A longtime medic told this story about resistance to change in the fire departments. In 1983 he was to teach the first EMT class at a fire department, then at the beginning of the process of training every firefighter to at least this basic level of care. At the time, firefighters were only trained, medically, to the first responder level, which is akin to first “don’t move the patient and wait for help” aid.

An EMT class is about 120 hours long. Nothing brutal. And they got paid to be there. Overtime. But firefighters resent medical responses, and even to this day old feelings die hard.

The medic introduced himself, and asked if anybody had any questions.

“Yeah, why the fuck do we gotta be here?”

The union got the class canceled 3 days later.

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