Interstate Tanker Truck Fire

Tonight there was this phenomenal fire on and beneath the interstate here in St. Pete from a tanker truck. It was just blocks down the street from my house.

So… of course (being off duty) I went down there with my camera to see what I could see. The closest that I could get was several blocks away. And even then I got quite spooked and found a different location when the fire went into the sewer and manhole covers began exploding off of their drains.

Go check out the best of the photos over on Flickr and let me know what you think.

Pictures ala Sunstar

It has been a long time coming, but here they are. The contact sheets for the Sunstar pictures 10-1-2004 – 12-22-2005 and the pictures from the Christmas party. Anyone from Sunstar can email me at jZ at with the image number and I will send you the image. This is limited to Sunstar employees only and only 3 per person. Get your requests in before April 1st because I will be archiving the images to disc to free up drive space.

UPDATE: These photos have been removed. I cannot provide any explination here on the web, but if you had any business looking at these in the first place you can call me. Maybe someday I will talk about it.

A Quote From a Field Crew

While on a call yesterday with a crew I heard one of them say one of those things that you may only hear while working in EMS.

In reference to someone’s skin condition, “Man, that looks like quiche!”

This was followed by the sounds of retching emanating from one of the other EMT’s on the call.

An Amazing EMS Opportunity

Attention all Sunstar Paramedics, Paramedics Plus is looking for any available personel to participate in the event of a lifetime!

On Wednesday September 29, 2004 at 07:00 we will be taking the entire fleet to Sand Key for a photo. We need quite a few people for an event of this magnatude, so sign up. If you are available either post here, contact me or sign up in the hallway by the time-clock.

The entire fleet will not ever be in the same location again. Be a part of history in the largest change of contractors of a PUM.

Yes, I Was Fired Today

Information and communication are powerful tools. Therefore I give you both.

Today I was called back into headquarters by Scott Springstead at approximately 15:45, I met with Dan & Scott and my employment with AMR was terminated at approximately 16:45 this Monday September 20, 2004.

I will not go into detail about these events here.

The fact remains that I have been terminated from my employment for reasons that I (and others) feel are irrelevant and do not warrant discipline, corrective action or discharge.

Note: There were 2 supervisor terminations today and one (supervisor) “released from his employment”.

I would like to request that anyone that reads and feels any level of irritation about this not to retaliate or do anything that could jeopardize your employment or lively hood in any way. And that everyone that works at Sunstar EMS continue to do what they excel at, which is providing an unrivaled level of compassionate attentive care to the citizens of Pinellas County. I look forward to being out there with you again in a few short days.

Yes! A few short days! Before I could even put my bags into my car, my problems were solved…..
I will see everyone again the night of October 1st!

FYI: The AMR (LaidLaw) ethics compliance hotline: 1 (888) 524-3529 that is 1 (888) LAID-LAW

Disclaimer: My intent with this posting is not to discredit, slander or manipulate the truth or perspective in any way. I only wish to stop any false rumors before they start, and provide accurate details of the events that took place this evening in Dan Stumpfhauser’s office.

Good Luck Phil

On September 3rd at 07:30 the illustrious Phil Mahan finished his last shift at Sunstar EMS. For those that have had the privilege of working with or for Phil you will know that his level of dedication is completely unrivaled.

For the past year I have had the privilege of working under Phil’s direction. He helped me to grow both as a supervisor and as a person. Phil helped foster in me a heightened sense of priority and sensitivity to the priorities of those that rely on my performance. I learned b y observing Phil’s work habits what dedication can do to both their own productivity and the productivity and moral of the entire organization.

The last thing I said to Phil as I completed my last shift with him was “Thank you.” I meant that, Thank you Phil Mahan, for everything. Sunstar has lost a valuable asset. Your will be missed for a long time & your legend will continue long beyond that.

Good luck Phil!