The Paramedic with the Ambulance service has the ultimate responsibility for the delivery of high quality emergency medical care to the sick and injured in the pre-hospital setting. The Paramedic must also be able to interact in a positive, professional manner with their co-workers, other emergency service agencies, patients, family members and the general public.
Patient care will be provided under protocols set by the agency's Medical Director and the paramedic is responsible for knowing and accurately carrying out these protocols. Skills that must be possessed by the paramedic include the ability to quickly assess life-threatening situations and provide appropriate advanced life support intervention for these conditions. The paramedic must be able to perform procedures including: the placement of intravenous lines, intubation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, 3 lead and 12 lead EKG interpretation, defibrillation, chest decompression and medication administration.
The paramedic must have a broad based knowledge of emergency medicine including both basic and advanced life support and a strong understanding of the appropriate pharmacological intervention in life threatening situations.
The paramedic’s responsibilities also include assuring ambulances are fully stocked and ready for service at the start of each shift, assuring all equipment is in good working order. The paramedic is expected to assure that their assigned ambulance engine fluid levels are appropriate for safe operation, all vehicle lights and audible/visual warning devices are functioning at the beginning of each shift. The paramedic is responsible for the safe driving and operation of the ambulance. The paramedic must be vigilant towards scene safety and follow all ambulance service guidelines regarding personal safety. All full time ambulance staff will be expected to take on a departmental project as manager or coordinator. Performs all other duties as assigned.
Required: High School Diploma or G.E.D.,
Valid Colorado Drivers License,
Current Colorado State EMT-Paramedic Certification,
Current Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic within one year of employment, CPR required by completion of the unit-specific orientation and before working independently.
Current ACLS certification.
Current PEPP certification for ALS providers or PALS Certification.
Paramedics will be required to maintain the following additional education;
a). Maintain department emergency vehicle operations standards
b). Maintain compliance with the standards set forth by the Department of Homeland Security regarding the provision of the National Incident Management System (NIMS)
c). Maintain Hazardous Materials Awareness level training.
B. Experience: Must be 21 years of age to operate department vehicles. One year of field experience preferred.
C. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Must possess a broad based knowledge of Advanced Life Support level emergency medical care. All ambulance staff must maintain a clean driving record as defined by the standards set forth by our insurance carrier. The paramedic must be able to perform the physical tasks required of the job. Ability to work well with others is a necessity. The ideal paramedic will also have an enthusiastic attitude towards the position and the emergency medical services field. This job may require the employee to be responsible for the assessment, treatment, or care of patients of all ages, including neonate, child, adolescent, and geriatric. Consequently, the employee must be competent in the interpretation of a patient's self-report or behavior, and this information must be interpreted with an understanding of the cognitive, physical, emotional and chronological maturation process. The treatment of patients should be individualized and should reflect an understanding of the developmental needs and range of treatment needs for each patient.