I have a friend who is a paramedic (aka ambulance officer), and her partner is a MICA Air paramedic (a small and elite group of highly trained people).
My friend trained to be a nurse before switching to paramedic. She found the transition easier than her peers who had not studied nursing as she already had many of the practical skills required for the job. She also has a career to fall back on if she decides to leave the ambulance job.
This couple can tell fascinating stories, and their day to day life is unpredictable and, at times, precarious. They witness humanity at every level, from the extremely dangerous to the sweet & grateful.
Training to be a paramedic is very intensive, with multitudes of tests and exams (practical and theory) to keep you on your toes.
I have taken the liberty of placing some excellent links to Paramedics on my Scoop-it page (including where to study to become a paramedic). You just need to keep popping in and out of ‘Scoop-it’ as you explore.
Factoid: Did you know that there are TEN different types of paramedics?