Who on RJ is an (past or present) EMT?

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    Sep 03, 2011 4:39 AM GMT
    for those who don't know, EMT means Emergency Medical Technician. i.e. ambulances, gurneys, emergency rooms; but not real medicines.. paramedics are the ones who can push drugs.

    Briefly, my current career path is to become a firefighter/paramedic. One step to becoming a medic is spending a year as an EMT.

    I *just* got my first EMT job and it pays 40% less than the pest control job i gave up... from $16/hr down to $9.62/hr. Sucks i know.

    anyone else on RJ been an EMT, did your wage suck too?

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    Sep 03, 2011 4:54 AM GMT
    San Diego County.. California. 17th largest metro area in the US icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 03, 2011 5:54 AM GMT
    Nah that's Tijuana.. SD is the land of tight fisted, money grubbing, medical fraud. And most ppl who are EMTs are moving onto another step in their career path. So high turnover, more EMTs looking for work than positions available.. Basic supply and demand
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    Sep 03, 2011 6:25 AM GMT
    Oh, That place. Heard of it. icon_neutral.gif

    Do you report to the private company that operates the ambulance services out of Arizona or the city?
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    Sep 03, 2011 6:25 AM GMT
    yourname2000 said
    engine92056 saidSan Diego County.. California. 17th largest metro area in the US icon_lol.gif

    Aahhhhh.....Mexico. That explains it. icon_lol.gif


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  • tckrguys

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    Sep 03, 2011 4:22 PM GMT
    EMT/EMT-I for 14 years here. Pay sucks big time! Volunteered, worked county and private as well.
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    Sep 03, 2011 4:48 PM GMT
    depends on the county and which compony. as i recall each county in CA has its own certification. here in MA once you are certified you are good in the entire state.

    there are several private companies in the Boston metro that mainly do transports, but if you get a city job for BostonEMS you make bank!
  • rnch

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    Sep 03, 2011 4:49 PM GMT
    my bf was one for over 10 years. he comments on some of my replies to threads here on RJ so i suspect he is registered here under an alias that i don't know of...


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    he loved being with EMS, but the city mandated pay was terrible; for a job so important and necssary. he finally left EMS to be a RN in the ICU at the city's best hospital...darn near DOUBLED his take home pay immediately.


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    Sep 03, 2011 6:01 PM GMT
    16 years here...
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    Sep 03, 2011 6:22 PM GMT
    getting into it once i get my electricians ticket. Gotta have a backup/ 2nd income stream. basic pay up here is around 21$ an hour if ur willing to work rural up north, or at a mine or oil industry site. EMT's are called Primary Care Paramedics up here. Then there is Intermediate Care Paramedics, and Advanced Care Paramedics. All can administer some drugs, but ICP's and ACP's can administer more, or supervise the PCP's administering drugs. The key is to specialise in Advanced Airway Management once u get to ICP. apparently there is a high demand for that here.