Firefighter #2434
City of Cape Coral, FL - City of Cape Coral, FL

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Under close to general supervision of a Fire Lieutenant, is a responsible, technical and professional position involved in the prevention, control and extinguishing of fires in order to protect life and property, rescuing persons from danger, emergency medical rescue, performing salvage, hazardous materials control and mitigation and related follow up work. A firefighter performs a variety of tasks requiring skill, proficiency, and specialized training. Work is usually performed under hazardous and adverse conditions. Activities require the use of sound judgment and ability to make decisions under stressful or emergency circumstances in accordance with accepted firefighting, emergency medical and fire prevention techniques, practices and procedures. Firefighters provide assistance to the citizens of the community to ensure the protection of life and property. Duties unique to firefighting activities require that work is done according to assignment, and that a significant amount of work time is involved in maintaining fire station and firefighting equipment. Participation in in-service training programs, drills, and exercises is required. A firefighter will participate in specialized emergency medical training and related programs. Work is performed under supervision of a superior officer. Work performance is evaluated while in progress and based on observation of results and periodic written reports. Incumbents must be capable of functioning as an integral part of a work unit in order to ensure the safe and efficient performance of duties. This position is considered a full-time firefighter in accordance with FS 633.35. Performs related work as required. Performs related work as required.
Individual(s) assigned to this classification must report to work per their assigned schedule.



Responds to emergencies with a fire company or rescue unit, and answers medical emergencies as part of an engine company as a basic life support unit, rescue unit, Marine unit or on an advanced life support unit.

Removes, extracts, and rescues persons from danger, recognizes acute symptoms requiring immediate care, and assists in administering life saving rescue procedures to injured or afflicted persons.

Performs salvage operations including throwing salvage covers, sweeping water, removing debris, and placing smoke ejectors.

Connects hoses to hydrants and pumps, joins hose sections and connects nozzles to hoses, enters burning buildings with or without hose lines, operates nozzles and sprays a stream of water, fog, or foam on fires.

Operates hand fire extinguishers and similar equipment in extinguishing fires; raises and climbs ladders; ventilates burning buildings to remove smoke and gases.

Makes daily inspections of apparatus and equipment and notifies supervisor of defects; performs cleaning and maintenance tasks in and about assigned station.

Aids in the mitigation of other emergencies, as directed by Supervisor.

Attends instruction sessions in firefighting methods, equipment operation, rescue procedures, hazardous materials mitigation, Emergency Medical Services, first responder water rescue, and related subjects, and participates in drills and classes in these and other areas.

May perform as Accountability Officer or Safety Officer, as directed.

Recognizes hazardous material situations; makes identification of unknown substances through the use of specialized testing equipment, sets up decontamination procedures, assists state agencies in the removal/disposal of hazardous material.

Thorough knowledge of all rules and regulations of the Fire Department, including General Orders, Special Orders, Administrative Regulations, Bulletins, Union Contract, S.O.G.’s, I.C.S. Rules and Regulations, E-mail memos, Personnel Instructions, Station Rules and all applicable protocols. Must have thorough knowledge of City of Cape Coral Rules pertaining to City employees.

Maintains equipment and apparatus in clean condition, washes and waxes vehicles, trailers, marine equipment, and washes ladders.

Selects appropriate hose, nozzle type, lays hose lines, and directs water or chemical agent onto fires as directed.

Performs Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS) according to training instructions and certifications.

Learns street and fire hydrant locations; becomes familiar with area and its road and waterway networks.

Participates in fire prevention, public education, public information, and inspection activities as assigned.

Performs station housekeeping and ground keeping duties.

May drive and operate motor driven firefighting equipment.

Gives emergency first aid treatment to injured persons using the application of modern emergency medical techniques, sometimes involving specialized training including paramedical or emergency medical service protocols.

Compiles and maintains logs, forms, and reports of activities according to department guidelines and accepted record keeping practices.

