Job Title: Rookie Firefighter
Reports To: Fire Chief
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
POSITION SUMMARY: This job is under the immediate supervision of the Shift Commander, and ultimately the Fire Chief. The initial job function is public safety and preservation. The employee responds to emergency fire calls, emergency medical calls, as well as accidents, man-made and natural disasters, public search and rescue, and emergency medical calls. Most skills and abilities required to perform this job in an effective and efficient manner are acquired through training and job experience.
SUMMARY OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
- Performs firefighting duties such as combating, extinguishing and preventing fires, and answering emergency calls with an engine, ladder, ambulance or miscellaneous vehicle. Lays and connects hoses, directs water onto burning structures, raises and climbs ladders, uses other firefighting techniques such as ventilating burning buildings, (chopping holes in floors or roofs), administers first aid to injured or ill persons, performs salvage operations, and inspects assigned district to assure knowledge of access, fire hazards, etc.
- Trains for, and participates in the protection of life and property by firefighting and rescue activities. Participates in fire drills and attends training classes in firefighting, first aid, emergency medical calls and related subjects.
- Handles routine custodial maintenance of the fire department equipment (such as oxygen breathing equipment, resuscitation equipment, etc., apparatus and quarters. Cleans, washes and dries hose, tools and other apparatus. Services trucks, and participates in maintenance of trucks and equipment. Polishes and tests equipment. Cleans station and performs minor building maintenance.
- Conforms to the safety requirements of the department.
- Responds to and extinguishes fires in the City, County and surrounding communities, as assistance is requested.
- Responds to emergency calls requesting assistance in bomb threats, drowning, locating missing persons, emergency medical calls, etc.
- Performs salvage operations such as throwing salvage covers, sweeping water and removing debris.
- Drives and operates various kinds of apparatus, locates apparatus properly near the fires.
- Operates pumping engine so that water pressure in the hose and nozzle is maintained for the most efficient operation, inspects pumping engine during operation to avoid preventable shutdowns.
- Makes reports of fires and keeps other records as required.
- Performs other related duties as requested.
Applicant must have the following qualifications:
- Ability to follow safety practices.
- Ability to learn firefighting skills, first aid, apparatus and equipment maintenance, etc.
- Ability to pass a state required physical examination.
- Ability to pass a minimum physical performance test.
- Ability to be accepted into the Oklahoma State Firefighters Pension and Retirement System.
- Willingness to successfully complete Firefighter I Certification and Firefighter II Certification within two years of employment.
- Willingness to successfully complete EMT Certification within three years from the time of employment.
- Ability to understand and follow oral and written instruction.
- Ability to read, understand and communicate fluently in the English language.
- Must possess a valid driver’s license and possess driving record acceptable to City’s insurance carrier.
- Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Applicant must be able to meet the following working conditions and physical requirements:
- Operate both as a member of a team and independently at incidents of uncertain duration.
- Spend extensive time outside exposed to the climate.
- Tolerate extreme fluctuations in temperature while performing duties. Must perform physically demanding work in hot (up to 400°F), humid (up to 100%) atmospheres while wearing equipment that significantly impairs body-cooling mechanisms.
- Experience frequent transition from hot to cold and from humid to dry atmospheres.
- Work in wet, icy, or muddy areas.
- Perform a variety of tasks on slippery, hazardous surfaces such as on rooftops or from ladders.
- Work in areas where sustaining traumatic or thermal injuries is possible.
- Face exposure to carcinogenic dusts such as asbestos, toxic substances such as hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide, or organic solvents either through inhalation or skin contact.
- Face exposure to infectious agents such as hepatitis B or HIV.
- Wear personal protective equipment that weighs approximately 50 pounds while performing these tasks.
- Perform physically demanding work while wearing positive pressure breathing equipment with 1.5 inches of water column resistance to exhalation at a flow of 40 liters per minute.
- Perform complex tasks during life-threatening emergencies.
- Work for long periods of time, requiring sustained physical activity and intense concentration.
- Face life or death decisions during emergency conditions.
- Exposed to grotesque sights and smells associated with major trauma and burn victims.
- Make rapid transitions from rest to near maximal exertion without warm-up periods.
- Operate in environments of high noise, poor visibility, limited mobility, at heights, and in enclosed or confined spaces.
- Use manual and power tools in the performance of duties.
- Rely on speech, as well as senses of sight, hearing, smell, and touch to help determine the nature of the emergency, maintain personal safety, and make critical decisions in a confused, chaotic and potentially life-threatening environment throughout the duration of the operation.
- Lift varying weights and carry said weights, without stopping, for various distances.
- Ability to lift, carry, push and/or pull one hundred twenty-five pounds (125 lbs.).
- Ability to perform regular firefighter duties at fire scenes.
The undersigned employee understands the requirements for his/her positions and agrees to the terms of the written requirements. It is the responsibility of each employee to ensure he/she fulfills their training requirements as a minimum standard and will take all measures to train and pass any required courses in the time frame given. Understanding that un-foreseen issues may arise and scheduling conflicts may occur, the employee shall make all efforts available to him/her to reschedule the required courses of training/testing in a timely manor.