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EMTs and Paramedics are employed by Emergency Medical Services based at municipal, private, or hospital agencies, and by Fire Departments, both paid and volunteer. Depending on the size and scope of the service, the number of calls can range from a few calls per month to over 1.3 million per year  (such as New York City EMS responds to annually).

Private and hospital ambulance services hire EMTs and Paramedics to provide care for patients, not only experiencing an emergency, but needing medical supervision during transport between hospitals, to nursing homes, or to specialized diagnostic treatment facilities. Industrial companies also utilize EMT’S and Paramedics as providers of employee health care, and as sight safety officers. Some EMTs and Paramedics are employed in clinical sites such as Emergency Departments, Intensive Care Units, or as ‘home health care’ providers. The role of the EMT and Paramedic in sports medicine is a new and rapidly advancing practice.

Numerous 'specialty positions' exist within private and governmental agencies, such as, flight medic, diver medic, and tactical "SWAT" medic.

Texas Department of State Health Services
Functional Job Description

Must be at least 18 years of age. Generally, the knowledge and skills required show the need for a high school education or equivalent. Ability to communicate verbally; via telephone and radio equipment; ability to lift, carry, and balance up to 125 pounds (250 with assistance); ability to interpret written, oral and diagnostic form instructions; ability to use good judgment and remain calm in high-stress situations; ability to be unaffected by loud noises and flashing lights; ability to function efficiently throughout an entire work shift without interruption; ability to calculate weight and volume ratios and read small print, both under life threatening time constraints; ability to read English language manuals and road maps; accurately discern street signs and address numbers; ability to interview patient, family members, and bystanders; ability to document, in writing, all relevant information in prescribed format in light of legal ramifications of such; ability to converse in English with coworkers and hospital staff as to status of patient. Good manual dexterity, with ability to perform all tasks related to highest quality patient care. Ability to bend, stoop, and crawl on uneven terrain; and the ability to withstand varied environmental conditions such as extreme heat, cold, and moisture. Ability to work in low light and confined spaces.


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