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    Friday the 22nd marks my last day at my bank job, and hopefully the last job I ever have outside of the emergency services field.

    As of Monday I'll be full-time with a local private ambulance company. I'll be driving 99.99999% of the time, with a Cardiac riding shotgun and doing most of the patient care and riding in back (and therefore 99.99999% of the paperwork ).

    We don't make 911 responses, since that's all municipal around here. It'll mostly be routine, BLS interfacility transfers, with the occasional ALS run from, say, a walk-in clinic to a hospital ER for more definitive testing or procedures(ie, the 88 y/o female we took from a walk-in clinic to our main receiving hospital to rule out a triple-A, and the 70 y/o male confirmed MI that was going from the VA hospital ER to another hospital for a catheterization, both on my first orientation shift!).

    Don't have a set schedule yet, I'll be filling holes for a few weeks (garunteed 40 hours though). I could end up with a 2/2/4, or maybe 5 days a week, or even Monday-Wednesday-Friday 6am-7pm with one detail a month to make it an even 40 hours for each week.

    Btw, we do "details" because our company is the official ambulance service of the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Dunkin Donuts Center Providence, in addition to individual events both small and large.

    Anyway, I'll stop babbling now. If you're in town want to figure out which EMT I am, I'll be the one white-knuckling the wheel cause my dad has me convinced I'll roll the damn thing!!!

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    Congratulations, I am assuming that you will be working for New England. I worked for Universal before getting on the FD and I used to have a ball. Will you be driving that hideous thing they received from the last Olympics? Good Luck.
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    • #3
      Congrats, Buff! Good to hear you're making the plunge!
      Omnis Cedo Domus

      www.hinckleyfd.org

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      • #4
        You got one of those too.......

        Originally posted by cfdeng3
        Congratulations, I am assuming that you will be working for New England. I worked for Universal before getting on the FD and I used to have a ball. Will you be driving that hideous thing they received from the last Olympics? Good Luck.
        My local Vol Ambulance got one of those UGLY @$^*&#%$&* things too, everyone tries to avoid using it, but the $$$ saved made the deal. Not set up too good in the back either.

        Be Safe Out There.
        (should now be CharlieRFD,past,Pres.), but I've had this screen name for so long, I'm keeping it..., besides I'm Deputy Chief now.
        BE SAFE OUT THERE
        NEVER FORGET
        GOD BLESS THE 343 AND 60, MAY GOD GRANT HIS PEACE TO THEIR LOVED ONES.
        IACOJ
        F.O.O.P.

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        • #5
          Good luck and have fun with your new job!
          IACOJ Agitator
          Fightin' Da Man Since '78!

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          • #6
            Well, seeing as you are relieved and glad to be leaving your non emergency affiliated occupation. Congratulations on not being a banker or whatever you were!

            And a big congrats in going into the emergency medical services! Good Luck.


            BTW, dont break a leg, drive a guy who broke his leg to the hospital . (Bad Bad joke )
            IACOJ

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            • #7
              Originally posted by cfdeng3
              Congratulations, I am assuming that you will be working for New England. I worked for Universal before getting on the FD and I used to have a ball. Will you be driving that hideous thing they received from the last Olympics? Good Luck.
              Worse than that Tom- we've got TWO of them. Haven't been stuck with either of them yet, but I haven't heard a good word about them since I got there.

              For the first month or so I'm filling holes in the schedule, so I won't be on the same truck every day- Monday I'm on the 8-4 truck, Tuesday the 9-5 truck, and so on.... bouncing around like that, I figure its just a matter of time.

              I've got a friend from my B class looking at Universal, if I hear good things back from her I might be tempted to jump ship, although New England IS pretty good about a lot of stuff.... like, sacking out between runs, computer in the bunkroom, stuff like that. I *heard* that Universal is a lot more strict about downtime.

