Emergency Medical Technicians – Paramedic (EMT-P) responds to emergency calls to provide efficient and immediate care to the critically ill and injured, and to transport the patient to a medical facility. After receiving the call for service, the EMT-P responds to the address or location given, using the most expeditious route, depending on traffic and weather conditions. The EMT-P must observe traffic ordinances and regulations concerning emergency vehicle operation.
Essential Job Functions
- Responds to calls when dispatched.
- Reads maps, may drive ambulance to emergency site using most expeditious route permitted by weather and road conditions. Observes all traffic ordinances and regulations.
- Uses appropriate body substance isolation procedures.
- Assesses the safety of the scene, gains access to the patient, assesses extent of injury or illness.
- Extricates patient from entrapment.
- Communicates with dispatcher requesting additional assistance or services as necessary.
- Determines nature of illness or injury.
- Uses prescribed techniques and equipment to provide patient care.
- Provides additional emergency care following established protocols.
- Assesses and monitors vital signs and general appearance of patient for change.
- Makes determination regarding patient status and priority for emergency care using established criteria.
- Reassures patient, family members and bystanders.
- Assists with lifting, carrying and properly loading patient into the ambulance.
- Avoids mishandling patient and undue haste.
- Determines appropriate medical facility to which patient will be transported.
- Transports patient to medical facility providing ongoing medical care.
- Reports nature of injury or illness to receiving facility.
- Asks for medical direction from medical control physician and carries out medical control orders as appropriate.
- Assists in moving patient from ambulance into medical facility.
- Reports verbally and in writing observations of the patient's emergency and care provided (including written report(s) and care provided by Certified First Responders prior to EMT-P arrival on scene) to emergency department staff and assists staff as required.
- Complies with regulations in handling deceased, notifies authorities and arranges for protection of property and evidence at scene.
- Replaces supplies, properly disposes of medical waste.
- Properly cleans contaminated equipment according to established guidelines.
- Checks all equipment for future readiness. Maintains ambulance in operable condition. Ensures cleanliness and organization of ambulance, its equipment and supplies. Determines vehicle readiness by checking operator maintainable fluid, fuel and air pressure levels.
- Maintains familiarity with all specialized equipment.
- Complete the Application for Emergency Medical Services Certification (DOH-65), including affirmation regarding criminal convictions
- Be Certified by New York State at an EMT-P provider level
- Communicate effectively via telephone and radio equipment
- Lift, carry and balance up to 125 pounds (250 pounds with assistance)
- Interpret oral, written and diagnostic form instructions
- Use good judgment and remain calm in high stress situations
- Be unaffected by loud noises and flashing lights
- Function efficiently without interruption throughout an entire work shift
- Read English language, manuals and road maps
- Accurately discern street signs and addresses
- Interview patients, patient family members and bystanders
- Document, in writing, all relevant information in prescribed format in light of legal ramifications of such
- Converse, in English, with coworkers and hospital staff with regard to the status of the patient
- Must be capable of utilizing all EMT-B and AEMT-intermediate/Critical Care skills and equipment
- Must be able to perform under Advanced cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS) standards
- Must be knowledgeable and competent in the use of a cardiac monitor/defibrillator and intravenous drugs and fluids.
- The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee frequently is required to stand and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move more than 200 pounds with assist. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
- The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and fumes or airborne particles. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, risk of radiation, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.
- Potential exposure to communicable diseases, blood borne pathogens, and airborne pathogens.
An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, race, color, veteran status, religion, sex, or national origin.