Aussie Seahawk wrote:The new pic is perfect, thanks! I'm so glad your local media made you stand forward to accept appreciation of first responders' service. In modern vernacular, you folks are rock stars, even though it was never your intent.
But... where the heck are you in the photo(!), and please tell us about other folks in the picture, although I have no idea how many you actually personally know (depending on how large your department is).
As a paramedic, how has your life changed since c-virus? I just can't imagine - Houston is such a huge population centre (what, maybe 4M in the general metro environs?)
Looking at the picture I’m to the left and just behind the women front center.
The two large red/black fire trucks, the smaller truck with the rescue boat, and the two ambulances are all from my station, and the personnel from those apparatus are in the photo.
The K-9 and officer are from the Harris County Arson investigators office.
The large Blue/White truck is a Harris County Hazmat (hazardous material) response team. Chemical/fuel spills, Meth Lab etc.
Police represented are DPS (Texas State Police)
Harris Co. Sheriff office
Harris Co. Constables office
Regional office of Dept of Homeland security.
The guys in grey jump suits are from the AirMedical Helicopter.
The folks in scrubs are Dr./Nurses from our two most local Hospitals.
The photo was taken at our local High School, in the background you can see the stadium, field house, and ROTC obstacle course.
Houston is the 4th largest city in the US. 2.5 million
The Greater Houston area population is over 7 million, Harris co. (where I actually work) accounts for 4.7 million of the 7.
My “district” is 56 square miles with a documented population of 14k, we have an estimated undocumented population of 3-5k. The district is sub-urban/rural.
We have many multi million dollar homes , as well as folks that live in plywood shacks. (An interesting mix)
My job/daily duties really haven’t changed all that much, exceptions being taking extra precautions with PPE, getting into/out of Hospitals, and being personally “screened” every 8 hours of our 24 hour shifts.