The job is a great opportunity to to network, build long-lasting relationships, and get a foot in the door if you, so you must always act professional.
Many private ambulance companies station ambulances at fire stations. Why do they do this? They do this for many reasons, such as:
- It allows them to build a harmonious working relationship with the fire department
- It allows them to typically provide better quality living quarters for their personnel
- It can be cheaper for them to do this than to rent an apartment or office building
- It allows them to provide a roof over the heads of their personnel (as opposed to having them post at a street corner)
- It can provide them with better security for their personnel, their ambulances, and their equipment
My department has four fire stations (out of 17) that house ambulances for the local private ambulance company. These fire stations house the ambulance and the personnel on either a 12- or 24-hour basis. The fire station I was previously assigned to had two paramedics that are paid by the ambulance company to come directly to our fire station when their shift starts and spend the entire day side-by-side with my crew.
This can be a valuable experience for you if you get the opportunity to do this. However, it can also be a not-so-valuable experience if you do not play by the rules (written or unwritten) and do things that portray yourself in a bad light, especially if you are trying to get hired by the fire department.
In my experience, here are some of the things I have seen the ambulance personnel do that I would not suggest you doing: