Charleston County EMS

maineiacmedic

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I saw Charleston County, SC EMS is hiring. Does anyone have some insight about the department? How progressive are they? How aggressive are the protocols? Pay? Shift schedule? Good work environment? Would it be a good spot to grow as a new paramedic? Hows Charleston County as a place to live as a single guy in his early 20's from New England?

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DesertMedic66

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Why don't you call them and ask them?
You are not likely to get accurate information if you call the company directly. I don’t know a single company that would say “we are **** to work for, our protocols suck, you might get a ****ty schedule, it’s not a good place to grow as a paramedic”. However talking to people who are familiar with the area might give you a non-HR spoon fed answer.
 

Carlos Danger

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I lived in Charleston from 2012 - 2015 during grad school. At one point I had a roommate who was a paramedic with CCEMS. He described a very busy and understaffed system that provided mediocre pay and benefits, and I've heard similar from other folks. Of course that could have improved since then so you'll have to find some better and more recent info, but that's all I can offer about EMS there, FWIW.

One thing that I do know well about the area and am confident hasn't changed since I left is that Charleston is a very fun, very beautiful, very EXPENSIVE place that gets very crowded during normal tourist times. Also hot and humid as hell during the summer.
 

NomadicMedic

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You are not likely to get accurate information if you call the company directly. I don’t know a single company that would say “we are **** to work for, our protocols suck, you might get a ****ty schedule, it’s not a good place to grow as a paramedic”. However talking to people who are familiar with the area might give you a non-HR spoon fed answer.
Any good agency will tell you the truth about all of these questions. Otherwise, people would bolt as soon as they learned the truth. They're a third service county agency. The pay scale is public info. They have no reason to BS anyone... It's not like it's F+B Ambulance, being run out of an old Midas Muffler shop.

If they can't specifically answer the questions to your satisfaction, it's not the place for you.

As far as these two questions:

Good work environment?
Hows Charleston County as a place to live as a single guy in his early 20's from New England?

You'll find those out when you visit for a ride-along to see the facilities and equipment. You need to talk to the crews and see what it's like. Frankly, I hate the heat and humidity, so working in Charleston would be like working in Hell's waiting room.

If you don't get offered the opportunity for a ride-along or a tour of the stations, that's not a place I'd ever work.

I'm amazed by people who don't research places before they go. The shift schedule and all the rest can be found with a simple google.

 

ffemt8978

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Any good agency will tell you the truth about all of these questions. Otherwise, people would bolt as soon as they learned the truth. They're a third service county agency. The pay scale is public info. They have no reason to BS anyone... It's not like it's F+B Ambulance, being run out of an old Midas Muffler shop.

If they can't specifically answer the questions to your satisfaction, it's not the place for you.

As far as these two questions:

Good work environment?
Hows Charleston County as a place to live as a single guy in his early 20's from New England?

You'll find those out when you visit for a ride-along to see the facilities and equipment. You need to talk to the crews and see what it's like. Frankly, I hate the heat and humidity, so working in Charleston would be like working in Hell's waiting room.

If you don't get offered the opportunity for a ride-along or a tour of the stations, that's not a place I'd ever work.

I'm amazed by people who don't research places before they go. The shift schedule and all the rest can be found with a simple google.

Mother, Jugs and Speed reference deserves a like.
 

NomadicMedic

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And for what it’s worth, I know several people that work there. :)

Busy. Overworked. Understaffed.
 

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