Im new to FFN but ive been reading here for about a month. Ive recently sparked interest into joining the EMS/Fire Rescue field. Im 22 yrs old and i was a nursing major until i wanted to get into the EMS. I see many opportunites avavilable to me in this public service field and i am determined to achieve my goals of becoming a Paramedic/FF. My father was a commissioner in Broward County Florida and i love the idea of public service. Im submitting my EMT-B course application within the next month.
Id like some opinions and pointers of what i should look out for/plan for the future from the younger and old crowds. I am sure all of you have some very valuable information hidden somewhere in your grey matter and cortexes. I have ZERO EMS training (no volunteer FR hours) Anyways, my questions are: What should i expect to get from my EMT-B training?(im afraid i will be the black sheep that doesnt know how to operate a stretcher). And #2) Would it be wise to pursue my Paramedic Cert. directly after obtaining my Basic? Or should i work for an ambulance company after EMT-B for some more hands-on experience.
Im a little freaked out! The reason i am looking into Paramedic cert. is because i dont see myself getting a job with a department afterwards unless i have the EMT-P cert. A lot of depts. in South florida (as well across the country) are favoring/requiring Paramedic certs. Also i like the idea of being trained in ALS and consider the extra training that this particular course provides ESSENTIAL to me and anyone i would work with in the future on a dept. Also, id really like to get some "ride-along" hours in but as a civilian i understand that it is a little difficult to achieve. Guess ill just wait for my EMT-B to get some am-boo-lance rides. I am ecstatic!!!
Thank you for your time/patience for helping a complete NEWBIE, girls and guys. I appreciate what you do and i plan to learn as much as i can. STAY SAFE!!!
(Also, my CPR class is this Saturday)
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