Nine months of tying tourniquets and pushing new medications, of IVs, chest compressions, and defibrillator shocks - that was Kevin Grange's initiation into emergency medicine when, at age 36, he enrolled in the "Harvard of paramedic schools": UCLA's Daniel Freeman paramedic program, long considered one of the best and most intense paramedic training programs in the world.
Few jobs can match the stress, trauma, and drama that a paramedic calls a typical day at the office, and few educational settings can match the pressure and competitiveness of paramedic school. Blending months of classroom instruction with ER rotations and a grueling field internship with the Los Angeles Fire Department, UCLA's paramedic program is like a mix of boot camp and med school. It would turn out to be the hardest thing Grange had ever done, but also the most transformational and inspiring.
An in-depth look at the trials and tragedies that paramedic students experience daily, Lights and Sirens is ultimately about the best part of humanity - people working together to help save a human life.
©2015 Kevin Grange (P)2015 Tantor
very good book, if your looking into EMS as a career this is a great look and heads up as what to look forward to highly recommended.
As a former Paramedic student i found this book very enjoyable. Wish I listened to it before Paramedic school as it would give you an idea to the intensity of the program.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was well written, and very accurate to live in paramedic school. The only thing that could be improved on was the narrator's pronunciation of medical terms, but this wasn't enough to decrease my enjoyment of the subject very much. I definitely recommend this if you are currently in, will be in, or have been in medic school any time recently or soon.
All you really need to know about it, is it is an absolute representation of what those who have went through medic school certainly don't miss about the experience, but also would trade it for anything else. Kevin is a talented writer and Sean really brings the book to life by his talented narration.
I expected true stories about parametric encounters with patients. I ended up enjoying the trials of professional and personal growth of students in emergency medicine. Detailed and well portrayed. Medically accurate as I relived my own critical care nursing education.
Some of the medical terms were mispronounced and drove me crazy, but the story was so wonderful and emotional I didn't care much. Grange is a talented author who really hits on the head exactly what I'm feeling as I'm going through school. There were so many beautiful lines, relatable moments, and it was incredibly wonderful. This was one that I was sad to see end. While his program was set up differently than the one I'm attending, the emotions and experiences are so similar it made me feel this deep connection to the author. Great book!
Architectural Photographer based in Florida
Some interesting facts about paramedics delivered with very little emotion. If you like true life medical procedures it is worth the credit but you really gotta be into that sort of thing.
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