Paramedic Qualifications


We invite you to consider an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) career with a nationally recognized EMS leader. The Overland Park Fire Department operates in a progressive EMS system within Johnson County, Kansas.

To become an OPFD paramedic, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age (you do not have to be an Overland Park resident)
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Have no felony convictions
  • Have a valid driver's license and an insurable driving record
  • Meet the city's pre-employment requirements relative to background check, pre-employment physical and drug screening and psychological evaluation.
  • Not have any members of your immediate family employed full-time or part-time by the city.

Certification requirements:

  • Paramedic Certification in the State of Kansas or National Registry.

    This certification can be obtained locally through Johnson County Community College or Kansas City Kansas Community College.


For an entry level paramedic, the annual salary is $40,800 with a maximum of $70,092, reachable in a salary step plan. The city offers excellent benefits, including health and dental insurance, a defined benefit retirement plan as well as a defined contribution retirement plan.

Work schedule:

Paramedics work a 24-hour Berkeley shift schedule: 24 hours on (8 a.m. to 8 a.m.), 24 hours off, 24 hours on (8 a.m. to 8 a.m.), 24 hours off, 24 hours on (8 a.m. to 8 a.m.), four days off, then the schedule repeats; or four 10-hour days (Monday-Thursday or Tuesday-Friday), depending on their assignment.