Also posted over at the Chronicles of EMS
As I have said numerous times before, one of the best things about being part of the EMS blogosphere is the continuously growing group of people that I get to call friends all around the world. All with one thing in common, a passion for EMS where ever they are.
One such chap is Kyle Bates (@imagemedic on Twitter), author and designer of the website www.kyledavidbates.com I have spoken to Kyle a number of times on the EMS Garage, but just recently he has been acting as a roving advocate for the Chronicles of EMS on his journeys around the USA.
I got a message from him on Twitter last week saying that he was visiting the Interior Region EMS Council Inc, in Alaska, and he thought it would be a wonderful place for the Chronicles team to go and visit. He sent me the link to the website and another message saying just how amazingly rural it actually is. I asked for some more information to which I got a link in a direct message Tweet which I opened whilst bleary eyed after waking up after a terrible sleep following a night shift.
My concentration was immediately focused however, when I saw that he had actually gone and done a Ustream interview with three of the medics for me, so that I could hear all about it first hand. If you think you are rural EMS, compare yourself to this and let me know exactly how rural you actually are?
The video below lasts about 27 minutes and is in my opinion, absolutely fascinating. I can`t imagine being so far away from anyone or any major trauma centres, but I would love to go and experience it first hand with Justin and the team.
All we need now is the sponsorship and money to get there and film another few episodes to share our experiences and questions with you all.
Anyway, here is the video.
Let`s not giggle at the way Kyle is looking at the screen for the first 14 seconds, then how he calls me Mark AND Glen (maybe he knows about my split personality!) 😉
Thanks to the folks at IR EMS for sharing their stories with us, and I hope that Justin, Ted, Chris and I can be working with you sooner rather than later!