I am a NREMT-Basic working in a private system in an urban setting in the mid-west. So first for the disclaimer – ANY opinions expressed on this blog are my personal views and opinions and are not representative of my employers their parent or subsidiary companies, nor of any institution of higher learning or paramedic program I may be attending . Any and all patient information has been modified, changed or is a downright lie to protect the patients rights (and not violate HIPAA). Now that the legaleze stuff is out of the way…

I received my first EMT certification in 1989 worked as an EMT for 8 years eventually winding up in a 911 system in NY. Sadly, I ended up leaving EMS 1/2 way through Paramedic school because I just couldn’t make ends meet. Now almost 20 years later I find once again that I belong in the back of an ambulance. I returned to EMS and went through EMT school a second time, (once wasn’t bad enough 😉 ) I have applied and am about a week away from finding out if I got accepted into paramedic school (at least as I write this)

I am an ITLS Basic instructor and hope to find my way into the teaching side of EMS eventually… but this old dog has some years of being a “ditch doctor” left in him before that becomes my primary focus.

That’s pretty much the skinny on me. I was reading an article in the latest NAEMT news and saw how my fellow providers were using social media to connect and talk about this crazy job we do and I was inspired to try my hand. I don’t entertain any false notions that writing a blog will be easy or something I will have time to do everyday and make it something people will want to read… I mean any idiot can sit and peck keys, but finding something meaningful to talk about that is interesting to people  is somewhat more of a challenge. I will do my best, the bright side to a brand new blog is for awhile next to noone will be reading it.

The blog name came from a comment a student in my last ITLS made and I thought it was great, I mean in reality most of us started in EMS for the hot lights and effects of cold steel on the human body, once we “in” we learned there is so much more to what we do, but for a lot of us that was the initial draw, so it stuck.

I hope to use this blog as a way to connect with fellow EMS providers and share some tips and insight into our “lunatic fringe” of a profession. With a little luck and a few thousand keystrokes maybe this thing will take off and will be a way to share the crazy wild ride of paramedic school, while exploring some of the areas of EMS that they don’t teach you in school.

Til next time… Stay safe out there



3 responses to “About

  1. mike rossi

    February 7, 2012 at 06:29

    I liked reading your blog. I too have been in ems for 28yrs almost. I will be relocating to SC from upstate NY. Once we move hopefully I will begin Paramedic in 2013

  2. Java Medic Coffee

    February 26, 2012 at 18:25

    If you want some samples of our coffee to blog your honest thoughts, I’ll get some in the mail.

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    • hotlightsandcoldsteel

      February 29, 2012 at 23:40

      I love a good coffee – let me know how to get you my address and we’ll go from there


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