Fire Fighter Job Description

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

General duty work in the prevention of fire damage and emergency pre-hospital medical care.  Work involves responsibility for the protection of life and property by combating, extinguishing, and preventing fires.  Work occasionally involves strenuous exertion under hazards and such handicaps as smoke, heat, and cramped spaces.  The employee may be assigned to the operation of a piece of equipment.  Although prevention of fire damage and emergency medical care is the most important portion of the work, a part of the time is spent in training, study, and in maintaining and cleaning fire department equipment, apparatus, and quarters.  Work is performed as a member of a team and a superior officer is usually available to assign definite duties.  Work is reviewed by observation of results obtained and methods used.

Note: To be considered for employment all candidates will need to sign a pre-employment agreement committing the candidate to become a paramedic. Time frames are included in the agreement.

 

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

A. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Combat, extinguish, and prevent fires.

Drive cars, pick-up trucks and other fire department vehicles.

Communicate with the public and use a radio.

Read training manuals, books and maps.

Draw pre-plans.

Perform housekeeping, cleaning equipment and buildings.

Troubleshoot equipment problems.

Inspect, clean, carry and raise ladders.

Inspect, don and clean self-contained breathing apparatus.

Identify and inventory equipment and tools.

Set up portable pumps and hoses.

Fabricate salvage and overhaul equipment.

Operation of various manual, electric, and gas operated tools.

Operation of various types of lifting and hoisting equipment.

Identify sprinkler connections, utility shut-off and other construction features.

Identify safety problems.

Tie ropes for rescue and various knots.

Identify symbols, signs and colors for hazardous materials.

Provide pre-hospital emergency medical care, CPR, Basic life support, first aid, etc.

Perform extrication using power equipment.

Perform manual forcible entry using an axe, pry bar, crowbar, etc.

Advance hose line for fire suppression (charged and uncharged).

Other job-related duties as required.

(These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed.  The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.)

 

REQUIREMENTS

A. TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Graduation from high school, or a certificate of equivalency; certification as a  Florida EMT, completion of fire minimum standards for Firefighter II as required by the State of Florida; Completion of terms and conditions as noted in the employee’s pre-employment agreement. Preference will be given to those that are dual certified as Firefighter/Paramedics.  Must possess a valid Florida Driver License or the ability to obtain a valid Florida Driver License within 10 working days of employment.  Provide a copy of all certifications at time of application.

B. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITY

Knowledge of the principles and practices of modern fire fighting, fire prevention, and pre-hospital emergency medical care.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the general public.

Ability to perform prolonged and arduous work under adverse conditions.

Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations.

Knowledge of the street system and geography of the City.

C. PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to operate a motor vehicle.

Ability to load and unload heavy objects weighing up to 75-100 lbs.

Ability to provide pre-hospital emergency medical care to the Paramedic level.

Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, hear, talk, read, handle or feel objects and controls.

Ability to print and draw letters, numbers, words, characters, and symbols which are both large and small as well as identifying colors.

Ability to move back and forth and sideways while bending, kneeling, or squatting with approximately 50 lbs. of equipment.

Ability to go from a standing or sitting position to a bending, kneeling or squatting position or vice-versa, periodically with approximately 50 lbs. of equipment.

Ability to use power tools – dexterity required.

Physically capable to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment, such as, but not limited to a personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax machine.

Physically capable of responding to emergencies in which walking, running, climbing, reaching, bending, lifting, pushing and pulling 100 lbs or more.

Must have the ability to lift, carry, push or pull heavy weights over uneven terrain, up/down stairs or ladders up to 100 feet in height.

Ability to work in a dimly lit, smoke filled or completely dark condition during hot, cold or inclement weather while dragging a charged hose line.

Ability to learn complex task and remember how to complete tasks without assistance or training.

Ability to treat people of every race, greed, gender, color or social status in a respectful and courteous manner.

Ability to mentally and emotionally cope with emergencies that may result in the loss of human life, severe traumatic injuries and psychological crisis in a calm and empathetic manner.



This job description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all inclusive list of all the responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with the position.  While it is intended to accurately reflect the position activities and requirements, management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties and assign other duties as necessary.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.


Revision Date - 04/24/2017