EMS Specialist
Rio Rancho, NM
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Job Description

Position Title: EMS Specialist

Department: Fire Rescue

Reports to: District Commander/ Captain

FLSA Status: non-Exempt

Bargaining Unit: Fire Bargaining Unit

Pay Grade: 19F (EMT-Basic $21.56; EMT Intermediate $22.64; EMT Paramedic $23.73)

Job Status: Permanent, Full-time

Full Time Equivalent: 1.0


Position Summary

Responds to, medical, rescue, and other emergency and non-emergency events; takes appropriate action to protect life, property and the environment; performs various staff support assignments in addition to normal emergency response activities; performs related work as assigned.


This is a Safety Sensitive position subject to random drug/alcohol testing.

Education, Training and Experience - minimum required to proficiently perform the job

Education / higher education: High School Graduate or equivalent

Minimum number of years of directly related experience: None.

Education and/or experience preferences: None

Certifications, Licenses and Registrations

Driver's License requirement: Frequent Driver - Class E Required Endorsements: None

Note - For any driver, driving record must always meet City driving and insurability standards.

Required certifications, licenses or registrations: For EMT-Basic: EMT-B certification and current CPR card; for EMT- Intermediate: EMT-I certification and current CPR card; for EMT- Paramedic: EMT-P certification, current CPR card and current ACLS card.

Time given after hire/promotion to obtain certification or licenses: None

Preferred certifications, licenses or registrations: None

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required to proficiently perform the job

Knowledge: Principles and practices of emergency medical care at their current license level, rescue. Safety practices and precautions pertaining to the work; Basic computer report production techniques.

Skills: Principles and practices of emergency response; procedures, operation and maintenance of various emergency equipment; Applying pertinent laws, ordinances and regulations to EMS response. Office procedures, methods and equipment, including computer technology required for job responsibilities; Assessing emergency incidents, implementing appropriate response strategies and tactics; Maintaining accurate records, preparing clear and concise reports using computer technology; Responding to requests and inquiries from the general public; Developing, presenting and overseeing public education programs regarding fire safety and prevention; Operating a variety of tools, equipment and apparatus used in, medical and other emergency response.

Abilities: Understand and follow oral as well as written directions; Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of the work; Remain calm, make sound decisions, and respond appropriately and safely during emergency situations; Work shifts as structured by the Department; Work overtime as directed. Work harmoniously with a diverse group of people.

Interaction with Groups/Agencies/Entities: Internal: All staff in Department. External: Staff in other City departments, all citizens encountered.

Authorities and Accountabilities

Level of independent decision making: Minimal-incumbent primarily carries-out instructions and follows established procedures

Budgetary/Financial/Asset accountability: None - Position has no accountability for, or authority to make, budgetary or financial decisions.

Essential Functions

The following functions are typical for this position. The omission of specific functions does not exclude them if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment for this position. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Responds to calls for medical aid, Provides pre-hospital care at their current license level, including examining patients and monitoring vital signs, administers medications, inserts airway; defibrillator, Takes other basic and advanced first aid and life support actions; communicates with hospital and/or health care professionals in person or by radio; completes require reports. Restocks supplies and maintains emergency vehicles and equipment in proper working condition.

  • Maintains all current Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and EMS licenses according to New Mexico rules and standards.
  • Participates in services and ensures operational readiness of EMS apparatus, equipment; and assists with the maintenance of station and facilities.
  • Participates in various staff support assignments including but not limited to: inspection, maintenance of inventory records, scheduled inspections of department equipment and apparatus.
  • Works with the community in a variety of educational, public relations and service programs; may provide CPR training classes as assigned.
  • May direct the work of others, particularly in a medical emergency.
  • Prepares and submits various computerized medical incident reports.
  • Examines, screens, treats and coordinates health services for patients
  • Conducts post-hospital release follow-up care including, but not limited to, monitoring medication, dressing changes, and checking vitals;
  • Observes, records, and reports to physician, patients conditions and reactions to drugs, treatments, and significant incidents.
  • Conducts patient education, including diabetes prevention/treatment, hypertension, Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), falls assessment, injury evaluation, and geriatric frailty visits.
  • Administers patient care consistent with department protocols and physician orders.
  • Coordinates appointments and follow-up with physicians and hospitals;
  • Develops and completes appropriate reports and templates for the Community EMS programs.
  • Attends meetings as requested and available

Additional Essential Functions if assigned as a EMT-I:

  • As set forth by the New Mexico State guidelines for EMS scope of practice for Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate level, Rio Rancho Fire Rescue protocols, Standard Operating Procedures, Rules and Regulations.

Additional Essential Functions if assigned as a EMT- Paramedic:

  • As set forth by the New Mexico State guidelines for EMS scope of practice for Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic level, Rio Rancho Fire Rescue protocols, Standard Operating Procedures, Rules and Regulations.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

Daily activity level: Primarily physical work on a continual basis

Physical characteristics: . Job requires oral and aural communication; Job requires reading and comprehension of written materials; Job requires normal vision ; Must be able to distinguish colors; Must be able to see in dim light; Exposure to high noise levels; Fine finger manipulation; Grasping with hand, gripping; Keystroking or repetitive motion of hands/fingers/arms; Work activities produce impact on hand, wrist, forearm, elbow from vibration; Subduing/restraining humans/animals; Involvement in verbal or physical confrontations; Operation of gas-powered machines or equipment; Use of medical equipment (i.e., AED, give injections, bandage/splint); Bending/kneeling/crawling;Lifting/carrying/push/pull greater than 100 lbs.; Working while standing for prolonged periods of time; Walking long distances; Running while carrying materials/ equipment/ gear/ tools; Working more than 8 hours/day, including mid and grave; Working more than 5 days a week; Job involves driving most of the shift; Leading or participating in sports or recreational activities

Exposures: Exposure to biological agents, human/animal body fluids, blood borne pathogens, excrement or tuberculosis; Handling hazardous chemicals or toxic substances; Exposure to excessive amounts of dust, flying particles, toxic vapors, noxious fumes or mists; Exposure to vibrations from equipment or operations; Exposure to non-ionizing radiation sources such as lasers, welding, infrared or ultraviolet; Exposure to sharp objects including razor blades, teeth, finger/paw nails (incl. biting); Exposure to unshielded, live electricity; Working with extremely hot or cold objects; Falling objects could injure feet; Working outside in inclement weather conditions; Violent or dangerous situations that could result in serious injury, psychological damage, or death.

Extraordinary working conditions: None

Hazardous equipment/machinery used: None

Required personal protective equipment: Safety Glasses with
or w/o side shields; Safety Goggles/chemical splash goggles; Face shield; Breathing mask; Respirator; Latex gloves; Rubber gloves; Chemical resistant gloves; Ear Muff; Ear Plugs; Anti-vibration gloves; Protective clothing (i.e., bullet-proof vest, reflective vest, apron); Gloves (incl. Kevlar gloves); Safety boots; Steel-toed boots; Hard hat; Protective gear.

Job Type Full-time