Friday, November 10, 2006

REMEMBER HIM???

Search deep into your brain and pull up your Katrina Archives....... do you guys remember the night we were down on the street corner by the Hampton trying to figure out what the hell we were going to do next? Remember the guy that was coming down Convention Center Blvd in the very large truck and it seemed like everybody suddenly had a large light bulb hovering above their heads? Remember how a couple of people stepped into the street to stop the guy and once he stopped, we talked to him and he said he would bring us wherever we wanted to go, but in the end, none of us left with him? WELLLLLLL........ I just happened to be reading last Sunday's paper, and there in the Living section was this huge write up about a guy named Paul Guerra (no relation to me) who used his big truck to rescue tons of people who were stranded right after the storm. I thought to myself, another hero.....good job! I continued to read and on the second page of the article, he mentioned about how he had so many memorable things happen to him and he goes on to say how on one night, he was driving down Con. Ctr. Blvd and he ran across a group of EMT's..."there must have been 100 of them". He said that they were in town for a meeting before the hurricane. I guess he thought we were all down here for the EMS Expo. Anyway, he said that one of the EMT's who stopped him had an M-16, and that he knew he better stop because his shotgun was no challenge against an M-16. I thought that was kind of funny. Anyway, go read the whole article. He makes a couple of references to EMT's, and the whole story is actually rather heartwarming.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Bad Idea!

Someone is selling their old uniforms on Ebay
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200042576233&ssPageName=ADME:B:EF:US:11
and on craigslist
http://neworleans.craigslist.org/clt/226646418.html

I really don't think this is a good idea. For one thing, this is a uniform that's only worn by a few, those who earn it. More seriously, who the heck is buying these items and what are they going to do with them? This is just the thing that can pose a serious security risk for various events around the city. EMS basically has carte blanche as far as access into virtually any building or event in the city. Anybody wearing a uniform (with less than good intentions) would pretty much have the same access anywhere with no questions asked.
In addition, you know that there are those freaks out there who think of themselves as some sort of hero, the ones on scenes who say they're EMT's when in fact they've never had any kind of training at all. If such a person was to "treat" someone while wearing this uniform, how would it reflect on us, especially if there was some royal screw-up on their part? In addition, New Orleans EMS may hold some legal responsibility in such a situation.
Would you expect to see NOPD selling their uniforms to non-police? Of course not; you can imagine the havoc that the fallout would create. For the same reason, I'd encourage y'all to never give or sell your old uniforms to civilians, and if you know who is involved in this practice to please advise them to stop!