This position provides a range of emergency basic life support services (BLS) and advanced life support services (ALS) to persons who, as a result of illness or trauma, require such services. Work is carried out under stressful conditions and must be performed to protocols established by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Services Systems governing EMT-Paramedics. The EMT-Paramedic I primary provides medical care and treatment to individuals critically ill and/or injured due to fire, motorized conveyance and other accidents or rescue situations.
Within the first year of appointment, probationary Paramedics are required to successfully complete and obtain National Professional Qualification Board "Protective Envelope" and Foam and/or "Firefighter"
- Provide compassionate, responsive and accurate customer service.
- Respond to calls for emergency services.
- Under the direct supervision of the Jurisdictional Medical Director, shall provide BLS and/or ALS services including assessment, treatment and accompany persons to area hospitals that are at risk of serious injury or death as a result of illness, injury, or serious trauma.
- Assesses the effect of treatment provided to a victim/patient; establishes appropriate level of contact with Medical Control to discuss ongoing and/or further treatment, as necessary. Interprets physician’s instructions regarding treatment.
- Assesses the condition of a victim/patient, records significant conditions and reactions, and notifies physician of a victim’s/patient’s condition and reaction to interventions, treatments and other significant incidents.
- May act as team leader, in doing so, analyzes the situation presented, determines safety precautions necessary (including those for communicable diseases) and evaluates victim/patient needs to provide appropriate patient treatment.
- Accurately and quickly communicate findings to crew, dispatcher and medical control.
- May be called to assist more than one person at a time. In such situations, conducts victim/patient assessment(s), assigning a priority to each victim/patient (triage). Also communicates treatment, care and transport plans to the appropriate medical facility, according to policies and EMS standards, and to the crew.
- Prepare and maintain records of administration of all emergency care administered through preparation of hard copy reports and entry of data into personal computer.
- Inspect and perform routine maintenance or minor repairs on emergency vehicles and equipment to insure availability in case of emergency.
- Participate and provide continuous education and training.
- Answer, respond to, or re-direct telephone calls.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Job Responsibilities Related to HIPAA Compliance
- The incumbent is expected to protect the privacy and security of all protected health information (PHI) and electronic PHI (e-PHI) in accordance with the Department’s privacy and security policies, procedures, and practices, as required by federal [and state] law, and in accordance with general principles of professionalism as a health care provider. Failure to comply with the Department’s policies and procedures regarding the privacy and security of PHI and e-PHI may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment or of membership or association with the County.
- The incumbent may access PHI and e-PHI only to the extent that is necessary to complete your job duties. The incumbent may only share such information with those who have a need to know specific patient information you have in your possession to complete their job responsibilities related to treatment, payment, or other department operations.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- High school diploma or general education degree (GED).
- A minimum of 1 year experience as an Emergency Medical Service provider within a 911 system preferred, but not required.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS
- Possession of a Maryland Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic License or the ability to obtain such a license prior to appointment by the Commissioners of Queen Anne’s County.
- Possession of a Class C Maryland Motor Vehicle Operator’s License, or the ability to obtain such a license within thirty (30) days of appointment to position by the Commissioners of Queen Anne’s County.
Completion of the following courses is preferred prior to appointment and is mandatory during employee orientation:
- Emergency Vehicle Operator II
- National Incident Management System IS 800, IS 700, IS 100, and IS 200
Completion of the following courses is preferred prior to appointment and is mandatory 1-year post appointment:
- Responder to Hazardous Materials Incidents – Operational Level
- Basic Trauma Life Support (Advanced) or Advanced Prehospital Trauma Life Support
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support or Pediatric Education for Pre-hospital Providers
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Ability to operate basic and advanced medical equipment efficiently.
- Thoroughly conversant with the English language. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals, medical protocols and procedures, statutes, procedures, and governmental regulations. Ability to write reports and business correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from other health care providers, supervisors, managers, clients, and the general public.
- Ability to calculate figures and amounts, such as proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.
- Ability to apply principles of logical and scientific thinking to a wide range of practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.) in its most difficult phases. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.
- Ability to safely operate emergency response vehicles. Ability to read, interpret and apply information presented on maps to locate incident scenes.
- Ability to effectively and courteously communicate with general public, other health care providers, and other County employees.
- Ability to use radio communication and telecommunication equipment effectively.
- Ability to use personal computers for purposes of word processing and data input.
- Regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, manipulate or feel medical equipment objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear. Frequently required to sit, climb or balance, run, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Occasionally required to stand, walk while carrying weight, jump from a height of two feet, crawl and smell.
- Must frequently lift and/or move people or objects weighing more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
- Accommodations may be made for some of these physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodation.
- Work is performed in a variety of conditions and often outside. Occasionally work near moving mechanical parts; in high, precarious places; and outside weather conditions and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.
- Involves exposure to heat, cold, dirt and other very unpleasant conditions. An employee in this class is exposed to the risk of serious injury, requiring the use of protective clothing and the strict observance of safety precautions and procedures.
- The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate; however, on occasion, is very loud when exposed to sirens, air or gasoline operated equipment, and helicopter engine noise.
- Many hazards are involved, both in driving to the locations of emergency incidents and at the scenes of the emergency incidents. These include, but are not limited to, working in elevated and/or confined places, exposure to toxic atmospheres, weather extremes, and the extreme heat caused by fires.
- Exposure to various illnesses and diseases; exposure to physically threatening victims/patients or other individuals. Exposure to bodily fluids, bloodborne and airborne diseases, viruses, and other communicable diseases. Exposure to extremely unhealthy and/or physically dangerous living conditions at victim’s/patient’s dwellings, including lack of electricity or extremely limited lighting.
Location/Region: Centreville, MD