Individual will provide basic life support pre-hospital roles such as direct patient care, direction of other VIR members, incident command, and public education on the roles and responsibilities of EMS.

Work Functions and Responsibilities
Assume responsibility for basic life support pre-hospital patient care; including supervision and care of patients utilizing basic clinical skills and tools such as sphygmomanometers, stethoscopes, monitors, defibrillators, limited medications, and other associated tasks.

Perform independently in situations involving basic life support activities.

Direct others, while rendering patient care, including but not limited to EMTs.

Work seamlessly with emergency personnel.

Safely operate emergency ambulances, crash trucks, and other response vehicles in emergency response situations.

Follow all protocols of the Western VA EMS Council.

Provide training to basic life support personnel, and EMTs in training.

Assume initial command of scenes involving multiple patients and/or complex incidents.

Attend training classes per the Western VA EMS Council Protocols.

Assignments may be changed without prior notice being given.

Performance Standards
Maintain safe control of rescue scenes; fulfill the role of attendant-in-charge on basic life support incidents; accurately and effectively determine the nature and extent of illness or injury to a patient; administer medical treatment to and transport sick and injured patients to the appropriate medical facility; direct supporting personnel as required; effectively communicate with patients, bystanders, members of the emergency health care team, and media as necessary; safely operate emergency vehicles; perform basic maintenance of equipment; participate in and contribute to training drills; interact professionally with career and volunteer emergency services personnel; maintain appearance in accordance with agency guidelines; discharge all duties according to agency SOGs, WV EMS protocols, and OMD standing orders; demonstrate the ability to work under high stress conditions; implement incident command and direct the activities of all personnel on scene in the absence of a formal supervisor or officer.

Minimum Qualifications
Must be at least 18 years of age to function as attendant-in-charge in Virginia.

Must successfully complete FEMA training be including NIMS 100, 200, 700, 800.

Completion of a VAOEMS approved Emergency Vehicle Operator’s Course (EVOC).

Must have a valid, state issued driver’s license.

Must pass required VAOEMS background check, including fingerprint submission.

Special Requirements
This position requires that PPE such as safety vest, eye protection, gloves, and other designated attire and equipment in designated areas of risk.

Must be able to work in inclement weather (i.e. snow, sleet, rain, thunderstorms, etc.).

Knowledge/Skills /Abilities Required to Perform Satisfactorily

A. Knowledge
1. Knowledge of Agency policies, procedures, and SOGs.
2. Knowledge of VIR facilities
3. Knowledge of EMS laws, regulations, and ordinances.
4. Knowledge of local EMS protocol.
5. Knowledge of EMS principles and techniques.

B. Skills
1. Skill in performing duties required of a State of Virginia certified Emergency Medical Technician.
2. Skill in the use of tools and adjuncts associated with pre-hospital basic life support patient care.
3. Skill in operating Class 1,2,and 3 vehicles in emergency conditions
4. Skill in the preparation of computer based reports and forms.
5. Skill in dealing with people of various culture and ethnicities in a variety of situations.
6. Skill in working side-by-side with emergency personnel.
7. Skill in managing emergency medical incident scenes.
8. Skill in making appropriate and timely patient care decisions within the scope of local protocols and medical control guidelines.

C. Abilities
1. Ability to work, unsupervised, in high stress situations including but not limited to functioning as the Attendant in Charge (AIC) over patient care in Life Threatening Emergencies, Emergency Vehicle Operations in high volume traffic, and extreme weather conditions.
2. Ability to follow verbal and written orders.
3. Ability to direct subordinates.
4. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
5. Ability to maintain EMT and CPR certifications.
6. Ability to teach and/or participate in training drills.
7. Ability to work well with others.
8. Ability to lift 50 pounds unassisted.
9. Function in any other capacity as necessitated and within legal parameters dictated by the needs of the business or the current EMS call.