Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is responsible for the emergent and non-emergent care and transportation of patients. They function at the basic life support (BLS) level which includes such skills as: basic patient assessment and vital signs; splinting; CPR; spinal immobilization; oxygen administration. The primary responsibility of a White Rose Ambulance EMT is focused upon the non-emergent transport of patients and assisting with the 9-1-1 call volume as needed. It has been found, however, that many of the "non-emergent" patients truly do need medical attention and are often sicker than those patients encountered on the 9-1-1 side.
Shifts that the EMT may work could be 8, 10, 12 or 13 hours and may include some weekends depending upon the rotation that the EMT is assigned to. Because of the nature of the business it is not uncommon to stay an hour past the end of the shift.
All EMTs are encouraged to further themselves in the EMS field. Several opportunities that allow for this include: becoming an EMT on a MICU; becoming a Preceptor; becoming involved in the Quality Management of the company; and many other areas that are to many to mention. Paid paramedic tuition assistance program is available.
EMTs are also encouraged to maintain the above amount number of continuing education hours that are required by the PA Department of Health.
Advanced Life Support (Paramedics & PHRNs)
White Rose Ambulance utilizes 2 levels of Advanced Life Support (ALS) care: the Paramedic and the PHRN. Both are required to follow the same protocols in the emergency situation but a PHRN has an expanded scope of care when it comes to interfacility transports. The ALS personnel at White Rose Ambualnce are held to the highest standard of integrity and patient care and are always searching to further their knowledge.
Not only do the providers respond to the 9-1-1 needs of the City of York and surrounding areas, but they also provide interfacility critical care transports that range in duration from minutes to hours. Because of this the White Rose ALS provider must have a solid educational background along with sharp patient assessment skills.
Shifts that the ALS Providers generally work are 12 hours in duration. The shifts rotate so that each provider has every other weekend off. Because of the nature of the business it is not uncommon to stay an hour past the end of the shift.
All ALS personnel are encouraged to further themselves in the EMS field. Several opportunities that allow for this include: becoming a Preceptor; becoming an instructor in such areas as ALCS, PALS, PHTLS; taking the CCEMTP course; and many other areas that are to many to mention.
All providers are also encouraged to maintain the above amount number of continuing education hours that are required by the PA Department of Health.
Wheelchair Van Operator
The Wheelchair Van Operator is responsible to taking wheelchair-bound patients from one location to another. They must have a good knowledge of the area for they are alone in the vehicle. There is a great deal of pushing, lifting and bending with this position requiring the operator to be in good condition. Shifts vary and most have weekends off. All operators are encouraged to further themselves in the company and opportunities such as becoming a member of the Safety Committee and Quality Management Committee are always available.