Participates in pre-fire planning and other programs as assigned.

Participates in fire hydrant maintenance, testing, and mapping program as assigned.

Ventilates fires to release heat, smoke, and gases. Places salvage covers to prevent water damage, prevents fire from rekindling.

Performs other related duties as required.


High School Diploma or GED; Employee must meet minimum standards as stated in Florida Statutes 633.35, have a valid State of Florida driver's license; State of Florida Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic Certification. An equivalent combination of training and experience as determined by the Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director may be substituted for the above.


Has thorough knowledge of Basic Life Support (BLS)

Works Out-of-Title as Engineer/Driver as deemed necessary.

Has thorough knowledge of modern methods, principles, techniques, and practices of firefighting.

Has considerable knowledge of basic mechanical and operating principles involved in the operation and maintenance of firefighting equipment.

Has considerable knowledge of the principles of firefighting ventilation.

Has considerable knowledge of occupational hazards of firefighting, and necessary safety precautions, i.e., blinding atmospheres, asphyxiating gases, explosive mixtures, falling walls, superheated air, weakened rafters, overloaded floors and infectious disease prevention, etc.
Is skilled in the efficient and effective use of safety devices, i.e., inhalators, safety belts, gloves, boots, helmets, coats, and self-contained breathing apparatus.

Is able to read and interpret a variety of maps, plans, and diagrams.

Is able to acquire considerable competence in operating a wide variety of mechanical devices, tools, and equipment used in combating fires.

Is able to recognize operating faults and defects, and take initial precautionary measures.

Is able to perform detailed report and record maintenance duties.

Is able to evaluate dangerous conditions and adopt rapid and reasonable courses of action with due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances.

Is free from substance abuse, mental disorders, etc. which may interfere with performance of essential job functions as described herein.

Is able to work prolonged periods of time in complex combinations of extreme weather conditions, extreme and sudden change of temperature, panic inducing atmospheres, blindness in unknown surroundings, and unnatural atmospheres.

Is able to successfully demonstrate swimming skills as per Department requirements.

Is able to understand and follow both oral and written instructions.

Employee must be able to work rotating shift assignments.

Has knowledge of various computer applications, i.e., word processors, spreadsheet programs, and databases.


Physical Requirements: Tasks involve frequent walking, standing, some lifting and carrying objects of light to heavy weight (5-100+pounds). Physical agility and fitness for performing duties that require potential exertion, i.e., moving victims, climbing ladders. Physical strength and endurance to move and handle objects over prolonged periods of time in hazardous weather, atmospheric, and environmental conditions.

Data Conception : Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable, functional, or composite characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of gauges, victims, equipment and apparatus, and fire/hazard sites.

Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability to speak and/or signal people to convey or exchange information. Includes giving and receiving instructions, assignments and/or directions. Requires the ability to convey a sense authority in panic inducing circumstances.

Language Ability : Requires the ability to read a variety of materials relevant to fire and rescue operations.

Intelligence : Requires the ability to draw expedient valid conclusions in task processing and prioritization.

Verbal Aptitude : Must communicate efficiently and effectively in Standard English. Must speak with poise, confidence, and voice control.

Numerical Aptitude : Requires the ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide.

Motor Coordination : Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes accurately.

Form/Spatial Aptitude : Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width, shape, and visually read various information.

Manual Dexterity : Must have excellent levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

Color Discrimination : Requires the ability to differentiate between colors or shades of color.

Interpersonal Temperament : Requires the ability to deal with people from a variety of backgrounds in both giving and receiving instructions. Must be able to perform tasks under extreme stress, i.e., when confronted with potentially life-threatening situations.

Physical Communication : Requires the ability to talk and/or hear: (talking: expressing or exchanging information by means of spoken words; hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear).

Environmental Requirements : Tasks are performed with frequent exposure to adverse environmental conditions, e.g., dirt, cold, rain, heat, and fumes.

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