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Effective immediately, we will be requiring Covid vaccination as a condition of employment for all personnel who are applying for a position within the Department.
The testing process for this position includes submittal of a City of Port Angeles job application and successful completion of the City of Port Angeles administered oral interviews and MPD paramedic testing process as well as successful completion of the Public Safety Testing written exam and CPAT. All scores are weighted, combined, and rank-ordered to form the eligibility list. Applicants must pass each portion of the exam to be ranked on the list.
Employees hired by the Port Angeles Fire Department are subject to a high standard of legal, moral and ethical behavior. In order to be employed by the Department, each applicant must pass an extensive background investigation, as well as psychological and medical examinations to verify ability to meet and uphold department standards.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the disqualifiers, please contact the Port Angeles Fire Department at 360-417-4650 and ask to speak to Derrell Sharp, Assistant Chief of Operations.
Nature of Work
- Provides a wide variety of specialized patient care and treatment options under the direct or indirect supervision of a physician or treatment specialist. In the event of life-threatening emergencies, provides care on own initiative to the extent authorized by Clallam County ALS Protocols.
- Works closely with partnering agencies to schedule field visits with clients.
- When not conducting Community Paramedicine work, may work as a paramedic as a part of emergency response crew, or may perform other duties as assigned.
- This position works a 40 hour work week.
Salary DOE: $73,124.93 - $99,453.86 annually plus benefits
This position is covered by the IAFF Local 656
- Reports directly to the Assistant Chief of Operations/EMS.
- While providing emergency patient care and treatment, paramedic is under the direct or indirect supervision of the Clallam County Medical Program Director.
- While providing specialized non-emergent care, paramedic works collaboratively with treatment specialists. May work under direction of supervisors within partnering agencies when doing administrative work directly related to the Community Paramedicine program.
- When not involved in Community Paramedicine operations, works under the general supervision of a superior officer.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Rides in or drives vehicle in response to calls for service; physically examines and takes history of patients; formulates plans of treatment and performs therapeutic maneuvers in accordance with standing orders and in collaboration with partnering agency treatment specialists.
- After consultation with shift officer and duty paramedic, may respond independently to 9-1-1 calls for service that are determined to be non-emergent situations with a very low likelihood of transport.
- If necessary, after patient evaluation, makes request for patient transport to an appropriate care facility.
- Conducts post-hospital release follow-up care including, but not limited to monitoring medication, dressing changes and checking vital signs.
- Observes, records and reports patient’s conditions and reactions to drugs, treatments and significant incidents. Develops and completes reports.
- Conducts patient education, including diabetes prevention/treatment, hypertension, CHF, COPD, falls assessment, injury evaluation, geriatric frailty visits and basic nutrition.
- Maintains emergency aid equipment; replenishes medications and supplies.
- BLS Evaluator, instructs CPR and EMT training.
- Makes public presentations regarding the Medic I and/or Community Paramedicine program.
- Attends meetings as requested when available.
- Performs routine duties, including maintenance checks and minor repairs to apparatus, cleaning and maintaining station facilities.
To Apply: Applicants must submit a City of Port Angeles application, cover letter and resume to the HR Office or on the City’s Job Center page (www.cityofpa.us/jobcenter). Application can be downloaded from the City website or picked up at City Hall. This position is open until filled.
Applicants requesting “veteran’s scoring status” must submit a copy of their DD-214 at the time of application.
Selection Process: Applicants will be evaluated on the qualifications and related experience. Only applicants selected to receive an interview will be contacted.
Knowledge, Abilities and Skills
- Must be certified as a paramedic by the Clallam County Medical Program Director, and be a Washington State certified paramedic.
- Knowledge of traffic laws, ordinances, and regulations involving emergency vehicle operation.
- Ability to memorize the geography, street locations, buildings and routes in the City of Port Angeles and immediate surrounding areas.
- Knowledge of FCC radio communications rules and regulations.
- Ability to rapidly analyze dangerous situations and take reasonable course of action; reacting quickly and calmly and to recall facts and conditions observed while under severe physical and emotional stress.
- Ability to deal with the public courteously and effectively; i.e., enforce laws and ordinances with firmness, tact, and impartiality.
- Ability to maintain harmonious working relationships with supervisors, co-workers, community partners and all City of Port Angeles employees.
- Ability to perform moderately complex mathematical computations and ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Computer skills and knowledge to allow interface and data access among a variety of platforms and partnering agencies. Working knowledge of Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
- Must be a Washington State certified paramedic. Possess and maintain a valid Washington State driver's license. High school graduate or equivalent.
- Must complete approved specialized Community Paramedicine training within 12 months of accepting position.
- Minimum of 3 years as a full time Paramedic.
- Ability to perform a variety of paramedic skills and duties. Ability to meet physical requirements shall be determined by pre-employment testing, medical examination, and subsequent on-the-job performance.
- As a condition of employment, all paramedics must be non-smokers at the time of hire and thereafter, on or off the job.
Employees hired shall reside within 30-mile driving distance to PAFD, Station 11, within 18 months from date of hire
Experience and Training
- Three years of experience as a Paramedic.
- A high school diploma or GED. An Associate’s degree in health services, Paramedic Technology, or related field(s) preferred.
License or Certificates:
- Washington Paramedic certification required within 6 months of hire date. National Registry Paramedics or Paramedics registered in another state must meet the Washington State Paramedic requirements and are responsible for applying for reciprocity to ensure they have a Washington State Paramedic certification within 6 months of hire date. You can view reciprocity information via the Washington State Department of Health website. A provisional license would not meet this requirement.
- Valid Washington driver’s license or, the ability to obtain within 60 days of hire date; must pass driving records check and, if hired, maintain a driving record that meets the City’s standard.
Currently, this is a grant funded position with a minimum duration of two years. It is expected that the position will be extended beyond two years and eventually made permanent.