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3/10/2021 10:46:19 AM
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Resource Category
Emergency Medical Services
Primary Core Capability
Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Medical Services
Secondary Core Capability
Resource Kind
Overall Function
The Paramedic is a health professional whose primary focus is to respond to, assess and triage emergent, urgent and nonurgent requests for medical care; apply basic and advanced knowledge and skills necessary to determine patient physiological, psychological and psychosocial needs; administer medications; interpret and use diagnostic findings to implement treatment; provide complex patient care; and facilitate referrals or access to a higher level of care when the patient's needs exceed the capability level of the Paramedic.
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
Ambulance Ground Team or Ambulance Strike Team
In conjunction with a NIMS typed unit
NIMS Typed Unit
Description Notes
Not Specified
Supporting Core Capabilities
Type Description
Type 1The Paramedic: 1. Functions as part of a comprehensive Emergency Medical Services (EMS) response, community, health or public safety system with advanced clinical protocols and medical oversight 2. Performs interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance, including agency medical director-approved diagnostic equipment 3. May provide specialized interfacility care during transport 4. Facilitates medical decisions at an emergency scene and during transport 5. Provides an important link in the continuum of healthcare 6. Often serves as a patient care team member in a hospital or other health care setting to the full extent of education, certification, licensure and credentialing
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Successful completion of a nationally accredited Paramedic program that meets or exceeds all other state, tribal and territorial requirements
TrainingNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Completion of the following: 1. IS-5: An Introduction to Hazardous Materials 2. IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 3. IS-200: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS-200 4. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction 5. IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Ongoing, active participation with an EMS-providing entity, organization or agency
Physical/Medical FitnessThe National Incident Management System (NIMS) Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS) defines physical/medical fitness levels for NIMS positions.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 11. Arduous 2. Maintains immunizations in accordance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s immunization recommendations
CurrencyNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 11. Ongoing, active participation with an EMS-providing entity, organization or agency 2. Immunizations up-to-date and commensurate with mission assignment
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1State-, tribe- or territory-granted active status of legal authority to function as a Paramedic
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Discuss logistics for deploying this position, such as working conditions, length of deployment, security, lodging, transportation and meals, prior to deployment.
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System, November 2017
FEMA, National Response Framework, June 2016
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Association of State EMS Officials, National EMS Scope of Practice Model 2019 (DOT HS 812-666), February 2019