Life Works: Emergency Medical

My name is Darryl Lowery, Master Firefighter, EMTB. Let’s do it again (laughs). Can we do that over again? Hi, I am Darryl Lowery, Master Firefighter, EMTB, with the National Institutes of Health Fire Department, in Bethesda, Maryland. My typical day consists of, once we arrive at 7 o’clock we all report to roll call. We receive our daily riding assignments of what we’re doing for that day. After line up, the first thing you wanna do is retrieve your gear out of your gear locker. I’m gonna check my gear, make sure everything’s in working condition, and place it in a position where you’re riding that shift. In this type of duty you have to be ready for calls at all times. Jonathan Mattingly: Whether it’s just an injury or someone trapped, there’s always a potential for life-saving events any given day. Darryl Lowery: We try to get out of this station within one minute. We try to make it to the scene of the call on campus within 3 minutes. Gotta be ready. Jonathan Mattingly: The fitness level of the guys on the apparatuses has gotta be high. You’re dealing with high-rise hospitals, 16-, 17-story buildings, and large numbers of people, should they have to do evacuation. Darryl Lowery: In this service you have to have the training before you can get hired. You go to the volunteer fire department, you join that department, and take all the training courses that you can get and use that training to put in for positions like these. Jonathan Mattingly: The shift that the Firefighters are exposed to is a 48-hour on, 72-hour off. Darryl Lowery (in hallway): Hey guys, what you got? Darryl Lowery: You have to have heart, and the main thing, you have to have pride. Like I say, we all consider ourselves brothers when we’re here — I have your back and you have my back. Jonathan Mattingly: It’s not a career that we all got into to make ourselves rich off of, it’s that you’re happy when you come to work, and that you’re happy doing what you do, and that we all go home at the end of the day.

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