I am an EMT down in New Zealand (between Australia and the South Pole). Down here the Fire Service is government funded and run as a national organisation. The ambulance service is completely independent from fire and we have four…"
"This was probably a "you just had to be there" moment.. We were dispatched to altered level of concsiousness. When we arrived the pt was plastered. We were trying to get his information. Of course, when asked, he had only had two beers…"
I am an EMT down in New Zealand (between Australia and the South Pole). Down here the Fire Service is government funded and run as a national organisation. The ambulance service is completely independent from fire and we have four emergency ambulance service providers in the country. The largest is St. John Ambulance who cover about 80% of the country. Wellington (our capital city) has its own ambulance service, called Wellington Free Ambulance. The two other ambulance services are owned and run by their district hospitals. They are Taranaki Ambulance and Wairarapa Ambulance (my employer). We used to have more hospital based ambulance services, but they have gradually been taken over by St. John. Throughout the country there are different shift patterns. In our service we have two different patterns. Our more senior staff (EMT-I and EMT-P) work 2x days, 2x nights then four days off (the same as the Fire Service staff). Our EMT-Bs work 4x day shifts then four days off. Our shifts are 12 hours and run 0600-1800 & 18800-0600. The BLS staff are not required to work night shifts as we have a pool of volunteer officers who crew at night with the EMT-I's. The EMT-P's generally work single crewed to provide ALS support.
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