"If you like the intense medical calls".... Wow, that's gotta be the understatement of the year !! Listen folks, as a highly experienced Critical Care Flight Paramedic, I can assure you with all certainly that this comment is understated beyond belief !
I've been a flight medic for over 25 years in Ontario Canada, I can assure you that I would never, EVER recommend this profession to anyone ! Our jobs have often been described by the busiest E.R. physicians as being far too stressful.....so do the math !
Intense high priority "life & death" call, after call, after call, after call for the entire duration of every single one of your 12 hour shifts can actually be really "cool" for a rookie FOR THE FIRST YEAR OR 2, but think about it...... can you really handle this EXTREME STRESS for a minimum of 30 years before you can retire on a "so-so" pension ???
If paramedicine is your thing, then do yourself a favor after graduation.........try to get recruited by a LOW, LOW, LOW CALL VOLUME "land ambulance service" somewhere (anywhere) in Ontario. Trust me, for the minimal difference in income (after taxes), do yourself a favor and choose to work for a low call volume land ambulance service somewhere in the province, preferably a Northern-Ontario Service. The lower to call volume the better. Remember folks, you'll be doing this for a minimum of 30 years before you can retire on a "so-so" pension.
The absolute fact of the matter is this ..... past history and true statistics will easily prove that most flight paramedics in Ontario Canada do NOT last anywhere near retirement age, simply because the job is far beyond what most humans can handle ..... Here is my professional advise to those who are considering a career in paramedicine in Ontario..... "Paramedicine" is an awesome career but only as a land based paramedic working for a low call-volume service, not as a "flight medic" ..........at least not for the long haul !