ABOUT OUR PROGRAM
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.
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
- 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
- Written test
- Oral interview similar to that of a Firefighter
- Background investigation
- Medical exam