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    Photography, Chess, Anime, Stepmania, Meteorology, Computers (Networking), Ham Radio, Emergency Management, Storm Chasing, Guild Wars, Eve-Online :)

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  1. Join EMRT this year

    EMRT (Emergency Medical Response Team) is looking for 2 additional staff members this year. EMRT is a group of medical first responders at ACen. We operate at all hours of the day/night of the convention from when the convention starts until the close. Requirements is a commitment to work the full weekend including Thursday on arrival (May 18-21). You also need to have a valid EMT/Paramedic license and a current CPR card. Please email emrt-departmenthead@ACen.org if you wish to apply or have any questions. Be looking forward to hearing from you all. -Dave / Medic 1
  2. EMRT looking for staff

    EMRT (Emergency Medical Response Team) is looking for 2 additional staff members this year. Requirements is a commitment to work the full weekend including Thursday on arrival (May 18-21). You also need to have a valid EMT/Paramedic license and a current CPR card. Please email emrt-departmenthead@ACen.org for details.
  3. Photobombing

    Saw this thread and have to apologize to anyone that I unintentionally photobombed (in any years) when responding to medical calls. I make it my best effort to avoid being in the photo, but when I am responding to a call, in particular unresponsive patients, I take the shortest path possible. Usually in this case, I am at a power walk speed to a run. :)
  4. Gripes Against Individuals

    This goes on that saying of "Cosplay is NOT consent" Don't forget us EMRT who handle all of them once their bodies can no longer handle what was given to them. I'm going to bring this up in the meetings pre-con this year, and I'm sure my sister department ADA will be doing the same thing. The less calls we get the better, and having people light up and causing issues with people who have pre-existing respiratory issues causes my crews to have to take care of them, while at the same time there may be an issue with someone passed out in a bathroom or hallway aspirating on their vomit (which could kill them if not taken care of). True they should have taken better care of themselves and not drank all they did, but that was a choice they made and we have to deal with the bad things that happen if they do.
  5. Game tournament was really disorganized

    From another post, the bounced emails are just an autoreply from one of the previous members of staff. The matter has been noted. Now considering that half of us are still recovering (and at work too for me). It might be a little while before that auto-reply is resolved. But your message has been received by the other people on feedback.
  6. Cosplay Photos in Dealer Hall

    Before I sold my soul to ACen, I used to do photos all the time. That was the reason why I came to ACen was to do photography, which I love. Now I just don't have time for it running from call to call for medical issues. What I always used to do was make sure I was out of the way enough to allow traffic through and always concerned myself with the surroundings. This is something that both the photographer and the cosplayer should take into consideration. They should position themselves as to not block the area as much. For example. Instead of taking the photo across an aisle. Why not take the photo lengthwise. This would create a smaller profile and still allow traffic in both directions. This year I didn't get a chance to take any photos being the Department Head of EMRT, so my time was limited. I had a grand total of about 50 minutes spent in the dealer hall, so that was all my personal time I really had to enjoy con. The rest of it was working and making sure people were safe and/or taken care of.
  7. Lost and Found Items

    Also, it is highly advised to file a police report. And if your DL was in there, you might want to possibly submit a fraud alert to 1 of the 3 credit reporting agencies. https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0275-place-fraud-alert
  8. Thank you for the post Washu Takahashi. It's perfectly fine that you post here since the DH from ADA and myself talk to each other frequently because we are sort of in the same family of departments IRT<->EMRT<->ADA as we deal with both departments quite equally. I will make sure that the DH reads this post. For EMRT, I briefed my crew on the different passes and what they meant and I know some other departments got a briefing from the DH, but not sure how it was passed onto other department personnel from there. -Dave (Medic 1)
  9. Gripes Against Individuals

    Our EMRT staff was there all hours that Registration was open, from morning til it shutdown at night. They were at the first aid booth and have a radio + the number to the Convention Center Public Safety. Same with all the Red Phones around the site, which are "bat-phones" to the Public Safety Office. -Dave (EMRT DH)
  10. Well, yesterday marked the end to another wonderful event of Anime Central. Were you in an unfortunate event that led to having EMRT respond to take care of you or utilize one of our First Aid stations? You may have just encountered one randomly in the mass crowds of ACen. Please feel free to post here or if you wish to remain private email me, the Department Head of EMRT. Email address is: emrt-departmenthead@ACen.org I am always looking for feedback. -Dave
  11. Question about some med problems

    Purplegodess is correct. Visit the "Special Needs" booth to get this all worked out. They have an excellent record of resolving issues such as yours in the past.
  12. Weather Watch 2014

    I don't trust the weather channel webpage. I just usually if I wanted to go forecast myself. Different sites use different model runs to determine their weather. Then again I was a meteorology major. I could give a major plug about using the College of DuPage weather webpage for the future. All our data is ingested via internet feeds and also from NWS Satellite feeds (NOAAPORT). I know since I am the systems/network administrator for the servers and the network it uses.
  13. I heard the Soap Bubble was 18+ while listening in on my overnight medical shift over in the panels area. I was surprised as this was to my knowledge not previously an issue. From what I remember if the attendee was 18+ or was staying at the motel (but that is as long as the line is inside, soon as it hits outside you are subject to curfew laws as a general public person.). As a note to all of you who did not bring your ID: being an EMT PLEASE DO BRING YOUR IDs with you. Us medics on staff can use your badge information, but if something happens to you and you are carted off by Rosemont (or mutual aid) EMS, then they would like to know who you are instead of John/Jane Doe. Especially if you are unconscious. Just for your own safety. You bring a room key, you can easily slip your ID in the same pocket or something, or your badge depending on the style of badge you have. Personally, I am neither for nor against the 18+ policy, as long as the attendee is an overnight guest at the hotel and can prove it.
  14. Dishonesty

    There is a lost and found at both the convention center and the hotel. This would be the "Customer Service" booths in both locations. The items in the Convention Center at the end of the day are supposed to be moved to the hotel as that is the central and more secure location for the overnight hours. So for the future note, please bring the lost/forgotten items there. Badges that are left behind/lost are to be returned to the Registration "Service Desk" or to a staff member who can return it there, as the service desk handles all those issues. As to the situation at hand. I would highly suggest as mentioned to write the Expoteria/DESCC management and I'm sure there are cameras on those cash registers as most fast food places do and they can review it to see the interactions involved. That is just how I would pursue this.
  15. Feel free to post compliments, complaints, comments in this thread. For those who were taken care of us, please do comment on how things were run. Let us know the day/time/location and if you remember who tended to you, also.