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?"
Photo: Thomas Hawk/ http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/