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First Responder

Company: Pro EMS
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: August 6, 2022

Job Description:

Job DetailsLevelEntryJob LocationPro EMS - Cambridge, MAPosition TypeFull TimeEducation LevelNot SpecifiedSalary Range$20.00 - $20.00 HourlyTravel PercentageNoneJob ShiftAnyJob CategoryHealth CareJob DescriptionPOSITION TITLE:First ResponderSPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES OF POSITION:The position of First Responder is currently authorized by a COVID-19 Related Waiver issued by the Commissioner of Public on March 20, 2020 (Waiver) that is currently in effect until further notice. The purpose of this waiver is to alleviate potential EMS personnel staffing shortages due to COVID-19, and to allow for use of first responders, as defined in M.G.L. c. 111, -201, and 105 CMR 171.000 (except for lifeguards), to drive ambulances and constitute part of the minimum required staffing of the ambulance. All persons hired as First Responders will be required to have successfully completed a Department approved EMT course and be actively working toward successfully completing the certification requirements for EMT. Failure to continue active work toward successfully completing the certification requirements for EMT as determined by the sole discretion of PRO will result in immediate termination.All First Responder positions are contingent upon the continuation of the Waiver. Upon termination of the waiver all First Responder positions will be eliminated.Upon certification as an EMT, the First Responder will automatically assume the position title of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).POSITION IDENTIFICATION:Reports to: Supervisory Staff Employees Supervised/Directed: NoneFLSA Code: Non-ExemptPOSITION PURPOSE AND SUMMARY:Under the Supervisory Staff (Field Supervisors, Communications Supervisor, Directors of Operations, Staff Development, CQI), the ideal First Responder (FR) will perform duties associated with providing emergency and non-emergency care and transportation to the sick and injured in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations, and PRO policies.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:Must possess and apply knowledge and skills necessary to perform the duties of a FR in a dignified and compassionate manner, including:Responding to emergency and non-emergency calls calmly, efficiently and promptly; Administering basic, and assisting with advanced life support, to patients at the scene, enroute to the hospital, and in a pre-hospital setting, in accordance with Statewide Treatment Protocols, federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and standards;Assessing the nature and extent of injury or illness to establish and prioritize medical procedures to be followed;Rescuing and extricating victims of accidents, sudden illness or entrapment using proper rescue and medical techniques;Treating patients at the scene, enroute to the hospital, and in a pre-hospital setting, in accordance with federal, state, local, laws, regulations, and standards;Communicating with professional medical personnel and treatment facilities to obtain instructions regarding further treatment and/or to arrange reception of patients to the appropriate center;Maintaining order at scenes, including crowd disbursement and restraint of family and friends; andCompleting patient care forms, insurance forms, evaluation forms, and all other forms in a competent and timely fashion.Must perform all job responsibilities in a manner that protects patient privacy:Expected to protect the privacy of all patient information in accordance with the Companys privacy policies, procedures, and practices, as required by federal [and state] law, and in accordance with general principles of professionalism as a health care provider. Failure to comply with PROs Policies and Procedures on patient privacy may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment with PRO.May access protected health information and other patient information only to the extent that is necessary to complete your job duties. May only share such information with those who have a need to know specific patient information you have in your possession to complete their job responsibilities related to treatment, payment or other PRO operations.Encouraged and expected to report, without the threat of retaliation, any concerns regarding the PROs Policies and Procedures on patient privacy and any observed practices in violation of that Policy to the designated Privacy Officer. Expected to actively participate in PRO privacy training and is required to communicate privacy Policy information to coworkers, students, patients and others in accordance with PRO Policy. Must possess and apply knowledge and skills necessary to perform the duties of a driver of ambulance equipment, including:Responding to instructions from a dispatcher and driving and operating specially equipped emergency vehicles to specified locations at a safe and controlled speed, in accordance with federal, state, local law, regulations and standards;Assuring that vehicles are in good working condition at all times, are properly maintained and stocked, have all necessary equipment and this equipment is in good working order at all times;Cleaning, organizing and restocking vehicles in a ready condition after each transport;Receiving requests for emergency and non-emergency ambulance service and other duties-related communication via two-way radio and other communication devices;Maintaining accurate records of ambulance equipment and other emergency equipment and/or personnel dispatched to each emergency and non-emergency request and other operation and administrative data as required to maintain the operational continuity of PRO and as directed by superiors;Handling telephone communications professionally and efficiently with careful regard to the divulgence of information;Coordinating requests for non-emergency transports in accordance with the non-emergency transport policies;Monitoring communication equipment to maintain contact with the dispatcher;Performing rescue operations; and Maintaining apparatus and equipment.Must perform routine tasks in and around the ambulance service building, including:Checking, restocking, inventorying and cleaning any apparatus operated by PRO;Cleaning, doing dishes, emptying trash and other related duties in work areas;Representing the ambulance service while on duty at public service functions, expositions, and other public events;Providing ambulance stand-by services at sporting events or any other activities designated by the