One of the things I do with all my ebooks is to write a Dedication Page. This is a practice many artists of all mediums partake in. It is a way to recognize and offer thanks to someone (or a group of someone’s) who have helped you in some way through the often times gruelling process of crafting your art.
Here is the Dedication Page for “You Called 9-1-1 For This? (You Called 9-1-1 For… Book 2)“:
One of the misconceptions about working in EMS is that working in a 9-1-1 system is “real” EMS as opposed to working either inter-facility transport or event medical. In keeping with my EMS preconceived notion busting ways, I argue that at the basic level there is no difference whatsoever.
Sure there are differences in the way the systems operate. A 9-1-1 system usually gets the call taken in by law enforcement operators, an inter-facility service generally employs call takers, and the vast majority of event medical will utilize the dispatcher for call intake. A 9-1-1 system usually has a smaller geographic area of response in a vehicle while an inter-facility service often serves a much larger geographic area. Most event medical responses are a much smaller geographic area but are often without vehicles, most responses being on foot.
In all cases, for whatever system you are operating in, you are responding to situations where there is a medical condition (or presumed medical condition) that requires your intervention as an EMT to affect a desired outcome. All patients/guests need to be assessed, have to be provided with care, and have a need that they are looking to have you help them attain. There are more similarities than there are differences which makes ALL of the system types “real” EMS as far as I’m concerned.
Of course, this doesn’t easily sway those ingrained with the EMS propaganda. They’re going to believe what they’re going to believe until they witness it first hand. One thing is for certain, none of the calls in You Called 9-1-1 For This? (You Called 9-1-1 For… Book 2) would meet the criteria for a “real” EMS call.
For that reason I dedicated this edition of the insanity that comes in over the 9-1-1 line to those who were hell bent on the “real” EMS, and is my sarcastic smart-ass way of saying, “Yeah, I told ya so” without ever actually saying it.
‘Cause yeah… I’m good like that.