North county is more chill and laid back than south county in my opinion. The overall culture is pretty chill. Some of the people here haven't worked anywhere else so they don't truly realize how good they have it when it comes to private EMS. My viewpoint is that yes, private EMS is generally...
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...
San Luis runs an extreme skeleton crew model and don't give any consideration for UHU. They run their crews into the ground and the employees are not unionized. They can give you a transfer to Stanford with less than one hour left in your shift. They cascade post 24 hour stations when calls...
If you end up in north county, here is a list of relatively affordable places to live-
SB County: Lompoc, Vandenberg Village, Los Alamos, Orcutt, Santa Maria, Guadalupe
SLO County: Oceano, Nipomo, Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Pismo Beach, Atascadero, Templeton, Santa Margarita, Paso Robles...
San luis is going down hill. They can force you without any extra incentive and have no fatigue policy. They are cost cutting and no longer pay double-time for pager car shifts. Overtime is non-existent.
Santa Barbara pays you double-time for forces and triple-time for forces on a holiday. They...
They have Cal-star, which is transitioning over to integration with ground ops. Flight medics are on the horizon.
SB is beautiful, yes, but I have a soft spot for SLO county. A lot of the north county employees live there
I wish more people would give this place a chance. Take it from someone who has worked in 4 other California counties.....this place is another world when it comes to Private EMS.
Add the cherry of the beautiful central coast on top of it.....
24 hour shifts aren't very hard to come by. Some 12 hour shifts post and some are housed out of stations. No cascading of units for posting.
The northern part of the county and SLO county are actually relatively affordable when compared to Santa Barbara city. Check out places like Lompoc, Santa...
It's California's best kept EMS secret:
6 out of the 9 fire departments are BLS
EMTs can be given BLS 911 calls by the Paramedic
Pit crew CPR
No bed delay
Every crew has assigned transfer times
Flex crews are put last up for calls 30 minutes before end of shift