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Career Firefighter Paramedic Job Description

REPORTS TO:  EMS Shift Supervisor, Deputy Chief - EMS Operations Manager, Platoon Chief, Senior Platoon Chief Officer, or Fire Chief
DIRECTS: No Immediate Supervision of Personnel
  1. Certified as a paramedic by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to:
    • Perform pulmonary ventilation by the use of oral, nasal, endotracheal or tracheostomy intubation
    • Insert, in peripheral veins, intravenous catheters, needles, or other cannulae-IV lines
    • Obtain venous blood samples for analysis, but only for diagnostic and treatment purposes
    • Prepare and administer approved medication and solutions by intravenous, intramuscular, subcutaneous, intraosseous, oral, sublingual, topical, inhalation, rectal or endotracheal routes
    • Perform defibrillation and synchronized cardioversion
    • Perform gastric suction by nasogastric or orogastric intubation
    • Insert nasogastric or orogastric tubes
    • Visualize the airway by use of the laryngoscope and remove foreign bodies with forceps
    • Apply electrodes and monitor cardiac electrical activity including electrocardiograms
    • Perform vagal maneuvers
    • Use mechanical cardiopulmonary resuscitation devices
    • Assess and manage patients in accordance with the EMT-paramedic training curriculum approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health
    • Perform thoracic decompression
    • Perform cricothyrotomy and pulmonary ventilation
    • Perform central venous and intraosseous cannulation
    • Perform external transthoracic pacing
    • Access central venous lines and subcutaneous indwelling catheters
    • Perform all other ALS services that may be authorized by Pennsylvania Department of Health approved regional EMS council transfer and medical treatment protocols
  2. Possess and maintain a current, valid Pennsylvania driver’s license
  3. Drive, operate and care for assigned apparatus/vehicle
  4. Maintain, clean, and care for assigned station
  5. Participate in training for fire, hazardous materials, and related emergency services as directed and authorized by the city
  6. Participate or assist in emergency and non-emergency operations as may be required, relating to fire, emergency medical, hazardous materials and other related services
  7. Assist in public safety education programs
  8. Pursuant to Act 82, must remain current in continuing education as required by the Department of Health, or the medical director
  9. Pursuant to Act 82, must maintain all certifications, in addition to those required by the state, EMS region, or the medical director
  10. For continued employment, must remain on Eastern PA Regional full medical command with medical director endorsement
  11. Maintain a working knowledge of all fire department General Orders, Standard Operating Procedures, Rule and Regulations, and any other directives or policies concerning the work force



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