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Sunday, July 12th, 2015
3:32 pm
Where's a good place to live in Portland?
I'm looking at moving to Portland and transferring to AMR there. I'm wondering which part of the city is a good place to live. I have a family with two small girls. Thanks!
Saturday, October 7th, 2006
3:07 pm
What is AMR's physical agility test?? I just got hired here in CT and im trying to figure out what it is so i can prep for it
Thursday, October 5th, 2006
3:45 pm
Hello everyone! I'm glad I found this community...

I've just recently gotten my NREMT numbers and have applied to AMR. My question for all of you is - How long would you wait before starting to call and check on the application?

Thanks in advance!
Saturday, September 23rd, 2006
11:53 am
Hello, I am a brand new EMT and I will work in Dedham, MA. Glad to find this community :)
Thursday, August 3rd, 2006
3:59 pm
Big news from me, I finnished P-School today, woo. Now I have to pass regestry to get that gold patch.
Thursday, April 27th, 2006
8:06 am
Hey there everyone!

I was wondering if anyone was from or knew of anyone at AMR Brooklyn. My transfer there just got approved and while it's going to take some time to finish what I need to in order to *actually* work in NYC I'd really like to talk to anyone about what it's like. (Unfortunately, HR seems to always be too busy to talk to me...)
Thursday, March 16th, 2006
4:58 pm
AMR Portland (including Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Josephine, and Clark, WA counties) voted today to drop the Amalgamated Transit Union as our union in favor of the National EMS Association (NEMSA).

If you work for an AMR bargaining unit and you're dissatisfied with your current union representation, NEMSA is a rapidly expanding EMS-only labor association that is mostly AMR units at this point. We were tired of a bus driver's union that didn't understand us, and we overwhelmingly (79% to 18% of voting members, with 72% of the total membership voting) chose to swap unions.

Current Mood: excited
Sunday, March 12th, 2006
1:56 am
Unit Slang
I've noticed one thing with all the crew coming from out of town to help out down here, is that there's a lot of different slang terms for the ambulances. In South Mississippi we call them trucks, what do you call them in the rest of the world.

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, March 9th, 2006
12:51 am
Hi everyone!

Springfield, MA paramedic here just dropping in to say hi. I was poking around (trying to unwind from one of "those" shifts) when I found this community. Thank god there's a way for me to let EMS invade even my LJ! :)

Current Mood: sleepy
Thursday, February 23rd, 2006
12:20 pm
Hey everyone!

Well, I am no longer with AMR! I recently moved to Las Vegas and parted ways with my blue shirts! Yes, I am still working full-time as an EMT-I, just not for my :::cough::: beloved :::cough::: AMR.

I do have to say though, I miss my co-workers back home. I may not have liked workin for Da Man, but I loved my partners. I still have a great relationship with most of them.

Anyways, I wanted you guys to check out a few things.

First, emtcitydotcom

Just do it. Please :-D

For those of you unmotivated to check out another community, go directly to http://www.emtcity.com. It's an awesome online resource with chat rooms, forums, research resourses and plenty of links for all things ems-related. Oh, and it's FREE!

Happy Surfing :-D
Friday, February 10th, 2006
9:42 pm
Hi there
Hello every body, I work for AMR SMS Ops (South Mississippi) in the Katrina affected area, so anybody that was down here to help out you might have seen me around. I'm an NREMT-B going to Paramedic school.
Saturday, January 7th, 2006
12:20 am
Invitation to TalkEMS

My name is Matthew Carter (EMT) and I've created a website for EMS
Professionals to discuss matters related to emergency medical services.

I would like to you invite you to join this new community and and meet
other everyday hero's like yourself from around the world. It costs
nothing and is simply a place to talk, meet people and have fun.

The address is http://www.talkems.com , and I hope to see you soon.

Be safe,

Current Mood: cheerful
Sunday, December 25th, 2005
3:16 pm
Hi all, A few qustions
Hey, i'm a non-us resident, and live en Europe.

I would like to here were beside north-CA there are AMR classes in the US?

I would like to take the EMT-B course, and maybe later on get a job if possible.

Any information's or something else, just write ;)

And do you know of anyone else who are like me, and got a job in the US as a EMT?

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005
9:56 am
Happy Holidays everyone!

May no one need an ambulance come the next few days. :)
Saturday, November 26th, 2005
9:21 pm
OK, are there any active AMR Seattle employees here? I desperately want to know how many fire cars are currently sitting downtown staging for the Monorail evacuation.

Which, for less than 40 people reported to be on board, has resulted in the following response from Seattle Fire:
M44, M1, A2, A14, B2, B6, DEP1, R14, SAFT2, STAF10, AIR9, E2, E5, E10, E22, E25, L1, L4, L6, L7, L10.

Still a smaller response than last year's jumper on the Space Needle required, but impressive nonetheless!

Current Mood: sad for the monorail
Thursday, November 24th, 2005
8:21 pm
The Rules of EMS
I. Do not try to eat anything but fast food. The second you've paid for food that needs to be prepared while you wait, you'll get a call.

II. Never mention to your partner "Boy, what a slow day." You will get five calls in a row within the next thirty seconds. Actually, don't even think about it being slow.

III. No one can hear your sirens or see your lights, even when you're right behind them. When they do see you, they'll stop right in front of you. When told to move to the right, they'll move left.

IV. There is no such thing as an actual emergency call at a jail. Sure, they sick; sick of being in jail.

V. The further you are from a call, the more ridiculous the callers reason will be for calling.

VI. Any attempt to sleep on duty will result in getting a call. Do not under any circumstances try to crawl in back and take a nap; you'll get fifteen calls in a row.

VII. Patients at car accidents that are walking around but are complaining of neck and back pain are just fine. They really just have "an empty feeling in their wallet."

