BEING WHERE THE ACTION IS
And he wasn't even a lawyer! He just liked to see the action, I guess. I used to go with him, so I was just as bad. Not much of a stretch that I became a paramedic.
The catch is, like most of what I've done in my life, I did it the hard way. I decided to change careers from the food business to medicine at the tender age of 46. A whole generation older than almost all of the people I worked with. Just look around next time you see an emergency scene, average age about 25? Not counting the old guy with the clipboard.
In 1986, when I first went to work on an ambulance, we had gurneys that had to be lifted off the ground simultaneously by both medics in order to load a patient into the ambulance. Then once the patient was airborne, we side-stepped in unison until the front wheels of the gurney were on the floor of the ambulance.
In order to get the gurney and patient up off the ground, both medics would stand on either side of the gurney, squat down, grab the lower rungs of the gurney legs, and on the count of three with both eyes glued to your partner's eyes. . .lift straight up at the same time. Using only your legs, unless you were looking for a back injury and lifetime disability. . .
Now, with the modern gurneys, all you have to do is wheel the gurney in place with the front wheels above the floor of the ambulance, and then simply lift the undercarriage up to slide the patient and gurney into the ambulance. Pretty sweet.
Steve Berry from I'm Not An Ambulance Driver
The first time I ever did this, in real life, was in the middle of a leafy tree-lined neighborhood street where a lady had fallen. My partner and I squatted, grasped the lower rung, and 1 2 3 — lifted. Well, at least I did. I fell over backwards in the middle of the street. Good thing the news wasn't there.
My partner Keith had paused on the mutual lift technique, leaving me the bulk of the weight of this patient and gurney. Cute. Funny guy. Thus was my intro to ambulance work.
Note to self: Trust no one.
More 911 tales to follow as they resurface. . .