1. Make an impact
Every paramedic and EMT makes a difference for their patients, partners and family and friends of the patients. Most medics probably go above and beyond for a patient or group of strangers. I love receiving the stories of medics making an impact. Here are three from the EMS1 end of year collection:
“I will forever be changed by Blair. This young lady has touched the lives of many in our local community,” paramedic Charles Avery said.
“Being a firefighter is what I’ve wanted to do since kindergarten. I cannot wait to get back into the field,” firefighter-paramedic William An said.
“All this ever started out as was an awareness campaign – we wanted to make people aware that our county had a problem,” paramedic Lisa Cassidy said.
2. Look a little closer, maybe even shout “Are you OK?”
Well-intentioned and possibly shy 911 callers reported a man hanging from his roof. The faux decoration was an homage to Clark Griswold hanging Christmas lights.
3. Take the Emergency! Quiz
I watched Emergency! reruns after school as a child. I can’t say if the show for sure inspired my interest in becoming an EMT and paramedic. But I do recall enjoying the characters, plots and warm, sunny California scenery.
Take the quiz on FireRescue1.com