SparkPeople EMS Sparkers! Team Messageboard If you're in a public rescue service or related to someone who is, join & help me make a difference. SparkPeople EMS Sparkers! Team Messageboard Tell your best responder WTF stories here Ever been on a call that just left you scratching your head? Pass it on, entertain us. Sun, 17 Jul 2016 07:58:45 EST Which stethoscope is the best? I amgoing into training and i need a stethoscope...I have heard some say Littman is the best and other say MDF... What is your opinion? Fri, 5 Feb 2016 16:24:53 EST hi I am going to start EMT school in Feb. hopefully. I have to get healthier than I am first. I also want to do it for my daughter who is 9. I am from GA and Everything I just typed seems really random so If you want to know more Mon, 14 Dec 2015 13:59:11 EST anyone here still sparking? anyone here? i'm trying to turn a new leaf, and get back to something that worked well for me.. i was wondering if anyone else is in the same boat as me.. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:18:51 EST June 2014 Chat! Is anybody here? I'd like to get this team going again and learn about the lives of EMS from you all! Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:17:43 EST Hi there. Hello all my name is Debbie. Last spring I completed my EMT certification but have yet to actively look for work doing the job. I'm scared I am to overweight and to out of shape to do a good job. The weight has kept me from so many things... <BR> <BR> I was going to school for nursing, but I have decided on the medic route instead. I need to work as soon as possible and I still have a few classes needed for the pre-reqs for any nursing programs around my area. <BR> <BR> My instructor really... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:32:50 EST Hello! Hi my name is Holly. My fulltime job is a dispatcher, we have a rotating schedule so right now I'm working grave yards and in a week I switch to the relief shift...I am also part of our local fire department, and run with rescue as a first responder. I cover for the ambulance once in a blue moon but it got to where I had too much going on and needed to be able to spend some time with my family! I am working on getting back in shape as I do alot of sitting in a day! Hope everyone is having... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 06:53:03 EST Paramedic's wife ... Thank you for including relatives! My husband is a night-shift paramedic, and I'm a day-shift crime lab-rat :-) Wed, 2 Nov 2011 09:51:36 EST EMT daughter My 20 year old EMT daughter traded her uniform for Army fatigues.I'm proud of her but worried as mothers are suppose to be when their children fly the coop.She left for South Carolina Sunday and I have been eating junk food for comfort. <BR> So far she still has her phone,so she sneaks and calls her brother and me from her bunk.I want to hear from her but not if she will get in trouble. <BR> Today I will try to be good and quit eating the junk! <em>9</em> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 11:27:10 EST Need thoughts from this specific group Hey y'all, I got a question. I am trying to figure out how to balance family with work. Yes, I am 19 and living at home because I am in college right now, but I am gone a lot of weekends, call-outs, teaching, managing equipment caches, and am in charge of a couple of projects on top of taking a full course load at school. Thing is, my parents kinda don't know me anymore, and I think they fet frustrated. I eat healthy and exercise, so sometimes they also get annoyed with my eating habits. Plu... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 03:00:14 EST Hope I am in the right place Hi all. I am on a Search and Rescue Team for a National Park. I was looking for a team who understood the need to keep in shape for those times when you need it, yet faced with the problem that you don't always use it (i.e lack of motavation sometimes) I am 19 and have been on the team for two years. I am a cpr/aed/first aid instructor (big whoop, I know) and while I can put on traction splints and stuff, I am working on getting the Wilderness First Responder certification so its all official... