Great in theory, bad pay and bad work environment
Emergency Medical Technician/Driver (Former Employee) – Tinley Park, IL – May 16, 2016
When I finished the EMT program I thought working for a private ambulance would be fun. At first, it was. After doing the same call types repeatedly, I quickly discovered there was nothing more to see. I wasn't doing any ER calls. The calls were nothing but doctor appointments and bringing people home from the hospital. Meanwhile, being a tall and fairly athletic male, my male partner and I always seemed to get the larger patients. Doing that type of call repeatedly has some wear and tear on the body. What made it even more difficult was when the company did not like to send other crews to help and had to argue with you about receiving that help. Two men cannot continuously lift 400+ pound people up and down stairs without extra help. Also, the compensation was awful. We got paid a starting wage of $9.00/hour and every six months got an opportunity to write a letter to management to receive a $0.25 raise.
Expensive healthcare and low compensation