I have no doubt that you have sacrificed and devoted a lot to your education. The people on this forum are a minority of the many people who hold an ALS certification. You know, became ALS to get hired with a FD, thought it would be easy, [insert whatever ludicrous reason someone became a medic here]. The people who did not take their education serious then apply to the dept. and those people are not always successful in the academy or during their initial credentialing. Of course, there are still those individuals who fall through the cracks.
I believe this is one thing that sets ATCEMS apart from other departments. Their standards ensure consistent care from their paramedics and protect the integrity of the department; this is evident by the 10-week academy when hired and 16-week academy when promoting to Medic II. During the Medic II academy, you receive advance training exceeding that of what is traditionally taught in a CC course. They invest a lot of money in you, building off of what you already know. People who are most successful are those like yourself.
As a Medic I, you get to provide patient care and treat patients. You still get to use your knowledge and experience to help guide the patient's treatment.
The department is very structured, which I appreciate. It is my opinion that the department looks and is operated more professionally, much like our LE and FD counterparts. This is indeed a positive as the EMS profession continues to establish itself as a career and a stand-alone entity separate from fire. This type of environment attracts people who love medicine, want to be clinicians and advance prehospital medicine.
Oh, I also forgot to previously mention their Community Health Paramedic division that you can work in!
It's more like AEMT-lite if you're a medic and riding in the Medic 1 position. And I have been told by some friends that work at ATC, that they are looking at ways of fast tracking experienced paramedics through to Medic 2 or just hiring them as Medic 2 from the get-go
Is there someone to talk to regarding this? I graduate April 27th and I am highly interested!!!!It's more like AEMT-lite if you're a medic and riding in the Medic 1 position. And I have been told by some friends that work at ATC, that they are looking at ways of fast tracking experienced paramedics through to Medic 2 or just hiring them as Medic 2 from the get-go
They have a recruiting department. Not sure the number or email but there's a page on their site i think. If yoi are a new grad medic there's most likely no way they'd fast track you to medic 2 though. You'd probably be at least a year or two as medic 1Is there someone to talk to regarding this? I graduate April 27th and I am highly interested!!!!
At what sort of pay, and I'm still amused by this "law" that magically only applies to ATCEMS and not civil service other jobs.
Texas Civil Service 143 applies to all civil service in Texas. It can amended by civil service contracts. The "law" doesn't simply apply only to ATCEMS.
To expand on that, let me bring in the example of fire departments- laterals all the time. Police, once again, lateral all the time. EMS, not so much- and as shiny as the paint is, retaining people gets hard and recruiting able individuals is harder when they have to be "trained" for a solid year. I do conceptually like the in-as-a-medic plan, but will pay match role?
I know of more municipal departments that will send all new hires back through the academy, than will accept laterals. They might let you skip the EMS training if you have that, but you still need to attend the fire academy. Laterals aren't as common as you would think.To expand on that, let me bring in the example of fire departments- laterals all the time.
Did y'all ever do anything real about fatigue?