By now I’m sure you’ve seen this, or at least heard about it. If not heres the link to the news broadcast dealing with Detroit EMS rig that broke down while gun fire rang out around them on New Years Eve. The providers were fine, the rig wasn’t struck, it seems to be gang bangers “celebrating” by spitting off rounds or what not.
I could sit here and spot off about who’s at fault, where the system has failed ect. In case you dont know Detroit’s EMS system is broke, and many blogs have likely already touched on this topic. What I feel is more important is two part.
1: The resolve of these providers to be seemingly as cool as they were. Whether they actually were in danger or just perceived/potential danger was all around them. I would have been shitting enough bricks to build a damn bunker if I were in this situation for the first time.
2: Sure there are alot of problems in EMS system wide. It seems that everyone has a gripe or bitch about what they do, what they are paid, the way they are respected, having to do more with less, ect. On a whole how many of us have been in this situation though? My guess is only a very limited number of providers have been surrounded by darkness with the crackle of gun fire ringing around them in a broke down rig.
That being said, I was thankful last night for alot of things, mostly though, that I’m not in Detroit. The fact is sure we all think that there is issues with EMS systems as a whole. Some should take presidence over others though. At least make you realize that maybe you actually have it pretty good