EMS wages in Ontario, Canada have made leaps and bounds in just the last 7-8yrs. When I first started almost 12yrs ago now I was making more working at the grocery store where I worked all through high school and college than I was working EMS.
I think that the downtime is fantastic as said above (although it's rare here nowadays - out call volume has nearly doubled since I started. The thing most lay public don't get though is that in my opinion we don't get paid for what we may do (such as down time) our pay should reflect what we may have to do/deal with when we aren't on downtime. The reality is most people would never want to ever have some of the images/smells/feelings that a lot of us carry around with us. That's what our pay should reflect.
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