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Old 09-29-2011, 12:07 AM   #31
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Become a swat paramedic, best of both worlds!!

May I offer some advice, if you do become medic, join a FD that also does ems, because burnout can happen real fast on a busy Dept. (Unfortunately, if you want to make money, you have to work on a busy Dept.) that way, you have a pace to go and still a job, with retirement already established, whenever you are burntout.
Trust me, I am there now, I am coming up on 5.5 yrs on a busy Dept, I am done with the ambulance! I amm hoping to come off on the 11th of Oct! Now granted my heart has never been in ems, but has been in fire, and there are guys that love it and do it for a long time, but it is nice to have a fallback without loosing retirement or time of service.

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Become a swat paramedic, best of both worlds!!

May I offer some advice, if you do become medic, join a FD that also does ems, because burnout can happen real fast on a busy Dept. (Unfortunately, if you want to make money, you have to work on a busy Dept.) that way, you have a pace to go and still a job, with retirement already established, whenever you are burntout.
Trust me, I am there now, I am coming up on 5.5 yrs on a busy Dept, I am done with the ambulance! I amm hoping to come off on the 11th of Oct! Now granted my heart has never been in ems, but has been in fire, and there are guys that love it and do it for a long time, but it is nice to have a fallback without loosing retirement or time of service.
Lol swat ems would be awesome!! And I could never be a fire fighter. I know it sounds crazy that I would rather take someone shooting at me than fire. But I can shoot back at someone. I love helping people and did medical service in Joplin mo the week after the tornado and loved it.

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Lol swat ems would be awesome!! And I could never be a fire fighter. I know it sounds crazy that I would rather take someone shooting at me than fire. But I can shoot back at someone. I love helping people and did medical service in Joplin mo the week after the tornado and loved it.
Do a ride along with your local PD, most of them have some type of observer program. Give ya a taste of what it's like to see if you might like it. Heck, ride a few times. I did that with a FD close by when I was in HS and it confirmed that I wanted to be a career fireman.
EMS is a little different, they usually don't allow civilian ride alongs because of the the HIPPA rules. But I guess you could always get your EMT-B and then do some ride alongs, it's good to have your basic even if you go PD.

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That's correct, but join a volunteer fd before jumping into emt, the fd will pay for the emt training, up to paramedic level
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Do a ride along with your local PD, most of them have some type of observer program. Give ya a taste of what it's like to see if you might like it. Heck, ride a few times. I did that with a FD close by when I was in HS and it confirmed that I wanted to be a career fireman.
EMS is a little different, they usually don't allow civilian ride alongs because of the the HIPPA rules. But I guess you could always get your EMT-B and then do some ride alongs, it's good to have your basic even if you go PD.

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The ride along is a good idea. I plan on getting emt b and working on my local volunteer squad for awhile when I turn 18

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That's correct, but join a volunteer fd before jumping into emt, the fd will pay for the emt training, up to paramedic level
I have a local paid ambulance service I know the main paramedic who also does training , they run 14 ALS ambulances in different areas, pay is about 60k a year for a paramedic plus full medical.
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Wow glad I found this thread. Been contemplating cruising back to school for a fire science degree then going to try and get on with a fire department to be a fire fighter. Am i going about this the wrong way? Seems like most people I've spoken with have suggested this route. Any advice from the professionals? ( that would be you ladies and gentleman!)
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If you are interested in EMS you can get a lot of the training for free, or real close to it through CAP, and have a little more experience to base your decision to make it a career or not on.
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Wow glad I found this thread. Been contemplating cruising back to school for a fire science degree then going to try and get on with a fire department to be a fire fighter. Am i going about this the wrong way? Seems like most people I've spoken with have suggested this route. Any advice from the professionals? ( that would be you ladies and gentleman!)
Either fire degree or experience and certifications with a volunteer FD.
Don't need it for professional Dept, but every bit helps: prior experience, college degree, ect. I did the college degree route, don't use my degree (arson), but I'm sure it helped me get on, and will help me get promoted.

Can't hurt, and college is a great experience! Do remember, you will be given a polygraph, so don't raise TOO much hell!
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Haha. Theres a good resource officer at my school. I miss with him all the time. Saw him speedig down high school boulevard one day. So i always yell citizens arrest around him.
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Wow glad I found this thread. Been contemplating cruising back to school for a fire science degree then going to try and get on with a fire department to be a fire fighter. Am i going about this the wrong way? Seems like most people I've spoken with have suggested this route. Any advice from the professionals? ( that would be you ladies and gentleman!)
A degree in anything will help. Most departments want to get accredited and that helps. A lot of depts will require that for promotion too. A degree in Physical Education will get you far in today's fire service.
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My volunteer/paid department is set up so we are paid while on a call or in training. Training is mandatory once a week for 4-5 hours plus shifts. We have 12 hour call shifts that require out of towners to sleep in the station. We are also required to have at least 48 hours in call shifts per month.

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