IAmA Paramedic Who's Worked Burning Man, Lollapalooza, Electric Forest, and Countless Other Music Festivals, Ask Me Anything!
Hi Reddit! My name is Jim Bollenbacher, and after years of working as a corporate lawyer in Chicago I became an EMT and later a Paramedic -- and now spend my summers working at music festivals around the country.
Festivals are chaotic, and people seem to lose all sense of reason when they are there -- so as a medic you’re out in the middle of a field with a million people around you, you’ve got limited supplies, and you just don’t know what’s going to happen. You can read a few my favorite porta-potty stories (yes, there are many) in MEL Magazine, or order my book, Molly Mushrooms ＆ Mayhem, for which all proceeds go to the First Responders Children's Foundation.
I'm happy to answer your questions about the crazy stuff I've seen working at music festivals, the important role EMTs and Paramedics play at music festivals and society at large, and anything else that comes to mind. AMA!
Thank you to everyone who joined and asked questions. If you want to read more on this topic my book, Molly, Mushrooms & Mayhem is available on Amazon. All proceeds go to charity supporting first responders. Also, please thank the first responders you see at your next music festival or elsewhere. They work hard, see horrible things, and make very little money. Thanks again, be safe!