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UPDATE TO THE UPDATE – Music video: 'My Knee Hurts Now' on 911 abuse has been reposted after earlier removal.

NOTE: The video has been reposted to YouTube along with the lyrics. At 9:40 PM, I received the following comment:

Hey Dave,
 
I've reposted the My Knee Hurts Now, with a "fluffier disclaimer"
 
http://youtu.be/17wqbXR8nT0
 
Thank you so much for spreading it out!
Brent

EARLIER

NOTE: At 3:59 PM, shortly before the music video above was removed from YouTube.com STATter911.com received the following comment:

Hello everyone,
 
Well I come to you again but this time with bad news; I was contacted by some Union reps and in the light of all the politics going on currently involving people trying to attack our pensions, I have been asked to remove this video from YouTube.  Sorry this sucks but it's the world we live in and I don't want to give any of these politicians any ammo to take what we've worked so hard for.  Again thank you so much for watching and enjoying, you can view my other videos on my YouTube Channel at fb5786, and look for more coming your way.
 
Thank you,
 
Brent

Brent also provided his explanation in the video below:

MUCH EARLIER -

My Knee Hurts Now, Diary of a Mad Firefighter, from Plugs and Hoses Records was uploaded to YouTube on Saturday and was made for a department banquet. It is described this way:

The typical 911 call that comes in after midnight about something that has been bothering the person for a month or so. It never fails and no matter how minor it is they always want to go to the hospital and they absolutely can not drive themselves.

Comments - Add Yours

  • Pa FF

    EMS is a serious business. Every medical complaint must be taken seriously. We must present a professional appearance at all times. A complaint of knee pain can be something as minor as a strained muscle or could be the initial symptoms of deep vein thrombonic plague which if not treated within the golden hour at a Level 1 Trauma Center could lead to full zombiatic myapathy of the lower arterior complex major. Oh my!

    • rob

      oh shut up!

    • rob

      i treally hope that is sarcasm

    • Chris

      One of two people made this comment.  It was either the guy nobody else talks too and has to come here for validation, or it was the guy everybody expected to write it.  The first guy needs to understand that brotherhood and good natured fun are a big part of this job and if we can't take a common occurence and turn it into a light hearted jab at US, then you should just keep studying for the Chief's exam.  Remember, you need 5 years to be eligible for that test, so you only have 4 years and 11 months left!!!

      • Pa FF

        Rob & Chris, go ask a PAramedic or an E R Doc what is a " deep vein thrombonic plague which if not treated within the golden hour at a Level 1 Trauma Center could lead to full zombiatic myapathy of the lower arterior complex major."   When they look at you like "What the heck are you talking about?" you might then get the joke.
        Next time you comment on an EMS issue, maybe have at least a Boy Scout First Aid MErit Badge. 
        For you two the Chiefs exam is in 10 years….good luck with that.

        • http://elaffhq.com Lt. Lemon

          I got it immediately. It's funny how the people shouting, "…it's a joke…you take your self too seriously…lighten up…" are actually the one's who need a sense of humor.
          Geez guys, "full zombiatic myapathy"…you didn't burst out in laughter as soon as you read that? 

          • http://emtmedicalstudent.wordpress.com/ Joe Paczkowski

            I know. First I was like, "Really dude, really you've gotta be kidding me."
             
            Then I realized that the guy was like this, and I laughed.

    • Kevin

      Pa FF, The video was a joke, and you must take yourself way to serious!!!!!!!!!

      • http://elaffhq.com Lt. Lemon

        Kevin,
         
        I'm assuming YOUR comment is not sarcastic, as a sarcastic reply to a sarcastic comment seems like an unfunny double-negative to me. If that is the case, you must take yourself TOO seriously…the comment was also a joke…

    • D

      and how many of these patients have you had? Let me answer for you 0!!!!

  • Lifesaverp

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!! LMBO!
     

