Hi there! I’m Alex Farrington, and I’m honored to be a part of Medic Madness. I’ve run my own quasi-anonymous blog, Traumatic License (traumaticlicense.blogspot.com), for a couple of years, and it’s refreshing to step out of the shadows and become a contributor here.
I haven’t figured out what I want to do when I grow up yet, and I have a number of jobs that reflect that.
I started my public safety career as a law enforcement Explorer, and I became an EMT at 18. I worked for a couple of years in a BLS 911 system in an inner-city suberb of Los Angeles, where I spent a lot of time working way outside my comfort zone and learning a whole lot about life, people, and prehospital emergency care. While in LA, I worked as a Field Training Officer – which I really enjoyed – and as a Field Supervisor, which is less than it’s cracked up to be. I’ve worked for my current employer, a private/for-profit EMS provider, for more than 9 years.
Somewhere along the way I went through paramedic school, but I didn’t complete my internship and started working in Hollywood as a film set medic. The film industry is a weird mix of pre-hospital EMS and occupational health & safety compliance, as well as a ton of public education/correction of common misconceptions. It’s very different than any other job I’ve ever had, but it’s definitely a good different.
I work as a health screener and advisor for a corporate health and wellness firm and I work at a large public utility, too. I’m active in my church, and I frequently volunteer in the community. I stay pretty busy.
I really love to learn, and I take classes whenever I have the opportunity. Lately I’ve been focusing on Incident Command, Emergency Management and Public Information / Communications training. I also enjoy teaching and educating others, so a lot of my content will be informative.
In my off duty time, I enjoy swimming, running, snowboarding, flying, film and music production, photography, reading, writing and, occasionally, underwater basket weaving.
I like to meet new people and learn new things, and I always encourage dissenting opinions and healthy debate. I’m thrilled to be a contributor here, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts, opinions and insights. Even if I’m wrong – or you think I’m wrong – I want to hear your input.
As always, nothing you read here should be a substitute for your own knowledge, training, skills, policies, procedures or protocols. Be safe out there!
You can reach me at alex@medicmadness.com