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West Liberty, KY

#24 Jun 5, 2008
i think emts and paramedics need more money considering they are the true life savers
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#25 Jun 6, 2008
Kansas wrote:
By the way, are the dispatchers still letting everyone listen to the recorded phone calls that come into dispatch? And why hire two people to do a job that one should do, oh thats right, that person isn't certified (cough cough).
I was a dispatcher for 18 1/2 years and as long as
I have known 911 calls are public information. If
anyone came into our center and requested to review a 911 call, by law we had to play it for them.
Frenchburg Sux

Carroll, OH

#26 Jun 6, 2008
To the People critiquing EMS:

Remember your words next time you need emergency help. You don't know what each day holds. They may be the reason you are breathing one day!
Former Dispatcher

Mount Sterling, KY

#27 Jun 7, 2008
Dispatching is a very hard job. If you dont think so, try it! As a former dispatcher myself I must tell you, its not easy. There might be a mistake made from time to time. When you have fire/ems on one radio...sheriff on another...and still have phones ringing mistakes are possible. Hopefully none will be made, but they are possible. Oh yeah, as for those 911 calls...they are public info. Hats off these these guys and gals in emergency services!
cry baby

Booneville, KY

#28 Aug 26, 2008
I have been reading this for a while now I want to ask you to think before you get jealous, of what these men and women do for a living. I want to address the food issue firstópack lunch for 8 hour shift EASYó-pack lunch for 48 hour shift NO EASY BUTTON HERE. If you want to call around to some of the surrounding counties, to check you will find out that it is common practice for ems worker to take the ambulance, and get their lunch and cleaning supplies. Iím assuming by your writing you have never been to a restaurant, or Wal-Mart in Rowan, or Montgomery County. If you had, you would have seen the ambulances in the parking lots, or the workers inside getting lunch. You really should get out more.
I will address you question before you askóNo I am not an EMS worker I along with most of the people writing on this form do not have what it takes. I have spoken with several of these workers, at one time I thought I would like to do this type of work.
I want to apologize to the emtís and paramedics for making this sound much easier than it is, but I have a lot I want to say, starting with Thank you.
I wanted to let the readers of this post know, that UNLIKE the dispatch center, or the sheriffs department, who have all there training paid for, plus get paid to go to classes, EMS workers pay there own way.
The majorities of the EMTs work almost any job to earn the money to pay for their classes, and will let them off when their classes meet. They work full time, study, and attempt to get a little time in for their families. They complete the class and final exam. They then take emt skills test and national registry. They also pay for the test separately from the class. This is the EASY part of their journey.
They get a job as an emt, now they want to become a paramedic so they will have more life saving skills. They work a full time job, go to classes, clinical and then ride time
They hope occasionally to get a chance to sleep, and see there families. NO EASY BUTTON FOR THIS EITHER
Did you know that the paramedic has to KNOW about each drug and its uses, plus what it reacts to? They canít grab a book or a computer and look this up, like other medical professionals, because they are working on you, in the back of a moving ambulance, in a car that has been wrecked, or in the woods where a tree has fallen on you. NO EASY BUTTON HERE.
Did you know they have to go to other counties, to do their ride time to become a medic, again at their own expense? They also do not get paid for this work. NO EASY BUTTON HERE.
They finish classes, clinical, ride time, and final exam, now they pay to take the test for paramedic. NO EASY BUTTON OR TASK FOR THESE WORKERS.

I have more to say so I will continue with another post, to see if YOU can take a walk in their boots. I already know Iím to selfish.
cry baby

Booneville, KY

#29 Aug 26, 2008
LETíS TAKE A WALK IN THEIR BOOTS TO SEE WHAT ALL THIS GETS YOU

You start your day knowing you are one of the most educated county employees, but one of the worst paid.

You get dressed for your job, knowing you will be handling hazardous waste today (blood, needles), without hazardous duty pay.

You see, smell and touch things that most of us wouldnít want to imagine

You hear tones drop soon you find yourself in an overturned car with several people injured. You are trying to help them even before the fire dept has them cut out.

You go out with the fire dept on rope training even though you are afraid of heights, but you may have to do this when a car goes over a steep embankment or someone falls over a cliff.

You walk into the Red River Gorge to help a hiker, who has been bitten by a copperhead. You really donít like snakes, but this is part of the job.

You drive on the roads when they are snow and ice covered or in a severe storm when trees are falling across the roadway, because someone needs help.

You go into all types of situations and homes with only the information the caller wants you to have, armed only with a medical bag.

You do all this for people you donít even know, or worse a friend or family member you do.

You go home with all the images of what you have seen on your shift in your head. You hope for a little time to rest and see your family. You leave your radio on, you hear your neighbor is in distress or there is an accident close to your home. You are off duty but, you canít help yourself, someone needs your help so you climb into your car, and see if you can give assistance until the ambulance crew gets on scene.

