Paramedic Job Description


POSITION TITLE: Paramedic (EMS-Paramedic)
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 and responds directly and safely to assignments; functions as an alternative vehicle operator, conducts BLS and ALS patient assessments; provides patient care while on-scene of a call and during transport; is responsible for conducting all invasive procedures if accompanied by a BLS certified partner; applies extrication skills as required; prepares patients under varying environments to be safely moved to the vehicle for transport; is responsible for cooperating with partners to provide for the safe and smooth transport of everyone on-board vehicle; unloads the patient from the vehicle, and transfer patient care to the receiving facility; completes required documentation, and prepares vehicle and equipment for the next assignment; this position is required to follow directives from the MDO, administration and Putnam County 9-1-1 Communications Center.

The candidate is expected to exhibit achievement and maintenance of high levels of patient care delivery and clinical skills performance; the execution of duties in the exercise of established Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital 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 the company
• Maintains own required certifications and IDHS EMS-Paramedic licensure, including current unrestricted 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 as directed by Operation Life guidelines, policies, procedures, general orders and requirements
• 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 company 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 the MDO, his/her designee 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 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 her/she 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 MDO, or his/her designee, 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 duties as assigned by and at sole discretion of administration


Minimum Qualifications
• Possess and maintain current, unrestricted, non-probationed Indiana Department of Homeland Security EMS-Paramedic licensure
• Possess and maintain current certifications in the following:
• Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
• AHA Basic Cardiac Life Support / BCLS
• Have high school diploma or GED certificate
• Possess and maintain current, unrestricted Indiana vehicle operator’s license with a driving record acceptable to our insurance carrier
• NIMS 100, 200, 700 & 800 or the ability to complete within three months of hire
• Maintain motor vehicle records in compliance with company policy
• 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 full-time independent practice experience functioning as an EMS-P providing Advanced Life Support (ALS) in a pre-hospital setting
• National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic Certification (NRP)
• 23 years of age


  • 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 on 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