It gives you experience in customer service, very big in fire departments minds, knowledge of the ambulance and where things are kept, experience driving something bigger than a Hond Civic, experience moving patients that are not ambulatory, experience using a stretcher which has come in handy more than once on a medical call when one paramedic is bagging and another is busy with something else. The list goes on. Just about every job you do can have a positive impact in some respect to the fire departments.Firefightermedic wrote:I dont believe that transfer services will help you become a Firefighter. However its good experence for Paramedic students.
After doing patient transfers for two years I can personally attest that there is some valuable experience there!
I think ultimately your job is what you make of it!
I have to agree with this lad. These services are brutal, they work their crews to the Bone, somedays you don't even get lunches, never collect any over time pay... it's sick.. I am glad these days are done for me.FFBALLARD wrote:I worked for Travois for about 10 months. Travois, Paladin and OPT are all owned by the same individuals. These companies are an absolute joke! It was not uncommom to go 14-16 hours a day non stop. The vehicles in which you are transporting these patients are used ambulances, which is fine, but I believe the lowest odometer reading on the fleet where I worked was about 280000; these trucks shake, rattle, stall, catch on fire, you name it! Management (At my base) was practically non-existent and there is no where to go when you have concerns to express. Shortly after I left, the employees that were able to handle working there, unionized, so maybe things are different, but in general I would be wary of these businesses. Since you have posted on the firehall.com site I assume you are seeking out a professional position as a firefighter, If that is the case, I believe a trade is the way to go. But hey, I have yet to be hired, so don't take my word for it.
I recently got fed up and quit myself, maybe it had something to do with working for an organization that couldn't garantee hours ie. 5 hours one day/ 15 hours the next. Or perhaps didn't pay us what we are truly worth, seeing as our company actually took patient assessments. Anyhow time to move on... Places like that are for college students that want a little experience and some pocket money, not for careers!INFERNO21 wrote:I have to agree with this lad. These services are brutal, they work their crews to the Bone, somedays you don't even get lunches, never collect any over time pay... it's sick.. I am glad these days are done for me.
From what I remember of them in Toronto and throughout Peel region, they were a great bunch filled with excellent staff and a good system...theleafsyear wrote:How is Voyageur PTS?
I was shocked to see one day three attendants taking care of two patients, it was all because of a previous call gone wrong.
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