Firefighter: Fort Myers Florida Deadline: January 24, 2020

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Deadline: January 24, 2020

Salary: $36,150.40 – $44,449.60 Annually

Job Description:

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt         Safety Sensitive: YES        Level II Screening: NO

This is specialized work in the protection of life and property through emergency and non-emergency services to the citizens and visitors of Fort Myers, Florida. Firefighters are responsible to perform essential functions derived from the performance objectives found in NFPA 1001: Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Captain with considerable independence requiring discretion, sound judgment and initiative while being committed to organizational values, providing customer service, and positive community relations. This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Responsibilities and Reporting During an Emergency Situation:
Essential Employees may be required to work during a declared emergency. Depending on the nature of the emergency, this may require working around the clock for several days on short notice.
Non Essential Employees will not be required to work during a declared emergency. The employee’s Department Head will determine when the employee will be required to work.


  • Performs fire suppression as a team member and/or individually by operating hose lines, operating hand held fire suppression equipment, and carrying out related duties in emergency firefighting situations.
  • Performs emergency medical services on persons injured or ill according to National, State and Departmental guidelines at either first responder, EMT, or paramedic level depending upon certification.
  • Performs rescue functions to extricate victims from occupancies filled with heat, smoke, and toxic gases by entering occupancy and physically removing victims.
  • Performs rescue and extrication functions of victims involved in vehicular entrapments using specific hand tools and hydraulic equipment.
  • Performs salvage and clean-up functions as required at the conclusion of fire-related emergency scenes.
  • Performs routine inspections of personal safety equipment in order to ensure equipment is in optimum condition and promptly notifies superiors of deficiencies.
  • Attends and participates in classes and training sessions in order to maintain and continuously update knowledge and skills required for effective work performance.
  • Communicates and interacts with co-workers and/or the public either collectively or on a person-to-person level to receive emergency instructions or relay emergency information.
  • Participates in public relations activities such as school demonstrations, safety demonstrations, etc., to promote the image of the Department as a public safety provider in the community.
  • Performs clean-up and janitorial duties in stations to maintain a clean working and living environment.
  • Operates Fire Department vehicles as required.
  • Maintains physical conditioning and physical stamina required to perform firefighting duties.
  • This position requires regular and reliable attendance and the employee’s physical presence at the workplace.
  • Performs other related duties as may be necessary to fulfill the organizational mission.
Knowledgeable in:
  • Organizational structure of the department
  • Geographical configuration and characteristics of the response areas
  • Departmental operating procedures for administration, emergency operations, incident management system, personal accountability system, and safety; basic building construction, basic fuel loading, fire growth, and development
  • Firefighting tactics such as extinguishment, forcible entry, search/rescue, salvage/overhaul, etc.
  • Proper use and care of equipment used in emergency response situations; function and use of fire suppression and detection systems
  • Techniques for providing pre-hospital patient care at the minimum level of emergency medical technician; computer applications, mobile data computers, word processing, spread sheets, e-mail
Skills and Abilities
  • Attention to detail
  • Computer skills
  • Dependability and reliability
  • Driving skills
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Judgment and reasoning
  • Learning and memory
  • Mathematical skills
  • Mechanical comprehension
  • Motivation and initiative
  • Oral communication
  • Perseverance
  • Problem analysis
  • Reading comprehension
  • Respect for rules and authority
  • Teamwork and cooperation
  • Writing skills

Minimum Requirements

  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be able to successfully demonstrate swimming competency as per Department requirements with in twelve (12) months of hire.
  • Submit to a comprehensive pre-employment background check, including a criminal records check, medical examination, and drug screen.
  • Must reside within Lee, Collier, Charlotte or Hendry County within six (6) months after successful completion of the new hire probationary period.
  • Must be able to work rotating shifts.
  • Mandatory Drug/Alcohol Testing required.
  • A valid Florida Driver’s License Class E with an acceptable driving record.
  • State of Florida Firefighter Certification II at time of hire.
  • Must be able to obtain State of Florida Emergency Medical Technician Certification within eighteen (18) months of hire.
  • Meets physical ability requirements designated by the City of Fort Myers Fire Department.
  • Must provide proof of successful completion of CPAT test with in the last twelve (12) months.  


How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.


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