Why I Am An Ambulance Driver

859 WordsJan 18, 20164 Pages
In 1986 I decided to follow a hobby of mine and pursue a career in the emergency services as a Paramedic. Being an Emergency Medical Technician for 12 years, I want to be able to do more for my patients, so I continued my education to the Advanced Paramedic level. I did meet with a large amount of resistance from family and friends, asking why I wanted to be an ambulance driver. After spending one year of extensive training and achieving my goal, it occurred to me that most people had no idea what the emergency medical services entailed. For many years, the hit television show “EMERGENCY!” was what the public associated with emergency care. It was hip to be “Johnny and Roy” in their Squad 51 caring for people and flirting with the nurses as “Rampart Hospital”. And if you ask, 97% of paramedics today will say that this show is what made them want to be in this profession. However, emergency services started much earlier than the 70’s. Believe it or not, emergency care started even before WWI. As early as 1500 BC, there is record of Good Samaritans bounding injured traveler’s wounds with oil and wine at the side of the road. In the late 1700s, Romans and Greeks used chariots to remove injured soldiers from the battlefield. Actually, Baron Dominique-Jean Larrey, Napoleon’s physician, was credited with the first designed system to triage and transport the injured from the battlefields to aid stations. Many years later the first ambulance services were born. One in
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