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EMS/Fire/Police personnel, a place to vent

So I haven't seen a thread around for all us emergency service personnel so I thought I'd start one as a place for us to swap stories, talk about stuff, and otherwise vent. So if you ran a bad call and want to talk just post in here.

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Anyway my evening went to crap. Got 30 minutes of sleep then got woken up to stage in towards the city (they were busy). While we were doing that we got sent on a GSW to the head. 19 yom single shot from a handgun, DRT. It was just such an absolute waste. I've been doing this for 9 years, so I'm not about to fall apart, but it was still just incredibly depressing. Mostly because his mother and two sisters were right there with us.

Also related to this shooting there was a stabbing and someone assaulted with a baseball bat.

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Fire house drama.... I could go on for ever :x

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Well my Department just had another fatal.

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Im an air ambulance / EMS ground dispatcher and believe you me there are plenty of days where you just dont wanna be there. I find it stressful when youre in a situation on the other end of the phone when you know you could help but you cant. I have my EMT-A trianing as well so it can get hard when you know you could help but you cant.


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I did fire/ems in New Jersey for about 8 years so i feel your pain!!!
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can i vent about the medical/etc service in korea?

Let me tell you, from what i saw one day, it was horrible.

Ambulance with sirens on trying to get thru bumper-to-bumper traffic.. no one can pull over cause everyone parked on the side of the road, and traffic goes like 10mph maybe.
Seoul is so crowded and with high building, i dont think helicoptor is always possible or cost worthy in their opinion.

Do you guys get training on how to solve those kinds of problems, or is it just "cant help it" kinda situations?
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There are times that the lights/sirens don't do anything here too. I've actually run in places that their protocol is if all the lanes are blocked they turn off the siren and wait for the light to turn green, vs. pushing people through the intersections.

07Beckham I used to dispatch as well so I know what you mean on the feeling helpless front. You're sitting there on the phone and know that if you were at the scene you could be helping out, but all you can do is just try to stay calm for the person on the other end of the line and wait for your crew to get there. Incidentally what are your training levels up there, and what do they get to do?


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There are times that the lights/sirens don't do anything here too. I've actually run in places that their protocol is if all the lanes are blocked they turn off the siren and wait for the light to turn green, vs. pushing people through the intersections.

07Beckham I used to dispatch as well so I know what you mean on the feeling helpless front. You're sitting there on the phone and know that if you were at the scene you could be helping out, but all you can do is just try to stay calm for the person on the other end of the line and wait for your crew to get there. Incidentally what are your training levels up there, and what do they get to do?
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We basically have 3 levels here in Alberta:

EMR(Emergency Medical Responder) - basic trauma life support skills such as splinting, extricating, no IV access, no Medications, you can only assist in giving medications such as aspirin, nitro, and epi, only medication you can give is Nitrous Oxide for analgesic, Defibrillator as well.

EMT-A(Emergency Medical Technician Ambulance) IV access, 3 Lead Cardiac monitoring, medications such as aspirin, epi, nitro, meds via nebulizer.

EMT-P (Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic) 12 lead Cardiac monitoring, cardiac pacing, cardiac medications, intubation, intraosseous Infusions, sedation medications, morphine, fentonol, vercet (all the fun ones)

Our flight medics here on our STARS helicopters have more advanced training and can give blood products such as plasma without a doctor. as well as many other things a regular Paramedic cant do. Lot and Lots of specialized training.
if youre interested the place I work at is here www.stars.ca

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