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Old 01-10-2010, 08:40 PM   #1
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Best place for new EMT's/Paramedics?


Hi, I am a former EMT-B out of LA County in California. I found it a pretty frustrating place to be a BLS provider, as 911 is almost entirely covered by LA Fire paramedics, with only a handful of mixed BLS/ALS units. Are there any places in California (or elsewhere), where it is a good place to launch an EMS career and get some good experience? I'd eventually like to attend paramedic school.

I guess my main criteria are that it be a jurisdiction where EMT-Bs get some 911 experience (some transport is okay, of course), and where it is relatively cheap to live (i.e. someone with an EMT salary can afford to attend paramedic school). Seems like LA was the worst on both counts. Any suggestions? Other states besides CA are okay too. Thanks!


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Old 01-10-2010, 08:54 PM   #2
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EMTs are plentiful in paid systems and no matter where you go, the situation may be the same.

Although, I do agree that California might not be the best place for a career in EMS.

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Old 01-11-2010, 12:08 PM   #3
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Old 01-12-2010, 01:20 AM   #4
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Hi, I am a former EMT-B out of LA County in California. I found it a pretty frustrating place to be a BLS provider, as 911 is almost entirely covered by LA Fire paramedics, with only a handful of mixed BLS/ALS units. Are there any places in California (or elsewhere), where it is a good place to launch an EMS career and get some good experience? I'd eventually like to attend paramedic school.

I guess my main criteria are that it be a jurisdiction where EMT-Bs get some 911 experience (some transport is okay, of course), and where it is relatively cheap to live (i.e. someone with an EMT salary can afford to attend paramedic school). Seems like LA was the worst on both counts. Any suggestions? Other states besides CA are okay too. Thanks!

Hey I think that Sacramento and San Francisco are hiring. I also found a bunch in Irvine CA.
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Old 01-15-2010, 02:23 AM   #5
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Hey I think that Sacramento and San Francisco are hiring. I also found a bunch in Irvine CA.
Where did you see that Sac and SF were hiring? Anyone know more about the situation up north?
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I wanna know what companies in Irvine are hiring? haha i live the next city over
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:08 PM   #7
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I just looked it up on the computer one day recently under EMT jobs. A lot near Sacramento. My best friend is in the nursing program and said the best places to find jobs is in irvine, sacramento and san francisco. if your in between jobs and still looking or just looking to pick up extra cash, all the nursing homes are hiring.
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Northern California has more opportunities available for Basics than Socal. Many of my friends from my EMT class got on with Pro Transport and other bay area IFT rigs. Just put in your app and resume to every company possible and something will eventually work out for you.
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I wanna know what companies in Irvine are hiring? haha i live the next city over
The only ambulance company based in Irvine, CA is Doctors Ambulance Service. The other main OC companies includes Medix (doubt their hiring), Care, Schaefer, Emergency, Shoreline, Pacific, and Lynch.
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