From Gary's comments on a previous post:
"If you want equality in the fire station, put everybody on the same team and then they are equal."
Horse crap. That's the way it was supposed to be in
Unless the top levels of management believe that the services should be equal and act accordingly.
Where I am, I dare say that that is the case.
When a FDNY EMT is told that becoming a suppression only fire fighter is a "promotion" then it reveals the true character of the service. When suppression only fire fighters in SFFD get promotional preference over cross trained fire fighters it tells the tale of the culture.
When the suppression union leaders of both services continually denigrate the work of the
Again, in my area and department we do not have this. In fact, paramedics get more pay, because everybody realizes they are doing more work. In my department being paramedic certified means you get $125 per month extra. That is for all the paramedic certified people in operations. On the days they are riding the ambulance they receive $20 for the shift. If they ride every shift that month, that’s $200 extra on the paycheck, plus the $125 certification pay so they see a possible $325 more than a firefighter of the same rank that is not a paramedic.*
*We do have just a few (less than 10 I think) firemen or drivers who are not paramedics. Mostly because they had been paramedics for years and transferred to stations without an ambulance. Once there they voluntarily dropped the paramedic certs. We also have rookies that work as firefighters without being paramedics at the time. This is due to the different lengths of the Fire Academy and Paramedic School. Sometimes they spend a few months on duty as firefighters/EMT's before going to Paramedic School.
I hope I have started to clear up some confusion on this issue about what I think. I truly hope no one thinks that I am in anyway putting down paramedics, EMS, or "non-fire" personnel.
Remember, I started as an EMT-Basic and then Paramedic on a private ambulance before becoming a firefighter.
Keep the comments and E-mails coming.