Philadelphia Fire Service Paramedics perform advanced life support and field paramedical work. Duties are to respond to emergency calls from the public to perform medical assistance with emphasis on the stabilization of patients to permit safe transport to a full-service medical facility. Contact with the general public, the comforting of patients, the reassuring of family and others in the vicinity, and cooperation with fire and police authorities are of major significance to this work. Duties are performed according to standard paramedical practices and established drug therapy protocol. Employees in this class work on rotating shifts are subject to adverse weather conditions, and their duties involve moderate physical effort. Work is performed under the general supervision of an administrative or technical fire officer.
The Philadelphia Fire Department hires only state-certified paramedics to work in its EMS Division. Fire Service paramedics appointed to the Department must successfully complete a six-week training course in PFD protocols and procedures. Appointees who successfully complete the training process are sworn in and assigned to serve in one of the Department's Advanced Life-Support Medic Units. The Medic Units are responsible for responding to and providing service to medical emergencies in the City of Philadelphia.
All Fire Service Paramedics hired must successfully complete a six-month probationary period.
The Philadelphia Fire Department is not currently accepting applications for the position of Fire Service Paramedic.
EMS Training Class