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Just curious what the average set up is for EMS pilots. I know it depends on the size of the hospital, but what should someone expect?

 

I know the hospital here does 7 days on, 7 days off, 7 nights, 7 off, and so on....

 

Also are these pilots actually ever employed by the hospital or just a service that contracts EMS?

 

Last, what are you guys paid?

 

 

thanks.

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Just curious what the average set up is for EMS pilots. I know it depends on the size of the hospital, but what should someone expect?

 

I know the hospital here does 7 days on, 7 days off, 7 nights, 7 off, and so on....

 

Also are these pilots actually ever employed by the hospital or just a service that contracts EMS?

 

Last, what are you guys paid?

thanks.

 

I'd guess the typical pilot staff for an EMS base is 4 pilots.

The industry works about every variation possible to rotate duty assignments.

Another guess- most hospital based EMS operations are staffed by specialist vendors.

Pay scales:

 

http://brian.hudson.home.mchsi.com/helopay...cales/index.htm

 

Most of the growth in the industry is "community based" operations, where the helicopter isn't based at a hospital.

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I don't know of any pilots that are employed by the hospital. Hospitals don't know how to manage 135 certificates and don't want the liability of one either. In some cases the hospital ownes the helicopter, employs the med crews, provides quarters. But the certificate, the maintenance, the pilots, etc are all managed by an outside company (CJ, Metro, & Med-Trans are a few who come to mind who specialize in this.) I would never want to work on a hospital contract......you are just a driver and nothing else. Plus, there's a big difference in priorities when it comes to working for a medical organization utilizing aviation versus an AVIATION COMPANY utilizing medicine to make money.

 

Hospitals are realizing that they don't need to own these big expensive helicopters and employ crew members when there are plenty of community based programs that bring them the patients for free! Why base a big helicopter at a Level I Trauma center in the city?? Anything local, an ambulance can bring in before the helicopter even gets there. Like Wally said, the community based programs are growing like crazy since that's where people need the service the most.

 

Check out that Brian Hudson site for pay.......schedules are all different, but the standard is 7/7 or 4/4 switching between days and nights every other hitch.

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There are some. Hermann Hospital in Houston, TX has its own program, and employs all the crews and owns the aircraft and 135 certificate. That is rare, though. Some programs, like Air Evac, have no affiliation with any hospital, being completely standalone. There are probably an infinity of variations across the country.

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