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Ramblin Wreck
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Member since Aug 2011
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Rough night for EMT's

My son is currently an EMT and will complete his requirements to be a paramedic next month. He hasn't been doing this a long time and already has more interesting stories than my father did who retired as a policeman. Just got a text from him that stated they have 9 trauma calls and 2 cardiac arrests waiting for availability of anyone to respond. He was on his way to a scene with multiple people shot when he sent the text. They'll have to wait on state troopers to secure the scene before they can go in and help anyone.

Last weekend he had to help a 5 year old boy who had apparently slipped under his dad's lawnmower which mutilated his leg below the knee. My son said he was trying to keep the boy distracted while the police that arrived were walking around looking for his toes. He also responded on a call where a young girl had been sexually molested by her uncle and had to call the police when the mom informed them her husband was on his way to the uncle's house with a gun to kill him. I guess she called for an ambulance before explaining the full reason.

I don't think he ever anticipated the amount of bad stuff he would continuously be exposed to. Surprising, as an EMT he makes about $15 an hour. Not much pay for a job that requires you to attend school and obtain state certification by exam. Hence the reason to continue his education to be a paramedic. Here is some advice, don't get drunk and do anything stupid tonight. It will take a while before anyone can respond.


LegendInMyMind
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9 trauma calls

Fireworks.
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2 cardiac arrests

Hotdogs.

Yep. Gonna be a long night.


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genuineLSUtiger
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He is being exposed at an early age to the dark underbelly of reality.


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Oklahomey
Oklahoma Fan
Bucksnort, TN
Member since Mar 2013
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Very underpaid. First responders deserve way more compensation for what they do and for what they are supposed to do.


Deadeyedick
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Who does he work for?


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rexorotten
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Missouri
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don't get drunk and do anything stupid tonight.



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BuckyCheese
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Member since Jan 2015
32145 posts

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Just got a text from him that stated they have 9 trauma calls and 2 cardiac arrests waiting for availability of anyone to respond. He was on his way to a scene with multiple people shot when he sent the text. They'll have to wait on state troopers to secure the scene before they can go in and help anyone.


I'd go to the cardiacs and let someone else handle the gunshots since the cops won't be ready.


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Nicky Parrish
Member since Apr 2016
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Very underpaid. First responders deserve way more compensation for what they do and for what they are supposed to do.

I feel their pain, my son is a firefighter. Got to love it, it sure isn’t for the pay.


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armsdealer
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
Member since Feb 2016
7030 posts

EMT's are criminally underpaid, but a big problem is in much of the country people volunteer to be an EMT for free. Traveling you can make just as much as a traveling nurse though. Acadian locally is horrible to work for, they feel entitled to underpay their EMT's and complain when they go take jobs making 3X as much in another area.


shutterspeed
LSU Fan
MS Gulf Coast
Member since May 2007
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Surprising, as an EMT he makes about $15 an hour.


Criminally underpaid.

Meanwhile, McDonald's cashiers feel entitled to the same pay.


tigergirl10
Member since Jul 2019
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God bless your son. You must me very proud of him. I can’t imagine what he sees and hears. A special person to answer that calling for sure.


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Breauxsif
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Member since May 2012
17273 posts

Is this in New Orleans ?


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DiamondDog
LSU Fan
Louisiana
Member since Nov 2019
7687 posts

Guy I used to know was an EMT and began traveling in the SE with a company training EMTs.

Said the hardest place/rotation he ever worked was Baton Rouge. Apparently the gun violence is off the charts compared to most places.


thejudge
USA Fan
Westlake, LA
Member since Sep 2009
12590 posts

A great friend was a paramedic.

He had to quit because of the pay. Couldn't raise a family.

He loved it and was great at it. He's cool as a cucumber. He's the type you need in that job.

fricking ice in his veins.


LSUcajun77
Notre Dame Fan
New Orleans
Member since Nov 2008
18085 posts

Where does he work?

That’s a slow day for us in New Orleans.

NOEMS might be the worst job on the planet.


gizmothepug
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Louisiana
Member since Apr 2015
3721 posts

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but a big problem is in much of the country people volunteer to be an EMT for free.


Hopefully after my WTF moment someone shows up that can actually start an IV, and NO, shooting up a favorite vein doesn’t count. EMT’s should be at the top of the pay scale.


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LSUcajun77
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New Orleans
Member since Nov 2008
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A great friend was a paramedic.

He had to quit because of the pay. Couldn't raise a family.


What was he doing with his money? Paramedics make mid 20’s an hour, plus all the OT they want.


supadave3
LSU Fan
Houston, TX
Member since Dec 2005
28629 posts

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That’s a slow day for us in New Orleans.

NOEMS might be the worst job on the planet.



I used to love that show Night Watch following NO EMS. No doubt that is a rough way to spend 40+ hours a week.


OptionRight
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Down da skreet
Member since Sep 2010
707 posts

Avg burnout rate is 8 yrs…about as long as I lasted…Encourage your son to go to PA school or have a backup plan…All of those stories add up over the years…Nobody calls you cause it’s a good day! It’ll change the way you perceive humanity…and that was many years ago, these days it’s 10x worse.


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Aubie Spr96
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First responders deserve way more compensation for what they do and for what they are supposed to do.



Agreed. Add hospice nurse to that list.


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