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  1. Joe Hanek March 29, 2014 11:33 am

    Just found your blog and am intrigued by it, I was a volunteer Firefighter and Medic many years ago and i love this blog
    Thank You

    • Justin March 29, 2014 1:12 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Joe! Head back to the archives and enjoy!

  2. Owen M. McCafferty May 14, 2014 10:35 pm


    Thank you for the work you are doing with EMS stuff.
    I admire your work as an Paramedic in a major city like SF.
    I had to give up the job 3 years ago because of new epilepsy I’ve been diagnosed with. I used to be upset if an epileptic would not go to the hospital with me (as a paramedic). Now, I’m the patient that says that to the newer paramedics that pick me up. Please keep doing what you are doing. What you are providing is my only way to really stay involved as a non-practicing paramedic.

    Thank you

    • Justin May 19, 2014 8:36 pm

      Owen, thanks for stopping by! If you haven’t already done so, take a look at the log book archive and travel back in time to the Fall of 2009 and the lead up to my Paramedic Exchange project with then UK Paramedic Mark Glencorse. I was revisiting it the other day and got to relive some great memories. Thanks again for reading!

  3. Texas Tom May 21, 2014 12:01 pm

    I somehow stumbled into your blog about a month back and have been slowly reading the posts from way back when to the present…. (I’ve made it so far as July of ’10)
    A little bit about myself: I’m just getting started in this career having recently taken my national registry exam for my EMT-B. I’m starting Medic school this fall and working for a VFD in a semi-rural county north of dallas. (rumor has it we will go full paid in about a year or so)
    Enough about that nonsense. I love reading your blog and even as a relative rookie, I see a fair bit of what you’re talking about. Reading your blog has been an inspiration to me to follow through with my goals of being a medic/firefighter.

    Happy Trails, Amigo!

  4. Joseph Hui September 3, 2014 11:56 am

    Just watched your pilot on youtube. It’s a great resource for many who wants to join the emergency service. The exchange with your London’s counterpart is educational and interesting. Hope that you can make more video in the foreseeable future.

  5. Charlie Miller April 7, 2017 9:50 pm

    Justin, Found you while looking for videos for an EMR class I am teaching. Watched the Beyond the Lights & Sirens pilot on Youtube, but can’t find the second/subsequent episodes. Did they produce more? Also whats the address of the station #1. I would love to walk by next time were in the City. Thanks for what your doing. Charlie Miller Capt/Paramedic (Retired) Ukiah F.D.

    • Justin April 9, 2017 7:42 am

      Hi Charlie, thanks for reading. Sadly the networks lost interest in our series when they began to get bad information about HIPAA and the, at the time brand new, Affordable Care Act. Since then a number of EMS shows have popped up and now a new series was greenlit called simply “Ambulance.”

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