We're at Mister Safety Shoes, at Kennedy Commons. My partner has a boot slip for new boots. She's been wearing the same ones for 2 years and they're pretty beat up.
She's trying them on, and we get a call... off we go. After the call, we come back and she continues where she left off. Some 50 year old white man comes over and says "you know you're blocking the Fire lane..." We're parked right in front of the store... He then says "you're block the Fire lane... while you're shopping..."
My partner's diplomatic response was "Sir, we're on duty and I'm here getting my new issue of footwear. If we get a call, we need to get to the ambulance quickly."
Personally, I wanted to say "if there's a Fire here, we'll be here anyways!" Or... "it says Fire lane... but it's an emergency vehicle lane."
Yeah, I heard about this. He is in bad shape as there've been complications with surgery.
Also, I hate how our department downplays everything. "paramedics rarely get injured." Paramedics have the highest injury rate of all the emergency services... something like 25% are injured in some way (often back.) I myself have been injured and required comp in the past.
Answer me this.. You hurt your hand in a car accident in front of a downtown hospital... You can walk and have no obvious injuries. So you call 911 and ask me to take you to hospital, and I drive you 30 meters to the one you're right in front of????
Drunk psych person decided they wanted to kick the shit out of us on Queen Street in full view of the public . The entire 14 Division showed up, along wish 2 ambulances, 2 EMS response SUVs and a superintendent. I was shaking after. Adrenaline should not jump that high that fast. Can't be healthy lol.
I would like to know... You are nauseated. You've vomited. You call an AMBULANCE...??? And to add to it, you live 523 meters from Scarborough Grace Hospital. And then, when I pull up (7 minute response time) you are in your car saying you'll go yourself because I took too long.
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING!???
I pointed at the hospital which was visible from where we were and said "hospital's right there."
Loc: Markham, ON, Canada
they just wanted to check you out in your handsome uniform. seriously tho, this is why you don't get to have your meals at regular hours and why there's a feeling that there aren't enough EMS on the road ... bullshit calls.
My partner booked off so I was by myself. I was hoping for a fire fighter day for the rest of shift but I got a high priority call so I went on my own.
Basically, it was a 50s man having what he described as abdominal pain. He ended up going into a conscious V-Tach and then arrested on me. Another crew arrived to give me a hand and we shocked him back. He said he thought he was sleeping. We said "well, you kinda were..." Then he went into the funky rhythm again and arrested again. We shocked a few times and did CPR... He came back to us.
Got him in the ambulance and took off. Turns out he's going to be fine. Makes me happy
We have Response Cars (which are the SUVs that say "ERU" on them) and in my case, I still had my ambulance, just no partner. So I drove to the call and then did the call until a transport unit arrived. In this case, we all got in my ambulance and went to the hospital because it was a really dynamic call.
In my case, I gave ASA, IV and morphine after determining he was having "the Big One." My ECG determined that.