There are many qualities I appreciate in a BLS partner (Our system pairs either each paramedic with an EMT.) These are my ideal attributes:
- Strong, can lift.
- Solid EMT.
- Knows where they are going.
- 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.