  • Southside Pride

    O boy how we all can relate.  I would say that the same 10% of the population account for about 90% of all EMS calls.  When you look these people up in the system, they call religously for every issue they have.  Its a problem all over the country.  

  • pmedicchris

    Awesome!!!!

  • Sam Hensley

    Ok. It is EMS Abuse. In my 31 years I have seen a LOT of this… but they still need us.  We are there for THEM, not for US!  We stopped a lot of "regulars" from calling by simply stopping by their homes BEFORE they called, just to say Hi and chat a bit.  The calls stopped. (and no paperwork!) Sometimes they are just lonely and feeling forgotten.  Not an emergency… or is it…?

    • DC22FD

      It's not. It's called a problem, and should be fixed by dispatching useful social workers and not a wagon and an ambulance set up to stave off death, not lonliness. Our job is not to pick up the slack of an inherently flawed and ill organized social support system. Other people get paid to do that, they just happen to suck at it.

  • DCFD4

    Thank you for making a documentary video about any given night in DC and what the citizens actually call us for. Very realistic, I thought I was actually at work except her thermostat should have been set at 97 degrees and there we no cock roaches or babies crawling around.

    • Midwest FF

      Don't forget the Bed Bugs and the empty beer cans & pizza boxes. 

  • Fireguy

    Still laughing at this.  Its sooooo true.  If there are providers out there that see no humor in this video, its time to get a sense of humor.  We all know people in our response district that this video relates to.  Keep the videos coming guys, great job!

  • Shhh…

    Priceless!!!!!! This is the BEST. I think Billboard needs to rank this.
    BTW Dave, Im hijacking this from you.

  • Pa FF

     A complaint of knee pain can be something as minor as a strained muscle or could be the initial symptoms of deep vein thrombonic plague which if not treated within the golden hour at a Level 1 Trauma Center could lead to full zombiatic myapathy of the lower arterior complex major
    ————————————————————————————————————————–
    deep vein thrombonic plague???   full zombiztic mayapathy of the lower anterior complex major???  apparently my friends who didn't get the humor of my post have no EMS training what so ever.  THERE'S NO SUCH THING!!!!!!!!!
    Next time you're shopping at WALMART, buy skivvies 2 sizes larger…..yours are way too tight.
     

    • Sharppointy1

      contemplating acne covered adolescent zombie Mayans requiring assistance in a lower front apartment in that 2000+ apartment complex…….
      Don't you worry, Pa FF, most of we morons who enjoy Dave's site got it!

  • retired firefighter

    very witty video.  Accurately describes so many "minor" responses that should have been handled alternatively or by referral.  So many agencies still send a "maximum" lights and siren response to these kinds of calls simply because "it is policy!"  We have become our own worse enemy by telling folks to call 911 and they do, for just about anything in the world (just ask any 911 call taker!).  Callers sometimes believe that calling 911 will solve their problems and allow a quick entry into the health care system instead of having to wait for a doctor or clinic appointment (or the hassle of dealing with parking, taxi fare, etc.)

  • CHAOS

    Dave, you could start a whole blog of readers' favorite examples.
    Mine would be the guy who called for an upset stomach (x1 hour with no attempt to self-medicate).  We arrived to find him standing in the driveway, leaning against the car his wife was warming up to follow us to the hospital.

  • Peter Lupkowski

    Thanks Dave, you made my poor 25 years of sleep deprivation a hoot in three minutes.  Give this one an Emmy or Grammy.

  • Ojaicpr

    Love it!  My favorite was a call for a sore thumb.  The hospital was 2 blocks away.     At that moment a call for chest pains was dispatched at a location 2 blocks from where we were. I pointed out that his sore thumb wasn't life threatening and that the chest pain was and that maybe he could call a Taxi.  Our sore thumb patient said that he didn't "care" about the chest pain patient and that we had better transport him because he knew his rights!  Grrrrr!

  • Old School

    I would have left his ass standing there, sore thumb and all.