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 00:40:46 EST Seasons Greetings I want to wish all of us Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. <BR> <BR> May those of us who have to work have calm shifts with no big dramas. <BR> <BR> I am so glad I am off on Holidays these days. <BR> Thu, 23 Dec 2010 00:43:19 EST Thanks for inviting me.. I work with the elderly, the dying and large sector of down and out people whom are alone because of their alcohol or drug abuse.. <BR> I get sent into some homes, no one else wants to go because of the sheer extent of the situation.. Pick folks up off the floor, wash them and make sure they have clean clothing on, give them something to eat and drink. Find help to solve problems so they don't get kicked out.. <BR> Some people are so alone drinking or taking drugs dulls the pain.. They are p... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 08:44:54 EST Newb in every way. Hi all. I am new here (as of about 10 min ago). My wife has been on SP for about 3+ years. I am a former FF (trying to get on another dept soon) and am in EMT-B school right now. I am married, have a total of 5 kiddos (fixed that little problem after the last one) and at the moment, i have a career as a stay at home dad and homeschooling the kids. Im not usually very forward and out going. so ya, thats me at the moment. Sat, 3 Apr 2010 17:47:01 EST Hello fellow rescuers Hi, my name is Mike. I'm a firefighter from the Chicago burbs, been in the fire service going on 3 years now after a change from being an analytical chemist. Due to neck and back injuries in high school/college football, I let my fitness slip over the years. I've been a "member" of sparkpeople for a year, but I'm just now discovering its real value (partially thanks to the iPhone app). I can't wait to get back to fighting form and it'll be a pleasure meeting you all. Sat, 9 Jan 2010 10:00:21 EST hello to the team How is everyone doing? I would like to introduce myself to you all. My name is Brandon Odell, i've been in the military (army) for about 5 years now. Last year i changed my mos (job) to Combat medic. I obtained my EMT-B certificate before learning extra paramedic training we all recieve from the military almost 2 years ago. I work at Tripler army medical center in hawaii as a nursing assistant pretty much :( ...I would love to do the stuff I trained for but I guess that's the army for you!..... Tue, 21 Apr 2009 15:06:37 EST Am I A Firefighter Yet? Long... A total tear jerker.kind of long but a sweet story. <BR> <BR> Am I a Fireman Yet? In Phoenix , Arizona , a 26-year-old mother stared down at her 6 year old son, who was dying of terminal leukemia. Although her heart was filled with sadness, she also had a strong feeling of determination. Like any parent, she wanted her son to grow up & fulfill all his dreams. Now that was no longer possible. The leukemia would see to that. But she still wanted her son's dream to come true. She took her son' ... Fri, 6 Mar 2009 09:36:24 EST Can it be done? I have been preparing and training for the testing to become a fire fighter. I was reading some material and noticed that on some of the stuff Asthma is a Category A medical condition on others it is listed as a Category B medical condition. I have asthma but it is very well controlled and I have not been to a doctor for it in over 2 years. I do take and Albuterol inhaler as needed and that takes care of everything. After reading that I am now feeling discouraged and wondering what I should d... Mon, 10 Nov 2008 12:14:31 EST A - Z.. Girl names.. basically, the next answer is a girl's name with the next, corresponding letter.. got it? <BR> Sun, 9 Nov 2008 16:10:18 EST Trying to be a Fireman. My name is Gail and I am trying to get myself ready for the Fireman testing process. They are scheduled to hold the testing sometime between now and Feb. 2009. I am nervous and worried I won't pass the CPAT. If anyone has any suggestions or tips that I could use I would really appreciate it. I love this field and have been going on ride along's with the Fire Departments here. Thanks for all your help and support. <BR> Wed, 5 Nov 2008 11:26:48 EST TO ALL MEMBERS HAPPY HALOWEEN--- <em>18</em> Fri, 31 Oct 2008 10:06:12 EST Hello! I'm new! Hi everyone! I'm new to this team! I'm a Paramedic in Kansas! We are keeping very busy lately! Thank you Rolland for the invite to this team! I hadn't seen it! Wed, 22 Oct 2008 19:54:21 EST Hello I am Ambulancegirl and new <em>213</em> Hi I am new today to the team.... Mon, 20 Oct 2008 16:52:31 EST Ambulance driver new to the team. Hello. My name is Laci and I'm currently a driver for my local volunteer ambulance. I hope to obtain my EMT someday. I'm glad to join the team. <BR> <BR> Good luck to all on your goals! Wed, 15 Oct 2008 11:45:18 EST Fall Focus Now that school has started and my son is bringing home projects, extra work, and I'm bringing healthy snacks to