I want to thank you again for doing a job most of us couldnít, or wouldnít because we are selfish cry babies who only think or ourselves, unlike you who put others first.
Waheitoai

West Liberty, KY

#30 Aug 26, 2008
Couldn't have said it better myself - posts 26, 28 & 29. I appreciate our EMS people beyond measure. I don't know why they choose their jobs unless it is truly a calling. I am just eternally grateful that they are there if I ever need them. You guys and gals just keep doing what you do and know that you have the support of the vast majority of the community. You all have my prayers each time you answer a call. KUDOS to you, Peace & Love to all...
Frenchburg Forever

Booneville, KY

#31 Aug 28, 2008
To "CRY BABY" Just go get your self a EASY BUTTON!!!That was about stupid.They know what the job is when they take it and I guess these guys work 48 hour shifts in 1 day?
cry baby

Booneville, KY

#32 Aug 28, 2008
I agree with you, they do know what they are getting into when they chose this as a career. My article was not meant to offend anyone it was my way of saying thank you. It was written from information I gathered when I was researching this as a career, it is a mix of EMT,s and Paramedics from several different counties, and some of the experiences they shared. Iím sorry you are unable to appreciate the sacrifices they make. I guess Iím blogging with someone more selfish and self centered than me however you also seem to be jealous. I know, I mentioned this in my last post, but these men and women volunteer to use there skills, and training to help even when they are off duty. I guess this amazes me, because I am a selfish person, I know I should be ashamed of this, but if you look around, you will discover thereís a lot of us, and very few givers. I know Iím a selfish cry baby, but I appreciate people who care, and who make this community a better place to live, unlike myself and forever frenchburg who are always looking for the EASY BUTTON.

PS 48 hours is 2 days---example going to work Monday morning and get off Wednesday morning, also a common practice in the this profession.
Concerned

Booneville, KY

#33 Sep 9, 2008
I have read all through this post and I am not sure if there is a jealousy issue,or maybe these workers are needing a little encouragement.I will be honest,I have no clue about any sort of training,or anything else to do with a job like this.Dont know anything about Mother hiring daughter or daughter hiring Mother,some thing about dispatch.I Do know that dispatching would be a rough job,and same as EMS,One mistake could be some ones life gone! Sorry that kind of work isnt for me!!But....WHY would you argue on a stupid post about things like this?
My oh My

Little Valley, NY

#34 Sep 10, 2008
In life most people choose a career and go into that field, then if they do not like that field they move on to something else. As far as the 48 hour shift, they probably sleep 10-12 hours of it and are being paid for that. You have to take the bad with the good. Thanks for the job you do.
tough job

Morehead, KY

#35 Sep 11, 2008
As far as EMS goes, they do have a hard job, but it's not the only health care profession with a hard job. How about nurses and doctors? In medical school, you sign a contract to not work for four years, even in the off-time, so you have to live on loans or credit cards during that time, along with the loans just to pay your tuition. Then, you have to work as a resident for at least three years making less money than teachers make per year (which is a crime, btw - teachers are professionals, too and deserve much more pay). The 48-hour-shifts are no picnic no matter who you are. Nurses have a very hard time, too, trying to work and go to school at the same time to advance their degrees. Any health care worker has a tough way to go, but hey, they knew what they were getting into when they signed up. I am glad I did what I did. We should respect all our health care workers, not just EMS.
high stress job

Morehead, KY

#36 Sep 11, 2008
Dispatching is a high-stress job that a few people are willing to take on. Concerning the posts regarding Mrs. Wayman, she also has an extraordinarily difficult job. She has excelled at this job, and I challenge anyone to be able to do what she does 24/7. She has effectively rebuilt the 911 system, bringing Menifee County up to date singlehandedly. People who mention the hard hours worked by EMS often forget that Mrs. Wayman also puts in many hard hours and has had to deal with insufficient support from many individuals. I personally admire her dedication to her duties. I hope small-minded people who sit around and say that she doesn't do anything read this and realize that she is on call all the time, and gets no rest. Again, I don't think anyone around could improve on what she has done.
fufamily

West Liberty, KY

#37 Sep 11, 2008
I understand Kansas.Charles was always there.even as a firefighter.He tried his best.But he stepped down.Nobody ran him off.He is much happier and really ,plz don't dog the ems,or dispatchers .They work hard.Remember they put their life in danger as well .Good Job Menifee.
Guest

Langley, KY

#38 Sep 11, 2008
high stress job wrote:
Dispatching is a high-stress job that a few people are willing to take on. Concerning the posts regarding Mrs. Wayman, she also has an extraordinarily difficult job. She has excelled at this job, and I challenge anyone to be able to do what she does 24/7. She has effectively rebuilt the 911 system, bringing Menifee County up to date singlehandedly. People who mention the hard hours worked by EMS often forget that Mrs. Wayman also puts in many hard hours and has had to deal with insufficient support from many individuals. I personally admire her dedication to her duties. I hope small-minded people who sit around and say that she doesn't do anything read this and realize that she is on call all the time, and gets no rest. Again, I don't think anyone around could improve on what she has done.
HOGWASH!!!!!!!!!!

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