It was slow enough — and cold enough — for Aimee Parlatore to make a cup of hot tea in a large green cup. The 27-year-old firefighter and paramedic with the Schenectady Fire Department stood in the kitchen of the department’s headquarters on Veeder Avenue on a Friday night, a little past 10:30. Lt. Chris Keough was in the room. So were a couple of other firefighters. Nobody was paying any attention to the Oklahoma City Thunder or Dallas Mavericks, who were playing basketball on the flat-screen television bolted to the back wall. Everyone seemed to be waiting for something to happen.
Schenectady firefighter/paramedic Aimee Parlatore, arrives at an EMS call on Albany Street Friday, Janaury 18
Schenectady firefighter/paramedic Aimee Parlatore removes her turnout gear after returning from a call.
Schenectady Fire Department paramedic Aimee Parlatore waits on Engine 1 as they clear a call on State Street on a recent shift. Left, she fills her name on the apparatus assignment board after arriving at Station 1 from another firehouse.
Schenectady firefighter/paramedic Aimee Parlatore waits with Capt. Timothy Tietz and Lt. Chris Keough to enter an apartment building on State Street after a fire alarm was tripped by burned food on Friday, January 18.
Parlatore and Keough have a conversation back at Station 1. “It’s the best job in the world,” the 27-year-old Parlatore, says of being a paramedic.
Schenectady firefighter/paramedic Aimee Parlatore prepares an IV for a patient on Albany Street.
Schenectady firefighter/paramedic Aimee Parlatore fills her name in on the apparatus assignment blackboard after arriving at Station 1 from another firehouse. "It's the best job in the world," the 27-year-old says.