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there are quite a few folks that have done overseas EMS contract work over the past 15 years in the sandbox area of ops.
How to advertise to them????
You could contact State EMS agencies and see if they have a help wanted page on websites.
We had a bunch of folks back in the 90's from Maine went over on 12 month contract to Saudi for training purposes.
Ads went out from state web serv list.
Mature Lady Driver
Older Woman: Is there a problem, Officer?
Traffic Cop: Yes ma'am, I'm afraid you were speeding.
Older Woman: Oh, I see.
Traffic Cop: Can I see your license please?
Older Woman: Well, I would give it to you but I don't have one.
Traffic Cop: Don't have one?
Older Woman: No. I lost it 4 years ago for drunk driving.
Traffic Cop: I see...Can I see your vehicle registration papers please.
Older Woman: I can't do that.
Traffic Cop: Why not?
Older Woman: I stole this car.
Traffic Cop: Stole it?
Older Woman: Yes, and I killed and hacked up the owner.
Traffic Cop : You what!?
Older Woman: His body parts are in plastic bags in the trunk if you want to see.
The traffic cop looks at the woman and slowly backs away to his car while calling for back up. Within minutes
5 police cars circle the car.
A senior officer slowly approaches the car, clasping his half drawn gun.
Officer 2: Ma'am, could you step out of your vehicle please!
The woman steps out of her vehicle.
Older woman: Is there a problem sir?
Officer 2: My colleague here tells me that you have stolen this car and murdered the owner.
Older Woman: Murdered the owner? Are you serious?!
Officer 2: Yes, could you please open the trunk of your car, please.
The woman opens the trunk, revealing nothing but an empty trunk.
Officer 2: Is this your car, ma'am?
Older Woman: Yes, here are the registration papers.
The traffic cop is quite stunned.
Officer 2: My colleague claims that you do not have a driving license.
The woman digs into her handbag and pulls out a clutch purse and hands it to the officer.
The officer examines the license quizzically.
Officer 2: Thank you ma’am, but I am puzzled, as I was told by my officer here that you didn’t have a license,
that you stole this car, and that you murdered and hacked up the owner!
Older Woman: Bet the lying bastard told you I was speeding, too.
It has long been a sore subject with me after working through the heroin wars in Hartford Ct back in the mid 1980's. Far too many violent deaths caused by turf wars between rival drug distributors who were using young teens as their street delivery mules, and having muchitas keeping the stash in baby strollers as they walked the streets.
Stop the drug problem at it's source and lock down the borders so it doesn't get here to start with.
It can be done if the politicians wanted it to be done.
I don't know many folks in our industry who are without worry when it comes to financial stability.
At my age while we don't owe any large mortgages ,but still don't have enough to just walk away and retire without working some to pay the never ending property taxes and excise taxes and normal things like taking a trip down to see a red sox game at Fenway.
Did you just walk away from EMT and go off to college for the year without even contemplating EMS?
I say this because most folks keep reading through the books and course materials afterwards.
See if you can help at a local EMT class and sit in on some of the hands on sessions as a "victim" / helper.
Check with your local Volunteer service to see when they have CEU classes being held. Most services do so at least once a month .
not many are financially stable at your age. I know I wasn't and I had been married for 8 years.
Mike offers very good advice from someone who's been there as a street provider and eggbeater jockey to going back to school and working his butt off to get his P.A. at an older age.
My wife did a similar thing after being a teacher for 20 yrs with a M. Ed.
She went back to school in her 40's and got her ADN and then on to get her BSN, which is pretty much needed any more to get hired in most large hospitals.
Pay scale differences in Ct are huge from Paramedic to RN. close to triple the hourly rate and better benefits for a new hire.
I know Paramedics in CT that still make less than $20 / hr with seniority. Same here in Maine where a newb medic starts around $14-16/hr.
Me::: I don't get out of bed for less than $40/hr, But then I'm just an old retired EMS provider who enjoys being a carpenter now :-}
Due diligence in your end game will be a smart move at this point.
