Not at all, glad to be of assistance.
I think the key to completing Emergency side-missions (as well as all missions to be honest), is practise. I was terrible at all Emergency side missions aside from Vigilante (thanks to the Hunter
) and Paramedic. But then after quite a bit of practise, I soon improved vastly, and can now complete the Paramedic missions with ease, and can complete 20+ firefighter levels consecutively.
If you still wish to skip the missions, then feel free, but if you are unsure, here's a few tips to help you-
Regarding the Paramedic missions, there are three places to attempt the Paramedic missions from (although there are four hospitals), and these are; Ocean Beach, Vice Point and Downtown. The majority of people opt to complete the missions in Downtown, but I find it much easier completing the missions in Ocean Beach. Vice Point is relatively easier than Downtown as well, since in Downtown you often have to drive down tight alleyways, up the stairs of the stadium and also through Little Haiti. As you have completed all main missions, you know that the Haitians will shoot at you as soon as you step foot in Little Haiti, and because you have to stop for passengers on paramedic missions, that will leave you exposed to nearby Haitians, who will attempt to pull you out of your vehicle. Which won't only fail you the mission, but it will leave you facing a barrage of shots, and you could potentially lose your life.
Once you begin the mission, as well as being relatively quick, as you're against the clock, you've also got to be very careful. The first few levels are pretty simple, but when you get to the levels where you can't hold all the pedestrians in need of medical attention, the missions become tricky. What I suggest to do when you progress to this stage, is pause your game as soon as the next level is triggered, make a note in your mind as to where all passengers are, if a bunch are close together or far apart, and then un-pause your game and begin. If I were you, I'd go to save the pedestrians who are all close together, as that will give you multiple speed bonuses, and take a little pressure off of you, as you are constantly against the clock. Quite often in Ocean Beach, a group of three or four, and even five pedestrians all spawn about 100M apart from each other on the beach. This makes completing each level much easier than attempting paramedic missions in Downtown and Vice Point, as you will complete each level quicker. And if you're a bad driver, those extra seconds may benefit you, as you can then drive a little slower than you usually would.
I find Paramedic missions annoying because of the inability to get a re-spray, so careful driving is essential. I've failed Paramedic missions many times previously at the very end of level 12, because I wasn't careful enough. You've also got to be careful not to run over the pedestrians in need of medical attention. They are low on life, and one bump could inadvertently kill them. Changing to in-car view when you approach pedestrians, or dramatically slowing down upon approach will give you the best possible chance of not killing them.
The Firefighter missions, admittedly, are very difficult to complete. But, as long as you practise enough, you'll soon master them. Remember that you can rotate the Water shoot on the vehicle, and you can also increase the distance it shoots. I often make sure the water shoots extremely close to the Firetruck
, and then I drive right up to the burning vehicle/pedestrians and aim at them. Being closer, I can aim better, and if a pedestrian chooses to flee their vehicle, the closer they are, the easier they are to distinguish. Again as you progress levels it becomes considerably harder, and moving burning vehicles are a right pain, but providing you're fast, and accurate with your water shoot you'll complete each level pretty simply.
If you struggle with the water shoot, what I would suggest to do is practise on random pedestrians, without having the emergency mission triggered. Treat pedestrians like they're on fire, and hose them down. Vary the distance you hose them, and rotate the water shoot constantly. In no time you'll master the art of aiming! Then when you're ready, you too will breeze through the levels.