Then can you wander back to your big red truck right now and let the medical folks handle the medical and trauma calls? When I need some water sprayed on something, I'll call you ?
Ah, clever. Rude, but clever. I don't have all the fancy certs you do Ian, but I've been an EMT for 15 years, career firefighter for 12, and we've been doing medical and trauma response for decades on my department. Lots of good EMT's, paras, prior service combat medics, etc. on my department. Hate to break it to you, but in practically all parts of the nation today firefighters = 'the medical folks'. Maybe you've had bad experiences with that, we happen to have a pretty great relationship with the transport and ALS guys/gals in our area, and our Medical Director (he's another guy with a few pretty impressive letters after his name) is likewise well respected.
My question was directed to TacAir, a guy who generally gives good scoop. I still can't see how the questions he asked have any bearing on whether or not a street level EMT needs
to take c-spine precautions, only the techniques they might use to take those precautions. Feel free to enlighten me on that yourself, if you can. I'm all ears. Seriously. If there's something or somebody out there that says a short person or old person doesn't need their c-spine held in a neutral position after a fall with resulting musculoskeletal injuries, I would love to know it.
Anyhoo, getting talked down to is one of the reasons, methinks, that the First Aid forums are so lightly populated and traveled. If a guy/gal with my credentials and street experience is told to 'go away' by those with higher credentials like yourself (those who are supposed to be both the real and de facto
educators in the EMS field, IMHO), I imagine it's even more hostile for a person with no training or experience. Love to stay and visit, but I've gotta go find something to spray water on. Wouldn't want to bother 'the medical folks' anymore...