City of St. Louis Park, MN - Saint Louis Park, MN

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Qualified applicants will be invited to take a written exam on May 3, 2013. Times and locations of the exam will be provided at a later date. Candidates who wish to prepare for the National Firefighter Selection Inventory (NFSI) exam can purchase a study guide and practice exam. To order, visit the study guides section of, or call 1-800-343-HIRE. Use study guide code STLOUIS.

Primary Objective of Position:
Responsible for protecting life and property from the hazards of fire and other emergencies. Applies fire suppression methods to control and stop property damage, saves lives through rescue from fire or other hazardous environments, performs safety inspections, and provides public fire safety education. Responds to emergency calls and provides efficient and immediate care to the ill and injured. Responds to other types of call back emergencies and disasters that may occur in the community. May be required to assist neighboring communities as assigned.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Responds to fire alarms and other emergency calls, extinguishes or controls fires, or other hazards as a member of a team, under the supervision of a superior officer within the Fire Department's chain of command.
• Selects, drags, lifts, and carries hose and nozzle depending on type and size of fire, and applies a stream of water or chemicals onto fire.
• Positions, raises and climbs ladders to gain access to upper levels of buildings or to rescue individuals from burning structures and emergency situations.
• Creates openings in buildings for ventilation or entrance, using an ax, sledge hammer, chisel, crowbar, battering ram, power saw, or power equipment.
• Protects property from water and smoke by use of positive or negative pressure ventilation, waterproof salvage covers, property removal, smoke ejectors and blowers.
• Administers emergency medical care to injured persons and those overcome by fire and smoke.
• Communicates during emergencies in a calm, descriptive, and articulate manner, using portable two-way radios or person to person voice communications.
• Wears and uses appropriate protective clothing and equipment, including self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
2. Conducts fire prevention inspections and pre-fire planning of commercial buildings as part of a team under the supervision of superior officer.
• Knowledgeable of fire and building codes to recognize possible violations.
• Inspects building for fire hazards and compliance with fire prevention ordinances.
• Prepares and issues inspection forms to building owners/occupants listing fire code violations to be corrected.
• Participates in pre-fire planning of target hazards within the jurisdiction by inspecting, developing or updating building layout cards, and planning for possible future fire fighting operations.
• Participates in public education demonstrations, expositions and presentations.
3. Maintains fire apparatus, equipment, stations, and grounds as part of a team, following department procedures, under the supervision of a superior officer.
• Performs assigned duties in maintaining apparatus, stations, equipment, grounds and hydrants.
• Conducts tests on equipment as required.
• Maintains appropriate maintenance records.
4. Attends regular and assigned training sessions to maintain and upgrade fire fighting skills.
• Participates in drills, demonstrations and courses in hydraulics, pump operation and maintenance, emergency medical procedures, fire prevention, rescue techniques, and fire fighting techniques.
5. Performs as driver/operator of fire apparatus under supervision of superior officer.
• Drives and operates all fire fighting vehicles and all equipment in a safe and proper manner following department procedures and regulations.
• Maintains vehicle and equipment in safe operational condition according to department procedures.
6. Responds to emergency medical calls to provide efficient and immediate care to the ill and injured.
• When patients need extrication from entrapment, assesses the extent of injury and gives emergency care and protection to the entrapped patient and uses the prescribed techniques and appliances for removing the patients safely.
• Accesses the nature and extent of illness and injury and establishes priority for appropriate emergency care.
7. Responds to emergency call backs when off-duty.
8. Works under the direction and supervision of superior officer responsible for the assigned shift. In emergency situations, work may involve considerable personal danger. Must be able to act without continuous supervision and exercise appropriate independent discretion. Must perform in a skillful manner, using sound judgment, based on accepted fire fighting practices.
• Must be able to concentrate during emergency situations while working quickly as a team member, under stress caused by emergencies, danger, or criticism.
• Must be able to work and live in a non-emergency setting for extended periods of time with people of diverse backgrounds in a manner that fosters teamwork, acceptance, and dignity of fellow employees.
• May provide work direction to other Firefighters in special circumstances, or assist in training of others as assigned.
• Must maintain work habits, personal manner, and appearance which command respect of associates and the public at all times.
