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.
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 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.