Thanks for taking the time to reply, I really appreciate it!
Both my parents were firefighter/medics. My mother was one of the first women in the state. I was an explorer in high school and actually did CPR for the first time in the back of an ambulance at 15 years old. That being said I realize none of that is a substitute for real scene work (which I would love to do). Here's my problem. I work. A lot. From what I can tell I could take a semester class to obtain EMT-B (keep in mind, I've taught EMT-P students for several years now as an ER nurse) but I really don't understand what I would learn driving the truck or administering O2 while taking vital signs for $10/hr.
I would love the opportunity to get some training at the paramedic level, ie intubations - and I've seriously considered flying out to Nebraska for a couple of weeks to take the Creighton program. I would have no problem taking classes on scene management, extrication, etc. But EMT-B seems absolutely pointless to me.
You're absolutely correct on the weight issue. It's important, and something I need to address. 220 is about as light as I could go though.
What would your thoughts on the Creighton program be? If I went and got an EMT-P after a couple weeks work? Honestly I would probably be happy to take a pay cut to work some PRN in the field as a medic, I wouldn't want to do it for long but I think 6 months would be ok, and if it allowed me to be a better resource or give me a better shot at landing a flight job it would totally be worth it. Free time is just very valuable to me right now, and I would want it to mean something when I applied.