VIII. Any time you stand/sit/squat right in front of a patient, they will vomit on you, even if they don't complain of nausea.

IX. You will be delayed by as much traffic and as many train crossings as the Gods of EMS can conjur to any "real" call (i.e. chest pain, shortness of breath, trauma.)

X. All bleeding stops eventually.
Saturday, November 5th, 2005
3:35 pm
Hi im new here .. I work for AMR in Pittsfield, MA im your biggest nightmare (a dispatcher .. haha) but i promise im harmless! :) unless you like it like that :P

Dear god why did this just feel like an AA class for a second there !?

Well nice to meet you all ... Don't be shy I promise not to tell the Supervisors!! :)


Pittsfield Communications
Monday, October 17th, 2005
12:52 pm

I have applied for an EMT position here in a small county east of San Francisco. Shortly after they received my package i got a "Thank you for your interest-letter". This letter had info about the counties i had showed interest in and about the interview process. It also stated that there was no positions open a this time so they would put me on their waitlist. Interestinly enough I got a letter dated the same day as the previous letter with information about where i was on the wait list. My initial thought when i read that was ok i am not surprised.

That was all good till i walk in and look at the caller-id to see who all has called while i was gone.....
What i didn't expect was to find out that AMR had called that day and left a message that with the inquiry if i was interested to come for an interview on Tuesday next week. All of this was last Friday. How could i possibly say now to that?

The issue though today Monday is that i am so freaked out over the whole thing so i could puke.... i really, really want this job but what if i will mess up the interview or heaven forbid the written test.

Any word of encouragement!?!

Current Mood: thoughtful
Wednesday, September 21st, 2005
1:37 pm
im new here..
I worked for AMR NJ.. they have left our state and we either had to work for Rural Metro or find a new job.
I must admit, i miss AMR alot.. I would go back to work for them. We had a great bunch of people at our depot.. we got paid crap.. but we loved it.
Tuesday, September 20th, 2005
4:55 pm
Best patients ever!
#1. Slip and fall off back step of RV. Step appeared wet, smelled of urine. Patient admitted to urinating on step before stepping on it and slipping. Patient lost control of bowels when slipped. Patient insisted FD/EMS personnel clean his backside. Patient informed hospital personnel would clean him up. Patient requested FD/EMS personnel apply medication to his testicles; patient has scleroderma. Patient informed he should apply medication. Patient refused. Patient insisted FD/EMS personnel apply medication. FD/EMS personnel refused. Patient requested FD/EMS personnel clean his backside. FD/EMS personnel refused. Patient placed on back board due to complaint of back pain. Patient had odor of alcohol. Patient stated when asked did not drink very much. Patient stated when asked how much was "not very much" twelve beers and a bottle of tequila. Patient protested when asked if intoxicated. Patient slurring words. Patient requested application of medication to testicles. Patient requested FD/EMS personnel clean his backside. Patient placed on gurney. Gurney placed in ambulance. Patient protested FD/EMS personnel "inhumane" because personnel would not apply medication or clean his backside. Patient informed FD/EMS concern was patient's chief complaint of back pain. Patient requested FD/EMS personnel clean his backside. FD/EMS personnel refused. Patient requested FD/EMS personnel apply medication to his testicles. FD/EMS personnel refused. Patient rated back pain at "11 out of 10." Patient pain was intermittent. Patient only exhibited pain when asked about pain. Patient requested medication for pain. Patient informed EMTs unable to administer pain medication. Patient requested medication for pain. Patient informed EMTs unable to administer pain medication. Patient requested FD/EMS personnel clean his backside. FD/EMS personnel refused. Patient requested FD/EMS personnel apply medication to his testicles. FD/EMS personnel refused. Patient care transferred to XYZ Hospital.

#2. Slip and fall at popular chain restaurant. Upon initial presentation, patient presumably in severe distress as evidenced by loud, repetitive screaming. Patient refused to assist FD/EMS by getting onto gurney or by moving onto backboard. Patient stated could not move and could not stand. Patient screamed any time FD/EMS personnel touched her, regardless of how far contact was from the injured area. Patient had to be dragged onto flat. Patient refused to lay down on flat. Patient refused to cooperate until given pillow. Patient given pillow. Patient still refused to cooperate. Patient lifted in upright position on top of flat onto gurney. Patient protested that gurney was uncomfortable. Patient protested FD/EMS personnel were moving gurney too fast. Patient protested FD/EMS personnel were moving gurney too slow. Patient protested as loaded into ambulance. Patient level of distress descreased when ambulance closed. Patient requested five members of family join her in ambulance. Patient informed only one family member can come in ambulance. Patient unable to decide within five minutes of who she wanted to come to hospital. FD/EMS personnel left scene without family member. Patient requested ABC Hospital. Patient informed ABC Hospital closed due to internal disaster, (power outage.) Patient complained we were unwilling to take her to hospital of choice. Patient yelled "Aiaiaiaiaiai!" every time my partner attempted to explain to her why we could not take her to ABC Hospital. Patient complained ambulance driven too quickly. Patient complained ambulance driven too slowly. Patient taken to XYZ Hospital. Patient refused to get off of gurney and onto hospital bed. Patient informed must get on hospital bed. Patient requested to be moved to chair. Patient informed must get on hospital bed. Patient informed she would be moved to hospital bed. Patient protested. Patient offered to stand up and move herself to chair. FD/EMS personnel asked patient about previous statement about being unable to stand. Patient stated could stand now. Patient offered to stand up and move herself to chair. Patient informed must get on hospital bed. Patient stood without difficulty. Patient sat on hospital bed. Patient's level of distress increased in presence of hospital personnel.

Current Mood: amused
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