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Acadian runs 911 in bastrop. I think amr may do a little 911 in the rural areas north of Austin. Austin travis county EMS hires bls emt's since the starting position for atc Ems is medic-1 for a year then you have an option of going to medic 2 through a teeks program. That's probably your best bet since they will pay for further education to medic
 

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Acadian runs 911 in bastrop. I think amr may do a little 911 in the rural areas north of Austin. Austin travis county EMS hires bls emt's since the starting position for atc Ems is medic-1 for a year then you have an option of going to medic 2 through a teeks program. That's probably your best bet since they will pay for further education to medic

They haven't started their in-house program through TEEX. If you're going to go to medic school to promote, don't go to TEEX, there's too many good options in the area.

The only 911 that I know of that AMR runs north of Austin is backup for Georgetown Fire and they alternate with Acadian. We'll do it as well if they ask...but they never ask.


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Teex via ECI looks like a terrible paramedic school. "All you need to know is Lead 2" my Pompey!
 

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AMR runs 911 in Milam County, their contract stipulates that they have 3 24-hour trucks and one demand truck, but they rely on mutual aid if it gets busy because their next closest units are the transfer trucks in Austin.
 

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I pondered the thought of joining ATC to get some experience as an emt before continuing through their paramedic program but it sounds like I can get a way better education going to an accredited paramedic program like I'm doing in October. Only concern I have is that is it a wise choice to go to paramedic school so fresh out of emt school? Should I be going In with more experience? Your thoughts greatly appreciated
 

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You can be a stellar paramedic with no EMT experience. It's up to the individual. I would recommend working part time or PRN as an EMT during school if you can, more as it starts letting you put new knowledge into practice. It's certainly not a requirement to have experience prior to class though.
 

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You can be a stellar paramedic with no EMT experience. It's up to the individual. I would recommend working part time or PRN as an EMT during school if you can, more as it starts letting you put new knowledge into practice. It's certainly not a requirement to have experience prior to class though.
Any idea where I could do some work part time during my schooling? I have no ther intention other than being the best paramedic I can possibly be
 

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In the Austin area I assume?
 

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I'm not sure of who is actually hiring right now. Some potential options that take basics (and I believe part time): San Marcos-Hays County for sure. I believe Marble Falls. I think there's another system to the west that does also. Otherwise it'll be one of the several private services that do primarily IFT. I'm sure someone else around the Austin area can chime in. I'm about an hour to the south of you.
 

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I'm not sure of who is actually hiring right now. Some potential options that take basics (and I believe part time): San Marcos-Hays County for sure. I believe Marble Falls. I think there's another system to the west that does also. Otherwise it'll be one of the several private services that do primarily IFT. I'm sure someone else around the Austin area can chime in. I'm about an hour to the south of you.
Awesome man thanks. I'm gonna get my *** through the first few weeks of medic school before I start looking though. Don't want to get in over my head risking my education
 

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Acadian runs 911 in bastrop. I think amr may do a little 911 in the rural areas north of Austin. Austin travis county EMS hires bls emt's since the starting position for atc Ems is medic-1 for a year then you have an option of going to medic 2 through a teeks program. That's probably your best bet since they will pay for further education to medic

ATC EMS is one year full time experience for Basics.

You could do part time with AMR doing events. They work all of UTs games.
Or try and get in at an ER or ICU. Work nights and still have time for school.
 

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I pondered the thought of joining ATC to get some experience as an emt before continuing through their paramedic program but it sounds like I can get a way better education going to an accredited paramedic program like I'm doing in October. Only concern I have is that is it a wise choice to go to paramedic school so fresh out of emt school? Should I be going In with more experience? Your thoughts greatly appreciated
The experience and knowledge you would get working alongside the experienced Paramedics with Austin / Travis County EMS will help you so much in medic school. The paramedics I worked with while I was working for ATCEMS were hands down the best I've ever worked with. I strongly believe that the experience there would make up for the (possibly) sub par paramedic program that they will be running in house through TEEX. Plus, it will be free paramedic school. Hays County EMS (just south of Travis county) has hired part time in the past but the pay is nowhere near what ATCEMS will start you at.
 

