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Comment by Douglas Levitt on December 17, 2008 at 11:00pm
I live in a small city that is served by a private ambulance company ( I volunteer outside our city limits with our department and which is better, a private ambulance company or a fire department rescue squad ? .

The ambulance has paramedics and the Fire Department squad carry a paramedic and an EMT, which are both firefighters, as well.

Which ever company one works for, a professional demeanor must be maintained.

Not to sound bias, but I have been treated and transported to the ER by our private ambulance company and the Fire Department, and I was sick and didn’t care who responded, but that they took good care of me and got me to the hospital. Both the private ambulance persons and the Fire Department people were good and got an I.V. and I got good care. Both departments worked fast, and had me off to the hospital fast. The first call was a possible heart attack and the other one , severe headache. On the first the one, them moved fast.

Guess that is why I am getting into this field, to payback the wonderful ladies and gents in this field who took good care of me.

Why did all of you get into this field? I love helping people.

Our EMT/National Registry course is three months long and a paramedic course is 12 months. How long is your state courses for those certifications?
Comment by rob elliott on December 17, 2008 at 4:27pm
hey all hope al is well i am a patch collector and was wondering if we could trade patches stay safe everyone

rob elliott
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bellambi nsw 2518 australia
Comment by Jasen Adam on December 15, 2008 at 9:04pm
$34.85/hr is a good way to recruit.
Comment by Douglas on December 15, 2008 at 8:29pm
can you work in canada and live in ny
Comment by Neal Smith on December 15, 2008 at 7:17pm
Working for a private in New York, I was wondering what the other areas of the country are doing to retain and recruit good staff?
Comment by Jasen Adam on December 14, 2008 at 1:38pm
$34.85/hr sounds like i need to become Canadian, EH.
Comment by ArcticKat on December 14, 2008 at 12:32pm
Sorry pj571, I didn't check this thread until now. When I mentioned that EMS services here are tightly regulated, I meant it. Even the wages I pay my staff are determined by the government.

Starting wage for an entry level basic is $21.61/hr
Starting wage for a medic is $26.41/hr

After 5 years on the job they max out at
Basic - $28.55/hr
Medic - $34.85/hr

These wages are also increased by about 3% annually, so if a new medic were to start work now at $26.41/hr, in 5 years he would actually be making almost $40.00 an hour.

They also get benefits such as dental, vision, health, critical illness, STD, LTD, ADD and a retirement plan, all of it cost shared between the company and the employee.

Problem is, I can't exceed this wage schedule either. It would attract employees from areas that also need medics, creating a shortage. That was the primary reason for implementing a province wide wage plan in the first place. EMS left for places with more money resulting in a shortage for staff.
Comment by Douglas on December 10, 2008 at 2:34pm
what hospitals or ambulance services in the andirondacks area close to Hamilton cty are hiring emt's or dispatchers.
Comment by pj571 on December 9, 2008 at 11:15pm
Are the emts/paramedics who work for your company considered civil servants as in the same light as police or fire fighters, question directed towards arctickat, are your employees paid on the same level as their counterparts in pd or fd?
Comment by ArcticKat on December 9, 2008 at 9:11pm
Thing is, I'm a private owner. I am in it for the profit. Perhaps i have a strong loyalty ethic to my staff and a strong patient care ethic because even though I am after the big bucks, I make sure that their needs are taken care of first. It just seems like common sense to me.

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