Posted by: medicblog999 | November 21, 2009

It really is quite impressive!

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Justin and Smudge in deep conversation

So, Justin and I are currently on day 4 of the UK leg of The Project that has become known as the Chronicles of EMS. Its been a pretty quiet day but still with enough to stimulate some great discussion about patient care and resource management.

There will be a video up later tonight to share what our thoughts have been today, but the one stand out moment today for me was to stand just slightly back from Justin and listen intently whilst he discussed the intricacies of Fire Fighting with Smudge from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue service.

I listened to them talk about high pressure this and high volume that, smoke behaviour there and venting strategy here….etc etc.

At one point I just stopped them and said

“This really is weird. Justin, you are a paramedic and its really odd to hear you talking so knowledgably about the fire side of things just like we have been talking about EMS”

One of the first things that Smudge asked was how on earth he could keep up to date with both sides of the skill set. I suppose it is a HUGE step for a UK firefighter to think about trying to be a paramedic as well as doing their primary roll on the fire Engine.

Justin gets to spend a day with the Fire Brigade on Wednesday.

Not going out on jobs, but being shown around the training centre and the USAR (Urban search and rescue headquarters) centre and any other interesting Fire based locations that Peter Mudie (Swalwell Fire Station manager) comes up with. I know that the focus of this project is mainly EMS related, but it was good to see Justin so excited about learning something about the UK Fire Service too.

After all, it would be wrong for him to come all this way and not put at least a little toe into the pool of Fire Fighting and Rescue too.

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Responses

  1. I was married to an EMT/FF for over 19 yrs and then it ended…..i have missed the life of EMS…..God Bless and keep you guys safe.

  2. The thing is, Justin's not your typical firefighter/paramedic. There's not too many like him with Bachelor's degrees at all, much less a degree in EMS. It's a far cry from the 9- or even 6-month “medic mills” that many FF/PMs come from.

  3. It is interesting to see the different equipment/tactics/staffing models in fire depts across the world. I spent 6 months in Iraq evaluating their fire service so we could determine the best ways to help them out. It was professionally rewarding and fun to boot. I've found that, while the basic concepts are the same, there a many different ways to fight fires.The medical side of things seems to vary less on the technical/patient care side, but more on the habits and staffing. It was strange to walk in an Iraqi hospital and see all the doctors smoking while they did everything from paperwork to surgery.

  4. I disagree Brendan. He may not fit the mold that you're used to, but I work along side may firefighter / paramedics just like him. He's an awesome dude … but he's not as rare as you make him sound.

  5. I disagree Brendan. He may not fit the mold that you're used to, but I work along side may firefighter / paramedics just like him. He's an awesome dude … but he's not as rare as you make him sound.

  6. I disagree Brendan. He may not fit the mold that you're used to, but I work along side may firefighter / paramedics just like him. He's an awesome dude … but he's not as rare as you make him sound.


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