Does anybody know how much paramedic certification helps getting on a F.D. in Mass. I am over 30, non vet, always scored high 90s on civil service tests. At this point I am seriously considering pursuing E.M.T. and Paramedic training if it will help in obtaining a job with a Fire Dept. Paramedic training is at least a one year course. Hopefully by then the State will be in better shape and cities/towns can start hiring again. Also, any opinions on non - civil service departments in the South Shore - Cape area ?