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Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Volunteer

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ORGANIZATION: National Park Service

Duties : EMS Team members: (1) provide emergency medical services to visitors (up to the level of the Team Member’s certifications); (2) hike Billy Goat Section A, nearby trails, and the canal towpath; (3) operate an all-terrain vehicle in the park; and (4) provide visitors with information on the park’s resources, Leave-No-Trace principles, safety in the park, and regulation reminders. Submit patient care reports through the appropriate system. Submit incident summaries to the Chief Ranger. Communicate with NPS National Capital Region Dispatch or United States Park Police Dispatch. Provide assistance to USPP, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue, and other agencies.

Qualifications :

A. EMS Team members must have and maintain a current certification as an Emergency Medical Technician or Emergency Medical Responder with National Registry of EMTs Certification and NPS EMS Credential; (2) CPR/AED; (3) annual American Heart Association Bloodborne Pathogens course; and (4) FEMA Incident Command System online courses. A copy of your certification is required before you are eligible to act as an EMS Team member.

B. EMS Team members must be able to hike a minimum of 4 hours with a 15-25 pound backpack in rugged on- and off-trail terrain in all weather conditions. EMS Team members must be able to safely drive an all-terrain vehicle and use hand tools such as an axe.

C. EMS Team members must be able to communicate well with the public, interact well with visitors with widely diverse backgrounds, and represent the NPS in a professional manner. EMS Team members must know the park and its surrounding area.

Training :

A. Continuing education in first aid and related subjects is provided.

B. One or more orientation hikes of Billy Goat Trail Section A with an experienced Team Member to become familiar with the terrain, trail landmarks, communication procedures, and emergency response procedures.

Evaluation : The job performance and training level of each Team member is evaluated annually by the Chief Park Ranger (or designee).

Time Commitment : A minimum of 75 hours per year.

Supervision : Chief Park Ranger (or designee), C&O Canal National Historical Park.

Start Date - 2023-03-03

End Date - 2024-03-02

Difficulty_Level: Strenuous

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The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.


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