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Anyone burned out?

Discussion in 'Firefighter/EMS Talk' started by breech, Feb 16, 2006.

  1. breech

    breech

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    I've been in EMS for 6 years, 5 as a paramedic. I think I'm finally burned out. I have no motivation to go to work anymore. (My patient care is still high priority if you guys were wondering)
    How do you guys combat this feeling? I took a 2 week vacation in November. It helped out but the feeling is back.
     
  2. jlw_84

    jlw_84 General Glocker

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    I was in for about 5 years, running daily along side my full time job. I finally had enough and took a leave of absence, I've been gone from the firehouse since last September. As soon as I get this cast off my foot from a ankle I'm about ready to jump back on the horse.
     

  3. G21FAN

    G21FAN Useless loser Millennium Member

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    15 years as a Paramedic at numerous companies, several burnouts, and finally I had enough of the piss-poor treatment that ambulance companies give their employees here in Alabama. I told the state and my last company to absolutely shove it and mailed my license back to the state, and would'nt you know it, they mailed it back saying there is a severe shortage of paramedics in the state as well as nationally and they cannot let me drop it! WTF? I went inactive level(CPR and a $10 renwal fee) and they still dont like it! Well, pass laws that force ****-asse ambulance companies to pay more than 9-10 dollars an hour and offer a real retirement along with adequate staffing so in a 24hr shift you don't slam 18-20 calls because the company is to ****ing cheap to care about employee and patient safety.:soap:

    God-Damn the ambulance companies to HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Yeah, I'm bitter. I have a reason to be. I gave 15 years of my life to help others and I get **** on by employers. ****-THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  4. Slinger646

    Slinger646 King of Sling

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    Oh how I needed this thread......rant coming..

    Ive been in the Vol service for 8 years. been an officer for 5 in one of the most political backstabbing departments in the county. We have a chief and a board that refues to give up power and let the station progress. The officers are great but ineffective due to the chief and we have no friggin money. Yet somehow, we always manage to kick *** on the fireground. We have an asshat assistant chief who is pissing our money away on recruiting college students who will be gone for 5 months of the year instead of people who live in the first due, Our trucks are ragged out and we have a neighbouring company that wants to fight every time we see eachother.

    To top it all off, the County is trying to shut all of the vol. stations down. and thats where we put our differences aside. We saved the county (in our area alone) 500,000 last year. yet that want to put in 'professional' firefighters. now wtf is so professional about them. Im a FOII, Ist II, EMT-CT.... I chose not to go into the fire service as a career, am I less professional than they are?

    But...

    Why do I keep doing it.....for the job.
     
  5. BilboTN

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    12 years here in TN. I finally had enough and now that I'm out of EMS I couldn't be happier. I still keep my license but I won't go back on an ambulance.
     
  6. D25

    D25 The Quick

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    I just got the notice that I was going to be laid off today. I am low man on the totem pole, and there has been some BS politics between the neighboring private ambulance co. and the FD that I work for until the 26th regarding the ASA. I've been paid for almost a year now, and prior to that I was a vol. for 3 years. I understand that the political crap is such a crock, and detracts from the important aspects of the job. But, there are lots of us younger guys who would give their right nut...

    Well, I lost my train of thought. I understand how these things can weigh on you...

    Sorry, I'm quite pissed right now...not making much sence...just venting a bit. Tones....
     
  7. Charlie Fox

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    While I wouldn't say I'm burned out, I have reached a point in my career where it isn't as much fun to go to work anymore. I've been in the Fire Service for almost 23 years - 20 of it at my current job...but because we're private I can't retire until I'm 55 - meaning by the time I can get out of here I'll have put in 33 years! ;P

    I still find the work fun and interesting, but I'm nowhere near as excited to jump into my bunker gear and climb on the truck. I still enjoy medical calls and patient care, but can't put up with too much whining anymore - from patients or partners!

    Training is another area I can't get too worked up about either - our State mandates certain basic subjects be trained on monthly, SCBA's especially. I wish I had a dime for everytime I threw a pack, I wouldn't need to be here anymore. Hose is still hose, ladders are still ladders, saws are still saws.

    Thanks for letting me rant...I guess I am burned out;Q
     
  8. Navy HMC

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    Burnout? Yes, several times. First one at the dreaded 5-year mark. Then I got called up for duty during Desert Storm as a Corpsman and then the problems of the job back home seemed just a little bit on the trivial side. Same thing in 2003 with Operation Iraqi Freedom with the Marines. Now, I think that it'ss be okay until I decide to retire in about 10 years.

