EMS Director

Position Title: EMS Director

Reports to: Administrator

Job Status: Full-Time

Positions Supervised: All EMS Personnel

Position Summary:

Administers first aid treatment to and transports sick or injured persons to medical facility, working as member of emergency medical team, by performing the following duties. Must also follow job description of EMT Basic, EMT Advanced, or Paramedic whichever applies.

Essential duties, functions, and responsibilities include the following, but are not limited to, and other duties, functions, and responsibilities may be added:

  • Responds to instructions from emergency medical dispatcher and drives specially equipped emergency vehicle to specified location
  • Monitors communication equipment to maintain contact with dispatcher
  • Removes or assists in removal of victims from scene of accident or catastrophe
  • Determines nature and extent of illness or injury, or magnitude of catastrophe, to establish first aid procedures to be followed or need for additional assistance, basing decisions on statements of persons involved, examination of victim or victims, and knowledge of emergency medical practice.
  • Administers prescribed first aid treatment at site of emergency, or in specially equipped vehicle, performing such activities as application of splints, administration of oxygen, treatment of minor wounds or abrasions, or administration of artificial resuscitation
  • Communicates with professional medical personnel at emergency treatment facility to obtain instructions regarding further treatment and to arrange for reception of victims at treatment facility
  • Assists in removal of victims from vehicle and transfer of victims to treatment center
  • Assists treatment center admitting personnel to obtain and record information related to victims’ vital statistics and circumstances of emergency
  • Maintains vehicles and medical and communication equipment and replenishes first aid equipment and supplies
  • Assists in controlling crowds, protecting valuables, or performing  other duties at scene of catastrophe
  • Assists professional medical personnel in emergency treatment administered at medical facility
  • Directly supervises employees in the ambulance department
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies  and applicable laws
  • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems
  • Personal characteristics essential to the performance of this position: Demonstrate dependability; complies with the dress code; supportive of change; adheres to the hospital and EMS department policies; displays good interpersonal skills; accepts guidance and coaching; demonstrates pride in work; and participates as an effective member
  • The omission of specific statement of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or is a logical assignment of the position
  • Ability to use specialized equipment and tools
  • Comply with departments uniform policy
  • Attends EMS department meetings, department head meetings, and hospital wide meetings
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Education:

                To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Language skills include the ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. In this position you must also be able to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. The ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public is essential. Vital mathematical skills include the ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals; also included is the ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs. The ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form is needed; as well as the ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Education required for this position is a current EMT Certificate, current CPR Certificate, and a valid Kansas Drivers’ License.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk, stand; sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move more than 100 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 100 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to focus.

Work environment:

                The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions, including temperature extremes, during day and night shifts. Work is often performed in emergency and stressful situations. Individual is exposed to hearing alarms and rendering emergency aid.  The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particulates, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, except during certain EMT/Paramedic activities when noise levels may be loud. The employee will be required to work 12 hour and up to 24 hour continuous shifts. During this time the employee may experience several interruptions of sleep, meals, and/or other activities. The employee will be expected to perform essential job functions despite the potential for fatigue resultant from extended shift work.


Sumner County Hospital District No. 1 has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is intended to provide guidelines for job expectations and the team member’s ability to perform the position described. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills, and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors, managers, directors, or officers as deemed appropriate. This document does not represent a contract of employment, and Sumner County Hospital District No. 1 reserves the right to change this job description and/or assign tasks for the team member to perform, as Sumner County Hospital District No. 1 may deem appropriate.

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