Field Training Officer

How do I become a Field Training Officer?

The employees of Lake Emergency Medical Services take great pride in delivering high quality patient care and support to the citizens of our community. In keeping with such high standards, newly hired or transitioning employees need a mentor and guide in developing a solid understanding of their knowledge, skills, and educational strengths and areas of improvement. The success of this process is directly linked to the professional commitment of our Field Training Officers. Their hard work and dedication help to build a foundation for our EMS system that ultimately sets a high standard of service for our community.

When making the selection for Field Training Officer (FTO), 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.


◊ Electronic application (Lake EMS On-Line Job Board)

  • Submit current resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Willingness questionnaire (verify ability to fulfill the FTO job description)
  • Submitted by deadline of posting

◊ Work history review and discussion with assigned Assistant Chief and/or District Chief 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 two (2) years as a Paramedic on an ALS, emergency response level
  • Successful completion of the Lake EMS Paramedic Provisional Program
  • ACLS Certification
  • CPR for Healthcare Providers
  • Two (2) or more of the following instructional certifications: ACLS, BLS, PHTLS, BTLS, PEPP, PALS, or other applicable instructor certifications approved by the Medical Director (may obtain within one year of promotion)
  • ICS 300 certification (may obtain within one year of promotion)
  • 16 Hour EVOC certificate or equivalent
  • Florida Class “E” Driver’s License

Initial Examination:

◊ Written examination may include information related to the following:

  • General Paramedic knowledge
  • LEMS Clinical Care Guidelines
  • EKG and 12 lead recognition
  • Policy / Procedure Manual

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 (COO)
  • Field Training Coordinator
  • Medical Director
  • Deputy Chief
  • Assistant Chief(s)
  • Human Resources Representative


Below are the selection criteria and expectations for a Lake EMS Field Training Officer:


Selection Criteria:

◊ Paramedic experience on an ALS, emergency response level

◊ Years of service with Lake EMS

◊ Training experience:

  • Years of experience / level of participation
  • Performance with assigned Paramedic / EMT students and provisional EMTs
  • Participation / performance in educational opportunities (AHA classes, CEU classes, etc.)

◊ Work history review:

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

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

◊ Participation / performance in Lake EMS Special Operations

◊ Participation / performance in Lake EMS Community Resource projects / events


If promoted, FTOs are expected to:

  • Attend the FTO training course (at next available offering)
  • Attend the Supervisor training course (if applicable)
  • Attend regularly scheduled FTO meetings
  • Train, mentor, and evaluate provisional paramedics and EMTs (including Interagency representatives)
  • Assist with Pre-employment Testing and Orientation
  • Participate in didactic and field training sessions (including CEU courses)
  • Assist in the development and implementation of remedial training programs
  • Fill Supervisor role as needed (upon completion of Supervisor training course)
  • Be motivated to teach, to facilitate learning and to ensure their provisional acquires the knowledge and skills necessary to become a successful Lake EMS employee
  • Serve as a mentor, role model and educational resource for fellow employees