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There are a small fleet of vehicles for the city of Zadar. These are located just behind the EMS Institute. Keep in mind, the EMS institute would be equivalent to our headquarters, that housed operations and a walk in clinic.
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Dr. Paul Satterlee, Dr. RJ Frascone, Dr. Arron Burnett, and Brian LaCroix.
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Notice the headroom.
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St. Paul Fire Chief Tim Butler and President of Allina Health EMS.
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In Croatia there is a driver, Nurse and Doctor on the unit. This is know as team 1. Team 2 is a driver, and two nurses. Here the driver is doing the morning checks. Drivers help and have some medical training, help move the patients but primary duty is to drive. They are incredibly dedicated and protective of their team.
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Great Pict of Tim and Brian.
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The forward facing seat is a great and much safer. No bench seat!
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Side view of the ambulance.
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Translated - Institute of Emergency Medicine, Zadar County.
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Ambulance Medical Directors office. Way to clean!!
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Head Nurse of Ambulance
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Translated - Head Nurse - Technician. In Croatia if you are a nurse and technician are the same job function and training. But men are not referred to as nurses. If you are a male, trained as a nurse, you are a technician.
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Our first exposure to a Croatian lunch. Nothing processed. Cheese, meat, bread, and sliced vegetables. It was delicious! Note the fresh flowers!
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Zelco speaking about the operation of the EMS institute. Zelco reminded me of Grew from Despicable me. He not only sounded like him, but bears some resemblance. Zelco is an amazing leader, and oversees the nuts and bolts of the operation. Everything from Hiring, firing, paying staff, non-medical policy and much more. Our jobs have many similarities. Zelco is also a war veteran of the war that ended in 1992. We have incredible respect for this man!
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Our primary hosts for the duration of our visit. They were amazingly kind to us and treated us so well. Tremendous hosts!!
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The words above us on the canopy literally translates - Emergency Medical Services
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Great picture!
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There were an occasionally building still bear the signs of war that was not that long ago. Here this building has bullet holes and damage from shelling. This was directly across from the EMS Institute.
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Time to load up and head out.
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No, not a boarder crossing. Although we did a lot of walking from place to place, no wonder the Croatians are lean and trim.
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check out the ECG! Very cool!!
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Back at the Hotel. Dr. Koser (Turbo - Skeeter) is telling us a story. He is quite skilled at this.
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This is a very nice hotel about 200 yards from the ocean.
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Each morning we would mill about waiting for our transportation. We would often gather just outside the hotel and chat.
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Picture of Paul taking a picture.
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At times it was akin to an amusement park ride as a passenger in the vehicles. The driving was crazy. Lot's of traffic. Here Dr. Aaron is hanging on.
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Zelco, was one of the more sane drivers! We mostly safe when he was driving!
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Zelco with a toothy smile. I'm telling you he could be Grew!
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Another building that have remains of the war with bullet holes. Lots of graffiti on buildings. When asked if it was gang related, we are told no, just kids being kids.
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Hard to tell but this is one of the Zadar Ambulance's running Code III to a call. They only run blue lights, no red or white strobes.
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This shot is from the restaurant we had dinner at on day one. The marina directly across from us and the nearby island in the distance.
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Now this is serious. They don't tow your car, they pick it up and drop it on the flatbed! Yikes!!
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Dinner on day one at a local restaurant.
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