I work part-time as an EMT-B and am starting the EMT-P program in the fall. That takes about a year. That takes about 12-15 hours of classroom time and around 20 hours of clinical time a week.
My county is pretty strict and does not allow Basics to attend on anything except transfers, and does not even recognize Specialists/Intermediates. On top of that, my company recently made a rule (for insurance reasons) that we cannot even attend on those. Most medics are understanding of these limitations and let the Basic do as much as they can.
In addition to all that, a Basic can ONLY work on the truck if he or she is enrolled in the paramedic program. We have 11 ALS trucks, up to 8 or 9 on the road at a time (not including stand-by's or special events). There is another company in town who has 10 or 11 ALS trucks and 3 or 4 BLS just for transfers. In the south part of the county which is mostly rural, there is a service with 1 ALS and 2 BLS trucks. That is the only part of the county where the BLS crew can attend on calls, but only if the ALS is already out on a call.
Despite all that, I have never enjoyed a job this much. I actually look forward to going into work, and pick up as many hours as I can. Since I am only part time, I have limits on that due to being a full time college student and do not have a constant schedule, so I just fill in. This makes it hard to get full shifts, but this week I am working almost 50 hours with only 2 full shifts (12 and 14 hours).
We have a pretty even split of crews that are medic-medic and medic-EMT.
In Michigan we have four levels, similar to many other states. MFR
(first responder), EMT-P, EMT-S (specialist, same as intermediate), and EMT-P.
I did my training in the summer of 2002. It was a 6 week program (academy session, as they called it) through Baker College. Class was 32 hours a week, plus clinicals.
And with that, I need to get showered and dressed for work. Filling in so a new medic can take her PEPP course.
If you have any questions, I would be more than happy to answer them as I am sure anyone here would be. You can ask in this thread or private message. Good luck!