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Job Description - Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B)

Emergency Medical Technicians respond to emergency calls, provide efficient and immediate care to the critically ill and injured, and transport the patient to the appropriate medical facility in accordance with established medical protocols and procedures.


The EMT-B must:

  • Be able to function in uncommon situations
  • Be able to use good judgment and remain calm in high stress situations
  • Be able to work with other providers to make appropriate patient care decisions
  • Be a team player and willingly and cooperatively perform tasks and duties assigned
  • Be able to communicate effectively via radio and phone
  • Be able to read road maps and manuals, road signs and addresses
  • Be able to interview patients, patient family members and bystanders
  • Be able to document, in writing and electronically, all relevant information related to the call
  • Be able to lift, carry and balance; bend, stoop and crawl
  • Be able to withstand varied environmental conditions such as extreme heat, cold and moisture
  • Realize there are risks associated with giving care to the sick and injured
  • Be alert to possible acts of terrorism
  • Understand basic medical-legal principles
  • Function within the scope of care as defined by state, regional and local regulatory agencies


EMT-B job duties include but are not limited to:

Emergency Calls

  • Responds promptly to emergency calls for assistance.
  • Maintains control of the emergency scene.
    • Assures that all bystanders are controlled, and are handled in a courteous and efficient manner.
    • Follows the incident command system.
  • Assesses the patient’s condition and reports assessment to the appropriate individuals.
    • Accurately makes initial observations/assessments, reports to responding paramedic units, hospital physicians or to the incident commander.
    • Reports changes in patient condition.
  • Performs emergency medical care in accordance with established medical protocols and procedures
    • Performs basic and/or advanced emergency care to treat and stabilize the ill and injured at the scene of an emergency
    • Continues to provide such care during transport to the appropriate medical facility
  • Shows proficiency and is knowledgeable in the operation of basic and/or advanced life support equipment consisting of, but not limited to:
    • Resuscitation equipment
    • Suction equipment
    • Oxygen dispensing equipment
    • Automatic External Defibrillator
    • Other emergency care equipment carried on the vehicle
  • Performs rescues of endangered persons.
  • Establishes and staffs aid stations at the scene of large scale emergencies such as fires and mass casualty incidents.
  • Utilizes personal protective equipment in accordance with station and county general orders.
  • Complies with regulations in handling deceased, notifies appropriate authorities and arranges for protection of property and evidence at the scene.

Records and Reports

  • Records patient information accurately.
    • Discloses pertinent patient information to receiving health care facility upon transfer of patient.
    • Maintains compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
  • Completes records and reports as necessary.
    • Assures that all records and reports are legible, complete, and filed in accordance with established guidelines.
    • Once completed, forwards the reports and records appropriately and in a timely manner.

Vehicle, Equipment and Supplies

  • Performs routine vehicle and equipment maintenance
    • Cleans and services vehicles and equipment routinely in accordance with established guidelines.
    • Repairs or reports needed repairs to vehicle
    • Repairs or reports defective/deficient equipment
  • Complies with county and station infection control guidelines
    • Decontaminates vehicles and equipment in accordance with established guidelines after exposure to communicable diseases.
  • Performs daily, weekly, and monthly vehicle/equipment inspections and records appropriately
    • Replaces supplies
    • Properly disposes of medical waste

Public Relations

  • Maintains a good rapport with the general public and leaves a favorable impression
    • Conducts him/herself as a professional at all times
    • Maintains personal appearance in a professional manner.
    • Maintains a good working relationship with co-workers.

Performs Station Duties

  • Assists with station maintenance consisting of, but not limited to:
    • Cleaning of the bathrooms, kitchen, day room, bunk rooms
    • Emptying trash
    • Laundry
    • Grounds upkeep
    • Sweeping and mopping the bay floors

Maintains Certifications/Training Requirements

  • Meets state and county certification and re-certification requirements applicable to the level of certification.
  • Completes mandatory annual training and certifications consisting of, but not limited to:
    • Bloodborne Pathogen Training
    • Hazmat Awareness Training
    • Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Training
    • Fit Testing (N99 and/or SCBA)

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