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  • #16
    From Da Man...

    Should you become a paramedic to get a firefighter job?

    If you understand that there are 500-800 candidates
    for each firefighter job, that you could be running
    out of hope, the love of your life is not going to
    wait any longer unless she has a ring and a date,
    been the frequent flyer mileage king flying all over
    the country and unsuccessfully taking tests, your
    biggest income last year came from your credit cards.
    You have lost friends and relatives. Don't know how
    you're going to live without the job of your dreams.
    Can afford to take the time and loss of income to
    make it happen. Have a supporting partner. Know you
    would have to spend about a year getting certified
    and it will be the toughest thing you have ever done.
    A relative will pay for your education. Have GI Bill
    education money. Can get a student loan. Know that 80%
    of the job offerings now are for fire medics and up to
    75% of our calls are ems related anyway. Know that
    even if you become a medic, you still may never get
    this job. Have been riding ambulance anyway and this
    will pave the way into many medic schools. Aren't
    going to take the chance of some college programs
    that only take 35 people a year and receive over
    200 applications. Will step up and pay the $7,000
    plus dollars to be in and out of a program in about
    a year. You're an energizer bunny who will keep
    going and going and going when others' would stop.
    Know that if you were a medic taking a regular
    firefighter entrance test you would probably get
    a better shot. Won't be happy until you can puff
    your chest out with a badge and have people wave
    at you in the jump seats, carrying on a family
    tradition. Want that shift work with great benefits
    that go way into retirement. A career position
    with chances of advancement. The opportunity to
    use the education and experience you have already
    gained and can continue. To work for a department
    that could offer you everything a firefighter could
    hope for. Calls that would cover anything from air
    land and sea. A place where you couldn't wait to
    get back from your days off. Being able to go from
    one call to another to another on a busy rig.
    Believe me there is nothing like it.

    I know you will hear that if you really don't want
    to be a medic don't just do it to get the job. But,
    If you answered yes to the majority of the above
    there is no doubt where you will be the happiest.
    If I were in your position I would beg, borrow,
    and run with my afterburners on to get to medic
    school! Because unlike a regular entry level test
    where there are 500-800 candidates for each job,
    there are only 20 candidates for every fire medic
    job. It is by far your fastest way to the badge.

    "Absolutely Nothing counts until you have a real
    BADGE . . . Nothing!

    "Captain Bob"

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    • #17
      Codeblue81

      My Paramedic class when I took it 6 years ago was only $275 plus about $60 for books. The price I saw on last years class still hasn't broken $400 for tuition. I thought it was a pretty good class for the money, they taught you how to be a good field paramedic instead of using it as a pre-med class for future doctors like some other courses out there. The class is run by (CCAC) Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA.
      Mark
      Firefighter / Paramedic
      IAFF Local 10

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      • #18
        Then I would consider your area VERY lucky. In this area there are two ways to get the EMT-P license. The first is a relatively new concept and that is the AAS in Paramedical Services. It's a 2 years program that starts with the EMT-B and runs straight through to the Medic while also taking prereqs such as A&P, Pharmocology, Math 4 Meds, CompI&II, Public Speaking and the like. The entire program runs in the neighborhood of $4000-$5000. Then you can get your EMT-I99 and go through the 14-16 month hospital based Medic class. I was going to enroll in this calss but felt that I should get more experience. The total cost was $1400 and required a total of 1100 clinical hours.

        Maybe I should move to your area to take it.

        code_blue81
        Jeremy Culver
        IACOJ Bureau of EMS

        These views are my own and do not represent the views or opinions of anyambulance service that I am affiliated with.

        Help our fellow firefighters.
        www.helpingourown.com
        "Firefighters Helping Firefighters"

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