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Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue - Paramedic

Posted: 6/13/2022
Salary: $4,839.08 - $6,253.80 monthly
Location: Tigard, OR

Overview

You Can Answer the Call! Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue wants you to join our dedicated and compassionate team. We are seeking candidates from a variety of backgrounds and experiences who are ready for dynamic and rewarding work. 

The District's emergency medical services continue to expand in number and complexity. Ensuring we have the right person, with the right qualifications, doing the right job is essential to TVF&R providing effective medical care to the community.   
 
PARAMEDICS are responsible for operating a transport capable medic unit in response to emergency and non-emergency medical incidents and providing advanced life support medical care and transport of the ill and injured.  They perform emergency medical duties consistent with Oregon Paramedic licensure and District policy, with the principle duties to include preventing the loss of life from fire by way of emergency medical response and supporting fire suppression efforts. New hires in this role may be assigned to staff a day-time 40-hour Medic Unit or a 24-hour Medic Unit any day of the week. 

See the Paramedic recruitment flyer for more information.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 

The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to, the following duties and responsibilities: 

EMS CARE: Performs emergency medical services consistent with Oregon Paramedic licensure and District policy. Responds as part of a team to medical alarms, event standbys, and other emergencies and performs appropriate emergency medical service. Responds to emergency scenes and maintains radio communication with the Dispatch office, local hospitals for medical consultation, and other response units. Directs or provides advanced life support care. Drives apparatus as needed or assigned. 

PATIENT CARE REPORTING: Completes all reports by computer dealing with patient care as needed to record, and bill for, emergency responses and transports. 

FIRE GROUND TASKS: Performs tasks on fire ground consistent with training. 

MAINTENANCE: Maintains, checks, tests, and repairs assigned life support equipment and facilities. Responsible for equipment and station checks following District policies, procedures, guidelines, and safety rules as outlined in federal, state, and local regulations. Performs general maintenance work in cleaning, storing, and reloading equipment and supplies. Cleans and maintains vehicles and District equipment as well as assists in the maintenance of the fire station and fire station grounds as assigned. 

DISTRICT FAMILIARIZATION: Participates in familiarization of large buildings, verifies or corrects response aid information, and performs all other preparatory and maintenance functions as required. 

PUBLIC EDUCATION: Assists the public in education and fire prevention, including station tours, classroom presentations, and greeting the public at fire stations. 

OTHER REPORTING: Compiles, writes, and submits required reports by computer for emergency and non-emergency activities.

Additional duties and responsibilities include: 

- May be assigned to the Mobile Integrated Health and/or Critical Care Paramedic programs. 

- Assists in station clerical and record keeping activities as assigned. 

- Performs station chores, including laundry, floor maintenance, trash removal, kitchen upkeep, landscaping, and general housekeeping and building maintenance as assigned. 

- Performs fire suppression activities as directed and consistent with training. 

- Represents the District at community activities. 

- Conducts emergency medical classes as required by the District. 

- Participates in drills and attends classes on techniques and other emergency topics as mandated to maintain necessary skills and proficiency levels that are required by State and District standards for this position. 

 

Qualifications

EDUCATION

  • High school diploma or equivalent.  
  • Post-high school education or an equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred.

EXPERIENCE:
One year of relevant full-time paramedic experience. Relevancy of experience is defined by the following:

  • Recent: No greater than a 12-month gap between end of full-time practice and the application closing date. 
  • Transporting: Experience is in a transporting paramedic role. 
  • Call volume (preferred): Experience is in a 911 care system of comparable call volume to TVF&R with high unit hours utilization. 

CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSURES:

  • Must possess a valid Paramedic license at the time of application. Must also possess a valid State of Oregon Paramedic license by date of application and maintain license in order to perform the duties of a paramedic. 
  • Must possess a current, valid driver's license and maintain a driving record insurable by the District's insurer in order to drive a District vehicle. 
  • Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) certification, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)certification, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification (or equivalent) preferred.
     Critical Care Paramedic certification and/or experience is preferred. 
  • Community Paramedic certification and/or experience is preferred. 
  • Completion of educational coursework for NFPA Driver certification within first year of hire. 
  • Timely completion of OSHA and other required compliance training as detailed in Standard Operation Guidelines 11.1.10 (Compliance Training).

PHYSICAL  REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must effectively perform essential job functions under stressful physical and mental conditions. 
     Must put on and properly adjust personal protective equipment within specified time frames without needing assistance. 
  • Must perform critical, time-sensitive, complex problem solving during physical exertion in stressful, hazardous environments. 
  • Must understand a variety of fire suppression and prevention materials and information within scope of work. 
  • Must execute full physical exertion and mental activity at all times of the day/night in responding to alarms and emergency situations. 
  • Must remain calm and maintain composure when confronting stressful and emergency situations.
  • Must hear and orally respond to calls for assistance, radio communications, and all other calls as needed under all conditions which may include background noises in emergency operations.
  • Must be able to assist with fire ground operations within the scope of firefighter training for this position. 

See the job description for complete information and physical requirements. 

 

Supplemental Information

EXAMINATION

The examination to establish an eligible list for entry level Paramedic will consist of three steps. 
Step 1 - Review of applications for minimum qualifications. Only candidates meeting the minimum qualifications will advance to Step 2.   
Step 2 - One-way video interview. Only candidates receiving a passing score of 60% or higher will move to Step 3.  
*These interviews will only be scheduled if we have more than 48 qualified candidates following Step 1.
Step 3 - Onsite skills demonstration and structured panel interview.  Candidates must receive a score of 60% or higher for both exercises to pass.  Candidates passing both exercises will be placed on the eligible list.

 

How to apply:

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/tvfr/jobs/3568634/paramedic?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

 
ELIGIBLE LIST 
The score from Step 3, plus any preference points, will determine the rank order of qualified candidates on the list. This list will have a duration of up to twenty-four (24) months and will be used to fill any future vacancies that emerge during the life of the eligible list. 
We anticipate filling vacancies in the fall of 2022.  
 
Anticipated timeline (subject to change): 

Application review   Through July 3 

Invitation to complete Step 2 - video interview*Week of July 11 

Invitation to Step 3 - onsite skills demonstration and panel interview  Week of August 1 

Onsite skills demonstration and panel interview scheduled Week of August 8th 

Establish eligible list August 29th 

  *These interviews will only be scheduled if we have more than 48 qualified candidates following Step 1.
Per the labor union contract the monthly pay range for this position is $4,839.08 - $6,253.80 and new hires start with Step 1 salary of $4,839.08 per month. Salaries will increase 6% on July 1, 2022.
 
VETERANS' PREFERENCE 
It is the District's policy to provide eligible veterans with preference as required by law. Applicants must provide certification of eligibility for entitlement to the preference (e.g. DD-214 long form clearly showing discharge status) with the application submission by the closing date of the posting. 
 
TVF&R is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to attract a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve in order to deliver safe, professional, high-performance service.