Monthly Archives: September 2013

Some things never change.

As I’ve travelled from town to town and department to department’s history has been explored I found that some things are constants.

How do we find people to work the ambulance calls?

Where do we find the money to maintain, replenish, upgrade our equipment?

How should we be organized?  Should we be independent, part of a fire service, or some other entity?   How should we divide call?

How long should we be on scene?  Should we stabilize and transport, or should we spend 20-40 minutes on site before transporting?

However, the questions of how to treat a situation and the hierarchy of command appear to be usually sorted out.  National standards of training and the implementation of those standards have given clear guidance to department members and between departments as to what treatment course should be followed in a situation.

The unanswered questions will continue to be addressed by each department and political entity as their circumstances dictate and change.

Comments on the prototype book

A number of people have had the opportunity to look at the prototype book, about 90% of the anticipated finished project.  One of the comments heard several times was “How innovative they were!  Those people made a lot of the equipment they used and they had to do all those fund raisers to get equipment and sometimes just to get the gasoline to run the ambulance.  What dedications!”  I can only add AMEN.  The people in many of our communities when the EMS-ambulance services began in their more modern form were innovative and dedicated.  I am very happy to have met them and recorded their stories, and have the opportunity to share those stories in this book.  You are welcome to forward me any comments at

Things I have learned. Part II

Time waits for no one.  I conceived a general idea of this project in 2009-2010 and tried to get other people or organizations to do this history.  When no one else was able or willing, my wife said I should do it.  In Sept of 2012 I started the contacts and the process of doing interviews for this history.  In that interval of  time Dr. John Batdorf of Las Vegas died, one of the true pioneers in prehospital care in Nevada, and the opportunity to get his history recorded died with him.  Rocky Ging of Lovelock died and his long history with Pershing County was lost.  As this project has proceeded I had some serious health problems and the urgency of getting the stories recorded and organized became more evident.  Time not only steals our lives, but the clarity of our memories.  The point is, I wish I had started to gather the memories earlier, but am glad I have gotten these done.  If you have memories about EMS, or any other subject you want your friends or family to have, write them down or record them somehow.