I found this forum while researching "accelerated" PM programs. A LOT of negativity and, despite the rules of this forum, rudeness. I am an 8 year career firefighter, been an EMT/IV for my entire career. My station is an ALS transporting agency with 22 line and 2 admin. There is no private in the county or anyone else to turf a call to. You call, we haul. Because of our situation, most calls "become" ALS. Have wanted to be a fire medic since my days as a voly beginning in '95. Graduated with BS in Sportsmed in '95. No problems with A&P, no problems with pharm, no problems with patient contact (approx 2700 calls/year among 22 guys). My problem is not being able to take a year off with out losing my job, admin is unable to send me to school but encourages it (can't afford to give time or money). Also family is number one priority. I know the job, they know the job. A lot of the negativity surrounding the other thread I read was based on time. I think it's important to state that even the "3 month" courses are only didactic, clinicals and rides are entirely seperate and have be set up with and approved by local MPD. I completely understand the lack of support for these types of programs, and/or programs that allow you to ride at your own station because of their lack of depth, but as ridryder kept posting, you get out what you put in. I have to believe that there are exceptions and that these programs could gain some legitimacy or respect based on stringent acceptance requirements. Any info or support anyone could share would be greatly appreciated. I'm looking to enter late this spring or summer.