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Deer Park Volunteer Ambulance (DPVA)

Job Summary:

A Full-time Paramedic for Deer Park Volunteer Ambulance (DPVA) is responsible for responding on EMS calls within the region. They determine appropriate actions and responses to incidents and direct operations to assure the safe, efficient and effective use of personnel, equipment and resources, and delivery of patient care. They provide appropriate patient care during transports to regional hospitals.

They are responsible for the operational quality and state of operational readiness of a combination EMS organization. This position provides and conducts a variety of management, technical support and training duties in overseeing shift operations and scheduling. Paramedics work closely with management and coordinate with other Paramedics in the accomplishment of DPVA’s goals and objectives.

Our Organization:

DPVA is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-affiliated, EMS service located in Northeast Washington State, approximately 15 miles north of Spokane. Our response area serves not only the bedroom communities of Spokane, but the rural agricultural areas of northern Spokane County and southern Stevens County. DPVA’s response area covers approximately 630 square miles. We are contracted to respond on EMS alarms, provide the area's primary licensed paramedic, and provide EMS transports for the regional fire districts of Spokane County Fire District #4 (SCFD#4) and Stevens County Fire Protection District #1 (SCFPD#1).

DPVA is a combination organization with seven paid employees: A Director-of-Operations, an Administrative Assistant, four full-time paramedics, and a full-time AEMT (Fleet Manager). We typically staff two ambulances with a combination of volunteer paramedics, AEMTs or Basic EMTs. We have 54 volunteers who work 12 hour shifts. DPVA staffs a paramedic 24/7, who provides medical first response in a four-wheeled drive Quick Response Vehicle (QRV). Paramedics work a fixed schedule, a 48 hour shift in week one and a 36 hour shift in week two.

DPVA provides unscheduled mutual aid inter-facility transfers from three area hospitals and transports from five regional health care clinics and one Urgent Care clinic. 


“Dedicated to our community, our personnel, our profession.”

Deer Park Volunteer Ambulance will provide highly professional medical patient care and transport for the community we serve. We will respond to each incident, working together, demonstrating respect, compassion, competence, collaboration and social justice. 

Essential Functions:

The essential functions of the Full-time Paramedic include, but are not limited to, the following duties and responsibilities, which are listed in no particular order of importance or significance:

1.     Acts as a role model in the perspective that quality patient care and customer service is the core of the organization's task.

2.     Provides guidance to EMS staff regarding patient assessment and treatment with the ultimate goal of optimal patient outcome and customer service.

3.     Manages rapidly changing situations while maintaining smooth and efficient operations.

4.     Fulfills the requirements of the Paramedic job description.

5.     Directs the activities of the field staff.

6.     Ascertains that all equipment is in good mechanical order.

7.     Insures adequate supplies are available.

8.     Ability to supervise subordinates according to agency guidelines.

9.     Facilitates the collection of all run reports and perform initial quality assurance review.

10. Assists with clinical training for all new hires.

11. Works with other office personnel to fill shifts.

12. Recommends changes to field operations to Director of Operations.

13. Fulfills Management Team assignments and complete projects.

14. Strong communication skills (verbal, written and presentations skills).

15. Must demonstrate ability to function as a solo Paramedic on scene and during patient transport. Ability to exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and in making decisions.

16. Ability to offer constructive criticism in a diplomatic manner and receive such.


1.     High School Diploma

2.     EMT – Paramedic Certification in the State of Washington

3.     ACLS & PALS Certification

4.  Minimum of two (2) years EMT experience and one (1) year experience as a Paramedic.

5.     Must be twenty-one (21) years of age or older at time of hire.

6.     Must have an acceptable driving record and possess a valid driver’s license.

7.     Must have no felony convictions or disqualifying criminal histories within the past ten years.

Desired Qualifications

1.     Initiative for self-improvement and preparing for additional responsibilities.

2.     Firm understanding of the Spokane County EMS protocols

3.     Must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with fellow employees, hospital staffs, fire units, police departments, communication centers (dispatch), management, neighboring EMS services and the general public.

4.     Ability to act at all times in a professional manner and able to handle conflict and stressful situations with good judgment.

5.     Self-motivated to keep up on new skills, treatments and protocol trends across the industry.

6.     Willingness to participate on Wildland Fire Mobilization EMS Response Team. Requires the ability to pass an Arduous Pack Test to meet U.S Forest Service standard for deployment.

Physical and Health Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made upon request to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

·        While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, stand, use hands to finger, handle or operate objects, tools or controls; and to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, talk, hear, read, taste and smell.

·        The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 71 pounds of equipment and assist in lifting and/or moving a stretcher with patient. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

·        The employee must not be a tobacco product user. 

Compensation & Benefits:

·        Base Salary: $41,961

·        Medical & Vision Insurance

·        Retirement Plan

·        Vacation Leave

·        Sick Leave

·        Double Time on Holidays

·        Overtime opportunities

To Apply:

Qualified candidates are encouraged to obtain an application at Mail application and resume to:

Deer Park Volunteer Ambulance

P.O. Box 596

Deer Park, WA 99006

Applications must be received by June 30, 2018 at 16:00 hrs. Testing will take place within the second week of July. A testing packet will be sent out after receipt of application. Based on results of testing, a one-year eligibility list will be established. One to two available positions are anticipated.

Please direct all questions to Steve Cooke, DPVA Director of Operations, at (509) 276-2789 or email

Posted: Jun 1, 2018,
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