EMS Division Chief: Wausau Wisconsin Deadline October 18, 2015

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EMS Division Chief

Deadline: October 18, 2015

Salary: $25.88 – $38.82 Hourly

Job Requirements:

The purpose of this position is to serve as Director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) with the responsibility of performing professional level work in planning, coordinating, monitoring, evaluating and overseeing the operations of emergency medical care while ensuring compliance with applicable statutes and administrative rules. The incumbent is also responsible for maintaining and obtaining up-to-date approvals for the State of Wisconsin approved operational plan. The Division Chief is the liaison and subject matter expert for all ambulance activities and billing.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintains a leadership role within the Fire Department while exhibiting attributes to include self-motivation, attention to detail and superb organization skills while administering all aspects of the EMS program within the Department.
  • Provides direction to fire personnel in the administration of the EMS Program, along with related training. May supervise employees to include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff are trained and developed, and making hiring, termination and disciplinary recommendations. Mentors and directs the activities and work of Emergency Medical Service Crew Leader.
  • Develops and implements continuous quality improvement (CQI) programs by reviewing and analyzing EMS effectiveness, system trends, and needs, in an effort to ensure EMS system excellence.
  • Assists in researching and developing policies and procedures, to include analyzing, drafting, coordinating preparation and implementation.
  • Advances the Department through appropriate training by planning, preparing and presenting EMS educational programs with objectives and content which ensures compliance with State and Department programs and requirements. Oversees and/or records all completed training.
  • Manages fire department ambulance licensure requirements and other related certifications in accordance with State and National Registry requirements and maintains records related to certifications.
  • Continuously analyzes deployment of EMS resources and makes recommendations for any system modifications to enhance response.
  • Ensures all medical equipment on ambulances and fire apparatus are appropriate and in good working order and that medical supplies are at an appropriate inventory level.
  • Knows, understands and appropriately updates the EMS operational plan with the State of Wisconsin.
  • Assists the Shift Commander in management of the day-to-day operations of EMS. Assist with day-to-day maintenance, upkeep and repair of EMS units and equipment
  • Oversees and manages a variety of reports related to EMS and fire department operations to include the electronic Patient Care Report.
  • Takes a leadership role and serves as primary department manager overseeing and coordinating critical care paramedic initiatives.
  • Coordinates and oversees initial and refresher EMS training as required by policy, protocol, and licensure. Ensures that members are properly licensed and credentialed within the medical field.
  • Performs duties of HIPPA Compliance Officer, Privacy Act Officer, and Infection Control program administrator.
  • Acts as liaison between City of Wausau and ambulance billing vendor serving as the Department’s subject matter expert for the City of Wausau.
  • Staffs an ambulance at the Paramedic level to conduct periodic evaluations of personnel, in order to assess proficiency, or as needed in staff shortages.
  • Integrates health and safety plans, policies and procedures into daily work activities; ability to conduct initial accident and incident investigations.
  • Supervises and assists the cleaning and maintenance of equipment and station as necessary.
  • Acts as the liaison between the appointed Medical Director and Wausau Fire Department for Continuous Quality Improvement, Quality Assurance, and licensure of personnel.
  • Serves as a liaison for EMS-related issues with State and Local regulatory agencies, base hospital personnel, other EMS and fire agencies, medical equipment suppliers, training centers, citizens, and other agencies/individuals associated with pre-hospital care. Develops and maintains effective working relations, information sharing/dissemination, conflict resolution, and compliance with applicable regulations and policies.
  •  Participates on appropriate committees as a representative for the Wausau Fire Department to ensure the Departments interests are represented or to advance the Department.
  •  Provides guidance for specialty transport, multi-casualty response, and special events.
  •  Assists with vehicle and equipment procurement within budgetary guidelines
  •  Monitors and evaluates section expenditures, which includes: recommendation of budget items; evaluating past fiscal spending; anticipating future spending; and, performing other budget related activities.
  •  Deals with public inquiries and concerns according to policy and procedure. Provides emergency medical services education to city employees and public as needed.
  •  Assists the City Fire Marshal with fire inspections, code enforcement, and other inspection division responsibilities as needed.
  • Researches and identifies grant opportunities in the area of EMS and be able to persuasively communicate the Wausau Fire Department’s mission in developing, writing and submitting grant proposals to third-party entities.
  • Assists in preparing plans that outline operating procedures to be used in response to disasters/emergences.
  • Manages the fire department’s Hazardous Communication program. ·
  •  Perform duties of a shift commander as needed.
  • Performs various other duties as assigned.

 Minimum Requirements:

  • Associates Degree from a regionally accredited institution in emergency medical services or related emergency health care field
  • Eight years of progressively responsible experience that provided knowledge and success in emergency medical operations
  • State of Wisconsin Fire Officer I certification
  • State of Wisconsin Emergency Services Instructor certification
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS) certifications in ICS-700, 100, 200, 300, 400
  • Nationally Registered Paramedic
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification (ACLS)
  • Basic Life Support Certification (BLS)
  • Pediatric Life Support Certification (PALS)
  • Hazardous Materials Operations certification
  • Possession of a valid Driver’s License with the ability to legally operate a motor vehicle within the State of Wisconsin
  • Ability to wear respirators to include Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus

 Additional Information:

IMPORTANT! All applications must  be completely filled out and have a Cover Letter and Resume attached in the “Attachments” section of the application. Applications that are not complete and do not have the required attachments will not be considered.

Initial salary is dependent upon qualifications


The City of Wausau will make arrangements to furnish appropriate auxiliary aids and services where necessary and reasonable to afford an individual with a disability the opportunity to participate in the recruitment process. Please notify the Human Resources Department or phone (715) 261-6630 to request special accommodations prior to the application deadline.


Wisconsin Statutes, Sections 19.36 (7), 64.09 (5), and 64.11 (7) require public employers to treat the following items as a public record: Each applicant’s application, records, recommendations and qualifications except as provided in Section 19.36 (7), Wis. Stats. that allows the identity of an applicant to remain confidential if the applicant requests in writing that the City not provide access to this information.

If you choose not to have this information become a public record, you must make such a request in writing to the Human Resources Department. If you become a finalist for the position, your identity may be disclosed as required by law.

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.

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