Firefighter: Anchorage Alaska Deadline December 13, 2015

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Deadline: December 13, 2015

Salary: $53,901.12 – $82,467.84 Annually

Job Description:

Under the direction of the Fire Captain, provide fire, rescue, and emergency medical care services. As an emergency medical technician or paramedic, examine, treat, care for, and transport sick and injured patients. Complete reports and maintain records. Prevent, combat, and extinguish fires. Provide rescue services. Perform apparatus and station maintenance duties. Complete professional training and study programs. Stand-by for emergency response. Perform other related duties as assigned or required.

Firefighter positions require:

  • Operating both as a member of a team and independently at incidents of uncertain duration.
  • Spending extensive time outside exposed to the elements.
  • Tolerating extreme fluctuations in temperature while performing duties. Performing physically demanding work in hot (up to 400 F), humid (up to 100%) atmospheres while wearing equipment that significantly impairs body-cooling mechanisms.
  • Experiencing frequent transition from hot to cold and from humid to dry atmospheres.
  • Working in wet, icy, or muddy areas.
  • Performing a variety of tasks on slippery, hazardous surfaces such as on rooftops or from ladders.
  • Working in areas where sustaining traumatic or thermal injuries is possible.
  • Facing exposure to carcinogenic dusts such as asbestos, toxic substances such as hydrogen cyanide, acids, carbon monoxide, or organic solvents either through inhalation or skin contact.
  • Facing exposure to infectious agents such as hepatitis B or HIV.
  • Wearing personal protective equipment that weights approximately 30 pounds while performing fire fighting tasks.
  • Performing physically demanding work while wearing positive pressure breathing equipment with 1.5 inches of water column resistance to exhalation at a flow of 40 liters per minute.
  • Performing complex tasks during life-threatening emergencies
  • Working for long periods of time, requiring sustained physical activity and intense concentration.
  • Facing life or death decisions during emergency conditions.
  • Being exposed to grotesque sights and smells associated with major trauma and burn victims.
  • Making rapid transitions from rest to near maximal exertion without warm-up periods.
  • Operating in environments of high noise, poor visibility, limited mobility, at heights, and in enclosed or confined spaces.
  • Using manual and power tools in the performance of duties.
  • Relying on senses of sight, hearing, smell, and touch to help determine the nature of the emergency, maintain personal safety, and make critical decisions in a confused, chaotic, and potential life threatening environment through out the duration of the operation.

 Minimum Qualifications / Substitutions / Preferences:

  •  High School diploma, GED, or equivalent
  • Must be at least 18 years old by time of hire
  • Valid State of Alaska Driver’s License by time of hire
  • Must possess by time of hire:
  • State of Alaska Emergency Medical Technician I Certification or National Registry Emergency Medical Technician Basic Certification (will accept Advanced certifications)


  • State of Alaska Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic License or National Registry EMT-Paramedic Certification

For applicants who do not possess a current EMT or Paramedic license/certification, please visit the state of Alaska EMS website at for a list of EMT I classes in your area.

Applicants who possess an EMT certification from a different state may qualify for State of Alaska Reciprocity.  Please review the State of Alaska EMS Reciprocity program application found at contact the State of Alaska Emergency Medical Services Certification office at or (907) 465-8741.

An Emergency Medical Technician I class will be offered by Anchorage Fire Department from October 20 through December 19, 2015. Course fee will be $1600. The fee includes the text book, course materials and certification testing fees. Contact the AFD Training Center at 907-267-5002 for more information and/or to register.

Application can be found by clicking HERE.

City’s Website Click HERE

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