The USA Network will debut the latest EMS show, 'Sirens' on March 6. The comedy from Denis Leary and Bob Fisher is supposed to be based on Chicago EMTs. Read More

 

What are your thoughts? Does it hurt the professional image of EMS that the public should have?

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OK, 30 years in this profession, and you bet your a _ _ it hurts the image.  Emergency was the best and remains the standard...Chicago Fire is pretty fair, but this is pure garbage from our standpoint.  Funny, sure, but it will make EMS look like a bunch of baffoons.  The dead woman on the floor, and they are going to eat the cookies....I mean, how is that going to make us all look? 

Cops I am sure have the same complaint about shows like Brooklyn 99 and lots of other shows, but people always rag on cops.  Hospitals have shows like Scrubs, but they are so over the top, people od not take offense I think as much.  But EMS folks are supposed to be the trusted people that save your life.  In Australia and England, the profession is held in higher regard than virtually any others - look it up.

Not a prude, but this is all we need right now...and it will probably do well too...sigh....

UncFred

 

What is Dennis Leary thinking??  EMS personnel are seen by their fire & police brethren as professionals. This must be the goof off team of fantasy EMS as these are not professionals and their ethics are immediately in question. I feel this program is going to seriously damage the public's image of EMS. Are these guys only concerned with their sexual orientation, uncertain about what to do for a patient, not concerned about lifting 'cookies' or interfering with someone's computer (not appropriate even if they were asked).

I am very disappointed that once again, the television media is going to portray EMS staff as buffoons.

My colleagues & I will probably not watch this program. I have a feeling that the savvy TV viewer will recognize this show as a hoax and the program will go 'out of service' the way of past imaginations of EMS, (I hope). Even Johnnie & Roy are scratching their heads.

I totally agree with Bret and Fred.  Emergency was the best, still a little farfetched with their actual care, as the show was basically a fire show, but it was still way better than any of its successors.  This will definitely tarnish the media and public view of EMS.  It's hard for me to believe Hollywood cannot replicate EMS in a positive, mostly serious way.  Sure, there is downtime and we have our fun, but, as soon as the tones go off, we're as professional and serious as the police and fire professionals. 

Bret McCurdy said:

What is Dennis Leary thinking??  EMS personnel are seen by their fire & police brethren as professionals. This must be the goof off team of fantasy EMS as these are not professionals and their ethics are immediately in question. I feel this program is going to seriously damage the public's image of EMS. Are these guys only concerned with their sexual orientation, uncertain about what to do for a patient, not concerned about lifting 'cookies' or interfering with someone's computer (not appropriate even if they were asked).

I am very disappointed that once again, the television media is going to portray EMS staff as buffoons.

My colleagues & I will probably not watch this program. I have a feeling that the savvy TV viewer will recognize this show as a hoax and the program will go 'out of service' the way of past imaginations of EMS, (I hope). Even Johnnie & Roy are scratching their heads.

As long as people know it is a spoof then it is alright.  We should not endorse it officially but I would not raise a big stink about it as it will only bring publicity to the show.  I have worked in this field for a number of years and have seen bad shows come and go.  The only way to be professional is to live and act professional.  There was a show about a hospital based ambulance and each time they had a call the charge nurse would get on the hospital PA system and yell, “You have a roll!  You have a roll!”  They would be on scene and when they should be performing the standard skills sets that paramedics are supposed to know they would be calling the on line physician and asking them how to do it and stating that they weren’t trained to do this.  The presentation of the crew was one of unprofessional dress and actions throughout the show. The driver looked like a buffoon wearing his hat crooked on his head and acting like he had the IQ of a grape.  The partner was a body builder and basically flexed his muscles throughout the show. Thankfully it only lasted one season and never went to syndication.  Then you have the shows where helicopter medics are overly aggressive and appear to be egotistical maniacs who love to beat there chest and bask in the limelight of their importance.  More commonly you have the shows where the medics bring in the patients with no treatment at all because the medical students have to have something exciting to do.  We all know that this job consists of hours of cleaning, preparation, and classroom monotony that is infused with little bouts of every now and then truly critical events.  We handle the critical events based on our training and critical thinking skills and move on never even being noticed that we just saved this person’s life as if it were another mundane event.

I would SO love a "Hill Street Blues" or "MASH" type of show for EMS.  Both were well written, acted and did very well.  But then again EMS would have to be understood to some degree by Hollywood.

Perfect! Best comment yet! Some comedy, but with a lot of reality mixed in.  Great call!



Ed Hillenrand said:

I would SO love a "Hill Street Blues" or "MASH" type of show for EMS.  Both were well written, acted and did very well.  But then again EMS would have to be understood to some degree by Hollywood.

From what little is in the trailer, I have to withhold judgement. I didn't see anything as blatantly wrong as in "Trauma". No TV show is ever going to portray EMS accurately, from what I've seen, the show is full of old EMS jokes (clear my browser history, eating the cookies after a code, etc. ) carried a little further.  

    The Army supported the movie "Stripes". It was a farce, but overall showed the military in a positive light and actually increased recruitment. Someone mentioned "Scrubs", if this program can do something similar, show our profession in a humorous light, but let people know what we do and the difficulties we face it will be worthwhile. We'll just have to see what route this program goes. 

Interesting that you use England's regard for EMS, as a reason to dislike the premise of the show, as Sirens is a remake of a successful British series of the same name. It is comedy television not reality or drama and I don't think it will hurt the profession any more than Scrubs hurt hospital workers. I have high hopes for it since Denis Leary is behind it and no I don't think that Rescue Me hurt the profession of firefighters and that show was definitely avant-garde in its approach.  I too loved Emergency, but am looking forward to a new show that I hope is genuinely funny.


Fred Eric B. Phillips said:

OK, 30 years in this profession, and you bet your a _ _ it hurts the image.  Emergency was the best and remains the standard...Chicago Fire is pretty fair, but this is pure garbage from our standpoint.  Funny, sure, but it will make EMS look like a bunch of baffoons.  The dead woman on the floor, and they are going to eat the cookies....I mean, how is that going to make us all look? 

Cops I am sure have the same complaint about shows like Brooklyn 99 and lots of other shows, but people always rag on cops.  Hospitals have shows like Scrubs, but they are so over the top, people od not take offense I think as much.  But EMS folks are supposed to be the trusted people that save your life.  In Australia and England, the profession is held in higher regard than virtually any others - look it up.

Not a prude, but this is all we need right now...and it will probably do well too...sigh....

UncFred

 

I am just an EMT student, so my opinion may not be as knowledgeable, but if you think about it, I am sure that any profession that has a TV show about it, whether it be a reality or spoof of some sort, could see the positive and negative effects a show would have on the image of their profession.

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