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Besides the ambulance/fd, where else can you work as an EMT?

Discussion in 'EMS Talk' started by JJR512, Sep 27, 2006.

  1. JJR512

    JJR512 New Member

    Location:
    Maryland, USA
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
    I asked someone at my fire station (volunteer), who was wearing the uniform of one of the area's private ambulance companies, if he could help me get a job there. He said he could, then he also told me he had another job as an EMT, at a Six Flags amusement park.

    I was kind of shocked for a moment because it had never occurred to me before that there are other ways to work as an EMT besides basically doing ambulance work, whether with the volunteer or paid fire department or a private ambulance company.

    So now I'm trying to look for a job in other fields, but my mind still isn't working...So far, the zoo is the only other place I've thought of that might keep an EMT on site. Can you please help me by pointing out some other types of places to work that keep EMTs on site? :)
  2. Ridryder911

    Ridryder911 EMS Guru

    There are so many..
    Clinics,
    ER's
    Casino's
    Police Tactical Teams
    Airports
    Industries
    Mining
    Off Shore Drilling
    Foreign Country Security/Police/EMS Teams
    Underwater Welding/Dive Teams

    and on .... on

    Good luck,

    R/r 911
  3. EMTalex

    EMTalex New Member

    EMS Training:
    Student
    if your out in california, i heard that Dinsey land and the surrounding area pay very well
  4. jedirye

    jedirye New Member

    Location:
    Florida
    Eh, I'm kind of in your boat. Most places around here that have EMT's are firedepartments. I want to work in an ambulance but not be a firefighter (well, not yet). I'm going into Medic school and want some experience, so it looks like I'll be commuting an hour for an ambulance company that does emergency calls as well.

    Good luck in your search!

    -rye
  5. BloodNGlory02

    BloodNGlory02 New Member

    Location:
    Wisconsin
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Intermediate
    I did the Six Flags thing in IL. It was a fun job, but you didnt see much in terms of skills, basically bandaid administration. I'd look into security, ER tech's (although most want IV experience), hospital security, stadiums (baseball/football) they might staff a first aid room,
  6. Jon

    Jon Administrator Community Leader

    Location:
    Southeastern PA
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Paramedic
    JediRye... Is AMR or RuralMetro nearby? They've got LOTS of ambulances.
  7. ffemt8978

    ffemt8978 Forum Vice-Principal Community Leader

    Location:
    Zip code EIEIO
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Intermediate
    Riverboat casinos and day cruise ships might be another place to look.
  8. Jon

    Jon Administrator Community Leader

    Location:
    Southeastern PA
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Paramedic
    I work fulltime as a Security Officer / EMT at an investment firm's headquarters. We have a very low call volume (maybe 150 calls a year over 4 full-time EMT shifts). I like the job becase I get paid the same or more as I would to work transport, but there isn't any heavy lifting involved. Also, the advantage of doing QRS/First Response is that I just get to treat the patient and do a short chart... I don't have to transport, get tied up at the ED, and do a long chart.

    My part-time job is with a large transport company doing "Special event" coverage. I get to see tradeshows, concerts, etc. from "behind the scenes." Several of our staff have been 'seconded' to the US government security types (secret service, etc) when the Vice President or Sec. State speaks at a convention in town. I've not done it yet, but would love to do it.

    In short... there are many highlights to working in a non-traditional role as an EMT.
  9. jedirye

    jedirye New Member

    Location:
    Florida
    Ironically, yes, AMR is like within 20 minutes away but I talked to a guy who worked there and he said they don't get a lot of emergency calls. I wouldn't mind it, but I want the job for some hardcore experience and I'm not sure that would cut it. I may apply though anyway; he said you get a sweet pager ^_^

    -rye
  10. Jon

    Jon Administrator Community Leader

    Location:
    Southeastern PA
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Paramedic
    Rye,

    Often, as a BLS provider starting out with an ambulance Co. such as AMR, you will spend lots of time doing 'transport' work. This isn't a totally bad thing. Lots of patient contacts, Lots of assesments, lots of patient lifting and moving experience, and lots of charts to write all help solidify your knowledge from EMT school. Yes, it is boring and dull, but it does give you some valuable experence for further jobs, and you also have your foot in the door if an "Emergency" spot opens up, etc.