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              • #8
                Congrats Buff. I worked for a private ambulance service before I was sent over here. I enjoyed it alot. Though sometimes the hours were a pain. I was shuffled around, I started working 24 hour shifts, loved them. Worked two 24's, then one 12, lotsa overtime! Then they needed an overnight dispatcher, so I did that. 5 days a week working midnight to 8 am. That sucked! No O/T at all. Then they fired two people from the ambulances, so I was back on the bus. But the two they fired worked day shift (5-5) so I didn't like that much. Then I came over here. And then the company I worked for got bought out by another company who I don't want to work for, so I'll be job hunting when I get home. Yippee...well, good luck, you'll enjoy it! Beware some of the actions of old people though, they'll make you laugh, make you cry, just pray you're not in the back when they choose to die...that was bad, I'm sorry...

                Stay safe,

                Matt
                "At one point we decided to fight fire with fire, basically your house just burned faster."

                Recipient of the IACOJ Service Award 2003.

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                • #9
                  AWESOME CB! You're really on your way now!
                  September 11th - Never Forget

                  I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

                  Sheri
                  IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
                  Honorary Flatlander

                  RAY WAS HERE FIRST

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                  • #10
                    if I get around to going to a P-B's game this winter I'll have to see if your working the detail that day
                    Winter details are tough to come by, but I'll see what I can do!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Update, for those interested

                      Originally posted by CollegeBuff
                      Btw, we do "details" because our company is the official ambulance service of the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Dunkin Donuts Center Providence, in addition to individual events both small and large.
                      Liar!!!! Rhode Island does not have any large events!!!!


                      How was your first day of work?
                      IACOJ Agitator
                      Fightin' Da Man Since '78!

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                      • #12
                        Good Luck
                        09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
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                        IACOJ Minister of Southern Comfort
                        "Purple Hydrant" Recipient (3 Times)
                        BMI Investigator
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                        The comments, opinions, and positions expressed here are mine. They are expressed respectfully, in the spirit of safety and progress. They do not reflect the opinions or positions of my employer or my department.

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                        • #13
                          My first day wasn't bad at all- I was with another Basic, so no interesting ALS stuff; pretty bread and butter. Same today, mostly- Basic partner, 2 routine runs, and then a 300-pound invalid senile incontenent Spanish-speaking female going from her 90+ degree second-floor apartment to our main receiving hospital for a nursing home evaluation. The family called the fire department for the removal/transportation, they called us. Joy.

                          Myself and my parter, the FD ambulance crew, and a ladder company later, we transported to the ER (patient having "let go" twice before we even left the apartment, once all over our stair chair but thankfuly not on any personnel). We found ourselves much more shorthanded there, and managed to enlist an unbusy ambluance crew member from Warwick to move the patient onto the ER gurney (thanks Rescue 1!). The move wasn't pretty but we got it done. After some good hard decon we were back in service, but that turned out to be our last run.

                          Further bulletins as events warrant!!!

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                          • #14
                            Congrats CollegeBuff on your new EMT job!

                            Hey congrats from an EMT-1D in California.
                            You'll have fun. Sounds like you could benfit from the Allan Hancock College EMS Academy in Santa Maria, California. I'm currently enrolled in it and I am an EMT-1D. Here's the link for more info on it... I am a member of EMS Academy 9...The Academy kicks ***...It's tough and Quasi Military, but I love it...It's a blast!

                            http://www.hancockcollege.edu/newsan...D=&subject=507


                            Anyway drive safe and you'll be fine...Just watch out for the [email protected]@Holes who love to cut us off when we're driving code 3 or priority one to a cardiac arrest call, or the one's who pretend not to hear our sirens or see our lights till it's too late.

                            Good Luck and God Bless,

                            Bruce , 19, EMT-1D, California
                            Last edited by brubaker; 09-22-2003, 09:04 PM.
                            Bruce Baker

                            Medic Student, EMT-I, EMT-I instructor, Haz-Mat FRO


                            Fraternal Order Of Paramedics Society Member

                            R.I.P. 343, 9/11/01, God Bless America.
                            "ALWAYS REMEMBER, NEVER FORGET!"

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                            • #15
                              Buff:
                              To quote a SouthPark notable:
                              FOLLOW YOUR DREAM; KICK ***!
                              Best of luck to you.
                              CR
                              Visit www.iacoj.com
                              Remember Bradley Golden (9/25/01)
                              RIP HOF Robert J. Compton(ENG6511)

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