Recently I started chatting with GrinMedic who ran into my blog and is starting out as a paramedic in BC. Like everybody before him, including me, he had a lot of trouble finding the answer to many questions. I remember when I first wanted to enter into paramedicine and had no idea where to find my answers. I remember looking through forums, searching the internet on google, and despite all my digging, only managed to scratch the surface of my answers. Luckily for me, I ran into a lot of people who were in the service and were more than happy to answer what I had to ask.
A big part of this blog, isn’t just to keep a nice memoir of my journey to get to where I want to be in paramedicine, but also to help those who are following the same path. With that in mind, I started the Question page, where I posted some questions people have asked me on this blog in regards to licensing, physical fitness tests, ride-alongs etc. More information can also be found in the School/Work App Related section and the Journey section, which includes all the posts I have written.
The topic of call volumes was brought up to me today. When I first started, I was only able to obtain the statistics of call volumes from the stations in BC because I had a friend who was in the service. That helped me decide which stations I should apply to, and which stations are a decent commute. Since I’m a visual person (and also because I had no clue where places like Logan Lake is), in order to help myself figure this whole mess out, I mapped out each of the stations that is likely to accept a new hire, especially an EMR, and the call volumes and approximate time of commute from the Lower Mainland.
Now the maps I made may not include all the stations that are good for you, but it’ll help you get a gist of things. The best will be to get into a station that has a call volume of >1000 calls/yr, but that is very unlikely if you are starting off as an EMR. So anything >300 calls/yr is a good start. But in all honesty, the number one priority is to get your employment number started. You can always lateral transfer after you’re done your probationary period. So take whatever they give you that is within a reasonable commute.
Below are links to the maps I have made based on 2005/2006 statistics. On the map will be listed in the following order: Place, Station number, and Call volume/yr:
*The maps do not include all the stations one can start off in, but the ones I was looking into at the time. I will update the maps to include all the stations when I have some free time.