Doctor's Ambulance

joegrizzly

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I know this is an old thread but I figured I'd save some bandwidth.
I have an interview with Doctor's on Tuesday. I didn't think to ask if there was a skills portion as part of the interview or not, does anyone know? I feel kind of rusty running transfers for the past few months and would like to know what to expect so I can brush up on my skills a bit.
There should be a few questions on situations and the skills involved in them. Brush up on all of them, especially skills used when assisting a medic with ALS inter.ventions.
 
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What are the chances of getting placed on a 911 car upon hire?
 

james88

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Well the interview could have gone better IMO but we shall see. Was asked what the chain of command meant to me, in my own words, and I blanked but I think I pulled it together. I always get so nervous in these damn things.
 

slewy

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Alright been lurking on and off for a little bit, so lets see if we can get some of your questions answered.

Doctor's Ambulance is an amazing company to work for. The professionalism but also family feel within the company is great. Doctor's Ambulance has a contract for OCFA and Laguna Beach Fire for South Orange County that extends from Tustin to San Clemente with the exception of Mission Viejo. After Hiring, Orientation, and training you are put onto a 911 car that can also run IFT's occasionally. They seem to pretty much be always hiring every month or two. How the hiring process works:

Application: Go to their website, submit application and then either attach or personally turn in all your required certs and/or paperwork.

They will call you back and then give you a testing date. Test is 60 questions long and you are only able to miss 10. The test usually changes from class to class but you can expect anything EMT-B related and general workplace and interpersonal skills questions.

Pass the test then get called back for an interview.

Pass the interview and you will get a hiring date and a orientation date.

Congrats, you are hired and now begin your three month probation.

A few other questions that I have seen in this thread. Yes Doctor's pays for the full 24 hour shift. Yes you can get overtime, very easily I might add. If you are full time you are required to work 48 hours in a week (that is two 24 hour shifts) and can pick up as much overtime as you want or can handle. If you wanted to you could work 96 to over 120 hours a week, eat your heart out kid. How the shifts work is it is divided into three A, B, and C shifts. A shift is Monday/Tuesday (48 hour), B shift is Wednesday and Friday, C shift is Thursday to Sunday. Saturday is divided on the shifts and you are given it once every three weeks depending on the shift cycle.

The experience from this company alone is invaluable. You are working with fire every day in both an EMT attendant and driver position. They realize that most EMT's are not in it for the long haul here and fully encourage you to progress and seek a career in the fire department. Doctor's Ambulance in my opinion is a top notch and amazing company to work for. They were recently bought by AMR however but have changed very little so you get a family feeling oriented company with the backing of a major EMS provider. Hopefully that answers the majority of questions for Doctor's, I might pop in from time to time and see if their are any more that I did not address. Good luck!
I took the test 3 days ago, how long does it take for them to call you back for an interview??
 

Rykielz

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It depends normally it's within a week, but it could be a couple. If it takes longer then that I'd call them.
 

Thricenotrice

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It all depends on if they are putting on a class in the near future or not. I would imagine that they are getting close to throwing on another one soon.
 

slewy

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It all depends on if they are putting on a class in the near future or not. I would imagine that they are getting close to throwing on another one soon.
That's what I was thinking too. I just got done with my EMT class less than a month ago, and tried to hurry getting all my certs thinking they would be hiring at the first of January.
 

Thricenotrice

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Get all your certs as soon as you can, but its all about timing. Better to have your certs and to need them, well you know the saying.
 

slewy

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I applied two week ago and have not heard anything since. I decided to apply in person because I thought it would show I was a people person, but I feel like if I applied online my application will not get "lost." When I went in I applied and they gave me their test to take, but I have not heard anything since. Do you guys think I should give it some more time for them to call me back for an interview? I have an interview at Care on Feb 11th, but I really want to have the Doctor's one before because i've always wanted to work there.

Thanks
 

Rykielz

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There's really nothing you can do at this point. If they want you they'll call you. CARE does have in-house fire with some of their contracts. To my knowledge, Doctors does not.
 

joegrizzly

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I would give them another week and then call in and ask. They just finished training up the previous class and should be hiring within the next couple of weeks. Don't get too discouraged, the fact that you got the test out of the way is a good thing and the only thing left is a phone call saying to come to the interview or that you didn't pass the test. If you get super impatient, I imagine that you could call and just ask and see if your passed the test or not. Either way between Care and Doctor's, seems like a win brah. Shout out if you have any questions, best of luck man.
 

slewy

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I was assuming they would have called me if i didn't pass the test. So i'm guessing I passed, but I will give it another week before a follow up call.

Thanks brah
 

Mtnmedic

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I worked for them in the 80s. I worked with Asa Herren, the original owner at the time. I was only there for a short while. I know the family somewhat. Really good outfit, good company. Solid history, good equipment and plenty of 9-1-1. I'm out of state now but I heard from someone who worked for them until late last year that they'd lost contracts for a bunch of ORCo cities recently (in favor of CARE Ambulance, I think). Anyone know anything about this?
 

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