Polk County


Fire Rescue Paramedic (Part Time)

Bartow, Florida

(Fire Rescue)

*** Temporary/Part-time – No benefits ***
**This position may require a physical ability/agility test**

Pay rate: $17.00/hour

Pay Grade:99

Must have the physical, developmental and mental ability to perform job tasks, work efforts,
responsibilities and duties of the job illustrated. The job description herein provides for the
range of duties to be performed for this position. It is not intended to reflect all duties that are
required within this position.

Works as needed on a part-time basis up to 120 hours in a two-week period. Paraprofessional work
in rendering out of hospital life support functions, other emergency care and rescue services,
including support and backup of fire service personnel at fire scenes, accidents, and natural disasters.
Duties include the operation and maintenance of the ambulance.

Responds promptly to all non-emergency and emergency calls, including all fire services calls
involving structures and/or danger to life. Drives ambulance with due regard for the safety of all
persons at all times. Assists in extricating trapped victims and transports sick and injured persons to
treatment centers. Must adhere to physician's instructions, protocol, and standing orders. Observes,
records, and reports to physicians the patient's condition and reaction to drugs, treatments and
significant incidents. When responding to an emergency call or while transporting a patient, driver
may exercise the privilege set forth in chapter 316.051 (5) F.S.

Secures patient from movement during ambulance trip and drives with due caution to avoid any
unnecessary cause of motions that may be detrimental to the patient. Administers out of hospital
emergency, fire rescue, medical care services, and advanced life support. Under supervision of Fire
Rescue Medical Director or a physician, performs the following by protocol and standing orders:
defibrillate a pulse less non-breathing patient, administers intravenous electrolyte or glucose
solutions, surgical cricothyrotomy on adult complete airway obstruction, needle cricothyrotomy on
pediatric complete airway obstruction, intra osseous infusion on the pediatric arrest/trauma alert
patient, performs gastric/tracheal suction by intubation, endotracheal intubation, administers
injections, documents controlled substance use, and performs other procedures as allowed by
emergency medical service rules and regulations and/or by the Fire Rescue Medical Director. Must
comply with the Polk County Fire Rescue Blood Borne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan.

Operates radio communications with Dispatch, other field personnel, hospital, etc. Prepares and
completes required reports keeping information regarding patients confidential. Maintains and
insures that all supplies are available in sufficient quantities as required to operate an emergency
ambulance and that all equipment is operational.

Although emergency rescue work, including the administration of emergency medical treatment, is
the most difficult and responsible area of activity, a major portion of time is spent on training,
studying methods, techniques and organization of pre-hospital care services and on routine duties in
the care and maintenance of Fire Rescue Division property and equipment. Work involves an
element of personal danger and requires working on extended shifts. Participates in the on-duty
company physical fitness program. Performs related duties as required.

Knowledge of emergency care procedures, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and the use of life
sustaining equipment and practices. Knowledge of safety, comfort matters and methods in the
handling and treatment of patients. Knowledge of Florida safety requirements and privileges when
responding to non-emergency and emergency calls. Knowledge of Florida traffic and driving
regulations. Knowledge of and skill in defensive driving methods. Ability to become familiar with
the roadway/highway systems within Polk County. Ability to communicate effectively both orally
and in writing. Must be able to read, write clearly using rules of punctuation, grammar, diction, and
style. Must be able to speak the English language in an understandable manner. Must be able to
compute portions, ratios, percentages, calculate surfaces, volumes, weights, and measures. Ability to
work as a team player. Ability to support and back up fire service personnel. Ability to make sound
Using proper body mechanics, ability to lift and carry one end of a stretcher holding patients
weighing an average of 150 pounds frequently, with an upward range of 300 pounds infrequently not
including the weight of the stretcher. Ability to exert an excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally,
and/or in excess of 50 pounds frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move
objects. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for heavy work. Ability to adhere to
physician instructions, protocol, and standing orders.
Ability to physically and mentally perform a variety of various emergency duties under extreme
conditions. Ability to distinguish colors. Ability and skill to perform minor maintenance repairs on
an ambulance. Knowledge of all pieces of patient care equipment and vehicle operation. Ability to
relate use and care of such equipment. Ability to learn and follow the current Fire Rescue Practice
Parameters for patient care, as well as all Fire Rescue policies, procedures and Standard Operating
Procedures (SOP).

Graduate of an accredited high school or possess an acceptable equivalency diploma and possess a
valid certification card as a Paramedic issued by the State of Florida Department of Health or National Registry and must
possess the following requirements:

A. Must be at least 18 years of age.

B. Meets the requirements in Florida Statute 401.281 as this position may be required to
drive an advanced life support vehicle in the event of an emergency.

C. Must meet the following driving history requirements:
• Have not accrued 12 points within 24 months or 18 points within 36 months.
• Have not been convicted on alcohol/drug related offenses within 36 mounts.
• Have not been convicted of two (2) alcohol/drug related offenses within 10 years
• Have not had a suspension, revocation, or restriction due to moving violations or
alcohol/ drug related problem, including failure to take a breath test within the 36
months prior.
• Must provide proof of insurance when required to use their personal vehicle as part
of their daily job duties.

D. Possess a valid American Heart Association Basic Cardiac Life Support provider or
instructor card.

E. Possess a valid American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support provider or
instructor card.

F. Possess a valid Emergency Vehicle Operator Course Certification card or a recognized 16
hour course that is equivalent.

G. Must have a valid driver's license and be able to secure a valid Florida driver's license at
the time of employment.

H. Possess a valid Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) provider or instructor
certification. (Evidence of HandTevy Training will be accepted in lieu of PALS)

I. Possess the following National Incident Management System (NIMS) certifications:
a. ICS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System
b. ICS-200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
c. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction
d. IS-800: National Response Framework, an Introduction

J. Certification by the Polk County Office of Medical Direction to function as a paramedic under
the license of the Polk County Fire Rescue Medical Director

No comparable amount of training, certifications and/or experience may be substituted for
the above minimum state qualifications unless such an accepted equivalent is approved by
the Florida Department of Health.

Must obtain and maintain Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Criminal Justice Information
Services (CJIS) Security Awareness certification through the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement (FDLE) Employees hired into this position after January 1, 2013 must obtain and
maintain this certification as a condition of employment (provided if hired).

Applicants who have not been employed by the Polk County Fire Rescue Division in a Firefighting,
Paramedic or Emergency Medical Technical capacity will be required to produce documentation that
they have successfully completed a physical ability exam. The physical ability exam in not required if currently employed as a full-time employee (minimum 12 months) in a career fire department or as a full-time paramedic in an ambulance service that provides 911 response. The exam date can be no more than one
calendar year from the hire date. Either of the following is acceptable for this requirement:

1. A Medical Physical Ability Test (MEDPAT) from one of the following:
o Ridge Fire Academy
o Fortis Institute
o Polk State College
o South Florida State College
2. The Ridge Fire Academy Physical Ability Test (RPAT)
3. The Fire Service Joint Labor Management Wellness/Fitness Initiative's IAFF/IAFC
Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) from a licensed provider
4. The Broward Fire Academy County Wide Physical Ability Test

Must have a telephone while employed with the Fire Rescue Division, as employee is subject to
call in emergencies.

Must keep certifications and licensure updated as required for employment.

Preference will be given to those who meet the following driving history requirements:

a. Have not had two (2) failures to pay fines within 36 months.
b. Have not had two (2) seatbelt violations within 36 months.
c. Have not had three (3) lapses of insurance within 36 months.
d. No serious traffic violations such as leaving the scene or driving on a suspended
license within 36 months.

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