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@Chewy20 would know better, but if your goal is to be a paramedic then go to school and get your paramedic cert. The "wait at least a year" as a Medic I for Austin is just a minimum requirement, surely they aren't just taking everyone who signs up.

All of the Austin area hospitals use Basics in the ER, and from my experience with this working in a hospital settings allows for a fairly flexible schedule. You will get more experience in the ER than on a BLS IFT truck. Depending on where you work and what paramedic program you attend they may provide tuition reimbursement, but perhaps you aren't looking to be employed while in school. Either way, I really wouldn't wait for the purpose of waiting.
 

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@Chewy20 would know better, but if your goal is to be a paramedic then go to school and get your paramedic cert. The "wait at least a year" as a Medic I for Austin is just a minimum requirement, surely they aren't just taking everyone who signs up.

All of the Austin area hospitals use Basics in the ER, and from my experience with this working in a hospital settings allows for a fairly flexible schedule. You will get more experience in the ER than on a BLS IFT truck. Depending on where you work and what paramedic program you attend they may provide tuition reimbursement, but perhaps you aren't looking to be employed while in school. Either way, I really wouldn't wait for the purpose of waiting.
To clarify, it's one year of experience working as a Medic - I to promote up to a Medic - II (which requires you already having your Paramedic cert and going through their Medic - II academy, which is not the same as their soon to be in house paramedic program). BUT once their in house Paramedic program is up and running an EMT can attend as soon as they have gone through the field clearing process (3 - 6 months).

I've also seen Paramedics working in the ER at St David's South Austin with "Paramedic" embroidered on their scrubs. So that's always an option.
 

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To clarify, it's one year of experience working as a Medic - I to promote up to a Medic - II (which requires you already having your Paramedic cert and going through their Medic - II academy, which is not the same as their soon to be in house paramedic program). BUT once their in house Paramedic program is up and running an EMT can attend as soon as they have gone through the field clearing process (3 - 6 months).

I've also seen Paramedics working in the ER at St David's South Austin with "Paramedic" embroidered on their scrubs. So that's always an option.

St David's North Austin hires Paramedics for the ER as well. They operate more like nurses than techs.


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St David's North Austin hires Paramedics for the ER as well. They operate more like nurses than techs.


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This is no longer the case as of a few months ago. Change in assignments and emphases among other things has closed the door for paramedics working as paramedics. That said, I'm pretty sure South still hires them.

I thought the ATCEMS in-house paramedic school/program was already in full swing? Or is that at a "very soon" point now?
 

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This is no longer the case as of a few months ago. Change in assignments and emphases among other things has closed the door for paramedics working as paramedics. That said, I'm pretty sure South still hires them.

I thought the ATCEMS in-house paramedic school/program was already in full swing? Or is that at a "very soon" point now?

Hmm, I was just there two days ago and still saw guys running around in "Paramedic" scrubs and they took report from us but who knows. Do you know why they stopped? Seemed like a decent idea.

From what I've been told, no, it's not running yet but I will ask my friend today. I know there was some issue with them being in ACCs district and not using ACC to teach it but ACC wants nothing to do with it.


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Hmm, I was just there two days ago and still saw guys running around in "Paramedic" scrubs and they took report from us but who knows. Do you know why they stopped? Seemed like a decent idea.

A couple still work there days and nights, some full time and some PRN, but they were hired on before the door closed. No lay offs, just no more new hires, and right now that's sticking.
 

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A couple still work there days and nights, some full time and some PRN, but they were hired on before the door closed. No lay offs, just no more new hires, and right now that's sticking.
A few of our EDs down here were trying that concept also. I've heard they've all started tapering away from it already. Similar idea of not getting rid of anybody, but won't be hiring any additional.
 
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