I went on my first ridealong with the CR fire department back in November, and the story recently published. There was a lot of waiting involved in this story -- and hoping they would even get a medical call that night.
Cedar Rapids Fire Ctp. Brian Gibson (left) and EMT Steve Cross load a patient into an ambulance while responding to a medical call in a southwest Cedar Rapids apartment on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009. Firefighters, who are all EMT Basic certified, are often the first responders to medical calls, and provide basic care until EMTs and paramedics from Area Ambulance, including Cross, arrive.