Firefighter Trainee
City of Murray, KY - Murray, KY

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CITY OF MURRAY CLASS SPECIFICATION Class Title :Firefighter (Trainee) Pay Grade:Grade 22 Department :Fire Supervisor :
Assistant Fire Chief, Fire Captain, Lieutenant

Supervises :
None Class Characteristics : Under general supervision, performs fire suppression, rescue activities, public education activities; performs routine fire station and equipment maintenance duties, participates in training activities; performs related duties as required.

Examples of Duties:
Responds to all fire, accident, rescue, civil defense. hazardous material emergencies, and natural disaster calls to prevent or extinguish fires, rescue victims and assist those in need.
Rescues victims in life threatening situations; climbs ladders, ropes, stairs, hills, etc., using various equipment to gain access to and rescue victims; administers first-aid when necessary.
Drives vehicle to scene; operate equipment.
Lays and connects hoses; directs water stream to control or extinguish fires and protect exposures.
Assists in the maintenance of vehicles and equipment.
Cleans hoses, tools and other equipment.
Performs general station and other equipment maintenance; hangs and dries hoses; makes minor equipment repairs, sweeps and mops floors, washes windows, cleans furniture and facilities, paints buildings, etc.
Assists with preparing and maintaining accurate records.
Attends training classes.
May perform Haz-Mat response.
Checks fire hydrants.
Performs public relations as requested. Non-essential: None.

Minimum Qualifications:
Training and Experience : Graduation from high school or equivalent (GED); no previous work experience requirements. Special Knowledge, Skills and Abilities : Knowledge :
Knowledge of, or ability to learn, modern fire fighting principles, methods and techniques used in fire suppression, prevention, rescue, and hazardous materials.
Knowledge of, or ability to learn, the operation and maintenance requirements of fire vehicles, fire fighting and rescue equipment, and related apparatus.
Knowledge of, or ability to learn, the federal, state and local laws and ordinances, including National Fire Protection Association codes and standards, pertaining to fire prevention, suppression, rescue and hazardous materials.
Knowledge of, or ability to learn, the geography of the City, including the location of streets and roads, fire hydrants, and the location and interior plans of major buildings. Abilities :
Ability to respond and act quickly, efficiently and calmly in emergency and hazardous situations.
Ability to accept lines of authority, and to respond to orders without question in emergency situations.
Ability to perform minor mechanical work on fire vehicles and equipment.
Ability to complete required forms and maintain records.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with other emergency service organizations, city officers and employees, and the general public.
Physical strength and agility to perform fire fighting duties for extended periods of time, often under adverse weather conditions.
Ability to acquire skill in the operation and maintenance of firefighting equipment and tools.

Supplemental Information:
Instructions : Instructions are initially very specific, but become more general as the duties of the position are learned. Processes : Must comply initially with specific processes, and deviation from standard operating procedures is allowed after on-the-job experiences. Review of Work : Work is monitored in progress, and certain fires and other operations are reviewed immediately following suppression or completion. Analytical Requirements : Assignments frequently involve decisions based on a wide knowledge of many factors where application of advanced or technical concepts are predominantly required. Physical Requirements of the Job : Work involves sitting, standing, stooping, walking; extreme physical demands at scene of emergencies for long periods of time; lifting heavy objects (more than 100 pounds); exposed to extreme weather conditions for extended periods of time; exposed to high places, confined spaces, noise, machinery and its moving parts, fumes, chemicals and toxic substances must have excellent hearing and vision; must be able to wear a respirator. Tools, Equipment and Vehicles Used : All departmental fire and rescue equipment, vehicles and tools will be used after proper training. Contacts : Public and internal contacts are requirements of the job. Confidential Information : Limited use of confidential information. Mental Effort : Moderate. Interruptions : Frequent. Special Licensing Requirements : Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license. Availability : Must be able to work 24-hour shifts; must be able to respond to calls at all hours; must be able to attend departmental meetings and training programs. Must be available to work all days of the week. Certification Requirements : Must successfully complete required basic training during first year of employment; must successfully complete required annual training. Possession of First Responder Emergency Medical Technician certification preferred, but not required. Must complete FF1 and FF2 certification within the first year. Additional Requirements : See KRS Chapter 95 for additional requirements. Overtime Provision : Non-exempt.