My real job is pension based fire, so that's my primary retirement plan. Mountain job was my primary employer for seven years and their retirement was quite good so I have a little egg there. But currently I make about 500/month there so it's about 80/month to my retirement.
Mountain job always hooks it up with dinner.
I've been doing rural EMS for a few months. It feels like a vacation instead of work. I don't feel tired and overworked. Enjoy the expanded scope of practice. I absolutely love the wildlife out here. My only complaint is it feels a little bit too slow. I wouldn't mind a call or two a shift. I can go several 24 hour shifts without a single call. I'm told it is only going to get slower during the winter. :/ That being said, I'm happy to have this as my full time shift/job and pick up a busy shift at this company or another. That way if I do feel tired, it is going to take a lot less luck to get a break. I took a 24% paycut and have to commute far. Benefits are about the same as the busy place I used to work at.
Are air resources not a thing in your area?I worked at a small town on the border with Mexico, where you could go several days without a call. And then there were days, while you were taking a patient to the hospital, 80 miles away, there were two more calls waiting for you to come back to town to take them to the hospital. Or we'd have to run 50 miles up river on a mountain road to pickup a patient who was in labor. An hour there, an hour back to the main highway, and then 80 miles to the hospital. Count your blessings.
I dunno dude, you always talk about the mountain one in a better way it seems. Besides, it doesn't sound like your reliant on AMR money.I have two part time ambulance jobs. One is with AMR, the other with a mountain/rural service. AMR pays me a lot (36/hr minimum) and lets me build my own shifts so long as I work one day per month. It's busy urban EMS and we work pretty hard and have to put up with a pretty dumb ALS FD with scene control. The mountain job is 24s (too far to drive for anything less) and pays only 20/hr. But I get to do cool stuff (RSI, vents, lots of meds, backcountry, etc) with lots of my friends.
By 2022 I feel I need to only have one. It stresses me out to have this much obligation. But how am I going to pick?