We ALL started somewhere.

LifePak 4s felt like they had a lead acid battery in them. We were running those, except we had ONE LifePak 5. Gas powered ambulances with Ford 460s in them, riding tailboard, (yes, I did! Hey, they took me as a volunteer FF when I was 16)! Beer at big fires,hmmmmm
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Old 11-21-2012, 18:46   #28
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Was NREMT-I in NM and TX in the 80's. EMT-B volunteer in Maine 2005 +/- 3 years (with a Lifepack 20 something!).
ER Nurse 87 to 09. EMS/ER people are a breed apart. When everybody else runs away, we run in. Proud to be among you mi amigos.

Been disabled almost 3 years. Guess it's because of the above that all my dreams are of working emergencies (honestly).
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:32   #29
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EMS/ER people are a breed apart. When everybody else runs away, we run in. Proud to be among you mi compadres.
Truth Spoken!

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...Happy thanksgiving!

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Old 11-22-2012, 13:04   #30
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You have to be a special breed of messed up in the head to deal with the things we see.
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Old 11-22-2012, 13:40   #31
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You have to be a special breed of messed up in the head to deal with the things we see.
I disagree. We train and practice to help people on the worst day in their lives. When trajedy occurs, people function as they're trained. Panic sets in when people feel overwhelmed, helpless, or don't have the training. We train for the worst.

Nobody wants to see people severely sick or injured. There are 2 choices, be helpless, or train to be helpful. We have chosen to be helpful rather than helpless.
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I didn't say we wanted to see it happen, but to be able to shrug it off and go on, can't be done by just anyone.
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I didn't say we wanted to see it happen, but to be able to shrug it off and go on, can't be done by just anyone.
Important distinction and I didn't mean to imply we WANT to see people get sick or injured. That just happens.
I meant that we WANT to be able to help them when they do. Sorry if I implied otherwise.
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No offense taken, I just feel like it is a natural mechanism not easily learned.
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Old 11-23-2012, 22:32   #35
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Man I know this isn't a site dedicated to Fire/EMS but there is next to nothing going on in this part of the site. I'm a First Responder and currently in college for Pre-Med, what about the rest of you guys?
Wildland Fire, 23 years out of Oregon
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:26   #36
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28 years career, bat. chief for the last 10 (hence the BC in BC Dan) and I know where the great state of Jefferson is

Lots of changes over the years, some good, some not so good. The job has changed a lot, not sure why they call it the Fire Dept. when most departments do 80%+ doctor calls.

One thing that remains the same; when they call for help, we go. Without fail.
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:44   #37
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very nice, I am equivlent to a BC......supervise 12 engines, a dozer, 10 person handline crew.....couple of lookouts
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Old 11-25-2012, 22:12   #38
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Loving to see this from you guys! BC for ten years and an equivalent, we have some heavyweights here.
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Wildland Fire, 23 years out of Oregon

Love the wildland! I have been on our wildland team for 12 years. Toolbox complex in OR a few years ago, and a bunch of fires in WA. Just a FF 1 right now. Working on Engine boss.
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:34   #40
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Spent a 8 seasons with the FS and Oregon Dept. of Forestry, most on engines, two on the Shot crew,. Wildland is a lot of fun. But getting a paycheck 12 months out of 12 trumps the fun factor

Still miss it from time to time, but fortunately, we have enough fires in the interface to give me my fix And BC's don't have to go on doctor calls, unless we want to :D
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