|MEDICAL & SUPPLY STAFF
|Alternative Titles: Mining Medical Support, Lavaland Medical Care Unit, Junior Mining Medic, Planetside Health Officer, Land Search & Rescue
Access: Medbay, Morgue, Mining, Mineral Storage
Additional Access: Surgery, Cargo, Cloning, Maintenance, External Airlocks
Supervisors: Quartermaster and Head of Personnel
Duties: Watch over the miners, heal miners, get killed by ashwalkers
Guides: Guide to Lavaland, Guide to medicine, Guide to Wounds, Suit Sensors, Guide to Surgery
Minimum Age: 26
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Listen up buddy, I don't know what your motivations are to do this job, I don't know whether or not you did all those years of medical training just for access to the explorer suits, and I certainly don't know about any assassination contracts on miners you might have. What I do know, is that you're a good guy. It's the most important thing about your job. You have to be on death's door every other second so you can save the Shaft Miners if they eventually fuck up. A wise man once told me that it's dangerous to go alone, which is exactly why you are here.
Bare minimum requirements: Keep in frequent contact with the miners, be ready to retrieve a corpse in most lavaland scenarios.
What do I do? Where do I go?
You'll arrive at the station already equipped to deal with most minor injuries:
Your locker is located in your office on the mining station. Make sure to grab a few supplies out of your locker in advance:
Your office is located to the right of the mining base, in the lower-right corner. You will find everything you need to help your miners there:
The 10 rules to miner survival
Welcome to Lavaland, Miner! You may have been expecting to be posted to a peaceful asteroid, but Nanotrasen has recently started up a mining operation on a new world rich in both minerals and aggressive wildlife! Now for some reason, the introduction of said aggressive wildlife has caused miner fatality rates to skyrocket and that's expensive! So to save some money, we've hired you, and now there won't be any more dead miners. Right? Right! Now there is just a few things they probably didn't tell you in the flyer, so pay attention and listen well if you don't want to end up as a bad investment!
Know medicine and miner mechanics. Know how to beat a goliath silly.
A requirement for many jobs on the station, but this one gets a special notion. If you don't know how to apply regenerative mesh onto someone while in the vacuum of space, you're not going to be of any use.
Stay healthy and fit
Keep everyone's life at 100% at all times. Don't be stingy with sutures.
So the miner accidentally hit himself with a pickaxe in the helmet. Five brute damage? Patch him up. The last thing you'd want is for your buddy to go into crit while fighting a watcher, 3 damage short of killing it with all the weapons on their corpse. Be sure to also have you and your miners maintain a healthy diet of food! The last thing you want is a miner that's over or under eaten! In this world, a slow miner is a dead miner - so watch that weight!
Beware of narrow tunnels
Always make sure you can move in any direction.
One of the main advantages miners have over simple mobs is their mobility, and without it, you are severely crippling yourself by making it easier for you to grabbed by goliaths, trapped between two legions, or worse trapped in the path of bubblegum. That's why you should always try to fight and mine in a three tile wide or wider tunnel to avoid an undeserving death and if you notice a miner is dead inside a narrow tunnel then don't follow their example and clear out the area of rock before going in for a rescue.
Don't neglect your GPS
Keep your GPS on you with custom initials. Urge your buddies to do the same.
When times are tough and the miners are stubborn, your GPS is always an easy way to track down someone who doesn't want to use their cam or sensors; be sure to ALWAYS keep yours active and in your pocket, and to check it often to see if a miner has stopped moving for an extended amount of time - if so, they just may need your help after all.
Make sure you're the brightest star around. Nothing is more dangerous than the false sense of security your mesons give you.
Imagine this. You and your miners are digging their dwarf system merrily. Then out of nowhere, some legion pops up and assimilates the two of you into the hivemind. How'd it happen? But I had full vision? This was just the mesons tricking you. To maximize your usefulness, turn on your PDAs flashlight, then carry a lantern or seclite in your pocket. You'll illuminate the planet as good as it gets and your situational awareness improves by miles, but be warned many lights may make it easier to see but also make it easier to be seen by hostile wildlife, so be cautious.
Don't be a hero
Possibly the most important rule of all. Don't risk your own life, you can always clone them.
You don't want to take a risk for no reason other than trying to go for the "Robust guy look", simply take a step back and keep yourself safe. Unfortunately, you won't make yourself look too impressive if a goliath is currently converting you to feces. However, remember that there are certain circumstances where perhaps this rule should be ignored, so that maybe you save someone who makes it, so you don't have to drag him to Medbay or making sure that you will still have a partner to back you up later - as they might be responsible for saving your life later. They could be pissed when you let them die, but you can patch him up if you live. He can't fix you.
Have your Camera On
Turn your body camera on! Strongly encourage your fellow miners to do the same.
Though seldom used, the body cameras both Miners and Mining Medics start with are extremely valuable to a mining medic. When you go red on a Crew Monitoring Console, simply knowing where you are with your GPS on won't be enough. Coordinates won't tell the rescuer (who can use the outpost camera console on the station side mining dock and mining station medbay) whether you're dead by a tentacle surrounded by dangerous simple mobs or dead in an empty corridor with nothing dangerous nearby.
When in doubt, know your way out.
Dig your way back to the station if you lost track of tunnels.
Instead of roaming those dangerous age-old cultist tunnels trying to find your way out, just dig. No one will mind if you lose your way in there. Those tunnels do look pretty alike, after all.
The buddy system
If there are no miners, don't go mining. If a miner doesn't have a medic yet, go after them.
Why don't legions attack each other? Probably hard instinct. Either way around, you should do the same. Don't get tempted to split up or do the mining work yourself, because digging a tunnel is the best way to get caught with your pants down.
The job change
If you have no confidence in your miners, run like hell to the HoP's desk.
While Nanotrasen doesn't exactly approve of this, they don't discourage it either. A lot of effort and resources go into cloning, and a lot of paperwork afterwards. From time to time, it may very well be best to pull out.
- When you are not busy with your job, it is a good idea to check medbay for more stuff that can help with treatment such as chems or better tools.
- Laptop computers can download the Overwatch program, which allows you to view the cameras even when you're away from the infirmary, though make sure to get the best network card so you can stay connected on lavaland.
- Taking blood samples from miners and yourself is a great way to always have a way to bring someone back, just bring the blood to botany and ask for a pod clone.
- The box of body bags in the morgue are a very versatile tool. Apart from the obvious use of transporting cadavers, they can also be used as crates to move items around that you can fold up and put in your pocket when empty, though you may be stopped by people who think you are moving a body.