pre-school it got me thinking... what are you doing to keep motivated and on track with the new season? <BR> <BR> I've really enjoyed walking in the cooler weather; something that was hard to get excited about when it was humid and sticky! <BR> Sat, 6 Sep 2008 20:41:39 EST Back and in need of help! Hey everyone, I'm Eireanna. I was a member of this amazing group a loooooong time ago. A lot has happened which caused me to be distant (I know, excuses, excuses!). Since I was last on here I put on weight... big surprise. I got married almost two years ago at my heighest weight ever. My husband and I moved from NY to TX (b/c of Uncle Sam) and I'm hoping that in a new environment I can succeed with a new me. <BR> Glad to be back and meet everyone new. Pep talks and little boosts are v... Tue, 29 Jul 2008 13:15:16 EST Just starting EMT/B Hello! My name is Kristie Mitschke, and I will begin EMT classes in August. I can't wait. Any advice???????????? Sun, 29 Jun 2008 19:07:50 EST Back (& as an EMT-B, this time) Grizhicks here, in central Indiana (Indianapolis & New Palestine), and I'm back. Been "out of the loop" for the past 5 months or so, but am back for good (please see my blog on my SparkPage). I'm also a new EMT-B. For those who missed my original intro, I've been involved with Search & Rescue for the past 6+ years, primarily as a K9 handler. Been wanting to take an EMT class for several years, but could not find one close to home or in the right time period. Found a local class just befo... Thu, 29 May 2008 07:57:22 EST i'm back :) hey there - my name is sarah - I have been w/ sparkpeople now for over a year - but got out of paying attention to it - I am now back - and ready to work - I will have my basic in June - (june 14th are my practicals to be exact) I am a stay at home mom and full time night student - I have 3 daughters - my oldest will be 9 on the 24th and my twins are 4 (they are identical) - I have recently been diagnosed w/ Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease - and basicly told I need to loose about 20-30 lbs to hel... Wed, 21 May 2008 11:28:22 EST Your Squad's/ Department's/ Company's Website.. If you're proud (and want to share it with the rest of us), don't hesitate to show it off.. Thu, 8 May 2008 19:55:15 EST Exercise of the day!! im going to start doing the exercise of the day EVERYDAY!! you can find it on the side of your sp page!! today they have the t stand!! i just did it and i can def feel the burn!!would any one else like to do this exercise of the day challenge with me EVERYDAY!!?!?!?!? Wed, 30 Apr 2008 10:54:01 EST newbie!! hi everyone!! my name is sheri im 21 years old. i just joined up with a fire dept. to become an emt. i start school in june and ill be done in july. i actually just went on my first run last thursday!! ssooo cool!! my goal for my weight loss is to get to at least 150!! i started sp weighing in at 210 but dropped 30 pounds since jan!! so pround of that!! lol i currently weigh 178!! <BR> <BR> i also have a 2 year old son which is the reason for the weight gain!! haha its always easier to put ... Tue, 29 Apr 2008 10:54:09 EST New EMT and New to the Team! Hello! My name is Kay. I just became certified as an EMT-B and am looking forward to my new occupation. I am a 38 year old mom of 3 boys - one 16 year old and 2 year old fraternal twins. I weighed in at a whopping 285 pounds when I have been at a stand still at 250 since then. <BR> <BR> I am starting a new occupation and want to start a new "eating lifestyle" -- I keep hearing that EMT's that work nights gain weight - I am going to be the exception to the rule. <BR> <BR> I am biting a... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 18:27:59 EST Hello from Vienna! Hi! <BR> My name is Tina, I am 35 and live in Vienna, Austria. I am a mom of 4 and I work 2-3 nightshifts a week as a paramedic and medical dispatcher. I finally had to admit I need help with this weight loss thing... so here I am now! Reading about your journeys has been great! Keep it up! Sat, 16 Feb 2008 22:47:45 EST Hello! Hi! I am new to this team. I'm an EMT and dispatcher. Joined SP for support while I get back in shape. I've been in the emergency services field for 20 years. Started in Fire & Rescue, and became a dispatcher along the way. Love my work. I really believe it is a calling, not a job. Thu, 14 Feb 2008 03:55:21 EST New to this team! Hi all! I am a 34 y/o paramedic from MI. I was diagnosed with epilepsy on June 28, 2007 (a date I will always remember!!) and have been out on medical since then. The good