Spotsylvania County, VA - Spotsylvania, VA

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All current valid unexpired copies and/or transcripts of only the minimum qualification certification(s)/license(s) are required to be mailed, faxed or attached to your on-line application no later than Friday, June 14, 2013 by 11:59 p.m. Out of state applicants must provide current valid unexpired equivalent certification(s)/license(s) and/or transcripts or proof of reciprocity from the state issuing the certification(s)/license(s).

Performs emergency response work involving firefighting, fire suppression, emergency medical care, emergency rescue, specialized rescue, hazardous material response, hazardous material containment or cleanup work in response to alarms; operates associated equipment and apparatus; trains in the methods and techniques of emergency response and use of equipment/apparatus; inspects and maintains equipment; performs fire inspections; performs various maintenance and custodial duties at the assigned fire station. Employee is subject to the normal hazards of emergency rescue and firefighting work. Reports to the assigned station Lieutenant/Captain. This position is essential. Personnel occupying this position may be scheduled to work regardless of weather conditions and/or when general County offices are closed. Person(s) in this position will encounter sensitive information in the performance of their duties and is expected to maintain that information confidentially.

Special Duties & Responsibilities:


Responds to emergency calls for fire suppression, medical assistance, hazardous materials incidents, specialized rescue, or other emergency situations; may make initial determination of necessary personnel, equipment, and suppression or containment tactics until relieved by superior officer.

Maintains a state of readiness/preparation for emergency response; checks/maintains stock of equipment and supplies on fire/emergency vehicles and in fire station; tests hoses/pumps on apparatus; re-loads equipment and apparatus following response to emergency calls; prepares apparatus for subsequent emergencies.

Suppresses, controls and extinguishes fires; locates water supplies to fight fires; lays out, connects, and maneuvers fire hoses; selects appropriate hose nozzles; operates nozzles and directs stream of water or chemicals onto fire; disconnects and rolls used hoses.

Positions, raises, and climbs ladders of various heights to access upper levels of buildings and perform rescue operations; creates openings in buildings for entrance, ventilation, or salvage; ventilates smoke and gas from buildings; enters premises for firefighting, rescue, and salvage operations; performs salvage operations such as covering furniture, sweeping/mopping water, and clearing/removing debris; assists with cleanup activities.

Performs search, rescue, extrication of victims, and forcible entries; assists individuals from burning structures.

Provides necessary medical care in accordance with established protocols for basic life support; administers emergency medical care requiring use of suction units, immobilization equipment, and oxygen delivery systems; performs physical lifting techniques associated with moving patients between incident site, stretcher or ambulance; transports patients to emergency treatment facilities.

Identifies hazardous materials and type of container or carrier at spill scene; uses various booms and barriers to contain spills and mitigate runoff; performs fire suppression activities as necessary; assists with direction of evacuation operations as necessary.

Performs pre-planning inspections of business establishments; prepares drawings of layouts of each structure and maintains layout files; prepares drawings of locations of standpipes and sprinkler connections; makes periodic inspections of homes and buildings for fire hazards.

Provides public services such as rescuing animals, pumping water from basements, removing dangerous or wind-damaged signs and other objects from buildings/locations, or assisting residents in opening locked doors.

Drives, maintains, and operates a variety of fire vehicles/apparatus or ambulances; performs driving functions in a safe and efficient manner under various conditions, including in day/night hours, in congested traffic, in adverse weather conditions, and in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits; determines best route to reach location of emergency calls.

Performs general inspection and maintenance tasks necessary to keep vehicles, apparatus, equipment, buildings, quarters, and tools in operable condition, which may include inspecting/testing equipment, testing hoses and pumps, maintaining breathing apparatus, inspecting/repairing hydrants, replacing fluids, greasing equipment, replacing parts, washing/cleaning equipment, maintaining station grounds, or cleaning station/quarters; monitors equipment operations to maintain efficiency and safety; reports faulty equipment for necessary maintenance work; maintains records of equipment testing/maintenance activities.

Follows safety procedures, utilizes safety equipment, and monitors work environment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals.

Prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, logs, checklists, fire/EMS run reports, pre-fire plans, vehicle maintenance reports, training reports, statistical reports, testing/maintenance records, or other documents.

Receives various forms, reports, correspondence, logs, checklists, maintenance records, technical study reports, diagnostic reports, equipment malfunction reports, architectural drawings, maps, policies, procedures, manuals, reference materials, or other documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate.

Maintains current manuals, policies/procedures, bulletins, or map books for reference and/or review.

Operates a computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data; utilizes word processing, spreadsheet, database, desktop publishing, mapping, SCBA maintenance, or other software programs.

Creates/maintains positive public relations with the general public; participates in civic events and appears before schools/community groups; makes presentations or provides information/education to the public regarding fire safety, fire prevention, and fire fighting; conducts tours of fire and EMS stations and fire and EMS units.

Communicates via telephone and/or two-way radio; communicates effectively and coherently over radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications; provides information and assistance; takes and relays messages; responds to requests for service or assistance.

Communicates with supervisors, employees, volunteers, dispatchers, other departments, fire officials, law enforcement officials, medical personnel, property owners/occupants, victims, family members, utility companies, insurance companies, contractors, civic organizations, the public, outside agencies, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.

Maintains a current knowledge and awareness of applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures; maintains an awareness of new equipment, methods, procedures, and advances in the profession; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; participates in fire drills, physical fitness training programs, and continuing education activities on topics such as fire suppression techniques, emergency medical services, hazardous material containment, emergency rescue, equipment techniques, hydraulics, use of tools and knots, street layout, or building/hydrant location; attends shift meetings, workshops and seminars as appropriate.

Responds to calls for lost individuals and participates in searches for missing persons.

Follow the department chain of command when communicating at different levels.


May participate in special rescue functions.

May serve as Officer in Charge in absence of next-level commanding officer.

Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Training & Experience:

HS/GED and a valid driver's license or recognized equivalent(s) with appropriate endorsement(s). Additionally, ability to successfully obtain and maintain all certifications contained within the County's Fire, Rescue & Emergency Management (FREM) Recruit Academy curriculum. Curriculum includes, but is not limited to: EMT-B, CPR, Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Mayday Awareness; Hazardous Material Operations, Mayday Operations, Emergency Vehicle Operation Course II/III (EVOC), National Fire Academy Incident Command Systems (NFA ICS), Vehicle Rescue Operations and Rural Water Supply. Ability to successfully obtain and maintain a Driver Pump Operator certification within 24 months of employment.

Special Requirements:

The County subscribes to the current edition of National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) 1582, medical guidelines and applies these guidelines. Conditions of employment are based on the successful completion of: 1.) post-offer pre-employment physical ability and written aptitude tests; 2.) upon employment, compliance with the current Special Conditions of Employment for Public Safety Employee agreements (reimbursement and no tobacco products) and the FREM Recruit Academy. Submitted applications will be considered for current vacancies.