It's time you should know me
Well, they say that life begins at 40. Now I am 41 so I believe that this is my first year of life. Anyway, as a child, I am just like any child, nothing special so I will start from the moment where the excitement begun.
I took up accountancy in college knowing that once I graduate, there are so many companies that are offering accounting job and basically it would be easy for me to land a job after my studies. But during my second year in college, I decided to join a volunteer rescue group. I joined the training and eventually became a rescue volunteer. From there, I divided my time studying and responding to emergencies when I have no class. Two years later, I graduated in my accounting course and work in a bank. Unfortunately however, I resigned just a week after since I miss my rescue work and I find the work in the bank boring. I was used to the action and the adrenalin rush. and the exciting rescue work. The sound of the siren are music to my ears and rotary lights are like disco lights in my eyes. So I went back to rescue and made rescue my life.
My Rescue Days
It was on the year 1992 that I became a regular paramedic. I was trained on different aspect of rescue work. I became a Paramedic and a firefighter and was assigned in one shift. The duty for each shift is 24 hours and off duty is another 24 hours thereafter. This was my life for the last 13 years. It was indeed a very wonderful job, you get to save lives and properties and best thing about it is we do it for free. Yes, our rescue unit responds to emergencies all for free. We also provide medical back up assistance on different types of events and this is also one advantage. We get to watch boxing matches, basketball games, and concerts for free. In some cases, we are even at the backstage acting as medical back up for performers. Believe it or not, I was even able to provide medical back up assistance to Barry Manilow.
I also have the chance of traveling abroad attending trainings sponsored by other organization which is indeed something that I cannot afford. I was trained on firefighting, search and rescue, water rescue to name a few.
Well life in rescue is a combination of happiness and sadness. You save lives but there are also times that no matter how you try, the victim expires. Well, I used to be discourage but my friends told me, its not our fault. What is important is we do our best.
When our rescue unit expanded our station, I was transferred to Lapu-lapu City station (Base 2). Shortly thereafter, I became the shift in charge of one shift. Aside from that, I was also tasked to conduct MFR, EMT and firefighting training for our volunteers. I was also tasked to conduct First aid, CPR training to different companies and organizations that request our unit for training.
I stayed with the unit for 13 years and never regretted joining the group because I learned many things and have even save a lot of lives.
From medic to tactical medic
When I resigned from the unit, I got a call from the consultant of our city mayor (Lapu-lapu). He told me that the city mayor will be forming the first SWAT unit for the city. He was asking me if I was interested and yes I was.
The SWAT training was 3 months. A total of 50 police officers joined the training to compose the first SWAT team. Of the 50, only half made it through along with me and my co-tactical medic. SWAT duty although risky was more relaxing since its not everyday you have to respond on alarms. Our unit only handles special cases and not ordinary scenarios.
My Extra Curricular Activities
I am also an accredited instructor by two institutes in the United States. One is the Emergency Care and Safety Institute and the other one, the American Safety and Health Institutes. Because of this accreditation, I can train and certify people on first aid, cpr, wilderness first aid, advance first aid, advance cardiac life support. With these, I was able to establish a training center, Basic Lifesaving Solutions Training Center and have been conducting training for the last 7 years. I travel to different places including outside our country conducting training programs.
I am not a very social person so I do not go out often. But the things I love most are scuba diving and practical shooting. My sister influence me to go scuba diving since she works in a resort. I was never interested at first but once I did it, I got hooked. I now even have a scuba gear of my own.
I make it a point to dive every month when I am in our city. The great thing about it, is that our city is in an island and we are blessed with wonderful beaches and great diving sites. Check out the video on the right, I took the video during one of my dives in a fish sanctuary near our area.
My love for guns started early in life. My godfather is crazy over guns. He used to bring me in the firing range taught me about gun safety and how to shoot well. Its not about going to war but its about protection.
Now it became a habit. I have my own gun and of course I have it license with a permit to carry. Not to mention that I am also with SWAT so I have the authority to carry. I also make it a point to visit the firing range and shoot from time to time.
When Tomorrow Comes
Well, I think I still have more years to live. So perhaps I can still train a lot of people and do a lot of things in the service of mankind. But as of now, I am starting with writing online considering that with this, I can share to people, my life, my adventures, and my knowledge.
This is the reason why I am here in hubpages, to start and fulfill my plans for the future.
Life indeed is short but even when I am gone, I hope that what I will write will continue to live and people will see that who I am and what I have done.
I may not be rich but I am sure, I have save the lives of many and have taught a lot of people on how to save lives. It is something that I am proud of and something that I am proud to share to my friends and most especially to my family as well.