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LT PARAMEDIC, IN-DEPTH: The Extreme Rewards & Challenges of Being A Paramedic

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Sandra, a Lieutenant Paramedic, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. She tells us that you sometimes see some things that are hard to deal with in this job, but with the EMT family to lean on, the ability to make a difference still makes this job worthwhile.

Job Title: Lieutenant Paramedic
Employer: Sarasota County Fire Department

Job Summary: Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

Job Description

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People's lives often depend on their quick reaction and competent care. EMTs and paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Required by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT)

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $50,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
30 to 40 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Outdoor, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Military, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Teamwork, Technical skills, Strength/stamina, People skills, Empathy, Courageous, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Trade/vocational School
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m='16140'>the</span> <span m='16219'>challenges</span> <span m='16800'>can</span> <span m='16940'>be</span> <span m='17870'>what</span> <span m='18230'>we</span> <span m='18370'>see,</span> <span m='19786'>some</span> <span m='20240'>of</span> <span m='20390'>the</span> <span m='20550'>things</span> <span m='21240'>people</span> <span m='21490'>shouldn't</span> <span m='21770'>have</span> <span m='22020'>to</span> <span m='22130'>see.</span> </p><p><span m='22670'>And</span> <span m='23435'>there</span> <span m='23750'>are</span> <span m='23950'>certain</span> <span m='24180'>situations,</span> <span m='25610'>especially</span> <span m='25980'>when</span> <span m='26090'>it</span> <span m='26130'>involves</span> <span m='26610'>pediatrics,</span> <span m='27620'>kids,</span> <span m='28730'>are</span> <span m='28870'>very</span> <span m='29060'>hard</span> <span m='29280'>to</span> <span m='29360'>deal</span> <span m='29650'>with.</span> <span m='30540'>And</span> <span m='30580'>we</span> <span m='30680'>rely</span> <span m='31020'>on</span> <span m='31210'>each</span> <span m='31380'>other and</span> <span m='31620'>lean</span> <span m='31880'>on</span> <span m='32020'>each</span> <span m='32189'>other.</span> </p><p><span m='34240'>Also,</span> <span m='35120'>again</span> <span m='35450'>in</span> <span m='35735'>my</span> <span m='36020'>position</span> <span m='36470'>as</span> <span m='36620'>lieutenant,</span> <span m='37430'>challenge</span> <span m='37690'>is</span> <span m='37950'>sometimes</span> <span m='38350'>my</span> <span m='38460'>staffing,</span> <span m='38980'>the</span> <span m='39255'>crew</span> <span m='39530'>that</span> <span m='39820'>works</span> <span m='40080'>for</span> <span m='40280'>me</span> <span m='40460'>or</span> <span m='40520'>works</span> <span m='40770'>with</span> <span m='41000'>me.</span> <span m='41770'>Some</span> <span m='42000'>of</span> <span m='42060'>them</span> <span m='42220'>can</span> <span m='42350'>be</span> <span m='42480'>difficult,</span> <span m='43520'>and</span> <span m='43800'>we're</span> <span m='43960'>having</span> <span m='44200'>a</span> <span m='44240'>bad</span> <span m='44470'>day.</span> </p><p><span m='45970'>What</span> <span m='46110'>are</span> <span m='46190'>some</span> <span m='46360'>of</span> <span m='46550'>the key</span> <span m='46830'>decisions</span> <span m='47090'>you've</span> <span m='47430'>made</span> <span m='47770'>in your career</span> <span m='48090'>that</span> <span m='48380'>led</span> <span m='48710'>you to where you are today?</span> </p><p><span m='50910'>Well,</span> <span m='51120'>for where</span> <span m='51520'>I'm</span> <span m='51640'>at</span> <span m='51780'>today,</span> <span m='52150'>as</span> <span m='52380'>a</span> <span m='52440'>lieutenant</span> <span m='52900'>and</span> <span m='53140'>paramedic,</span> <span m='54290'>I</span> <span m='54390'>took</span> <span m='54590'>a</span> <span m='54640'>year</span> <span m='55190'>of</span> <span m='55300'>my</span> <span m='55450'>life</span> <span m='55910'>and</span> <span m='56050'>committed</span> <span m='56305'>it</span> <span m='56560'>to</span> <span m='56720'>do</span> <span m='57320'>nothing</span> <span m='57650'>but</span> <span m='57780'>studying</span> <span m='58510'>to</span> <span m='58630'>achieve</span> <span m='58970'>the</span> <span m='59060'>rank</span> <span m='59290'>of</span> <span m='59540'>lieutenant.</span> <span m='61300'>And</span> <span m='61650'>that,</span> <span m='61920'>in</span> <span m='62210'>itself,</span> <span m='62500'>was</span> <span m='62690'>a</span> <span m='62750'>huge,</span> <span m='63620'>huge</span> <span m='63990'>decision,</span> <span m='64470'>because</span> <span m='64819'>it</span> <span m='64920'>took</span> <span m='65060'>a</span> <span m='65150'>lot</span> <span m='65349'>of</span> <span m='65410'>time</span> <span m='65620'>away</span> <span m='65840'>from</span> <span m='66010'>my</span> <span m='66120'>family.