1986 - 1999 British Army
2003 - Present Community First Responder for South Central Amulance Service.
Story starts in 1999 when I applied to TVP as a regular Police recruit. Unfortunately failed at the final interview stage. In hindsight I was to under prepared. Being ex-forces I thought I knew all about the poilce and I would just cruise in. Not so! Ironically I did have some friends who were serving officers but still thought I could do it my way!
I licked my wounds for a few years and then looked for something to raise the old adrenaline a bit. Hence the Ambulance service. As a Commnity first responder (CFR), we attend life-threatening 999 calls in advance of an ambulance. I've been at this for about 4 years now. I've done a hundred or so jobs and treated everything from a nose bleed, to several resusuitations and even a collapsed womb!
However the whole ambulance thing is very reactive rather than pro-active. Also the time spent on a job, around 20 minutes or so, leaves me with a sense of being a bit half-hearted. I'm a people person and I like to help others. The whole CFR thing is in, out and wait for the next job. 99.9% of the time we get no feedback or patient outcomes, which isn't why were doing it but it does feel we're only a stop-gap.
Anyway, the whole police thing raised it's head a few months ago, don't know why but I thought why not, they can only say No! I know I can't reapply for the regs but to be honest I've three small children (3, 5 & 7) and my wife's starting her midwifery degree in September so I'm not about to try and start intensive training and shifts etc.
I'm used to the whole volunteering thing and doing evenings, the odd weekend isn't a problem. As a CFR I was generally the guy who did the evenings and nights, so a MI (Heart attack) at 2am wasn't uncommon. I'm just worried that, like responding, I would want to book on shift every spare evening I can. I'm sure that every new special does huge load of hours, plateaus off, then finds what suits them. Time and the whole application thing will tell.
I live in a small town within the TVP area and so will be obviuosly trying to a special there. Just hope it isn't to rural. I've read plenty of forum entires regading the old 'where do I serve' dilemma. I really would want to serve here as it's the whole community thing I'm after. Whilst you're in the forces you're like a nomad, there's nowhere you can call home and it gets dificult to intergrate into the community, but where I live it's great. I love the old 'can't walk 20 paces without meeting someone' senario. As you've guessed I'm not from where I live, I'm originally from Hertfordshire, but I won't let anyone hold it against me.
So enough for now. I'm off out tonight to chew the fat and sup a guinness or two with an Inspector from TVP and see if being a special is all it's up to be and what life is really like as a SC.
I'll keep you guys and gals updated.
Edited by Hefe Weizen, 01 July 2007 - 10:35 AM.