King County Medic One (KCM1) is a county-operated EMS system that is the sole provider of pre-hospital 911 Advanced Life Support (ALS) in south King County.
- We operate 9 Medic Units (staffed with two Paramedics each) and one 24hr Shift Supervisor.
- King County Medic One Paramedics provide only 911 emergency response ALS-level treatment and transport. BLS-level care is provided by fire agencies in the region. Inter-facility transports are typically handled by local ambulance companies.
- Applicants for employment at KCM1 can be either EMTs or Paramedics. All KCM1 new hires must complete the University of Washington Paramedic Training Program – regardless of their past EMS experience or training. There is no cost to the individual for this training and trainees are paid competitively with full benefits and retirement during this time.
King County Medic One will be recruiting for our next hiring process in spring 2024
We plan to hire between 4 – 8 paramedic interns pending staffing changes in the spring of 2024. You may take the written tests via our partner, Public Safety Testing at any point up until the close of the application period on February 16, 2024. You need to take and pass the Firefighter Selection Tool (FST) AND EMT Written Exam from PST to be eligible.
In addition to the tests, you MUST apply directly with King County. This will be available during the application period January 2, 2024 – February 16, 2024. It is very important to understand, you MUST have scores recorded for both tests with Public Safety Testing AND apply with King County directly during the open application period. Without both, we cannot consider the applicant.
We are hosting an in-person employment Open House with two sessions:
Saturday, January 6, 2024 at 10 am and 2 pm PST
At the King Medic One Office: 20811 84th Ave S, Kent, WA 98032
We are also hosting virtual employment Open Houses coming soon via Zoom
- Monday, November 6, 2023 at 1 pm PST
Zoom Meeting ID: 847 6672 3004
- Thursday, December 14, 2023 at 10 am PST
Zoom Meeting ID: 836 4744 5491
- Friday, January 19, 2024 at 1 pm PST
Zoom Meeting ID: 827 6155 8759
- Friday, January 26, 2024 at 1 pm PST
Zoom Meeting ID: 831 8001 9453
- Thursday, February 1, 2024 at 11 am PST
Zoom Meeting ID: 852 2769 3477
For additional information specific to hiring, you may email: KCM1Hiring@kingcounty.gov
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Our paramedic training program is physician-taught yet field centric lasting well in excess of 2,000 hours. Paramedic students are taught a concept or skill by day and will be able to put it to use that evening while on the busiest paramedic units in Seattle. It is not uncommon for paramedic students to have 40 – 50 adult and pediatric intubations by graduation. You don't just learn the skills and knowledge it takes to be a paramedic, you master it. We believe that this intensive training is a core component of our system's nation leading cardiac arrest resuscitation rates.
Training is approximately 11 months long. The cost of your training is paid for by the Medic One Foundation. During this time, employees have full benefits – medical, dental, vision, and contribution to a state pension plan (LEOFF 2). Employees are paid an hourly rate while in school that ends up grossing approximately $68,000.
Your schedule while in Paramedic Training is very demanding – on both you and your family. You may be away from home for 36 hours at a time (or more.) It is not uncommon to have class all day, ride on one of Seattle Fire Department's busiest Medic units that evening, and then be in class for the entirety of the following day. Candidates should have a strong mental and physical capacity.
The two tests are the Firefighter Selection Tool and an EMT written examination. The former is a civil service style exam and the latter is based on the current AAOS EMT-Basic curriculum. Questions about the written tests should be directed to Public Safety Testing.
Due to the large number of applicants we get and the need to test people in a very efficient manner, we are sorry to say that there are absolutely no options to reschedule this or any other portion of the testing process.
No, you must be currently certified as an EMS provider (EMT or Paramedic) by a State Agency or with the National Registry.
For the entirety of Paramedic Training and for the following year, you will be a probationary employee. Upon successfully completing UW Paramedic Training, you will complete our department-specific Orientation program that lasts for eight weeks. Immediately following Orientation, you will begin a 8-month Field Training Officer (FTO) program where you will be on a Medic unit with a senior partner receiving daily evaluations from your FTO and quality assurance review from our medical direction. Upon successful completion of the FTO period, you will complete the balance of probationary time on a Medic unit with a non-FTO partner.
Entry-level wage upon successful completion of UW Paramedic Training and certification as a WA State Paramedic is $39.52 / hr. on a 2,448-hour work-year. We work 24-hour shifts averaging 9 calls per shift. Our schedule is 24 hours ON, 24 hours OFF, 24 hours ON, and 5 days off with approximately 10 debit days per year for a total of 102 shifts per year.
KCM1 provides all training required for maintaining your Washington State paramedic licensure at no cost to you. Additionally, we have an annual educational incentive to help offset registration costs for EMS training (or college credit) above and beyond what we provide.
In order to be hired by King County Medic One, you must be eligible to work in the USA. Unfortunately, King County (as an employer) does not sponsor for work-related visas. You must also have a WA State Driver's License at the time of hire.
For answers to career- and testing-related questions not posted here, you can email KCM1Hiring@kingcounty.gov. Due to the large number of questions we receive, we will not able to answer each individually, especially if the question can be answered on this webpage.