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OCT 2018

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22 OCTOBER 2018 | EMSWORLD.com COVER REPORT: UNIQUE JOB SETTINGS extinguisher within arm's reach. Improve- ments in vehicle safety design and attire allow drivers to survive 200-mph crashes they wouldn't have just a decade ago. And while nobody wants to see a driv- er seriously injured, for Kaplan treating a driver seconds after a crash, rather than minutes, is a surprising change in perspec- tive. "Any injuries are in the very early stage of manifesting," she says. "It's fascinating to witness the mechanism of injury from a medical perspective." "This is very much a family atmosphere," Carroll says of the collegial nature of the job. "You bond with the officials, the driv- ers, the crews. I'm a fan of NASCAR, but that's not why you're there." Sole Medic on a Floating City When Richard Montgomery heard from his former paramedic partner who was working on a Chevron oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, he was intrigued—but com- pletely unaware this specialty area of EMS even existed. Nevertheless, he called the hiring manager of his partner's company for an informal chat. He was astounded to find himself driving south to Louisiana the next day. "I had no idea what I was in for," says Montgomer y, who under went 28 days of intensive training on everything from specialized hazmat instruction to scaf- folding inspections, the policies of work- ing in international waters, minor dental procedures, and even how to survive a helicopter crash in the water. The newly certified Montgomery was issued a hardhat and gloves and assigned to Hercules 251, a jackup platform rig sta- tioned just off the coast of Louisiana in a block of the Gulf of Mexico called Main Pass 58. "They lift you from the boat in a basket by a crane that's bobbing around in the water," Montgomery says of the eye- opening initial days. Within the first five minutes on the rig, he fell down a flight of stairs directly in front of the offshore installation manager, the most senior official on the platform. "Not the first impression I was hoping for," he says. Montgomer y would quickly come to learn that life on a self-sustaining offshore oil operation is spartan, crowded, and con- "This is very much a family atmosphere," says NASCAR Safety Team Member Brandon Carroll of the collegial nature of the job. "You bond with the officials, the drivers, the crews." (Photo: Brandon Carroll) "If I act irresponsibly and get hurt, my friends' lives are at risk," Hudson says of his on-scene duties. "I'm also casting [EMS] in a negative light. I don't take the responsibility for granted." (Photo: Mike Hudson)

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