This is protective service work at the entry level in extinguishing fires, and responding to emergency medical calls, hazardous materials incidents, and other emergencies. The work requires knowledge of firefighting procedures, techniques and methods, emergency medical response protocols and techniques, and rules and regulations used in protecting life and property which are learned through specialized training and on-the-job experience. Contacts require skills in communicating with others in potentially adverse and critical situations and are important in directing and controlling others. The work is semi-routine in that tasks are covered by somewhat diversified procedures and the work is patterned involving similar situations but some latitude is permitted to consider the most appropriate method, technique, or procedure to follow. Work is performed in a completely uncontrolled environment, where risks and hazards are substantial, generally unknown or unpredictable, and possibly uncontrollable. Operates specialized firefighting equipment and tools, and emergency communications equipment that requires extensive specialized training. The physical demands consist mainly of performing prolonged and arduous tasks, including heavy lifting, while wearing heavy protective equipment under hazardous conditions. The work is performed under general supervision where the work assignments are subject to standard practices and procedures, and the worker is given latitude to rearrange the sequence based on changing work situations or work flow. Rotational shift work will be required, including weekend and holiday work.
Examples of Work:
- Responds to fire alarms as a member of a team and extinguishes fires using various accepted fire suppression methods, techniques and procedures.
- Responds to medical emergency calls and provides basic or advanced life support procedures.
- Responds to hazardous materials incidents to control and mitigate.
- Ventilates burning buildings.
- Performs overhaul, salvage, and clean-up of fire scene.
- Operates firefighting equipment and tools at emergency scenes.
- Extricates trapped victims.
- Replaces tools and equipment on apparatus; cleans and performs routine maintenance on tools and equipment; and returns tools and equipment to service.
- Conducts hydrant inspections and pre-fire planning.
- Locates fire hydrants, streets, public and commercial buildings within an assigned area to learn of potential hazards.
- Performs routine station assignments such as inspecting Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus, turnout gear, emergency medical kit, tools and equipment, and apparatus so that they are ready for use.
- Participates in fire drills and training in order to keep up to date on latest techniques, methods, and procedures and maintain a high state of readiness.
- Performs related work as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of Fire and Rescue standard operating procedures and standard administrative procedures.
- Knowledge of Fire and Rescue rules and regulations.
- Knowledge of firefighting techniques, methods, and procedures.
- Knowledge of emergency medical protocols and techniques.
- Knowledge of fire behavior and how it affects different types of building construction.
- Knowledge of tools and equipment used to fight fires and perform rescue procedures.
- Knowledge of, use, and maintenance of health and safety protective gear.
- Knowledge of fire hazards and safety rules and regulations.
- Ability to perform emergency medical procedures on victims.
- Ability to read maps.
- Ability to lift, carry, and operate firefighting equipment and tools.
- Ability to climb ladders or walls, fences, and other obstacles.
- Ability to crawl and perform search patterns.
- Ability to access a floor, wall, roof, ceiling, or door.
- Ability to operate emergency communications equipment.
- Ability to communicate effectively in emergency situations.
- Ability to move obstacles and victims during hazardous conditions.
- Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
- Ability to operate Fire and Rescue emergency vehicles .
Open Requirements/Supplemental Information:
- Must pass physical ability test and required medical exams prior to and during employment in this class.
- Must be free from facial hair preventing the use of breathing apparatus or safety equipment.
- Must be free from any condition preventing the use of breathing apparatus or other safety equipment.
- Must be a nonuser of tobacco or tobacco products and remain a nonuser during employment in this class.
- Must complete required training courses and exams during the probationary period.
- Must be a high school graduate or equivalent and at least 18 years of age.
- Must meet qualifications for employment, as shown in Chapter 633.34 of Florida Statutes.
ONLINE APPLICATION REQUIRED. Apply at www.coj.net and attach a copy of your State of Florida EMT or Paramedic certification/license, Florida Driver's License, and State of Florida Division of State Fire Marshal - Bureau of Fire Standards and Training - Certificate of Compliance. If claiming veteran’s preference, upload DD-214 (Form 4), by Thursday, February 28, 2013, for consideration.
- Rotational shift work is required, including weekend and holiday work.
- The probationary period for this class is one year.
- EMT Certification is required prior to appointment & must be maintained.
- Minimum Standards Course prescribed by FL Statutes and FL Bureau of Fire Standards and Training is required prior to appointment & must be maintained.
- FL Class E Driver's License is required prior to appointment & must be maintained.
Although you may attach your resume for inclusion with your application, it is important your application provides all the relevant education and experience you possess. Otherwise, your application will be considered incomplete.