Beginning Your Career at Caldwell County EMS

Do you have what it takes to become a part of one of the most progressive departments in the area? At Caldwell County EMS, we pride ourselves on providing an exceptional work environment in which employees are free to grow professionally and personally. We believe it is the technicians who make our organization what it is. We are committed to not only bringing in the highest trained, most capable, and professional personnel available but keeping them and fostering growth throughout their career.

Join our team of medical professionals and embark on the adventure of a lifetime! 

Caldwell County EMS Selection Process

Caldwell Co. EMS holds 1-3 Assessment Centers Each Year

Phase I

Written Exam
Panel Interview
Scenario / Skills Station

Phase II

Physical Agility Test
Criminal Background Check
Conditional Offer of Employment

Phase III

Employee Orientation
Rookie School
Probationary Period

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General Employment Information

Current Salary Ranges

The Paramedic and Basic position pay grades can be found HERE on the Human Resources Web Page. Overtime is paid after working 40 hours a week.

  • EMT-Basic (Grade 62): $29,708 - $46,048 (without OT)
  • EMT-Paramedic (Grade 67): $36,669 - $56,837 (without OT)


  • Technical Levels: 12-Hour shifts
  • Supervisory Levels: Shift Supervisors - same as 12-hour shift schedule
  • Chief Officers work a traditional 40 hour per week schedule, with call-back requirements and additional duties as required


  • Vacation: 7.13 hours per month for 12-hour personnel, higher vacation rates apply after 1 year of credible service.
  • Sick Leave: 8.55 hours per month for 12-hour personnel.
  • Uniforms: Provided by the department initially and annual replacement thereafter.
  • Insurance: Effective the first month following your first full month of employment.
  • Retirement: All regular employees, assigned to work 20 or more hours per week are required to participate in the Local Governmental Employees' Retirement System of North Carolina. The employee's contribution is 6% of salary while the county contributes approximately 5% of the employee's salary (4.58% for Law Enforcement Officers). After five years of creditable service, you become vested in the retirement system which includes a permanent disability provision and a Death Benefit.
  • Longevity Pay Supplement: After Five years of creditable service, employees receive an annual longevity payment (as approved by the Board of Commissioners). The amount is based on years of service and is paid each November.
  • Tax Deferred Programs: Tax-sheltering programs are available through IRS Code 125 (Cafeteria Plan), Flexible Spending Account, 401 (k) and 457 (Deferred Compensation). Retirement and Health Care deductions are established under pre-taxed provisions.
  • Prior Service Credit: Under certain conditions, previous North Carolina or any North Carolina jurisdictional work experience may be credited toward vacation accrual and longevity payment. Previously accrued sick leave may also be recognized.
  • Pay Periods: County employees are paid monthly with payment being made on the last working day of each month. Direct Deposit is mandatory.

Merit System

  • Paramedics can receive two, department-approved, State, National or International credentials, to amount to a 10% increase in pay.
  • Basics can receive two, department-approved, State, National or International credentials, to amount to a 10% increase in pay.


The department provides all recertification hours required by the State and National Registry. Other certifications (ACLS, PHTLS, PALS, etc.) also provided. Paid off-duty training is provided in both mandatory and voluntary options.