Edit: I didn't like working there (Alameda County, CA). I wouldn't recommend it.
What’s an “average” work week there?
Even with high costs of living, the wages might make it extremely interesting.
I get that the hospitals are close by and I am not suggesting that the protocol needs to be expanded more, but for what Alameda County's paramedics brag about, I don't really see what's so good about their protocol versus other counties "hands down"?Aprz some of what you say are true but consider this most of our hospitals are less then 15 mins away from your location. Yea our medic pool has been going down in terms of quality due to the fact that paramedics plus won't let fto fail people. They would simply be shuffled through different fto till someone passes them. Hopefully ces in falck will allow fto to actually fail people
There isn't in terms of protocol. It's the volume of calls that happen in the county that makes it a good learning experience but that's my opinion. As for fto process no idea when you didn't pass but as of last couple academys there has been an increase in ****ery of ftos not allowing to fail people and instead shuffled though different ftos. Sorry it didn't work out for ya but glad that you found a county that works for youI get that the hospitals are close by and I am not suggesting that the protocol needs to be expanded more, but for what Alameda County's paramedics brag about, I don't really see what's so good about their protocol versus other counties "hands down"?
I know from experience that they fail people. I am one of those people who failed FTO. Just like everyone else, I got 2 FTOs. Santa Clara County and San Mateo County gets all of Alameda County's rejects so I see them regularly. I know that Alameda County gets all of our rejects along with San Mateo County's rejects. Your quality isn't going down because you guys aren't able to filter out bad paramedics, but because there really isn't special about Alameda County. They fail people for the same reason as any other county (including mine), because they didn't get into the good old boys club. The paramedics there are about the same quality paramedics as other county, but in my opinion, more egocentric, and they are paid a lot less. I was very let down.
$63k/year (Santa Clara County 2016) is a hecka a lot better than $43k/year (Alameda County 2016).
Do you mean the coast in general or literally able to respond to the coast/beach? AMR in Northern California is ironically usually one of the better places to work than other ambulance companies. They usually have the 911 contract, union, and significantly higher pay. It is usually a pretty safe bet if you are going to work in Northern California.