12-16-2013, 12:35 PM #1
- Join Date
- Dec 2013
Paramedic Student, where to go from here..
My name is Andrew, I'm a Paramedic Student at Edward Hospital in Naperville Illinois. I took EMT last year and excelled. I placed very high on my Medic Entrance exam. I enjoy my work as an EMT even though I work for a private. The day to day patient transports are boring but give me opportunities to practice skills like suctioning and getting really sound with vitals. I have run a handful of emergency calls and they are always good learning opportunities.
I have a full year until I test nationally as a Paramedic, and i'm just thinking about my future. I have an associates degree in Fire Science, and plan on finishing my bachelors. Being just 20 years old I have a lot of time to make these decisions but I always like to have a plan. A lot of people I know just get their Medic so they can be fire fighters, which I don't necessarily agree with. I too would like to be on a Fire Dept, but I enjoy working EMS, regardless if I am on a Private or not. What should be my next step? There is a volunteer dept. next to me in Glen Ellyn. I am qualified to apply for a position there and did some research. They contract their EMS to PSSI. is this a good place to start? or would it be detrimental to me to go through a Volunteer/contract EMS dept. or to just test at other Departments? I dont have a lot of resources in the Fire Service so i thought i would post, i'm just not sure where to go from here.
01-18-2014, 03:57 PM #2
I too am a paramedic. My advice is would be to start volunteering with a fire department. You are already getting exposure to EMS through your job and you will be getting plenty of EMS calls in paramedic school.
Volunteering with a dept will get you to experience the fire side of things as well, it will give you a chance to get to know the ins and outs of the fire service and network with people and that is always a good thing especially when you are looking for jobs. Its certainly not going to hurt you so why not?
Users Browsing this Thread
There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)
By Panthro in forum Meet and GreetReplies: 1Last Post: 07-15-2008, 10:21 AM
By mark440 in forum IdahoReplies: 0Last Post: 09-23-2006, 12:46 PM
By firefighterox in forum IllinoisReplies: 18Last Post: 04-26-2005, 04:28 PM
By EMTSHARON in forum Meet and GreetReplies: 5Last Post: 03-16-2004, 04:23 PM