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Is It Possible to become a Paramedic with A DUI

Discussion in 'EMS Talk' started by cks1130, Oct 26, 2008.

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  1. cks1130

    cks1130 New Member

    Is it possible to become a Paramedic with two OVI's in Ohio, I couldn't find much information on driving record requirments.
  2. ffemt8978

    ffemt8978 Forum Vice-Principal Community Leader

    Location:
    Zip code EIEIO
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Intermediate
    Possible...yes. Depending upon how long ago they were, the companies insurance requirements, and whether or not they were felonies.

    Probable? Not likely.
  3. jochi1543

    jochi1543 New Member

    Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
    Have you tried contacting your state regulatory board and individual services? Either one or both should be able to provide info. I know our City of Calgary service puts a limit on how many demerits you can have on your driving record, and my current service also required that I produce a driver's abstract - I have no idea what their demerit cutoff is, since I have 0, so I'm good everywhere. I think it's 6 for City of Calgary and having blood alcohol over the legal limit results in 8, so that'd make anyone with a DUI automatically ineligible to be hired.
  4. KEVD18

    KEVD18 New Member

    Location:
    mass
    you booze, you cruise, you lose.
  5. firecoins

    firecoins IFT Puppet

    Location:
    Nyack, NY
    First, become a paramedic!

    Than get pulled over while drunk!

    Than your a paramedic with a DWI!

    It is possible.
  6. BLSBoy

    BLSBoy makes good girls go bad

    Location:
    Tampa, Fla/OCNJ
    Become a Medic, I am pretty sure you can.

    Get hired on the road, well, there you encounter some problems.
  7. VentMedic

    VentMedic New Member

    Maybe. Maybe not.

    Check with your state board. CALL or EMAIL THEM.

    Usually each state will review each case individually. Some states have a clause that says the DUI must be more than 3 or 5 years old. One DUI or OVI might be acceptable by many states but 2 may present a big question. Some colleges may also abide by the state's minimimally acceptable time for a DUI and not allow entry until that is satisfied.

    The companies may have to take a closer look at your application and character as a whole before making that decision even if the state grants you the license.

    Then, many insurances may forgive one DUI but two might be a stretch. FDs and County EMS companies can be more selective. Private companies can not afford not to be selective when it comes to certain offenses.
  8. lizhiniatsos

    lizhiniatsos New Member

    Location:
    California
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Paramedic
    along these same lines....can one work as a medic if they have a seizure disorder? Does anyone have experience/knowledge concerning this? I have a friend that just got his license and had a new onset seizure for no definable reason....just curious as to how others have dealt with this issue....thanks!
  9. jochi1543

    jochi1543 New Member

    Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
    Um, I have no idea, but here he'll also have driver's license issues, since I believe your DL is confiscated if you have a seizure. But maybe if his doc can prove it was a one-time incident with no risk of it happening again, he could argue to keep his license? I know they definitely confiscate them from diagnosed epileptics, but maybe with a one-time thing, he could get away. After all, isn't it something like 70% of all ppl will have had a seizure by the end of their lifetime?
  10. Hastings

    Hastings Noobie

    Location:
    Michigan
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Paramedic
    Seizure disorder? No.

    But a new onset seizure isn't a disorder. If it's the first and only time it's happened, they'll run tests to rule out said disorder. Sometimes seizures just happen under certain circumstances.

    I've had an unexplained seizure before (and explained one). Never prevented me from becoming a medic.



    As for the DUI, please don't. I don't even want to get into the "but I've changed!" thing. If you've ever driven under the influence, you've screwed some things up permanently. Gotta live with it.
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  11. Sasha

    Sasha New Member

    Its possible. Should you? No. You have already proven yourself irresponsible not once, but twice. I wouldnt want you at my company or in charge of my care.
  12. ffemt8978

    ffemt8978 Forum Vice-Principal Community Leader

    Location:
    Zip code EIEIO
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Intermediate
    Let's leave the personal comments out of this discussion, please.

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  13. tydek07

    tydek07 New Member

    EMS Training:
    EMT-Paramedic
    It is hard to say. I would call your state ems and ask them. You can find the state number on nremt.org
  14. John E

    John E Member

    Location:
    Los Angeles county, CA
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
    Wow, given the overwhelming number of people who have driven under the influence of alcohol and/or other substances, you're pretty self rightous about things. Of course, you're also completely wrong.

    There are plenty of people in this world who have driven under the influence of alcohol who don't have to suffer your idea of punishment.

    I daresay there are more than a few folks on this forum who have gone out after a long day and had a beer or three and driven home.

    John E.
  15. ffemt8978

    ffemt8978 Forum Vice-Principal Community Leader

    Location:
    Zip code EIEIO
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Intermediate
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