Medic 999: Let That Be a Lesson To Us

Medic 999′s most recent post tells us he is hanging up his blogging endeavors due to some shenanigans flung at him by some uninformed and misguided chuckleheads (my words, not his).

I don’t know the details of everything Mark had to take into consideration, but I fully support his decision knowing only he has the full story (all the chapters).  Having met the man a few times, I have no doubt he made the correct, albeit a tough decision.

But the lesson we can learn goes beyond how 999Medic was targeted and throttled.  Mark Glencourse is a paramedic who saw a need, found a path, and walked the walk.  We may not yet fully realize the incredible benefits gained by his actions.

The story has been told many times.  Briefly, Mark recognized the differences in the delivery of prehospital care between his service in the UK and others around the world.  He became acquained with The Happy Medic, then an anonymous blogger from somewhere on the west coast who shared similar concerns.  Looking outside the box, they found that common sense could be used to tackle the issues  and decided to put their money where there typing fingers were.

As we all watched in the blogosphere, Mark and Happy traded visits on each others turf, witnessing first-hand how things were done in the street.  Each rode with each other on calls, enabling them to identify areas where improvements (both immediate and long-term) could be made.

They met with each others movers and shakers and tangible changes were either immediately addressed or put on the fast track toward implementation.  It’s fair to say that the lives of individual patients were impacted by the shared knowledge gained by their visit.

Along came Ted Setla, and the professionalism and enthusiasm lit the fuse for the birth of Chronicles of EMS, a video production of the journey of Mark and Justin (The Happy Medic from San Francisco was forced to “come out of the closet” when Mark crossed the pond the first time).  Chronicles is about to explode into a reality TV series showing how EMS can be improved all across the planet.

Let me repeat that: Showing how EMS can be improved all across the planet.

All because two bloggers sent each other a message.

That’s the lesson, my friends.  It doesn’t take millions of people or millions of dollars to make significant changes in the lives of our fellow human beings.

It just takes heart and resolve.

We salute you Mark for showing us both, my friend.

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Rob
Packing heat with our halligan and a Glock by our gloves?
I was a volunteer for almost twenty years. When our members were police officers, they could carry on duty, concealed. I remember one night when I was the operator (driver) and responding to a house fire, three of the four firefighters on the truck were PD. I was handed three sidearms to take care of!…
2014-01-27 22:54:00
bhill
Packing heat with our halligan and a Glock by our gloves?
"lockbox on the truck" Does he carry his weapon in a lock box while on duty as a Deputy? I'm thinkin' not. Am I willing to use deadly force, and then turn around and try to save their life after I shoot them? Ain't happening. "individuals with police/weapons training" - the training teaches shoot to…
2014-01-27 19:33:00
Ken Nelson
Packing heat with our halligan and a Glock by our gloves?
I believe individuals with police/weapons training should carry fire arms. In our station's situation, our assistant chief is also a sheriff's deputy. I have suggested that he have his firearm with him in a lockbox on the truck in case a need arises. In addition some personnel are current military (Reserve, National Guard) who could…
2014-01-27 18:20:00
Marianna Randazzo
We Should Be Hearing All About Mike Behette Today, Rather Than Knowing So Much About the Navy Yard Shooter.
Thank you for this wonderful tribute to my dear friend Mike. I am in the process of writing a biography/anthology of Michael's life. I would be very grateful for your input. Please contact me on FB, Marianna Randazzo or Given Away, A SIiclian Upbringing. Respectfully yours, Marianna
2013-12-07 02:51:00
Fire Daily
WARNING: This video is graphic and depicts a man being rescued from his burning home.
Yes, Becky, I saw that too. As I was told by an ER doc many moons ago, "a patient without an airway is a dead patient." Not all firefighters are EMT's, and some may not have basic first aid skills- instead relying on a concurrent response from an emergency EMS agency. Not sure in this…
2013-11-27 11:27:00

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