Riverside County Fire Department

Procedure for filling Ambulance Paramedic Overtime / Use of EMT Ambulance Operators

September 16, 2010

The following is the procedure to be used in the filling of Paramedic classification overtime on ambulances.  It also covers the usage of EMT-certified Fire Apparatus Engineers (FAE) and Fire Captains (FC) in lieu of the second Paramedic on those units when a paramedic is not available.

Overtime requests will be submitted via Operational Staffing System (OSS) per currentOSS policy.  Ambulance overtime which has not filled within 72 hours prior to shift date will be handled by the Battalion Schedule Coordinator (BSC).  These unfilled overtime days and/or new immediate-need ambulance overtime requests will be filled in thefollowing sequence.  Every effort will be made to exhaust all options at each level before moving to the next.  

1. Voluntary fill with Paramedic:  Attempt to locate Paramedic either who has added themselves to the Voluntary Overtime  (VOT) list since it last “cycled” or one who will be going off duty from an adjoining station.  At times there maybe employees who are not on the VOT list who may agree upon request.  

2. Forced Paramedic from within Battalion (not exceeding 4 consecutive days on duty on an ambulance):  Every attempt should be made to not work a Paramedic on the ambulance for more than 4 consecutive duty days.  If necessary, a subsequent, consecutive overtime may be cancelled to allow this overtime without penalty to the employee.  For example – an employee has worked his 72 hour shift, and is planning to go home.  The following day he has a VOT assigned.  A force will put him on duty for 5 days.  The employee can give up the VOT day without repercussion or penalty and work the adjoining 4th day.  Note: if this in turn creates a force for that “5th” day – it is appropriate to move to other options rather than creating the second force.

 

3. Voluntary EMT Operator (FAE or FC only):  If a Paramedic can not be located within the battalion under the parameters noted above, it is permissible to staff an ambulance with one Paramedic and one EMT Operator, utilizing the VOT list in OSS.  Within 72 hours of the shift date, the unfilled Paramedic day shall have the requested rank changed (by the BSC) to an EMT operator in OSSallowing the OSS to sort automatically that evening.  If it does not fill, or if it is within the “Immediate Need” 36 hour OSS time period – the BSC shall utilize the OSS VOT list per policy until exhausted.  

 

4. Forced Paramedic from within Division (not exceeding 4 consecutive days on duty on an ambulance).  If the above attempts are unsuccessful, the BSC can utilizeother battalions within the Division, and a force will be initiated on an available Paramedic (not exceeding 4 consecutive days on an ambulance).  All effected Battalion Chiefs and the Division Chief’s must receive a notification email.

5. Forced Paramedic from adjacent Division (not exceeding 4 consecutive days on duty on an ambulance).  If the above attempts do not result in a filled day, than a paramedic from an adjoining Division may be forced as long as it does not result in that person working more than 4 consecutive days on an ambulance.  All effected BC’s and Division Chiefs must receive a notification email.

6. Forced Paramedic within Battalion then Division allowing 5th work day.  If the above attempts are still unsuccessful, than a Paramedic can be forced to work a 5th day.  This will be attempted first within the Battalion, and then the Division.  All effected BC’s and Division Chief must receive a notification email.

Riverside County Fire Department

Procedure for filling Ambulance Paramedic Overtime / Use of EMT Ambulance Operators

September 16, 2010

The following is the procedure to be used in the filling of Paramedic classification overtime on ambulances.  It also covers the usage of EMT-certified Fire Apparatus Engineers (FAE) and Fire Captains (FC) in lieu of the second Paramedic on those units when a paramedic is not available.

Overtime requests will be submitted via Operational Staffing System (OSS) per currentOSS policy.  Ambulance overtime which has not filled within 72 hours prior to shift date will be handled by the Battalion Schedule Coordinator (BSC).  These unfilled overtime days and/or new immediate-need ambulance overtime requests will be filled in thefollowing sequence.  Every effort will be made to exhaust all options at each level before moving to the next.  

1. Voluntary fill with Paramedic:  Attempt to locate Paramedic either who has added themselves to the Voluntary Overtime  (VOT) list since it last “cycled” or one who will be going off duty from an adjoining station.  At times there maybe employees who are not on the VOT list who may agree upon request.  

2. Forced Paramedic from within Battalion (not exceeding 4 consecutive days on duty on an ambulance):  Every attempt should be made to not work a Paramedic on the ambulance for more than 4 consecutive duty days.  If necessary, a subsequent, consecutive overtime may be cancelled to allow this overtime without penalty to the employee.  For example – an employee has worked his 72 hour shift, and is planning to go home.  The following day he has a VOT assigned.  A force will put him on duty for 5 days.  The employee can give up the VOT day without repercussion or penalty and work the adjoining 4th day.  Note: if this in turn creates a force for that “5th” day – it is appropriate to move to other options rather than creating the second force.

 

3. Voluntary EMT Operator (FAE or FC only):  If a Paramedic can not be located within the battalion under the parameters noted above, it is permissible to staff an ambulance with one Paramedic and one EMT Operator, utilizing the VOT list in OSS.  Within 72 hours of the shift date, the unfilled Paramedic day shall have the requested rank changed (by the BSC) to an EMT operator in OSSallowing the OSS to sort automatically that evening.  If it does not fill, or if it is within the “Immediate Need” 36 hour OSS time period – the BSC shall utilize the OSS VOT list per policy until exhausted.  

 

4. Forced Paramedic from within Division (not exceeding 4 consecutive days on duty on an ambulance).  If the above attempts are unsuccessful, the BSC can utilizeother battalions within the Division, and a force will be initiated on an available Paramedic (not exceeding 4 consecutive days on an ambulance).  All effected Battalion Chiefs and the Division Chief’s must receive a notification email.

5. Forced Paramedic from adjacent Division (not exceeding 4 consecutive days on duty on an ambulance).  If the above attempts do not result in a filled day, than a paramedic from an adjoining Division may be forced as long as it does not result in that person working more than 4 consecutive days on an ambulance.  All effected BC’s and Division Chiefs must receive a notification email.

6. Forced Paramedic within Battalion then Division allowing 5th work day.  If the above attempts are still unsuccessful, than a Paramedic can be forced to work a 5th day.  This will be attempted first within the Battalion, and then the Division.  All effected BC’s and Division Chief must receive a notification email.