Ambulance Service Jobs
Working for the police is an interesting, varied and challenging job. You will be called upon to deal with all sorts of emergency and non-emergency situations from RTCs (road traffic collisions) to personal accidents and from patient transport to organ transport. It is a valued job where often you will deal with sensitive situations and members of the public that might be affected in many ways.
The modern ambulance service covers a broad variety of work. Part of its work is re-active in sorting all sorts of problems (responding to 911 / 999 calls). But a large part of the ambulance service job is to assist with transporting patients whether it is inter-hospital or out patients, routine admissions or specialist care like geriatry. Your tasks might be about remaining calm and decisive as well as specialist driving skills and simple human communication.
And to be able to do all this you will be training continually, be educated in theory and get plenty of practical experience. You can imagine that the job can be very demanding, both physically and mentally. But no two days will be the same and your contribution will be valued by the community.
Depending where you live there will be different forms of employment or other involvement with the Paramedic / Ambulance Service. A career could be wholetime, part-time or voluntary. You can do general or specialist EMS frontline work, high dependency care, emergency care practitioner or work in a supportive job like analyist or call handler. So there is a wide range of jobs to do: emergency care assistant, paramedic, ambulance care assistant, EMT, Nurse, Technician and so on. There are various parts in the service you can work too: either with a Health Service, a Hospital, a Fire Department, a voluntary organisation, the military and all sorts of specialized units. Note that different countries have different titles for the same ambulance service job or split duties and workload in a different way.
The job can be full-time, part-time and you can even work in a voluntary capacity, for example in the UK with St John. These are trained volunteers who provide first aid at public events, be Community First Responders who attend emergency calls and provide care until the ambulance arrives, provide patient transport or even work as back up to local ambulance services during local major emergencies. You can be an accountant, builder or bus driver... as long as you have a minimum number of hours available you can be part of the vital link that helps your community.
The actual recruitment process will take place in several steps: initial application, psychological tests, physical tests, one or more interviews, a medical and finally references will be required. It can be a stressful environment, so if you like a job as a paramedic you best prepare as well as you can.
There are a variety of web sites which will help you in finding a job and prepare you for the process - paramedic-resource-centre.com