About the Job
Paramedics are the primary provider of prompt, compassionate, and clinically excellent emergency medical care to the sick and injured citizens of and visitors to Wake County.
Paramedics are responsible for the operation of emergency vehicles, biomedical equipment and other equipment necessary to provide patient and situational assessment, treatment and transport in an emergency setting. Paramedics are required to effectively interact and communicate with individuals and groups of individuals from all education levels, cultural backgrounds, belief structures, and states of health. Paramedics are also responsible for performing routine cleaning and basic maintenance of equipment, facilities and vehicles. They will also participate in community outreach and public education opportunities.
A successful candidate is someone with a high level of communication and problem solving skills that either currently holds a North Carolina Paramedic certification or is eligible to receive a North Carolina paramedic certification. This candidate is expected to understand scene management and be able to effectively operate within an Incident Command System. The successful candidate will also be able to demonstrate the ability to calmly and effectively work in high stress and emotionally charged situations.
• Perform advanced life support skills utilizing liberal standing order protocols to guide patient care
• Provide comfort and compassion to patients and family
• Interview and assess patients, family members and bystanders to assist in the development of a patient care plan
• Lift and carry equipment, stretchers and patients to facilitate response to and transport of patients
• Safely and respectfully operate an emergency vehicle
• Respond to requests for service whenever and wherever needed to include all times of day and all types of weather
• Complete documentation through patient care reporting systems, electronic and paper based logs, reporting software and databases
• Effectively and efficiently utilize technology such as in-vehicle navigation, laptop computers, biomedical equipment, computer aided dispatch, online education portals, high-fidelity simulators, etc.
• Regularly inventory and restock equipment and vehicles
• Maintain cleanliness of equipment, vehicles and facilities
• Decontaminate and disinfect equipment and vehicles
• Effectively and respectfully communicate through written, oral and visual means with all individuals and groups of individuals
• Effectively work while wearing a variety of different personal protective equipment to include turnout gear, chemical protective clothing and respiratory protection
• Effectively work as an individual and as a member of a team
• Regularly attend and participate in training
Other responsibilities include:
• Participation in community outreach and public education events
• Participation in various department specific committees regarding decisions on protocols, equipment, vehicles, uniforms, etc.
• Precept students from paramedic programs locally and nationwide on their clinical rotations
All new Wake County EMS employees are required to attend a 7 week academy as a condition of their employment.
Those offered employment from the WCEMS August 2017 Assessment Center will begin employment in November 2017 and attend the Wake County EMS November 2017 Academy.Requirements
Certification as a North Carolina Paramedic or eligible to receive a North Carolina Paramedic certification prior to employment start date. A valid driver's license and a "safe" driving record required.