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  • #16
    Originally posted by fire5555 View Post
    you might check hospitals and med clinics to see if they will employ you as emt, that way you are using some of the skills
    I definitely will. Thank you for the info.

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    • #17
      Find a progressive VFD that will put in for a SAFER grant for recruiting and retention. Let that pay for any school you want. Safer R&R is a fairly easy grant to get.

      If need be, write it yourself, with the FD permission. It is a 100% grant, no money on the Fire Departments part, and at the same time it can be used for Workmens comp insurance, AD&D, school, turnouts, all sorts of things.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by LVFD301 View Post
        Find a progressive VFD that will put in for a SAFER grant for recruiting and retention. Let that pay for any school you want. Safer R&R is a fairly easy grant to get.

        If need be, write it yourself, with the FD permission. It is a 100% grant, no money on the Fire Departments part, and at the same time it can be used for Workmens comp insurance, AD&D, school, turnouts, all sorts of things.
        That sounds pretty cool. I know a fd near here that is a combo department. They just put all of their guys through an in house academy that granted them IFSAC seals. I couldn't get in on it in enough time since i'm not a member. On a different note I am not against paramedics but why does almost every department want them? I understand it means better patient care but it seems to me at least that the days of the EMT-B in the Tx fire service are coming to an end.

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        • #19
          You should have been around when they started wanting EMT's on the engines. I cannot count the number of times I heard "I ain't no doctor". Thankfully the unions recognized that it would end up being the salvation of staffing levels so they got behind it.

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          • #20
            Another thing. Get involved with other training. Lots of classes that you would qualify for as a reserve PD as well as FD. Great classes like IRTB and PRSBI at New Mexico Tech. WMD classes in Las Vegas. WMD and CBRNE classes at Anniston AL. Fire classes at NFA in Emmitsburg MD.

            Many are TtT classes, where you become an instructor.

            The best part? The cost is FREE. They pay your airfare, they pay your lodging, they pay your 50 bucks a day plus for food. Some give you a rental car. They pay your baggage and parking. All you have to do is learn. You can even get college credit - of course you have to pay for the credit hours.

            When you bring instructor certs, you are even more valuable.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by LVFD301 View Post
              You should have been around when they started wanting EMT's on the engines. I cannot count the number of times I heard "I ain't no doctor". Thankfully the unions recognized that it would end up being the salvation of staffing levels so they got behind it.
              Lol I can imagine. A lot of the pd volunteers that I work with are firefighters that retired in the 90's or early 00's. Their reaction to the paramedic thing as well as all the extra training is about the same. Personally I'm not that great in the medical classes. I know it and admit it. When it's time for the clinical internships I excel at it. Call me crazy but my absolute favorite subject is Haz-mat. It's something I understand. However I don't think having Emt-b and a butt load of Haz-mat certs will help me find a place to start a career.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by LVFD301 View Post
                Another thing. Get involved with other training. Lots of classes that you would qualify for as a reserve PD as well as FD. Great classes like IRTB and PRSBI at New Mexico Tech. WMD classes in Las Vegas. WMD and CBRNE classes at Anniston AL. Fire classes at NFA in Emmitsburg MD.

                Many are TtT classes, where you become an instructor.

                The best part? The cost is FREE. They pay your airfare, they pay your lodging, they pay your 50 bucks a day plus for food. Some give you a rental car. They pay your baggage and parking. All you have to do is learn. You can even get college credit - of course you have to pay for the credit hours.

                When you bring instructor certs, you are even more valuable.
                That sounds pretty awesome to say the least.

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                • #23
                  Hazmat TtT classes would help.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by TexasSkywarn View Post
                    That sounds pretty cool. I know a fd near here that is a combo department. They just put all of their guys through an in house academy that granted them IFSAC seals. I couldn't get in on it in enough time since i'm not a member. On a different note I am not against paramedics but why does almost every department want them? I understand it means better patient care but it seems to me at least that the days of the EMT-B in the Tx fire service are coming to an end.
                    not a paramedic, so cannot talk well to the subject.

                    If not paramedic, than seems like you are only a transport service to the hospital

                    if not paramedic, than the city might fund an ambulance service

                    if not paramedic and providing ambulance service, than the city might want a dept to justify just alittle more firefighters who only fight fire.

                    Most of our dept runs are medical, with very few fires.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by TexasSkywarn View Post
                      Lol I can imagine. A lot of the pd volunteers that I work with are firefighters that retired in the 90's or early 00's. Their reaction to the paramedic thing as well as all the extra training is about the same. Personally I'm not that great in the medical classes. I know it and admit it. When it's time for the clinical internships I excel at it. Call me crazy but my absolute favorite subject is Haz-mat. It's something I understand. However I don't think having Emt-b and a butt load of Haz-mat certs will help me find a place to start a career.

                      try the oil refineries in houston

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by fire5555 View Post
                        try the oil refineries in houston
                        I applied to one of them and a got phone interview. My application was then passed on to the local hiring manager. That was the last I heard. I think it would be interesting working a refinery. The one I applied to was being a Firefighter/EMT and a security officer.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by TexasSkywarn View Post
                          I applied to one of them and a got phone interview. My application was then passed on to the local hiring manager. That was the last I heard. I think it would be interesting working a refinery. The one I applied to was being a Firefighter/EMT and a security officer.
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                          yep kind of three positions in one, have seen it before in the car making industry, but it is a job in related field till you get hired

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