    • Ojaicpr

      Believe me, I would have loved to.  We would have been fired……

  • Sharppointy1

    This is hysterical from a former ER and current psych nurse, who gets to treat these deeply suffering hooman beenz after you guys drop 'em off and burst out laughing!
    I have seen many members barely stife a grin when they are beating a hasty retreat out of my double locked psych unit after dropping someone off.  Just recently we admitted someone after dispacth sent a crew to her house to "pink sheet" (involuntarily hospitalize for evaluation) a female who had called dispatch 30 times in a 24 hour period!
    My all time faves are the ones who manage to call EMS from the unit phone.  We'll get an inmmediate callback from another dispatcher sayig "are you aware your pt is making a 911 call saying you're trying to poison her to death?"

  • B_Nugget

    Hello everyone,
    I'm glad you all liked my video, my wife and I had a blast making it. Thank you Dave for sharing this on here.  These calls crack me up, we always talk about on our truck that really 90% of our job on calls is to educate people who suffer from lackus of commonsensus, as to what a emergency is…..haha I'm so happy we can all relate to this.
    Be Safe everyone,
    Brent

    • dave statter

      Brent,

      Please send me more info so I can give full credit, if you would like.

      dave@statter911.com

      Statter

  • Anonymous

    some people just take life way to serious its a joke haha

  • Seagrave

    PaFF – Thanks for the laugh (references to "plague" and "zombiatic" were clever). 
    Brent – hope you have more coming!

  • B_Nugget

    Hello everyone,
     
    Well I come to you again but this time with bad news; I was contacted by some Union reps and in the light of all the politics going on currently involving people trying to attack our pensions, I have been asked to remove this video from YouTube.  Sorry this sucks but it's the world we live in and I don't want to give any of these politicians any ammo to take what we've worked so hard for.  Again thank you so much for watching and enjoying, you can view my other videos on my YouTube Channel at fb5786, and look for more coming your way.
     
    Thank you,
     
    Brent

  • http://msn RETIREDINSC

    How true ,great,, It is calls like this ,that I am so happy that Firefighters and EMS, do not carry guns. PaFF, ligften up bud.

    • http://elaffhq.com Lt. Lemon

      Ugh…read the PaFF comment, and his subsequent comments, again…it was a joke. Perhaps you could lighten up.

  • WVFirefighter

    So PA FF you are saying those of us who are not wihtin an hours drive time of a level 1 trauma center we should call for a helicopter (Air Medevac) for anyone who has knee pain.  Boy those aeromedical services are gonna love you!

    • Southside Pride

      Do the terms "thrombonic plague" or "zombiatic myapathy" mean anything to you?  If they do, I  certainly think you should have your EMT card pulled.

  • WVFirefighter

    BTW that is the best video ever, LOL

  • Jim Miller

    My knee hurts? Say it isn't so.
     
    What is next?  Female calls 9-1-1 to report her boy friend couldn't take care of business.. He went off too quick. What does she expect, they send a company of truck guys to take hisn place??
     
     
     

  • Ed

    HE and his Union can never complain about back pain. None of them have a backbone or they would fight back

    • E1LT

      They're going to fight the whole country?  The whole country is against unions right now especially police and fire. Why should they fight this losing battle?  No matter what they say, the media will spin it.  Risk vs benefit. The risk is no way worth the "benefit."  The average person is going to say "stop complaining its your job" or that "its what we pay you to do."  And I'm sure you'll get those that will say "you make a huge pension and all you want to do is complain and sleep, blah, blah, blah."  They won't see the joke in it or the real problem (bogus 911 calls) that's being addressed.  This isn't the time or place to "fight this fight." 

      • Ed

        I guess thats why you fight the fires from outside instead of going in. And in the last 5 years the LODD have tripled

        • E1LT

          Your right Ed,  you fight what I fear and you have a sticker on your back windshield to prove it.   (You might want to check your facts about LODD's.)  I guess you don't watch the news much.  If so you would realize the unions are under attack.
          After your next explorer post meeting, ask one of the older members to explain it to you.  I'm sure the media and the taxpayers won't see the humor in the video that we see.
          If I'm wrong, why is there a "disclaimer?"
           
           

          • Ed

            My facts on LODD's came from NFPA and USFA

    • B_Nugget

      Thanks for your input ED! Good Job buddy!

  • http://happymedic.com Justin Schorr

    I think the CoEMS team should remake teh video ASAP!

  • B_Nugget

    It's back with a fluffier disclaimer!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17wqbXR8nT0
     
    ENJOY!
    Brent

    • Ed

      I love it.

  • Dickey

    This is AWESOME!!!  Great video and very well done….looks very professional!!
     
    Anyone that doesn't smile at this takes themselves WAY too seriously and will eventually wash out because they are too uptight. If you can't laugh at the system or ourselves, then you need to go flip burgers at Burger World.

  • doobis

    Awesome video and very creative on the pathetic state of certain people in society.  It certainly brightened up my day at work.  I hope it goes viral!
    Looking forward to other vids in the future!

  • brenden

    this is funny and true we hope nobody calls every shift and some of your comments are way to serious lighten up

  • brenden

    makes me laugh with politician how they want to run ems and never see them on calls what would they do if we all decided to stop for a week and not run ems calls maybe that woulkd wake them up and leave us alone and just give us what is due. pay,and other stuff
     

  • Anonymous

    It’s true! My partner and I have both had been miss diagnosed with Zombiatic Myapathy plenty of times in the early am, by several ER doc’s and nurse’s.

    Hahaha this is great! Keep them coming.

  • Chappy

    I recall resonding to a home and have a woman tell me her son smelled bad (0330hrs)

  • Tommy O’
  • CLT – FF

    Brent, you and your wife did a great job – I'm glad it was reposted. If we can't laugh, we'll go crazy!

  • ukfbbuff

    Good Work Brent. After 35 plus years on the job, some humor to think about the next;
    "My Knee Hurts Call".
     I'll show it to my crew at work.
     

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  • TOMMY

    The gal in the video is pretty hot!!!! Is she an actual emt-p or just got lucky enough to marry in to it!! Of course im just kiddin guys… great original stuff set to some contemporary hit is what we need more of…  I hope many people in our biz get to see and share this.

  • Fred Goslin

    After working as a firefighter and in EMS, and now as a publick safety dispatcher, I so enjoyed this video. I am wondering if this may be available in an MP3 format so that I can put it on my phone to listen to it. (I don't have a smart phone that plays videos). Can anyone tell me if it is and where I might be able to get it?

  • CY

    Yeah Yeah 26 years in EMS, the body pains, the colds, fevers , ringworm, body lice, but just think if there were no sick people in the world,  and the way things are today, you would not have a job so be thankful and for all you fathers out there that have newborns, getting up 2:00 AM in the morning for a feeding or rock the little one back to sleep  OH BOY

  • Lizard

    If all the 1:30 am "my knee hurts" patients looked like the female lead singer in the vid, I doubt any of us would complain much, but alas they do not

  • Ken Scofield

    I’m not sure which is funnier, the video (A+ btw) or ” the initial symptoms of deep vein thrombonic plague which if not treated within the golden hour at a Level 1 Trauma Center could lead to full zombiatic myapathy of the lower arterior complex major”!

    I laughed so hard I almost passed out! Love it!

  • jp

    how come i cant watch it anymore this was perfect, its kinda sad that this goes on all over the country i know we get our fair share of this in southern arizona

  • jon

    can i get a copy of this somehow? or is it gone forever ;(
     

    • Retired Firefighter

      Copy the URL from youtube to keepvid.com and save.

