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Where to Start as EMS?

Discussion in 'Firefighter/EMS Talk' started by mourgent, May 2, 2006.

  1. mourgent

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    try your local coumminity college.
     

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    Stop by a volunteer rescue squad, or fire department in the evening and talk to some of the volunteers. Usually once you've joined the agency they'll flip the bill for an EMT class, CPR, and a driving class.
    Does he want this to be a career, or an effort to help the community?
     
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    I think he wanted to maybe take some classes or find out more information to test the waters and see what its all about, with the interest of making a career out of it later on.
     
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    I think many agencies allow a "ride-a-long" period to test the waters. The bear minimum EMT or Firefighter class is like 120 hours. So he may want to go over there and ask some questions.
     
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    The best way like someone else said, if you want to test the waters, is do a ride along with your local EMS. This way you get to go on the calls and see what the life is like in a nutshell. If he has time to invest, the first class you take is about $400-750. this is the EMT-Basic class. most programs run about 8-12 hours every week for a few months. This is easier if a dept pays for your training ;-)