1. What is your scope?
2. How long have you worked with IPS?
I have worked with IPS for nearly a year and a half.
3. What types of schedules have you worked?
I have work a three weeks on and one week off rotation. And currently working a two week on and two week off rotation. When I am on my days off, I may get a request from dispatch to take a few extra shifts.
4. What is your background before training?
I was fresh out of high school coming into training to become a medic in the field. I have done a few ride-alongs within my hometowns EMS department beforehand to get an experience of what I was getting myself into.
5. What types of locations have you worked at?
I have worked in Valleyview on a RMP drilling site. I have worked up in Grande Prairie on a Pembina Tank Facility, also for Ledcor construction for a Costco site in Calgary and currently working on a Nabors drilling site for Tourmaline.
6. What is camp life like in remote settings?
I enjoy camp life and the people that surround it. The workers running the camps treat you like family, which is so important since you are away from home. The cooks supply a wide range of different foods that please any picky eater. There is a gym supplied that allows you to stay in shape after working long hours. And a cozy room to help you get rest for the next shift you will be taking on.
7. Is remote medical work challenging and rewarding?
I believe remote medical work is very challenging and rewarding at the same time. It is challenging since being remote means that you are away from home often, but rewarding since you make your own family out there with the crews you are working for. When a crew member gets injured you wish in your mind they didn’t, but you take extra care in treating them and you earn their respect in return. There is nothing more rewarding then having a job that will potentially help save lives.
8. What type of cases do you typically see?
Working for the past year and a half I have seen a few traumas. The main injury that I repeat to see is cuts and lacerations on the digits as well as the fingers getting caught between pinch points. I’ve also seen sprained and broken wrists, debris in the eyes, and back strains.
9. What are your co-workers like?
Like I’ve mentioned before, I see my co-workers like family. Once you get to know the crew members you are working with you get a sense of trust and respect.
10. If and when you are on your own, how do you handle an incident?
First thing you have to do is keep calm, know your medical procedures and treat accordingly. If you are not calm, it makes matters worse and throws you off as well as the patient you are treating. You must be confident in what you are doing in order to get the best outcome.
11. What advice would you pass on to others looking to work in this environment?
When I was first interested in working within the Industrial environment as a medic I was questioned so many times by friends and family as to why I would do such a thing since I would be a “girl” working in a “mans” environment. I started to question myself as well before I got into the field. My advice would be to all the females out there stuck in the same situation as I was is to JUST DO IT. Nothing is stopping you from having a rewarding career. You are no different than the guys who are out in the field working. You are here to do a job you enjoy that will help you grow and learn as an individual, being a female will not stop you in doing so.