Q&A for the Medics

“Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges!”


Blazing Saddles

You don’t need no stinking badges either.  You do need to be certified though…

Oh, and not stinky helps too!


FAQ for the Medical Professional

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Who do you hire?

You must be a current EMT, paramedic or have a higher certification such as a nurse, PA or doctor. We also hire Lifeguards, and other specialty rescue personnel like Rope, swift water and high-angle rescue!

Taxes: W2 or 1099?

You are a subcontractor.  At the end of the year if you meet the IRS minimum threshold (Currently $600) you will receive a 1099 form from us.  Please review your agreement for full details.

Do you have any full-time positions?

Currently we do not have any full time positions.

What insurance is provided.

When you are working on one of our productions/events you are included on our Medical Malpractice Insurance.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You are only covered for the scope of practice your are booked for.  If you go beyond outside this scope, you are not covered. Unless notified otherwise, you are a “First Responder”

As an independent contractor, you are responsible for your own  Workers Compensation.  If Workers compensation is provided, you will be notified in writing.

*This is not a complete listing of terms, please see your agreement full terms and conditions 
Do you have to be “Nationally Certified”?

No, we book local medics close to the film site. So your local certification is all that is required. If we do travel you out of your area you will be working under our own medical protocols.

How do I know when something is available in my area?

The absolute best way to assure you get notified first of Work Alerts” is by registering. We go to our registry database first when a position opens up. 

Occasionally we post Work Alerts on our Facebook Page but registering is by far our #1 means of reaching out.

“Do you have anything coming up in _________?”

We get frequent emails and Facebook questions asking if we have any jobs in “X” location.

We go where the production goes and we rarely have a lot of notice beforehand.

Your only guaranteed chance of being notified of official openings is by registering.

How / When do we get paid?

You are paid as a subcontractor “1099”. After the gig you will fill out an on-line time sheet.  Once the times are confirmed by the production company and we have received all your documentation, any equipment on loan, etc. in good order, we issue the payment.  We pay on-line via Zelle. We can pay via PayPal but you would be responsible for any transfer fees.  We can also send you a check if you prefer the old fashion way; you will be given the option.


Time Card Submission Date: Pay date:*
March 25 to April 8 April 15
April 9 to April 23 May 1
April 24 to May 8 May 15
May 9 to May 24 June 1
May 25 to June 8 June 15
June 9 to June 23 July 1
June 24 to July 8 July 15
July 9 to July 24 Aug 1
July 25 to Aug 8 Aug 15
Aug 9 to Aug 24 Sept 1
Aug 25 to Sept 8 Sept 15
Sept 9 to Sept 23 Oct 1
Sept 24 to Oct 8 Oct 15
Oct 9 to Oct 24 Nov 1
Oct 25 to Nov 8 Nov 15
Nov 9 to Nov 23 Dec 1
Nov 24 to Dec 8 Dec 15
Dec 9 to Dec 24 Jan 1, 2020
Dec 25 to Jan 8, 2019 Jan 15, 2020

 * Pay date could be change if your time submission(s) require confirmation, pending equipment return or additional paperwork, etc. 

Who's protocols are we working under?

Unless notified otherwise, you are working as a “First Responder”, “Basic First Aid” regardless of your certification.

If you are working an ALS or Reality Medic gig, then you will be working under our doctors’ protocols.  Protocols and additional details are provided once hired for the position.

 A few points of note:

  1. We do not perform services to the general public.  We only provide services to the cast, crew or participants of an event.
  2. When working on a production, you are an independent contractor, you take responsibility for your actions
What is a Reality Medic™ and how do I become one?

Reality Medics™ are the paramedics (or higher certification) we send out to the most challenging and remote locations (Including international). Examples include shows such as Discovery’s Naked and Afraid.

A Reality Medic™ is someone who has spent their medical careers perfecting their skill and knowledge, in great physical shape, professional and well experienced in the field. We typically look for flight medics, critical care medics, combat medics, etc.

Reality Medics™ are expected to have performed most if not all paramedic skills reliably in the field; plus more. Suturing and recognizing medical illnesses are important.

Reality Medics™ operate under broad protocols with 24 hour access to our dedicated medical director.

If you think you have what it takes and want to submit your information for consideration register a new account to submit your information.

What if the producer wants to book me directly at a later date.

The producer is very pleased with your work.  Thank you.  Typically when a producer reaches out to the medic, they think they are reaching out to National Set Medics.  

In such cases, it is important that you refer them back to our corporate office.

Accepting a booking from a party that we introduced you to is a violation of your agreement. 

Worst yet, by doing so, you are still representing National Set Medics and the production company may assume they are covered under the same insurance and guarantees we provide.  If something happens you are liable for everything.

Please review your agreement for the specific details because we take these matters seriously and we pursue violations forcefully. 

Why so serious?  We invest tens of thousands of dollars to procure these engagements and maintain a certain level of service.  

What does this not mean? This does not mean you can’t do your own thing.  This is not a non-compete.  If you provide a similar service, that is fine.  You just can’t perform your service to party’s we introduce you to, through your services with us.  Again, please review your agreement carefully.

Did You Know?

  • Every photo and video on this website was taken on a National Set Medic production. (except the funny header quotes)
  • We hire anyone with a professional attitude and good patient care!
  • The king cobra has enough venom to kill an elephant.

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