EMS Lieutenant

  • 508709

SUMMARY: Under limited supervision, directs and supervises a rescue company both in the station and in the field; performs both basic life support and advanced life support in emergency rescue situations; performs fire suppression and prevention duties; and 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. Supervises crew of rescue unit during responses to emergency calls. Performs advanced and basic life support procedures. Under a physician’s directions, provides treatment or directs response team in the administration of medications, intravenous solutions, respiratory assistance, EKG monitoring, telemetry transmissions and other life support procedures.
  2. Supervises and participates in fire ground operations with single or multiple companies at fire scenes, hazardous material spills, special details and medical emergencies.
  3. Supervises daily work schedule.
  4. Enforces department rules and regulations. Writes performance evaluations and makes recommendations regarding personnel actions.
  5. Participates in-service surveys of businesses for pre-fire planning and detects code violations.
  6. Prepares and processes paperwork and various reports. Maintains required records. Issues and inventories department equipment and supplies.
  7. Supervises station drills on medical subjects and provides training to both EMS and Fire Suppression.
  8. Attends job related training/seminars to maintain certification and/or enhance job performance.
  9. May assume duties of EMS officer or fire suppression officer when absent.
  10. Maintains EMS vehicles, equipment and supply levels. Inspects apparatus and equipment on a routine basis.
  11. Participates as required on various committees.
  12. Testifies in court and gives depositions.
  • 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 company during fire, rescue and fire prevention operations and in routine station 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 operate all types of firefighting equipment and apparatus.
  • Ability to rapidly evacuate 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 disease. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use repetitive motions of the wrists, hands and/or fingers, handle, operate objects, tools, controls, reach with hands and arms and perform similar actions during the course of the day. The employee is required to occasionally 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 eighteen (18) semester credit hours in Fire Science, EMS Management, Fire or Business Administration or equivalent. Must have served a minimum of three (3) years of continuous service as a State of Florida Certified Paramedic assigned to the EMS Division. State of Florida Paramedic Certification, Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certificate, BLS/CPR Instructor Certificate, and Emergency Vehicle Operators Course 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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