Ambulance Operator Program Employment
If you're highly motivated
and dedicated to securing a career in firefighting or public
safety, public security, or other emergency-response fields,
we'd like to talk to you.
We can help you get your foot in
the door, gain direct experience in working — and, at times,
living — in a fire department environment, and work side
by side with professional firefighting crews.
We hire you, but you work at the
location of our client fire department. You remain on our
payroll for the duration of your employment, allowing you
to earn a living while you earn invaluable hands-on experience
in the real world.
What is an Ambulance Operator/Fire Intern?
As an Ambulance Operator (sometimes
called Fire Interns by some fire departments), your responsibility
is to provide transportation services and EMT support for
the professional firefighting and paramedic personnel at the
fire department for which you work. You drive the department's
ambulance vehicle used in response to medical emergencies,
accidents, natural disasters, and fire incidents of all types.
You're a key part of the team helping the public in time
of emergency, as well as participating in educational and
community relations efforts on behalf of your department.
Ambulance Operators are hired on
the basis of a PAID internship for a set period of time — usually
two to three years. You can leave the program at any time.
Most AOs are hired on a stand-by or part-time basis initially,
and then become full-time as openings occur. The program provides
group benefits and paid time off for full-time Ambulance Operators.
Rewarding, Exciting, and In Demand
Becoming an Ambulance Operator
is a tremendous stepping stone to a rewarding career in firefighting
(although you cannot participate in fire-suppression work
as an AO). Still, the opportunity for fire intern training
makes you more experienced and more marketable than those
without this type of experience when you apply for a position
as a firefighter. With the experience, certifications, and
practical education you'll get on the job, most AOs are
in high demand for open firefighting position or related jobs.
We're Your Support System
While you serve as an Ambulance
Operator, you'll have your own team supporting you. Because
Employment Systems specializes in working with AOs and Fire
Interns, we know the issues and challenges you face. That
means we're flexible, and will work with you to help
you achieve your personal career goals.
We can often arrange for extended
leaves so you can attend paramedic school or a fire academy.
And you're always welcome to return to your internship
once your complete your additional training, or you can accept
a position in your area of specialization. Regardless, your
talents and skills are always appreciated, not only by Employment
Systems, but by the fire departments we work with.
How Do I Become an Ambulance Operator?
While Employment Systems is your
employer, our clients — the fire department — set the
standards for their own programs. The fire department staff
interviews, tests, and selects you to participate in their
program. Each fire department has its own specific requirements,
but the common qualifications are:
- High school graduate (or equivalent)
- At least 18 years of age
- Current CPR card
- CA Certified EMT-1
- CA Class C driver license at
time of application
- Ambulance Driver Certificate
prior to employment
- Current resume
- Letters of recommendation
Preferred qualifications (in some
cases required, depending upon the particular agency) include:
- Fire science/technology coursework
at post-secondary level
- Firefighter I Certificate OR
- Graduate of State Fire Marshall-accredited
Get the Green Light for Your Firefighting Career Today
E-mail Employment Systems at email@example.com
to get on a mailing list for future Ambulance Operator recruitment
opportunities. Include your name, mailing address and phone
number. Skip the red tape everybody else deals with and call
Employment Systems' Ambulance Operator Program Hotline
today at 877-438-2656