I'd like to start a thread where people can post any insight and general knowledge about EMS agencies in their respective localities. This is to include third service, FD based, hosp. based, and private. Good place to work, or a stepping stone agency? Salary, bennies, defined benefit vs defined contribution? Working conditions and schedules? Tuition reimbursement? Step increases or merit based increases? Call volume and acuity of pts? Perhaps this info can help those who are either new to EMS, or want to leave their current employer for a better opportunity. Job postings on paid sites often don't tell the whole story. Hopefully this thread can point some in the right direction, and help some avoid moving somewhere for a job they end up hating.