Overall, I liked working for Comanche County Memorial Hospital as a paramedic. I was promoted to shift supervisor within 6 months of getting my paramedic license, so I like to think they saw something in me from the start.
On average, we ran about 600-700 calls in a months time, and that does start to take a toll, on the staff as well as the vehicles. Because I have a degree in automotive technology, I was always tasked with any minor repairs that were needed for the ambulances. When one needed to go to a shop, I was usually who the techs dealt with, because I knew what they were talking about.
The people I worked with were great. They came together as a team when it was needed and, for the most part, things were handled in house if a problem ever came up. I'm not one who is afraid to approach you and hash out any problems we may have. I'd say my piece and go about my work.
The hardest part of the job, by far, was the stress. I never realized how much of a negative impact it had on my life, as well as those around me, until I quit and my wife pointed it out. That's why I've decided that it's time to find something else to do. I've had my career as a medic, now on to something new.
I'd have to say the most enjoyable part of that job was those calls where you think a patient won't make it, and you're able to keep them alive, or even resuscitate them and get them to the hospital for better, more advanced care.
Good people, good benefits