Ambulance Operator Program

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The Ambulance Operator Program utilizes Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) to respond to less-critical medical calls. In addition to the ambulance operators responding to an incident, a paramedic responds in a separate vehicle called a Quick Response Vehicle to provide Advanced Life Support when necessary.

2018 Bend Fire Ambulance Operators

This new tiered response system allows the Advanced Life Support medic units to be available for life-threatening emergencies across our response district. Eighty-one percent of Bend Fire Department calls are Emergency Medical Services, and 40 percent of those calls are non-life threatening calls suitable for Emergency Medical Technicians that are in the Basic Life Support ambulances.

The Ambulance Operator Program of the Bend Fire Department operates one full-time Basic Life Support ambulance, 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, and one 12 hours per day BLS Ambulance.  This program provides non-emergency transportation for patients within the City of Bend and Rural Fire Protection District #2.

Requirements to be considered

Minimum Requirements:

  • Age 18 or older
  • High School graduation or GED
  • Valid Oregon Class C driver's license
  • Valid State of Oregon Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certificate
  • Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) card
  • Ability to commit to a minimum of 48 hours per month

Selection Process:

  • Written test
  • Oral interview similar to that of a Firefighter
  • Background investigation
  • Medical exam

Graph displaying AO Program: Total of 60 Ambulance Operators have been hired since the start of the program in 2015: Turnover rate: 5, Timed Out of Program: 5, Hired at Bend Fire: 11, Hired by another agency: 11, Active Ambulance Operators: 27

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