Welcome to the City:
I grew up in EMS working the wild streets of Hartford back in the 1970's. Back then it was a dangerous place to work and I understand it has only gotten worse since.
A slow Friday night would mean only a few shootings or stabbings . The heroin wars in north Hartford were at full tilt back then.
With your degree law enforcement would seem to have been your goal in the future.
How many places have you applied to?
As far as firefighting and Paramedicine in CT: For every opening on a career department , there are hundreds if not thousands of applicants in the pool of candidates.
A paramedicine degree will help immensely as departments will want to send new hires to their own fire academy after hire, even with prior experience, but don't like to send an employee to get a medic degree. Cost too much.
Research pay & benefits of the various major departments and don't be afraid to look at smaller towns that run career Depts.
I worked with several of the Privates back then, & into the mid 1980's. some are good , others not so much to work for.
Whichever program you look into , make sure it is CAAS certified. Hospital based schools are usually better in getting good clinicals in house.
Avoid the quickie medic mills from the TV colleges that promise you can get a degree in only 9 months.
Mike: any time I need a good laugh a trip to whale mart is in order.
I don't often buy anything, just walk through and gawk at the foolishness that goes on there.
if you need a gut buster just google women of whalemart on youtube.
I will admit to having an issue with the lack of drug interdiction being done by this country.
I will also admit to a personal bias against the the Afghan drug lords err politicians.
My wife's brother was murdered by an Afghan security officer in the direct Employ of Karzi's brother.
Paul was working as a Lepp training the Afghan police forces in drug interdiction and investigation.
He & his team were putting a hurt on the Karzi boys distribution network so an order was put out to whack him & his partner.
We are wasting thousands of lives and spending billions of dollars in support of crooked politicians who are involved in the drug trade.
End of my rant.
RIP Paul Protzenko SSG US Army ,LEPP, Retired Ct State Trooper first class.
October 1964- 9 july 2011
just what the world of drug addicts needs. A supervised shooting gallery where they can go & use illegal drugs in safety .
they turned to heroin because the prescription opiates got much harder to obtain after we went through a 5 year span of time where it seemed like every other call involved prescription medication overdoses. Heroin is cheaper and easier to obtain on the street than diverted prescription drugs
I say give them all the blow they can shoot snort or shove up their arse. They will be gone soon enough all on their own.
Their addictions are breeding a whole new adventure in the drug treatment centers who take them off heroin and get them hooked on suboxone that is provided legally by "professionals" who are helping to lighten the states wallet by millions $$$$$$$$$$ yearly.
Now we have a whole new culture of suboxone addicts robbing houses and people to get more illicit drugs on the street.
A husband and wife are shopping in their local Wal-Mart. The husband picks up a ...case of Miller Lite and puts it in their cart.
'What do you think you're doing?' asks the wife. 'They're on sale, only $10 for 24 cans', he replies. 'Put them back, it's a waste of money', demands the wife, and so he does and they carry on shopping.
A few aisles further on along, the woman picks up a $20 jar of ...face cream and puts it in the basket.
What do you think you're doing?' asks the husband... "It's my face cream. It makes me look beautiful,' replies the wife.
Her husband retorts: 'So does 24 cans of Miller Lite and it's half the price....'
why not an automatic lip stapler for those 400 lb folks who waddle up to the fast food counter and say supersize me ::
or mandatory sterilization to those with IQ's less than 75 ::
or a law requiring folks to have a job with benefits before reproducing ::
See , Even I can come up with hair brained ideas without having an MPH behind my name.
how about putting serious efforts at removing the opiate supply so we didn't have millions of addicts?
gee there's a novel concept
How about getting rid of the afghan supply of black tar at it's source?
Oh wait we wanted to do that , but the Afghan presidents brother was the head of the heroin cartel in charge of distribution and shipping it out of the country, so we couldn't rock that boat.
How about 100% inspection of all trucks and shipping containers coming into our ports of entry instead of random inspections?