I am not sure how many of you remember the television show “The FBI”, a Quinn Martin Production . This was an action show on ABC that started in 1965 and ran until 1974. If I recall it was sponsored by the Ford Motor Company. Â Wikipedia also states that the American Tobacco Company was a sponsor. Wow have sponsors changed since 1965. Â The series told stories (fiction) of FBI cases. I am not sure back then thatÂ paramedics were involved in the story.
Today’s FBI is different and Paramedics play a pivotal role within the bureau. On this week’s episode of Medic2Medic Podcast you can listen to Kurt Gardner, a Paramedic with the FBI. The FBI, City of Pittsburgh EMS, diving the murky waters of the 3 Rivers Â are some of the topics that we tall about his week. Kurt Gardner has been in EMS for over 30 years. He became an EMT in 1985 and was a volunteer for Medical Rescue Team South in the south suburbs of Pittsburgh PA. He became a Paramedic in 1987 and was hired as a Paramedic by the City of Pittsburgh in 1988. While with the City of Pittsburgh, Kurt also served on the cityâ€™s HAZMAT teamÂ and was a Master Diver with the River Rescue. Following the September 2001 attacks, the Commonwealth established an in state Urban Search and Rescue team and the City of Pittsburgh Â he was an integral part of that team. . Kurt retired after 21 years in the city to take a position within the FBI to provide specialized medical support. In his current position with the FBI, he is a Weapons of Mass Destruction Paramedic. We discuss all the above and how the FBI uses Paramedics in the Bureau.