EMT Paramedic



JOB CODE: 1924

PAY GRADE: 1201

SALARY RANGE: $37,293 - $63,488

LOCATION OF WORK
Emergency Medical Services

GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Under the general supervision of an EMS Shift Supervisor, performs responsible technical medical work of an advanced paraprofessional nature in the emergency care and treatment of sickness and accident victims. Work is performed under conditions of extreme pressure and duress. Employees may supervise subordinate EMT's engaged in field emergency work. Performs other work as requested.

ESSENTIAL WORK TASKS
Administers advanced first aid and treatment to sick or injured patients at the scene of the injury or en route to a hospital as needed. Administers advanced life support procedures such as endotracheal and esophageal intubation, drug and intravenous therapy, and cardiac defibrillation. Completes patient run reports whether patient is transported or not; also completes patient billing and insurance forms. Recognizes and interprets vital signs and reports them accurately to a physician to enable the physician to make medical judgments. Administers prescribed treatments performing such activities as application of splints, administration of oxygen or intravenous injections, treatment of wounds and abrasions, and administration of CPR. Extricates accident victims from damaged motor vehicles. Drives an emergency vehicle as required; performs emergency vehicle equipment inventory and maintenance.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of paraprofessional emergency medical practices and techniques of the basic and advanced life support level. Knowledge of the occupational hazards associated with emergency medical work. Ability to remain calm, tactful, and professional while dealing with injured or sick patients and their families. Ability to identify emergency medical situations and administer appropriate medical treatment in order to stabilize the patient's condition. Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written medical instructions. Ability to supervise the work of subordinates in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale. Ability to obtain a Louisiana Commercial driver's license if necessary. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATIONAL AND EXPERIENCE
High school diploma, GED, HiSET, or equivalent certificate of competency, supplemented by completion of an approved EMT Paramedic course.

SUBSTITUTIONS
Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

CERTIFICATIONS / LICENSES / REGISTRATIONS
(Unless otherwise specified below, must possess at the time of appointment and must be maintained current throughout employment in this classification.) Registration as an Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, and certification by Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.

OTHER JOB ASPECTS
None.


NOTE:
The work examples described in this specification are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from job performance requirements if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the job.