Dear ER Docs,

When I bring a patient to your facility in restraints, there is a reason. Although I occasionally feel as though life would be easier if I restrained all my patients, I like my job so I don’t. I assure you, that patient that is sitting in your bed and appears to be calm was, at some point, within the past 20 or so minutes, belligerent and abusive enough to warrant the restraints.

That being said, I cannot be held responsible for my uncontrollable laughter when, after giving me a lecture about not restraining patients unless absolutely necessary, you take the restraints off and promptly get punched square in the face.

As a 911 dispatcher, sometimes I just have to laugh...

…because I have no other option.

Started the night on phones where I took a call from a guy who came home and found his brother shot himself in the head. Then he told me he was going to do the same and hung up. And he did.

Then I moved over to the fire board where we got a working fire. There was initially a report that there may be a person still inside. The crew went in and found 2 people deceased.

Then I dispatched EMS to what was supposedly a non-injury lift assist. They got on location and found the patient couldn’t get up because she too was dead.

And so I laugh, because I have to. It’s the only viable option I have.

The stuff county dispatchers/field units get away with on a holiday...
  • Chief:County, Chief XX, responding.
  • Dispatcher:Chief XX you're responding, 22:27. Alarm company is stating they are getting multiple alarms from the facility. 7 Heat detectors, 3 Smoke detectors, 2 pull stations, 4 water flow alarms, and a partridge in a pear tree.
  • Chief:Holy cow... Uhhhh, okay?
  • Engine:County, Engine XX, responding, copy the partridge in a pear tree.
  • Dispatcher:Engine XX you're responding to the pear tree, 22:29
  • I have to admit, I laughed so hard I snorted.
*Key up* County, Medic 4- no wait, medic 30- uhhhhh. Ambulance 30-? I don't know who the fu-*unkey mic*

I totally un-keyed the mic before I got to the “ck”, but I still got told to call the radio watch officer. :*(

PS. It was totally one of those days….

I love nothing more than working/volunteering in EMS and the Fire Service.

But all this political bullshit is driving me away.

My days as a Firefighter are numbered (382 to be exact), due to department changes forcing me to either move or leave. And the attitudes of closer departments regarding all the departments from that end of the county are kind of leaving me stranded.

Now, today, I was more or less forced out of my paid EMS gig by management for more bullshit reasons. Some coworkers are trying to fight management about it, but I told them its not worth it. I’m so ready to just throw in the towel altogether.

I love what I do. I love helping people. I love the highs and lows, ins and outs of this job. But the people are going to be the end of me.