The following are the Eligibility Requirements for the position of Austin-Travis County EMS Medic I - Field.
Entrance Examination Eligibility Requirements: To take the entrance examination for the position of EMS Medic I – Field, each applicant must:
A. Make a proper and timely application, including all required eligibility verification documentation, on a form provided by the Department;
B. Be at least eighteen (18) years of age;
C. Be able to read and write English;
D. Have a High School Diploma or GED and at least one of the following:
Be a recommended member in the Austin-Travis County EMS Explorer's Post
One year of full-time clinical experience with certification in Emergency Medical Technician-Basic EMT-B, Advance Emergency Medical Technician AEMT, or Intermediate EMT-I, including Pre-Hospital, Emergency Room or First Responder
Two (2) years active U.S. military service with any certification (EMT-B, AEMT, or EMT-I)
Certification of an Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic or Licensed Paramedic
E. Have a Texas Class “C” Driver’s License, or equivalent.
F. Have a current Texas Department of State Health Services Certification as an Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate, Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic or Licensed Paramedic; or be eligible for Texas Department of State Health Services out of state reciprocity at one of the four listed certification/license levels.
How do I become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)?
There are 4 levels of EMT certification or license:
EMT- Basic Certification
EMT- Intermediate Certification
EMT- Paramedic Certification
EMT- Paramedic License (Degree)
You need to attend an accredited school that offers an EMT-Basic class, which typically takes 3-4 months. Our department does not have an EMT certification program, to apply for the position of EMS Medic I- Field or Communications you must already have a State EMT- Basic Certification or higher to meet the minimum requirements to apply. Most local Community Colleges and some Fire departments offer EMT classes.
The City of Austin offers tuition reimbursement for employees to pursue a higher level of EMT certification. The City of Austin and Austin-Travis County EMS does not offer Paramedic or Intermediate courses. There are promotional opportunities for Paramedics when we have vacancies as a Medic II-Field and you have worked within our system for at least one year as a Medic I-Field.