    We have a bit of politics here as well, but for the most part our service is a good one with mostly good folks.
     
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    I absolutely hate my job. I work for a bunch of *****holes that believe that your life should revolve around their wreched little hafl-*****es company. We do 24 hour shifts get no kelly day so I am there for one third of my life. Today I hear that they are going to start calling people back in for call-offs. If they call you, you have 60 minutes to report for work. dont show up- its a call off, show up after the 60 minutes it is a tardy. They can kiss my *****! When I am done with a tour I have no intention of showing up again until my next scheduled tour.

    I love caring for patients, but these pathetic excuses for slop trough private services can blow me.

    The only reason I am still doing this is because I dont know what else to do.
     
  10. G21FAN

    G21FAN Useless loser Millennium Member

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    Lakota, what company is this?
     
  11. cannoneer

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    After 33 years, the last 16 in public education and inspection div.
    one day the fun was just not there anymore and I new that it was time for me to go. I have been out for 2 years and 7 mo. do I miss it NO
    The only bad thing about being retired is there is no Saturday to look forward to,































    BECOUSE EVERY DAY IS SATURDAY;f
     
  12. lakota222

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    I'd prefer not to name the service on the outside chance that someone else is reading this. I will say that it is not a nation-wide company and is confined to Ohio
     
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    G21FAN Useless loser Millennium Member

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    I happen to love my job!!! I am overpaid and underworked most shifts, our equipment and training is pretty darn good too. I get two out of three days with my wife, son and two German Shepherds. What more is there??;f
     
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    Burnout in the EMS world is a fact of life.
    I have volunteered for eleven years.
    I think after the first five years of hitting it hard, you just drop off a cliff.
    I am still on night call for eight hours every Sunday, and I pray I don't have to go out.
    Then there are those times when you do go, and you really make a difference that doesn't allow you to quit.
    I think that is what keeps me hanging in there. I started out in the EMS world because I saw someone get hurt, and I could not help them. Now I have that confidence to make a difference.

    Yeah, I am burned out, but I still want to help that one person that I can make a difference with.

    Good luck to all you great people on this thread, with getting a new job, or even a new career, you have served your communities well, and can hold your head up high.
    Not everyone can do what you have done, and I know you are a better person for helping others.
     
  16. lakota222

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    I sholud clarify my previous post. I have been a medic for 12 years. I love being a paramedic, and I feel that it is my calling. I am however burned out on working for these ****-hole private services that act as though their employees are their property, and unfortunately these are the only jobs readily avaliable in my neck of the woods. I am looking at moving out of Ohio in order to get a "real" job. I hope that I am able to move sooner rather than later. My card expires within the year and I really have no motivation to renew it in order to maintain my current employment.

    Just for once I would like to work for an organization whose primary goal is to help others rather than to make someone wealthy.

    For-profit-health care is an oxymoron in my book.
     
  17. G21FAN

    G21FAN Useless loser Millennium Member

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    AMEN, Lakota. Profit-based and Corporate based(especially) have NO buisiness in Emergency health care providers.
     
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    Hi i have my Basic so i guess i am part of the ems group, but on another note i LOVE my job!!!.I could see how you city guys could burn out, hell i wouldnt last a second doing that thank less work.I guess i just lucked out and fell into the wildland side of things and have been loving it ever since:). I hope you fellas feel better and thank goodness for you guys for doing what so many others couldnt and wont do, it is very much appreciated ;c ;c ;c
     
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    I hit the burnout wall about a year ago, after working as a medic in OIF II. Just did not want to see another trauma patient as long as i lived. I am getting back into it now, just missed it too much. The year off did wonders.
     
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    Yall work 24/48 right? Have you ever worked 50 hr weeks in construction during the summers? In Florida, no less? Thats burned out, almost literally. The weeks feel like months, and weekends are like lunchbreaks. You have 48hrs to recover from whatever you need to.
    Dont get me wrong. I am very proud of being a firefighter. I love my job. But not near as much as my off time. I work so I can play. While my wife is in nursing school, I have to work some OT so I am there more than I want to be already.(I do side jobs too.) When I am there I give them everything I got. When I leave the station at 0800, I try not to even think about it till next shift. I leave it there. No scanner, no squirrely t-shirts, no firefighter memrabilia, no patch collection at my house. If it weren't for the international sticker on my truck, it would be hard to tell what I do for a living. Again, not because I am not proud of what I do, or dont like it.
    My opinion is it would be easy to get burned if you lived this stuff. Dont live it, work it. Then live your life away from it. Works for me.:)