Hello. My name is Izzy Escort. Welcome to my web page. I am glad you’ve decided to join me on this adventure. The purpose of this website is to educate the general public on the world of EMS and Firefighting. The majority of people in this country have no clue as to what is going on behind the scenes at fire departments and ambulance services. There is a lot of things that people just do not understand and the mission of this website is to educate those people.
A little background on myself. I grew up in the St Louis area and went the traditional route of high school, college, get a job, and be miserable. Ha. I spent four years in Ohio obtaining my bachelors degree in Management Information Systems. Although, I had a great time in Ohio (…from what I can remember), I never felt that a job in information systems was right for me. I spent two years or so after college trying to find a job in that industry that interested me. I also worked part time for a tow truck company. Boy, that was an educational experience to say the least. I had zero luck. Rather than taking a job that I hated, I decided to point my efforts towards and entire new industry.
That’s right. The word of firefighting and EMS looked quite attractive to me. I have a family friend that had been in the industry for many years and he always seemed to be so happy…and rarely at work. Ha. Anyway, this friend, Fred, was instrumental in my decision to pursue a career in firefighting. He told me exactly what I needed to do to gain a job in the firefighting service.
Many people do not know this, but a vast majority of firefighters in this country are also licensed as EMTs and Paramedics. To be attractive to potential employers, it was crucial to obtain my paramedic licenese. This was no easy feat. Paramedic school takes roughly two years of classroom time and another 1000+ hours of clinical ride a longs and ER shifts. It was a huge time suck and pretty much took up all of my time for those two years.
I was lucky enough after paramedic school to land a spot in the St. Louis County Fire Academy. The waiting list is a mile long to get into that academy and I was very fortunate that my name came up in the lottery process. The academy took 10 long weeks and was right in the middle of one of the hottest summers in recent memory. Lots of sweat! Shortly after the academy, I was hired by a local fire department and have never looked back. The best decision I ever made was to enter the fire service.
I am looking forward to telling all of you some of the great experiences that I have had in the past 8 years. Also, I hope to enlighten some of you to all of the unknowns in this field.