Working at MED-ACT

Three abulances at night outside with back doors and lights on with medics standing with each truck

MED-ACT offers career path opportunities for those interested in specializing in the delivery of emergency medical services. Most paramedics spend many years at MED-ACT, and often add specialty work to their role.

MED-ACT offers a variety of development and leadership opportunities for field providers.

Some of the items you can look forward to as a MED-ACT Clinician: 

  • State of the Art Ambulances and Equipment
  • Tuition Reimbursement up to $3500 a Year
  • In-House Free Continuing Education for Re-Certification
  • Special Teams Training (Tactical, Hazmat, Bike, Special Ops)
  • KP&F (State Pension) & County Retirement Match
  • $400 Annual Uniform Allowance
  • Group Activities and an EMS Family

Daily Schedule and Benefits

Clinician Schedule:

  • Technical Levels
    24 hour shifts: Modified Berkeley Schedule -  1 day on, 1 day off, for 3 working shifts; then 4 days off
     
  • Supervisory Levels
    Operations Battalion Chiefs - same as 24 hour shift schedule
    Chief Officers work a traditional 40 hour per week schedule.

Benefits

  • Medical/Rx insurance plans with competitive premiums
  • Vacation: 6.75 hours accrued per pay period (24 pay periods) for 24-hour personnel, beginning the first full pay period following date of hire. Accruals increase starting at 4 years of employment.
  • Sick Leave: 6.5days hours accrued per pay period (24 pay periods) for 24-hour personnel, beginning the first full pay period following date of hire.
  • Paid Holidays: All personnel receive 10 official fixed holidays and 2-3 additional personal holidays annually. Holidays worked are compensated at double time. For field operations, holidays not worked are compensated with 12 hours regular pay per holiday.
  • Many additional benefit leave types available including Caregiver, Parental, Civic, Military, and more.
  • Sick disability pay is paid by the county
  • Uniforms: Provided by the department initially and annual replacement allowance thereafter.
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement: For uniformed personnel, Kansas Police and Fire Retirement System and for non-uniformed personnel Kansas Public Employees Retirement System with additional contributions to 457 Plan matched by County up to 3.0%.
  • Student Loan Advising
  • Education Reimbursement

Training

The department provides all recertification hours required by the State and National Registry. Other certifications (ACLS, PHTLS, PALS) are available through the training center as needed.

Employment Process

The pre-employment evaluation consists of the following:

Panel Interview - Candidates will spend approximately 30-45 minutes answering general questions about prior education, work history, work ethic, and attitudes about EMS.

Offers

The Chief or designee will make employment offers to those candidates successful in the assessment process.

Post-Offer Testing

Successful completion of post-offer testing is required.

Drug screening

Physical Ability Assessment-designed to ensure paramedics have the physical ability necessary to perform essential physical functions of the job. Candidates will have an opportunity to meet with MED-ACT Assessment Reviewers prior to the administration of the assessment to learn the course layout and practice the job tasks. Assessment includes but not limited to:

  • Obtain and carry equipment
  • Walk up and down stairs with the equipment
  • Unassisted patient drag (approx. 165 pound mannequin move approx. 10 feet)
  • Compression and CPR Simulation
  • Lift and carry patient on spine board up and down stairs
  • Cot utilization
  • Loading of the cot
  • Timed C-Spine stabilization simulation

Application Process

MED-ACT accepts open applications all year long and administers multiple clinician hiring processes per year.

Visit our Human Resources page to submit an application.

Career Opportunities

Applications must be filled out and submitted electronically.

To apply for a position, you must create an online account and complete a Resume/CV profile. 

E-mail: Send an e-mail to [email protected] if you have any questions.

Telephone: You can also call our office at 913-715-1950, if you have any questions.

Additional Information

Qualifications for Employment

To ensure quality applicants are hired and retained by MED-ACT, applicants and current staff must meet and maintain the following requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required. Current Paramedic certification by the state of Kansas or eligible for Kansas Reciprocity with recertification bi-annually at the employee’s expense.
  • Certification as a Kansas Paramedic or registered as an EMT-Paramedic or Paramedic by the National Registry is required. 
  • Working twenty-four (24) hour shifts and up to thirty-six (36) hours including weekends and holidays and on-call/standby work is required.
  • Possess a valid Driver’s License with acceptable driving record is required.
  • Johnson County Government requires reference/background screening for all positions. 
  • Applicant must submit to and pass a pre-employment post-offer drug screen, and pass a physical ability assessment prior to employment.
  • Ability to work and complete duties while wearing an OSHA Level C chemical and biological PPE including protective clothing, powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) and chemical protective boots.
  • NFPA 472 HazMat Awareness Level, OSHA training, NIMS 100, 200, 700 and 800 required to be obtained in-house within one (1) year of employment.
  • NFPA 472 HazMat Operations Level, NFPA 473 Medical Response to HazMat Incidents, Disaster Medical Specialist and Tactical Medicine Certification preferred.

Within sixty (60) days of hire, employees (select DHE and EMS positions) must produce proof of immunization, proof of immunity, proof that immunization is medically contraindicated, submit a written objection to immunization based upon a sincerely held religious belief, or receive vaccination for the following: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR); Tetanus Diphtheria and Acellular Pertussis (TDAP); and Varicella (Chickenpox).

Future Career Progression

Each ambulance is led by an officer, either a lieutenant or a paramedic. The officer provides medical leadership and guidance for all personnel who are part of the on-scene EMS team. The team confers with each other about decisions to be made, but the officer has the final accountability and bears primary responsibility for any actions taken by the EMS crew.

Most ambulances are led by an EMS Lieutenant, responsible for supervising the EMS team. Lieutenants also serve as preceptors for paramedic students as needed. Each shift has three EMS Captains who are responsible for training newly hired paramedics and are qualified to work as replacements for EMS Battalion Chiefs as needed. Captains supervise additional paramedics that they may not work with on a daily basis.

The shift is then led by two EMS Battalion Chiefs who are assigned to lead the North and South Battalions across all three shifts. Three Education Captains inside the Education Division support the shirts and coordinate training for the shift.

More about Becoming a Kansas Paramedic

Becoming a paramedic can be a rewarding career as you are responsible for providing care to the sick and injured. A paramedic provides both basic and advanced life support, including the administration of medications, advanced airway management, and cardiac monitoring.

Most paramedic programs require that you have graduated from high school (or have a GED), but it's not mandatory that you have a college degree.

Requirements may vary from state to state, but generally, the eligibility requirements for most paramedic schools/programs are as follows:

  • 18 years of age
  • A high school graduate, or have a GED
  • Have a valid driver's license
  • Be a licensed EMT

To be eligible to apply for a paramedic program you may have to take anatomy, physiology or an anatomy/physiology class. (Not all programs require this prerequisite as it may be "built-in" to the paramedic program curriculum).

After finding a paramedic program that is right for you, the next step is to apply for admission. Some paramedic programs may have an interview process, as programs can be highly competitive for admissions.

Paramedic programs in Kansas are listed below:

Learn about Greater Kansas City Area programs.

Learn about programs throughout the U.S. (search programs by state).