Day 5: Anticipation.

Next week's agenda: 


1) Begin physical training. On Monday, we'll meet with a nutritionist, who will counsel us on how to eat healthy while at the academy (from the looks of 994's lunches over the past week, it appears that most have not taken this advice to heart). On Tuesday, we'll take the first of a handful of fitness assessments: pushups, pullups, sit-ups, and a 1.5 mile run—all timed so we know our current "fitness level". The PT instructor's goal is then to push us so far beyond our baseline that we're in the best shape of our lives. Frankly, I'm excited!

2) Start our protocol reviews (for the particulars of being a paramedic in D.C.) and then maybe move to the hospital to start precepting. If we can finish all of our required calls and have the ALS preceptors sign off on the fact that we're not complete morons on the street, we can come back to the academy on February 2nd to start firefighting. Better to get it out of the way now, yes? It'll feel better after we graduate, I'm sure.

Other than that, I'm off to a corporate holiday party (what a severe change of environment, I know!) Time to relax a bit. It's partly to celebrate the first week, but mostly because I don't have to be up at 4am tomorrow! 

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stephen miller
St. Baldrick’ Support a Fellow Brother Fighting Pediatric Cancer!
Great job, brethren ... be bald (bold) even off the fire ground.
2014-02-22 09:33:24
John Struve
St. Baldrick’ Support a Fellow Brother Fighting Pediatric Cancer!
As I read all the above I wondered "How does it work?" Are fire personnel asking for pledges from the public to be paid to this charity when the personnel have their heads shaved? The ad above was not clear to me. I will read it again. The charity is certainly a very worthwhile cause.…
2014-02-22 06:20:28
“Social Media Policy”—how does it affect the bloggers? | Raising Ladders
A word of caution for the chronic Facebook addicts.
[…] over three years ago, I penned a post regarding how firefighters and EMS providers were landing themselves in hot water by using various […]
2014-01-07 17:55:57
Jonny Hope
Farewell, brother.
So very well said Brother. Mike was such an awesome guy. Sure am gonna miss him and his stories. Mike touch so many people on and off the job. Mike will continue to live on in so many of us. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful tribute with us about Mike. 
2013-12-04 21:49:48
Scott Jones
Farewell, brother.
A Very toching tribute from a true brother. Thoughts and prayers to his family and his brothers and sisters in DC.  Scott Jones, BC Springfield, MO
2013-12-04 19:38:25

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