Firefighter: Pensacola Florida ***Short Notice*** Deadline: December 25, 2015

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Deadline: December 25, 2015

Job Description:

This is primarily fire suppression work although fire prevention and apparatus operations activities may be required.

An employee in this class is responsible for the rapid and efficient performance of specialized skills in preventing and fighting fires. Much of this employees work is performed under emergency conditions and frequently involves personal hazard. Special orders and directions are given by superior officers, but the work requires a working understanding of fire fighting methods.

Job Responsibilities


Attends company drills at the station and the drill tower.

Attends classes and seminars dealing with such subjects as chemistry, building construction and materials, blue print reading, and apparatus operation.

Assists with the inspection of fire hydrants.

Lays and connects hose; raises and climbs ladders; uses hose nozzles to direct fog, chemical or water streams with a minimum of water damage in the efficient control and extinguishment of fire.

Efficiently places salvage covers; sweeps or pumps water from buildings; provides catch-alls and water chutes; removes debris; and shores up weakened structures.

Tests, maintains, cleans, and repairs fire hose.

Performs prolonged and arduous work under hazardous conditions.

Deals with rescue conditions such as a toxic atmosphere in struc­tural fires, train derailments, hazardous chemical leaks, weakened structures, natural disasters, (flooding, hurricanes), excavation cave-ins, bulk fuel storage fires, shipboard fires, or arson.

Assists in the extrication of victims of automobile accidents; provides traffic control and basic life support.

Performs domestic chores around the stations, maintaining an atmosphere of cleanliness and orderliness.

Stands watch and is of assistance to the public on a 24-hour basis, answering phones and listing information received, filling out miscellaneous reports, as well as greeting the public in a courteous manner.

Conducts home safety surveys.  Provides fire prevention infor­mation.

Minimum Preparation For Work

Graduation from high school or equivalent; and

Certification in the State of Florida as a Firefighter (Certificate of Compliance)

Possession of an appropriate valid driver license for equipment operated and any license, training or certification required by law or regulation to complete assigned tasks.

Applicants must have been free from the use of tobacco or tobacco products for one (1) year prior to application and remain tobacco-free for the duration of employment.

Minimum age 18

Candidate must be willing to undergo a thorough background investigation and polygraph

Ability to meet background and medical requirements, including but not limited to specific requirements for corrected and uncorrected visual acuity (call for more information); must have color vision.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


Knowledge of air crash rescue apparatus and operations.

Knowledge of the systematic removal of toxic smoke and gases to prevent a smoke explosion or back draft.

Knowledge of all rescue techniques and rescue equipment.

Knowledge of portable extinguisher, their effective use and limitations, and proper placement and type.

Knowledge of building codes and the ability to use them in the performance of company building inspections.

Knowledge of water flow and restrictions of such flow as ele­vation, friction, length, and size of hose lays.

Knowledge of operating procedures of elevators in emergency situations pertinent to evacuation, ventilation, and fire safety.

Knowledge of different aircraft types, systems, construction, and airport operations procedures (normal and emergency).

Knowledge of emergency plan for regional airport.

Knowledge of rescue and extrication procedures for victims from an aircraft emergency situation.

Knowledge of aircraft fire procedures.

Knowledge of the rules and regulations of the fire department.

Knowledge of the handling and disposal of hazardous chemicals and their reactions to heat, water, and the mixing with other chemicals.

Ability to effectively perform from erected ladders at heights up to 100 feet.

Ability to use protective breathing apparatus.

Ability to operate as a member of an organized firefighting team.

Ability to use basic hand tools and more complicated devices such as pneumatic chisels, jaws of life, and explosive forcible entry.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the general public.

Confidence in the ability of self and other personnel in the company.

Physical Requirements

The mental and physical demands and the work environment characteristics described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers to hold or feel, reach with hands and arms, walk, talk and hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, sit, climb, balance, stoop, and crouch.  Specific vision abilities include close, distance, color, and peripheral vision, and depth perception.

The employee regularly lifts and/or moves up to 50 pounds and occasionally lifts and/or moves over 100 pounds.

Additional Information

All applicants will be initially evaluated based on the information included in the application only.  Therefore, it is important to complete your online application accurately and thoroughly as it relates to the position requirements.  Resumes, transcripts, certifications and other supporting documentation may be required for further consideration. Applicants considered best qualified will be asked to continue in the selection process.

The examination process includes a Physical Abilities Test and Structured Interview.  Passing scores are required on each exam component.  The examination process is tentatively scheduled for the week of January 4th, 2016.

Applicants will be notified by email of specific dates, times, and locations prior to the examination process.  You are responsible for ensuring you have the exam information timely.

Before applying, be sure you: 1) meet all qualifications; 2) would accept the minimum salary if a position were offered (Note: Firefighters contribute 11% of salary to pension); and 3) can meet the exam schedule for the week of January 4, 2016.  If you have additional questions or wish to reach us for any reason, you may contact Human Resources at 850-435-1660.

To apply submit: 1) online application at; 2) proof of education (college transcript); 3) Official Certification of Compliance issued by the State of Florida; and 4) DD Form 214 by the application deadline, if claiming veteran preference per Florida Statutes. These documents can be uploaded/attached to the electronic application or faxed to 850-595-1298. Applicants will receive notifications by email.

Note:  Firefighter participate in the City’s Fire Pension Plan (not Florida Retirement System) and a voluntary Deferred Compensation Plan.

The application contains a required Supplemental Questionnaire.  Your responses to these questions will assist in screening applications to determine who continues in the selection process.  Responses should be informative and concise; not responding appropriately may eliminate you from consideration. Do not refer to a resume or other documentation.

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

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