Applicants must submit a Job Application to the county's Human Resources department when the desired position is advertised to take the exam. For more information, please contact the EMS offices by email (email@example.com ) or by calling (843)202-6700.
Listed below is information that may be helpful to current and prospective Charleston County EMS employees.
Please refer to the job description and requirements section on the Human Resources job announcement page for the specific requirements of any position that you are interested in applying.
To qualify for these positions, candidates must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent along with the following certifications and licensure:
Paramedic candidates must also have current ACLS certification. Advanced pediatric (ACLS, PEPP, EPC) and trauma (ITLS, PHTLS) certifications are also preferred for paramedic candidates.
The selected candidate must have a valid South Carolina driver's license within 30 days of hire. The following training is required within 3 months of employment: ICS 100, 200, 700, & 800.
Candidates must provide copies of documentation verifying their eligibility credentials with the completed application to include:
In addition to the above, candidates must also be able to: drive an emergency vehicle, have excellent communications skills (in person, over the radio/telephone, and written), work a variety of shifts, perform a wide variety of duties with accuracy and speed under pressure, provide basic/advanced life support patient care, follow safety protocols, read maps and find locations within the County, perform calmly in emergency situations, and other EMT/Paramedic related duties.
Knowledge must include, but is not limited to: laws and regulations of US DOT, FCC, DEA and SCDHEC in regard to the practice of emergency medical services, County and EMS policies and procedures, Charleston County geography, vehicle extrication and rescue principles, patient stabilization, medical terminology, and defensive driving techniques. The EMT/Paramedic is responsible for providing basic/advanced life support patient care, communicating appropriately, ensuring the readiness of vehicles and equipment, maintaining uniforms and stations, attending training, and following safety guidelines and medical protocols.
The goal of our hiring process is to give all applicants an equal opportunity at employment while selecting the most qualified candidates. Applications are received by the County Human Resources department and forwarded to our agency in a batch following the close of the current application deadline. Applicants must be National Registry or SC DHEC certified (not provisional status) to be considered.
After review for completeness and minimal current certification level, we contact all applicants by email for notification of a test date. It is the responsibility of the applicant to keep the Human Resources department, as well as our agency, advised of any changes in addresses and phone numbers.
We conduct both written testing and scenario based testing as part of the hiring process. The written test consists of 50-100 questions taken from the National Standard Curriculum at the appropriate EMT level. After successful completion of both written and scenario based testing applicants are interviewed, usually the same day..
After the testing and selection process is completed, all successful applicants are reviewed. All new employees are hired on a six-month probationary basis.
The first month of employment consists of a formal orientation program. This program includes formal classes in ambulance driving, county geographic and hospital familiarization, departmental operations and logistics, blood borne and airborne pathogens, hazardous materials operations, communications and supply, as well as time spent riding as third crew on a medic unit.
Shift and unit assignments are made primarily on the basis of system needs, although every effort is made to accommodate individual needs and desires.
Promotions in our department are based on a competitive process consisting of written and oral board tests relating to knowledge of emergency medicine, knowledge of policies and procedures, and ability to think creatively to solve field problems.
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