Honestly kid, I appreciate your zeal but the other member's distaste for some of your wild inaccuracies is understandable. To answer your questions, 1. Being a firefighter is a blue collar vocational job. The pay is mediocre but in some systems the schedule can be very beneficial. This, along with the fact that I have a civilian municipal government employer makes balancing Guard membership reasonably easy.
Secondly, contrary to your post, there is no state in the nation that requires what is known as a first professional degree for entry into paramedic practice. This includes Washington. Central Washington University’s Paramedicine Program is a one year certificate program. After completion continued education to the Bachelor’s level is offered but not required for NREMT-P certification or state licensure. Oregon is the only state in the nation to require a 2 year associates degree for state licensure, but even then a provisional license will be awarded to those seeking reciprocity from another state while they work towards their degree.