Firefighter
Escambia County - Pensacola, FL

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This “mandatory-testing” position requires Drug Testing.

This class stays in constant preparation for and responds to all medical emergencies, motor vehicle accidents, hazardous materials accidents, and fire emergencies; performs public education services; and practices and trains for emergency situations.

Examples of Duties:

Responds to all types of fires and other emergencies; extinguishes fires and performs related life and property protection; provides emergency medical care at a basic and advanced life support level.

Participates in training opportunities and physical fitness activities.

Ensures the proper condition, maintenance, and appearance of apparatus and equipment; prepares apparatus for immediate response.

Assists in completing and maintaining records related to personnel, incidents, and/or other related items.

Drives emergency vehicles and operates related apparatus in order to respond to emergency calls and scenes.

Participates in the daily functions of the fire station, which may include: housekeeping, cooking, making crew assignments, and/or performing other related duties.

Participates in fire department programs, such as pre-fire planning and fire hydrant checks.

Participates in and/or facilitates training sessions to the public on fire related topics.

Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.

Qualifications:

Training and Experience:
High School Diploma or equivalent (G.E.D.).

MUST PASS
Physical Ability Entrance Exam - (Date & Time to be announced)
Test Procedures & Rationale

The entry-level firefighter physical ability test (PAT) consists of three (3) events that require candidates to perform simulations of important tasks that are part of the firefighter job. These events require strength, endurance, and coordination. The strategy used to support these events is content validity. Each event is timed and each event is scored pass/fail. Passing scores are set in a manner that is consistent with normal expectations of proficiency within a local entry-level firefighter workforce. Cut-off scores have been determined by using times established by the local firefighter workforce. Job candidates must pass all events to pass the PAT.

Candidates who take the PAT will wear a helmet, gloves, bunker coat, and a self-contained breathing apparatus. This closely corresponds to actual personal protective gear that firefighters must wear on an emergency fire scene. When the test is administered, candidates must walk immediately from one event to the next. The test administrator shows the candidate his/her score on the stopwatch at the conclusion of each event. Event times are verified and documented on the candidate’s score sheet.

The events that comprise the physical ability test are described below; they are administered in the order listed.

EVENT #1 CHARGED HOSE PULL
This event simulates the muscular strength necessary to advance a charged hose line. The candidate will pull a charged 1¾-inch hose line a distance of 100 feet. Candidates are shown how to hold the hose. A candidate’s score is the time it takes to pull the hose 100 feet. This time is compared to a maximum allowable time (23 seconds). Any time equal to or less than the maximum allowable time results in a “pass” score.

Rationale:
Job analysis results indicate that advancing charged hose lines to fight fire, with or without assistance from other firefighters, is a task that is critical for job performance.

This task is linked to the following physical abilities:
Ability to use muscular forces to lift, push, drag, carry, or lower objects, materials, and equipment
Ability to apply muscular force over time or over a number of repetitions
Ability to withstand overall body fatigue and exhaustion while physically working for periods of time in uncomfortable environmental conditions
Ability to coordinate movements precisely that involves the arms, legs, and/or body

EVENT #2 FORCIBLE ENTRY AND VENTILATION
This event simulates the muscular strength necessary to open holes in structures using forcible entry tools. The candidate uses an 8-pound sledgehammer to drive a beam a distance of 5 feet. Candidates are shown how to use the hammer and how to position their feet. The candidate’s score is the time it takes to move the beam the required distance. The time is compared to a maximum allowable time (47 seconds). Any time equal to or less than the maximum allowable time results in a “pass” score.

Rationale:
Job analysis results indicate that using forcible entry tools in a safe manner and opening holes in structures using axes, pike poles, and other equipment for purposes of ventilation are tasks that are critical for job performance.