• Shall effectively carry out the policies and goals of the City of St. Louis Park and St. Louis Park Fire Department.
9. Performs other duties and responsibilities as needed, apparent, or assigned in accordance with Fire Department Standard Operating Procedures.
Minimum Qualifications:
• Ability to multiply, divide, use fractions, and read graphs.
• Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
• Must have Firefighter I and II certification (NFPA 1001) or equivalent as determined by the Fire Department
• Must have Hazardous Materials Responder – Operational Level certification (NFPA 472) or equivalent as determined by the Fire Department
• Must have current Minnesota Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification or equivalent as determined by the Fire Department.
• Must be capable of reading fire protection textbooks, writing reports with proper grammar and speaking correctly in public.
• Must have ability to understand and communicate effectively to meet the essential requirements of the position.
• Must be able to interpret instructions and use logic to solve concrete problems.
• Must have valid Minnesota Class D driver's license.
Physical Requirements
• Vision--Normal vision needed with or without correction. Requires near acuity, far acuity, depth perception, field of vision, and focusing.
• Hearing--Normal hearing needed. Requires ability to discriminate among similar sounds in environments with a great deal of background noise, as in carrying on conversations over portable radios or through SCBA masks.
Lifting and Carrying Requirements
• May be required to lift very heavy loads.
Ground to Waist Level – 100 lbs.
Dragging/removing fire victims.
Advancing hose lines at fires.
Carrying fans, rescue tools, foam containers.
Waist to Shoulder Level – 50 lbs.
Opening/closing hydrant valves.
Making hose connections.
Lifting/carrying ladders, hose bundles, and other equipment.
Above Shoulders – 35 lbs.
Placing ladders against buildings.
Pulling ladder halyard to raise ladder.
Using axe and other equipment to ventilate.
Lifting items onto fire apparatus.
Walking and/or Mobility Requirements
• Must be able to walk and crawl while carrying or lifting.
• Must be able to ascend and descend stairs and ladders while carrying heavy loads.
• Must be able to balance and possess the ability to steady oneself and keep from falling when walking, standing, crouching, crawling on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces.
• Must be able to work in confined spaces.
• Must be capable of:
• Reaching (extending hands or arms in any direction);
• Handling (seizing, holding grasping, turning, or otherwise working with the hands while carrying items of substantial weight (i.e., fans, rescue equipment, foam containers, ladders, and using axes, sledgehammers, hydrant wrenches, pulling ladder halyards or using rope to lift heavy items, dragging victims and hose lines))
• Fingering (picking, pinching, or otherwise working with the fingers while manipulating items such as SCBA valves, apparatus controls, small monitoring equipment, alarm panel controls. Must be able to use rope and tie knots.)
• Feeling (must be able to discriminate differences in items by feeling. Must be able to determine the difference between hot and cold by touch. Must be able to feel a patient's pulse.)
• Must be capable of applying a leg lock with either leg upon a ground ladder to provide a safe anchor when operating hose lines or performing rescue work.
Work Environment
• Works both inside where there may be protection from the weather conditions and outside where there may be no effective protection from the weather.
• May work in extreme cold where the temperature is sufficiently low to cause marked bodily discomfort and variations in temperature which accompany extreme cold and are sufficiently marked and abrupt to cause marked bodily reaction.
• May be required to work in extremes of heat where temperatures are sufficiently high to cause marked bodily discomfort and variations in temperature which accompany extreme heat and are sufficiently marked and abrupt to cause marked bodily reaction.
• Encounters wet conditions and high humidity where atmospheric conditions have a moisture content sufficiently high to cause marked bodily discomfort.
• Will frequently encounter noise and/or vibration exceeding 80 decibels, constant or intermittent, to cause marked distraction.
• Will encounter a variety of physical hazards, including but not limited to, moving mechanical parts, electrical shock, working on high places, bodies of water, exposure to radiant energy, explosives, toxic chemicals, and biological agents.
Desired Qualifications:
• Associate or Bachelor's degree.
• Experience as a Paid on Call Firefighter, volunteer and/or part time or full time experience with a fire department.
• Paramedic certification
• Knowledge of Fire and Building Codes.
• Class B Driver's License
• Fire Apparatus Operator Course