After dispatching for the PD for almost 3 years, I've decided that LE is not for me. I've tried searching various websites and college catalogs but I simply cannot find anything that says "You'll need this cert" or "You have to have experience in this". So I need some help trying to figure this out. Any and all advice is apperciated.
To get hired as a FF/EMT-P you will need to be a NFPA FF1. This can most easily be accomplished by volunteering for your local agency. Some places will hire you without this and take you through their academy, but there are lots of folks who do have this certification already, and FF jobs are pretty competative...
Paramedic school takes 2 years on paper, and from what I have seen and experienced, it takes 2.5-3 years in reality. Local community colleges are where you get this done. During P school you should be able to accumulate all of the other certifications necessary to do the job like ACLS, PHTLS, and PALS.
These are the basic requirements for a vast majority of the jobs I see. To be competative you'll need other areas of experience. Dispatching is a good one that you have already. Volunteering is a good way to gain more experience, like HAZMAT, teaching, SAR, etc. etc.