Volunteer Emergency Medical Services Provider

General Definition of Work

The Volunteer Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a non-compensated position that performs difficult service work providing emergency medical care.  Work is performed under emergency conditions and usually involves an element of personal danger.  Work is performed under regular supervision.

Volunteer EMS Providers do not perform fire suppression activities and typically staff an ambulance/medic unit.  Their service is limited to functions that are classified as Emergency Medical Services.

Essential Functions
  • Compliance with the Department’s Volunteer Minimum Training Standard Policy.
  • Responding to emergency calls; providing basic and advanced life support emergency medical services; transport of sick and injured persons, preparing and maintaining detailed record.
  • Volunteer EMS Providers participate in EMS drills and attend classes on emergency medical services, disaster control, and related fields, maintain skill level through ongoing training to prevent degradation of skills;
  • Participates in community awareness and public education programs; maintains apparatus and equipment in ready condition; assists in the inspection and maintenance of equipment and apparatus;
  • Performs a variety of administrative tasks as assigned such as: data entry and preparing activity reports.
  • Inventories, orders and stock supplies on ambulances;
  • Perform related tasks as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and techniques of emergency care, including diagnosis, proper treatment and transportation;
  • Thorough knowledge of the street system and geography of the County;
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with volunteer members, career staff and the general public; ability to keep records and prepare reports;
  • Obtain or possess and maintain certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) – Basic, EMT – Advanced or an EMT-Paramedic.
  • Ensure that all work is performed in a safe manner, following all applicable safety guidelines; work in real and potentially hazardous conditions to the extent of possible serious injury or loss of life; recall facts and conditions observed while under severe physical and emotional stress.
  • Learn and apply technical information pertaining to EMS; Work within a para-military organization and respond readily to directives. 
  • Service and operate EMS equipment and apparatus; perform necessary maintenance, testing and care of EMS equipment and apparatus; prevent waste and damage of materials, supplies, and equipment; perform general maintenance and minor repairs to station facilities; perform assigned janitorial activities and minor maintenance. 
  • Perform community service activities;
  • Maintain necessary records and reports, incident forms, and daily shift operation logs, to accommodate needs of the department including computer data entry.
Physical Requirements/Work Environment

This position will require that members wear and maintain appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as, but not limited to, steel toed shoes, safety glasses, gloves, N95 respirator or other designated safety attire and equipment in designated areas of risk.  Physical Requirements/Work Environment

This is heavy work requiring the exertion of 100 pounds of force regularly, up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects, and some very heavy work requiring exertion in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects; work requires climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting and grasping, vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word, and conveying detailed or important instructions to other accurately, loudly, or quickly; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels, and to receive detailed information through oral communications and/to make fine distinctions in sound; visual acuity is required for color perception, night vision, peripheral vision, preparing and analyzing written or computer data, operation of motor vehicles or equipment, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities; the worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, extreme cold and extreme heat.  The worker may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized PPE.

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