Slow down, Cochise. While I don’t disagree with most of your post, we’ve all had growing pains.Not recognizing the value of BLS providers would make you a bad Paramedic all day, every day. Public, Private, or Fire.
Listening to opinions of coworkers who have bad attitudes and then making those your opinions would make you a bad Paramedic.
Many of us have had a paragod/ EMT moment or 10. This doesn’t make the OP a “bad” paramedic. Least the guy recognizes the need for input outside of his own work place.
Honestly, I think the biggest takeaway is try and avoid most, if not all water cooler talk buy in. Don’t worry about the what the “cool kids” think, do the damn job, do it well, and everything else will eventually fall into place for you individually.*
*The caveat being you may feel like an outlier. But then you wouldn’t be the first or only provider to feel like one at their agency either.