Lieutenant/Paramedic (Male, Age 38) in Orlando, FL

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job TitleLieutenant/Paramedic
Salary$94,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week50
Company Size(not answered)
LocationOrlando, FL
Years Experience15 years

Career Ratings

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Years in Career0
Education(not answered)
Income Rating0 / 10
Interest Rating0 / 10
Work-Life Rating0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating0 / 10

Table of Contents

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
Major commercial airport in the state of Florida. Employs over 600 persons not including the employees of the airlines and other tenants.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
Suprevision of firefighting crew during emergency and nonemergency operations. Responsible for aviation firefighting, structural firefighting, and emergency medical services on airport property twenty-four hours a day.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
7 weeks vacation, 100 hours sick leave that can be carried over from year to year, United health HMO, Florida State retirement fully funded by employer

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
Well compensated.

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
As a firefighter you work with a group of people everyday. I like it because working as a team to complete a goal feels good.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
Yes

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
Yes

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 1
Benefits: 3
Hours: 7
Co-Workers: 2
Supervisors: 4
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 6
The Actual Work: 5

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8amThis is based on working a 24 hour work period. Arrive at the fire station and relieve the person who is currently working in my position. Then place my personal protective equipment on the fire engine and check the self contained breathing appratus assigned to my position. Go to the office and check email. Make a cup of tea and begin morning shift meeting.
8am to 9amComplete morning meeting. Return to office and respond to emails. Ensure personel complete their assigned duties. Which are checking all vehicles and clean the fire station.
9am to 10amBegin training class on incident command system. Respond to call of trash can fire. Return to class but while enroute respond to another call this time for a medical problem.
10am to 11amReturn to firestation and continue training training class.
11am to 12pmBreak for lunch. Respond to fire alarm.
12pm to 1pmReturn to fire station finish lunch. Return to training class.
1pm to 2pmComplete training class.
2pm to 3pmComplete a fire inspection on the airport. Respond to a medical call.
3pm to 4pmReturn to fire station and begin physical training in weight room.
4pm to 5pmComplete workout take shower and reduced activity.
5pm to 6pmEat dinner as a shift and clean up the kitchen.
6pm to 7pmWatch television and relax.
7pm to 8pmComplete any unfinished reports respond to any late emails.
8pm to 9pmRead and watch television.
9pm to 10pmRespond to fire alarm and return to fire station. Watch television.
10pm to 11pmGo to bed.
11pm to 12am

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
Referral fom an employee.

What was the application process?
Paper application

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
Yes I did have an interview. It was with a group of the department chiefs. Currently the process is a written test, practical physical test, and an interview.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
The questions were about firefighting .

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes, somewhat it required certification as a state fire officer. But the on the job training was not a standard procedure.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Training to be a lieutenant consisted of on the job training and state certification as a fire officer.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes it provided the basic skills needed if you had to fight a fire on your first day at work.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
There is no internship to be a fire fighter but there is an internship to be an Emt or Paramedic.

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
A person must become a certified firefighter in their state if it has a certification. Also they would have to become an Emt or paramedic in their state.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
A person must want to help people, be able to follow directions, be a problem solver, physically able to work in a hot environment, able to drive large vehicles in traffic, and willing to endanger themselves to save the lives of people they don’t know.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Yes one must learn the proper way to use the equipment and procedures necessary to work safely.

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Call or go to their local fire department or a fire department that they want to work for and ask questions. Also if the department has a ride along program do that for a few hours.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes my current employment is part of my career plan because it is such a fufilling career. Plus the pay and benifits are great.

What are your current career goals?
Continue on to become a chief at some point.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

TitleLengthSalaryDescription
Prior Job 1Firefighter/Paramedic6years30000Aviation and structural firefighting duties. Emergency medical services duties.
Prior Job 2Engineer/Paramedic460000Operator of firefighting vehicles.

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3

GPASchoolDegree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3Valencia CCEMS
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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