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Old 04-08-2009, 06:19 PM   #1
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Why they call us ambulance drivers.


This is good, I found it somewhere. Hopefully it hasn't been posted before.

If any of you ever wonder why WE (EMT's and Paramedics) hate being called an ambulance driver….. this is why…


You wouldn’t call a policeman a police-car driver or a firefighter a firetruck driver…. so, why call us Ambulance Drivers……

I am Just an ambulance driver, you say as I am on the scene of a vehicle accident that has a popular high school student that is trapped in the submedged S.U.V. in the creek as I’m standing in chest deep water,freezing rain falling and stinging as it hits the exposed parts of my body. Holding her head above water to keep her from drowning until rescue could get there to cut her free—
BUT I’M JUST AN AMBULANCE DRIVER

I comfort a 89 year old woman who just watch me and my partner cover the face of her husband of 64 years as he lay dead in their bathroom floor—
BUT I’M JUST AN AMBULANCE DRIVER

I am on scene at another mva with mom trapped upside down in her car and her dead sons body laying on top of her without a second thought for my own safety i crawl into the wreckage to take C-spine control and calm the frantic lady—
BUT I’M JUST AN AMBULANCE DRIVER

I get called away from my just prepared meal to respond to the middle of B.F.E to a house with no numbers,no porch light on,nobody waiting to signal us in and they because we took too long only to find out the patient left in there own vehicle ten minutes ago…so we smile and walk away from the verbal lashing only because we are
JUST AMBULANCE DRIVERS

I stand in the middle of the street at midnight on the wrong side of town trying to patch the holes and stop the bleeding of a 19 year old shooting victim with the occasional bullet wizzing past our heads we never break stride because this kids life is in our hands—
BUT I’M JUST AN AMBULANCE DRIVER

Or how bout doing chest compressions on a 16 year old girl who decided this life was more than she could take.Her family screaming at us to help as though we are the ones who did this to her.Her lifeless body flailing about as the tube goes in and IV’s being started, my arms and back burning from the pain of 30 minutes of CPR never once giving up, hoping she would make it through and over come whatever lead her to this bad decision—-
BUT I’M JUST AN AMBULANCE DRIVER

Death is all around me and still i go home to live my life
i get kicked,hit,spit on, bled on, puked on,cussed at and disrespected…
i look into the eyes of a lifeless child at 7am and by 8 am i’m holding my child a little tighter and they know nothing about what happened. i have hundreds of hours of classroom time
years of in the field experience i have challenged death and won.

i’ve helped the helpless
i’ve neglected my family for yours
i find comfort in complete chaos
i eat cold meals if i eat at all
i work with no sleep for days at a time
i miss birthdays,holidays and school functions
i put myself in harms way for a total stranger on a daily basis

ALL BECAUSE I AM JUST AN AMBULANCE DRIVER

I AM AN AMBULANCE DRIVER!!! I DRIVE 90 MPH THROUGH CONJESTED TRAFFIC FULL OF PEOPLE WHO REFUSE TO YEILD RIGHT OF WAY WHILE MY PARTNER STANDS UNRESTRAINED IN THE BACK OF THIS SCREAMING LAND MISSLE SAVING YOUR LOVED ONES LIFE!! NEVER ONCE DOES HE QUESTION MY DRIVING HE KNOWS THAT AT THE END OF THIS SHIFT HE WILL GO HOME TO HIS FAMILY SAFELY BECAUSE I AM AN AMBULANCE DRIVER….


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Old 04-08-2009, 06:25 PM   #2
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Yeah, it's been posted before.


