Where to start??

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Okay,I just got a honorable discharge 2 years into my contract with the coast guard do to a injury.Now I have always wanted to have a career as a EMT.....I just dont know where to start.......How long it takes....how hard it is to get a job...etc....costs...etc...

Also iam going to be moving from where iam now in Sacramento california to portland oregon in 3-4 months......would it be better to wait until I got there.

Any advice and help will be apereciated.
 

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take it in Oregon. your certification will be based on the state unless you get reciprocity. You might just make it simple and take it in Oregon.

EMT-B is a 3 month course. Paramedic take a year or so usually after your an EMT-B for a year.
 
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cool, Is it prety easy to get ur emt b??and how about how hard is it to get a job??any more info would be apreciated.
 

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Depends. It will be easy to get a job doing non emergenyc transports. I don't know anything about 911 in Oregon.
 

akflightmedic

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Well I can not speak about the BLS side in OR, however I can talk about the ALS side.

Since 1999, OR has required ALL medics to have a 2 year college degree. Keep that standard in mind and make plans to increase your education if EMS is your goal.

Their reciprocity process is a bear, so I would wait until you get settled in your new home and then go take the class. Scope out the area job market, talk to different companies, services, etc.

http://egov.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/ems/certific/index.shtml

The above site is where you need to go for homework.

The next link shows all approved schools for your training so you can begin contacting them.

http://egov.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/ems/certific/school.shtml

Good Luck!
 

Stevo

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unless you've gone for your emt-P , there's more $$$ in asking if you 'want fries with that' RISK

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BossyCow

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I have several friends who have gone through Oregon's EMT-B repricocity and it is pretty elaborate. I'd say if the move is a definite, wait and certify in Oregon originally.
 
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