WHY CHOOSE LEON COUNTY EMS?
In its seventeen year history, the organization and its members have been recognized by multiple organizations for service excellence, innovation and community service. In 2010, LCEMS became the first government-operated and eighth overall EMS organization in the state of Florida to achieve accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. Leon County EMS has a strong work-culture focused on delivering cutting edge care based on evidence-based protocols that include RSI with paralytics and TXA administration. We foster team atmosphere, a strong working relationship with our response partners, and have great community ties. Each year, Leon County EMS engages in 160 community events to stress the importance of #CPR and #StopTheBleed. All front-line response units are equipped with state of the art equipment including McGrath Video Laryngoscopes, LUCAS Automated CPR devices, and Stryker Hydraulic Power Stretchers.
What else is EMS involved with?
Leon County EMS includes specialized teams within the ranks.
Critical Care Transport Team: Uses specially trained paramedics to transport complex patients on life support typically being moved between ICU settings. The Leon EMS CCT Team is nationally recognized for having 100% of members fully credentialed in Critical Care Transport– the only ground-based transport team in the country with that 100% recognition.
Tactical Medic Program: Specially trained paramedics work alongside the Leon County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team to provide medical care in the event of a high-threat civilian tactical and rescue operation.
Community Education Team: Provides education and training to the community including CPR events, first aid, car seat safety, bicycle and pedestrian safety, distracted driving awareness, and operating our Leon Lifesaver robotic ambulance that teaches children about 911 use and stranger danger.
Special Operations Team: Activates in the event of a disaster to provide medical coverage. The team is also stationed at FSU and FAMU sporting events, road races, parades, concerts, festivals and other community athletic events.
What does is take to work in Emergency Medical Services?
To be the best in EMS, Leon County looks for an individual that has a genuine interest in the community and someone who is committed to protecting quality of life. Working in EMS requires you to be at your best, even when events surrounding you are at their worst. EMS professionals are individuals that exhibit:
- Willingness to help others
- Calm, caring and professional attitudes
- Remarkable teamwork and interpersonal skills
- Excellent decision making skills
- Excellent physical stamina to lift equipment and patients
- Exceptional ability to maintain composure in stressful situations
- Ability to work with diverse backgrounds
- Passion to continue to learn in an evolving profession
- Outstanding oral and written communication skills
- Ability to work varying hours
- 18 years of age
- A high school diploma or equivalent
- A background check
- Driver's license and good driving record
- Certification in CPR and First Aid
- State Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Paramedic Certification
- Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC)
What is the difference between an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic?
EMTs provide necessary life support including, but not limited to:
- Airway management
- Oxygen therapy
- Control of bleeding
- Treatment of shock
- Starting IVs
- Burn care
- Splinting and bandaging
- Extrication from vehicles
- Obstetrical assistance
- Assisting Paramedics
Including the skills performed by EMTs (listed above), Paramedics:
- Treat heart attacks
- Interpret electrocardiograms (EKGs)
- Perform cardiac defibrillation
- Administer medications and intravenous fluids
- Perform endotracheal intubations
- Use other high-tech equipment
EMTs and Paramedics encounter a wide variety of calls from automobile accidents, heart attacks, breathing problems, falls, childbirth, fractures, gunshot wounds and much more. They work together to transport the sick or injured to a medical facility.