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    I need a second opinion. I am very interested in a career in the fire service and have taken a few tests here and there with no luck so far. I am in a volunteer dept. in upstate NY and have been EMT-D for about a year, and have all of the necessary classes to take the Firefighter I test but one hasn't come up in a while. From what I hear, there are a lot of Firefighter/Paramedic Jobs out there and the whole ALS engine/truck thing is getting very popular with a lot of depts. I have the opportunity to start a Paramedic class next week but I'm not sure if it would be worth all of the time and money. So, basically my question is- will having a paramedic cert. give me a better chance at landing a job in the fire service? Because if it will I am willing to do what it takes. Any thoughts??

  • #2
    Don't become a medic just to get the job. You may not like being a medic in which case you are stuck in that position and will most likely end up not being a good paramdic. This is not personal, it's psychological. If you don't like the job you are performing you are more likely not to apply yourself 100% to it. We're talking about people's lives here, where doing things right will make the difference. Especially since many departments run a medic / basic rig and you are the only medic on scene. If you don't like EMS don't do it. If you truly care about people and helping them as much as you can in a true time of need then consider it. It is not a decision to be made lightly because a class starts in a week. It took me 2 years to decide to go to Paramdic school. I had to make sure that in my mind I fealt that I was a good basic and had the skills to BUILD off of to become a good paramedic. If you don't feel comfortable in your basic skills, then you will have a more difficult time in paramedic school AND building your level of competency as a medic.

    Think long and hard about becoming a medic. It is a big commitment to make for a CHANCE at getting to ride the pretty red trucks.

    Take care and be safe out there.

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    • #3

      First I want to say that it doesn't hurt to have it. Anyway you can advance yourself, doesn't hurt, especially if you are looking at a dept that provides ALS service.

      However, I do have to agree with Sharkie in a way. If you enjoy doing EMS, you will love being a medic. Remember, it is a long haul when you start, but it is rewarding. If you don't it can be a long haul, and a long career.

      Gook luck in any decision you make.

      The above is my opinion only and doesn't reflect that of any dept/agency I work for, deal with, or am a member of.


      • #4
        If you want to medic then take the class when you can as it takes alot of time commitmant compared to all the fire certs. and yes anything like this will help getting the job as it proves you have the brains to learn..


        • #5
          Thanks for the input. I have put a lot of thought into this (several weeks) and I have decided to do it. I know it will be a tough course but I think it will pay off in the end.

          Stay safe out there


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