  • andy

    instead of your chief and union quaking in thier boots your chief should proudly post this in a professional forum…… this song is wonderful…. it was done with no evil intent….. it is extremely clever and tastefully done…. no group was called a name…when is wishing for no overdoses or falls in your community a bad thing….. this is a wonderful example of your department turning a negative ( the frustration at the percieved misuse of 911 ) into a positive team building exercise where members can chuckle at themselves and at thier situations… this is a very healthy exercise….it did not cost the city any money…. it could even lead to members , while making some of these calls to be able to remember this tune and  smile on the inside, and be less curt with the citizens that they serve, thus leading to fewer complaints that have to be investigated therefore saving the city money..(maybe a streach) you should be proud of your work … and your administration and union might think about increasing thier calcium intake leading to increased spine stregnth…this is America not North Korea…. fear not the thought police…. im a senior officer in a major department with 30+ years of service.. stay safe - be nice – hang tough.

  • Anonymous

    Ok, I am D.Y.I.N.G. to show this my husband — we are both paramedics with YEARS of calls like this.  How can I get ahold of this!  I must know!!  With no names attached it should be easy to repost somewhere anonymously, right??  Help!  Must have!
     

  • Dave Lomax

    Should have figured out a way to download it when I had the chance.  Can't find it posted anywhere now.

  • Retired Firefighter

    As a retired firefighter, this video brings back so many memories.  I can recall much worse than this.  Like the buttache that they had for two weeks and call you at 3:00 AM.  We always handled the calls professionally and treated everyone with respect.  We took the good with the bad.  The Video is excellant and almost brings me to tears thinking about 28 years of riding big red!  Firefighting is the best job and the world and I would do it all over again!

  • Anonymous

    Now as a public safety dispatcher, I so enjoyed this video. I am wondering if this may be available in an MP3 format so that I can put it on my phone to listen to it. (I don't have a smart phone that plays videos). Can anyone tell me if it is and where I might be able to get it? email to fjgoslin@gmail.com

  • o0wonder0o

    someone else posted it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrEUEF24ims … though the guy that made it has asked him to remove it, and it isn't his video, so I hope youtube removes it soon.  I feel really bad about the guy getting in trouble for this.  I love the video and after 31 years as a public safety dispater married to a firefighter, I can relate.  It's a shame the local politicians, Fire Chief and Union Rep didn't at least get a sense of humor in exchange when they lost their testicles and spine … or maybe they all have bad knees.  

  • NPFF

    Awesome video brother!

  • http://wctel.net kevin

    great job guys . we go on these calls all the time two oclock in the am  hang up call with screaming in back round get there and the patient says he has an appointment at the dr's office at 8 just needs a ride now cause he can't sleep

  • K Jong

    This is great! Well done!

  • Anonymous

    I love this. It is so wonderful pun on words.

  • b landin

    I love this video. You guys that have problems with it need to have a sense of humor.  Some times life throws you a laugh.  Enjoy. This is only a play on a song. I play taxes and people just like her abuse the system daily.  Love the video, get a life.   Love all that you guys do for our citizens.

  • Anonymous

    Wonderful video and nothing but the truth!

  • B. Smith

    Great Video! So true, they always call after mid night with silly complaints. Keep up the good work. Sincerely, your friends from Smyrna Fire Dept. (TN)

  • tense56

    Awesome video!! They can make frivolous calls but you can't make a truthful song for fun!!! We need to take America back!!! I love this video!!!!

  • Anonymous

    If this song does not say it, I dont know what does.  It is true we get the dumbest
    calls from people after midnight.

  • Diane Gardiner

    Just FYI, go check out FDCares.com………would be very enlightening.

  • Vicky S

    I LOL every time I see thr video. I’ve been a member of a volunteer reascue squad for> 15 years. We are having out 75 year this year. I’d love to do something like this for our banquet dinner.

  • Anonymous

    That rocks! The perfect metaphor from the original customer service fire department…maybe that can finally dispell the myth of customer service with that video – they are citizens, not customers, and have responsibilities. If you want customer service go to Target or Home Depot!!!

  • Anonymous

    you need to do a Christmas “frequent flyer” video!!!