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A Strong EMS Team

Just like a bridge needs strong pillars for adequate support, the EMS team needs strong, capable members to provide the best level of care to keep team members safe and promote a positive work environment where everyone can perform to their highest ability.

EMS team is critical for EMR, EMTs and Paramedics to do their job effectively.

Here are six great reasons to form a strong EMS team:

  1. The ultimate goal of forming a strong EMS team is to provide the highest level of emergency medical care to patients. EMS workers never work alone – they are always teamed with at least one other EMS professional for a variety of reasons.

    One reason refers to the old adage, "Two heads are better than one." If one team member overlooks something or is about to make a mistake, the other member can set things right. If there is friction between team members, they are less likely to work closely enough to catch each other’s mistakes.
  2. Promote a positive atmosphere and good morale among shift workers. Studies in all levels of employment show that people who are happier in the workplace are more productive than those who feel negative about it.
  3. Good teamwork helps reduce stress. Forming a strong EMS team helps employees relieve some of the stress that accumulates from dealing with crisis situations on a daily basis. Talking, joking and listening to team members are all great ways to decompress after a particularly troubling call.
  4. A strong EMS team is like a family. You laugh, cry, work and relax together. When problems arise, you work it out instead of walking away and staying mad. You cover for each other, when someone is down and needs help then they cover for you when you need help.
  5. Developing a strong EMS team keeps team members safe. If the team works well together, you are like a well-oiled machine, able to deal with the varying circumstances of EMS work as it arises. A strong team will watch each other's back.
  6. Forming a strong EMS team encourages problem solving in a supportive atmosphere. A strong team is solution oriented, cooperative and uses constructive criticism and positive reinforcement to correct mistakes and show appreciation for a job well done. These approaches make everyone more effective on the job and helps to foster pride in the team's accomplishments.

Job Openings

Job Requirements for All positions at Dove Creek Ambulance District

Availability within the Dove Creek area. Candidate must be reliable, compassionate, and self-motivated, have a clean record, valid driver’s license and pass pre-employment and random drug screens. Shift work may include 24 hours on with 48 hours off and rotating 24 on call time. We are a progressive agency with advancing and defined protocols and training.

To apply please email application and copies of all certifications to Chief Marc Garlinghouse at marc.dcad@gmail.com.

Emergency Medical Responder

Self-motivated EMR to provide the highest level quality care possible to Dove Creek in Dolores County and surrounding rural areas. DCAD provides BLS, and ALS levels of service in Dolores County. We operate out of one station providing Emergency Medical response 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The following certifications are needed:

  • Colorado EMR Cert ( or EMR cert within 6 months after hire)
  • BLS/CPR Card
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 18 years of age
Emergency Medical Technician

Self-motivated EMT’s to provide the highest level quality care possible to Dove Creek in Dolores County and surrounding rural areas. DCAD provides BLS, and ALS levels of service in Dolores County. We operate out of one station providing Emergency Medical response 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The following certifications are needed:

  • Colorado EMT (IV preferred)
  • Basic EKG (preferred)
  • BLS/CPR Card
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 18 years of age
Paramedic

Self-motivated paramedics to provide the highest level quality care possible to Dove Creek in Dolores County and surrounding rural areas. DCAD provides BLS, and ALS levels of service in Dolores County. We operate out of one station providing Emergency Medical response 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The following certifications are needed:

  • Colorado Paramedic
  • ACLS
  • PALS
    • CPR Healthcare Provider
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 18 years of age