Capt Craig Freeman

EMTs or Paramedics – King County Medic One (WA)


King County Medic One (KCM1) is a county-operated EMS system that is the sole provider of pre-hospital 911 Advanced Life Support (ALS) in south King County.

  • We operate 9 Medic Units (staffed with two Paramedics each) and one 24hr Shift Supervisor.
  • King County Medic One Paramedics provide only 911 emergency response ALS-level treatment and transport. BLS-level care is provided by fire agencies in the region. Inter-facility transports are typically handled by local ambulance companies.
  • Applicants for employment at KCM1 can be either EMTs or Paramedics. All KCM1 new hires must complete the University of Washington Paramedic Training Program – regardless of their past EMS experience or training. There is no cost to the individual for this training and trainees are paid competitively with full benefits and retirement during this time.

Pre-testing requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of 3 years of experience (by the date of hire) as an EMT or Paramedic working in a pre-hospital EMS system. At least twelve consecutive months of that experience must be with one employer.

Information for the 2017 hiring process

We plan to hire up to 3 new employees next year.

The first step in the hiring process is taking the Public Safety Testing written tests. Please see their website for more details and follow the links for “Firefighter” within the Washington state link.

In January or February, the King County Job webpage will feature a Paramedic Intern position and applicants must also complete that online application by the specified deadline.

You can also get updates about hiring on our Facebook page.

The successful candidate

King County Medic One strives to hire individuals who will excel in both the academic and field EMS settings. Successful candidates must demonstrate critical thinking skills, leadership, multi-tasking ability, integrity and compassion. Candidates should show exemplary teamwork and customer service skills. KCM1 puts the patient first and the successful candidate should show the ability to do this on every level.

The testing process

The testing process for KCM1 starts by taking two written tests delivered by a 3rd-party testing agency. ALL questions about these written tests should be directed to that agency. Candidates must complete both written tests by the specified date.

The top-scoring candidates from the written phase of the testing process will be invited to the Skills Assessment phase of the testing process. This includes several interactive tasks, typically including a patient care component based on NREMT BLS standards. We understand that some of our candidates do not live in this geographic area and we will make every attempt to give ample notice for the date and time of the Skills Assessment portion of the testing process to allow for travel arrangements to be made.

The top-scoring candidates from the Skills Assessment phase of the testing process will be invited to complete the following:

  • A Physical Agility and Fitness Test
  • A Medical Exam
  • A Criminal Background Check
  • An Oral Board Interview

The Physical Agility test is conducted at the Exercise Science Center in Fircrest, WA. Please direct questions about the physical agility test to them.

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