ambulance captain; andPerforming any other duty related to PRO as designated by the Supervisory staff or dispatcher.Must also:Be a team player, as EMS is a team effort, and providers must provide necessary assistance to ensure system sanitation, readiness and adherence to quality assurance standards;Be flexible, as emergency services operate on a 24-hour clock; the assigned work shift schedule may vary and the incumbent should be available to respond immediately for a call during the assigned work period, and the start and shift times may vary due to the nature of the business; Maintain a thorough working knowledge of local geography, which includes maps, streets, and grid book systems;Maintain a thorough working knowledge of applicable current standards of care, including equipment functions and uses; andAssure that all certifications, licenses and registrations are up-to-date.QUALIFICATIONSEducational Requirements Must have a minimum of either a high school diploma or a GED as evidence of completion of a high school education, and must have and maintain current Massachusetts First Responder credential in accordance with MGL c 111 s 201 and 105 CMR 171.000.Certificates, Licenses And RegistrationsMust possess and maintain a valid driver's license, current Massachusetts EMT certification, American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer and/or American Heart Association BCLS certification, and other certifications as required.Minimum Experience, Abilities Required And Special RequirementsMust possess basic working knowledge of Windows computer, and be able to enter necessary data into a computer.PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITIONThe physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. The position requires significant physical strength and dexterity and the ability to function in very adverse environments with exposure to numerous safety risks typically found at emergency scenes. The following guidelines are used to describe the frequency of activities in this position: (Occasionally equals 1-33%; Frequently equals 34%-66%; and Continuously equals 67-100% of a typical work day.)STANDING/WALKING: Frequently to continuously when responding to calls. Optional while at rest. This usually includes: going to and from the emergency vehicle, getting patients from their locations, and rendering treatment. Most walking would be for short distances, as emergency vehicles are allowed to get as close to the location as possible. However, must also be able to run these same distances, in case of an emergency where time is of the essence. Walking and running may vary, however, as the patient may be located inside a large, multi-floored facility. Standing, walking and running could be on all types of surfaces, including but not limited to: asphalt, cement, concrete, soft/packed dirt, linoleum, wood, hardwood floors, etc. The individual must be able to go up and down slight inclines or declines that may be found at roadsides, agricultural areas, etc. At a location, standing would occur more often than walking or running. Standing would occur on the wide variety of surfaces mentioned above. Standing could last from a few minutes to hours, depending on the situation. Standing could occur in the standard erect position, the kneeling or squatting position, etc.SITTING: Frequently when responding to a location, the individual will sit in the emergency vehicle. The emergency vehicles are equipped with a standard installed vehicle seat. The time performing the sitting activity on a call would depend upon the specific situation. LIFTING AND CARRYING: Frequently required to lift and carry weights ranging from a few pounds to ten (10) pounds and above. Occasionally required to lift and carry weights scaled at above 100 pounds or more. Will need to lift and carry, with one team member, adult patients, lifting them from various positions (such as a bed or a chair) onto various patient movement devices, such as an ambulance stretcher, a stair chair, long back boards, etc., and then efficiently move them into an ambulance. Other heavier objects in the high range category would be 5-foot tall, 10-inch diameter oxygen cylinders, and medical equipment boxes. The oxygen cylinders can be made of quarter-inch steel and weigh up to 113 pounds. The medical equipment boxes can weigh approximately fifty (50) pounds or more.BENDING AND STOOPING: Frequently throughout a work shift the individual will be required to bend in a range of 1 to 90 degrees. The average situation will require the individual to work in a range of 35 to 65 degree bends. This would involve: lifting a patient, lifting equipment, treating a patient at ground level, sitting on a bench located in the ambulance. This activity may be prolonged and last up to 30 minutes or more. During any given call, the provider may bend and/or stoop 1 to 15 times per incident.CROUCHING AND KNEELING: Frequently. Crouching and kneeling may be performed when on the scene picking up equipment or assisting patients. The actual number of times this is done depends on the particular incident but may be up to 15 times for a duration up to 30 minutes or greater.CLIMBING: Occasionally. This is required when climbing steps up and down with a patient on a stretcher or other device, and when entering or exiting the emergency vehicle. Generally, the climbing would require lifting and carrying heavy objects such as a stretcher or other device with a patient on it. Balancing may be required when backing down staircases.REACHING: Frequently to continuously throughout the work shift in order to review monitoring equipment, operate communication equipment, administer oxygen, and operate equipment. May also be required to reach in precarious positions, such as in a vehicle, which has been crushed in an accident, or in other confined spaces. If working inside the ambulance en route to a medical facility, will need to reach to access the patient and supplies. Reaching will involve partial to full extension of the arms.PUSHING AND PULLING: Frequently. The activities that would require the most force in pushing and pulling is when removing or returning a gurney to the emergency vehicle, with and without a patient on the gurney. The weight required to push/pull will vary, depending on the weight on the gurney. Slight pushing will be required if the incumbent is performing CPR, which can require repetitive pushing and may range from a few minutes to hours. Pushing and pulling is required when operating and closing vehicle doors.HANDLING OR GRASPING: Continuously. While working at any given location, continual bilateral gross manipulation is performed in this position. This