news is that I am cleared to go back March 3rd. I have lost quite a bit of weight prior to June but have been at a stand still since. Even with all of the running I am doing (I am training for a half marathon in April) I can't seem to lose those last 10 pounds. I'm actually hoping that going back to work will be the answer ... Sun, 10 Feb 2008 03:57:43 EST Our snack post Thanks to Higa for this idea.. post here for your personal ideas on what you do for quick, on-the-go, and most importantly, healthy snack/meals.. Mon, 4 Feb 2008 09:33:25 EST My last 10 pounds Hey Boys & Girls, <BR> <BR> I'm new to your group so just a little introduction first. I'm pursuing a masters in Exercise physiology specializing in cardiac rehab. I have 4 semesters to complete the program woohoo. Being an Exercise Physiologist I know what the problem is but I'm in denial. to. So I want to hear it from you guys so here is my little problem, I cant seem to lose the last 10 pounds. I want to go to 130 but the scale doesn't budge from 140. What's up with that? I do everything ... Sat, 2 Feb 2008 10:49:42 EST Emergency Workers!! Hello, There is another SparkTeam for Emergency workers!!! It is called Emergency workers!! Please come check it out!! Thank You! Thu, 10 Jan 2008 17:18:28 EST Hey there! My name is Sara. I'm from the far southwestern corner of Wisconsin. I've wanted to be an EMT for a good ten years and just finally took the leap. I passed my National Registry test in December, just waiting on the mail for my Wisconsin license. Right now I'll be a basic as I don't think our local volunteer service has enough calls to qualify for an IV, or anything else higher. I'm okay with that. I absolutely LOVE what I do as an EMT-B for our area! <BR> <BR> I'm a huge emotional eater... Sun, 6 Jan 2008 19:49:49 EST 2008's challenge ok everyone, since a couple people are interested in making a commitment to lose weight with me in this coming new year, the challege is to lose 5% (or more) of your weight in the first quarter.. see my next post for rules.. Thu, 27 Dec 2007 08:38:53 EST My First Day! Hey Yall! I'm a full-time FD ALS Medic in upstate NY and am looking forward to being able to tie my boots without asphyxiating! OMG - How did it get this outta control? Oh wait, ya'll know just as much as I do - firehouse food, time between calls - late night runs - emotional eating, need I say more? Looking forward to diving into the team!~ Tue, 9 Oct 2007 09:09:13 EST GPS systems in emergency vehicles If your department has them, how do they secure them in the vehicle? <BR> <BR> We are thinking of putting them in our ambulances to get the turn by turn directions but every after market GPS system I've seen is incredibly easy to remove from the vehicle and we are afraid of one of our members helping themselves to them Thu, 4 Oct 2007 13:40:21 EST Hi! Hi! I'm a 28 yr old full time paramedic in coastal NC. I've been a medic for 3 years and in EMS for 7. I'm new to the site and still figuring things out. I'm also a new mommy, hence the weight loss! I was happy to see there was a team for first responders! Mon, 1 Oct 2007 00:20:41 EST 9/11 comments here's a post about 9/11.. ideas, stories, thoughts, rants, etc.. if you've got something to say about it, speak up.. Tue, 11 Sep 2007 09:28:05 EST Hello To the Class Well, short and sweet, it seems like I've been helping people forever. Started as a CNA in the hospital end, moved on to TMA at a nursing home, got my First Responder, and did that for four years, then my EMT-B, going on three years, and my ASPN now as of 5-07. I love what I do, live for the lives we save, and try not to let the bad runs keep me down. <BR> <BR> I'm excited to be here with fellow "adreneline junkies." We're the lucky ones who LOVE our jobs! Thu, 12 Jul 2007 01:34:41 EST My First Serious Fire I was just slipping into a freshly made bed last night with a cup of cold water and a book. I thought to myself, its good I'm going to bed because I am really tired. 30 seconds later my pager goes off and I can tell by the number of departments that are toned out (4) that this is not going to be a good night. I run down to the House and as I do I hear two words 'building supply'. Yes, our local building supply company, three buildings and a lumberyard, was on fire. We pulled in just as a huge... Wed, 11 Jul 2007 08:38:51 EST can you show me your company patch? or maybe a patch from a station near you that you really admire? we're looking to give ours a makeover and I need some inspiration. