In the last year, it became abundantly clear there were many, many similarities between the basics of being in EMS and being in news. Someone involved in each independently may not see where the two careers share anything with each other – they both serve clear, unique roles in the community.
I could write blog after blog about how the two are similar (and probably will). In the last two days, though, it’s been proven that geography is a huge similarity. Getting around a coverage district in EMS or a coverage area as a reporter (or giving directions to those in the field as an assignment editor) are both vital parts of the jobs we have. If you can’t get there, you can’t help. I’ve found while doing some geography lessons in the orientation class, that I’m already a few steps ahead because I have a lot of landmarks down from working in news. Definitely makes things a little easier.