PARAMEDIC I

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DEFINITION
To administer Basic and Advanced Life Support and emergency medical techniques; to serve as Paramedic I on a Mobile Intensive Care Unit; to continue education relative to medical advancements; and to maintain ambulance vehicles and equipment.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Receives general supervision from the EMS Shift Supervisor.
Receives technical and functional supervision from the Paramedic II, III and/or EMS Shift Supervisor.
Exercises functional supervision over Relief Medic classification.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Render pre?hospital emergency medical care according to established medical protocols.
Drive Mobile Intensive Care Units to emergency scenes, transport accident victims and medical patients to hospitals.
Assist and coordinate with other emergency service agencies in rescue operations, motor vehicle accidents, and other emergency situations.
Perform a variety of emergency medical treatment services at the basic and advanced life support levels.
Employ safe lifting and moving techniques. Maintain ambulance vehicle and equipment.
Assist in training public on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) standard first aid, and emergency medical techniques.
Participate in public health screening.
Assist Paramedic II's in performing the full range of advanced life support functions.
Handle radio communication during emergency and non?emergency situations.
Perform the duties of a Paramedic II, when needed.
Perform related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS
Knowledge of:
Principles and practices of pre?hospital emergency medical care.
Medical terminology and abbreviations.
Advanced and basic life support and emergency medical techniques.
Techniques of proper drug administration.
Accepted Emergency driving techniques.
Basic vehicle maintenance.
All applicable local, state, and federal regulations.
Infectious disease universal precautions and decontamination of ambulance and equipment.

Ability to:
Learn the geography of local area.
Think and act quickly in emergencies, and judge situations and people accurately.
Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
Prepare concise and comprehensive written reports.
Work safely under hazardous conditions.
Be on call 24 hours when necessary.
Provide routine maintenance of vehicle and equipment.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co?employees and those contacted in the course of work.
Maintain sufficient personal health and physical fitness to perform all job duties.

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
A minimum of one year Emergency Medical experience and a High School Diploma or GED.

LICENSES, CERTIFICATES AND RECERTIFICATION
Possession of a Texas Department of State Health Services - Paramedic (EMT-P) Certificate and a valid Texas Drivers License. Possession of, or ability to obtain within six months, an American Heart Association - CPR Instructor Certificate, Basic Trauma Life Support Certificate and Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certificate. Each individual must qualify and be re-certified prior to the end of the certification period.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Must maintain yearly CE hours within current TDSHS guidelines. Must exercise professional initiative to stay current with new drugs and treatment procedure guidelines. Must maintain ability to carry out standing orders within Medical Director's discretion.
 
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