Ems orientation question

Emtdrew585

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Hi all! Just got my first job offer with my local county EMS agency as an EMT! I am going from working in a lvl 1 trauma to EMS, as I decided that Paramedic was the route for me and I will need all the prehospital experience I can get if I am to be a good medic. Anyways... question. Does anyone know how flexible orientation is with school schedules? I know it varies per agency but I just wanted some general input. I am in medic school and have one class on tuesdays for just a few hours. Do you think my agency would work my onboarding around that one day for just a couple weeks until orientation is over? I’ll be on nights so it won’t be a problem after orientation. Just wanting some advice before I put my notice in with my current employer. Thanks in advance!!!
 

NPO

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Typically orientation is very rigid and is the one thing most employers won't work with you on because often you're in a class of multiple people and they cannot accommodate everyone.

That said, my agency DOES accommodate new hires for orientation, so it is possible. But most don't. As you said, it will depend on that specific agency.
 

Emtdrew585

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Thanks so much for your input. It would only be two days total in the morning over 2-3 weeks so I’m hoping either my school or the agency will accommodate. :)
 

medichopeful

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For my orientation class, I had to be there every day, no flexibility.

For field training, they were flexible.
 

DrParasite

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Ask your future employer; they will tell you what the rules are for their orientation.

If you have any concerns, you should bring them up before you accept the position.
 

chriscemt

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For my orientation class, I had to be there every day, no flexibility.

For field training, they were flexible.
This. Also, my impression (Kansas City area) is the FDs are far less tolerant for schedule flexibility, and (stand-alone) EMS operations are more tolerant.
 
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