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EpiEMS

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Toying with a certificate program for healthcare quality (or maybe something like health services research), just baffled by the pricing…
 

ffemt8978

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Nothing like opening the forum to see a spam post in suggestions/feedback forum. Makes my job that much easier when it's in the very first forum members can post in.

Stupid spammers keeping me busy for 20 years now. Roflmao
 

ffemt8978

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What did y'all do before getting into EMS? just asking out of curiosity
Fire, security, law enforcement and military
 

VentMonkey

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More temp jobs than I care to reimagine. Was also a machinist for a handful of years off and on.
 

luke_31

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I was a computer field engineer before I started in EMS. That was 21 years ago. God forbid something happens and I can’t work EMS anymore, it would probably be two years of studying and getting new certifications to be able to do that job again. Not even sure I’d want to do that kind of work again, but I was decent at it.
 

M3dicalR3dn3ck

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What did y'all do before getting into EMS? just asking out of curiosity
Bear in mind this is going back to age 13:
Ball park trash cleanup, ball park concession stand, cart boy at golf course, trim carpentry, dishwasher (that sucked), lawn care, farm hand (during college), Wildlife department fisheries intern (also during college), temp employee for a city sewer department, firearm salesman. That was all from age 13 to 26
 

Akulahawk

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I was a computer field engineer before I started in EMS. That was 21 years ago. God forbid something happens and I can’t work EMS anymore, it would probably be two years of studying and getting new certifications to be able to do that job again. Not even sure I’d want to do that kind of work again, but I was decent at it.
A late friend of mine had a very difficult time of getting back into computer/IT work after having taken a number of years off... He ended up having to move to another state just to find a place that would hire him. He was very good at what he did, but he didn't have any certs nor formal education (AS/BS/MS degree) in the field. There just wasn't much at the time when he got started.

My brother had a decent experience in networking, was good at what he did. He left the field for a few years and then got back in. He got some newer, relevant certs but then he found that he didn't have any recent experience for mid-level jobs but was way too experienced for entry level jobs.

As for me, I've done busser, lifeguard, in-house security guard, assistant athletic trainer. Then I got into EMS. Had to get out as I needed better bennies. Then did Security/Law Enforcement and dispatch for a few years. Then got into Nursing. No, I never was a cop. That Security/LE job was (and still is) quite unusual.
 

Tigger

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Caddy, garden supply and power equipment dealer. Student athletic trainer was the bridge to EMS for me.
 

Jim37F

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HS -> Active Duty Army (I was a 37F, PSYOP Specialist, working information operations, counter propaganda, basically trying to advertise "Taliban are the bad guys" hearts and minds type of stuff.... it was interesting but never really quite my forte) Decided I wanted to go Fire Department after I got out, and so I took an EMT course and started working private ambulance in/around Los Angeles area (I also re-enlisted into the Reserves while doing that).

Finally got a full time Fire job (right about the time my Reserves contract finished too, so I'm just FD nowadays). Dabbled a bit in being a background extra in some local TV show productions.

Want to go back into the Guard (or Reserves maybe, part time, not Active again) and try to be a pilot. Playing with the idea of paying for some civilian helo pilot classes (turns out getting back under Height/Weight requirements for the Army, particularly to qualify for Warrant Officer school kinda sucks but I'm working on it lols)

Occasionally wonder about a worst case scenario, I get injured and can't work as a FF or EMT or whatever (wouldn't be able to be a pilot, civilian or military).... have some vague thoughts on learning something something something computers/IT/programming (insert 90s Hackerman meme here lol)
 
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