My EMT agency is fucking up really bad and there’s nothing I can do about it
Without telling any of us, or providing any kind of warning or opportunity to vote on it, they’ve instituted ‘physical requirements’ including:
A 125-lb pram lift
2 minutes of CPR
A 120-lb backboard lift with a partner
None of these would be a big deal except for the last one: a 3 mile jog with a 45-lb pack in under 40 mins.
Now, I could probably do that. I go hiking in the mountains with a pack on for fun, and I can do a pretty steady 4mph walk when I get going. But I am tall and strong and I don’t have knee problems or asthma. Even then, 45 pounds is nearly a third of my weight. And for the smaller, less-than-five-foot, 100lb women in our group, 45 pounds is way way more than they can reasonably be expected to carry.
Anything I say is construed as whining. They don’t understand that posting those kind of requirements is going to discourage women and less-able people from joining… Or maybe that’s what they’re going for idk. The thing is, having that kind of requirement is totally fucking unnecessary, we don’t walk anywhere, much less while carrying a pack. And even worse, AMR (our ambulance company) doesn’t even have fitness requirements that come anywhere near these.
I hate everyone