    As for the "sweet" pager... AMR probably issues them to everyone so that only YOU are resposible for it... so if it breaks, it probably comes out of your pay... If you share the pager with 30 other EMT's, you can often claim "I got it broken this morning" etc... Just some friendly advice ;)

    Good luck.

    Jon
  11. Airwaygoddess

    Airwaygoddess New Member

    Location:
    The north country in Santa Barbara Ca.
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
    EMT jobs

    Hospitals in their E.R.s Clinics will some times hire EMTs. I agree with Jon, Ba interfaculty transfers are a great way to get the basics mastered and learn about the different types of medical patients that are out there, and to get good people skills. And also if supervisers see you doing a good job on a basic transports, you will have a better chance on getting on a 911 rig.
  12. HorseHauler

    HorseHauler New Member

    Location:
    Milford, OH
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Paramedic
    I was working at the local race track (horse), thats another option
  13. fm_emt

    fm_emt Useless without caffeine

    Depends on the park. I have a friend that's an EMT at Great America here in Santa Clara, CA and they get all kinds of crazy calls. Plenty of bandaids, but quite a few cuts, joint injuries, diabetic issues, heat related issues, you name it. Sometimes the occasional fight breaks out, so there's a trauma here n' there.

    And the EMS agency I work for handles one of the local stadiums. It's a lot of fun. :)
  14. JJR512

    JJR512 New Member

    Location:
    Maryland, USA
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
    There is a Medeval Times near me, one of those restaurants with a central arena where they do jousting and stuff like that. If you've seen that movie "Cable Guy" with Jim Carrey and Mattew Broderick, you'll know what I'm talking about. I know all that combat is supposed to be carefully choreographed, so nobody should be getting injurred; still, I wonder if they have someone on hand all the time who's prepared to deal with an accident, and what level of training that person has.
  15. Summit

    Summit Critical Crap

    Location:
    Rocks and Snow
    Ski Patrols
    Wilderness guide programs/schools
    Doctor's family practices (around here)
  16. nyfd136

    nyfd136 New Member

    Location:
    Maine
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Intermediate
    In addition to theme parks (Water slides etc) you might consider the wonderful world of movies (contact the filmmakers to be put on their lists) and
    music videos.
    Stadiums and arenas are a great standby place. Only problem is most are contract work thru a paid service but if you are near one find out if the local volunteers are the back up. Free entry to event and usually get fed so not a bad few hours.
  17. FF-EMT Diver

    FF-EMT Diver Member

    Location:
    Georgia
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Paramedic
    If you want to run calls and get the experience I would imagie you wont find much at the zoo etc..., Also at these places you get a few minutes of Pt. contact but not a lot of real experience as when you get in the back of the truck and do a full workup assesment and reassesment, Altough you may ot run many 911 calls you can make transfers interesting if you really look into thier problems.
  18. Flight-LP

    Flight-LP Active Member

    Location:
    Houston, Texas
    EMS Training:
    Critical Care Paramedic
    Everyone clear??? ***SHOCK***. We have a pulse, thread resuscitated.................

    Seriously though, dream on about working in Tinsletown. Those positions are few and far between. You really have to sell yourself to even get in the door........................

    Why on earth would you want to work a public event and not get paid? Free admission means nothing, you aren't there as a spectator, you are there to do a job. But, free food is always welcome. :)
  19. Buzz

    Buzz New Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    Depends on the event, but the last one I worked, my partner and I were getting quite a bit of female attention just walking around in uniform... I was getting paid to be there, but I'd have done it for free. Plus, I got to see some cool cars.
  20. Flight-LP

    Flight-LP Active Member

    Location:
    Houston, Texas
    EMS Training:
    Critical Care Paramedic
    I'm happy you had were able to experience that personal ego boost. I'm sure in your manager's eyes that was the priority.........................*hint of sarcasm*

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