Jasonw560 wrote:I had an EMT badge issued to me at the last place I worked in the field. It's in the bottom of one of my drawers, useless, and a waste of money.
I used to see the "woo-woos" all the time. I even worked with a couple.
The EMTs who were also VFFs would be the ones (as Basics) would have the trauma shears in their pants, tourniquets tied to them, and $100 stethoscopes around their necks. Also drove the jacked-up personal trucks with the Maltese cross or Star of Life on their windows, and all the sirens and lights they could afford. Not to mention the scanners hung on their belt loops.
These were also the ones us paramedics would LOVE to take down a peg or three on calls. In front of their colleagues. Or their chief.
Wow, that's quite a superiority complex you've got there. I was never a paid
in-the-field first responder, but I did work for pay in the ER of a large regional level I trauma center for a number of years, and I knew a little something about rendering ELS even in the field. During the years that I worked in that hospital, I was the first one on scene several times involving grisly motorcycle and car accidents on a popular mountain road where paramedic care was not always quickly available. I know of at least two people who literally owe their lives to my efforts—not that this makes me any better than anyone else. But I'm with Jim here. If you had the time to try and deliberately humiliate a volunteer, particularly in front of his peers and superiors, then I question whether you were giving the patient 100% of your effort. And if you actually used
the time which you made available by not giving the patient 100% of your focus in order to humiliate a volunteer in front of his peers and superiors, then I question whether or not you possess the interpersonal skills to be a good paramedic. I would have been worried for what care the patient wasn't
getting if you had time to play at social engineer. Furthermore, if he was there with his peers and superiors
then he had every right to be there. If he is behaving inapproriately, take it up with his superior—who is the only one who has the right to reprimand him. If not, then let it go.
It is unprofessional when competing agencies cannot work out their differences in the field without resorting to being a jerk. Public humiliation just makes you look like a bully, and it doesn't do a single thing to help your patient, who properly should be commanding all of your attention. You don't get paid to be a social cop or the arbiter of whether or not volunteer first responders have any value; you get paid to be a paramedic.BE
And oh, by the way, I never tried to climb into an RA or helicopter where I wasn't invited, and I never tried to manage a case once the paramedics showed up, although I did volunteer to help, even in the menial things like lifting a gurney into the RA or fetching something for the paramedic. Those guys were always classy and never abusive. Heck, I knew half of them anyway since they were transporting to the same trauma center where I worked. Still, there's no reason for nastiness, and the help I gave them was appreciated. Nobody ever tried to pull a superiority attitude with me. It simply wasn't called for or ncessary, and they always had other fish to fry.....like the patient's health.