The Judge 

Saw this movie last night and it was the best performance Robert Downey Jr. has ever given. It was absolutely brilliant and I would see it again. I laughed, I cried and it actually made me wonder why I chose to become an EMT rather than a local, state or federal prosecutor.  This is possibly the best movie ever.

The Judge

Saw this movie last night and it was the best performance Robert Downey Jr. has ever given. It was absolutely brilliant and I would see it again. I laughed, I cried and it actually made me wonder why I chose to become an EMT rather than a local, state or federal prosecutor. This is possibly the best movie ever.

fall-harder:

alcofan2010:

#SaveLadder1
Let’s not let Albany Truck 1 become another statistic in the world of disbanded companies. Don’t let the mayor of Albany close the South-End Firehouse!

That’s still an active duty rig? I would ride the hell out of that truck!

It was active duty until 2002 and was placed in reserve until 2009. It has since been given to the state fireman’s museum. I love ALF ladders so much I had to use it here.

fall-harder:

alcofan2010:

#SaveLadder1

Let’s not let Albany Truck 1 become another statistic in the world of disbanded companies. Don’t let the mayor of Albany close the South-End Firehouse!

That’s still an active duty rig? I would ride the hell out of that truck!

It was active duty until 2002 and was placed in reserve until 2009. It has since been given to the state fireman’s museum. I love ALF ladders so much I had to use it here.

#SaveLadder1
Let’s not let Albany Truck 1 become another statistic in the world of disbanded companies. Don’t let the mayor of Albany close the South-End Firehouse!

#SaveLadder1

Let’s not let Albany Truck 1 become another statistic in the world of disbanded companies. Don’t let the mayor of Albany close the South-End Firehouse!

thisissparta789789:

Albany City Council wants to cut AFD Truck 1 and deprive the city of one of its 4 ladder trucks. This is outrageous and will put the South End in jeopardy. In 2013, Truck 1 responded to over 2600 calls. What if it wasn’t there for those calls?

A photo of my station during tonight’s pratical exam. I was in charge of proctoring airway adjuncts, supplemental oxygen therapy and bleeding control.

A photo of my station during tonight’s pratical exam. I was in charge of proctoring airway adjuncts, supplemental oxygen therapy and bleeding control.

The clean-up

ouremssite:

I went to the hospital after one of the other ambulances on shift had just arrived with a pediatric arrest. I didn’t want to go inside, seemed a little overkill, the patient was already on the hospital bed I was sure and there was another unit assisting them. My partner wanted to go in and so I stayed outside the ER.

I saw the ambulance they had transported the patient in had their back doors slightly open and decided to clean up for them a little bit while I waited. Inside I found the usual, boxes of epi, narcan, vials of vasopressin, ET tube wrapping, suction tubing attached to the wall suction, the usual syringes, packs of ky to lubricate the tube as it is placed in the trachea. I saw all of this but I felt what had happened. The male and female paramedics had fought to keep this kid alive, had used narcan as some last ditch effort in case somehow this was an overdose. To breath for someone, to pump their chest in an effort to move blood through their entire body, to face the parents during the moment that will define the rest of their lives. This, all of this is, is not something that is easy to convey.

EMS is truly a job no one can understand until you live it. I can explain to you what I was feeling and thinking as I threw away the remnants of our weapons against death. You can read the words, try to empathize. If you have been in EMS you will know what I am talking about. If you have not there is nothing I can write that can adequately explain it.

They lost the battle. The patient was called in the ER.

The parents come outside and meet with the medics. The father shakes their hand and thanks them for trying, you can almost feel the emotions coursing through his hands. It’s tough to shake the hands of someone you have failed in the most profound of ways. The mother is hugged as she walks away and says, “you have the worst job in the world.”

She’s right you know, in that moment EMS is probably the worst job out there. Some people don’t recover from some deaths. I saw one of the best medics I ever knew leave the field after a bad shift. He said he couldn’t work in a career with so much uncertainty, in a job that showed you the worst of life. As the lady walked away after losing her daughter any words you say will be empty and useless. She can’t know the greatness that EMS can show you. The saves, the lives that are benefited by our work. The compassion that we can show, the ability to lessen someone’s suffering if only for a moment or two.

That medic, on her next shift responded to a female patient in respiratory arrest. They were able to intubate the patient and keep her from coding. The patient was found to be hypotensive and after a bolus she dropped the hammer and started a dopamine drip. The patient was stabilized and is still alive.

We can work in the worst job out there, but because that paramedic still decides to wake up and come in and do her best people are alive today that may not have been. Thank you to her and all of you that continue the struggle, a battle we can never truly win, but damned if we won’t give it a Hell of a fight.

charles27e:

This is for all the emergency medical technicians… how do you pass the time during your shifts?

I normally bring my laptop with me, and just use it at the station. That’s if i don’t fall asleep on the couch watching TV. College Homework is also a good way to spend my idle hours (we have alot on a college campus).

SFD E-1 (2010 Ferrara Igniter 1500/750)

SFD E-1 (2010 Ferrara Igniter 1500/750)

thisissparta789789:

It is with deep regret that I announce the death of Pattersonville Fire District 4’s assistant chief, Glenn N Urys Jr, at the age of 24 off-duty. His entire fire department and Rotterdam EMS responded to the call, yet he died on the way to the hospital. He had been a member ever since he was 16, following in the footsteps of his father and grand-father.

He will be missed by all firefighters in the town of Rotterdam, his family, and his friends.

A photo of me next to Schenectady Fire-Rescue’s memorial bell at the 9/11 memorial service. In the background are several girders from the World Trade Center.

A photo of me next to Schenectady Fire-Rescue’s memorial bell at the 9/11 memorial service. In the background are several girders from the World Trade Center.