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    haha ya right.. they just got versed for a seizure..... the MD does not trust Chicago medics

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    It's true. Chicago is just about the LEAST aggressive of all EMS systems around. They're afraid of lawsuits if a medic tries an RSI intubation and misses and the person dies because of hypoxia. It's a little sad really.

    Some good news. There are STRONG rumors going around (my old partner talked to someone with five bugles) that the 15 BLS ambulances are going to go ALS over the next three years. During that conversation, it was stated that they will be manned with single role paramedics. That means that they will need 8 paramedics per ambulance (2 medics x 4 shifts) x 15 ambulances = 120 new paramedics. It was also stated that the goal is to have EVERY apparatus in the department ALS in the next five years, which means more medics. My partner also said that 150-200 medics will be eligible to retire with full benefits in the next five years. So, you math majors will realize that there could be 300 paramedics off this list.

    Bad news is that there are 47 medics from the old list who will still be called before they start hiring from the new list. Good news is that that class should start in October.

    That is all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AssOnFire View Post
    It's true. Chicago is just about the LEAST aggressive of all EMS systems around. They're afraid of lawsuits if a medic tries an RSI intubation and misses and the person dies because of hypoxia. It's a little sad really.

    Some good news. There are STRONG rumors going around (my old partner talked to someone with five bugles) that the 15 BLS ambulances are going to go ALS over the next three years. During that conversation, it was stated that they will be manned with single role paramedics. That means that they will need 8 paramedics per ambulance (2 medics x 4 shifts) x 15 ambulances = 120 new paramedics. It was also stated that the goal is to have EVERY apparatus in the department ALS in the next five years, which means more medics. My partner also said that 150-200 medics will be eligible to retire with full benefits in the next five years. So, you math majors will realize that there could be 300 paramedics off this list.

    Bad news is that there are 47 medics from the old list who will still be called before they start hiring from the new list. Good news is that that class should start in October.

    That is all.
    All in all pretty good news. Sucks (for us) that they'll call the 47 off the old list but good for them.

    I've heard for a while about most of the stuff you listed, hopefully it actually happens. A lot of the talk is people liked the extra ALS rigs during the snow storm back in February so maybe that kickstarts the whole thing a little. Hopefully the retire-eligible men and women decide to do just that!

    Encouraging stuff, but as always, we'll see what actually happens. Thanks again for the updates. Much appreciated.

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    How many engines and trucks are ALS now?

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    There are about 40 (give or take, not an exact number) ALS engines. Not sure how many trucks.

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    They started out with six, all on the Western edge. I think 3 more have gone. So, that's about 100 more apparatus x3 shifts = an additional 300 medics from this list. The whole department is slowly turning ALS, but I wonder if they can pull off that many ALS in five years. It's been about one rig a month. Also, everyone is becoming BLS, so that helps push the single role FF out the door. In my eyes, good riddance.

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    You were pretty spot-on about the letters, AOF. August 31st...no letter. Big surprise!

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    I did hear the letter were mailed out today but not from a great source or anything. I just thought id put it out there. So maybe at the end of this week check your mail box. Other then that excited to hear the news that they will chase the bls ambo to als.

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    Heard that same thing from a couple of other people today. Hopefully true. All we can do is wait like always!

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    My buddy got his letter today...

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    Boom! The couple people I did hear that from yesterday heard it from HR so I figured it would be true. I haven't felt this anxious in a long time. Hope my luck on this list turns out a lot better than it did for the fire list.

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    My buddy came in at #265, and his friend came in at #92. Looks like the city was pretty much on time with this one...

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    Yeah it's great the city did come through on time. I came in at #307. Not great, but not terrible. I was hoping to catch a break and be high enough to go in quick, but, I'll certainly take it, especially considering there are guys down in the bottom who would kill to be in my spot. I'm low on the fire list so I can certainly relate to their plight.

    Hopefully all the rumors about the 15 BLS ambulances switching to ALS, increased ALS rigs, and promotion exams for AC's and Field Chiefs all come true! Ha, as well as hoping a large percentage of those coming up for retirement actually retire. A lot of external factors can make this list burn fast, so hopefully it goes that way. Plus I'm banking on the fact that because this application was online and not terribly expensive that a lot of people applied just for the hell of it because it was easy and creates a possible option and aren't serious about actually taking a spot on account of having to move into the city, giving up on a current job or having found a new one since the applications went out, etc. I'm looking for every edge!

    At the end of the day it's just nice to know where we stand and have a somewhat ballpark idea of a timeline for things. Look forward to seeing how it all unfolds. Good luck to all going forward (unless you're on the list ahead of me. haha jk)

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    I just got my letter and lets just say its under 20!!...

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    Congrats. Jealous! That's what I was hoping for but oh well.

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    Lightandfight congrats! When did u fill out the application? Im curious to see if they did chose it by random or the day you filled it out lol.

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    post edited......
    Last edited by Outlet05; 09-02-2011 at 01:19 PM. Reason: changed my mind

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmnffmedic86 View Post
    Lightandfight congrats! When did u fill out the application? Im curious to see if they did chose it by random or the day you filled it out lol.
    It was random, because I filled mine out literally the second it opened up and I'm at 300 so if it was based on the order you applied I'm pretty sure I would've been higher.

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    I got like 900 something oh well, I'm in the group waiting for final processing on the fire side from the 06 list hopefully that comes through at some point, who knows with the city, budget deficit new mayor etc...

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    I filled mine out around 4 pm the day it came out and thanks guys... Now its just the waiting game to see when academy's start up

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    You're in great shape. Even if they take a final class off the old list I don't imagine you're going to have to wait terribly long. Gonna be a big waiting game for everyone to see what all actually happens and doesn't happen that will affect hiring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ILFFPM View Post
    I got like 900 something oh well, I'm in the group waiting for final processing on the fire side from the 06 list hopefully that comes through at some point, who knows with the city, budget deficit new mayor etc...
    At this point, i'm just happy to have a good job. If I can get in the fire side that would be a bonus. I should have gotten my EMT-P right after I took the exam and got my list # in 2006. Woulda,Coulda,Shoulda

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrynuts View Post
    At this point, i'm just happy to have a good job. If I can get in the fire side that would be a bonus. I should have gotten my EMT-P right after I took the exam and got my list # in 2006. Woulda,Coulda,Shoulda
    I share your sentiment. That's all I've done lately is kick myself in the head that I didn't go the medic route sooner. Hindsight's always 20/20 as they say.

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    Glad to see everyone got their # pretty much on time. Looks like I won't be a CFD medic anytime soon as I'm in the 1100s!

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    Finally got mine today lol! I rank in the 40's! Not too shabby!

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