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Athens County Emergency Medical Services is now accepting applications --

We are building a list of Paramedics and EMTs who are interested in full-time and part-time careers with our agency.

  • Athens County EMS is a government entity created and overseen by the Athens County Board of Commissioners. Our EMS Chief is hired by the Commissioners to manage the day-to-day operations of the department and serve as the Executive Director. An Assistant Chief of Operations, a Deputy Chief of Training and Compliance, and station-level Captains and Lieutenants have specific responsibilities to assist the Chief in managing our personnel, our physical facilities, our fleet of ambulances, and our medical equipment to provide around-the-clock emergency services.
  • Our department operates from five stations (Athens, Coolville, Glouster, Nelsonville, and Albany) and we normally staff six or seven ALS ambulances 24 hours a day. We have approximately 70 Paramedics and EMTs on staff with 44 being full time employees. ACEMS handles approximately 10,600 requests for service annually.
  • We are 9-1-1 response only.  No out-of-town transfers and no point-to-point medical transportation calls. 
  • Full time field employees normally work a 24 hour on, 48 hour off unit day rotation. We do not utilize Kelly days or drop days at this time.
  • As county government employees, we contribute to the OPERS state retirement system and enjoy a robust health, dental, vision, and life insurance package. We are also able to participate in the Ohio 457 deferred compensation program and a variety of private benefits programs, such as Aflac and Allstate.
  • All employees enjoy paid training time and a generous annual uniform allowance.
  • Paid personal days, sick time, vacation time, and premium holiday pay are awarded.
  • A number of employer-paid online training options are available, such as CORSA Online, 24/7 EMS, and online EMT and Paramedic refresher classes.  Athens County EMS also offers a growing list of in-house training programs for our staff and we offer paid teaching opportunities for properly credentialed employees.  We are a certified Ohio EMS continuing education and Emergency Medical Responder training site.  All EMS classes are approved by the Ohio Division of EMS for continuing education credit.
  • Full time (non-management) employees are represented by the International Association of Firefighters Local 5126.
  • Overtime pay for staffing stations, special events, and extra duty assignments are available.  Athens County EMS covers a variety of special events, like (NCAA Division I) Ohio University Football and Men’s Basketball home games, the Athens Halloween Block Party, the Nelsonville Music Festival, the Paw Paw Festival, the Athens County Fair, the Albany Independent Fair, the Glouster Old Settler’s Reunion, a number of student-led street fests in Athens, and all of the home football games at five local high schools.
  • We operate state of the art medical equipment and vehicles: A Horton 553 Type III ambulance fleet, Lifepak 15 EKG Monitor Defibrillators, Stryker Power Load cots, stair chairs, and ambulance trolley system, Toughbook electronic patient data reporting system using ESO software, CPAP devices, LUCAS III automated CPR devices, McGrath intubation equipment, EZ-IO intraosseous infusion devices, and communications equipment on the MARCS statewide digital radio system. All ambulances are also equipped with in-vehicle mobile repeater systems for enhanced crew safety.
  • Athens County EMS has an aggressive advanced life support protocol. We have made a significant investment in our people and in our life-saving equipment. Pay bonuses are available for maintaining specialized EMS certifications. Our department strives to be a leader and standard-bearer in delivering compassionate, timely, and clinically excellent pre-hospital patient care.
  • 2023 STARTING WAGES    (approximated) —
    • PARAMEDIC (Full-time, 24/48, with no unscheduled overtime) — $57,000/annually + benefits
    • EMT  (Full-time, 24/48, with no unscheduled overtime) — $46,000/annually + benefits

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If you’d like to be considered for future full and/or part time employment with Athens County EMS, please print an application from your computer, fill it out, and send it to our Central Administration office. Please include a copy of your driver’s license, Ohio EMT or Paramedic certification, and any other teaching certificates you may have. 

Our Central Administration Offices are located at 21 Kenny Drive in Athens. Applications can be mailed to ATHENS COUNTY EMS, 21 Kenny Drive, Athens OH 45701-9406, faxed to (740) 764-4094, e-mailed to, or hand delivered to our offices.

We will be reviewing all applications as they arrive. Please know that background checks will be conducted through the FBI, Ohio BCI, your listed references, and social media. All employees who are offered employment must successfully complete a vision exam and physical agility testing and must pass a drug and alcohol screen.

Not every applicant will be interviewed. Our priority is and will always be hiring Paramedics. We anticipate a limited number of EMT positions to be available in the future and we will hire those positions when and if they open. 

Applicants who are hired must successfully complete our in-house orientation program and a one year probation period in their new position.

Applications can be printed on your computer directly from our website by clicking HERE

We can't wait to hear from you!