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  1. ExpatMedic0

    Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) DMAT Paramedic

    Got my ID card today. The process is now complete. It took me over 2 years to onboard 🤣
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    Recommendations for gear bags whilst on shift

    Pulled the trigger on a 15L. Neither of the ones I had mentioned above. Trying to save space upfront since I'm on system status. I'll update my feedback on the bag once I have worked with it for a month or two. Its going to be a tight fit for my stuff, but I welcome the downsize and challenge...
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    Recommendations for gear bags whilst on shift

    Bag models have changed since this thread was started. I'm replacing my 5.11 bag. Need a personal bag for 12 hour shift on an ambulance shift in a busy urban system. Gotta carry my lunch, a stethoscope, tablet / kindle, rain jacket, sunglasses, 18oz water bottle, 20oz coffee tumbler. You know...
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    Recommendations for gear bags whilst on shift

    Anyone have experience with Pelican backpacks? I know they make great hard cases but was surprised to see they made backpacks. I'm looking to try something new other than 5.11 for an EDC bag on an ambulance shift
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    Globetrotting As a Paramedic

    The one I was following basically died. :-(
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    CCP-C vs FP-C

    Renewal cost is brutal. I would only get it if you're planning on flying or required by an employer. $325 (non-members) $225 (IAFCCP members). This is the reason I don't maintain any IBSC certs. That cost about twice as much as my State licence, NREMT, and CCEMTP renewal put together.
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    Las Vegas - somewhat employment related...

    Hey Sorry to bump this old thread. AMR Vegas is hiring for paramedics with decent Bonus right now. Has anyone worked there in the past couple years that can provide updated information?
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    What was your first 911 call?

    If I remember correctly, it was a lady who crashed her mobility scooter. Very USA
  9. ExpatMedic0

    Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) DMAT Paramedic

    So far. On boarding has taken 2 years and 4 months and is still not done (ID card required, still waiting). - 12 months to process the initial application and get a tentative job offer - 16 months and counting of onboarding paperwork, training and logestical processing. This is a new record...
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    Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) DMAT Paramedic

    Yes I saw that. We got an email stating we had to buy our own uniforms haha. I'm still waiting on an ID card.
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    Globetrotting As a Paramedic

    By the way the last physical exam and medical screening I had to do for a contract was no joke. Lots of labs, vaccines, xrays ECG's, physicals ect. The Doctor asked if I was becoming an astronaut. I wish...
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    Globetrotting As a Paramedic

    Nah your good. Maybe after 50 some contracts might care. The big thing is if your remote or Austre and you have chronic medical conditions or aren't physically capable of basic task or coping with weather conditions. Almost all overseas contractor jobs or local expat jobs require you pass a...
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    Any leads on hiring for COVID 19 stuff for EMS?

    Stocking up on ammo and leather BDSM gear for the impending apocalypse. Going full on Mad Max
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    Stethoscope - The Mega Thread

    :cool: Just ended up with a Cardiology IV. Limited Edition polished copper bell with black accents. I will not lie, it's the sexist stethoscope I have ever seen in my life. The doctors are sure to high five me and call me a hero and the nursing staff will cry and have syncopal episodes when I...
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    Where do you carry your stethoscope?

    Hey Guys, For those of you who bring a personal stethoscope with you while on duty, where do you carry it? Personal Bag? Neck? Cargo Pocket? Other? I've been keeping mine in my personal bag and then shoving it in my cargo pocket if I think I'm going on a call where I need it. The problem with my...
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    U.S. Paramedic to British Columbia Canada

    Hi Everyone, I saw a few posts about Canada to U.S. and vice versa, but the ones specific to Vancouver and BC were a little dated. Hoping to gain some info on how hard it is to get a job, the visa process, and reciprocity. Looking forward to some feedback, pointers, lessons learned, rumors...
  17. ExpatMedic0

    Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) DMAT Paramedic

    Update on this. Got my RHS cleared a couple days ago. I'm now only waiting on uniforms.
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    Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) DMAT Paramedic

    Update: Found out that second check I'm waiting on is not another background check but an RHS Readiness Health Screening. They sent me a paper this morning, to sign that says I'm healthy and consent to a health screening online. Will see how long that takes to clear...