We are currently accepting applications for anticipated Paramedic openings, and will be testing sometime in August. Advanced Life Systems will advise candidates of upcoming test date(s) during the application review and processing period.
All applicants must be at least 21 years of age or older at the time of initial application. Applicants must be able to show proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
Advanced Life Systems is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process or employment with ALS because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant or employee will be penalized as a result of such a request.
Advanced Life Systems is a privately owned primary 911 response ambulance company based out of Yakima Washington; we started our operations in April of 1996. Our company strives to provide rapid and compassionate pre-hospital patient care at all times. Our employees are highly trained, and dedicated to completing this goal.
We currently operate six ambulances stationed throughout the city of Yakima 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Statistically our highest call volume occurs within Yakima city limits, however we also frequently respond throughout the entire county and greater Central Washington area as needed. In addition to 911 response, ALS also provides scheduled inter-facility patient transports for various nursing homes, hospitals, and care centers. We also supply the only bariatric ambulance in the region.
Our transport times to the hospital range from just a couple of minutes to well over an hour depending on the location of the emergency. We carry an excellent call volume; In 2017 we responded to over 14,000 calls for service treating a wide variety of injured and sick patients. Our ambulances are staffed with one Paramedic and one EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate or Advanced EMT, occasionally we do staff dual Paramedic units.
Advanced Life Systems Paramedics and EMT’s work under the oversight of the Yakima County Medical Program Director. We currently have very progressive protocols that allow for a wide range of patient treatment possibilities and opportunities.
We also take great pride in offering a very extensive training department. This in-house department allows our personnel to renew certifications in ACLS, PALS, PHTLS, and CPR among many other certifications at no cost to the employee.
ALS employees typically work 48 hour shifts with anywhere from three to nine days off in between shifts depending on the employees location in the pay cycle. Our current schedule allows employees automatic overtime each week, while still giving them ample time away from the job.
The Paramedic must be a confident leader, able to manage care for sick and injured patients in a wide range of settings. Must be able to work both as a leader and member of a team including other agencies and their partner, and must have excellent interpersonal communication skills. Successful candidates must be able to recognize immediate threats to life while simultaneously providing proper and correct treatments ("off-line") from written protocols, and through understanding of medicine while on-scene and en route to a hospital. Must by able to work indoors and outdoors at all hours of the day and night, in extreme climates, confined spaces, and potentially at great heights. The Paramedic must be able to operate independently at optimum level in a non-structured environment that is constantly changing.
Although working as a member of a team most often the Paramedic will be the highest level EMS provider on-scene, and will be responsible for overall scene management and patient treatment. The Paramedic will be responsible for the proper and successful delivery of over 40 medications in the field, and must know all indications, contraindications, side effects, and dosages of these medications among other patient prescriptions. In addition to this, the Paramedic is also responsible for ethical decisions regarding patient care, and must be have superior critical thinking ability to accomplish many different concrete and abstract goals. Successful applications must also be proficient in basic mathematics which is imperative for correct medication administration including bolus dosages and drip rate administration.
Successful candidates must be able to understand complex Advanced Cardiac Life Support treatment including the interpretation and transmission of 12-Lead EKG’s, and treatment of acute coronary syndrome and cardiac arrest. The Paramedic must be able to identify all types of heart dysrhythmias while providing appropriate treatments.
The Paramedic must be an expert in airway management and must be able to prove proficiency in elective rapid sequence intubation, oral/nasal intubation, oxygen administration through nasal cannula, mask, nebulizer, CPAP, and bag-valve device, chest decompression, and surgical cricothyrotomy.
The Paramedic must have the unique ability to remain calm during intense moments of patient and family pain and suffering. Successful candidates must be able to communicate with both the patient and family in a straight forward, honest, compassionate manner at all times. Along with staying calm the Paramedic must also remain focused at the task at hand; rapid and proper care with the goal of saving lives.
The successful candidate must deliver compassionate care to sick and injured individuals at all times. Self-confidence is critical on the job, and Paramedics must remain emotionally stable while recognizing the signs of stress demanded by the position.
(Reasonable accommodations can be made upon request.)
Physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform essential functions for this job. The Paramedic will often sit and stand unassisted and also will lift up to 150 pounds or more repeatedly throughout the normal course of a day. The Paramedic will verbally communicate both through direct contact with patients and providers, and through a radio device and phone. Paramedics will also frequently hear spoken words both from patients and via radio and phone. The Paramedic will often work outdoors, in extreme climates, and may hike or climb to reach injured individuals. Candidates should be in adequate or superior physical condition to meet the demands of emergency medical work. The Paramedic will work near moving parts, in loud environments, and in close proximity to blood borne pathogens.
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