You went to school. You studied. You trained. You tested and you passed. You are either certified as an EMT or licensed as a paramedic. And you paid for it all by yourself — or are continuing to make payments all by yourself.
You have worked very hard to put yourself in a position to announce to the world: “We have never met, but I will be there for you when no one else can. I will be there for you when no one else will. I will risk my own life and safety to protect yours. And if I can do nothing else, I will try to make you a little more comfortable.”
That is what you will see when you break it down to its simplest terms and really take a close look at what it means to be in EMS.
Of course, not every provider actually feels that way, but you should. And in my humble opinion, if you don’t feel that way, you should get out of the business and out of the way of those who do. But, that’s just me.
For the context of this column, I will assume that you are reading because you agree; I will say to those of you who presently work for a private provider, your willingness to do it for barely minimum wage makes you a real-world superhero.
I get it. I truly do. My EMS career was spent working for a private provider and, after a decade, I don’t think I broke the $12.50 per hour threshold. (Secretly, I would have done it for free.)
I also get that at some point, enough is enough and it’s time to take a stand for what’s right and fair and proper. Sometimes you have to take it to the streets. Sometimes, you have to take it to the people who depend on you for the very protection and comfort you are willing and able to provide.
Sometimes, striking is all you can do. READ the REST