</span> <span m='66820'>But</span> <span m='67240'>in</span> <span m='67330'>the</span> <span m='67470'>long</span> <span m='67730'>run,</span> <span m='67960'>it was</span> <span m='68120'>very</span> <span m='68300'>much</span> <span m='68520'>worth</span> <span m='68790'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='69590'>How</span> <span m='69780'>difficult</span> <span m='70280'>is it</span> <span m='70780'>to get a job</span> <span m='71223'>in your industry?</span> <span m='71666'>Tell</span> <span m='71887'>me</span> <span m='72109'>about</span> <span m='72330'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='73440'>When</span> <span m='73940'>I</span> <span m='74000'>first</span> <span m='74260'>started,</span> <span m='74760'>it</span> <span m='74840'>was</span> <span m='75760'>very</span> <span m='76060'>difficult.</span> <span m='76345'>It</span> <span m='76630'>still</span> <span m='77120'>remains</span> <span m='77720'>a</span> <span m='77830'>challenge</span> <span m='78310'>to</span> <span m='78410'>get</span> <span m='78560'>hired.</span> <span m='79140'>But</span> <span m='79970'>by</span> <span m='80100'>the</span> <span m='80180'>same</span> <span m='80420'>token,</span> <span m='80920'>as</span> <span m='81255'>long</span> <span m='81590'>as</span> <span m='81760'>you</span> <span m='81950'>take care of</span> <span m='82200'>yourself,</span> <span m='82465'>stay</span> <span m='82730'>in</span> <span m='83050'>shape,</span> <span m='84380'>and</span> <span m='84910'>can</span> <span m='85070'>test</span> <span m='85420'>well,</span> <span m='86580'>a</span> <span m='86790'>lot</span> <span m='87000'>of</span> <span m='87040'>departments,</span> <span m='87580'>especially</span> <span m='87930'>because</span> <span m='88220'>of</span> <span m='88310'>the</span> <span m='88630'>age</span> <span m='89000'>of</span> <span m='89620'>a</span> <span m='89690'>variety</span> <span m='90050'>of</span> <span m='90090'>departments,</span> <span m='91030'>are</span> <span m='91160'>hiring.</span> <span m='92180'>So</span> <span m='92310'>I</span> <span m='92420'>would</span> <span m='92570'>say</span> <span m='92690'>that it</span> <span m='92770'>is</span> <span m='93120'>easier</span> <span m='93440'>now</span> <span m='93650'>than it</span> <span m='93860'>was</span> <span m='94370'>20</span> <span m='94640'>years</span> <span m='94920'>ago.</span> </p><p><span m='96440'>My</span> <span m='96600'>work-life</span> <span m='97090'>balance</span> <span m='98240'>does</span> <span m='99020'>not</span> <span m='99200'>exist.</span> <span m='99680'>And</span> <span m='99940'>the</span> <span m='100000'>reason</span> <span m='100260'>I'm</span> <span m='100380'>laughing</span> <span m='100680'>is</span> <span m='100950'>because</span> <span m='101210'>my</span> <span m='101330'>husband</span> <span m='101660'>also</span> <span m='101910'>works</span> <span m='102110'>for</span> <span m='102210'>the</span> <span m='102290'>fire</span> <span m='102560'>department</span> <span m='103100'>as</span> <span m='103350'>a</span> <span m='103410'>logistics</span> <span m='103940'>captain.</span> <span m='104580'>So</span> <span m='104990'>while</span> <span m='105170'>I</span> <span m='105280'>work</span> <span m='105480'>a</span> <span m='105550'>24/48</span> <span m='106560'>schedule,</span> <span m='107230'>he's</span> <span m='107450'>a</span> <span m='107500'>40-hour</span> <span m='108080'>week,</span> <span m='109100'>Monday</span> <span m='109230'>through</span> <span m='109400'>Friday,</span> <span m='109720'>8:00</span> <span m='110135'>to</span> <span m='110550'>5:00.</span> <span m='110965'>And</span> <span m='111380'>I</span> <span m='111500'>have</span> <span m='111760'>a</span> <span m='111840'>short</span> <span m='112100'>reprieve,</span> <span m='112990'>anywhere</span> <span m='113370'>from 8:00 in</span> <span m='113550'>the</span> <span m='113620'>morning</span> <span m='113920'>till</span> <span m='114110'>5:00,</span> <span m='114430'>when</span> <span m='114540'>he gets</span> <span m='114860'>home.</span> <span m='115810'>And</span> <span m='115980'>then,</span> <span m='116150'>we</span> <span m='116260'>talk</span> <span m='116590'>about</span> <span m='116830'>nothing</span> <span m='117150'>but</span> <span m='117290'>work</span> <span m='118190'>and</span> <span m='118340'>work</span> <span m='119140'>and</span> <span m='119300'>work.</span> <span m='120460'>But</span> <span m='121495'>I</span> <span m='121900'>do</span> <span m='122020'>have</span> <span m='122170'>hobbies.</span> <span m='122520'>So,</span> <span m='123060'>that's</span> <span m='123260'>a</span> <span m='123300'>good</span> <span m='123490'>thing.</span> </p>","file":{"id":255793,"video_id":"2701282669001","name":"69926083","duration":124713,"thumbnail_url":null}});