New Castle County EMS - New Castle, Delaware

Aug 4, 2022

Application Deadline:
Sep 12, 2022

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$$42,415.00 - $69,094.00 annual

Job Description

Candidates must pass an examination required for entry into the paramedic training program to continue in the process. A written examination, a comprehensive background investigation to include an oral board interview examination, an evaluation of training and education, or any combination of the above, may be used to determine placement on the eligible list. Candidates must also pass a qualifying fitness test. Successful candidates will be hired by New Castle County and entered in a paramedic training program, where students must maintain passing grades, remain enrolled in the paramedic training program and achieve certification as both a Nationally Registered and Delaware paramedic. The probationary period will end six months after Delaware paramedic certification has been achieved following release to full duties as a paramedic, to include a field evaluation and certification process.

++MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS++: At least three (3) years' experience in the operation of automotive equipment and possession of a high school diploma or GED; or an equivalent combination of experience, education or training directly related to the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Additional Information

++Health Insurance:++ Starts the first of the month following a 60-day waiting period from the date of hire. Charges for coverage vary depending on type and level of coverage chosen. The following plans are currently available through Highmark (Comprehensive 80% Plan; a PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) and an EPO (Exclusive Provider Organization) and Aetna (Open Access HMO.) Deductibles and co-pays may also apply.

++Dental Insurance:++ Starts the first of the month following a 60-day waiting period from date of hire. Currently, there are two PPO options and an HMO option. Charges vary depending on type and level of coverage chosen.

++Sick Leave++: Accumulates at the rate of one day for each completed month of service, beginning after the first full month of employment.

++Vacation++: Vests on December 31 of the calendar year preceding the vacation year. Vested vacation is to be used in the 12 months following the vesting date. Employees are entitled to vacation as follows:

  • Less than 12 months service -- 1 day for each completed month of service to a maximum of 10 days
  • 1 – 4 years of service -- 10 days of vacation
  • 5 – 9 years of service -- 15 days of vacation
  • 10 – 14 years of service -- 20 days of vacation
  • 15 years of service -- 25 days of vacation
  • 15+ years of service -- 25+ days of vacation (an additional day for each successive year of service)

++Holidays++: 15-1/2 paid holidays per year (1/2 day on Christmas Eve).

++Life Insurance++: Provided by the County in the amount of one and one-half times your salary. Minimum benefit -- $50,000; Maximum benefit -- $200,000.

++Pension++: Employee contributory amount of three percent of base salary to defined benefit plan. County will make a non-elective contribution of one percent of base salary to defined contribution account. In addition, the County will also make an annual matching contribution of one hundred percent of employee's contribution, up to a maximum of two percent to defined contribution account. 10-year vesting.

++Deferred Compensation Plan:++ Optional employee contributory plan available.

++Additional Benefits++*: * Salary increases each year dependent upon appropriate negotiated increase and/or merit increases; Credit Union, Blood Bank, Sick Leave Bank (after two years of service), Fitness Center, and an Employee Assistance Program are all benefits available to employees at no cost.

++Supplemental Benefits++__: Flexible Spending Accounts (medical reimbursement and dependent care), additional life insurance, vision, group accident, group hospital indemnity, group disability, and critical care insurance are also available at an additional cost to the employee.

++Union Affiliation++: Some positions are affiliated with a local bargaining unit, and, therefore, will require a monthly dues deduction ranging from $23 to $46.65 per month

Job Requirements

  • Age: 18
  • Education: High School Diploma or GED
  • Experience: No experience required other than 3 years driving experience

++ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS++: Weight should be proportionate to height; successful completion of a pre-employment medical examination and a psychological examination; successful completion of a comprehensive background investigation; minimum uncorrected vision must be 20/200 in each eye, with 20/30 corrected vision in each eye; must be free from color blindness, possession of a valid Delaware Class D driver's license or its equivalent; ability to obtain or verify the required certifications within the designated time allowed. Persons selected for paramedic training will be required to sign a five year service obligation contract.

++PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS++: Current Basic Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT); successful completion of the following courses Anatomy and Physiology I, Basic Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology II, Pathophysiology and/or College Algebra

The Paramedic Training Program requires successful completion of each component of the curriculum to qualify for continued enrollment and eventual certification as a paramedic. Candidates must be able to attend and successfully complete the requirements for the classroom sessions, clinical experience rotations and field internship. A failure of any portion of the training program or any required certification course will result in a candidate being dropped from the paramedic training program and rendered ineligible for continued employment with New Castle County

Contact Information

Michael McColley

New Castle County EMS
3601 N. Dupont Highway
New Castle, Delaware 19720
phone: 302-395-8170

How to Apply

Follow the link below:

Or visit and click on the link in the left menu titled "Paramedic Training Application."

++Any questions may be directed to:++

S/Lt. Michael A. McColley

Commander, Paramedic Academy

New Castle County EMS

(302) 395-8170

Jacquelyn Moore Employment Services Administrator (302) 395-5161

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