I don’t know if you knew that. It’s entirely possible that you missed it on the about page. If it seems strange that a firefighter would create a blog called The EMT Spot, consider that the fire service employs more EMTs than any other agency or industry. (Including private ambulance service.)
I didn’t begin my career as a firefighter but I’ll certainly end my career as one. I think I always knew that was the case. I’m a firefighter for a lot of good reasons.
I’m a firefighter because I believe in the honor, the history and the tradition of the American Fire Service.
I’m a firefighter because after a decade of delivering paramedic care, I wanted something more.
I’m a firefighter because I love putting people in the back of an ambulance and taking them to the hospital, but I also love going inside buildings that are on fire, tracking down natural gas leaks, rappelling off stuff, sawing stuff, breaking stuff, checking out alarm panels and crawling through the mud on the bottom of a lake.
I’m a firefighter because I like the way a haligan bar feels in my hand, I like the way my helmet fits on my head and I like the way my bunker gear smells after it’s been in smoke.
I’m a firefighter because I don’t think CFO’s and investors should be making decisions about how I should care for my patients.
I’m a firefighter because it want a career and a retirement.
I’m a firefighter because I like to wave at kids and I like it when they wave back.
I’m a firefighter because I believe in physical fitness and I like the idea of making a personal commitment to remaining physically fit for duty.
I’m a firefighter because it suits me.
I’m a firefighter because my mother said I should be. (You should listen to your mother.)
I’m a firefighter because I feel our lives should be constant learning process and we should challenge ourselves to remain outside of our comfort zones.
I make no apologies for performing emergency medicine under the banner of the fire service. I’m proud to be a firefighter. I’m proud to wear the uniform. I’m grateful that I’m permitted to do the job. I wouldn’t want to do anything else.
Most of all I’m proud of the men and women who I’m privileged to work beside. They inspire me every day.
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