Hi guys. Thanks for the great forum.

I've been a medic for 8 years, and was a firefighter for 4. I've always thought about working in the gulf on an oil rig and I'm now seriously considering it. The problem is, I don't know anybody that has done this, and don't know much about it. I do know that you work 14 days on and 14 days off. Here are my questions-

1. What's the pay?

2. What's do you spend most of your time doing on shift? I know that you are also safety officer, but what is the normal day on the rig like? Do you do 1 or 2 hours of safety inspections and clerical work, then spend the rest of the shift in a station/clinic waiting for someone to get sick? Is most of the shift spent watching tv (like at a slow fire station) or are you always working for 12 hours a day?

3. Is your role mostly medic, or mostly safety officer?

4. Do the working conditions vary greatly from rig to rig, or is it pretty much the same everywhere?

5. What do I need to do to make sure I get on a good rig with good working conditions?

Thanks for any info you can give.