Welcome to The EMT Spot! Let me be candid right here at the start. This site isn’t for everyone. I created this website for a small segment of unconventional EMS professionals who are interested in being better at what they do. Whether you are an EMT basic, an intermediate or a paramedic, this web site is designed to challenge you. Everything posted at The EMT Spot is edited with one question in mind, “Does this information serve the professional EMT caregiver?”
If you are an EMT or on the road to becoming an EMT, first allow me to offer my congratulations. At some point you were faced with the same question that all of us have faced. Do something safe, something predictable, something socially appealing or go your own way and choose the life outside the convenient norms. You, like me, choose this second path, a life less ordinary. You chose to swallow Morpheus’s red pill and follow Alice down the wormhole. I commend you.
I write The EMT Spot for:
The Non-conformists. Individuals who don’t go with the flow or accept the popular opinion.
I’m going to write things here to stimulate your thought process. To challenge you to possibly think differently about this job that we do.If you’ve decided to dismiss the naysayers and the cheerleaders alike, to accept that there is both good and bad about this crazy profession and to make peace with all that comes with it, welcome to the round-table of EMT’s who think for themselves. I’m writing this blog for you.
The Change Artists. The person who is moving toward something bigger.
This site is designed for people who are trying to grow, learn more and be better than they are right now. Some individuals are satisfied doing the minimum to get by. They gather their certification cards, nap through the required CEs and punch the clock each day happy to barely meet the minimum standard. These are not change artists. Change artists need to grow. They need to feel like they are on their path and the path is taking them somewhere. If you are on your path, good luck. I’m writing this blog for you.
The Caregivers. Those who understand that EMS is about people and their needs.
If you don’t have a servants heart, there’s really no point in looking for long term satisfaction in emergency medical services. This job is about serving others. For those who seek out the job for the personal gratification of wearing a uniform and feeling respected, your ego can only carry you so far. Until you learn to find joy in selfless service, you’ll always feel empty and frustrated when each new emergency doesn’t live up to your unreasonable standards. If you came to EMS with the desire to serve, I’m writing this blog for you.
The mission of The EMT Spot
is to encourage and support
the competence in the professional EMT caregiver.
My commitment to you:
I will ruthlessly edit the information of this site with a singular purpose. I will only post ideas and information that I believe will be worthwhile to you as an EMT. If it isn’t something that can help you expand your knowledge and skills, you won’t find it here.
My mission is simple, but my reasons are more complex. I write The EMT Spot because I believe that there is a battle to be fought for our profession. This battle has nothing to do with the things we commonly fight about in emergency service.
The battle for the future of EMS will not be a battle between public and private EMS agencies. It won’t be fought between firefighters and private service EMTs. It won’t be fought between volunteers and paid personnel. It will not be a struggle between command staff and field personnel or organizations and government officials.
The battle for the future of the EMS profession will be a fight between competent caregivers, fighting for a higher standard and incompetent caregivers fighting for the status-quo.
After all the whining and squabbling about respect and recognition is done, the single factor that will determine the course of our future as a profession, more than any other, is the competence of the men and women who do the job everyday. This is how our profession grows. This is how we achieve and advance the status of professional. One day at a time. Through competent, compassionate care.
This is the battle. You are in the fight. Let’s begin.