Health Technician (Paramedic)

Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services | Erie, PA

Posted Date 7/31/2020

This is an episodic, intermittent appointment with irregular and occasional hours and you are only compensated for time worked. You may not hold dual Federal employment.This position is located with the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS). NDMS supports state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) authorities following disasters and emergencies by supplementing health and medical systems and response capabilities. The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, in its role as Coordinator of Emergency Support Function 8 (ESF-8), Public Health and Medical Services, of the National Response Framework, employs the NDMS to provide patient care, patient movement, and definitive care, as well as veterinary services, and fatality management support when requested by authorities from States, localities, Tribes and Territories, or other federal departments. In a disease outbreak, they may provide mass prophylaxis. During a special event, they stand ready to serve in case of an emergency. But no matter what the specific mission is, DMAT teams provide expert patient care that protects individual health and promotes national health security.
  1. Practice Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic (EMT-P) protocols and Standards of Care.
  2. Controls the activities of EMT-P resources at emergencies.
  3. Successfully utilized emergency communication skills.
  4. Effectively communicate in writing with medical and ancillary personnel.
During deployments, the work is primarily related to readiness for and deployment for response during the aftermath of a disaster or public health emergency, where work may be field-based, in a tent environment that is remote and austere, caring for sick, injured, dying, or deceased persons. This work requires above average health, physical, and mental conditioning with routine long periods of repetitive walking, bending, lifting, and carrying, such as carrying NDMS equipment or heavy patients on litters. Incumbent must be capable of working in a high-stress, high security, remote, austere, and uncharacterized environment, void of infrastructure and vital services, requiring specific physical demands, such as the ability to lift 50 pounds, and work characteristics that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. For these reasons, employees are required to complete a physical and health screening process, meet and maintain certain physical standards, as well as mental, behavioral, and cognitive competencies. Work may be performed in an office setting or indoor and outdoor field sites, sometimes in adverse weather. During emergency situations, the work environment may be situated in austere conditions and environment in terms of destroyed infrastructure (e.g., food and water, housing, electricity, communications), the presence of endemic diseases, and limited health and sanitation facilities requiring special safety precautions.

NOTE: This vacancy will be filled through OPM's Direct Hire authority. Veterans' Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to positions filled under this announcement. Please click here for more information on OPM's Authorization of Direct Hire authority.

To qualify for this position, you must meet ALL of the following requirements:

One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal Service providing emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients, providing basic and advanced life support to assess patients' conditions to administer treatment; and utilizing proper pharmacological practices and Standards of Care to calculate dosages and administer medications.

In addition:
  1. All NDMS healthcare worker (HCW) applicants, including behavioral health, must possess and maintain a current, valid, and unrestricted State/national license/certification, and be capable of practicing in all 50 States, Territories, and the District of Columbia (D.C.) when serving as a Federal employee, and if there is a Board Certification in the HCW position they are employed in, then they must possess or be eligible for this by an acknowledged national organization.
  2. The applicant must have a current certification/registration with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and/or State government certification authority as an Emergency Medical Technician (Paramedic) in a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a Territory of the United States.
  3. Possess and maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) training and certification endorsed by American Heart Association (AHA).

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through national Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to gain employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. If such experience is on a part-time basis, you must provide the average number of hours worked per week as well as the beginning and ending dates of the experience so it can be fully credited.

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