Paramedics are on the front-line of our health care system. They provide emergency treatment of a patient's medical condition or traumatic injuries and provide medical transportation to health care facilities.
General paramedic duties
Paramedics bring a lot of skills and abilities to helping our community. Some of their day-to-day duties include providing:
- Emergency medical care for ill or injured persons
- Leadership during an emergency
- Advanced pre-hospital life support, focusing on cardiovascular and respiratory systems
- Transportation for ill or injured persons, to, from and between treatment facilities
- Patient assessment and treatment according to Provincial and local standards and protocols
- Medical interventions as deemed essential by the Base Hospital, a training facility under the Centre for Paramedic Education and Research with Hamilton Health Sciences, and the Hamilton Paramedic Service Manual defibrillation and cardiac dysrhythmia interpretation according to Provincial and local standards and protocols
- Interaction with members of the health care team, allied emergency care providers, the public and patients in a professional manner
- Interaction with Central Ambulance Communication Centres (CACCs) to ensure the CACC is advised of their status/location at all times
- Collaboration with medical staff and allied emergency care providers to facilitate timely treatment
- Support for a patient’s family and friends during the time of emergency care
- Participation in primary care, public health, public education, and community events as assigned
- Routine checks of vehicles and vehicle equipment to make sure they are clean, sanitary, mechanically safe and ready to respond, in accordance with local and provincial standards
- Reports of any vehicle deficiencies and assisting to correct them where qualified
- Stocking and maintaining ambulance stations in a clean and orderly state
- Written reports as required. This includes, but is not limited to, ambulance call reports, incident/occurrence reports, vehicle checklists, and any other report as deemed necessary by Hamilton Emergency Services and/or Ministry of Health
- Attendance in continuing education as required
- Attendance at training and precepting of, advanced care and primary care college paramedic students
- Proof of maintaining all legislated requirements for employment and all certification requirements as set by the Base Hospital and the Hamilton Paramedic Service
- Other duties as assigned which are directly related to the major responsibilities of the job.
Who can apply?
To become a Paramedic with the City of Hamilton you must:
- Obtain certification as a Primary Care Paramedic under the Centre for Paramedic Education and Research with Hamilton Health Sciences
- Have a Diploma from an approved Ontario Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) training program or letter of good standing from an approved Ontario PCP training program indicating graduation date
- Have a current Basic Life Support Provider certificate or CPR HCP certificate or equivalents. Have graduated from an approved Ontario PCP training program and must achieve AEMCA Certification within 210 days of graduating as per Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care guidelines
- Have a valid Class F (or above) Ontario Driver's Licence or provincial equivalent
- Meet all current requirements (including medical) of the Ambulance Act and Regulations. As a condition of employment, you will be required to provide proof of the minimum requirements required as outlined in the Ambulance Act and Regulations
- Demonstrate the ability to read, write and speak English fluently
- Demonstrate the ability to provide leadership and take charge in an emergency situation
- Be in good physical health and able to lift heavy weights
- Prove you have the ability to exercise sound judgement in emergency situations
- Be able to work a 24-hour-day, seven-day-a-week schedule. Regular part-time status consists of 12-24 hours per week with 12 of those hours on a consistent day of the week or consistent shift(s) as determined and assigned by the City, with advance notice as required in the collective agreement.
2019/2020 Important dates
Review What to Expect During the Primary Care Paramedic Recruitment Process for further details on the below dates.
Recruitment Process and Information Guide (PDF, 426 KB)
- Application process opens Thursday, October 17, 2019
- Application process closes Wednesday, October 30, 2019
- Written Exams take place for qualified candidates on Wednesday, December 4, 2019
- Multi-Mini Interviews (MMI’s) will be conducted the week of January 20, 2020
- Panel interviews will be conducted the week of February 10, 2020
- Conditional offers will be made outlining next steps the week of March 2, 2020
- Firm offers will tentatively be made in mid-April 2020
- Group 1 Orientation and training is anticipated to commence May 4, 2020
- Group 2 Orientation and Training is anticipated to commence June 1, 2020
What to Expect During the Paramedic Recruitment Process
The City of Hamilton only accepts applications during specified recruitment campaign dates. These dates will be advertised as they become available.
If you would like to become a Paramedic with the City, apply online by answering the mandatory online questionnaire and attaching your resume. If you do not fully complete the questionnaire or do not attach your resume, your application will be disqualified. Review your answers to the mandatory online questionnaire carefully before submitting your application.
- Candidates who are qualified for the written test will be contacted by e-mail and assigned to one of two written exam sessions
- A valid Ontario Class “F” Driver’s Licence or higher (or Provincial equivalent) dated no later than Wednesday, December 4, 2019 will be required at time of testing and throughout the process
- You must bring two (2) H or HB pencils and a good eraser with you to the testing.
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Time: 9 to 11 am (Registration commences at 8 am)
Location: Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen’s
Wentworth Rooms B and C
1 Summers Lane Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4Y2
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm (Registration commences at 12:30 pm)
Location: Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen’s
Wentworth Rooms B and C
1 Summers Lane, Hamilton Ontario L8P 4Y2
Multi-Mini interviews (MMI's) will be conducted the week of January 20, 2020
Those who are invited for an interview will be notified via email with detailed information.
