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Honestly, what are the conditions or protocols that cause you the most concern when you are confronted with any of the many serious incidents faced daily as Firemen and EMT's?

If a structure fire, what is your duty to your crew, who do you need to work with and how well does your team work together.

Are there areas you feel need to be addressed to improve safety, efficiency or communication?

At automobile incidents, are there considerations you feel would be worth mentioning to improve the way your department deploys equipment and personnel, handles traffic flow and protects responders from danger?

 Do you have EMT or Paramedic certifications? Are you ever assisting those who do under their guidance even though you are not certified? Would it be acceptable to try to assist in saving a victim who is "bleeding out" if you had the skill sets, needed supplies and permission from the victim or their family but were not certified by the state?

What is more important to yourself as a person, do what is needed to save a life or do what is considered right if you do not have the proper credentials and face the consequences?

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I feel anyone who has been trained and or previously state certified to practice limited medical procedures as an EMT or Paramedic, should be excused from prosecution if a life depends on immediate action to save it and the individual willing to help them has not the current state certifications.

Most fire departments are now tiered response with EMS and personnel are trained as first responders and use of equipment. The first thing is to protect the scene to make a safe work area for your personnel. At any scene may it be Fire, Accident, or any type of rescue safety must be the number one rule, a safety officer must be on scene and stop any bad practice occurring, we all know there are never enough on scene but safety must be enforced always in training so it is instilled in the firefighters. 

Of course it is acceptable to help saving a person from bleeding out, the good Samaritan law should cover anyone doing their best to help another. 

The Fire department of today have gone beyond putting out fires and has entered more life saving operations of which more emphasis should be on training and exams.     

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