If you’ve been following along for any significant amount of time, you will have noticed: I try to remain pseudo-anonymous. Nothing on the internet is truly anonymous. If you wanted to, you could dox me with barely any effort. Whatevs.

The reason for this anonymity is that I currently work a regular job. Obviously this site is about transitioning to EMS/Fire, and not working at a software company…

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photo-pasquale-vitiello-n-31A ride along can be a great way for you to decide if this is the right career for you, and to get some great face time with the department you hope to join.

Many departments offer ride-alongs, but others do not. Sometimes though, even the ones who say they do not offer ride-alongs will let you go with them if you know someone, or make yourself known to them, and are willing to fill out paperwork (full of waivers and agreements). Note: By make yourself known, I mean hang around a lot.

The way it worked out for me was that I have a friend that is a Captain with one of the local departments. He suggested it and sent me all of the paperwork. I’ll be posting about that soon, so stay tuned.

My EMT instructor tells me that most departments only allow you to ride-along for a few hours. However, some departments (especially if you know someone) will let you ride-along for an entire shift.

While on your ride-along you will start to get a feel for what life at a station can be like. Granted, most people act differently with strangers hanging around, but you will start to get a good feel for what life *can* be like. If you are lucky, those tones will drop while you’re there. If that happens, then you will get to feel the rush of running on a call. Also, there are daily tasks that need to be performed: mopping, washing the engine, cooking etc. Don’t be afraid to ask if you can pitch in. I’ve never in my life felt more fulfilled while mopping a floor.

You have to be prepared. You may see the worst of humanity. You may see the worst in yourself. You may walk away from this career.

You may fall in love.


After Action Report

emtstudentsAs I mentioned yesterday, I had my first EMT class last night. I think I have a pretty good feel for what to expect: hard work. If you know me at all, you know that’s how I approach most things and EMT will be no exception.

The course-work, test schedule, and minimum scores are fairly weighty. I think I’ve gotten lucky and gotten a great instructor. I asked a trusted friend of mine and was told that he is one of the best. That’s comforting.

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Plenty nerdy!

TNOF_FIVERR_PrThere is an online service called fiverr. fiverr lets you hire professionals in all different industries for a low price. The turn around times are a bit longer, and you only get so many revisions. You also only get certain types of media. You can get additional things for a fee. It’s a great way to hire out work without paying a mint.

Through fiverr, I hired a designer called anniedesigns to create a logo for me.  I had some ideas originally and sent those along, but basically said “I love your style and your other work, so please, feel free”.

This was her first submission, and I loved it. So with that being said, this is my new logo 🙂 Nifty, eh?




I’m a professional nerd. At 37 years old, I’m trading my checkouts for turnouts. You can too. (Any views/opinions expressed are strictly my own)