A valid Ontario Class “F” Driver’s Licence or higher (or provincial equivalent) satisfactory to the City of Hamilton dated no later than December 4, 2019 is required at the MMIs and throughout the process.
Panel Interviews to be conducted starting the week of February 10, 2020. Those who are invited for a 2nd interview will be notified via email with detailed information.
Required Documents to be provided at the 2nd Interview:
The City of Hamilton Reference Consent Form will be provided to you when you are contacted for a 2nd interview. You will be required to bring the completed Reference Consent Form to the interview listing three (3) references. References must be employment-related in a reporting capacity. Please note, if you are a recent graduate and you advance to the interview stage, we will require a reference from your main preceptor. References will only be contacted if you are proceeding to the conditional offer stage in the recruitment process following the 2nd interview.
One (1) copy of each of the following documents is required at the interview:
- Valid Ontario Class “F” Driver’s Licence or higher (or provincial equivalent) satisfactory to the City of Hamilton dated no later than December 4, 2019 is required as photo ID and copy submission. For copy submission please ensure front and back are copied
- Current Basic Life Support Provider certificate or CPR HCP certificate or equivalents
- AEMCA certificate or letter of registration to write AEMCA examination
- Diploma from an approved Ontario Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) Training Program or letter of good standing from an approved Ontario PCP Training Program indicating graduation date
- If you are a new graduating student and have not yet received your diploma you will be required to produce a letter from your college instructor stating anticipated graduation date and verification of registration for the AEMCA examination. Upon successful completion of the AEMCA exam you would be required to bring the letter of successful completion and AEMCA Certificate to Hamilton Paramedic Service. In the event that after 210 days post-graduation (the end of the AEMCA pending period), you have not been certified AEMCA by the Province of Ontario, your employment with the City of Hamilton will be terminated
- If graduation was prior to 2003 you will be required to provide proof of completion of all mandatory MOHLTC core programs. This can either be done by individual certificates or with a letter attesting to completion by an approved Ontario PCP Training Program
- Any relevant certifications (i.e. BA, BSc, ACLS, Base Hospital, PALS, BLS etc.).
Conditional Job Offers
Conditional job offers will tentatively be made the week of March 2, 2020 based on the number of vacancies. To be eligible to continue further in the process the following conditions must be satisfied after the conditional offer is made:
Ability Works Physical Agility Evaluation/Physical Agility Verification or OPPAT
- You will be required to obtain at your own expense and pass the Ability Works or OPPAT physical assessment satisfactory to the City of Hamilton
Police Vulnerable Sector Check
- You will be required to obtain at your own expense a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) from the police service which serves the Municipality in which you permanently reside
- An original must be submitted to City of Hamilton Human Resources
- In order for your application to be considered, you must not have a criminal conviction for which a pardon has not been granted at time of application and your PVSC must be satisfactory to the City of Hamilton
Blood Work, Medical and ECG
- You will be required to complete lab work
- You will be contacted by the City of Hamilton with a date and time for your third-party medical assessment
- You must successfully complete the medical evaluation to be considered further
- You must pass a physical exam (administered by our Physician) as set out by the employer specific to the work of a Primary Care Paramedic
Centre for Paramedic Education and Research (CPER) Certification
- You must successfully complete and become certified in the skills and knowledge as set out by the employer and Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) Centre for Paramedic Education and Research (CPER)
- Certification will be conducted by HHS CPER
Immunization Status and Free from Communicable Disease Proof
- Proof of Immunization as outlined in Table 1, Part A of Ambulance Service Communicable Disease Standards.
- Proof that candidate is free of communicable diseases listed in Table 1, Part B of Ambulance Service Communicable Disease Standards.
- Proof of immunization must be completed on forms supplied by the Hamilton Paramedic Service
- You must meet all requirements for MOHLTC Identification
Driver’s Abstract Check
- A valid Ontario Class “F” (or higher) Driver’s Licence (or provincial equivalent) dated no later than Wednesday, December 4, 2019 is required as photo ID throughout the process
- Your driver’s abstract will be conducted by the City of Hamilton and must be satisfactory to the City of Hamilton
- Reference checks will be conducted at this point in the recruitment process. If you are currently employed as a Paramedic, one of your references must be your Paramedic Supervisor. If you are currently a Paramedic Student, one of your references must be your Preceptor.
Firm offers will tentatively be made mid-April, 2020.
Orientation and training
Group 1 Orientation and Training will tentatively commence May 4, 2020 and will be approximately four (4) weeks on a Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm schedule and will be comprised of classroom instruction and ride-out experience.
Group 2 Orientation and Training will tentatively commence June 1, 2020 and will be approximately four (4) weeks on a Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm schedule and will be comprised of classroom instruction and ride-out experience.
You will be required to be successful/pass each phase of the process in order to be placed on the eligibility list to be hired as a Part-Time Primary Care Paramedic. Once on the eligibility list, as vacancies arise, you will be considered for employment pursuant to your standing on the list.
Hamilton is a mix of urban, suburban and rural communities that experiences a high need for experienced Primary and Advanced Care Paramedics.
The City of Hamilton is a strong advocate for paramedic education so we have developed a college program preceptorship. We are proud to support a tradition of providing educational opportunities for Primary and Advanced Care Paramedics.
Students who are interested in a preceptorship with the Hamilton Paramedic Service should have their college coordinator contact us directly.
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