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Career Profile: Emergency Medical Technician - Darryl Lowery

Career Profile: Emergency Medical Technician - Darryl Lowery

Darryl Lowery, Emergency Medical Technician, National Institutes of Health Fire Department, NIH, Bethesda, MD

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Specialized equipment I use on the job…

We rely on specialized equipment and technology to complete our daily tasks.

Emergency Vehicles/Units

• Ambulance – vehicle used in response to medical emergencies
• Fire truck – vehicle used in response to fire emergencies
• Decontamination unit – unit used to decontaminate people who are exposed to radiation or harmful chemicals
• Bomb trailer – unit used to detonate bombs

Technology and Computer Software Programs

• Fire alarm monitor – system that monitors fire and emergency alarms for a particular building
• Keltron monitor – monitors fire and emergency alarms by geographical region
GPS locator – system that locates emergency vehicles, which are displayed on a monitor in the dispatch office, and helps route drivers to the appropriate site.
• Weather monitor – system that uses a meteorology software program to interpret weather patterns and related information via a satellite

What I like best/least about my job…

What I like best about my work is the group of guys I work with. Everyday is a different page in a book.

What I like least about my work is that sometimes people request emergency services when the situation in not an emergency. For every emergency call, we have detailed instructions that we must follow. If it is not really an emergency, then it can be very costly and time consuming, limiting our availability for true emergencies.

My career goals are…

My career goal is to get my bachelors degree in fire science. As you get older, it is physically harder to go out on some of the emergency calls. So I am looking ahead to retirement and considering other opportunities. At age 57 you have to retire as a federal firefighter.


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