EMS Tips

Overtime: Just Say NO!

Or “No thanks.”

Or “Thanks for thinking of me, I am not available.”

Or “I am not available.”

Explaining the reason you are unable to cover an open EMT or paramedic shift is unnecessary and counter-productive.

An open shift is unlikely to be your problem to solve. Visit to read my advice on how to say no to overtime.

Say no to EMS overtime. Instead take a hike, spend time with your family or enjoy a hobby.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.