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 14 Jun 2007 21:59:24 EST Tomorrow is ' THE DAY' part One Practical testing for EMT-B tomorrow night; sorry I've been an absentee sparker for lo these past few weeks. Its almost over. Almost over. Almost over. <BR> Tue, 15 May 2007 12:37:37 EST Class A Uniform Help! (I am going to cross post this in one of my othe Fire/Police/Public Service Teams.) <BR> <BR> I could really use some advice. <BR> <BR> I need to get a class A uniform shirt and pants. Now, the pants are really not an issue, I can find a pair of navy dress pants in my size on a site that caters to plus sizes. <BR> <BR> The problem I have is with my shirt. I go to Galls and it says the shirts go up to '2X', but I have no sense of what that means since they are men's sizes. They give the si... Wed, 4 Apr 2007 11:32:47 EST EMS bike units anyone here belong to an EMS bike unit? Mon, 2 Apr 2007 19:27:43 EST Things found in my rescue squad's attic... Runsheets from the 70's until present day, Meeting notes from the 60's and 70's, hundreds of trophies dating back to the 80's, CPR handbooks that advise shaking an infant if found unresponsive (I missed the dates on that one), and fund drive letters from the 80's to present day. It was quite an interesting experience! <BR> <BR> I thought it was fun to see the member roster lists and see a lot of old names. I joined in 2001 but my brother joined in 1988 so I grew up around a lot of these guy... Sat, 24 Mar 2007 17:24:29 EST Only you guys could help me.... Hey all, <BR> <BR> I'm back after a few months of being MIA. I need suggestions and motivation from you guys. You all can understand the difficulties of odd hour shifts and avaialable (horrible) foods at those times. What do you guys do to keep from eating unhealthy foods when that's all that seems available? <BR> I've put on 13 pounds since I was last on and my wedding reception is in August - I want to lose 40 pounds by then but not sure if that's feasible. <BR> I need all the help ... Thu, 22 Mar 2007 19:18:47 EST Unanimoose! Went to my Ambulance Assn. meeting last night, and I was unanimously voted in, so my offical 6 month probationary and mentoring period begins. One of the instructors/EMTs I admire said to me, "I've heard that you are doing excellent in EMT class"...which made me feel good! I was having 'mid-term fatigue' in the past couple of weeks but I sort of have my second wind now. I got a couple of Brady EMT-B field guides to use for studying on the fly, which is easier than carrying around a 10 pound t... Wed, 21 Mar 2007 09:50:20 EST Ambulance/ER Clinicals So I'm going in for my clinicals really soon (ambulance on Saturday, ER on Monday), and I'm wondering if there's any specific questions I should ask while I'm there (besides things I'm not sure about in the course material). I'm planning on finding out everything I can about the usual "what" and "why" stuff, but I'm curious as to if there's anything I SHOULD ask that I'm not thinking of. <BR> <BR> Any help's appreciated- I'm pretty excited about actually getting to be in that environment. Fri, 9 Mar 2007 00:19:07 EST Does your department have a sign out front to recruit volunteers? Ours does but I am running out of inspirational things to say. My last one was "Be your child's hero, volunteer" <BR> <BR> I was going to put "please volunteer so I can have a day off" but I didn't think that would be inspirational. Any ideas? WHat does your department do for recruitment? Mon, 5 Mar 2007 13:25:33 EST Had my first 'First Responder' experience today... Well, today was 'break in the jump kit' day.... <BR> I was driving to work in the snow, the road was kinda not great but also not that bad either, unless you're 18, in your first car, and don't know how to drive on snow. A kid came off a side road that was a little bit of a hill and when he hit the main road it was like he broke a rack of pool balls. Spun a bunch of people around, put a minivan nose first in a ditch, and guess who came up over the hill right after it happened? Lil old me. <B... Mon, 26 Feb 2007 11:22:09 EST Whats your Documentation Method? We just had our class in EMT-B on documentation. I was curious. What do you use to gather information? Do you carry a little notebook to capture what will eventually go on the tripsheet (PCR)? Its a little daunting to see how much information we are expected to gather for tripsheets and I'm just trying to imagine how you work that in and capture it all while you are also doing patient assessment, etc. We have a lot of calls from local nursing homes that are so close to the hospital (one