Me and my blog


The first post is the hardest or so they say. A couple of people have encouraged me to start a blog and after thinking about it, I decided to go ahead.

Despite the next post, I’m not going to make this a war story blog. If I tell one, it will be to help illustrate a larger point. There is a lot right with EMS and a lot wrong. Mostly I think EMS has an identity crisis. Despite the pronouncements no one is quite sure what EMS is or is supposed to be.

Is EMS a profession or a set of skills that others use in their profession? Considering that EMS comes in more flavors that Baskin Robbins, it’s hard to know.

Because we for the most part practice our skills in ambulance, we are often called Ambulance Drivers. My good friend AD over at A Day In the Life of An Ambulance Driver even used that for his blog’s name. Tongue in cheek, at least I think so.

The problem is that what I do, is not what the guy in the ambulance that looks a lot like the one I’m in, does. His job might entail taking someone home or back to a nursing home. The guy in the ambulance next to him might be doing a critical care transport to a specialty center 100 miles away. That guy might have to be watching a cardiac monitor, a ventilator, an infusion pump, and the patient, while the person doing the return to a nursing home only has to sit in the back and engage the patient in some light conversation. Tomorrow, those roles might be reversed. Or tomorrow one of them might be working on an ambulance that is doing nothing but 9-1-1 calls. Or in some cases, on a fire truck.

The point is that while the vehicles and uniforms might look identical to the casual observer, there might be a world of difference in the mission that the people and vehicles are doing.

My future posts will explore some of that and discuss some of the differences.

To a lesser extent I’ll post about politics, firearms, and whatever interests me.

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After a long career as a field EMS provider, I'm now doing all that back office stuff I used to laugh at. Life is full of ironies, isn't it? I still live in the Northeast corner of the United States, although I hope to change that to another part of the country more in tune with my values and beliefs. I still write about EMS, but I'm adding more and more non EMS subject matter. Thanks for visiting.


  1. I think EMS is a “set of skills that others use in their profession.” I have a post in the works about why EMS is not a profession…It’ll probably piss off a bunch of people, but hey, I’m good at that.

  2. A good place to begin.For some it might be overwhelming, but you will make it entertaining and educational.

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