My old job dumped experience requirements which has done really great things for the agency. The full time ops staff is 18 so obviously this is not a direct comparison, but it's paid dividends by engaging the previous generation of paramedics into training the new (and also much younger group). At the same time, they can be molded into the paramedics the agency wants and we don't have to pay extra for experience. If anything the quality of care has improved and the morale seems to be better. The problem lies amongst the super old school folks who just refuse to get on board, and one has an influential leadership position which has made the transition harder.
The FTO process remains intensive, with a lot of different didactic and hands on assessments, daily chats about performance, and a sit down meeting at the end of each ~two month phase with the entire shift. 3000 calls with three or so ambulances so not busy but not slow either and an effort is made to have new medics "first out" for as many calls as is safe. It takes a paramedic with less than two years of experience about seven months to get be cleared to work with EMTs and and additional two months to meet all the requirements (single provider mental health responses being the biggest process).
Have you noticed, since dropping the experience requirement, that the newer paramedics are employed for a shorter time frame before moving onto something else? It seems like if most of the new hires are newer medics they would stay for experience but would then move to bigger systems, FDs, nursing school, PA school, etc..
I totally understand people wanting to gain experience and continue on with their careers but I DO NOT want our system to be viewed as a stepping stone, I want it to be viewed as the destination. This is the hardest part because it brings to light the biggest struggles and failures of the EMS profession as a whole.
If my math is right, then new hire paramedics (and newly certified paramedics from the sound of it) get to run about 150 calls before being cleared for independent duty. Have you noticed any trends with clinical errors for newly cleared medics? To me, 150 calls seems like too few to get through a field training program but I know I am coming from a high call volume system and many places don't have the "luxury" of running 30ish calls a week.
It feels like being "fully staffed" is a pipe dream and to get there, skeletons in the EMS closet will need to be reckoned with.