Interesting...it appears that zombie horses eat brains much as zombie humans do--after all, "zombie horse threads" tend to suck the gray matter right out of your skull and leave you feeling strangely empty, and craving some replacement...brrraaaaiiiiiiiinnnnnns. :D
I am a 3 yr ff, not with my current dept. and emt in Illinois. And its safe to say the least that our restrictions suck in some areas. This is what all I have learned from taking law classes and from others from other firefighting associations. Illinois allows you to have blue/clear to the front, and from what I have heard recently, to the rear also. However, district regulations say that you can have no lighting to the rear unless you are an officer. Another thing is that if you have a signed letter from either the mayor or Sheriff of your county, you can run redlights in association with blue and clear. This is a very rare thing though unless you have "friends". Also Illinois recently brought back allowances for wig wags and headlamp strobes, but my dept still says you cannot use them. One of the good things is that you do not have to have a permit to use what you are allowed yet. All you need is a valid id card with name, pic, and exp. date signed by your chief, carried at all times. And your vehicle must be marked to the front or back to associate you with a department. However, though it is US statute that povs may run sirens, Illinois considers it a definate no no!!
Here in the great state of Louisiana we use red/white for ff/ems with siren
obvious signs of rigor and lividity...why revive???
Grabs a baseball bat and starts hitting the dead horse, back! back! back!, down! down! down!
Hmmm Half-Life, Resident Evil...does anyone else see a pattern here...oh well im divorced, Im allowed to play games..unless...think she left me over the games??lol
I might just go swipe an 105MM Howitzer and blow the p*ss out of this dead horse. Maybe that will take care of em once and for all.
ALSO, fyi, it's not that line officers are allowed to have red lights and sirens, it's the Chief and his/her assistant.
§ 13:24-2.8 Emergency light mounting and use requirements
(c) Red emergency lights placed on a vehicle owned by and registered in the name of a current chief of a volunteer fire company or the first assistant chief of a volunteer fire company or a chief officer of a volunteer first aid or rescue squad pursuant to a permit issued by the Chief Administrator in accordance with this subchapter shall be mounted only on the exterior of the vehicle and shall consist of not more than two magnetic base-type removable lights.
NJ is Blue lights for fire and ems with no sirens. Chiefs and their 1st asst. use red and a siren. Green is for command.
I dont know about in NJ, but in Ohio it isnt you "duty" to stop for an accident on the side of the road if you are in your personal vehicle, UNLESS it is in your jurisdiction and you have been dispatched to it (just an edit..going to a the station for the apparatus may also fall into your duty to act...so even then you dont have to stop in your POV). Just because you are an EMT doesnt mean you HAVE to stop at every accident you come across. Now morals are a different story I'm sure we all would stop to make sure someone is okay if we see an accident, but it is as a good samaritan and are not required to.
Problem is in some places people run lights in their POV's. How many of these people been trained to do that? I'm not 100 percent sure but aren't you supposed to take training classes on how to run lights when you're a rig shoffer? So shouldn't we worry about the basic firefighters who don't have this experience?
i know in europe,volly's arent allowed to run light's. atleast what i herd, we have no specheal(sp?) laws,we must do speed limit and aboy lights and stop signs.
You are only under a duty to act if you are a paid emt and you are on shift in your jurisdiction or if you are a volunteer emt and you are "on call" in your jurisdiction.
However, that doesn't mean you can't get sued. I suppose anyone can sue you, but it doesn't mean they will win.
IF it was as you say, then if you are home sitting on your couch, why wouldn't you have a duty to act?
Just because you happened to be driving to pick up your sick grandmother to take her to her MD appt and came across an accident? See where this would go?
As for abandonment, if you had not started care, then you cannot abandon a patient. This is given the other point I made previously.
As for an oath, I took no oath when i completed my EMT. I took an oath as a firefighter, but we don't provide EMS.
The chief pretty much explained where I was going with this. And just to add on, as EMT's we operate under a doctors liscense. We cannot perform our duties alone. So if we were to happen to be somewhere where someone needed care, and we were not in our area, our protocols wouldnt apply anymore. Thos protocols apply for a run in our area on our squad...
I will tell you that most EMT instructors don't know the law, they simply relay the "wive's tails" that they were taught. I'm no attorney, but I deal with them from time to time, and most lay people get their legal education from TV. Not the best source!
Do you have an obligation to assist? I think that morally you do, but again, that's my opinion. If you dont stop, are you breaking the law? No.