Friday, October 13, 2006

Dean Carr for E-Board letter!


> I just wanted to drop everyone a line that I had email addresses
> for to let you know if you didn't know already that I am running for
> eboard this election.
> I feel very strongly that, as a union, we need to be more
> inclusive of all of our members. I know there are people who are so
> disenfranchised with the union that they don't feel comfortable even
> going down to the union office to buy a t-shirt. While I don't think
> that there is actually any animosity from the union towards any of the
> members, we need to make sure that everyone in the body feels included
> in the union. I will do my part to actually stop by the stations in
> the district that I will represent to make sure that everyone's
> sentiments are shared with the eboard and principal officers on a
> regular basis.
> We need to understand that the local is not a magic wand that
> just needs to be waved to fix every problem but more of a process that
> we work through to ensure that everybody on the job is treated fairly
> and with respect. I also believe that it is important for the east
> side of the job to have more of a voice in being represented in the
> leadership of the local.
> It is important to me that the job comes before any specialty
> group. We all (with the exception of the very last class that was
> hired, laid off, and now partially re-hired) came to this job as an
> EMT Firefighter. But there is quite of bit of marginalizing of this
> group going on right now due to these specialties. This must stop
> because the whole job is nowhere without that foundation.
> In the 14 years that I've been on, I feel that we have never had
> a better working relationship with the administration of the
> department. We must capitalize on this to cooperate with them to make
> this job a better place. The union is merely a reactive measure
> unless we foster cooperation with them.
> I will make every effort to hit all shifts and every station in
> the next month so that you can beat me up in person.
> Thanks for taking the time,
> Deano

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Nominations made at the October 10th Union Meeting...

President - Dan Renner, Greg Borg, Doug Bacon, Chris

E-Board (2 positions)- Don Waller, Dean Carr, Thad
Frater, Brad Cassell, Kevin Haughton, Rex Peterson

Trustees (2 positions)- Mike Rossi, Clive Jones, Rob

Grievance Committee - elected by acclamation - Brian
Turpen, Frank Wood.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Medic School

Some of you have been asking, "Hey! What are you learning in medic school?" It's no surprise that I can't talk a lot about it. It's not so much that I really don't understand it (although that's true). It's just that all of us in the paramedic (paramagic) class are beginning that transformation from EMT-B (caterpillar) into EMT-P (Monarch Butterfly) and we're not allowed to talk about some of the rituals. However, I did find this video which will give you a good idea of what we've been going through. It could serve as a powerful enticement to those of you sitting on the EMS evolutionary fence.

Warning: one "F-Bomb" contained within this video.