is li... Wed, 21 Feb 2007 08:54:39 EST New Accountability Tool - Sharing New accountability tool "share your tracker." You can now select to share your daily nutrition and fitness entries. Others can see your healthy and fit behaviors. <BR> <BR> I think this is great as I am in need of more accountability and you can check on me. Visit my SparkPage, look to the menu items on the right side of the page, click "View My Food and Exercise Log." <BR> <BR> To do this, go to "Edit My SparkPage" and it's on the upper right. If you are sharing, there will be a link... Fri, 16 Feb 2007 11:10:42 EST COPING WITH LATE NIGHT CALLS Any suggestions on how to regroup after several late night calls? I'm with a all volunteer department. So the routine of an all night shift is not on my agenda most I notice that when the calls run me ragged the last thing on my mind is dieting, and the first thing is a quick hot meal and SLEEP! <em>102</em> Thu, 15 Feb 2007 13:41:18 EST TPAM yes, it's another game.. but hopefully a little helpful and will help spark us to get to know each other a little better.. basically TPAM = the person above me.. you make an entry that answers the question from the person below.. then you ask a random question to the next person that posts after you.. here goes.. hopefully it works.. <BR> <BR> <BR> i used to play the guitar.. <BR> <BR> TPAM - do you wear glasses? Thu, 18 Jan 2007 10:05:02 EST New to Sparks, Thanks for the invitation. I'm going to check it out and see who is who....more later, Swim Tue, 16 Jan 2007 17:30:22 EST after 7 years! It only took 7 years of trying, but my husband was finally hired by a fire department!!! Yeay! Tue, 2 Jan 2007 17:41:12 EST I'm new to this team Hi everyone. My name is Lisa and I'm 31 years old. I've been married now for 8 years. Sadly, no children yet. <BR> <BR> I am an Ambulance Communications Officer in Ontario Canada. I answer 911 medical calls for Ambulances and dispatch those ambulances to the calls. I've been doing that for 5 years now. <BR> <BR> I work 12 rotating continental shifts and therefore, I do a lot of sitting at work. Not much chance of exercise, no weight room and no where to take a walk on breaks or lunch.... Thu, 14 Dec 2006 23:48:47 EST Our individual profiles.. post your info (just stuff you'd like to share) here.. this'll be a running forum of our group's certs/ accomplishments/ accolades/ etc.. feel free to come back and update your information by editing your original post.. Mon, 6 Nov 2006 08:40:06 EST How many cups of water did you drink yesterday? 26 Thu, 2 Nov 2006 11:29:56 EST A - Z.. Boy names.. basically, the next answer is a boys name with the next, corresponding letter.. got it? <BR> <BR> allen.. Tue, 31 Oct 2006 00:11:22 EST A - Z.. Walmart Scavenger Hunt .. basically anything that you can think of in walmart.. get it? <BR> <BR> alligator clips.. Tue, 31 Oct 2006 00:10:23 EST What color is your shirt right now? navy blue Mon, 30 Oct 2006 08:15:26 EST Did you exercise yesterday? if so, what did you do yes.. stationary bike for 35 minutes.. Mon, 30 Oct 2006 08:03:33 EST How many cups of water did you drink today? 2 so far.. Mon, 30 Oct 2006 07:54:57 EST Did you exercise today? if so, what did you do? not yet.. i will be hitting a stationary bike for 30 mins in a couple, though.. Sun, 29 Oct 2006 13:15:38 EST Our food chain.. this is how it goes.. the next answer begins with the last letter of the previous answer.. here it goes.. <BR> <BR> apple.. Sun, 29 Oct 2006 11:44:47 EST What did you get on the Spark Point Wheel today? 2 Sun, 29 Oct 2006 11:41:23 EST A - Z, things that could be in an ambulance.. hopefully this game works.. <BR> <BR> ambu-bag Sun, 29 Oct 2006 10:53:22 EST What is/was for breakfast today? kashi bar - honey toasted 7 grain Sat, 28 Oct 2006 12:05:36 EST What time is it right now? 1203 Sat, 28 Oct 2006 12:04:04 EST How many runs so far (# and posting time)? dumb, but should make for an interesting game.. remember this one when you go out on one.. <BR> <BR> .. me.. so far none (0036) Thu, 19 Oct 2006 00:36:35 EST What's your favorite/most memorable call? for all the people that like to read and write about their battle stories, this is the forum that mandates that.. post here for your own personal favorites.. Wed, 4 Oct 2006 07:55:46 EST Hello.. hi fellow rescue sparks.. i started this board so that we can post all the new stuff that happens to us as well as allow the rest of us to keep up.. if you are a newbie, hopefully you post here first with a 'hi' to let us know you are around.. Wed, 6 Sep 2006 22:21:52 EST