Originally Posted by medic2230
A ambulance bill here is around $800. Do you guys get paid decent up there? How do your shifts run?
In the province of BC, where I work, no. I'm considered "part-time" even though I work more shifts than a "full-time" employee. We have several different shifts and shift patterns. Our shifts range from Alpha to Fox as well as a Kilo and Juliet. Fox and Kilo are "part-timer" shifts. They can be either 10hr days/14hr nights, 14/10 or 12/12 (it's up to the station and the crew that works there to decide, really).
A "Fox" shift- $11/hr standby. You are required to be in uniform, at the station and ready to respond within 90 seconds. While on a call you get paid your full wage (which isn't anything spectacular)
A Kilo shift- $2/hr on-call. Not required to be at the station, or in uniform. This shift can be worked from at the station or at home, granted you're rolling within 14 minutes. When on a call, you get paid your full wage. Kilo call outs, no matter the length, you get paid a minimum of 4 hours. If they page you out for a call, and before you get to the station to roll, they page again and cancel you then that's 4 hours pay.
Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta and Echo are staffed by "full-timers". They all have different shift patterns, and all get paid their full wage to be at the station, in uniform ready to respond within 90 seconds- the same requirements as someone working a Fox shift.
Part-timers can make their own schedule, pretty much. We make ourselves available for shifts for the next month, (required minimum of 8 to keep your seniority) and you're put on the schedule. Since I live an hour from my station, I make myself available for blocks of shifts. My blocks will start at 1800 for a 14hr night on Monday, and I'll be off at 1800 Friday after a 10 hour day. I work 28-32 shifts per month. Full-timers work 16. We aren't as busy, but we easily can be on some days.
We don't get benefits until we've been in the service for 7 years. I could go on and on and on, but I will leave it there.
What I will say, is that I may end up joining Krazie, next door in the near future.