Leon County pays employees a living wage of $12.00 per hour as a minimum hourly rate.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
This is paraprofessional work providing basic life support and transporting sick and injured patients. Work involves driving to and from the scene, providing patient care as directed by a paramedic and within the medical protocols and standards established by the EMS Medical Director, documenting activities, and providing other assistance as needed.
NOTE: The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
Checks vehicle for supplies and equipment. Maintains inventory control. Advises paramedic partner and logistics personnel of equipment and supplies needed.
Maintains vehicle in full operational readiness in compliance with state and division standards, insuring supplies, cleanliness, and preventive maintenance.
Assists in maintaining ambulance in efficient operating condition. Cleans the ambulance after each emergency call. Conducts medical inventory and inspection of supplies. Restocks the emergency vehicle with regard to supplies and equipment.
Receives dispatch instructions by radio or telephone. Communicates over radio and telephone with dispatch operations, hospital staff, and representatives of other public safety organizations.
Operates an ambulance expeditiously and safely through traffic in accordance with defensive driving techniques and various weather conditions. Adheres to traffic regulations governing emergency vehicle operation. Drives the emergency vehicle to and from accident scenes and hospitals.
Assists paramedics in establishing priority for emergency care; initiates basic life support procedures according to established standing orders and medical protocols.
Follows and performs work consistent with Standard Operating Guidelines, standing orders and medical protocols.
Communicates effectively with patients, family members, bystanders, team members, public safety staff, first responders, dispatchers, and radio operators.
Assesses patient condition. Administers a variety of basic life support medical treatments accurately and as rapidly as possible, using techniques such as patient assessment, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), splinting, obstetrical assistance, bandaging, administration of oxygen, and other techniques described in the Emergency Medical Technician Basic Training Course curriculum. Uses other techniques which have been approved and are performed under conditions specified by rules of the Florida Department of Health, including but not limited to EMT intra-venous (IV) procedures.
Administers emergency care while transporting patient in ambulance. Assists paramedic in delivering patient to emergency room.
Completes required forms and reports, documenting patient care and other matters as required.
Attends seminars, workshops and training sessions as required.
Provides for the security of controlled substances and witnesses the proper disposal of controlled substances.
When assigned, provides facility-to-facility transports, both locally and outside of Leon County, Florida.
OTHER IMPORTANT OR MARGINAL DUTIES
Assists with community events such as educating the public on injury prevention, bicycle safety, car seat safety, emergency medical procedures and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
Performs miscellaneous duties and administrative tasks such as facility cleaning, general housekeeping, and scheduling maintenance.
May be required to be on twenty-four hour call and/or regularly work on various shifts, weekends, and/or holidays as deemed necessary.
In the event of a declared state of emergency, employees in this classification may be called to work during days or hours other than those for which they are regularly scheduled.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Independent judgment is required in the application of medical services in accordance to established standards. Employee must apply principles of emergency medicine and common sense understanding to carry out detailed and involved written or oral instructions. Employee must comprehend and interpret information received and observed.
Duties range from defined to somewhat defined and involves judgment and the application of established standards. Supervised by Charge Paramedic.
Supervision of Others
INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL CUSTOMER CONTACT
Work requires interaction with the sick and injured medical staff, and public safety staff.
EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS USED
Rescue vehicle, stretcher, and medical equipment.
WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Work is performed indoors and outdoors. Work environmental factors include exposure to adverse weather conditions including rain, heat, cold, wind, et cetera. May work in conditions of poor lighting and high levels of noise. May be exposed to moving mechanical parts. Work involves risk of infection or contamination from injured people, hostile/violent individuals, toxic or caustic chemicals. Physical demands require lifting in excess of 100 pounds. Physical demands include climbing, balancing, stooping, crawling, bending, kneeling, walking, sitting, or standing for prolong periods of time. Employee must use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms. Employee must communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Motor coordination is required to safely walk and carry equipment and patients over even and uneven terrain. Work involves working in areas of limited mobility including an ambulance.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of emergency medical service and basic life support of the sick and injured.
Knowledge of the proper handling, containment, and disposal of bio-hazardous medical waste.
Knowledge of emergency medical equipment and telecommunication devices.
Knowledge of traffic regulations governing emergency vehicle operation.
Knowledge of highways, roads, and streets of the City and County.