may be involved when: opening/closing doors; and using, handling, carrying and/or operating medical equipment boxes that may weigh approximately fifty (50) pounds or more, stretcher rails, various handles attached to equipment, and tools. The arm and hand must be able to perform al types of positions, including supination and pronation. Hyperextension, extension and flexion of the fingers will be involved, ulnar and radial deviation, abduction and adduction of the hand and wrist will be required. A wide variety of grasping will be required, such as cylindrical grasping, palmer grasping, hook grasping, tip grasping, lateral grasping and spherical grasping.HAZARDS: When responding to emergencies, can be exposed to dust, fumes, gases, fire, smoke, adverse weather conditions, and chemicals. Driving at speeds beyond the posted limit may occur and, therefore, the incumbent may be exposed to vehicular accidents at a higher speed than normal. There is also exposure to body substances that may contain infectious materials that could cause illness or death. There is potential for bodily harm or death from violent patients, bystanders, or other dangers.OTHER PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTSMaintain balance and strength in awkward positions;Speak clearly under stressful circumstances;Accurately communicate ideas orally and in writing in English;Respond physically with speed;Speak loudly; andGet along well with others.MENTAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITIONHandle a significant number of stressful situations, and be able to function calmly; coolly and collectedly under all types of stressful situations;Get along well with diverse personalities;Communicate with patients and others with empathy and respect;Create and maintain a positive and cooperative working environment in stressful situations; Work smoothly and professionally in an environment where teamwork is essential;Analyze and interpret difficult and complex patient care and personnel situations;Work independently with a minimal supervision for assigned tasks;Exercise sound independent judgment within general Policy and procedural guidelines;Anticipate and identify problems and take initiative to prevent or correct them;Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of personnel within the medical community, PRO, outside agencies, patients, and members of the community;Understand and follow federal, state and local laws, and PRO policies, procedures, and rules;Follow orders;Remember and apply concepts, knowledge and principles; andAppropriate deal with stress and maintain composure when encountering serious injuries or illnesses. DISCLAIMERThe information provided in this description is designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed within this position. It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and working conditions required of employees assigned to this position. Management has the sole discretion to add or modify the duties of the position and to designate other functions at any time. This position description is not an employment agreement or contract. QualificationsQUALIFICATIONSEducational Requirements Must have a minimum of either a high school diploma or a GED as evidence of completion of a high school education, and must have and maintain current Massachusetts First Responder credential in accordance with MGL c 111 s 201 and 105 CMR 171.000.Certificates, Licenses And RegistrationsMust possess and maintain a valid driver's license, current Massachusetts EMT certification, American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer and/or American Heart Association BCLS certification, and other certifications as required.Minimum Experience, Abilities Required And Special RequirementsMust possess basic working knowledge of Windows computer, and be able to enter necessary data into a computer.PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITIONThe physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. The position requires significant physical strength and dexterity and the ability to function in very adverse environments with exposure to numerous safety risks typically found at emergency scenes. The following guidelines are used to describe the frequency of activities in this position: (Occasionally equals 1-33%; Frequently equals 34%-66%; and Continuously equals 67-100% of a typical work day.)STANDING/WALKING: Frequently to continuously when responding to calls. Optional while at rest. This usually includes: going to and from the emergency vehicle, getting patients from their locations, and rendering treatment. Most walking would be for short distances, as emergency vehicles are allowed to get as close to the location as possible. However, must also be able to run these same distances, in case of an emergency where time is of the essence. Walking and running may vary, however, as the patient may be located inside a large, multi-floored facility. Standing, walking and running could be on all types of surfaces, including but not limited to: asphalt, cement, concrete, soft/packed dirt, linoleum, wood, hardwood floors, etc. The individual must be able to go up and down slight inclines or declines that may be found at roadsides, agricultural areas, etc. At a location, standing would occur more often than walking or running. Standing would occur on the wide variety of surfaces mentioned above. Standing could last from a few minutes to hours, depending on the situation. Standing could occur in the standard erect position, the kneeling or squatting position, etc.SITTING: Frequently when responding to a location, the individual will sit in the emergency vehicle. The emergency vehicles are equipped with a standard installed vehicle seat. The time performing the sitting activity on a call would depend upon the specific situation. LIFTING AND CARRYING: Frequently required to lift and carry weightsranging from a few pounds to ten (10) pounds and above. Occasionally required to lift and carry weights scaled at above 100 pounds or more. Will need to lift and carry, with one team member, adult patients, lifting them from various positions (such as a bed or a chair) onto various patient movement devices, such as an ambulance stretcher, a stair chair, long back boards, etc., and then efficiently move them into an ambulance. Other heavier objects in the high range category would be 5-foot tall, 10-inch diameter oxygen cylinders, and medical equipment boxes. The oxygen cylinders can be made of quarter-inch steel and weigh up to 113 pounds. The medical equipment boxes can weigh approximately fifty (50) pounds o

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