When facing a crisis of health you, along with others, turn to the men and women of the Emergency Medical Services. While there are EMS agencies of all shapes and sizes, each with their own motivation for serving, there is one subset that stands out against the majority.
Altruistic in nature, these EMS agencies and their providers are not in it for monetary gain. While the community hails them as assets and everyday heroes in public, behind the scenes the support offered to them dwindles. They are often looked down upon by their fiscally compensated counterparts as overly enthusiastic blunderers placing a higher emphasis on maintaining the moral high ground as opposed to adequate training and experience. Founded on the ideals of community participation, volunteerism, and neighbors helping neighbors in a society where the economic feasibility of that type of service is diminishing, these providers struggle to survive as agencies and as individuals. After all, it’s a matter of life or death, right?
Or is it?
Lace up the boots with an authentic 20-year EMS volunteer at the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps (FHVAC) in one of the world’s biggest EMS systems, New York City. Going from the bumpy start in the service, through to those teenage rebellion years as a new provider running calls for help, and culminating to a point of maturity often never reached in an industry known for eating its young with an astronomically high burnout rate. Ride along through the streets of Forest Hills and Rego Park to discover what it’s like to be an EMS provider, plunge head first to unlock the secrets of a misunderstood EMS system, and discover the shocking truth about who’s winning the life and death struggle that human nature declares we wage in the quest for immortality.