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VentMonkey

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Ive looked at them, but i wonder if its worth the $8 pay cut to move from NJ to DE, or closer NJ, i was looking at taking the ferry
I have an obsession with fly cars, or as they're known where I grew up, squads. Nonetheless, a QRV with a pension that is non-suppression still tempts me.
 

TransportJockey

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I would kill to work as a Chase truck paramedic somewhere that's third service.

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NysEms2117

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I would kill to work as a Chase truck paramedic somewhere that's third service.

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is a chase truck the same as a fly car? my EMS terminology isen't sufficient
 

TransportJockey

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is a chase truck the same as a fly car? my EMS terminology isen't sufficient
Chase truck, fly car, etc. Samr thing lol

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NysEms2117

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Chase truck, fly car, etc. Samr thing lol

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Sheriffs DPT EMS up here in NYS has that :D, but thats a longggg journey/lifestyle change for you.
 

VentMonkey

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Never a bus, box, Ambo and NEVER EVER a boo boo bus.
I had one paramedic intern from the midwest somewhere that called it this. He didn't work out with me, or our service. I just remember him calling it the "boo boo bus". I'd never heard that expression before, either way he was a tool.
 

TransportJockey

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I call our boxes trucks, box, bus, or ambo. It's a mix of all the local slang from places I've worked lol

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NysEms2117

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our ambulances are called rigs/ambulances, the ford explorers we call fly cars. Prolly just a weird NY thing... as always :D
 

EpiEMS

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Rig, bus, truck + fly car

I have always thought the use of truck for a Type II or III seems silly...maybe "van" would be fairer...


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reaper

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It's definitely a subjective thing.
I came to this website a year and a half back thinking about the same question, and this site helped to expose me to different systems. Then, a few months back I finally was in a position to do my own job search, and had certain criteria that each agency (and city) had to meet.

-Wanted a municipal third service agency- No fire based EMS and didn't want to continue with private EMS
-Had to be "progressive" in their protocols. The agency I'm starting with next month gives Zosyn and Rocephrine prehospitally, has RSI capablities, gives Heparin for ACS and has RSI capabilities after a year working there. No where near me currently can do anything like that.
-I wanted an agency that valued higher education, I worked hard to get my bachelors degrees, so I was hoping for a place that would appreciate (and compensate) the higher education
-Preference on tiered ALS/BLS system. I think we should be able to send BLS trucks to non-high priority calls, instead of all ALS systems sending medic trucks all over
-Was hoping for an agency that had a better career ladder then just FTO or field supervisor- I think that's important to retention in EMS
-As a medic, I really didn't want to be placed as an EMT again to start like Boston EMS, Austin Travis or Medic One out in Seattle.
-Not mandatory, but I really enjoy working HAZMAT. I found several agencies that had EMS work on the HAZMAT teams, and weren't fire based systems. I liked that.

I also had some criteria when looking at cities the agencies worked in.
-Wanted a medium to larger sized city
-Had to be warm (ish). I was trying to get out of the cold, miserable snowy northeast.
-Had to be within an hour/hour and a half of a major airport
-I preferably wanted to be able to live downtown/close to downtown
There's definitely more criteria, but those were the major ones.
But that's what worked for me! I realize that there's a lot of differing opinions on this website about what works best for others, what I wanted isn't necessarily what everyone else wants. It would do you well if you're doing a job search to make a list like that. Find out what you want, what you like and don't like. Then go from there!
I can guess the system you choose!

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Bullets

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Funny how the terminology is so different.

To me, it's always the truck. Maybe a rig. Never a bus, box, Ambo and NEVER EVER a boo boo bus.

Here the individual truck is called a rig or a truck. Box is part of the rig. The agency that it comes from is a squad. Ie "send the squad for a leg injury." This has caused much consternation amongst the fire companies as our county dispatch wont allow fire companies to call any of their apparatus "Squad"

We had a cop get hired from NYPD. Image his surprise when he requested a bus while out at a school bus involved MVC and this honey showed up
 

GMCmedic

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My county still uses 10 codes. What they call an ambulance is the least of my worries lol

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EpiEMS

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Less than 2 hours to Philly or D.C.

That's not so bad at all!

I will say, I haven't seen a ton of well-paid, non-suppression, fly-car ALS within an hour of major metro areas unless you want to be in Jersey (not sure how well paid they are). And speaking of Jersey...

This has caused much consternation amongst the fire companies as our county dispatch wont allow fire companies to call any of their apparatus "Squad"

Squad as the name of a service...I think the 1950s would like their EMS model and names back ;)
 

NomadicMedic

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I have some friends working for some NJ ALS projects and I don't think it sounds all that appealing. Really, the only good part is the money.
 

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