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WHY CHOOSE LEON COUNTY?

Leon County is a rapidly growing area known throughout the Florida Panhandle as a center for economic development, outdoor adventure, culture and a hub for state government.

Leon County is the Capital County of Florida and offers an affordable cost of living with access to beautiful outdoor activities, arts & culture and educational events. Florida offers no state income tax benefits, saving you money when you move here. Only a short drive to beaches, and other exciting cities within the state, Leon County is the perfect place to choose a career and settle down.

Leon County is home to the most highly educated population in Florida with 45.2% of its residents having either a Bachelor’s, Master’s, professional or Doctoral degree. And there are numerous opportunities for further educational and professional development.

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.

Leon County EMS is proud to have a nationally accredited program that produces a 23% higher survival rate of cardiac arrests than the national average. We proudly collaborate with local universities to provide life-saving research on best practices in saving lives. LCEMS consistently demonstrates the highest standards in public service and delivers unprecedented medical care, innovative community risk reduction programs and specialized services to its citizens. This coupled with the development of innovative programs and a people focused, performance driven culture makes LCEMS an excellent choice for your next career step.

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.

Leon County EMS has received the following awards and recognitions:
  • 2019 – Reaccreditation– Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services
  • 2018 – Dick Ferneau Career EMS Service of the Year – EMS World; NAEMT
  • 2018 – Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus EMS Award – American Heart Association
  • 2017 – Photo of the Year, Public Engagement – Florida Department of Health
  • 2017 – Mission: Lifeline Silver Plus EMS Award – American Heart Association
  • 2016 – Achievement Award for EMS Professional Development Program – National Association of Counties
  • 2016 – Reaccreditation – Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services
  • 2015 – Mission: Lifeline Silver EMS Award – American Heart Association
  • 2014 – Achievement Award for Citizen CPR & AED Training – National Association of Counties
  • 2014 – Corporate Cup Challenge, 1st Place Male Team – Working Well Tallahassee
  • 2013 – Reaccreditation – Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services
  • 2013 – Volunteer of the Year, Honor Flight – Tallahassee Democrat
  • 2010 – EMS Provider of the Year – Florida Department of Health
  • 2010 – Accredited – Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services
  • 2009 – Health Innovation, Prevention and Management Award for Heart Ready Initiative – Florida State Surgeon General
  • 2009 – Bike Saints Award – Tallahassee Biking Club
  • 2006 – Crown Community Award for Heart Ready Initiative – American City and County Magazine
Benefits

EMS Professional Development Program - The EMS professional development program is based on the FEMA EMS Professional Development Model and creates a career path for members based on education, training and experience. The program provides specific steps that members can take to progress through seven different levels from an entry level EMT to a Charge Paramedic position. Achieving the requirements of each level provides the member with a promotion and associated pay increase.

Paid Parental Leave Program – Members are provided six weeks of paid leave that can be taken on a continuous, consecutive basis immediately following the birth or adoption of a child. This benefit provides for 100% coverage of base salary during the first two weeks; 75% of base salary during weeks three and four; and 50% of the base salary during weeks five and six. Members can supplement their pay during weeks three through six by using accrued sick leave to achieve a full pay.

Tuition Reimbursement and Professional Development – Members participating in accredited degree coursework are eligible for 100% tuition reimbursement for up to 18 credit hours per year. Members are also provided various professional development programs throughout the year at no cost to them and while on the clock. Programs include supervisor essentials, ethics, diversity and harassment avoidance in addition to traditional EMS programs such as EMD, BLS, ACLS, ITLS and PALS. In addition, the County covers initial and continuing education for specializations such as field training officers, tactical paramedics and critical care paramedics.

Employee Assistance Program – Members are offered a robust employee assistance program (EAP) at no cost. Members can take advantage of the life counseling and related resources available through the program at any time for both work-related and personal matters. In addition, supervisors may make mandatory referral for members that demonstrate concerning behavior or that respond to an event that puts the member at high risk. LCEMS also participates in the regional critical incident stress debriefing team and offers CISD in addition to individual EAP for major incidents.

LiveWell Well-being Program – The well-being program encompasses the following five areas of well-being: community; physical; career; financial; and social. The program provides members with tools that will allow them to conduct a self-evaluation and make improvements in each of the five areas. Programs include monthly lunch and learn programs where experts are brought in to provide information on how the member can improve their well-being; exercise courses; a targeted diabetes mitigation program; and the Heartmath program. Members that actively participate in the program receive a 2.5% discount on their health benefits premium. New in 2017 was the introduction of a kickball league where 12 teams from various County departments played against each other. LCEMS members participated in the program and were the runner-ups of the end of season tournament. This program contributed to social and physical wellbeing for members.

Domestic and Sexual Violence or Stalking Program – The County has enacted a domestic and sexual violence or stalking program and related policies. Under these policies the County provides work-place protections to members that may be victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and/or stalking. These protections include paid leave from work, work reassignments and counseling resources to assist the victim. The County requires every member to participate in training when hired and again every five years. Members are empowered to take the steps necessary to protect each other and the workplace from experiencing domestic and sexual violence in the workplace.

Fitness Center - A fitness center was built at the Public Safety Complex for members to exercise. The facility is free to members and includes weights, resistance and cardio equipment. Members are provided 24/7 access to the facility for their convenience.

Employee Benefits – All members that work greater than 30 hours per week on average receive a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, Florida Retirement System participation, life insurance and paid time off. Members can also chose to participate in supplemental retirement programs, dental and vision insurance, additional life insurance, and several other alternative insurance programs. Members are also provided with all uniforms, including boots and cold weather gear, and laundry service is provided at no cost to the member for the uniforms.

A DAY IN THE LIFE: With a variety of shift schedules, an EMT’s or Paramedic’s day at Leon County EMS can range anywhere from 8 to 24 hours, with the most common shift rotation being 12 hours. A typical day starts with conducting an inventory of your ambulance and preparing the lifesaving equipment one might need for any type of emergency. Then it’s off to a 911 call! The two-person crew will use emergency lights and sirens, radio communications and mapping systems to arrive safely on scene with the assistance of the 911 dispatch center. These calls can vary from a life-threatening heart attack to a vehicle accident to assisting an elderly person back into bed. With physician orders and medical guidelines, an EMT or Paramedic will use the appropriate skills, knowledge and training to treat the patient, which could include transporting them to a local emergency department.

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

Requirements:

  • 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)
"Working as a paramedic makes me appreciate life and all it offers." - Leon County paramedic

What is the difference between an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic?

EMTs provide necessary life support including, but not limited to:

  • CPR
  • 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.

"We truly care for people and want to make a difference in their lives." - Leon County EMT