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Sep. 14th, 2005

I finally received word from the state EMS office that I am now eligible to take the state EMT-I exam. Of course, I am an I-tech in the eyes of both the National Registry and New Hampshire. Vermont has to be special. Speaking of special, there are no Vermont 'I' exams scheduled... So I'm in limbo. It's been six months since I finished my class; five months since I finished the clinical requirements. Three months since I took the National Registry exam. Over a month since I was certified in New Hampshire. Garsh knows how long before I can use these skills in my own backward state.

My paid department works both sides of the river. If the call originates over there, I work as an 'I'. Hasn't happened yet, but that's what is expected of me. Over here, I'm still a basic. Before my first non-ride-along shift, my boss told me that if the call is in Vermont and I need to save a life then to go ahead and apply the 'I' protocols. Then he said, "But if you [mess] it up, we never had this conversation." Great. I'm guessing my malpractice insurance wouldn't apply if I were exceeding my legal scope of care.

I covered the paid department for an hour and a half today while the scheduled I-tech was delayed coming in. Nothing happened, though another firefighter had a CD with a bunch of pictures taken by local state troopers that he knows who escorted a relief convoy to Mississippi right after Katrina hit. Some of the images of the devastation were worse than what is shown on TV.

During the drive down, the troopers passed the time by drawing signs and flashing them at each other. Some of the pictures from the drive were completely hysterical though woe betide the troopers if the CD falls into the wrong hands. Let's just say that 'Supertroopers' might be based on reality.



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Sep. 14th, 2005 12:52 pm (UTC)
These boys get the syrup in 'em, they get all antsy in their pantsy...
Sep. 14th, 2005 02:30 pm (UTC)
Sep. 15th, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC)
Sep. 20th, 2005 02:59 am (UTC)
Whew. Now *them's* some flapjacks.
Sep. 14th, 2005 03:56 pm (UTC)
?I don't get it.
Sep. 14th, 2005 04:07 pm (UTC)
You need to see "Super Troopers"! It's meow funny.
Sep. 14th, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC)
See, I remember that being out, but it looked to be awfully stoopid. I'll rent it sometime...just because you and bx said so.
Sep. 14th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
timehole convinced me to rent it. It does look like it would be dopey a la Police Academy, but it was written & directed by one of the main actors and it's got elements of comedy troupe improv-type fun. (And stone humor, which we hate.)

"Hey, let's pop some Viagras and issue tickets with raging, mega-huge boners."

"You know, Farva, only you can make a dark man blush. And no, we're not doing it."
Sep. 14th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
that was supposed to say "stoner humor." huh-huh, huh-huh!
Sep. 14th, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I got that - my stoner rader is finely tuned.
Sep. 14th, 2005 03:55 pm (UTC)
I was just reading on AP about how troopers/cops are being sent down to help in the disaster zone, but don't have any real direction, so they're just killing time, driving around and taking photos. What a waste.

I would like to see the drawings, tho. :-)
Sep. 14th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC)
These guys actually did *something*, they escorted the 37 trucks. Then they came home.

I understand that every time the convoy stopped for fuel, it cost the state of Vermont more than $100,000. My happy tax dollars at work.
Sep. 14th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)
$100,000! Yipe! How many times you think they had to re-fuel? I hope that number at least includes their meals and snacks...
Sep. 14th, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
I heard that was just fuel, and twice each way.
Sep. 14th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
So they had to pay out-of-pocket for beef jerkey? What a rip-off!
Sep. 14th, 2005 05:35 pm (UTC)
Hey, everybody has to give. My question is how they snuck the twelve-packs into the trucks under the eyes of the troopers.
Sep. 14th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
And wasn't VT the first state to send relief supplies. Were the supplies on the 37 trucks also paid for by the state?
Sep. 14th, 2005 06:56 pm (UTC)
Perhaps indirectly. There was a photo of a box signed by employees of Springfield hospital and the local SP lieutenant... Not sure how they were donated, though.
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