Your EMS Experience Means Nothing

This week on the podcast Jim and Josh talk about a few EMS topics including active shooter training. The topic of having a degree in EMS, higher pay and the pie in the sky wishing of it all came up.

The idea that a college degree trumps your five, ten or more years of experience and how that is going to bring EMS from making $12, $13 or $14 dollars an hour to a pay scale matching the job we do with or without a degree is as always a hot topic.

Sure you won’t get rich in EMS and you shouldn’t expect too. But you should expect to pay your bills as much as you are expected to undergo continuous education, skills assessments, new equipment training, new drugs and protocols. All in the name of superior patient care and competent providers. But no so competent that we can tell people they don’t need an ambulance based on our assessments. Fair?

Heck EMT’s are being expected to perform 12 leads, give drugs, use advanced airways and that list is growing. Yet they have not earned a cent more an hour and most are making at or below minimum wage. Fair?

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  1. Duke Powell says:

    Just listened to this podcast and can’t emphasize enough how much I disagree with what I heard.

    Within the next 6-8 weeks I’m going to retire after an EMS career that saw my first ambulance response occur in 1971. For those of you that are poor in math, that is 45 years in a profession that pre-dates “EMS” and the term “Paramedic.”

    To be as specific as I can be: I have spent the past 36 years as a paramedic at Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN which is an academic, tertiary, Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center.

    Not to brag, but my three children graduated from college with NO student loans. My wife and I cash-flowed their education. All three make more than we did at our age.

    My home can easily sell for about $250,000 and it has been long paid for. At retirement, within the next few weeks, my paycheck will be at least as much as my former employment due to a defined benefit pension.

    Since I have skills valuable in the marketplace, I expect to earn nearly as much as my retirement earnings. How much is that?

    Well, let’s just say I don’t have to actually work another day in my life-though at age 61 I’m not done working. I’m just done humping stretchers.

    So, for the Debbie Downers who nay-say EMS as a career, let this career medic state that a life in EMS is what YOU decide to make it. Pay no attention to those who demean the worth of the job.

    I have no regrets.

    Duke Powell
    13612 Upton Av S
    Burnsville, MN 55337
    612-558-5880

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