Tuesday, February 28

NO is Never Easy to Hear

Or read.  Or have inferred.  Heck it isn't even all that great to write about, but this is my therapy experiment so there you go.

NO is an answer I've heard more than I ever thought.  Especially in my professional career as a Firefighter, Paramedic and even Clinical Supervisor.

The first NO I recall impacting on my firefighting career was in the tiny Town of Bernalillo outside of Albuquerque, NM.  I was a volunteer for a year with the County and had recently been hired on the Reservation about a 45 minute drive south.  The politics were getting to me so I thought I'd leave and head for a "Real Fire Department."

Resume fresh with my new college credits en route to my BS in EMS I sat in the interview with the Mayor (There was no Fire Chief).  I knew the half dozen other guys putting in for the single job opening and I was already "measuring for curtains" as they say.

"I see you're on the way to your degree..." the Mayor said as he flipped my resume over, clearly hoping there was more to it than the almost single page.

"Yes, I've been focusing on work recently."

"NO, you need to keep your focus.  You won't be chosen for this position, Justin, I think you need to finish school and figure out where you really want to be."

A few years later I found myself working for the Public Safety system I've spoken of often.  Cops with turnouts, white engines with blue stripes...long story.  While there I started getting antsy.  The internet was recently available through AOL and I was searching jobs day and night.

My entire paycheck once went to an overnight trip to Seattle...to work for a "Real Fire Department."

The physical and written exams were challenging, those of you who know this forum know that I failed that physical exam.  An entire paycheck. I think I missed rent that month.  When the letter came in the mail, "You failed to complete the minimum qualifications..."  might have just been a post card that said "NO."

I wept.  I'm not ashamed.  I wept in the mailbox alcove of that shitty apartment building wondering just how long I would be trapped in my current position.  Behind on rent.  Hated my job, well at least 2 of the 3 jobs I was trying to keep.

When I finished school and landed a job with a "Real Fire Department" I thought NO was behind me.  After all, there aren't any problems in Heaven, right?

I recently got a NO in the mail I should have expected but the pessimist in me kept saying "You at least have a chance at an interview!  They'll at least sit with you to let you make your case!"

"Thank you for your interest but after careful review you will not be advancing to the interview portion..."



The letter more or less said NO.


I wept.  I'm not ashamed.  I wept into my hands suddenly being transported back to that mail alcove, cold and hungry, then opened my eyes.  I took a deep breath.  Warm, well fed, loving family...

Bring on the NOs, they keep landing me in better places.

Saturday, February 11

Ohio Cop vs Ambulance Crew Member on Video - Crossover Show Investigates!

Who does MC have to drag across the street by the shirt collar to get his point across?

Video surfaced recently from an Ohio incident that showed a  Police Officer “escorting” an EMT (Or Ambulance worker…sheesh) across the street, then against a patrol car following a medical call early in the morning.

As your brave hosts, HM and MC, discuss how to avoid these situations, additional footage was leaking out showing what led up to the EMT being removed from patient care by the Officer after tazing a patient being moved to a cot.  The Police Chief says the new video shows that “neither party is at fault.”  

Needless to say the boys were right on the money as to the temperament of the Officer having a HUGE impact on the scene as well as the public reaction to the aftermath.

Can’t we all just get along?

Wednesday, February 8

An MCI With Wings: Aviation Incidents EMS Today 2017

From large commercial aircraft incidents to sky diving planes to crop dusting to general aviation, most EMS units are more likely to respond to an aviation incident than an active shooting incident.  So why so much focus on active shootings and not on aircraft?

We'll discuss aircraft types, capacities, hazards, airfield markings and what you need to know responding to an airfield to set up a successful MCI response.

An MCI with Wings: An Introduction to Aircraft Rescue and Triage for EMS Units (#16302)


Friday Feb 24th 1PM - 2PM

Tuesday, February 7

First in Ambulance MCI at EMS Today 2017

Come one come all!  No matter the size of the crowd each EMT must be confident in sizing up an MCI and delegating responsibilities to other incoming units.

In some cases an EMT with little more than basic ICS education will be called upon to lay the foundation of a successful operation.  This class will give you the tools to not only direct EMS resources, but tips on how to "speak fire" to ensure Fire oriented units stay on the EMS mission you set forth.

It's an MCI, you're the first in Ambulance.  You can handle it.


First In Ambulance MCI: Integrating Fire Companies for Successful Operations (#16470)


Friday February 24 10:30 AM-11:30 AM


Crossover Show Learns How to Take a Joke

In this episode, MC and HM discuss the subtle art of teasing. Not the ham-fisted, over-the-top hazing we see all too often. (Remember last week when we talked about the FDNY recruit claiming he had male genitalia place on his face as part of a hazing ritual?  To quote Jayne Cobb: When does that get fun?")

The guys also discuss our new President, heretofore referred to as "Donny J" (you're welcome), and his predilection for tweeting out incredibly amusing statements.

Members of the Three Disciplines are notorious for their collective sense of humor, but there's definitely a way to make a joke...there's also a way to take a joke.

It's a subtle art, friends. The bottom line is simply this:

Don't dish it out if you can't take it


You are not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier

Here's a photo of Jaron.  (Listen to the show and you'll see why I added this here.)


Lawnmower Man

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Drug Training Podcast with Keith Graves

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