Category Archives: Set Medic

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My name is Paul Heinzelmann. I have been quite fortunate to be able to provide medical services to film and TV productions since 2007. It’s become my favorite part of being a doctor. I have hired several other people to help me serve the hardworking members of this unique community.

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My name is K-C Roballo. I have been fortunate enough to work in stunts, as a medic, and as a grip. I’ve been blessed enough to work in the film industry for almost eight years. In that short time, I’ve met and worked with a multitude of amazing people, all with the same united goal: to provide for their families while working a job they enjoy in an industry that reaches millions.

I have held a plethora of jobs in my life — USMC from 1996-2000, firefighter, EMT, etc. — and just like in those fields, here in the film world there is a brotherhood and sense of family. There is a level of respect for each other that far surpasses what you would find in many other work places.

The film and television industry not only provides work for those of us fortunate enough to be working on the production, it also financially benefits local businesses both large and small. From the companies where building supplies are purchased to the mom-and-pop coffee shops where crews get their breakfast. And then there’s the excitement that hits a neighborhood when folks are allowed to hang out and watch the work that goes into making what they will later see on screen. Take a few moments the next time you watch a movie and view it ALL THE WAY through. Those seemingly random words at the end are just a fraction of the names of people who were able to provide for their families while working on the production you just enjoyed.

Along with my thoughts, I’ve included a picture of my family that I am able to support and provide for, on a vacation we were able to take because of the successful year I had working in this industry.

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My name is Paul B. Johnson, better known as P.J. I am a member of the first aid unit or, as we are called, set medics. That title is for the medic that is on the first unit or shooting crew. We also provide coverage for construction locations and for the rigging grips, special effects, stunts, or any other assignment where a first aid person is needed on stand by, in the event that medical assistance is needed.

I have been a Massachusetts registered EMT for 20-plus years. I was born here in Boston and have worked most of my career in the area. I have lived here in city and the surrounding local area all my life and I love it here. This is where I make my living to provide a comfortable blue-collar living for myself and my girlfriend. It saddens me to think that our newly elected governor is spearheading a bill to eliminate the film tax incentives for our industry. Our industry spends so much money here while we are filming, and sometimes multiple projects are being filmed at once. I hope the governor can see how eliminating the incentives would put many people out of work.  We would put in the category that he supposedly wants to help. Many of us would be forced to move to other states.

I have worked too hard in the EMS field trying to take a little sting out of the world, helping people from all walks of life. Once given the great opportunity to work in the film industry, it’s hard to stand by while some people try to eliminate my job and the jobs of so many others, not to mention all the businesses that benefit from the movie industry.

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Greeting! My name is Roger Dillingham, Jr, and I am an on-set medic.  My department and I are responsible for the well-being, care, and safety of the cast and crew, as well as the occasional on-lookers who stand by to watch a film being made here in the Commonwealth. I started in this industry as a SAG actor, back in 2006, as a hobby. Then, I met a set medic and learned had the same background in the EMS world. She introduced me to the first aid department, which I was able to join, and I have been working steadily ever since. This has enabled me to support my family better than in the private sector of the EMS world. I see firsthand how each town in which we film is instantly economically stimulated, which is a win-win for all of us IN the industry, and even those indirectly connected to the industry. These are real jobs, with real people and families who are active members of the community. Please support the Massachusetts film tax incentives!

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My name is Kate. I work in Massachusetts as a production assistant and set medic. The film, television, and commercial jobs I worked on here in Massachusetts supported a graduate degree that assisted me in working with low-income families at a Boston hospital.  Because Massachusetts has both health and film industries, I was also able to work with physician researchers who focused specifically on opportunities at the intersection of health and media. Please support the growing film industry here in Massachusetts, support the film tax incentives!

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Hello, my name is John, and I have been a film set medic since 2009. I have been an EMT for more than 22 years, most of which I spent working on an ambulance. I consider myself blessed to have this job. I live here, I pay taxes here, I spend my money here, I raise my children here (and they spend my money too!). The amount of money put into the local community from film spending is amazing:  lumberyards, grocery stores, clothing stores, gas stations, restaurants — not to mention private security, police and fire details, and warehouse and office rental space. Without this magnificent industry, a lot of businesses and people will be hurting.

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