Career Profile: Emergency Medical Technician - Darryl Lowery
Darryl Lowery, Emergency Medical Technician, National Institutes of Health Fire Department, NIH, Bethesda, MD
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
When necessary, we complete building inspections on campus. This includes routine inspections like testing fire alarms and fire extinguishers to ensure that we meet all fire safety codes.
7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
These hours are the core working hours, although we are responsible for responding to emergency calls at anytime.
3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
During these hours, we do station work that may include attending additional training courses. We often take courses here at the firehouse with our assistant chief who is a MFRI instructor. Many are 3 credit courses that can be used for college credit and towards a medical or health related degree. Most of our training is open to the adjoining fire departments. At various times, we invite community groups and students from area schools to teach them about safety and fire prevention.
7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Throughout the evening, we remain on standby, waiting to respond to emergency calls.
Types of Calls
• Hazardous materials – human exposure and spills
• All types of medical emergencies
We operate using a triage system, which is a method of prioritizing responses to life threatening and other types of emergencies as:
• Priority 1 – life threatening requiring immediate attention
• Priority 2 – requires medical attention but can be delayed
• Priority 3 – non-life threatening and requires medical attention as non-emergency
• Priority 4 – requires no medical attention or presumed deceased