“Be so great they have no choice but to notice you”
When you think of Joe, you think of EMS. Not because he is the EMS Training Captain for Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District. But because of his undeniable passion for providing the best care to our community through his dedication to learning all there is about Emergency Medical Services.
Many would associate Joe with having the same amount of knowledge as a doctor would have. In fact, he was accepted to medical school but declined to follow his passion for providing Paramedic level care to his community.
More importantly though is the way he has passed his passion on to others. Joe whole heartily believes in providing Paramedic level care to the community and has continued to teach others all he knows about Emergency Medical Services. Every day, he inspires people to advance their knowledge in care for medical emergencies and trauma. The individuals, who go on to become Paramedics, are just one piece of Joe’s accomplishments.
Joe may not respond to every medical call within the district, but the ones who’ve been inspired by Joe and have increased their education have and will continue to provide an invaluable service to our community. In fact, it may be the difference between life and death. Although the benefits of having an EMT-Intermediate or Paramedic respond to an emergency incident continues to be a hot debate, Joe believes a Paramedic may be able to recognize a symptom that an EMT-Intermediate may not. In most cases, Paramedics have proven to provide better care than their EMT-Intermediate coworkers.
The legacy Joe has created is one that will continue to benefit the community. His hard work, beliefs about Paramedic care and a team of coworkers contributed to Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District getting board approval to turn all career fire stations into ALS.
Although we will never be able to equate all that Joe Kammann has done for our community, know that his undeniable passion has inspired others to find greatness. Joe challenged the norm and even when difficult decisions had to be made, he stood up for what he believed in.
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