05/21/07 111 W - + 26 - 17 Affecting Change

At tonight's ceremony honoring Wake EMS paramedics and Raleigh firefighters involved in cardiac arrest resuscitations, Wake EMS Chief Skip Kirkwood reminded the audience of the economic challenges facing Wake County. As the population grows-- 98 people per day-- so do demands on emergency services. And more delivery means more funding. Advocates of the school system have got it right, with their printed t-shirts that they wear when attending county meetings. What then do WE need to do, ourselves, to boost city and county fire, rescue, and EMS services? Or, more appropriately, what are we WILLING to do? Brainstorming is easy-- see this Watch Desk entry-- but actions make it happen.

Man, it is so nice to see this, FINALLY!!! One question though, to those that didn’t wear a dress hat, where art thou??? I thought that was “uniform”.....
Silver - 05/22/07 - 16:08

question, was it just for “wake EMS and RFD firefighters” or was it a county wide affair?
CFP 7021 (Email) - 05/22/07 - 17:57

Correct, the ceremony was conducted for Wake EMS paramedics and Raleigh firefighters, honoring city-wide cardiac saves, not county- or EMS system-wide.
Legeros - 05/22/07 - 18:01

I was told that the email that was sent out side dress shirts and ties only. Some people didn’t read it well enough and wore their new hats.

Nice to see and Engine company appreciation day!!!
Ear to the ground - 05/22/07 - 23:59

Silver, yes you are correct that is part of our uniform and yes some of us did not have them. Some of us were advised to leave it at the station and some advised to carry the cover! Remember some are still struggling with the hole uniform thing anyway! Hell I see guys wearing there BLUE t shirts under their grey golf shirts and that looks like dog crap when you can read the t shirt. But that is my opinion! Communications is the key some of the crews were advised to invite family and others had no idea, so some felt left out. But it was really cool to have a award ceremony even if some of our co workers didn’t even bother to show up to get 2 cardiac save awards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We want forget the covers next time no matter what!!!!!!!!!!!! Later dude
Jason Lane - 05/23/07 - 00:05

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