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Santa Barbara county ops is chill, I've worked in 3 counties in CA, including the FD side. New medics are nurtured into solid medics through ample paid training opportunities. Cert costs are paid. Ample OT if you want. Easy going management. Great views, good surf, amazing food! Affordable housing is available in the area, great place to start as a medic and not live pay check to pay check.
 
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Santa Barbara county ops is chill, I've worked in 3 counties in CA, including the FD side. New medics are nurtured into solid medics through ample paid training opportunities. Cert costs are paid. Ample OT if you want. Easy going management. Great views, good surf, amazing food! Affordable housing is available in the area, great place to start as a medic and not live pay check to pay check.
**** yeah, sounds tight. Ima reach out to them about the possibility of doing intership there! (Once this whole corona thing is done)
 

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@Addrobo do you know if Santa Barbara County AMR allows dual county? I work for AMR further North, but would possibly interested in working some extra shifts in SB.
 
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SB is offering paid internships... why wait for the corona thing to be over?
I applied yesterday for the intership... the only thing is everything might be on hold ... I'm finishing up didactic right now, that might be on hold, and there's talk of clinicals being pushed back a couple months
 

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@Addrobo do you know if Santa Barbara County AMR allows dual county? I work for AMR further North, but would possibly interested in working some extra shifts in SB.
SB doesn't allow duel county if you work for another AMR division, they used to back 20 plus years ago, however payroll seems to have issues with it. If you work for another provider elsewhere (non AMR), all you need to do is disclose it to management when you apply. Its not a huge deal, we have medics that work for other services. Some that work for FDs, one that flys, we even have one you works here part time that is full time law enforcement.
 

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ETA: @mrhunt, about the FD not wanting to go in on patients. I get it, they did the same to my nurse and I with one of our last patients. But, to be fair, I warned them what was coming in to their pad.

And honestly? That’s ok. Why do I need them on every call most of the time, let alone when that’s one more provider to be exposed in the midst of a viral pandemic?

Maybe we differ here, and that’s ok. But comradeship perhaps translates differently to everyone. You don’t have to answer, lol, no skin off my back.

Again though, the way the calls flow amongst the providers in any given area often speaks volumes about the all of the responders in that area respectively. Can we agree on this?

Haha, sorry for the derail @nwarren.


Sure i can agree on that. And i 100% agree on limiting exposure on potential covid pts. I do that all the time now. And i also cancel fire all the time now. And your right, 95% of the time i absolutely DONT need fire. The only difference when i cancel them now iss that they weren't gonna show up to begin with cause i get first on to a call thats a block away from the Firehouse and that i was 6 minutes away from going code.

To be fair, Your obviously a flight medic and im assuming with Medivac-1 and im Gonna go slightly further and assume that your interaction with Fire at this point is rather minimal to the point of them helping load a pt, Secure an LZ for you or being an extra set of hands. Your primary interaction is with the ground medic, the CCT nurse and Hospital RN's......If that was me id think fire was just fine too....

But thats me 100% making assumptions and you know what they say about assumptions! Lol :)

My issue is that its our JOBS.Its always dangerous, there is ALWAYS risk of some sort of infection. But somehow the fire department can simply Clear themselves or say "no....Im not gonna take that call". Well its your job. Gear up, Wear full PPE, Do whatever. But respond to your calls cause its your job. Even as a firefighter. even as a BLS department. Even during a pandemic. If you dont wanna respond to medical aids anymore make it a policy decided by Battalion chief or some high up county level and just dont do it....

But pulling shady **** to GET OUT of a call your assigned to? that's completely unacceptable and it happens all the time out here now.
A crew told me a story just last week of a combative Postictal pt that was HUGE that they couldn't restrain and Fire watched them from the truck and refused to get out to help them. That crew could have been physically assaulted (and very nearly was) because of fire's inaction. And that crew had to Get another ambulance there Code 3 just for their own safety.

Fire out here only responds to "exciting" calls now such as Arrests, Car accidents Or obviously any actual fire call. Any medical aid is Auto-Cancelled by The engines. If they DO respond they dont go code and take as long as possible to get there, Violating protocol and Im sure their own response times.

Hopefully this gives a bit more insight as to my own train of thought on the subject and i wasnt trying to make it out like you were being rude or anything earlier.
 

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To be fair, Your obviously a flight medic and im assuming with Medivac-1 and im Gonna go slightly further and assume that your interaction with Fire at this point is rather minimal to the point of them helping load a pt, Secure an LZ for you or being an extra set of hands. Your primary interaction is with the ground medic, the CCT nurse and Hospital RN's......If that was me id think fire was just fine too....

But thats me 100% making assumptions and you know what they say about assumptions! Lol :)
Yeah, no worries man. I’m not trippin’...

Regarding the interaction with fire, sure, it’s scaled down significantly on a day-to-day basis.

That said, it’s not like I’m not put on an ambulance from time to time, or didn’t spend much of my previous time here on an ambulance.

To be fair, I don’t know much about Battalion 7 aside from airship interactions though, so no bones about admitting that.

Circling back to the original question, it was in regards to the 3 listed companies and pros and cons. Goods and bads everywhere I guess though, eh? Stay safe.
 

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The pay is actually pretty decent and the overtime is there if you want it. We have medics making up to $160k.

Making six figures is not out of the realms of possibility here.

Base pay is 60ish for a brand new medic I believe.

And no, it's time and half. I mean if you pick up anything extra right now, they usually give you double-time.

Cost of living isn't so bad if you live in some of those areas I mentioned. It's possible to live a couple blocks from the beach for $1000-1600 a month depending on how many bedrooms.

And you also pay for all the other things that come along with this place: Less traffic (mostly 2 lane freeways!), less crime, better schools, a ton of things to do if you're the outdoorsy type, and just an overall feeling of it being a generally sweet area to live in. Just being away from the hustle and bustle daily grind that most of California has to offer is key for me.

And that's not even touching on how underrated the EMS system is here.
You have been giving such great advice on AMR SB, thank you! I tried to message you but my account is too new for that I guess. I live in SB and am a new paramedic trying to decide between SB and Oxnard. SB sounds like it has way better pay and quality of life but my concern is that I won't get the experience that I need as a new medic with the lower call volume. Do you have any insight or advice on this?
 
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You have been giving such great advice on AMR SB, thank you! I tried to message you but my account is too new for that I guess. I live in SB and am a new paramedic trying to decide between SB and Oxnard. SB sounds like it has way better pay and quality of life but my concern is that I won't get the experience that I need as a new medic with the lower call volume. Do you have any insight or advice on this?
Hey man. I work for AMR SB county right now. If you want high call volume and good solid calls, you can work in the "north county" in lompoc or santa maria
 

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Hey man. I work for AMR SB county right now. If you want high call volume and good solid calls, you can work in the "north county" in lompoc or santa maria
That is great to hear, thank you! Seems like the best of both worlds in that case.
 

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Hey man. I work for AMR SB county right now. If you want high call volume and good solid calls, you can work in the "north county" in lompoc or santa maria
Glad you got the spot! Have you guys had to run up north in to SLO County as aid?
 

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