Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Breaking in the New Medics

Working the overnight with Terri- a new to the City Paramedic with about a dozen years of EMS experience.

Dispatched E-3 (low priority) at 0335 to standby at an apartment fire. We are the fifth or sixth ambulance assigned and are to report to the Command Center a block from the fire.

Terri jumps behind the wheel of our truck, starts it up, flips on the lights & siren and goes tearin' down the Avenue towards the fire. I let her go about a block and a half and then...

"Terri, pull over to the curb here for a second. I'm shutting off the lights."

"Ok, what's up?"

"Where are we going?"

"To a fire standby."

"Have we encountered any traffic?"

"No- it's three thirty in the morning."

"Hmm, do we have a patient?"


"That's right- we don't have a patient. Now, take a quick look in the side mirror. Just verify for me-are we a f****** fire truck?"

"No, we're still an ambulance."

"Huh, I thought so. We're an ambulance going to a standby, E-3. We're not a f****** fire truck."

"Yeah, right, right"

"Then why the f*** are you using the g**d*** lights and siren?"

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1 comment:

EMT-I said...

Don´t you just love "new" medics?
Greatest ideas in an excellent timing.