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  • #16
    I don't get your "sticky situation". You are not in charge of the call so why do you think the decision is up to you to make? If the guys you ride with are looking at you to choose the equipment necessary for the call then they are morons and should be fired unless they are proctoring you for medic school and are evaluating you decision making process. If what you are saying is correct and you are not in medic training then let me know where you are and what shift you ride on so I NEVER come through your town.

    Now on to the part about your limited information. If your dispatch protocol doesn't have dispatchers ask basic questions like: age, sex or how about WTF is going on besides the initial SOB, C/P etc then they must be chipping the info on to stone tablets. Locution has nothing to do with supplement information whether it is over the air or on the MDT.
    If your going to cry about doing the job you signed up for do us all a favor and quit, there are plenty of dedicated people standing in line for the best job in the world.

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    • #17
      I agree with all the above posters. In your position you shouldn't be making any decisions in the scenario you provided. You should strictly be following the orders of your superiors. If you want guidance on what is to be expected of you, you should first consult the SOPs to see if they don't already cover what you should be doing. If that can't help you need to be asking the person who will be treating the patient what they want for what type of call. Don't ask them unless they are able devote their attention to responding to you.

      I'm kinda concerned that your crew is leaving the sole responsibility to you to fetch equipment. In my area explorers are very rare, but where they do exist they aren't allowed out of sight an experienced firefighter and allowing them to go on medical calls is unheard of.

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      • #18
        If I was in any position to offer you any advice, I would say that while responding to the call, politely ask the Company Officer or Senior Medic what equipment he/she would like you to get off of the rig with.

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        • #19
          I have been and heard alot of calls been paged wrong. My advice as the Cheif of my ambulance, try what we do that we find works for us who will most of the time only have 3 responders.

          We go in with ONE bag that can handle just about everything, now the only things we dont have in that bag is the DeFib, splints, and back board. Now your stetcher goes in empty right? Your Defib, first in bag and splints can all go on it and yes it only takes one person to remove it from the truck. If you need a back board you can go back and get it for you need to stabilize your patient first anyway and there is a least two of you.

          Any patient can go south at any time. Just remember you need to treat your Patient and nothing else, what they tell you or what you see on them not what your told by third parties.

          Otherwise worst case, if you think its bad most police carry a simple defib and oxgen in their cars and most are fisrt responder if not emts. Just remember use your resourses thats why they are there.

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