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.