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on march 27, 2012, a semi-truck struck two autos on the westBounD 210 Fwy. companies From 24’s, 74’s, anD 98’s hanDleD a total oF nine patients.


photo By Doc Demulle’, the Foothills paper


Greetings from the Battalion that never sleeps! (depending upon which formula you use to calculate sleep) A huge thank you goes out to all the people that went out and donated to St. Baldricks! Whether you donated hair, money, or both, it’s for a great cause, so again Thank You!


Which brings me to the first story. Not wanting to be outdone on the fashion front, 33’s was jealous of the turnout to St. Baldricks for guests to get new hair-dos, so they decided to up the ante by doing mani/ pedi’s. Apparently a FF normally assigned to 65’s was working SOD on RA 833 - when he woke up to go on a run, he noticed something a little different than when he had gone to sleep. His toenails were now painted a beauti- ful red! And he wasn’t the only one, a few others also had freshly adorned digits also. I guess if times continue to be tough, this “Toe- Nail Zorro” could “C” shift at the local salon. The moral of the story is if you don’t want “pretty toes” during your stay at 33’s, sleep with one eye open or with socks on. . . . Just what I heard.


16 • May 2012


Well we’ve all heard about response times and formulas on how the experts get them, but 65’s has their own take on response times and hospital transports and the formula’s they use. RA 65 and LF 64 are dispatched to a run in 65’s first-in. RA 65 races to the emer- gency and upon arrival does a quick evalua- tion of the patient and deems that they will be able to handle this call without the extra man- power from the Assessment Light Force. After five to ten more minutes and as a bit more non-ALS criteria is met, this patient’s outlook is deemed even brighter. It is determined that they will no longer need paramedic transport, but will only need EMT transport. Now the real dilemma . . . So RA65 contacts Metro and requests an 800 series ambulance and is given RA 864 non-emergency. Five to ten minutes later (depending on which formula you use) RA 864 arrives on-scene and now we are 20- 25 minutes into this call and the patient’s care is transferred to RA 864 so that they can load up the patient and finally begin the transport. Now I realize that RA 65 is a paramedic unit and that the paramedic on-scene is the highest medical authority, but it seems like, with all this time spent on-scene, the patient’s best interest is to get to the MAR in the most expedient manner, and that by the time the 800 showed up, this patient could’ve been en-route to the MAR and even possibly in a bed or in


the triage area. I’m no expert, but just sayin’ ... Luckily, RA 65 gets a chance to


redeem themselves for this next story (spoiler alert, they don’t do it). RA 65 was dispatched to a run out of their district. While on their way, they started pulling up other local resources status, and noticed that the RA they were responding in place of just became available. Again the dilemma . . . “we’re pretty close to on-scene, but IT IS their district and they did JUST become available” . . . hmmmm what to do now? For all you studiers out there, here’s your multiple choice: 1) Take the call as it’s in the patient’s best interest 2) send an MDC message with the INC# and the words “Your District”. . . . If you chose Answer 1, then you chose the correct answer for most responsible LAFD members who have a sense of pride and commitment to the people we serve. If you chose Answer 2, then you made the same bad choice RA 65 did. When confronted about the “MDC Games” (no, it’s not a sport in the FF Olympics yet, but more on that next issue) they responded with, “It’s understood battalion wide that you MDC someone if you’re running a call in their dis- trict.” I wonder when that became a battalion wide understanding? I’ll have to ask some of the Battalion 13 stalwarts when that memo came out. Seems like the best way to stay out of trouble is to simply run the calls that show


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