EMS Chief (79)

Fire Battalion Chief (231)

Training Chief (379)


Fire Department


OPFD Operations 2820








JOB SUMMARY STATEMENT: Directs and oversees on-scene Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Performs supervision of a variety of EMS activities and related duties involving inspection of assigned EMS station, equipment, and personnel, as well as monitoring of behavior, competence, and training of subordinates. Duties are performed with independence within established department rules and regulations. Performs supervisory and managerial work as a station officer under the direction of a Chief Officer.


Provides direction, coordination, and oversight for on-scene emergency services personnel following established medical protocols. Directs and guides through strategic leadership; overall scene safety; IAP development; and the execution of the patient care plan; makes critical decisions regarding strategic or tactical objectives necessary to keep life loss to a minimum until relieved.

Enforces and reviews policies, programs, and procedures for EMS Operations.

Conducts reviews of all departmental patient care reports for; accuracy, completeness, and quality assurance. Conducts remedial training and coaching for department personnel to improve documentation.

Communicates with technical support for the patient care record platform and coordinates troubleshooting on documentation-related issues.

Monitors inventory, ordering, and delivery of EMS equipment, supplies, distribution, and storage for assigned stations.

May assume the role of Medical on Fire and/or EMS incidents functioning within the Incident Management System.

Is an active member of shift leadership; directly supervises the development of new paramedics and/or EMS Lieutenants to ensure developmental milestones are met; organizes, conducts, and assesses initial training of new employees; oversees remedial training of field personnel; acts as a mentor to field employees to assist them with personal growth and development.

Attends and participates in required on-duty continuing education for Paramedics. Prepares, participates, and may present training and educational programs for the department, ancillary agencies, or the public as an EMS Facilitator. Works with the Training Division to implement ALS/BLS level EMS training for shift level delivery and conducts the credentialing process for all field-qualified personnel as required by the Medical Director.

Plans, schedules, manages and supervises work assignments for fire department personnel at an assigned station. Completes performance evaluations for assigned personnel in coordination with the supervising Chief Officer. Instructs and evaluates fire department personnel in medical care methods, techniques, and subjects. Confers with, coaches, counsels, and assists with the discipline of subordinate employees as necessary.

Plans and directs the cleaning and maintenance of the assigned station, equipment, and assigned vehicle. Inspects personnel ensures readiness, and maintains discipline and a positive professional attitude among crew members. Performs or supervises the preparation of all necessary company records and reports.

Assists with the development and conducting of hiring and promotional processes.

Participates in the pre-planning of apartment and nursing home access in the station's primary response district; consults with the Prevention Division to resolve identified issues.

Performs other duties as directed or required such as committees and assigned projects.

The employee must work the days and hours necessary to perform all assigned responsibilities and tasks. Must be available to communicate with subordinates, supervisors, customers, vendors, and any other persons or organization with whom interaction is required to accomplish work and employer goals.

The employee must be punctual and timely in meeting all requirements of performance, including, but not limited to, attendance standards and work deadlines; beginning and ending assignments on time; and scheduled work breaks, where applicable.



High school diploma or GED required.

Must possess a valid driver's license and maintain an insurable driving record.

Associate's degree in Emergency Medicine or a related field preferred.

Requires a Kansas Paramedic certification.

Must complete NIMS; 100, 200, 700, and 800. Will be required to complete NIMS 300 within 1 year.

Must have completed OPFD Officer 1 and Instructor 1 courses or equivalent if external candidate.


Four years of full-time experience in the position of Paramedic with three years of supervisory experience preferred.


Good oral and written communication skills

Analytical skills

Attention to detail

Basic math and accounting skills

Budget-related skills

Leadership skills

Facilitation skills

Public speaking/presentation skills

Time management skills

Working knowledge of windows-based spreadsheet, word-processing, and EMR software

Detailed knowledge of the geographical layout of the jurisdiction, including the location of streets, hydrants, and major fire hazards.

Excellent knowledge of departmental rules and regulations with the ability to enforce them firmly, tactfully, and impartially.

Advanced knowledge of emergency medical practices, current training methods, practices, and policies.

Substantial knowledge of emergency medical treatment, resuscitation, and other rescue techniques.


Ability to problem solve, assess situations, and make quick decisions under stressful conditions.

Ability to meet deadlines.

Diplomacy and judgment.

Ability to train and guide others.

Ability to recognize and protect confidential information.

Ability to prioritize multiple tasks.

Ability to carry out assignments through oral and written instructions.

Ability to work independently.

Ability to work in a hectic environment with many interruptions.

Ability to learn and understand PC software applications.

Alpha and numeric recognition.

Ability to calculate and administer medication dosages.


Must pass Overland Park Fire Department physical requirements.

Ability to sit, talk, and hear.

Ability to make and receive phone calls

Ability to operate city vehicle

Hand and eye coordination adequate to input computer and typewriter

Ability to operate power and/or hand tools such as EMS tools, laryngoicial, AED Suction

Ability to crawl, run, climb, bend, stoop, twist, reach, contort and lift up to 100 lbs. while wearing heavy protective gear.

Ability to push/pull up to 100 lbs.

Excessive standing and walking

Ability to work in life-threatening conditions.

Exposure to carcinogenic dust, toxic substances, infectious agents, and the visual/emotional shock of burn/trauma victims.

Exposure to smoke, bodily fluids, noise, heights, vibrations, extreme temperatures, and dangerous animals; hazards of emergency driving; hazards associated with traffic control and working in and near traffic; natural and

man-made disasters; and hazardous materials incidents.


Must not pose a direct threat or significant risk of substantial harm to the safety or health of himself/herself or others.

Must be committed to a high standard of safety and be willing and able to comply with all of the Department's safety policies and rules. Must be willing to report safety violations and potential safety violations to the Fire Chief.


Direct: Paramedic

Indirect: EMS Team

The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.