- Dispatched to shortness of breath, prob. 2nd to massive explosion & helo crash. Pulling out the versed calling for helo #LPD#CaptainVersed
Yes that was me a few days ago. The Mediccast and EMS Garage co hosted a live event for the premier of the new NBC show Trauma. A large gathering of EMS providers listened live and joined a chat room. We all had a lot of fun, we destroyed the medical accuracy of the show and laughed at the over the top antics of the paramedics.
I was working an ambulance shift the next day. Many of the EMS providers on twitter were all having fun making light of the Trauma show. We were all exaggerating our normal routine runs and make them sound like we were on the Trauma show. That is where the tweet at the top comes into our story. I was actually dispatched to a nursing home for a difficulty breathing. That is the only ounce of truth in the entire tweet. The paramedics on the trauma show never went to the routine difficulty breathing (or dialysis) run. I thought it would be creative and funny to think of extreme circumstances that might cause a difficulty breathing call.
One of my non EMS followers thought this was a real run. After she replied to me I let her know it was a joke. Unfortunately she already forwarded the tweet via email to a local news paper reporter. The reporter called the 911 dispatch center, obviously she found no such incident.
The reporter then took this story a bit too far. She decided to take the moral high road and called my fire chief. She wanted to let him know that one of his fire fighters was tweeting about a fake incident. I was not working at the firehouse that day, my chief said as long as it did not attempt to represent the department and it wasn’t about the department it was non of his concern.
What do you think? Did the reporter go too far that day? Was I out of line tweeting a fake run? Where does this leave social media and bored EMS providers? Where is the line?
Full Disclosure: I never, EVER, claim to represent any agency I work for in any manner. I talked to the reporter on the phone and listened to her side of the argument. I still disagree with what she did.