May 10th, 2006

AFFF

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I just finished a two day class on Advanced Cardiac Life Support given at the local trauma center. I was the only student who was not an RN. I passed, I'm happy to say. I had thought that I would get to gloss over the meds and procedures that are not in my scope of care; that was not the case. Anyway, it was very interesting and I learned a lot. It was my second introduction to ECG rhythms... Previously, the knowledge was theoretical; now I need to be able to identify specific rhythms in order to provide the correct care.

Last weekend I went to a two day class on operating fire pumps at the Southern Vermont Regional Fire School. This training was also very interesting. The first day was all classroom and covered how to determine, set, and maintain the proper operating pump discharge pressure given various numbers and combinations of attack lines, nozzles, hose diameter and length, and elevation gain or loss. The second day was spent with pumpers, practicing various modes and details of usage.

My volunteer department received our new pumper several weeks ago; it is now in service. I've had a fair amount of practice driving and pumping with it and am signed off as an authorized operator... It's possible that I have pumped with it more than anyone else in the department at this point. We had on open house on Saturday to show the engine off to the town; afterwards, I was invited to take my family for a ride in it. Rabid and the offspring piled into the five-person cab, O1 in the officer's seat, Rabid and O2 in back, and we went for a ride into the village and back. The kids seemed to have a good time; I was a little nervous since it was the first time I had taken the truck out without an officer in attendance.

I don't have any good pictures of the new truck although I will post some when I get some.

This weekend I am heading off to darkest PA in order to attend a bachelor party being thrown by some Fest friends; the Catatonics. I expect to be hung over for much of next week.

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