Recorded for Quality Assurance

“[Redacted] Ambulance Company, your call is recorded. What’s the nature of the emergency?” “Hey, Favorite Dispatcher, it’s M505. Can I get the dispatch time for our last?” “[chuckles] Geezer Squeezer?” Oh crap. Much of our equipment has nicknames. Some are silly, some are offensive. Most of them would be understood, if not appreciated, by theContinue reading “Recorded for Quality Assurance”

Muerte

A sunny Sunday morning. A crowded neighborhood; the closest thing we have to tenements, filled to the brim with people seeking the American dream and finding everything but. Paramedic 9’s diesel screams at the curb, nose to nose with a fire engine in the tiny one way street. They will have to back out. WeContinue reading “Muerte”

What were you thinking?

Coming up on today's episode of What Were You Thinking? EMS Edition: A dispatcher confuses the medic crews, A diabetic takes his insulin and goes out for the day without eating, Texting and driving almost kills a man, A coworker loses his temper, And I make a poor first impression. Stay tuned!

Memory

There is a memorial plaque in town. I pass it regularly. I remember. I remember a sunny Saturday morning drilling at the firehouse. I remember swearing loudly and running to the engine when the tones dropped. I remember almost overshooting the address, and I remember the horrid moaning sound the engine's radial tires made asContinue reading “Memory”