FIREFIGHTER JOB DESCRIPTION:
The purpose of this job is to perform specialized duty work functions in preparing for and responding to fire/medical emergency calls and in providing general support within the Fire Company. Duties and responsibilities include maintaining readiness for emergency call response: responding to fire, medical, and related emergency calls when dispatched and taking proper action; educating staff and public on fire safety/prevention; and performing other tasks related to Fire Company activities.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The following duties are normal for this job. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
- Respond to emergency calls for fire, medical, and other emergency incidents
- Removes individuals from dangerous/hazardous situations, performs all activities necessary to suppress/extinguish fires
- Assesses emergency medical problems and performs care as defined by state, regional and local regulatory agencies
- Performs pre-fire surveys and building inspections; maintains hydrants; provides education to the public on fire safety/prevention; provides tours of fire station facilities
- Cleans/maintains fire stations, grounds, apparatus and other equipment; makes minor repairs/adjustments to apparatus and equipment.
- Operates machinery, equipment and light motor vehicles; may operate specialized fire and EMS vehicles/equipment (Engines, ladder trucks, pumps, ambulance, etc.) with sufficient experience and training
- Receives and/or prepares various documentation (forms, checklists, reports, correspondence, etc.)
- Participates in and conducts training classes.
- Good judgment is essential
- Must be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing
- Capable of adapting to situations with violence and emotional instability in multicultural settings
- Must possess critical reasoning skills and be capable of applying them effectively in stressful situations
- Self motivation is essential
- Must be physically able to operate a variety of machines, tools and equipment, this includes a motor vehicle, computer, generator, fire pump, fire hydrant, axe, shovel, hydraulic tools, power tools, hand tools, medical equipment, etc.
- Must be able to use body members to work, move or carry objects or materials.
- Must be able to exert in excess of one hundred pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of fifty pounds of force frequently.
- Physical demand requirements are at levels of those for very heavy work. You must be able to be certified by an M.D. to be able to meet the medical conditions in the latest edition of NFPA 1582 (Standard on comprehensive occupational medical program for fire departments).