The Life of Josh

Computer Engineer, Security Consultant, and Tech Nerd.



Are volunteer ambulances needed?

I read this article and just could not believe the nasty tone. What is so wrong with a Jewish organization making an ambulance company to cater to the community? Is it any more wrong to make a Catholic High School? Or what about Catholic Homes for the Elderly? Why do these things exist? Because a community knows how to serve itself better than an outsider. Why can’t a Catholic go to a secular school and learn religion after school? My answer is that they should not have to. If resources exist to customize a program for a group, and private money is funding it then I see no reason to avoid making that service available. The author of that blog entry implies that FDNY is somehow better prepared to handle medical calls. I don’t see how that is the case. A volunteer and a FDNY employee both go through the same EMT or Medic class. A volunteer might only respond to 2 calls in a day which means he is not as tired or frustrated as the FDNY guy that has been on 8 runs already, and the FDNY guy quite possibly could just care about his paycheck.

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September 11th

As September 11th approaches I can’t help but feel really really sad. Sometimes I look through my photos that I collected from various places. It never gets easier to think about that day even now that two years has past. I remember it clearly. On September 10th, 2001 I was down at AOL in Virginia having a security meeting.

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Blackout 2003: One EMTs 27 hours in the dark

At my day job I am a System Engineer for a large publishing company. My boss Tony and I were sitting in a meeting at 4:15p.m. when the lights went out. We looked out the window to see if it was just us, and noticed that it looked a little dark at Chase next door. Then we noticed flashing emergency lights flashing on some of the floors across the street. I turned on my ambulance radio to see if I could figure out what was going on. It was silent which is not normal. Then I heard my mid-town ambulance trying to reach anyone on the air. I realized the blackout was at least from 50th -> 47th street because the mid-town bus sits on 47th and 5th Avenue. 6 minutes later the dispatcher came back on the air. H-Base, the radio ID of our dispatcher, started asking units to respond to buses in all neighborhoods from down in Manhattan all the way up to the catskills. I knew it was -very- bad.

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4th of July

Well it’s the 4th of July. The Department of Homeland Security here has the threat level elevated. On my ambulance we have not so many people around so I can’t really go anywhere this weekend. Tonight I hope to see the fireworks over by the East River. They close the highway from 14th street to 42nd street, but I live up in the 80s so I’ll have to just go to Carl Shurz park and hope for the best. In past years the view has been pretty good. I hope the weekend is quiet, and emergency-free.


Israeli Day Parade 2003

Canon - Canon PowerShot S45 - 2003-06-04 21-22-30
Josh on the right.

Today I worked at the Israeli Day Parade in New York City. What a fun time I had. It was rainy, but still it was fun. I am in the picture on the right wearing my bright yellow EMS vest. That rickety cart I am in was my emergency vehicle for the parade.

This year was very quiet. I was stationed by Grand Army Plaza on 5th Avenue by 59th Street. Because of the rain many people didn’t show up for the parade. Sad for the parade. Nice for me. 🙂 Because of the rain they had to cancel the concert in the park that normally happens. Aside from having to listen to the Pro-Palestinians that protest against Israel right where I was stationed it was a good day. It amazes me how these people can come out in support of palestinians. One ride on a bus in Israel with one of their suicide bombing brothers, and I bet their perspective changes a little.

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