Eastern Kentucky University College of Justice and Safety Career Fair
On Thursday, March 24, 2016, Eastern Kentucky University College of Justice and Safety hosted its annual Career Fair during the midday hours. According to Professor Young, there were more EMS agencies in attendance this day than in the past Career Fairs. I received the opportunity to visit each EMS agency that was in attendance and ask a variety of questions. This was a great time to network and connect with possible future employers and their agencies.
Louisville Metro Emergency Medical Service is currently hiring for the position of Emergency Medical Technician. If not previously certified, an EMT-B recruit’s starting salary is $11.81 per hour. Upon receiving the certification and license, that individual is given a raise to $13.95 per hour. A recruit must be 18 years old or older, have a high school diploma or GED, no criminal background, maintain and possess a valid driver’s license, and complete a prescribed an EMT training course approved by the State of Kentucky. The selection process includes a background check, physical fitness test, reference check, polygraph, medical/drug screening, and a panel interview. The application for hire is on the agency’s website at www.louisvilleky.gov/EMS.
The Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons currently staffs nationally licensed paramedics. Starting salary for a paramedic is $56,485.00 per year. In order to qualify, one must be a citizen of the United States, have one year or more experience as a paramedic, have two years graduate work/master’s degree, and pass a security clearance/background investigation. To access the application, visit www.bop.gov.
American Medical Response is currently hiring for the position of Emergency Medical Technician. Starting salary is $10.70 per hour with opportunities to serve in Lexington, Louisville, and Erlanger, Kentucky. In addition to passing background checks and interviews, a potential candidate must pass a physical fitness test. The application for hire can be found at www.amr.net/careers.
Winchester Fire Department and Emergence Medical Service is hiring for the positions part time and full time Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics. Starting pay for a part time EMT-B is $8.00 per hour. An applicant must pick up the full application at city hall, as well as, the other minimum requirements for the position. To contact the Winchester, KY City Hall offices, call (859) 744-7017.
The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport staffs a full time, state accredited fire department and police department. The Airport’s firemen are required to be an EMT-B at minimum. However, if a firefighter wants to receive their paramedic license, the airport will pay their way through paramedic school. Starting salaries for the Fire/EMS position is in the low $40,000s per year with great benefits. To apply, one can fill out the application online at www.cvgairport.com.
The Lexington Fire Department staffs a full time and part time duty roster for their EMS division. As a ALS and BLS service, LFD employs both EMT-Bs and paramedics. Shifts are normally 24 hours on duty and 48 hours off duty for full time positions. Unlike many rural departments, LFD trains their own recruits in their own fire academy. The starting salary for an EMT-B is around $26,000 a year. The applications are located on their website at www.lexingtonky.gov.
Air Methods KY-1 is an air ambulance service based out of London, KY. This elite agency staffs a full time duty roster for flight nurses (RNs), pilots (both rotary and fixed wing), and flight paramedics. Getting hired onto the Air Methods team is quite extensive for all three positions. Paramedics who wish to become flight paramedics must have at least three years’ experience with a high volume EMS agency. Also, there is a lot of training involved, such as: flight school, orientation, and critical care. Starting pay for a flight paramedic is around $16.00 to $18.00 per hour. Online applications and job opportunities can be found on their website at www.airmethods.com/kentucky.
One of the great benefits of the Career Fair hosted by EKU’s College of Justice and Safety was the networking with other EMS agencies and employers. By getting to learn about other agencies across the state of Kentucky, it widened my prospective of the EMS field. This was a great experience overall, and I am looking forward to the next one.
Published on April 12, 2016