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Old 01-26-2010, 01:41 PM
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[QUOTE]=ICOVERU;144911]Training is only 8 months?[QUOTE]

That was only the fire training part. I had already done all the medical certifications on my own before getting hired while I worked on a private ambulance company.
1. First Responder (very basic first aid) was about a month long if I remember.
2. Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) was a semester (3-4 months)
3. Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) was about 2 years in total with the pre-reqs.

That's the order Florida requires to be a medic. We don't have EMT-I down here, which is between EMT-B and paramedic.

Not to mention:
ACLS - Advanced Cardiac Life Support Cert
CPR/AED - Cardio pulmonary resucitation / Automated External Defibrillator
ACS - Acute Coronary Syndrome Class
AAM - Advanced Airway Management Class
PALS - Pediatric Advanced Life Support

And I still have to take
ASLS - Advanced Stroke Life Support Class
PHTLS - Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support Class

It seems like every year there's another new class they come up with. Good thing is it's part of the department training so we get it for free.
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