Firefighter Position

King County Medic One - Paramedic



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King County Medic One - Paramedic

Last updated on April 25, 2024
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011

Vacancies: 4-8

Important Information

King County Medic One requires 3 years of pre-hospital EMS experience by the cut off date for application submission and testing. As an example for our upcoming testing, a candidate must have 3 years of experience completed by February 16, 2024. One year of this experience must be with the same agency. EMS experience must be in the field and cannot use clinic or hospital experience. While helpful, we want to ensure candidates have worked or volunteered in a capacity most similar to the position.

You CANNOT count the same month twice between two agencies. Example: You work as an EMT for an ambulance company January to June while also volunteering as an EMT in a Fire District over the same time. This counts as six months experience, not 12 months.

Community Information


Department Information

King County Medic One is a public service organization, a critical link in our regional Emergency Medical Service system, providing high quality, advanced patient care. Founded in 1976, King County Medic One paramedics are trained by the world renowned University of Washington / Harborview Medical Center / Seattle Fire Department paramedic training program.

Due to the high standards of training and education established by the Seattle training program, Seattle was called the "Best place in the world to have a heart attack", after a "60 Minutes" story in 1974. To this day, the Medic One programs throughout King County are considered models for much of the world.  

The Medic One System is a concept of advanced medical care that was born in the early 1970s in Seattle and now covers all of King County. King County Medic One is the sole provider of 911 ALS Paramedic services for South King County, an area comprised of approximately 500 square miles and population of roughly 900,000 people. Each year, the nine 24-hour dual paramedic staffed units in this area providing ALS only level response to approximately 19,000 calls in a year.

King County is an equal opportunity employer.


Job Description

Candidates will be hired as a paramedic intern regardless of their past EMS practice level. All candidates regardless of certification will attend the University of Washington School of Medicine - Harborview Medical Center Paramedic Training Program. Candidates will be a paid a wage with full benefits during this 10-month educational experience. On completion of training, you will be a probationary paramedic with King County Medic One.

Area Information

County: King
Population: 1,800,000
# of Staff: 82

Hiring Status

King County Medic One - Paramedic has 4-8 vacancies.

We plan to hire between 4 – 8 EMS professionals (EMTs or paramedics) pending staffing changes in the coming year. You may take the written tests via our partner, Public Safety Testing at any point up until the close of the application period. You need to take the Firefighter Selection Tool (FST) and EMT Written Exam to be eligible. The application closure date is TBD currently. We will know more in the coming months.

In addition to the tests, you MUST apply directly with King County. This will be available during the application period in 2025. We will set these dates once we know the start dates for Paramedic Training in 2025.

Check back frequently as we will be holding a series of open houses about employment and the hiring process with King County Medic One. These will start in the fall of 2024 and continue through our hiring period.

For additional information specific to hiring, you may

Salary Information

$25.43 per hour, + Overtime  (Approximately $68,000 during training)

$43.69 per hour, + Overtime with a work schedule of 2,448 hrs in a year upon certification

Benefit Information

Full family medical, dental and vision. LEOFF 2 Retirement. Options for Deferred Compensation and Roth IRA plans in addition. Life Insurance.

King County Medic One - Paramedic Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required
Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) No, not required (may be required later)
Minimum Age 18
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident Must have work authorization if not a citizen. Work authorization needed at time of hire.
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Yes
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult Upon job offer, all candidates will be required to pass a thorough background investigation. Candidate would be banned from employment if the felony conviction is job related.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Upon job offer, all candidates will be required to pass a thorough background investigation. Candidate would be banned from employment if the felony conviction is job related.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
EMT Certification EMT, AEMT or Paramedic certification
Paramedic Certification EMT, AEMT or Paramedic certification
Prior EMT Experience Required Minimum of 3 year’s experience as EMT or Paramedic working in a prehospital care delivery system. Twelve consecutive months of that experience must be with one agency
Other King County Medic One requires candidates to complete both the Firefighter Selection Tool written exam and the EMT Exam offered by Public Safety Testing. You will not be considering for employment without a passing score on both tests.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year
Request/Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur

King County Medic One - Paramedic Disqualifiers

The following are automatic and potential disqualifiers. Applicants should not apply to our agency if they indicate any of the automatic disqualifiers. Potential disqualifiers will be considered on a case by case basis.

Category Disqualifier
Criminal Activity
Automatic Candidates will be required to pass a thorough background investigation upon offer of employment going back ten years. Any job related felony in the past ten years would ban applicant from employment.
Automatic Less than 3 years of EMT experience, and/or less than 12 consecutive months with one agency.
Automatic No valid/current EMT or Paramedic Certification.
Automatic No valid/current Driver License.
Automatic Under age 18.

Contact Information

King County Medic One - Paramedic

20811 84th Avenue South #102
Kent, WA 98032 King County


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Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
CPAT: No, not required (may be required later)