Saturday, January 2, 2016

Mandatory yearly CPAT testing for Police, Firefighters, Emergency Medical, Technicians and Paramedics

Let's start off by saying that the point of this post is not to bash any Police Officer, Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic. Take a look around at your fellow brothers and sisters. How many of them need to get in shape? 

The average EMS employee carries around an extra 20 - 50 extra pounds of fat. Let's face it, it's a tough world out there. Our job is to help people in the tightest situations. That's hard to do with added girth on the body. The author can not exclude herself from this group. Her biggest fear is to have a non-breathing patient on the floor, she kneels down to perform CPR, and she won't be able to get back up in front of 
fellow Firefighters, LEO, and Paramedics.

Yes it's important to remember that we are at risk, we put our community at risk. Ultimately Emergency Medical Services are examples every day of what a healthy body should look like. In two years, a certain facility in Fort Worth, Texas has seen nearly three thousand EMS personnel walk through the doors. A person can see the difference between healthy and unhealthy in the Paramedics.

The question comes to mind. How extreme is too extreme with the testing and results. Should jobs be put on the line? Should gym memberships and nutritionist be offered in the payment plan of EMS personnel? Should Emergency Medical Technicians, Police Officers, Firefighters, and Paramedics have to check in on the scale monthly? Or should it be left up to the partners to say something?

Another morsel of food for thought in the world of being an Emergency Medical Technician.

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