Friday, January 30, 2009

New and Improved WAOB

I made my first trip to the new UAMS today.It is really nice and is far better than the old hospital.But Budd has one question:did the person who designed the ambulance parking ever drive an ambulance?I think that who ever designed it has had two other jobs in life he was first a logistics manager at a disaster and then he developed the idea of credentialing.I'm not sure he would even know to park his command vehicle across the rail road tracks.
But the new hospital is really nice and I am proud of it.
On another topic we really need the state to recognize medical first responders.If a person takes the national DOT course and passes it we need to recognize it.I know first responders save lives.I would not expect the health department to certify them for nothing ,20$ seems reasonable to me.The certification could last for 2 years and then the responder could take the course again.After all changes happen in EMS all the time and taking a 40 hour course again is not too much to ask..
If you agree let me know if you don't let me know.This is a legislative year and now is the time to act.
We are praying for those who are impacted by the ice storm.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Right to keep and bear Arms

I am a shooter, I don't apologise for it. I know what our constitution says , it is pretty plain I think anyone who wants to can understand it. The people have a right to keep and bear arms. To someone as simple as me that means that the people of this country can have guns. There is no restriction mentioned. I have a right to own guns.
The fact that I own a gun does make me more likely to commit a crime , if anything it probably makes me less likely to.
Why do I own guns for several reasons:
1-I enjoy shooting.It is a sport , I don't like football.I like to shoot.I like to see how small a group I can make in a target.
2-I enjoy the engineering and craftsmanship that went into building a gun. I don't have paintings on my walls, but I find just as much art in examining a gun.
3-I own guns for defense.Not just self defense but the defense of my family and loved ones. When I spoke my marriage vows to my wife , I agreed to protect her and my future family. I have a sacred responsibility to protect my family to protect them. I have a duty as a citizen to protect them.Isn't this what civilization is caring for others, protecting others. I will go so far as to say those who oppose my right to own a gun are one of two things,they are either uninformed or they are not good citizens.
To me there is no middle grounds, any compromise always leads to those who have something losing it.
I respect law enforcement they do a job I couldn't do it.They are like fire departments ,that is they have a lot to do and not enough rescoures to do it.They can not protect my family or me.In fact courts have ruled that they are not required to.I will attempt to protect my family and myself.I don't ask the goverment to,just leave me and my gun alone.
If you are a gun owner you had better be writing your senators and reps.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

WAOB-1 thing

What if I determined to do 1 thing each day to benefit my department.Just one thing that was above what is required.1 thing and not care if anyone noticed.1 thing just to benefit someone else, 1 of my brothers and sisters. 1 thing that was not for my benefit or to help me just 1 random act of kindness or honor for my department.
After a week I would have done 7 things for my department after a year 365.Then my department might be a better department.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

waob-very random thoughts

Actors say that comedy is the most difficult type of acting.When I first began WAOB the idea was to with humor look at those of us in emergency services in such a way that we would look at our selves and constantly reevaluate our duty performance.This ain't easy,for several reasons 1-my sense of humor is a little of kilter,2-a lot of people in our line of work take themselves way too seriously,3-I can't type . 4- my spelling is terrible.
I am going to give advice to us: don't let your job control your life.I too often have.No matter how hard you work or how much time you put in , your department is never going to be perfect, mistakes will continue to be made-learn from them and move on.Just this week I heard some one say our life priorities should be God,Family,Job.I think they were right
We need to learn or relearn some words.Words like honor,truth,duty,dedication sacrifice . We meed to realize that honor means we will do what is best for others not our selves.One of the first lessons in EMS is you are the patients advocate , how long has it been since you thought of that?
We need to practice courtesy , It might be difficult at 2 am when you respond to a domestic call for an assault.But courtesy is the oil that makes the call go smoother.
Try to look at your next response thru the eyes of the person with the problem.
One more thought here in Arkansas the legislature is in session your Representative and senators phone ought to be ringing off the wall. A little math there are roughly 1000 fire departments in Arkansas if 10 people from each department called we could have anything we wanted.But we all have to be playing the same game and some times i think we are playing on different fields.
Personal empire building does not make strong departments.
Of course you could tell your legislator to park his command vehicle across the railroad tracks.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

2009 Hopes

Here are a few things I hope for in 2009.
1- That the people who asked for me to vote for them will remember what they told me they would try to do.
2-That we can get the 24 hours of "certifiable" training mess cleaned up or that at least some body will be able to give me a straight answer when I ask a question.
3-That ADEM will realize that they need to deal with local responders when developing plans,procedures,guidelines,policy,etc. If NIMS is required teach it in every county,PLEASE.
4- That the state fire marshals office will actually become involved with all depts in the state.
5 That Medical First Responders will be recognized at the state level.
6-That I will be faithful to Jesus Christ , my Lord and Saviour .
7- That we standardize command vehicle parking , Some places don't have rail road tracks.
8- That I get to meet many more of the unselfish people who give so much to the people of this state through emergency services