Emergency Medical Responders (EMR) provide immediate lifesaving care to critical patients who require the EMS system. EMR’s have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide immediate interventions while awaiting for additional EMS resources to arrive. EMR’s also provide assistance to higher-level personnel at the scene of emergencies and during transport to the hospital.
EMR’s are a vital part of the comprehensive EMS response team. Under medical oversight, EMR’s perform basic interventions with minimal equipment. [From the: National EMS Scope of Practice Model]
What is EMD training and how long is the class?
EMD is a certification given by the International Association of Emergency Dispatchers (IAED) that corresponds with proven proficiency of Medical Priority Dispatch (MPD). MPD is a system of scripted questions and instructions used to decide who needs the most help the fastest and provides callers with potentially lifesaving instructions over the phone like CPR, Airway, Choking, Childbirth, Flood, Auto-Injectors etc. Certification as an EMD is typically a 24 hour course over 3 days.
What skills are needed to complete EMD training?
Interns must be able to type at least 35wpm with an 80% accuracy. Additionally they must have excellent listening skills, patience, willingness to help anybody, anywhere, anytime, for any reason, and the ability to simultaneously process information from multiple sources.
How long does it take to get my EMT?
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) will be part of the 20 week training. The EMT class is approximately 12 hours per week (3 to 4 hour classes) for 14 weeks (may vary). Classes will likely be held in the evenings and may result in overtime on top of the regularly scheduled 42 hour work week schedule. Interns will be paid while completing the course.
If I already have my EMT certification do I have to take the class again?
No, the EMT training the final phase of the internship. Interns with EMT certification or higher will begin a clearance process in the dispatch center instead of repeating an EMT course.
During my internship do I receive City of Austin benefits?
Yes, interns will have full City benefits including medical/dental insurance and retirement upon employment.
What is the starting pay upon employment for the intern program?
Starting pay is $15.08 per hour on a 42 hour work week.
What are the minimum qualifications for the position?
Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent and the ability to type 35 WPM with 80% accuracy