Yeah, that is a pipe dream. Sure there are companies who may offer that but it comes down to money. Why pay to train an EMT when there are out of work paramedic willing to take the job?
corkemt, you have options mate.
The first thing to realise is that a good starting wage for US paramedics is about $18 per hour. You are not going to get rich or buy a house with that income. The top end for firefighter paramedics is about $70k which is still less than APs get here with far less than the 20 years of experience to get that $70k in the US.
You don't have to work in the mines. There are plenty of jobs on oil rigs, expeditions, security, maritime transit and in the Middle East. A mate of mine just got a job on Abu Dabi for €106k per year with a flat and his family. Oh, and that is tax free.
You asked about AREMT. That is a qualification that can get you work and is asked for in the energy and security industry. You can get that through the Wexford guys here in Ireland and the UK guys who go to Guatemala.
I would highly suggest that you look at the US paramedic. You can do that here in Ireland as well. There are now a few companies who offer the NREMT Paramedic in Ireland but the guys in Wexford are half the price of others. The two Dublin coys have not put boots on the ground yet so who knows. I even think that there is another NREMT Paramedic coy opening up on the west coast as well.
You need to think about what you want. If you can get into the HSE then you have 30 years of a career and one of the best paying jobs for paramedics. Even the UK doesn't pay their APs as well as we do.
If it is about money then the HSE is good. The offshore industry is good as well. If is about job satisfaction and you don't want to spend the rest of your career hauling drunks and old people around then the offshore industry will be the better option.
Good luck to you.
Pipe dream is it yeah? I've done my research and have looked into it believe me. How do you know there's Paramedics out of work over there? Even if there is it doesn't mean they're going to just take any job that's going!!