District Chief

How do I become a District Chief?

When making the selection for District Chiefs, we examine the candidate’s skills, knowledge and behavior. In doing so, we attempt to take a ‘whole person’ approach to the testing and evaluation process. No singular criterion is used when making the decision. The overall choice will be based upon, but not limited to, the items listed below.

The overall process includes the following:


◊ Electronic application

  • Submit current resume or CV
  • Willingness questionnaire (verify ability to fulfill the District Chief job description
  • Submitted by deadline of posting

◊ Work history review Interview and discussion with assigned Assistant Chief (Major) to include:

  • Work behaviors
  • Compliance with company policies and procedures

◊ Verification of minimum qualifications:

  • Certification as a Paramedic in the State of Florida
  • Minimum experience of three (3) years as Paramedic on an ALS level
  • ACLS Certification
  • CPR for Healthcare Providers
  • 16 Hour EVOC certificate or equivalent
  • Florida Class “E” Driver’s License
  • ICS G-300 certification (may obtain within six months of promotion)
  • ICS G-400 certification (may obtain within six months of promotion)

Initial Examination:

◊ Written examination may include the following:

  • General Paramedic Knowledge
  • LEMS Clinical Care Guidelines
  • EKG and 12 lead Recognition
  • Policy / Procedure Manual
  • Exposure Control Plan
  • NIMS / ICS

Secondary Examination:

◊ May be performed simultaneously with the Initial Examination

◊ Scenario or situational questions:

  • May be written, verbal and/or practical

Oral Interview:

◊ May be performed simultaneously with the Initial and/or Secondary Examination

◊ Interview / Selection Committee comprised of, but not limited to;

  • Chief Operations Officer
  • Deputy Chief
  • Assistant Chief(s)
  • District Chief(s)
  • Department Head(s)
  • Human Resources Representative


Below are the selection criteria and expectations for a LEMS District Chief:


Selection Criteria:

◊ Paramedic (ALS response) Experience

◊ Years of service with LEMS

◊ Field Training Officer Experience:

  • Years of experience
  • Performance with assigned provisionals / students
  • Participation / performance in instructor opportunities (AHA classes, CEU classes, Orientation, Pre-Employment Testing, FTO Meetings, etc.)

◊ Supervisory experience:

  • Years of experience
  • Participation / Performance during “ride-up” opportunities

◊ Work history review:

  • Clinical care / PCR review
  • Disciplinary actions
  • Attendance
  • Customer compliments / complaints
  • Compliance with company policies and procedures
  • Interagency relations

◊ Advanced training / certifications (NIMS / ICS, CCEMTP, PALS, PEPP, PHTLS, etc)

  • Participation / Performance in LEMS Special Operations
  • Participation / Performance in LEMS community resource projects / events

If promoted, District Chiefs are expected to:

  • Attend regularly scheduled Supervisor meetings.
  • Supervise the work of paramedics and EMTs assigned to ambulances and QRVs within the assigned district and on assigned shift.
  • Monitor district operations to ensure that required services are provided in accordance with medical protocols and in accordance with LEMS policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that stations, field staff and equipment are properly inspected, maintained and available for service.
  • Perform a variety of supervisory duties:
  • >> Ensure that employee performance reviews, timesheets, , and other required documents are properly prepared in a timely manner.
  • >>  Make recommendations to the Deputy Chief concerning employee disciplinary actions, performance improvement plans, and quality development needs.
  • >> Review patient care reports, injury and exposure reports, accident reports, and other reports and documents as needed.
  • >> Serve as on-scene supervisor for incidents. Directs the activities of paramedics and EMTs, and coordinates activities with other EMS, fire and rescue and law enforcement services.
  • >> When required, respond to emergency calls.
  • >> Communicate effectively with patients, family members, bystanders, team members, other first responding agencies, medical control and staff, dispatchers and radio operators. When needed, provide BLS and ALS services.