Britney Spears, 5150 and My Paramedic School Interview

Once upon a time, I was interviewed for a slot at a paramedic school in Los Angeles. It was very obvious, as I sat before the two person interview board, that I was not from LA. My Class A Army uniform drove the point home.

I nailed the interview except for one question.

“If you were dispatched to pick up a famous person, because this IS Los Angeles, and they requested to go to, say—to Cedars-Sinai, but it was not the closest hospital, what would you do?”

Yeah, I fumbled that one.

Although there is a bit of me that feels bad about Britney and her swan dive into the deep end, the latest quest into her world of 5150’s is simply bringing back moments of my working in LA as an EMT-B. A 5150, as the entertainment reporters are making sure we know, is the code for someone being held against their will as a threat to themselves or others.

For the record, I was accepted to paramedic school, but decided that eating and keeping a roof over my head was a bit more pressing at the time so I worked full time for AMR as an EMT Basic.

As I took patients to Cedars-Sinai and did my share of transports to psyche facilities with 5150 paperwork/patients, I began to finally understand.

Los Angeles is truly the land of the fruits and nuts and I miss it every day I wake up.

Update: Seems like I am not the only nurse blogging about BSpears.

  1. You know, there is a part of me that would like nothing more than to have sympathy for Brit. But the other part of me can’t stand the fact that she had the world by the short and curlies and screwed it up.

    Did her early fame drive her to drugs, did it contribute to her mental instability or was it an innate problem unrelated to her fame? She has every dollar she needs to get help, to care for her kids and to live the rest of her life without drama, I just hope she can find a way to do it, if not for her, then at least for her shildren.

  2. You know, there is a part of me that would like nothing more than to have sympathy for Brit. But the other part of me can’t stand the fact that she had the world by the short and curlies and screwed it up.

    Did her early fame drive her to drugs, did it contribute to her mental instability or was it an innate problem unrelated to her fame? She has every dollar she needs to get help, to care for her kids and to live the rest of her life without drama, I just hope she can find a way to do it, if not for her, then at least for her shildren.

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