Emergency Medical Responder


$20.71 to $24.21 per hour

Other benefits


Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA)


Recognized emergency medical responder program

What does this job look like at AHS?

Emergency medical responders (also known as EMRs) are responsible for transporting ill or injured patients from scenes of emergency and/or between facilities. They operate ambulances or other modes of transportation, assess emergency scenes and patients, and provide treatments such as emergency medical care, ventilation or oxygen administration, and automated defibrillation. They complete and submit required documentation including patient care reports.

Emergency medical responders are responsible for the cleanliness of the ambulances, transfer vans, equipment and ambulance bays. They also maintain the stock of supplies and equipment available in the ambulance.

Emergency medical responders may work in highly stressful emergency situations. Their work is performed before a patient reaches a hospital, between health-care facilities and before patients are seen by Emergency Department staff.

Emergency medical responders play an important role as members of the Alberta Health Services inter-professional health care team. In the course of their work, they collaborate with other emergency medical personnel, physicians, nurses and other health professionals.

Emergency medical responders may work full-time or part-time hours or on a call-in (casual) basis. They can apply for positions that are permanent, temporary or casual depending on department and facility needs. Shift schedules may include a combination of day, evening, night, weekend and holiday shifts, as well as on-call duty.

Emergency medical responders spend a lot of time standing, reaching, walking, crouching and bending during their shifts. They are required to lift and transport patients and equipment. At times, they may be in awkward positions while providing assessment and care to ill and injured people. Emergency medical responders may be exposed to chemicals, bodily fluids, needle sticks, moving traffic, weather conditions, and other potential safety risks while on the job.

Your EMS offers a behind the scenes look at the men and women who provide emergency care, as well as the equipment, tools and programs used.

To learn more visit Alberta Learning Information Services (ALIS).

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