I am currently working as a full time paramedic with the ambulance service. I hope that my account of my journey and my work as a paramedic will aid others who wish to follow the same path as well as provide an insight into what paramedics do. I originally started this blog when I first wanted to become a paramedic back in 2009. When I first embarked on my journey, I noticed there were not a lot of information on becoming a paramedic in BC. I questioned whether becoming a paramedic was really right for me and I had a lot of difficulty having my questions answered. Luckily I stumbled into many wonderful individuals who were more than willing to show me the ropes. It is my hope that this blog will not only be a source of entertainment, but to also serve as a guide for those who are looking towards being a paramedic and what the journey may entail.
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**Please when reading this from a student perspective that a lot has changed over the years, and bear in mind that this is a journal and details were accurate to the date it was posted, not to the date you are reading it.**
(Note that in BC, “paramedic” is a general term that refers to anyone working as a pre-hospital care provider. The different levels one can work as a paramedic include EMR (Emergency Medical Responder), PCP (Primary Care Paramedic), ACP (Advanced Care Paramedic), CCP (Critical Care Paramedic), and a specialized pediatric unit: ITT (Infant Transport Team) ).
**The stories told in my blog are real but I have changed the names, places, times, age, gender (randomized), and generalized the calls for confidential reasons. None of the calls or stories will be written in a way where an individual can be identified. Photography is a hobby I enjoy, and any photos related to EMS that have been taken by myself are taken when I’m off duty in my leisure time. Lastly, all my thoughts and comments are purely my own reflections and musings and do not reflect the organizations’ thoughts, ideologies, etc, which I am associated with.
Artwork and Photographs
All the artwork and photographs on this blog with the creative common license are my property. I believe that artwork should be shared and enjoyed by all, be it for motivational purposes or just for the pure beauty of it. Withholding artwork and keeping artwork to myself defeats the purpose of why I draw and take photos. That being said, I would appreciate that you ask for my permission and provide appropriate attribution before the use of my art and that my artwork are not to be used for any commercial purposes.