EMT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the availability requirements to work as an EMT at Care?
As a new Care Ambulance Service employee, EMTs are required to have full-time availability. This availability consists of having four days of full, 24-hour availability, and the ability to work a Saturday or Sunday. Our orientation is two weeks of in class training Monday through Friday.
Because Care services both Los Angeles and Orange County, do I have to get a County card for both?
Since Care does service both Los Angeles and Orange County, EMTs are required to have the State EMT Card (before hire) the Orange County Accreditation License (within 7 days of hire) and the most recent version of the LA County Scope of Practice. Understanding that it takes some time to receive these certifications, we allow candidates to apply and test with us with just their NREMT, CPR and CA Driver’s License.
Do I need my ambulance driver’s license before I apply and/or start working at Care?
You are required to obtain your Ambulance Driver’s Certificate by your date of hire.
Will my driving record be reviewed as a condition of employment?
Yes. All Care employees must be eligible to drive (unless medically restricted) and we do not have any attendant-only positions. As such, all candidates are required to obtain a driving record (H6) and bring in the original DMV H6 record to their EMT Testing day. Candidates who do not bring in a valid and/or current driving record (H6) will not be allowed to test. All driving records must be dated within 30 days of each candidate’s EMT testing date.
After I submit my application online, what steps do I need to take next?
Please make sure that you have completed the “Pre-Hire Documents” and the online assessment as well. Human Resources will review your submitted application and you will receive further instructions via email, within a week of your application submission.
I submitted my application a few months ago and some of my information has changed. Do I need to submit a new application?
Yes. While we do store all applications within our database, once submitted, there is no way to make modifications to old applications. Based on this, it is better to submit a new application so that we could have the most current information for each candidate.
How often can I apply for an EMT position at Care?
Due to the large number of applications that we receive, candidates must wait one year after their original application date to reapply.
What does the EMT hiring process include and about how long does it take?
The first step in the Care Ambulance Service EMT Hiring Process is the online application. Once the application is received, Human Resources will notify each candidate within a week of submission with further instructions. The next steps in the process include a very thorough testing process and a preliminary review of each candidate’s driving record. If given a Conditional Job Offer Letter, candidates will need to complete a comprehensive background and a medical physical. If hired by Care, new hires will be placed in the next available New Hire Class. New hires are required to have open availability during the first two weeks of training. Overall, candidates can expect the entire hiring process to take about 4-6 weeks. Please note that this processing time is an average and that it is calculated from the date of application submission to the date of actual hire.
As a Care rehire, what steps do I need to take in trying to get hired back at Care as an EMT?
As a Care rehire, the first step in getting hired back at Care as an EMT is to submit an application online. Once the application is received, your application will be reviewed by Human Resources and your employee profile will be reviewed by Operations. If you are “eligible for rehire” and you were absent for less than a year, you will need to submit a current driving record (H6). If your driving record is preliminarily approved, you will need to complete a comprehensive background and medical physical. If hired by Care, you will then be placed in the next available New Hire Class. If you are a rehire that has been absent for longer than a year, you will need to take part in this same process, as mentioned above, and you will also need to participate in the entire interview and testing process as well.