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Nine months of tying tourniquets and pushing new medications, of IVs, chest compressions, and defibrillator shocks - that was Kevin Grange's initiation into emergency medicine when, at age 36, he enrolled in the "Harvard of paramedic schools": UCLA's Daniel Freeman paramedic program, long considered one of the best and most intense paramedic training programs in the world.

Few jobs can match the stress, trauma, and drama that a paramedic calls a typical day at the office, and few educational settings can match the pressure and competitiveness of paramedic school. Blending months of classroom instruction with ER rotations and a grueling field internship with the Los Angeles Fire Department, UCLA's paramedic program is like a mix of boot camp and med school. It would turn out to be the hardest thing Grange had ever done, but also the most transformational and inspiring.

An in-depth look at the trials and tragedies that paramedic students experience daily, Lights and Sirens is ultimately about the best part of humanity - people working together to help save a human life.

©2015 Kevin Grange (P)2015 Tantor

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Well written account of the first steps to a great career

A fabulous book for those who have been a paramedic and recall their days as a student, or those thinking about pursuing a career in Paramedicine.
Seems no matter where you are in the world, the reality and rigors, trials, tribulations and triumphs of been a rookie feel the same ~ Australian ex ambo

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well written story

this is a well told story about paramedic training. good to listen to. emotive writing

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  • Jess-eoohh
  • 15-07-2016

if your looking into EMS as a career DO READ!!!i

very good book, if your looking into EMS as a career this is a great look and heads up as what to look forward to highly recommended.

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  • Zarako
  • 09-06-2016

Enjoyed the journey through Paramedic school

As a former Paramedic student i found this book very enjoyable. Wish I listened to it before Paramedic school as it would give you an idea to the intensity of the program.

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  • M. Abells-Segal
  • 07-01-2016

Worthy read

I expected true stories about parametric encounters with patients. I ended up enjoying the trials of professional and personal growth of students in emergency medicine. Detailed and well portrayed. Medically accurate as I relived my own critical care nursing education.

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  • Inayath
  • 08-07-2016

I listened to it straight through

as much as I could at least. 10/10 would recommend to anyone who wants their life saved at any point.

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  • Mykell-Ryan Bennett-Buffum
  • 03-03-2016

Amazing book

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was well written, and very accurate to live in paramedic school. The only thing that could be improved on was the narrator's pronunciation of medical terms, but this wasn't enough to decrease my enjoyment of the subject very much. I definitely recommend this if you are currently in, will be in, or have been in medic school any time recently or soon.

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  • Lady L
  • 03-11-2017

Awesooome!!!

loved it. great storyline, I learned a lot and it is a great virtual shadowing experience for an aspiring paramedic

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  • debchern
  • 11-06-2017

Amazing book

This book was fantastic! It was written well, performed very well and taught me so much about paramedics and all they go through. I have always respected people in the medical field and now that I understand what paramedics go through just to become one, wow.

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  • GhettoMedic
  • 06-02-2016

A must for anyone in or aspiring to be in EMS

All you really need to know about it, is it is an absolute representation of what those who have went through medic school certainly don't miss about the experience, but also would trade it for anything else. Kevin is a talented writer and Sean really brings the book to life by his talented narration.

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  • Julie Jensen
  • 02-08-2018

Medic Life

An inside look at the struggles of a Paramedic in training and the intense training and instruction required to be one of the first link of human survival and compassion in a humans time of need.

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  • kellikay
  • 05-07-2018

This book was so boring....

What I most did not like about this book is the story dragged on way too long about his schooling. I even ended up jumping over some chapters because it was bone dry boring. I'm interested in some of the education but there was 10 chapters on it. Enough already. Even when he was in the field working, it was pretty slow. After reading A Thousand Naked Strangers, I was hoping for something more entertaining and riveting. This is a sleeper....

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  • Liz
  • 22-01-2017

informative and interesting.

this book gave me real insight into being a paramedic. how hard the course is and the preceptor ship with it challenges.

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  • Robert
  • 15-01-2017

Very interesting

This book is written in a language that is understandable to the general as well as medical audience. I'm a radiologist and I enjoyed listening to this book. Looking forward to next books by this author.