Walton County Sheriff's Office - Paramedic

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Job Overview

Department Walton County Sheriff's Office
Job TitleParamedic
Salary $54,220 to $59,863 Annually (Based on Experience)
Location Defuniak Springs , FL

Job Announcement


General Statement of Job

Paramedics are trained to perform certain medical procedures, transport patients via ambulance and provide pre-hospital care in preparation for getting a patient to the next point of care.



  • High School diploma or GED equivalency certification
  • Minimum eighteen (18) years of age at time of appointment
  • One (1) to two (2) years of experience in advance emergency medical service work, plus any required certification or training; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Healthcare Professionals
  • Florida Paramedic license
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • A valid driver license
  • 16 hour Emergency Vehicle Operators (EVOC) Course is required. 
  • The employee is responsible for the ability to drive ALL vehicles, not just Medic units.


Essential Job Functions

  • This list of functions, duties, responsibilities, skills, and physical abilities is not intended to be all-inclusive, and the employer reserves the right to assign additional functions and responsibilities as deemed necessary.
  • Performs emergency rescue operations in preserving life and property including, but not limited to, responding to 911 calls as part of team/unit; extricating persons from entrapments; stabilizing victims for transport; administering basic and advanced cardio life support (PALS / ACLS); administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); assessing extent of illness/injury and determining appropriate medical protocol(s); notifying dispatch of patient condition); and managing time constraints and environmental conditions in expediting victim transports.
  • Prepares patients for transport; moves patients from where found into ambulance and transports to hospital.
  • Responds as part of a unit/team to emergency scenes, natural disasters or other critical incidents including, but not limited to, hazardous materials spills, hurricanes, and vehicle accidents, building collapses, weapons of mass destruction, civil disturbances, explosions, water incidents, and aircraft crashes.
  • Conducts telemetry recognition and evaluation of EKG strips; evaluates patient's vital signs and status; recognizes color coded pills and illegal drugs and narcotics.
  • Carries out doctor's orders regarding administration of drugs and administers other related pertinent treatment.
  • Performs routine maintenance and inspection of station and equipment.
  • Attends and participates in training drills.
  • Any general duties that the direct supervisor may need completed.
  • Functions as a Paramedic as directed by Medical Director approved Medical Protocols.
  • Abides by all laws and regulations regarding storage and handling medications, and generating reports.
  • Participates in training and mentoring of new employees as needed.
  • Responds to emergency calls as required by Sheriff’s office General Orders.
  • Performs necessary rescue work in accordance with established protocols for Basic Life Support.
  • Responds to non-emergency calls, such as requests to transport patients from hospital to their homes or from a local medical facility to a specialized medical center.
  • Participates in a continuous training program to improve competence in medical technical work and in apparatus service and operation.
  • Studies street and road patterns and networks of the County in order that future runs may be made with minimum difficulty and delay.
  • Adheres to work schedule and attendance requirements.
  • Performs other duties as necessary and required.


Required Skills

  • Tasks involve the intermittent performance of extremely physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of reaching, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, running, climbing, and that may involve the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of extremely heavy objects (150+ pounds), such as in the event of rescuing or transporting a victim/patient in the performance of rescue operations.
  • Considerable knowledge of basic, ACLS, PALS, advanced emergency medical procedures and techniques.
  • Considerable knowledge of equipment and supplies employed in the emergency care of patients and victims of accidents.
  • Considerable knowledge of extrication, movement of patients, rescue techniques, transportation and psychological needs of a patient.
  • Working knowledge of County geography and of the location of roads and streets within the County.
  • Working knowledge of radio communication equipment.
  • Skills in diagnosing a victim’s condition and applying appropriate emergency medical care.
  • Ability to respond quickly and calmly to emergency situations.
  • Ability to safely drive agency apparatus under emergency conditions.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate records and reports.
  • Ability to lift substantial weight.
  • Ability to deal tactfully, courteously and firmly with the general public.
  • Ability to effectively establish and maintain working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.

Failure to complete required paperwork correctly will cause a delay in the application process and applications to potentially be placed in an "on-hold" status. Applicants will be required to successfully complete:

  • Background investigation which includes but is not limited to:  criminal history, driving history, credit check, and previous employment verification. The background waiver MUST BE SIGNED AND NOTARIZED.
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Pre-employment Drug Screen (including nicotine panel)
  • Successful completion of a Physical Abilities Test

As part of the selection process applicants for consideration will be required to participate in an oral interview process.

Applicants may contact the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Human Resources by calling 850-892-8111 for assistance or additional information.

The Walton County Sheriff's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Walton County Sheriff's Office will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Veterans are encouraged to apply. Pursuant to applicable state and federal law, preference and priority shall be given to certain service members and veterans (including spouses and family members of such service members and veterans), and certain service members may be eligible for waiver of post-secondary educational requirements as provided in Chapter 295, Florida Statutes. 


Please direct questions regarding this position to work@waltonso.org

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