I would treat this situation with the same care & caution of full-time fire jobs. And why NOT look into full-time fire if that's where you're going anyway? I think you have the beginnings of a great story there, starting paramedic class and being FF already. Make it work for ya. Use your pursuit of higher education & what you have so far make you the gung-ho employee some place can't be without. Think about it. Good luck, and let us know what ya end up doing!