Seriously. I’ve been at this assignment 3 years now and while the vendors do change quite often I also spend a lot of time walking the terminals. Part of the reason is to check the AEDs and the other is to better know my way around. I like to think I know where things are, which anyone can tell you is a dangerous feeling.
Today I was dispatched to Tomokazu, an eatery in Terminal 3. The dispatch was “At Tomokazu, Boarding area Foxtrot.”
The medic unit was responding from another station so I never saw them arrive. When I pulled up to the noodle place in Boarding area Foxtrot I didn’t see my team or any commotion whatsoever. Just then they called on the radio asking for a better location and that they were unable to find the patient.
“Me neither” I said to myself and kept looking.
They called a few seconds later and stated “patient contact in the seating area of Firewood.”
There’s no Firewood Grill anywhere near me. The closest one is a good 5 minute walk away in another part of the terminal. My heart jumped into my throat.
“I didn’t goto the wrong place, Tomokazu is right there.” I turned to prove to myself I was right.
And was standing in front of Sankaku, an eatery in Terminal 3, Boarding area Foxtrot.
I went to the wrong place.
As I was about to notify the crew of my error they cleared scene on a refusal of assessment.
I went straight to the firehouse and did what few do. I told my wayward tale and made sure everyone knew the difference between the two eateries and the easiest way to get to each one.
Part punishment, part training, but now I will never again mix up those 2 places.