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Future Career Opportunities Firefighter I - Fire Rescue - Position #301

  • Posted Date:10/28/2016

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POSITION SUMMARY
Under general supervision, to respond to fire alarms and other emergency (or non-emergency) calls involving the suppression, extinguishment, and prevention of fires (structural and wildland); to protect life, property, and environment, including rescue and salvage operations and mitigation of hazardous materials incidents; to clean, maintain and repair (when possible) fire station property and environment; to train and drill for emergency preparedness; to use computers to log calls, log training data, and communicate with co-workers, supervisors, and the public; and to perform related duties as required.

This class is distinguished from the next higher class of Fire Firefighter II because of the required additional experience, training, certification, and responsibilities.

The work involves sitting, standing, walking, bending and stooping. The incumbent must occasionally lift objects weighing more than 50 pounds and must also be able to distinguish varying shades of color. Work is performed outdoors, occasionally in inclement weather where the incumbent is exposed to noise, dirt, dust, and hazardous machinery.

The ability to perform essential job functions as defined by NFPA 1001 under extreme conditions such as restricted space areas, limited or no visibility, and high heat environments. This position may require duties to be performed during night time operations, IDLH environments with protective clothing/SCBA.

The minimum qualifications required include a high school diploma or equivalent; must be a minimum of 18 years of age; no felony convictions in the past 10 years; and a valid driver’s license.

Preferred qualifications include Georgia Firefighter Certification NIMS 100, 200, 700, 800; NPQ Firefighter I (which must be obtained in 12 months); Crash Victim Extrication (which must be obtained in 18 months); Georgia Certified Emergency Medical Technician-Basic or higher; and NFPA 472 Hazmat Operations Level.

After appointment to the position of Firefighter, employee must possess or have the ability to readily obtain a valid Class F driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia for the class of vehicles or equipment operated.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES

Responds to emergency calls, fire alarms and non-emergency calls for assistance as a member of a fire company.

Operates related equipment, radio, illumination generators, smoke ejectors, etc.; administers first aid; lays and connects hose lines; holds nozzles and directs water streams; raises and climbs ladders; enters burning buildings to remove persons from danger; uses portable extinguishers, axes, bars, hooks, lines, power-driven tools, and other equipment.

Ventilates buildings to release heat and smoke; places salvage covers to prevent water damage; overhauls and cleans up after a fire; checks for fire extinction and to prevent rekindling. May establish wildland fire lines by cutting, hoeing, raking and shoveling.

Must work within and follow the department Incident Command System.

Returns company equipment to its proper place before leaving the emergency scene. On arrival at the fire station, cleans, services, and returns apparatus and equipment to emergency readiness.

Cleans and maintains station quarters and grounds; performs first-line preventive maintenance on automotive apparatus; cleans, maintains and tests emergency equipment; and participates in drills and training sessions.

Must meet all training requirements as assigned by the department, and acquire and/or maintain specialized training/certification as required.

Studies and becomes familiar with district streets, fire hydrants, building occupancy and contents and non-ambulatory citizens.

Conducts pre-fire plans target hazards; conducts station visits by schools, and may participate in other public speaking presentations.

Compiles and submits information on equipment, emergency runs, apparatus inspections, and fire inspections using conventional and computerized methods.

Operates pumper equipment and otherwise assists in the suppression of fires.

Performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of basic building construction, fire chemistry, physics and automotive mechanics.

Knowledge of common office practices, including copying, typing, and basic computer operations.

Ability to follow oral and written instruction and to write clear, concise and complete records.

Ability to deal effectively with the public and co-workers under adverse circumstances requiring presence of mind, sensitivity, interest and understanding.

Ability to adapt to changes in work assignments and duties.

Ability to perform physical tasks that require coordination, strength, dexterity and stamina.

Ability to learn the proper operation and use of department equipment, and to use a variety of hand and

power tools, i.e., axes, chainsaw, and most common hand tools.

Ability to perform minor maintenance on tools and mechanical equipment.

Ability to use a computer for preparing reports, records and correspondence.

Ability to climb ladders and fences and perform strenuous physical tasks such as carrying equipment up hills, pulling hoses, carrying injured persons, raising ladders and operating a hose line and to work at various heights and confined areas.

Ability to conduct tours, fire demonstrations, first-aid demonstrations, and other public relations duties.

Ability to read blueprints, construction drawings, and maps, and to draw building layouts to scale.

Ability to use radio communications equipment and speak clearly.

Ability to remain calm and work effectively in stressful situations.

Ability to use initiative and independent judgment when necessary.

Ability to work a 24-hour shift and adapt to changing work assignments and duties in emergency or critical situations.

Ability to function as a member of a team.

Ability to reference and utilize training materials (manuals, journals, etc.)

Ability to write legibly and keep accurate records.

Skill in oral and written communication.

DESIRABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
The minimum qualifications required include a high school diploma or equivalent; must be a minimum of 18 years of age; no felony convictions in the past 10 years; and a valid driver’s license.

Preferred qualifications include Georgia Firefighter Certification NIMS 100, 200, 700, 800; NPQ Firefighter I (which must be obtained in 12 months); Crash Victim Extrication (which must be obtained in 18 months); Georgia Certified Emergency Medical Technician-Basic or higher; and NFPA 472 Hazmat Operations Level.

After appointment to the position of Firefighter, employee must possess or have the ability to readily obtain a valid Class F driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia for the class of vehicles or equipment operated.

Email:  mbartles@columbiacountyga.gov
Fax:    (706) 868-3301

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