This task is linked to the following physical abilities:
Ability to work at heights
Ability to use muscular forces to lift, push, drag, carry, or lower objects, materials, and equipment
Ability to apply muscular force quickly to objects and equipment to
initiate start action (starting chain saw or K-12 saw)
Ability to apply muscular force over time or over a number of repetitions
Ability to withstand overall body fatigue and exhaustion while physically working for periods of time in uncomfortable environmental conditions
Ability to coordinate movements precisely that involve the arms, legs, and/or body

EVENT #3 FIRE EXTINGUISHING AND RESCUE
This event simulates the strength, endurance, and coordination necessary to perform tasks necessary for fire extinguishing and victim rescue. The five (5) components of the event are: (1) dry hose drag; (2) ascend stairs with high rise hose pack; (3) tool hoist; (4) descend stairs with high rise hose pack; and (5) victim rescue. These components are performed in a timed sequence starting with (1) dry hose drag and ending with (5) dummy drag. Candidates are shown how to drag hoses, carry hose bundles, hoist equipment, and drag victims. The candidate’s score is the time it takes to complete the five test components. This time is compared to a maximum allowable time (5 minutes 40 seconds). Any time equal to or less than the maximum allowable time results in a “pass” score.

COMPONENT DETAIL
1. The dry hose drag component will require the candidate to drag an uncharged 2 ½-inch hose line a total of 100 feet, return to the starting point, and repeat the task with a second 2 ½-inch hose line
2. The second component will require the candidate to ascend an exterior stairway to the fourth floor while carrying a prepared high-rise hose pack. The pack will consist of 100 feet of 1 ¾-inch hose, a nozzle, and a wye appliance
3. The tool hoist component will require the candidate to utilize a rope to hoist a rolled 50-foot section of 2 ½-inch hose to the fourth floor
4. The fourth component will require the candidate to descend an exterior stairway from the fourth floor to the ground while carrying a prepared high-rise hose pack. The pack will consist of 100 feet of 1¾-inch hose, a nozzle, and a wye appliance
5. The final component will require the candidate to drag a 160-pound dummy a total of 20 feet using the incline drag technique

Rationale:
Component 1
Job analysis results indicate that dragging or carrying hose from an apparatus to a water source is a task that is critical for job performance

Components 2 & 4
Job analysis results indicate that carrying high rise kits/packs from fire apparatus to fire locations by ascending or descending stairs, fire escapes, or ladders as required to set up supply or attack hose lines is a task that is critical for job performance

Component 3
Job analysis results indicate that utilizing ropes or rigging to hoist and lower tools and equipment is a task that is critical for job performance

Component 5
Job analysis results indicate that dragging or carrying conscious, unconscious, or injured victims down ladders or stairs to remove them from buildings or other entrapments to safety is a task that is critical for job performance

These tasks are linked to the following physical abilities:
Ability to work at heights
Ability to use muscular force to lift, push, drag, carry, or lower objects, materials, and equipment
Ability to apply muscular force over time or over a number of repetitions
Ability to withstand overall body fatigue and exhaustion while physically working for periods of time in uncomfortable environmental conditions
Ability to coordinate movements precisely that involves the arms, legs, and/or body
Ability to perform coordinated, steady, and accurate actions involving wrists, hands, and/or fingers for safe operation of appropriate equipment

Licensing Requirements:
Firefighter Certificate of Compliance as issued by Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office
Valid Driver's License

Knowledge of:
Fire suppression techniques;
Modern firefighting and rescue principles and tactics;
Emergency medical care;
Physical fitness principles;
Vehicle, equipment, and apparatus maintenance principles and techniques.

Skill in:
Providing emergency medical care;
Suppressing fires;
Using a computer and related software applications;
Maintaining vehicles, buildings, equipment, and apparatus;
Driving emergency response vehicles;
Conducting flow testing and service on hydrants;
Maintaining physical fitness;
Preparing and maintaining reports;
Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

Supplemental Information:

Physical Requirements:
Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Very Heavy Work: Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Incumbents may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, poor ventilation, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, work space restrictions, intense noises and travel.

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