EMS Captain

  • 508701

SUMMARY: Under general supervisor, directs the activities of one or more rescue companies in routine duties and on the scene of medical emergency or fire ground operations; may perform other duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Monitors EMS personnel in daily work schedule and routine station duties including maintenance of vehicles and apparatus.
  2. Maintains and enforces departmental rules and regulations. Writes performance evaluations and makes recommendations regarding personnel actions.
  3. Schedules and supervises company, field, station, and project drill activities for purposes of training and testing.
  4. Supervises and directs operations on the scene of emergency responses, including medical emergencies, fire ground operations, hazardous material spills and other special details and emergencies. Provides advanced life support and medical assistance.
  5. Completes and reviews division paperwork for quality assurance. Processes medical and other required reports. Issues, monitors and orders department equipment and supplies.
  6. Performs duties of Chief of EMS including supervisory and budgetary responsibilities when so assigned.
  7. Attends job related classes and continuing education courses to maintain certification and/or enhance job performance.
  8. Participates in promotional boards, committees, and tactical planning groups.
  9. Acts as Incident Safety Officer at emergency scenes and supervises the Quality Assurance Program.
  • Knowledge of purchasing and inventory control practices.
  • Knowledge of State, County, and Municipal laws ordinances, rules and regulations relating to all aspects of EMS; and general management practices and principles.
  • Knowledge of department policy and procedures, department medical protocol, City geography, hazards and water distribution systems.
  • Knowledge of modern firefighting/rescue tactics and fire department equipment and apparatus.
  • Knowledge of principles of fire prevention and investigation, laws and ordinances related to fire prevention, public safety and arson investigation.
  • Knowledge of principles of supervision and public relations.
  • Skills in basic and advanced life support procedures (i.e. medications administration, IV therapy, EKG interpretation, etc.).
  • Skills in directing and coordinating the activities of a fire or rescue company during fire, rescue and fire prevention operations and in routine stations duties.
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing and to supervise and direct the activities of others in routine and emergency operations.
  • Ability to rapidly evaluate and manage a variety of emergency situations, and assimilate and apply large amounts of information for fire and medical related activities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the general public.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed primarily in office, vehicle and outdoor settings, in all weather conditions, including temperature extremes, during day and night shifts. The employee may be frequently exposed to blood borne pathogens, communicable and/or contagious diseases. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use repetitive motions of the writs, hands, and/or fingers, handle, operate objects, tools, controls, reach with hands and arms and perform other similar actions during the course of the day. The incumbent must frequently lift and/or move moderate to heavy objects up to 50 pounds. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High School diploma or GED and twenty-seven (27) semester credit hours in EMS Management, Fire Science, Fire Administration or related field and a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible EMS field operations experience. Must have served a minimum of one (1) year as a West Palm Beach EMS Lieutenant with at least five (5) years experience in EMS field operations. Certifications as State of Florida Firefighter, Paramedic, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and emergency vehicle operator (EVOC) and BLS Instructor/Trainer Certificate are required. A valid Florida driver’s license, Class D with an E endorsement, is required.

Last revision date: October 2001
Overtime: Yes
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