Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Did Johnny and Roy have to deal with this??

I have to say I came by EMS honestly.  My father was a paramedic for 25 years so I grew up around Criag 4 channel scanners and Ford E350 high top vans.  I also remember hanging out at the base when I was a kid and hearing the dispatch of calls, and for a young kid I remember everything seemed like life or death.  Maybe that was the case or maybe I was just a doe eyed kid who thought my dad was just awesome (a fact I still believe to this day!).  After several years in the business I wonder was that really the case or has society changed that much.  Today it seems that very few calls we are dispatched to are "life or death" emergencies.  Hell alot of them aren't even considered emergencies.  I really began thinking about this alot over the last few weeks and transporting a few "emergencies".  Case in point, a lady decides it will be a good idea to eat two frozen pizzas.  a couple hours later she calls 911 because "my stomach hurts and I vomited".  Really, you think you need an $800 ambulance ride and a $3000 ER bill because you were stupid and ate 2 pizzas??  Is this really worth tying up an ambulance and fire truck for??   So back to my orginal question,  has society changed that much or did Johnny and Roy have to deal with these issues?