It’s Their Job: John Bridges

Name: John Bridges
Job: Director of Cardiopulmonary at Roosevelt General Hospital
EMS Division Chief at Portales Fire Department
Current acting Fire Chief
Time on the job: PFD: 19 years
Background: Since 1983, Bridges has been involved in the medical field, starting out at the old Roosevelt General Hospital.

Q. Describe what your job entails?
A. “At RGH — I’m pretty much in charge of the department (cardiopulmonary). Supervising staff, quality of care, diagnostics of both heart and lungs, patient care.
“At PFD — In charge of the EMS side of the PFD, basically the ambulance. Oversight of ambulance operations, training for EMT’s. I also sit on state and regional committees for PFD and shift commander.

Q. What is a typical day on the job like for you?
A. “Problem solving is a big one. At RGH, paperwork, problem solving, a lot of diagnostics, working with nuclear medicine and imaging study to identify coronary diseases, meetings and staff training. At PFD, problem solving, paperwork, meetings and training.”

Q. Why did you choose this profession?
A. “When I came to college I went from geology services to pre-med for my courses. I found a job in the old hospital and started working and it just kinda blossomed from there. I was a physical therapist for a while and then went to respiratory care and then was recruited by the PFD in 1987, which paid for my training.

Q. What type of training do you need for your job?
A. “Respiratory training, anatomy, physiology, patient therapy, diagnostics. A lot of training in both critical care and emergency medicine. Also firefighter and EMT training, hazmat, rescue training, management. I have also fought lots of fires and burns and been on lots of ambulance calls.”

Q. What do you enjoy most about your job?
A. “I really like working with people, that’s probably the most enjoyable thing.”

Compiled by Casey Peacock
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