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MunicipalIamA firefighter/paramedic AMA!

Oct 27th 2015 by Game_Blouses11 • 16 Questions • 131 Points

Hey everyone! I did one of these a while back and it went really well. Thought I'd open the door for more questions. If anyone is interested in becoming a firefighter don't hesitate to ask. Also if you'd like to pm me instead of comment I am willing to answer any questions you may have. Thanks and have a great day!

Proof

http://imgur.com/XswhmlI

Also I have kik, if you'd like to talk in depth about how to become a firefighter or have any questions pm me.

Q:

If I'm ever in a car crash, what is the best advice you could give me for that moment?

A:

Best advice is to stay calm. If you have passengers, call out to them to see if they are hurt.


Q:

So I just sit in there and not try to move or anything? Is there a way to tell if the car is gonna catch fire?

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If you are able to exit the car, then do it. If not try to stay still. Smoke is really the only indicator.


Q:

When there is a full Moon do you actually see a spike in emergencies?

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I honestly have no idea! I don't think I've actually ever paid attention to that. I'll look out for that lol


Q:

I'm a nurse in a hospital, and I swear we get slammed with so many admissions and things go wrong every time there is a full moon. Now, it's a go-to excuse for why our unit is in sudden upheaval.

A:

Very interesting lol


Q:

As a nurse, I interact with numerous other healthcare professionals and appreciate the importance of communication in effective delivery of care. What can other healthcare professionals, including those who are bystanders at the scene of an accident and those working in hospitals, do to make your job easier? What do they do or say that really irks you?

A:

It irks me when paramedics or nurses treat us with kid gloves lol like we don't know what we are doing. That also leads into what they can do to make our jobs easier. Interact with us in a way that we can help instead of being made to feel inferior haha. Does that answer your question? Haha


Q:

It does, but in what way have they patronized you? Were they verbally abusive? Dismissive? Speaking in mysterious medical jargon without clarification?

A:

Dismissive for sure. Its not an overly common problem. But it does happen


Q:

How does one become a fire fighter? What's the starting salary, and how's the salary growth? How much risk is involved? Are your dependents taken care of if you expire while doing the job? Can you get overtime? Anything else someone should know about the job if there are considering becoming a fire fighter?

I'm a 21 year old in California.

A:

Find departments that are testing. The requirements differ so be sure to check those. Salary can vary. In my department the starting pay is a lil higher than the national average. Salary growth is very good, the retirement is great. Risk can vary as well. We run a ton of mvas, not a lot of fire calls. Obviously there are risks involved. Yes in my department it's 2 years salary if you die in the line of duty.


Q:

To become a firefighter one must become state certified. In Florida you must go through an academy. (There are many dotted throughout the state) Once complete you must then pass 2 state tests, the physical and the written. Once those two tests are passed you can then apply to get a job with a department in the state. Most departments require you to also be EMT certified so that would be your next step. Best bet is to call your local department and get information directly as each state differs, firefighters are really friendly and helpful!

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I went through the academy at the city. I had to pass the state test and Nremt test. But that was all after I had already been hired tho


Q:

All of my friends who are medics studied in a specific program to be a medic and had to pass a certification test. When you say you are a firefighter/paramedic does that mean you have the qualifications to be a medic, or are the requirements different where you live?

I get the feeling from my medic friends that there's always this tension between fire and medics because their budgets tend to be related to each other. Are the number of fire related calls going down compared to recent years?

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We dont get many fire calls. They are maybe 3% of our call volume.

I have the same exact cert and training that a paramedic that rides on an ambulance.


Q:

Interesting. I assume there's also a similar process/cert for firefighters? Why do both (if you are doing both that is)? Schooling for paramedicine here is a 2 year program for a diploma and a 4 year degree (through which I met a lot of my medic friends). Seems like a lot of time to invest into schooling.

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When I went through medics, it was a 10 month process which I got paid to do by my department. I went through the fire academy and got my emt I as well then they sent me to medic school. The 2 year plan went in to effect in 2013 I believe


Q:

I've noticed that there has been a raise in awareness for PTSD for people outside of combat such as firefighters and police officers. In your experience, have you seen this? If so, how do people deal with the effects of PTSD and effect does this have on you?

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I have never personally had to deal with it. I have had a few co workers deal with it. We have people that we can call night and day. But the best place to talk things out is within the fire house. Talking with people that have been through what you have


Q:

I've heard this rumor among some acquaintances...Do you or any fellow ff/medics you know find any and every reason that they need to get the shirt off of a hot chick you're responding to for purposes of "evaluating" her? Such as: "Go ahead and remove your shirt so we can make sure everything is ok"..."But, it's just my ankle."... "We need to check your vitals, miss, procedure"

A:

Wow.. I have never seen this, nor will I ever do that. That is very creepy! I hope they were joking when they said it


Q:

If it was just one or two I would have thought they were joking, but I've known several who say it's a "perk" of the job. Maybe they were all joking, but really, a few of them definitely ARE creeps so I would not doubt that they do/have done it.

A:

That's a shame. Very unprofessional and unethical if true


Q:

Describe the worst scene you ever responded to. We're you able to help? Did they die?

A:

Worst was a multiple fatality involving teens. We were not able to help. They were DOA


Q:

Car accident?

A:

Yes it was


Q:

And poop. And vomit. And urine. And grime from every disgusting place you could think.

And yet people still do it (happened at one of the places I worked). There are a lot of dumb EMTs and medics.

A:

No. And I dont ride on an ambo