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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?
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