Worked there for quite some time before leaving.
You run into a lot of other Police/Fire/EMS students or graduates. Most are competent, and work well as partners.
The job itself can be easy: move patient from one location, to another. You meet a lot of new people, patients and hospital staff. Lift assists were given when needed, even though the hospital staff sometimes lied about the patients weight. Good experience driving an ambulance-shaped vehicle.
Unfortunately, the positives stop there. Outside of your co-workers, and the work itself: this place doesn't offer anything else. The pay is first and foremost, pathetic and insulting. You're in charge of people's lives for 12-14 dollars an hour. Bus-boys at diners make the same wage as you. Courier services pay their delivery drivers more than his place. Management would always push the idea that they wanted their employees to consider this as a career option. Right, because you can simply live off of 12-14 dollars/hr in today's market.
Which brings me to the management anyways. If you want to find out what it means to not be valued in a company, try dealing with these blokes.They do not recognize exceptional work, like a call that went South, but you and your partner worked it out and got it done right. Or going the extra mile to do last minute calls before EOS for dispatch because their board is cluttered, and cant give it to anyone else. That all blows over their heads. They'll only talk to you to push their own agenda. You have a suggestion about workplace safety you would like to discuss? Too bad.Think that the rest of the employees would benefit from some additional on-job training? Yah, right. Unless it has something to do with profits, and paperwork, don't bother with any of them. Don't know how many times I suggested that the trucks should be stocked with more medical supplies, and they did nothing about it.
Dispatchers were a mixed bag. During the day, it's really hectic up there, and only a select few are capable enough to properly manage call volume. Nights are managed better because of generally reduced call volume. Some dispatchers are more respectful to their trucks, some try to rule them all with an iron fist (of which you give no respect to).
What else is their to say...some trucks drive terribly, most of them have manual stretchers, your union reps advocate for the company, there's a weak work/life balance due to scheduling, and you can easily go over your 12 hour shifts. Do yourself a favour and get your stretcher experience elsewhere.
Co-workers, easy job
Management, Work/Life Balance, Poor Training, Hours