This position reports to the Captain/Sr. Captain/Asst Chief.
Position Summary: This is an entry level full-time position within the Port of Houston Marine Fire Department. Work often includes performing strenuous, hazardous tasks during emergency situations. A starting marine firefighter at The Port of Houston begins, upon assignment to one of the stations, what could normally be considered four separate professional career tracks: that of Firefighter, Hazardous Materials Technician, Emergency Medical First Responder, and a professional mariner. The firefighter maintains fire department property, equipment, apparatus, and quarters. Additional time is spent training and studying modern firefighting techniques.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Respond to alarms for fires, rescues, medical emergencies, and hazardous materials incidents on land and by water: remove persons from danger or entrapment; drive fire apparatus and auxiliary equipment; lay and connects hose; hold nozzles and direct fog or water streams; raise and climb ladders; use fire extinguishers, bars, hooks, lines and other equipment; ventilate burning buildings or vessels through natural openings, cutting holes in roofs, floors, or decks, or by mechanical means; perform salvage operations.
- Train and become proficient in the role of deckhand, to include: efficient and safe line handling; lookout responsibilities; radio communications; effective operation of the fireboat’s monitors so as not to interfere with the safe navigation and control of the boat; operation and navigation of the fireboat under the direction of the person in charge. All of the above will be performed with a view toward performing the duties without supervision when necessary, and toward the possible attainment of a license from the U.S. Coast Guard.
- Assist the Engine Room Operator with duties in the engine spaces of the fireboat, with a view toward being able to perform theses duties unsupervised.
- Perform general preventative maintenance to the boat and fire suppression equipment.
- Perform duties of a hazardous material technician during hazardous material incidents.
- Provide Emergency Medical treatment when called upon to respond to medical emergencies.
- Attend training courses and classes; read and study assigned materials related to firefighting and prevention, hazardous materials response and emergency medical care. Participate in fire drills.
- Performs general maintenance work in the upkeep of fire department property: cleans and washes floors and walls; repairs property and equipment; washes, hangs, and dries hoses; washes, cleans, polishes, and tests apparatus.
- Assists senior officers in fire inspections; check fire escapes, building exits, and related structures for compliance with fire prevention ordinances.
- All other tasks as assigned.
Education/Work Experience/Job Requirements:
- Ability to pass pre-employment physical agility test, which includes swimming a quarter-mile, and treading water for 15 minutes.
- Successfully complete the Department of Homeland Defense, Federal Emergency Management Agency’s IS 100, IS 200, IS 700 and IS 800.
- Ability to read, speak, write and understand English effectively so as to communicate with citizens and employees by telephone, two-way radio, in written form or face-to-face.
- Strength in the affective and cognitive traits required for this duty, including: Mental functions free from significant aberration, so as not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the work place or citizens encountered during work; Ability to hear speech and other sounds effectively to allow for the taking of directions from dispatchers and command officers, and the ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; Ability to learn a wide variety of firefighting duties and methods within the specified probationary period, and to assimilate large amounts of information, such as knowledge of the district's geography, including the location of chemical plants, navigational markers, fireboat manifolds, channel depth, plug locations, dock and container parking designations, streets, major buildings and water supply sources.
- Strength in the physical traits required for this duty, including: The ability to conduct suppression and hazardous materials response while wearing an air S.C.B.A.; Normal color perception; A class "A" rating on medical examination or physical; The ability to work long hours outdoors; Full physical agility and bipedal mobility to effectively perform rescue of individuals, movement of unconscious persons under adverse conditions.
- Knowledge of emergency medical procedures and skill in their application.
- Must be able to secure a TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Credential) to obtain access to restricted facility areas within a 90-day period.
- Must possess an intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
- High school graduate or have received an equivalent GED certificate.
- Certification by State of Texas as a Basic Structural Firefighter.
- Current certification as E.M.T., or above.