Monday, April 26, 2010

Only in the hood

Ok so the other night engine and ladder respond to investigate a fire alarm. happens all the time, right? upon arriving to the large commercial building they realize that the building is full of smoke and ask dispatch for a first alarm assignment. Once forcible entry (breaking in) is complete the crews find that the fire is a short circuited hover-round and the sprinkler system performed as designed. The fire was held in check by one sprinkler head and there was only some water damage to surrounding merchandise. The appropriate notifications were made including the owner of the business. The owner was being briefed by the battalion chief when a passer-by stopped and yelled "who owns the truck and trailer parked in the street?" The owner replied it was his and the passer by then advised that 3 guys just stole your dolly and about 1/2 your tools off your trailer! goes to show that criminals dont care how many people are around and what your personal situation is, just as long as they can aquire something of value to trade for dope!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

2nd anatomy guru

We arrive to the crappy 4 plex in the crappy part of town. I am tired since it is almost 2am and this is the third call since I tried to go to sleep. We find our frequent user of EMS sitting in a living room chair. The original complaint was shortness of breath. I say hello and ask our 21 year old patient what can we do for you? She answers with a verbal dissertation covering her life events of the last 24 hours. In the middle of this she mentions that she has been short of breath since her doctors appointment at 1pm. Fantastic. Did you ask your doctor about this? I ask and she answers "No, but my oxygen level was low today" Me: "How do you know?" Her: "My face gets warm when my oxygen level drops; and that is what happened tonight" Me: "You don't seem to be having a difficult time breathing or speaking and your oxygen levels are 97%." Her: " I know, I told my brother to get me some water. I drink water when I am short of breath because I know there is oxygen in it"
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