Emergency Medical Technician Job Description


POSITION TITLE: Emergency Medical Technician – Basic (BLS Provider)
REPORTS TO: Medical Duty Officer (MDO)
DEPARTMENT: Operations


Prepares vehicle and equipment for service; waits for assignment from the Putnam County 9-1-1 Communications Center; responds directly and safely to assignments; functions as the primary vehicle operator; conducts or assists partners with patient assessments; provides or assists with patient care at the direction of or cooperatively with the paramedic while on-scene ; applies extrication skills as required; prepares patients under varying environments to be safely moved to the vehicle for transport; is responsible for the safe and smooth transport of everyone on-board EMS vehicle; unloads the patient from the vehicle, and transfers patient care to the receiving facility; completes required documentation as specifically directed by Operation Life guidelines, and prepares vehicle and equipment for the next assignment; this position is required to follow directives from paramedics, MDO, administration and the Putnam County 9-1-1 Communications Center.

The candidate shall exhibit achievement and maintenance of high levels of patient care delivery and clinical skills performance; the execution of duties in the exercise of established medical protocols, safety standards, company policies and procedures and common sense at all times; the demonstration of the highest degree of professionalism and customer service at all times, to the best of his/her ability

Individual Responsibilities
• Maintains high standards for health, safety, welfare, and ethical behavior
• Adheres to all policies of agencies, institutional and regulatory bodies
• Conducts him/herself in a professional manner
• Supports, interprets and complies with the philosophies of Operation Life
• Maintains own required certification and licensure, including current Indiana vehicle operator’s license

Primary Responsibilities
• Achieves and maintains standards of patient care and clinical performance in accordance with IU Health Methodist Hospital protocols; clinical care and medical control directives will be in the best medical interest of the patient and will be confined to the scope of practice for the level of certification as defined by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and/or Indiana EMS Commission
• Loads and transports patients from a point of pick-up to the vehicle and from the vehicle to the point of destination; this includes lifting patients to and from backboard, stretcher, or equivalent, and maneuvering patients through hallways, up and down stairways, and up and down vehicle/handicap ramps as required
• Is responsible at all times for the care and transportation of patients treated and for the accurate documentation and timely completion of all required paperwork
• Operates all company assigned vehicles under control at all times and in accordance with all federal, state, and local laws and ordinances governing vehicle operation; must also comply with approved Operation Life policy regarding safe and efficient vehicle operations
• Is responsible for appropriate responses to and compliance with all lawful Putnam County 9-1-1 Communications Center directives
• Follows direction of paramedics, MDOs and administrative personnel
• Maintains established standards of conduct at all times when working with physicians, nurses, public safety agency officials, other affiliated health care professionals and members of the general public
• Is responsible for the proper care, use, and appearance of his/her assigned vehicles and equipment, including complete and accurate daily equipment inventories
• Is responsible for appropriate radio transmissions
• Reports to assigned area on time and when scheduled to work as assigned with other employees; must work in a respectful manner with assigned employees
• Immediately reports to the MDO or his/her designee, any malfunctions of and/or damage to any equipment, whether or not the EMT was using or operating the equipment at the time of the damage or malfunction; responsible for accurate documentation of said incident within appropriate time frame
• Immediately notifies the on-duty Operations Supervisor, or designee, and the Communications Center of any incident not within normal or required operations; responsible for accurate documentation of said incident within accepted time frame
• Adheres to all policies and directives set forth in the SOPs, Employee Handbook, General Orders, IU Health Methodist Hospital protocols and other policies promulgated by Putnam County Operation Life
• Responsible for other daily, weekly and monthly duties as assigned by and at sole discretion of administration

Minimum Qualifications
• Possess and maintain current unrestricted, non-probationed IDHS EMT-Basic certification
• Possess and maintain current certifications in the following: AHA Basic Cardiac Life Support / CPR
• NIMS 100, 200, 700 & 800 or the ability to complete within three months of hire
• Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate
• Possess and maintain current, unrestricted Indiana vehicle operator’s license with a driving record acceptable to our insurer
• Maintain motor vehicle records in compliance with company policy
• Be adept with the use of map books, electronic mapping and be able to receive and follow written and/or verbal instructions appropriately
•Strong computer skills, including the ability to chart electronically and execute binding documents using a laptop, tablet or other ‘smart’ device
• Be able to maintain a positive attitude under a variety of conditions, and relate appropriately to a variety of individuals
• Exemplary customer service, documentation and interpersonal abilities
• Be physically able to perform job functions as described

Preferred Qualifications
• Have solid base knowledge of geographic service area, to include major street and landmark locations.
• Have one year of verifiable full-time experience functioning as an EMT-B with an ALS agency in a 9-1-1 pre-hospital setting
• National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians EMT-Basic (EMT) Certification
• 23 years of age or older


  • Physical Requirements
    Occasionally: Smelling
    Frequently:  Lifting 200 pounds, kneeling, stooping, bending, leaning, flexibility, multiple physical activities performed at the same time (carrying multiple equipment while pushing stretcher)
    Constantly: Hearing/listening, clear speech, simple touching, walking (inside and outside), pushing, pulling, reaching, sitting, driving ambulance, seeing
  • Mental Requirements
    Occasionally: Reading (simple and complex), writing (complex), memorization, analyzing, math skills (simple)
    Frequently: Writing (simple), judgment, reasoning
    Constantly: Decision making
  • Working Environment
    Occasionally: Works alone, inside, confined areas noise other hazardous conditions (human excrement, blood, urine, mucous, tissue, fumes)
    Frequently: Electrical equipment, compressed gases, extreme stress
    Constantly: Works with others, face-to-face contact, verbal contact with others daily, works outside shift work, extended hours, inclement or extreme weather exposures