EMS Careers

  • All applications must be submitted online.
  • All active applications will be considered by the RCEMS hiring team for open positions for which the applicant has applied and is qualified.
  • RCEMS is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will have an equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, and physical or mental handicap.
  • Full time EMT's and Paramedic's work a 24 on 72 off shift.
  • Part time EMT's and Paramedic's are paid overtime after the first 8 hrs of their shift.
  • View Open Rutherford County Positions

 Interested in a Career in EMS?

People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of Advanced emergency medical technicians (AEMTs) and paramedics. Incidents as varied as automobile accidents, heart attacks, slips and falls, childbirth, and gunshot wounds all require immediate medical attention. EMTs and paramedics provide this vital service as they care for and transport the sick or injured to a medical facility.

In an emergency, AEMTs and paramedics are dispatched by a 911 operator to the scene. Once they arrive, EMTs and paramedics assess the nature of the patient’s condition while trying to determine whether the patient has any pre-existing medical conditions. Following medical protocols and guidelines, they provide appropriate emergency care and transport the patient to the hospital. Emergency treatment is carried out under the medical direction of physicians.

AEMTs and paramedics may use special equipment, such as backboards, to immobilize patients before placing them on stretchers and securing them in the ambulance for transport to a medical facility. We work in teams. During the transport of a patient, one AEMT or paramedic drives while the other monitors the patient’s vital signs and gives additional care as needed.

At the medical facility, AEMTs and paramedics help transfer patients to the emergency department, report their observations and actions to emergency department staff, and may provide additional emergency treatment. After each run, AEMTs and paramedics replace used supplies and check equipment. If a transported patient had a contagious disease, AEMTs and paramedics decontaminate the interior of the ambulance.

Beyond these general duties, the specific responsibilities of AEMTs and paramedics depend on their level of qualification and training. The State of Tennessee licenses emergency medical service providers at five levels: First Responder; First Responders do not work on Ambulances in Rutherford County; Emergency Medical Dispatcher, EMT, AEMT; Paramedic, and Paramedic Critical Care.

The AEMT represents the first component of the emergency medical ambulance team. An AEMT trained at this level is prepared to care for patients at the scene of an accident and while transporting patients by ambulance to the hospital under medical direction. The AEMT has the basic emergency skills to assess a patient’s condition and manage respiratory, cardiac, and trauma emergencies.

EMT-Paramedics provide the most extensive pre-hospital care. In addition to carrying out the procedures of the other levels, paramedics may administer drugs orally and intravenously, interpret electrocardiograms (EKGs), perform endotracheal intubations, and use monitors and other complex equipment.

 Work Environment

AEMTs and paramedics work both indoors and out, in all types of weather. They are required to do considerable kneeling, bending, and heavy lifting. These workers risk noise-induced hearing loss from sirens and back injuries from lifting patients. In addition, AEMTs and paramedics may be exposed to diseases such as hepatitis-B and AIDS, as well as violence from mentally unstable patients. The work is not only physically strenuous but can be stressful, sometimes involving life-or-death situations and suffering patients. Nonetheless, many people find the work exciting and challenging and enjoy the opportunity to help others.

Rutherford County AEMTs and paramedics are employed by the County and work 24 hours and are off for 72 hours.

For more information about becoming an Emergency Medical Technician contact your local college or call MTSU at (615) 898-2462.