Every once and a while this thought creeps into my head because I have witnessed it first hand....
A little background before I begin though! I live in a pretty densely populated area of New Jersey (Bergen County), most of the population is advanced in years. For the most part, all of us are volunteer EMT's with other jobs. We have dispatchers that are "ALS happy" by which I mean they will dispatch an ALS unit for a hangnail.
I enjoy working with most of the paramedics that serve our community, I really do, but there are a few that rub me the wrong way....the nature of any job.
I've been doing EMS for 10 years or so and have seen a few EMT's start off in the academy, follow it through, ride for a while and then want to become Paramedics. Some go on to become some of the best, some not so good.
The reason I bring this up is because of the few EMT's I know that went on to become paramedics, they get a skewed mentality of where they used to come from. I know a person that used to ride as an EMT for my squad turn into a paramedic, and then bash the very organization that put him into the academy in the first place. This person knocked volunteers up and down both sides of the street. I couldn't help but to wonder why.
What makes a person knock where they came from? I wrestle with the theory once and a while and never really get a clear cut answer. I started off as a regular, plain old, basic EMT back in the day. Became a nurse later on in life, and still volunteer. Not so much because my town "needs me" but rather because it keeps my basic skills sharp. Sure I could stop riding, but then what the hell do I do with the free time? :)
This isn't meant to knock one group over another, but just try to get things squared away in my mind. Perhaps someone out there knows the answer, perhaps not, but this is a pretty good start!