We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A recently-retired friend decided to take up EMT training. He wants to remain a useful citizen. Thus far, he loves it more than he ever liked his job. The chance to save a life is an appealing thing, while learning all sorts of new skills.
As an MD, I have to admit that these people can do things that I have no clue about how to do. Never learned, or can't remember. Most of the car crash victims I saw in ERs were DOA, and most MI people were beyond saving. Death happens, often, as it must. That was a while ago, though.
There are several levels of it, so you can keep aspiring. There is always work too, part-time or full, or volunteer.
Have a good friend that did that for a living for a few years but it was the car crash scene that finally wore her out. She went on to teach it at a college and worked on getting a degree there as well.
After we retired my wife and i both joined the volunteer fire dept and after a year in the dept we went to school for EMT basic. Alabama has a program to encourage EMT and reimburses you if you pass the National and State exams and put in 2 more years in a volunteer fire dept or volunteer rescue squad. We took the course and both passed, it was hard but i am glad we took it. It has helped on way more than on car crashes as we live in an area dominated by retired people like us. We loved it but must admit it really messes up sleep rhythms when you are on call 24 hrs a day. And yes it beats my old day job by miles even though there is no pay.
Realistically far more useful than hours of self defense training. I have a ridiculous amount of tactical and medical training and find the med side more useful by a factor of 3. That could change with one incident but, knock wood, it’s where it stands now.
This is great. It's good to have people around with that kind of knowledge, and civic spirit. This is an example of how normal people can be involved in the community. The State, however, doesn't really want people to be involved. The one example to which I would refer is the ambulance service.
Those ambulance companies get around twenty five hundred dollars for each person they take to the hospital. That usually takes less than an hour. Really, an ambulance run should cost around five hundred dollars. And it would, if competition were allowed. But ambulances are just one of many sweetheart deals that drive prices up for everyone. The same thing goes for visits to the emergency room. That's also twenty five hundred dollars.
These rip-off artists are able to get away with this because of the awful political machine that steals as much money as possible. A lot of that ambulance money ends up in the pockets of our honorable politicians. So the first step in solving this problem is to require every ambulance company and hospital to publish prices.