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This is what I do for a living.


It's four in the morning here and I'm on shift until seven, maybe longer if we are out on a call when shift change rolls around. I'm the only one awake in the building, my driver is sleeping. Tonight has been quiet. I got through the rest of my psychology class textbook and now I'm bored.


In case anyone was ever curious, a new ambulance like this one, with nothing in it (at all), costs roughly $190,000. That yellow power stretcher in the foreground? Those sell for about $15,000 to $17,000. And yeah, that's no mistake with the commas. That stuff is expensive.

I'm more horrified about driving the ambulance (zOMG! I'm gonna break it!) than I am about being the EMT working on the patient in the back. :D
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emt-bls Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your gurney is electric...jealouuusss. I mean, even though it's 50lbs more to lift...Hm
MauserGirl Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
I'm a huge, huge fan of electric stretchers. We have three of them, one in each ambulance, and get them serviced by the company once a year to keep them in good working order. They are SO much nicer than the manual ones! They are heavier but the added weight makes very little difference, to be honest. It's not like we're picking up the whole stretcher - even when putting it into the rig with a patient, part of the weight already sits on the back of the ambulance when you lift it up and push it in.

Fort Drum, our local military base, has these in both their civilian ambulances. However, they recently also got Stryker's self-loading system. OMG. I want that on our ambulances so bad. You don't have to lift the stretcher at all if you have that!!! It's beyond awesome.

Most of the other agencies around here have manual stretchers. I had to ride with a lot of them to get my AEMT-CC and the manual stretchers really bugged me. For one, because I'd never used one (we don't have them). LOL
Nurrdy Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I remember lifting the gurney with my partner for kicks (we borrowed another companies for a second) and we noticed the difference when we lifted it off the floor but EXACTLY. It's clipped to the rig so you're only shouldering half anyways.

This seems great for preventing back injuries. I wish my company had 'em but that's okay. I've seen worse. Those infernos are JUNK unless they can also turn into the stair chair (which my fire has)
RalfMaximus Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, emergency equipment is crazy expensive.

I remember a discussion with a firefighter friend, in which he described driving the pumper as "remarkably agile."

"It accelerates like crazy, despite all the weight. Corners like a Lamborghini and COSTS MORE. Doesn't stop like one, though... again, all that weight."
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