An Underappreciated Attribute

There are many qualities I appreciate in a BLS partner (Our system pairs either each paramedic with an EMT.)  These are my ideal attributes:

  1. Strong, can lift.
  2. Solid EMT.
  3. Knows where they are going.
  4. Pleasant disposition.

Over the years I have worked with partners who are missing some of these.  I have learned to work them.

If a partner can’t lift, I make use of first responders.

If a partner is not a good EMT, I never rely on them.

If a partner doesn’t know where they are going, I can direct them because I know the roads.

But if a partner isn’t pleasant, there is nothing I can do suffer.