EMS Week is a farce- and here's why every self respecting EMT and Paramedic should refuse to participate:
The theme for 2012 suggests that EMS is a calling- being a monk is a calling. A monk takes a vow of poverty and allows himself to be subservient and silent. That's just what your state regulators, your EMS service administrators and your "partners" at the hospitals want from you- shut up, take what you're given and for gods-sake don't quit.
So once a year these dinosaurs try to make up for a year of abusing EMS professionals by handing out stale nachos and helicopter calendars. Don't play along, it's just insulting.
Part of the problem is that your state regulators, your EMS service administrators and your "partners" at the hospitals don't have a clue what it is you do; and also, they don't care. All they know is you're quiet, you work cheap and you're not too picky about schedules and working conditions. And once a year, they know they can put a cheery glow on the Medics faces by passing out some non-temperature controlled sandwiches or giving away a heath system logo'd T-shirt or lunch box.
Look- EMS is not a calling. EMS is a profession- and like all professionals EMTs and Paramedics deserve to be highly compensated, provided outstanding benefits; including a retirement plan that allows a street medic to stop working before their body does... and scheduled- well, how 'bout a schedule that a human being can work. Yep- that's what I want for EMS Week 2012. The nachos and the helicopter calendar? Hell, you can shove 'em up your collective asses.