I can't help you with pay, but I would check out:
Mobile Medical Response
Huron Valley Ambulance
Alliance Mobile Health
I would absolutely pursue becoming an RN if I were in your shoes.
Lots of people become nurses later in life. The best students in my EMT classes were the non-traditional students.
Go back to community college later in life to pursue a rewarding career and expand my knowledge? Sign me up.
I wouldn't purchase a radio and I don't know anyone in my private service that did.
You'd probably have better luck at https://communications.support/, https://www.radioreference.com/, or https://batboard.batlabs.com/.
You need to figure out what frequencies and features they use.
Which private or non-profit EMS services do it right? Some priorities:
High hiring/employment standards
Involved medical director
Top of the line equipment
Access to quality continuing education
Are there any out there?
Abysmally low pay has always been the norm in EMS and Target has always been a relatively progressive employer.
I always hoped to see a widespread movement for pay increases in EMS. If ever, now is the time.
Another thread got me thinking about my career over the past 20 years and how much (and little) it has changed.
What about EMS? Treatment protocols haven't changed much in 20 years. Ambulance design philosophy hasn't changed, nor have we seen significant advancements in technology. Education...
Do people retire anymore?
Such a big part of my identify is my profession, I'm not sure. I'd imagine I'd volunteer, travel, spend time with friends and family.
At what age does everyone plan on retiring?
You'd need to find a service that doesn't drug test or ensure there are no drugs in your system when they do drug test.
Though I have no direct knowledge of any such services that don't drug test, a quick search of the internet shows that there are a wide variety of services that don't drug...
You had to take knowledge, skills, and physical fitness tests when applying to a PA job?
I get all of the bureaucratic paperwork, I think that's expected for most jobs. I just don't know of many other professions that require so many tests after one is credentialed.