Have A Heartbeat? You’re Hired

If you’ve ever applied or know someone who has for a law enforcement or fire fighter position? You may have noticed that before you are hired for these jobs, you have to pass various evaluations. Everything from psychological to fitness and competency exams. While EMS may not have the same type of job skills that police or fire do, it certainly is a demanding job with all it’s own variables. Including being in the public trust. Yet there is often very little in the way of pre employment screening, physical or competency exams given to EMS providers before employment. It seems as long as there is a “pulse” that person can get hired and have access to all the equipment, vehicles and patients their heart desires.

What what your EMS employment process? Do you feel it is adequate or not enough? Listen to the show and be sure to leave your thoughts on this below.


Show notes:

David Aber from EMS Difference

Tim Noonan Rogue Medic.

Article on EMS System Abuse discussed during the show.


  1. Great topic Jim. We the EMS workers need to take action about the people we work with. A few months ago I wrote about a scandal in my home town involving the service that will show up at my parent’s house. It generated some intersting comments, and it’s a topic we can no longer pretend to ignore.


  2. Canadian Medic says:

    I imagine there are a lot of differences between different areas/states, with larger services having greater resources to conduct a more in-depth hiring process. Especially with the number of people looking for employment these days.
    To give you an idea of what it’s like north of the border: for any large urban service in Ontario, Canada at the moment the hiring process is probably a 4 month process. It includes written testing, physical/lift testing, 1-3 practical/scenario evaluations, criminal background check, reference check, and one or more interviews. For Toronto area services there were 600-800 applicants in each service, for between 10 and 30 openings.


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