Yup. I slid down a firepole. Multiple times. The tones went off, the EMTs headed down the pole so I did too. It was awesome.
As part of our EMT course, we are required to do two ride-a-longs with the Coeur D’Alene Fire Department. Forrest and I asked our instructor to schedule us on the same days (Forrest at one station and me at another) so we could ride together…and then the instructor even scheduled us for one weekend so we got to ride on back to back days.
I really enjoyed riding along. It was nice to have some emergency response experience as it really helped me to actually process what was happening rather than being overwhelmed. The EMTs and medics were all really awesome to me. I got to take blood pressures and lend a hand wherever I could.
It was great to get a taste for a larger size department (Coeur D’Alene’s population is about 45,000) and have a stream of calls coming in. It was even better to remember that I am good in an emergency situation. In “real life” I’m not the most observant person in the world and don’t always see the little things I can do that would be helpful (I’ve tried to help Forrest a million times and just wind up frustrating us both) but somehow in the emergency setting I see little ways that I can help. I can process the scene happening in front of me and can be a pair of hands that open packages for medics, hold IV bags, help family members move their coffee table out of the way, and start oxygen flowing.
We got back home last night really tired but I was really proud of myself.
Back to class tonight…keep on learning!
P.S. Did I mention I slid down a fire pole? SO COOL.