This is a strange field. I have never been involved with an industry before that has a paid sector, and a volunteer sector. Where I live (Southern Maine) there seems to be a good melding of both sectors. Most medic's work full time for one of the nearby cities (Portland, South Portland, Westbrook, Scarborough, etc....) but also serve in a volunteer/perdiem role in the smaller communities where they live to round out their income.There is a standard assumption that by not going to paramedic school, EMT's are inferior not just in medical knowledge, but also apparently in motivation and intelligence.
Sickofit, you also need to remember that people will be strong willed, and arrogent online but you may never experience that in real life. Around here, an A-Hole is an A-hole... doesnt matter if your an Rn, EMT-B, EMT-I or EMT-P. It is only in the on-line world where people seem to think they are better then others. I admire and learn from our medic's every day and aspire to be one too... as a volly of course