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    Default FF/Paramedic - how often do you ride on the ambulance?

    For all your FF/Paramedics out there, how often do you ride on the ambulance? Is there anyone out there that just does EMS full time even though you were hired as a FF/Paramedic?

    Just wondering! Thanks!

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    2-3 times a month.
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    wouldn't it depend on the area? busy city vs rual area? or do private ambulance services take up most calls..

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    I was hired as a FF/Medic but assigned on the ambulance. However the way we work when there is a fire and we are not on an ems call already the medics on the ambulance are usually on the initial attack.
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    We don't have ambulances in our dept, but we run ALS rigs. So, technically, I'm never on an ambulance. But, we do respond to medical calls.

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    2-3 shifts per month. 1 ambo, 4 groups, average of 10 paramedics out of 27 guys on each shift.
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    in philly FF are EMT`s and go in about every 3 months there are no paramedic FF`s

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    The department I used to work at I was a contract FF/PM and rode on the ambulance every shift. I just got hired on a different department as a FF/PM and for the first year I will be working the ambulance only but after a year I will start driving the engine/truck after probation. At that point it all depends on who wants/chooses to ride which rig each shift.

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    In Phoenix the rescues (ambulances) are staffed with one FF/PM and one FF/EMT. After your probationary year rotating on an engine and ladder you "owe" the department 200 rescue shifts. They don't have to be completed in a row but you need to knock out 200. After that you technically never have to work on a rescue again unless you choose to work overtime.

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    Never. I was hired as a paramedic in Chicago and rode it for five straight years. I took the firefighter test and, based on seniority, and the fact that every FF class, must (by contract) include 10% paramedics on the job, I crossed over. I am now assigned to an ALS engine. In theory, if there is an injury, I could be forced to ride an ambulance. But in two years, I have yet to.

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    Every single shift

    The station I run out of staffs an ambulance and also staffs an engine as needed based on type of call (yes a 2 person crew staffs 2 pieces of apparatus - I know, I know) so every day I'm on the box and some days I ride an engine too.
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    We run MICU so we ride about 50% of the time unless your a dinasour.

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