I am not currently licensed but I spent 5 years as an EMT/FF. Still try to maintain skills by focusing on med classes when I can afford to. I'd still be in EMS but as a volunteer I ran 6 days a week, usually 24 hours a day in a county that covered just under 450 square miles. Burnout was, and still is from what I hear, fast and effective.
EMT-Basic for 39 years, Spent 6 years as Paramedic at Wishard Ambulance in Indianapolis, IN. Currently Telemetry Tech at Long Term Acute Care facility in Greenfield, also assisting with EMT Practicals at Pelham Training in Bloomington, IN.
I am a Paramedic and was a 68W for 10 years, with combat tours as a medic to AFG and Iraq (Was 11B for 12 years with combat tours in AFG and Iraq as a weapons squad leader with the 82nd ABN DIV). TC3 instructor at the Ft Bragg MSTC on the green side and as a civilian.
EMT-Ambulance in '84, Paramedic in '87. 9 yrs urban knife and gun club w/ 2 yrs flying rotor there. Moved for FT flight gig in New England - 9 yrs there as well as TEMS XO for a multijurisdictional tactical team. Adjunct Instructor at the State Police Academy teaching medical and street survival. Backcountry EMS before working a counter-narcotics contract in AFG. Came back and went FT LEO and Entry guy on a different multijurisdictional tactical team. Blew out my knee, retired from LE, moved back to NH. Currently working in the ER enjoying the climate-controlled atmosphere.
I haven't done out of Hospital care for a number of years.
But: Corpsman '73-'82, EMT-B around 1979. R.N. since 1982 Critical Care and Emergency Room and still employed FT ER. Lots of little letters that mean nothing to no one.
For those that do not know me, I'm a medical mod. Also, I am a second year medical student at Texas A&M College of Medicine and PA in the Texas Army National Guard. My previous assignment as a PA was in the 75th Ranger Regiment (1st BN-07-13, RSTB-13-15, Regimental PA-15-16). I used to be an 11B, 93-96, 2A 1st BN, 75th RR. My interests include low titer group O whole blood, TDCR, REBOA, ketamine, and bystander hemorrhage control.
Creds: MPAS, LP, PA-C, ACLS, PALS, TCCC Provider/Instructor, PHTLS Provider/Instructor, CoTCCC voting member.
I envision pre-hospital medicine as existing on a spectrum of access and capability. I feel as though learning all that is offered across the spectrum of care will allow you to operate at a higher level regardless of where you find yourself.
Jake (from Statefarm) here! Current NREMT-B, halfway through my Paramedic class. Working from the top left of this diagram to the bottom right. Dream is to end up on the Special Operations Surgical Teams or as a doc in recovery medicine, I want to stay in the field.