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3268 - Tactical Medic-Sheriff's Department

at Pima County

Posted: 1/11/2019
Job Status: Part Time,Contract/Temporary
Job Reference #: 2300423

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Position Description


There are two (2) intermittent/part-time positions, with rotating shifts and rotating days, in the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

Salary Grade: M1

Proof of current AZ EMT-P Certification must be uploaded with completed application.

The Pima Regional SWAT Team currently has openings in Tactical Emergency Medical Support (T.E.M.S) for Tactical Medics.  We are seeking highly motivated paramedics that are able to commit significant time around their primary employment to serve within a team environment.  Applicants must currently be certified Paramedics in the State of Arizona, must have been certified for at least two years and maintain their certification while a member of T.E.M.S.

Specially trained T.E.M.S. members provide advanced lifesaving services to tactical operators, victims, bystanders and suspects within the tactical perimeter of a SWAT situation. They also act as a patient advocate for officers who are treated by other medical providers, monitor team performance considering sleep deprivation, nutritional status, and heat/cold stress.  They perform medical planning for SWAT operations, direct medical training and provide medical education as needed for the team and the Sheriff's Department.   T.E.M.S. members attend bi-weekly training and field exercises to achieve and maintain a level of proficiency necessary for the safe and efficient management of tactical medical event(s) within a law enforcement situation. T.E.M.S. members are required to abide by their agency policy regarding outside employment.
There will be an orientation day (highly recommended) on January 29, 2019 at 1000 hours at the Pima Regional Training Center located at 10001 S Rita Road. Tactical medics and SWAT personnel will be on hand to answer any questions and provide information. This day will provide information about the process and familiarization with the physical standard/obstacle course (O Course).

Questions may be directed to Sergeant Derek Ogden at (520) 940-4586, or TEMS Medic James Craig at (520) 349-5219.


Performs medical support including patient assessment, administering emergency medical treatment and life support, loading and transporting patients to the hospital and completing required reports and documentation.  This classification operates as part of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team during high-risk law enforcement operations and training functions.

(Work assignments may vary depending on the department's needs and will be communicated to the applicant or incumbent by the supervisor.)

Responds to emergency calls and training sessions in support of Sheriff's Department operations;
Provides basic and advanced life support to the injured;
Assists law enforcement personnel and other first-responders in rescue activities for sick and/or injured persons;
Performs medical threat assessment on officers and civilians involved in law enforcement operations;
Monitors medical status of officers and civilians involved in law enforcement operations;
Monitors medical effects of environmental conditions on officers and civilians involved in law enforcement operations and training situations;
Assists law enforcement personnel with planning of high-risk, law enforcement operations;
Serves as medical liaison to hospitals and supporting medical services;
Collects and monitors emergency medical data for assigned department personnel;
Implements and supports educational and other preventative measures to help ensure law enforcement officers health and well being;
Assists law enforcement officers and other first responders with tactical decontamination;
Assists law enforcement officers with criminal investigations involving medical issues;
Assists with departmental medical education such as CPR, 1st aid/Buddy Care, infectious disease control, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system;
Maintains operational security of law enforcement sensitive materials.
Knowledge of:

  • basic and advanced life support techniques;
  • base hospital coordination using Southeast Arizona Emergency Medical Service (SAEMS) protocol;
  • environmental effects on human performance decrement;
  • tactical decontamination procedures and protocols;
  • incident command principles and practices;
  • principles and practices of leadership;
  • roads and routes within Pima County;
  • rules, regulations and policies of Pima County and the Sheriff's Department relevant to area of assignment.
    Skill in:
  • using basic and advanced life support medical equipment;
  • using personal safety and personal protective equipment and devices;
  • conducting and analyzing medical threat assessments;   
  • performing medical triage;
  • performing manual lifting and transporting of patients;
  • observing situations analytically and objectively, making quick decisions and recording information clearly and completely;
  • reacting decisively and calmly in stressful situations;
  • establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the public, department members and others.

Minimum Qualifications

Certification by the State of Arizona as an Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) or other advanced, State of Arizona, emergency services qualification/certification as identified by the appointing authority at the time of recruitment and two years of professional experience performing emergency medical services. (Examples of typical qualification/certification that would qualify include, but are not limited to, Registered Nurse (RN), MD, etc.)

Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application.  Do not substitute a resume for your application or write "see resume" on your application.

Preferred Qualifications: (Be specific in describing your experience in your application. Ensure the descriptions provided illustrate your competencies, specifically addressing the required and preferred qualifications.):

  1. Currently employed in the medical field with regular patient care.

Selection Process:
All applicants that meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in and complete a required physical fitness proficiency test consisting of the SWAT Obstacle Course and practical medical skills testing. The date for this portion of the process is February 5th, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. Applicants who successfully complete the obstacle course and practical medical skills testing will then go through an oral board interview.  This structured oral board will be conducted February 11 or 12, 2019 at the Pima County Sheriff's Department Headquarters at 1750 E Benson Highway. (Applicants will be notified of their scheduled date/time.)  

Pima County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates that meet the minimum/desired qualifications. All applications will be assessed based on an evaluation of the listed education and experience.  Candidates meeting the minimum/desired qualifications may be further evaluated/scored against any advertised Preferred Qualifications.  The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a referral list provided by Human Resources. Additional assessments/testing may be required as part of the selection process.

Supplemental Information

Licenses and Certificates: Certification by the state of Arizona as an Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic (EMT-P) or other state of Arizona certified or registered, advanced level of emergency services provider is required at the time of appointment.
Valid driver license is required at time of application.
  Valid AZ driver license is required at time of appointment. The successful applicant will be subject to a 39-month DOT Motor Vehicle Record review to determine applicant's suitability to operate county vehicles in accordance with Pima County administrative procedures. Any offer of employment resulting from this recruitment is contingent upon Risk Management's review and approval of the candidate's driving record. 
Special Notice Items: Department of Labor Regulation CFR Part 1910.1030 requires notification to all employees in this job category that employees in this classification may have a high risk of exposure to blood borne pathogens.  Hepatitis B vaccine, personal protective training and equipment will be provided.  All positions require satisfactory completion of a background investigation due to need for access to law enforcement, corrections and court facilities, property, communications and associated confidential information, documents, databases and evidentiary materials. Pre-/post-appointment drug screening and polygraph examinations are required of all positions due to the need for access as described above. Employees within this classification must be medically screened, fit-tested and able to wear respirators and protective masks. Additional protective equipment may be required as determined by the Appointing Authority. An employee's inability to be properly fit-tested, or to perform work functions while wearing a respirator and/or other personal protective equipment for prolonged periods of time, shall be grounds for termination. 
Physical/Sensory Requirements:  Physical and sensory abilities include but are not limited to:
 Ability to:

  • react to physical confrontations and emergency situations quickly and effectively;
  • stand and sit for long periods of time;
  • bend, reach, kneel and crouch;
  • climb up and down stairs at a controlled, brisk  pace and be able to perform functions of assignment upon reaching destination;
  • perform tasks requiring dexterity and agility after running moderate distances;
  • see and recall visual details;
  • hear and understand speech and radio transmissions;
  • lift and carry up to 75 pounds;
  • wear required uniform articles and safety equipment for extended periods of time;
  • wear and use a respirator, air purifying respirator, or self contained breathing apparatus;
  • drive an automobile;
  • speak clearly.

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