Knowledge of rules for effective written and spoken English communications.
Skill in operating an emergency vehicle expeditiously, safely and defensively.
Skill in the use of radio equipment.
Skill in applying appropriate medical techniques.
Ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions.
Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.
Ability to maintain a courteous and professional demeanor.
Ability to lift/push/carry in excess of 100 pounds.
Ability to make accurate assessments of injuries or physical trauma.
Ability to properly set-up and use equipment as directed by Paramedic.
Ability to maneuver an emergency vehicle/ambulance expeditiously and safely through traffic.
Ability to deal with a variety of sick, injured, and hysterical/violent individuals from various socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.
Ability to maintain thorough medical records.
Ability to prepare verbal and written reports.
Ability to distinguish color and shades of color.
Ability to keep patient information confidential.
Ability to maintain certification and training.
Ability to maintain a good driving record.
Ability to work varying hours.
Ability to use tact and empathy in dealing with a variety of patients, many of whom are emotionally upset.
Ability to maintain composure in stressful situations and use good judgment.
Ability to maintain the skill, physical strength, agility, and emotional stability to handle emergency treatments and to lift patients and equipment in and out of ambulance.
Ability to follow and understand protocols.
Requires a high school diploma or an equivalent, and successful completion of the Field Training Program and approval of the Leon County Medical Director.
An AA degree is preferred.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
Must possess and maintain throughout the term of employment the following:
1.Current Florida EMT Certification.
2.Current certificate indicating successful completion of American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) for Health Care Providers, or an equivalent that is acceptable to Leon County.
3.Current certificate indicating successful completion of 16 hour EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operator's Course) recognized by Florida Department of Health.
4.Florida Class E Driver's License, or equivalent accepted by the State of Florida, and a favorable driving record. Must present a valid Florida Department of Motor Vehicles driver transcript at the time of hire.
5.Current certificate indicating successful completion of American Heart Association Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS), or an equivalent that is acceptable to Leon County.
6.Current certificate indicating successful completion of EMT intra-venous (IV) technician course and approval from Medical Director to perform IVs.
7.Current certificate indicating successful completion of basic cardiac monitoring course that is acceptable to Leon County.
Must possess or successfully complete, within three months of hire, the following Incident Command Systems (ICS) Training Courses and maintain such ICS certifications throughout the term of employment:
1.IS-100 –Introduction to the Incident Command System
2.IS-200 – ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
3.IS-700 –National Incident Management System
4.IS-800.B – National Response Framework
Must possess certification or otherwise successfully complete, within three months of hire, the International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) course, or equivalent course that is acceptable to Leon County, unless such ITLS course is not offered within such timeframe and the time of completion is therefore extended by EMS Administration, and maintain such ITLS or acceptable equivalent certification throughout the term of employment.
COMPETENCY PROGRESSION PLAN
Employees assigned to the EMT I classification may progress to the EMT II classification upon employee's successful completion of the applicable Field Training Program and approval of the Leon County Medical Director.
Employees assigned to the EMT II classification may progress to the Paramedic classification upon employee's attainment of their Florida Paramedic certification, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification from the American Heart Association or Florida Department of Health recognized equivalent.
If not currently employed by Leon County as an EMT I, formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; pre-employment physical fitness test, physical exam, drug testing, and background checks.
FLSA STATUS: Position is Non-Exempt. This is para-professional work providing basic life support and transporting sick and injured.
Leon County Government offers an extensive benefit package for FULL TIME employees. EXECUTIVE LEVEL employee benefits are determined through contract negotiations. Below are some of the highlights.
- Medical Insurance-Employer and Employee Contributions
- Voluntary Dental Insurance
- Voluntary Vision Insurance
- Flexible Spending Accounts
- Group Term Life Insurance-Employer Paid
- Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance
- Voluntary Long Term Disability Insurance
- Voluntary Legal Insurance
- Voluntary Individual Insurance Coverages with AFLAC & Colonial
- State of Florida Retirement Plan-Employer & Employee Contributions
- Voluntary 457(b) Deferred Compensation Savings for Retirement
- Retirement Savings Match-for-employees earning less than $50,000
- Annual Leave Accrual
- Sick Leave Accrual
- 3 Personal Days
- Paid Parental Leave
- Tuition Assistance Program
- Employee Assistance Program
- Loans At Work Program