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First duty station for a paramedic?
Last Post 11 Sep 2016 03:56 PM by mkelly. 4 Replies.
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01 Sep 2016 12:20 PM
    Still waiting for paperwork to comeback to sign for my ship out date on January 10th. Was wondering if anyone had some advice on what I should put on my dream sheet. Just planning ahead a little. I'm a paramedic and have been working for a high call volume 911 system for 2 years now and I was told by my recruiter that because I'm a paramedic, I may have some different duties as a non rate. Possible being a medic on a boarding team or able to be the assigned medic for a ship. He said they are hurting for EMT's because the school has a long wait list. And I'm a paramedic Which means I have a higher scope of practice and knowledge. He also mentioned possible I could help with training. I was wondering if anyone had some experience with this or advice to me. I was thinking of asking for a small boat station on my comments section for the dream sheet. Thank you just thinking ahead a little.
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    02 Sep 2016 06:02 AM
    The easy answer is yes... But here are a couple of things. You are not guaranteed a small boat station and could be placed on a construction tender and probably never get SAR so be ready for that. As a Rescue Swimmer I would say about 95% of all my cases only required my EMT scope so be ready to hold the qualification as a paramedic but work as a EMT. We are hurting EMTs because only 2 rates require it, AST or HS, others are just a collateral duty. HS's sit in a clinic and us Rescue Swimmers fly in helicopters so that leaves a lot of open ground for EMS...
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    05 Sep 2016 05:32 PM
    Your first duty station will be as a SA/FA. The rest will/might come in time. Lets get through Boot Camp first.
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    05 Sep 2016 06:01 PM
    My last unit was a 378' cutter and we had a couple non-rates who were certified EMTs on board. They both worked as EMTs prior to joining the CG. One was able to assist our HSC (our corpsman) a couple days a week and he was on our medical training team, but that was after he had been on board for a while and had earned all his other required quals.

    That said, Don't get your hopes up that you will get assigned certain billets because you are an EMT. Bring it up to your supervisor when you report, work hard and earn all your regular quals, and hope for the best.
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    11 Sep 2016 03:56 PM
    You would also have to get the flight surgeon to allow you to use your paramedic skills under him and have your unit purchase any additional supplies that you might need. Thats going to to be the bigger issue. There might not be that big of a need for a paramedic to support the purchase of equipment for you. along with those two things, your paramedic CEU's will be your financial responsibility to take care of. If your unit doesn't have money to send you to our EMT school, then that would also be your responsibility to take care of.
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