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Discussion in 'Firefighter/EMS Talk' started by DaleGribble, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. DaleGribble

    DaleGribble Sandwich!

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    I started the long process of paramedic class in August of '06 with Anatomy & Physiology. I finished that and I started the actual Paramedic class in March of '07. It was a long a ten months with class three days a week for eight hours a day and 420 clinical hours. I graduated on December the 13th and did my practical testing on Dec. 19th. I passed every station the first time through. That felt good. Not because I passed them all on the first shot, but because half the process was over with.

    I took my written computer based test this morning. The test shut off at 80 questions. I had no clue it was about to shut off, it just did. I didn't know what to think. I had heard it can shut off early depending on how well you do. If it shuts off early you either did really good or really bad.

    I checked my results at 15:55 and with baited breath I watched the page load. I passed.

    Eighteen months, eighteen long months, and it's over with.

    Thank God it's over with!

    :phew:
     

  2. RyanNREMTP

    RyanNREMTP Inactive/Banned

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    Congrats. Now come here so I can tat your new patch.
     
  3. Sucka

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    Congrats! First month or so you dread the pager/tones going off, but once you feel comfortable it's all(most) fun from there. Be safe out there.
     
  4. Jtg1963

    Jtg1963 Nra Member

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    congrats...when i took my test we still used chisels and stone tablets..
     
  5. rk246

    rk246 Firewalker

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    Make sure to spend a couple years with a seasoned medic, its the only good way to become a good medic and not get in over your head, you always have someone there to bail you out, let you learn and bounce stuff off of. Now that class is over the real learning starts on the street.
     
  6. IAFirNaTine

    IAFirNaTine NRA Member

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  7. Stopdropnroll

    Stopdropnroll Moderator Millennium Member

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    Congratulations Dale

    Go out and by your self something that say paramedic on it. It will feel good to wear it.

    SDnR
    Proud Paramedic
     
  8. RLDS45S

    RLDS45S

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    Welcome to the Blue and Gold Glitter Club......now go out are earn the title....on the street. Go home after each shift knowing you did your best!
     
  9. Sgt. Rambo

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    Good to hear and congrats. Simple word of advice, treat all your patients as you would want someone treating your family members. It will be tough at times but some good advice. All the best and good job again!
     
  10. DaleGribble

    DaleGribble Sandwich!

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    Thanks for all the well wishes, I truly appreciate it.


    The agency I work for is very small and doesn't have enough paramedics to do that. I've been an intermediate for about two years now and I've been running my own rig for most of that time because they just can't hire paramedics. That was frightening at first but after a while I got used to it. After that, being on my own now isn't anything new. I do wish I could work with a good medic for a while but their just aren't enough of them.
     
  11. Sgt. Rambo

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    "And the absolute worst case scenario....you kill someone, But that's the absolute worst case scenario newbie." Dr. Cox, Scrubs 2001
     
  12. wht90lx

    wht90lx Glock Fu YO!

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    Congrats man. Thats a tough course. I work some paramedics and they are without a doubt the most under appreciated medical professionals on the planet. I am C.T tech by the way.
     
  13. Mickmedic

    Mickmedic Drug Pusher

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    CONGRATUALTIONS!! and welcome to the wonderful world of paramedicine...
    Now in just another 18 months, you should be completely burned out and looking for a new career :wow:
    But hopefully not... Don't take things or people too seriously, find quality time away from the job doing what you like (throwing lead down range) and remember:
    Rule #1: People are going to die.
    Rule #2: Paramedics can't change Rule #1 (every time)

    Stay safe!
     
  14. Short Bus

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    Congrats on getting your patch. It is a great feeling but can be very scary at times. There are times when you are just going to think...WTF do I do about this :) Stay safe out there and see if you can get past 5 years.
     
  15. FourFun

    FourFun Say When

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    Congrats, i just went through the same thing not TOO long ago, feels good to have your nights and weekends back again doesn't it?:cool:
     
  16. Hunca Munca

    Hunca Munca nonplussed

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    now you need to become a FLIGHT Paramedic!!!!!!
    :supergrin: