There was a gal I worked with a handful of times who had big gash scars on her arms consistent with cutting/suicidal ideation. She wore short sleeves very often. Always thought that was weird.
To answer your question, I guess not.
Epic thread bump.
A gap in employment for that stretch of time, plus being a new mother...I don't think it would be an issue if you didn't work. If asked about it during an interview, I would tell it like it is. I was a new mom and my husband was informed he would be transferred in a few months, so it didn't seem...
I would recommend you continue working as you apply to 911 gigs. A gap in your employment history doesn't look great and if you're off the line for a long period of time, you may have to do a significant amount of retraining. Also, and I don't know how long you've been doing this, but if it is...
That said, you should eventually want more than just EMT. I know it is hard to visualize, but you need to start thinking big picture.
What you could with just an EMT cert:
-Seasonal or odd job EMT (Theme parks, Amazon, Correctional facilities)
-Private ambulance EMT
No, it is typical to not have experience driving an ambulance as entry level, you'll go through all that in orientation and you may even have to take a driving course again at that time. I had CEVO but then my agency wanted EVIP.
As far as entry level positions go (and as a disclaimer I'm not from the East coast), I would peg you as a top level quality candidate-provided you can swimmingly move through an application process. Are you pursuing a degree in an EMS related field?
Join the military, and with your current goal in mind - throw every thing at it over the course of those four years of enlistment.
1.) Will give you job experience that can belong on any and every resume.
2.) Will give you funds, sustenance, housing, medical, dental and purpose.
3.) Will give...
So, most agencies don't differentiate. The only time AEMT will do anything for you, at least to my knowledge, is possibly on the East side (Yakima or Spokane regions) with AMR or in the rural parts of some Counties on the East/West side (like Lewis County for example) with volunteer fire...
Just talk, talk about things before they build up. Obviously not with your partner if they're a douche. Talk with your spouse, your best friend, a seasoned co-worker, mom or dad, instructors, strangers, strangers on a forum. Even if the call was just weird and not bad, even if the call was just...
Unless you're willing to drive an hour plus to get to work then and potentially across a bridge, I would most certainly seriously considered volunteer departments. Not a whole lot up that way, yes there is Olympic but not much else.
Now for the sprint, I think they only keep that paperwork for about a year. Might be wise to apply for some volunteer fire departments as well. Just as a fall back plan in case you don't land a job right away.