City of Danville, VA - Danville, VA

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Performs responsible protective service work providing emergency services in the event of fire, rescue, emergency medical needs, or other life threatening situations; does related work as required. Work is performed as a team with positive personal interaction with coworkers and the public, on a 24-hour work schedule, under the regular supervision of a Fire Captain.

Essential Job Functions*:

Must be physically able to climb ladders or steps and work at varying heights for extended periods under stressful conditions and varying climatic conditions; Must be physically able to operate fire suppression equipment and have strength and stamina to carry and assist persons during fire rescue procedures; Ability to receive and transmit information over telephone and two-way radio; Much of the work is performed under emergency conditions and frequently involves considerable personal hazard. Vocal communication is required for conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly, or quickly. Hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels. Visual acuity is required for depth perception, peripheral vision, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities. Worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, extreme cold, extreme heat, noise, vibration, hazards, and confined spaces. Worker required to use self contained breathing apparatus. Worker exposed to bloodborne pathogens and required to wear specialized protective equipment.

Responds to alarms and assists in the suppression of fires, including rescue, entry, ventilating, salvage work and first response emergency situations; Performs cleanup and overhaul work; Assists in maintaining fire apparatus and equipment and cleaning fire station and grounds; Participates in continuing training and instructions program by individual study of technical material and attendance at scheduled drills and classes; Participates in community awareness and public education programs concerning fire prevention; Inspects, cleans and maintains fire hose, pumps, hydrants and related equipment; Assists in conducting pre-planning studies and life and fire hazard inspections; May be assigned to fire prevention, inspection, tactical rescue, HAZ-MAT or other special duties or project as necessary and qualified; Performs other firefighting and related emergency tasks consistent with appropriate NFPA standard for position; Reports to work on assigned duty schedule; Performs other reasonable duties as assigned.

Assists new Firefighters in on-the-job training; Conducts tours of the Fire Department; Participates with schools and community groups in safety and fire prevention programs; Drives fire equipment and operates fire apparatus. Subject to recall to duty at any time as determined by the needs of the Fire Department.

*Note: The essential functions of the job are not limited to those listed in the position description. The City retains the discretion to add to or change the duties of the position at any time.

Typical Qualifications:

Some knowledge of basic fire safety principles and ability to provide rescue and emergency medical assistance; Ability to suppress and/or control fires using appropriate training and procedures; Ability to become knowledgeable of assigned geographic area; Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; Ability to develop skills in the use of various fire suppression and control equipment and operation of motorized equipment; Ability to successfully complete fire service training; Ability to follow directions and make decisions under stressful conditions and adopt reasonable and effective courses of action with due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances.

Education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school.

Special License and Certificates:

Possession of a valid drivers license; Must obtain certification as a Firefighter I, II and Emergency Medical Technician within probationary period.