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  1. chrls

    Transferring to CARE/McCormick

    @DrParasite, rather than reply to all your points I’ll just reference where I said my full time, non private job, doesn’t have these problems and the quote from @jgmedic
  2. chrls

    Transferring to CARE/McCormick

    To make a long answer short, condescending combined with lacking knowledge of EMS operations outside the dark dispatch room. Ive been told I’m on the correct road and to “just keep going” because of where the AVLS/unit GPS put us on his map. We were on a dirt road that dead ended into a...
  3. chrls

    Transferring to CARE/McCormick

    I know you’re asking about different companies but to second @jgmedic, Hemet and Desert Cities/Palm Springs are much better places to work and everybody is generally happier than at Riverside. There is much less us vs them with management without having a union. Pay wise both the other...
  4. chrls

    Possible language barrier and age

    Welcome to EMTLife. This post is actually 7 years old so the person you replied to probably isn’t around anymore.
  5. chrls

    Second laser attack on Wiltshire Air Ambulance...

    We looked into the laser glasses/visors for helmets but found there are different shades of plastic for different colors of lasers. We have some available that are supposed to help with red lasers as that’s what we see the most of out here but the green or blue lasers won’t care and can still...
  6. chrls

    Are you in Ca? It’s a thing of the past to not require licenses for LEO aircraft. Fw or rotary...

    Are you in Ca? It’s a thing of the past to not require licenses for LEO aircraft. Fw or rotary. True they’re usually public use aircraft but an incident a long time ago made the FAA get onto agencies that didn’t require their pilots to have the correcting certs/ratings.
  7. chrls

    Our pilots make more than the medics so there’s also some good competition there too. Same time...

    Our pilots make more than the medics so there’s also some good competition there too. Same time requirements for time on the job.
  8. chrls

    As for pilot stuff, you need a commercial license and instrument rating for whatever you want to...

    As for pilot stuff, you need a commercial license and instrument rating for whatever you want to fly. Helicopter guys need a helicopter license, airplane guys an airplane license.
  9. chrls

    There’s probably an average of 3-4 medic openings a year depending on who’s retiring or...

    There’s probably an average of 3-4 medic openings a year depending on who’s retiring or promoting etc. There’s a relatively high number of paramedics on the highway patrol. I know of at least 8 people with a medic license who are waiting for spots to open.
  10. chrls

    The job varies on where you’re based in the state. Some of our helicopters are in the rotation...

    The job varies on where you’re based in the state. Some of our helicopters are in the rotation for the LEMSA while some others serve as sort of a back up to the private air ambulances. If you want to be a flight medic with CHP salary, keep looking. If you want to do law enforcement from a...
  11. chrls

    Typically it will take longer just because there may not be an open medic spot when you reach...

    Typically it will take longer just because there may not be an open medic spot when you reach your 2 year point. Exceptions have also been made if the need is high enough and there isn’t much interest shown in a certain area. It’s been done in as little as 18 months from graduation to paramedic...
  12. chrls

    This will be multiple posts since the character limit is only 420. On paper it would take 2.5...

    This will be multiple posts since the character limit is only 420. On paper it would take 2.5 years from the day you started the academy at the very least. Academy is 6 months and policy says you have to do 2 years as an officer before applying to an open paramedic position in the air program.
  13. chrls

    Helicopter Stuff and Things

    Helicopter-ing. Vaguely HEMS related.
  14. chrls

    Helicopter Stuff and Things

    Looks like BFE. Actually just Palm Springs.
  15. chrls

    Criminal Backgrounds and DMV

    Welcome to California. California assembly bill 109(AB109) from 2011 is a blast to read about if you have some time. TLDR is the dollar amount of items taken matters a lot now and 7 years ago for him puts him within the new laws.
  16. chrls

    Are they called "Paramedics" or "Medics"?

    FTFY. For a real answer, it’s because people are lazy. Paramedic and medic mean the same thing to most people.
  17. chrls

    IO Infiltration?

    Both of us think a sloppy hole could be the culprit. I was just giving options earlier with the over penetration example. You’d know real quick if you went through. Like you said, medications wouldn’t have worked or would have been greatly delayed in absorption and/or potency. Also, if it...
  18. chrls

    IO Infiltration?

    I’m sure somebody will have a better answer but after going to a few cadaver labs where the arrow easy IO has been demo’d I can think of a few possibilities. First thing is the yellow needle is generally considered for use in patients with extra tissue to go through before reaching the...
  19. chrls

    Radio license to use EMS comms?

    Do other people at your agency also use baofeng radios?
  20. chrls

    Civil traffic infractions (Alameda County, CA EMT-Basic)

    Thanks, but a traffic stop and being issued a citation are different things. It’s technically a detention until the ticket is written. A ticket doesn’t have to be for a traffic related violation either. For example, people receive tickets for infraction amounts of controlled substances. Just...

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