A company without good employees is destine to fail. At McCormick Ambulance, we believe that our employees are our most valuable asset.
We know that our employees are the best in the industry. The Fire Departments know we only hire the best. They expect nothing less. Anyone who has been one of our patients knows we provide the best care possible 24/7…. PERIOD!
Our employees exhibit a positive can-do attitude. They work seamlessly with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Many follow natural progression and move on to become Firefighters and Police officers. We encourage it.
People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. Incidents as varied as automobile accidents, heart attacks, slips and falls, childbirth, and gunshot wounds all require immediate medical attention. EMTs and paramedics provide this vital service as they care for and transport the sick or injured to a medical facility.
In an emergency, EMTs and paramedics are dispatched by a McCormick Dispatcher to the scene, where they work with police and fire fighters. Once they arrive, EMTs and paramedics assess the nature of the patient’s condition while trying to determine whether the patient has any pre-existing medical conditions. Following medical protocols and guidelines, they provide appropriate emergency care and, when necessary, transport the patient. EMTs and Paramedics are trained to treat patients with minor injuries on the scene of an accident or they may treat them at their home without transporting them to a medical facility. Emergency treatment is carried out under the medical direction of physicians.
EMTs and paramedics use special equipment, such as backboards, to immobilize patients before placing them on stretchers and securing them in the ambulance for transport to a medical facility. These workers generally work in teams. During the transport of a patient, one EMT drives while the other monitors the patient’s vital signs and gives additional care as needed. Often county paramedics work as part of the team to transport critically ill or injured patients to hospital trauma centers.
At the medical facility, EMTs and paramedics help transfer patients to the emergency department, report their observations and actions to emergency department staff, and may provide additional emergency treatment. After each run, EMTs and paramedics replace used supplies and check equipment.
EMTs and paramedics also provide transportation for patients from one medical facility to another. Patients often need to be transferred to a hospital that specializes in their injury or illness or to a nursing home.
EMT-Paramedics provide the most extensive pre-hospital care. In addition to carrying out the procedures of the other levels, paramedics may administer drugs orally and intravenously, interpret electrocardiograms (EKGs), perform endotracheal intubations, and use monitors and other complex equipment.
EMTs and paramedics work both indoors and out, in all types of weather. They are required to do considerable kneeling, bending, and heavy lifting. The work is not only physically strenuous but can be stressful, sometimes involving life-or-death situations and suffering patients. Nonetheless, many people find the work exciting and challenging and enjoy the opportunity to help others.
EMTs and paramedics frequently work between 45 and 60 hours a week. Because emergency services function 24 hours a day, EMTs and paramedics have irregular working hours.
EMTs and paramedics should be emotionally stable, have good dexterity, agility, and physical coordination, and be able to lift and carry heavy loads. They also need good eyesight (corrective lenses may be used) with accurate color vision.
EMTs and Paramedics can become supervisors, operations managers, administrative directors, or executive directors of emergency services. Some EMTs and paramedics become instructors, dispatchers, or physician assistants; others move into sales or marketing of emergency medical equipment. Many move on to become Firefighters and Police officers. A number of people become EMTs and paramedics to test their interest in health care before training as registered nurses, physicians, or other health workers.
All of our managers have all been field EMTs and Paramedics. Some of us still work in the field to keep our perspective. Our management team includes active & retired Firefighters
How many of your managers still work in the field?
Back when we were in the field full time, we found ourselves always asking the same question:
Why do people not raised in EMS believe that they can run an ambulance company?
Little did we know that we would someday get a chance to do it ourselves!
We run McCormick with a field employees perspective, something that few companies can honestly state. It’s the way an ambulance company should be run .....like a family.
Do you have the personal cell phone number of an owner?
Can you walk into your bosses or owners office at any time unannounced to have any issues addressed?
Do your supervisors routinely buy you lunch?
Does your company hand out free baseball and concert tickets or take you to motocross events?
Do you get a birthday card with a gift every year?
Do you ever get a gas or gift card in addition to overtime for picking up an extra shift?
Do you spend most of your time between calls at your station as opposed to shift posting or sitting in your ambulance?
Do you feel like your input on company matters is valued by management?
Are your shifts super flexible?
Can you go online to pick up, give away, and trade shifts 24/7?
If you answered “No” to any of these questions, you may be working for the wrong company.
At McCormick Ambulance:
You will be treated equally, respectfully, honestly and fairly. All employees are expected to do the same.
You are a valuable part of our team.
EMS is not for everyone. We ask that you take inventory of yourself on a regular basis. If you are burned out, know when to call it quits.
Show up to work on time.
EMS is unpredictable. On occasion, be prepared to work past your off-time.
Give every shift 100% of yourself.
Treat others the way you want to be treated.
Be a part of the well-oiled machine…Not a part of the problem.
Learn, then teach.
If you need help, ask.
Keep working towards your goals. Never give up!
Take pride in your work and enjoy helping others.
As managers, we are here to assist you in any way we can. We try and make ourselves available to you as often as possible. We try to keep everyone updated to all of the companies inner workings and current events by publishing a monthly newsletter every other month and company sponsored BB~Q’s. We invite our employees to submit articles for publication as often as they wish.
Again, we truly value our employees!
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