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Emergency medical services (EMS) careers

Job types

In an emergency medical services career at Allina Health, you'll join one of the region's largest ambulance and medical transport services. Allina Health Emergency Medical Services serves more than 80 Minnesota communities and employs more than 400 paramedics, emergency medical technicians, dispatchers, maintenance and administration and support personnel.

  • Vehicle service technician (VST) cleans, stocks, checks and replaces lights, and readies ambulances for shifts. Completes reports on any missing or broken equipment. May need to perform light maintenance on rigs as well.
  • Special transportation driver provides safe and timely transportation of customers to and from appointments. Assists customers in and out of the vehicle, as well as escorting to and from the vehicle. Communicates with customers in a courteous and professional manner at all times. Ensures cleanliness and maintenance of vehicle (inside and out). Provides accurate documentation for billing purposes. Salaries vary for special transportation drivers. See U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.
  • Emergency medical technician (EMT) transports patients who are sick and/or injured - either intra-facility, to nursing homes, doctor's appointments, etc. Primary duties will not be responding to 911 calls until you become comfortable and a position is available in the 911 response area (approximately 6 months). Salaries vary for EMTs. See U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.
  • Paramedic are the most highly trained of the class of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) working in the United States. They undergo a rigorous training program in Advanced Life Support (ALS) that enables them to perform life-saving rescue operations. Paramedics perform cardiac support for heart attack victims, emergency childbirth procedures and emergency respiratory procedures for people with blocked airways. They also administer intravenous fluids, bandage wounds, stabilize head/neck injuries and broken bones, resuscitate drowning victims, administer medications and provide care to non-emergency patients.Salaries vary for paramedics. See U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.
  • Dispatcher takes 911 emergency medical calls and dispatches. Prioritizes all incoming and outgoing calls accurately to determine best routes. In emergencies, provides caller with medical direction until transport arrives. Knowledge of radio equipment and channel designation/use. Gives accurate information to field personnel to facilitate rapid deployment and transport of clients. Salaries vary for dispatchers. See U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.

Education

  • Vehicle service technician and special transportation driver positions require a high school (HS) diploma or GED. Must have valid Minnesota driver's license and meet the Allina Health Fleet policy.
  • Emergency medical technician (EMT) requires a current Minnesota EMT-B Certification. National registry (in addition to state certification) is preferred. Current CPR certification needed. Must have valid Minnesota driver's license and meet the Allina Health Fleet policy.
  • Paramedic requires a current Minnesota EMT-P Certification. National registry (in addition to state certification) is preferred. Current CPR certification needed. Must have valid Minnesota driver's license and meet the Allina Health Fleet policy.
  • Dispatcher requires a high school (HS) diploma or GED. Medical terminology knowledge required. Emergency medical dispatch (EMD) and EMS-related health care experience are preferred.

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