You start calling that irritating guy in your squad "Chet", even though
that's not his name.
You start looking at the quality Johnny's veins.
You're dispatched to a working structure fire, and pray that Captain
Stanley is already there establishing command.
You call your base hospital "Rampart".
You install the Squad 51 tones on your computer as your incoming e-mail wave.
You start dreaming of running a rescue with Johnny and Roy
You try to convince county dispatch to use EMERGENCY! tones.
You use foam on every fire call.
You are depressed that there isn't an oil refinery in your district.
When your department orders a new truck and you have it lettered the same as Squad 51.
While teaching a class of new ALS providers about pre-filled syringes, you tell them "Johnny Gage it." (popping the caps off)
You prefer to use lube and paddles, even though everyone uses remote
defibrillators now." (Just so you can rub the paddles together)
When as a "patient" in a practical exam for EMT or First Responders, you list your doctor as Dr. Brackett, and choose to be transported to Rampart.
You list Gage and Desoto on your "mark-on board" at your station as crew members on duty!
When you climb into the truck for a call, you start the truck, and adjust your coat - just like Mike Stoker.
When pulling out for a call, your officer looks at you and says, "Here we go, Junior.", and you reply, "Ok, Pally."
When checking your truck, you put the radio transceiver to you ear and say, "Rampart, This is Squad 51..."
You feel that for any medical problem, from a broken finger to a heart
attack, the best remedy is an IV with D5W.
You're humming the theme song to Emergency! under your breath when
responding to a call.
You get irritated when the sirens for the squad and pumper get reversed in a scene.
You cringe when they do CPR because you know how to do it correctly.
You pop off the caps like Johnny & Roy do.
When your station gets a call someone runs over to the station Radio and yells "51 10-4 KMG365".
As a firefighter you refer to your staion officer as "Cap"--sure the"new
kids" do it too, but you are among the few that really know why -- (sometimes even the Captain doesn't know why!).
You mention at an officers' meeting the idea of putting a "white stripe" on the helmets of capts/lieuts.
On multi-co responses--you let the squad lead.
You (try) to wear your helmet in the squad on ALL calls.
You hang your helmet on the hook in the squad.
Just after you close the door of the ambulance--you give two good whacks on the rear door.
Instead of "portable"--you refer to the handheld radio as a "Handi-Talki"--or H.T. for short.
When firing up the defib unit--you count out the watt/seconds--even though since the Lifepak"5" they dont work that way anymore.
As a fire dispatcher--you often think, on large assignments (3 engines, 2
trucks and a chief) about adding "Engine/Squad 51"--even though your fire department doesn't have one.
You dispatch the calls Exactly as Sam used to do it, complete with "time out".