Can you regulate what people do on their off days? I know that many private service ambulance companies have non competition agreements, stating that you cannot work for competing services at the same time.
I work three jobs. No that’s not uncommon for fire and EMS personnel to work multiple jobs. The 24 hour shift makes it easier to work multiple jobs. At my current full time job I work two 24 hours shifts a week. On paper I have five days off every week. That’s a ton of scheduled time off. Being the resourceful person I am, I fill that time with my part time jobs. Why? Part of the reason is I can, pure and simple. I have a lot of time off why not try to make a little more money? Money is the other reason. Like most people, I can always use a little more money to help pay the bills. Can an employer enact and enforce a rule against working a second job? I’m sure they can, and a few do but enforcing the rule would be hard. I often do not sleep well and have a bit of insomnia. Who’s to say that my morning lethargy is not just from my inability to get to sleep? I heard on the EMS Garage that it is common practice in flight services to have an eight hour rule. You cannot work a shift on the helicopter without having eight hours between your last shift or job. It’s a start, but that’s not nearly adequate just to say you have to have eight hours between shifts. Thats only eight hours to get home, eat, sleep, wake up, eat, shower and get to work on time; Leaving only 4-5 hours of time to sleep. Surely thats not adequate rest.
I know there are areas of my state and the country, where the salaries for EMS are well below a living wage. Working a second or third job would be a necessity.
I decided to satisfy my curiosity and settle a common misnomer about salaries in EMS. I took the information from Louisville Metro Government’s web site and averaged a few common position’s salaries.
- Louisville Firefighter $50,222.59
- Louisville Police Officers $48,102.88
- Librarian $46,219.18
- Louisville Paramedic $45,050.49
- Communications Specialist (Dispatcher) $44,380.37
- Corrections Officer $37,729.29
- Louisville EMT $33,563.48
- Sanitation Tipper (garbage man) $32,115.12