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  1. MMiz

    Detroit and Lansing Michigan area

    You know the players. Just for my own interest, any idea what the hourly rate is for an EMT-B and Paramedic in the area?
  2. MMiz

    Detroit and Lansing Michigan area

    I can't help you with pay, but I would check out: Lansing: Mercy Ambulance Medstar Mobile Medical Response Patriot Ambulance Lansing-Mason Ambulance The area: Huron Valley Ambulance Metro Detroit: Medstar Star EMS Alliance Mobile Health Community EMS Superior Ambulance Good luck!
  3. MMiz

    EMT employment

    I had my cert for a couple of years before getting a job. The gap wasn't the biggest barrier, it was my lack of experience and loss of knowledge/skills. I'd start applying and see what happens.
  4. MMiz

    Secondary career suggestions

    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.
  5. MMiz

    Anyone took a break from EMS?

    I learned a lot about myself when I took a year-long break from my primary job. Ended up going back after a year, but it definitely put things in perspective.
  6. MMiz

    Radio Recommendations

    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,, or You need to figure out what frequencies and features they use. Good luck!
  7. MMiz

    Exemplary Private/Non-Profit Services?

    People like to give AMR a hard time, but when I started in EMS they had the highest standards of any private service in the area.
  8. MMiz

    Exemplary Private/Non-Profit Services?

    My initial thought was to exclude third service agencies. I really struggle to think of a single private service that checks all of the boxes.
  9. MMiz

    Exemplary Private/Non-Profit Services?

    Which private or non-profit EMS services do it right? Some priorities: High hiring/employment standards Progressive protocols Involved medical director Top of the line equipment Generous compensation Access to quality continuing education Supports growth/advancement Are there any out there?
  10. MMiz

    Helicopter Stuff and Things

    I appreciate the chat, but I'm going to need to see more pictures of helicopters.
  11. MMiz

    So who is quitting EMS and going to work at Target for the guaranteed pay raise?

    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.
  12. MMiz

    EMS Stagnating?

    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...
  13. MMiz

    What are you going to do when you retire?

    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?
  14. MMiz

    Defunding Police: Impact on EMS?

    Recently there seems to be a growing movement to defund police forces. What sort of impact do you imagine it would have on EMS?
  15. MMiz

    AKFlightmedic is now a ..... R.N. !!

  16. MMiz

    COVID & Future of EMS

    I think the rapid advancement of telemedicine as a result of COVID-19 will have a profound impact on all of the non-emergent transports we see in EMS.
  17. MMiz

    What can i do to get hired in PA when I am on Medical marijuana program for critical health issues

    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...
  18. MMiz

    Coronavirus Discussion Thread

    Is access to PPE improving?
  19. MMiz

    Food for First Responders at McDs

    There was a McDonalds down the street from our station. Finish a midnight shift, get in the car, and pick up a few McGriddles and hash browns. Didn't have a care in the world. Those were the days.
  20. MMiz

    Too Many Hoops to Jump Through?

    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.