And the thread went on to the "well some people ARE only ambulance drivers" segway.
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Old 04-08-2009, 06:27 PM   #3
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I AM AN AMBULANCE DRIVER!!! I DRIVE 90 MPH THROUGH CONJESTED TRAFFIC FULL OF PEOPLE WHO REFUSE TO YEILD RIGHT OF WAY WHILE MY PARTNER STANDS UNRESTRAINED IN THE BACK OF THIS SCREAMING LAND MISSLE SAVING YOUR LOVED ONES LIFE!! NEVER ONCE DOES HE QUESTION MY DRIVING HE KNOWS THAT AT THE END OF THIS SHIFT HE WILL GO HOME TO HIS FAMILY SAFELY BECAUSE I AM AN AMBULANCE DRIVER….
I never have nor never will drive 90 MPH in an ambulance...the smallest mistake or blown tire at that speed not only kills your patient, but everyone on board.

I understand this is a poem and not to be taken literally, I know of people who do drive with that type of disregard...it is not only unsafe, but unprofessional. How much time do we really save driving balls-out like that? Really...
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Old 04-08-2009, 06:31 PM   #4
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Yeah I just drive 10mph over the limit. No sense in driving in due dis-regard.
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Old 04-08-2009, 07:05 PM   #5
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I understand this is a poem and not to be taken literally, I know of people who do drive with that type of disregard...it is not only unsafe, but unprofessional. How much time do we really save driving balls-out like that? Really...
Of course you know that a lot of whackers spend a great deal of their time driving like that, but your point is well taken.

I wish I had a dollar for everytime this nonsense was posted on a forum in just the last five years. This does NOTHING to improve our image with the public. It only attracts more adrenalin junky, hero-wannabe whackers to the profession with it's melodramatic hyperbole. I'm betting that whoever wrote it was a low-time volly who has never actually seen half the stuff s/he wrote.
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Old 04-08-2009, 07:07 PM   #6
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I AM AN AMBULANCE DRIVER!!! I DRIVE 90 MPH THROUGH CONJESTED TRAFFIC FULL OF PEOPLE WHO REFUSE TO YEILD RIGHT OF WAY WHILE MY PARTNER STANDS UNRESTRAINED IN THE BACK OF THIS SCREAMING LAND MISSLE SAVING YOUR LOVED ONES LIFE!! NEVER ONCE DOES HE QUESTION MY DRIVING HE KNOWS THAT AT THE END OF THIS SHIFT HE WILL GO HOME TO HIS FAMILY SAFELY BECAUSE I AM AN AMBULANCE DRIVER….
It takes a responsible attitude and good training to be an Ambulance Driver. The author of this little rambling of words displays none of that. Instead it demonstrates someone who has little regard for the safety of his partner, the patients and the public but still wants praise for a job well done.

The whole piece reads of someone who is obviously having difficulty coping with situations that must be handled competently by an EMT(P) as part of the job. This person is probably one that did not know what he/she was getting into when entering this profession and may be in the wrong profession. He may be disillusioned with unrealistic hero fantasies where he may have been expecting applause and praise every time he races to the rescue. It may have been beneficial for his mental health if he had been better prepared for the reality of helping people and that the world of medicine does not always come with a pat on the back for every thing you do.

My impression of the partner who doesn't say anything is that he knows he is paired with someone on the verge of losing it and is just waiting for a transfer to a new partner.

It also might have been more credible if he has used spell check before this piece was circulated to the public.
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Of course you know that a lot of whackers spend a great deal of their time driving like that, but your point is well taken.

I wish I had a dollar for everytime this nonsense was posted on a forum in just the last five years. This does NOTHING to improve our image with the public. It only attracts more adrenalin junky, hero-wannabe whackers to the profession with it's melodramatic hyperbole. I'm betting that whoever wrote it was a low-time volly who has never actually seen half the stuff s/he wrote.
But I'm sure their belt is laden with tons of useful goodies.
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We do call them Police car drivers
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Wow, that is so gay. I don't even know where to start. I like the part where the dead kids is lying atop his mom and the AMBULANCE DRIVER crawls into the wreckage to hold c-spine. It's good to know that there are these unsung heroes keeping America safe.
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It's good to know that there are these unsung heroes keeping America safe.



I couldn't resist this when I saw it on someone's profile.

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